Grown Man Style

Because you're way too old to keep wearing ironic T-shirts.
-Matt Jacobson
The quest for the “right” bezel insert is done. After much searching, I found a faded bezel insert for this radically sun faded tropical-dialed, patent pending Mark II Sea Dweller. Along with the dead stock tritium pearl, this project is now officially done. Googling/ebaying/etsying/craigslisting for the most esoteric bits possible is nutty, cathartic and most definitely GMS.

The quest for the “right” bezel insert is done. After much searching, I found a faded bezel insert for this radically sun faded tropical-dialed, patent pending Mark II Sea Dweller. Along with the dead stock tritium pearl, this project is now officially done. Googling/ebaying/etsying/craigslisting for the most esoteric bits possible is nutty, cathartic and most definitely GMS.

Mason Ho’s Dream Wave

GMS =owning it, and Grown Man Style takes several forms. Mason Ho mixes a little North Shore Style with GMS…”Johnny Boy hard kick out…” Happy Fourth

IN-DEPTH: Twelve Of The Greatest Missing Watches, Including Paul Newman's Paul Newman, John Lennon's Patek Philippe, The Original Moonwatch, And A President's President

Teahupoo: 4 inches and perfect….

I’ve posted some of these amazing Playmobil artists work in the past, but this near perfect representation of Teahupoo takes it to another level. 

Meticulous work with Playmobil is most definitely GMS

Good on ya boyz

The 1999 version of the Hermes bike was the last of the classics. Leather wrapped top and bottom tubes, Hermes leather saddle and handgrips make this one of the most sublime city rides.  Briefly replaced by a Batavus model and recently upgraded to a $10K+ carbon fiber example, the all French original still reigns supreme.  My 12 years of searching netted an unridden, dead stock example.  Find another unridden example, available here. A bike made of unobtanium is most definitely GMS.

As a South Bay teen in the late ‘70’s, the Hermosa Beach music scene was where it was at.  And, to find where it was actually happening, and when, the flyers and posters of Raymond Pettibon were the coconut wireless of the time.  Years have passed, and Pettibon has become an artist with an International following.  While certainly not all that he does, the surf drawings are of particular interest to me.   I’ve been lucky to have collected them over the years, and am really looking forward to the show at Venus over Manhattan that opened this week. The photo as actually posted on Instagram by Ivanka Trump  from the exhibition.

This is also an opportunity to link to a couple of great pieces on Pettibon written by my friend, Jamie Brisick, for Monster Children magazine here. And, another more recent piece by Jamie for Huck Magazine, here.

Celebrating, and collecting what you love is most definitely GMS.

Edit: Link to Widewalls review of the show and more pictures.

On the Road: California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way

2012’s Pacific Standard Time show at LACMA, was an excellent showcase, and celebration of the best design work and design ethos from California’s golden era.

In order to ensure that LA’s South Bay was duly represented, I donated this Greg Noll board to LACMA. All original with a “figure 8” stringer, this beauty is now a long way from it’s original birthplace in Manhattan Beach. The board is part of the traveling PST exhibit which is now in Salem, MA at the Peabody Essex Museum through July 6, 2014.  Having circumnavigated the globe, stopping in Kyoto, Japan and Brisbane, Australia and in Auckland New Zealand at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. It’s great to see this celebration of form and function on a global scale.  Exporting California goodness is most definitely GMS.

I never thought of “glamping” as being GMS, but this split-window microbus 2 room tent has me rethinking the whole concept.  

I never thought of “glamping” as being GMS, but this split-window microbus 2 room tent has me rethinking the whole concept.  

In celebration of the start of NY Fashion Week, LA’s Peter Fetterman Gallery is featuring iconic fashion images from some of the 20th century’s greatest photographers.  
From the gallery’s website: 
William (Bill) Helburn is one of the great fashion photographers. A contemporary of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo and Lillian Bassman, Helburn was at the top of his profession from the early 1950s through the 1960s, with bylined covers and editorial images in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Life, McCall’s and many other magazines.
This image of a Chrysler New Yorker, just uptown of Bergdorf Goodman, is genius on many levels.  Lighting, composition and one of America’s most underrated, yet GMS rides.

In celebration of the start of NY Fashion Week, LA’s Peter Fetterman Gallery is featuring iconic fashion images from some of the 20th century’s greatest photographers.  

From the gallery’s website: 

William (Bill) Helburn is one of the great fashion photographers. A contemporary of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo and Lillian Bassman, Helburn was at the top of his profession from the early 1950s through the 1960s, with bylined covers and editorial images in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Life, McCall’s and many other magazines.

This image of a Chrysler New Yorker, just uptown of Bergdorf Goodman, is genius on many levels.  Lighting, composition and one of America’s most underrated, yet GMS rides.