Grown Man Style

Because you're way too old to keep wearing ironic T-shirts.
-Matt Jacobson

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.

My December trip to Tokyo afforded me the unique opportunity to visit one of the country’s premiere Sumo Stables.  So cool.  Owning it, like the two featured Masters here=GMS

Shot with the Leica M 240, Noctilux f/0.95 50mm asph lens

cameraf64 asked: Hello - I was curious as to why a yellow filter on your M9. Do you only use it to shoot in B+W somehow? How do you set that?

I was shooting black and white that day. I really line the yellow and red filter effect in diffused light. I usually shoot the Monochrom, but it was the M9 this day. Peace. MJ

I met a kindred spirit on the Ginza, an American ex-pat with a keen eye, an appreciation for wabi-sabi, and a love of Leica who’s become a new friend.  

John Sypal, and his blog Tokyo Camera Style has caught the attention of like-minded camera nuts, and street photographers globally.  He stopped Kristopher and I on the street to chat, as he eyed my well worn M9 “derelict”, with more than 60K+ snaps on the counter, a very brassed housing and all new Leica guts under the hood.  While it looks like a decades old relic, this Leica was most-definitely born in the new millennium.  

As if I thought John couldn’t be any cooler, I arrived home from my holiday to find a hand done print of this picture and a copy of the mag, Nippon Camera, where John has been serializing his blog posts for the last 3 years.  Thanks John, loving your Instagram posts.

John Kelly’s Surf and Sea was originally published in 1965, and according to the Surfer’s Journal is “the most intelligent, well-crafted book ever written on surfing.” Reading it this weekend took me back to being a kid, rifling through vintage surfer mags, rescued from the neighbors trash, reading not about the current rippers, but the old timers—the legends.

From the Foreward:

"Surfing may have its drawbacks, too—uncut lawns, unschooled youngsters, undisciplined gremmies and femmies, unrequited love, all on account of the surf."

Born in SF, Kelly moved to Hawaii at age four, and was the one guy who probably really did learn to surf on his mother’s ironing board, which he began riding at six.  He went on to become a pioneer of big wave surfing, surf board design and one of the first surf environmentalists. 

You may recognize Kelly from the iconic Art Brewer photo above, or from those halcyon days when the only surf on TV was Sunday afternoon on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Source: Thanks Matt Warshaw, The Encyclopedia of Surfing

It may well be the Beetle of the new millenium.  While the Smart Fortwo debuted at the Paris Auto Show in 1998, it has gone through several minor and not so minor changes, and the 3rd generation Smart Electric Drive which launched in the US this summer, is pretty much perfect.  While street legal golf carts are all the rage from Emerald bay to Manhattan Beach, the constant battery tinkering, lack of doors and airbags left me cold.  Thanks to attractive incentives from Mercedes, and spiffs from the gov’t, the Smart can be leased for under $140/month-which makes it significantly cheaper and safer to own than a golf course retrofit.  
Combine that with free parking in a lot of places, free charging in almost as many, a Yakima rack and an 11’0” Chris Christenson Glider,  and you’re pretty much all set.
Free parking for your session, “charging” while you’re in the line up=GMS

It may well be the Beetle of the new millenium.  While the Smart Fortwo debuted at the Paris Auto Show in 1998, it has gone through several minor and not so minor changes, and the 3rd generation Smart Electric Drive which launched in the US this summer, is pretty much perfect.  While street legal golf carts are all the rage from Emerald bay to Manhattan Beach, the constant battery tinkering, lack of doors and airbags left me cold.  Thanks to attractive incentives from Mercedes, and spiffs from the gov’t, the Smart can be leased for under $140/month-which makes it significantly cheaper and safer to own than a golf course retrofit.  

Combine that with free parking in a lot of places, free charging in almost as many, a Yakima rack and an 11’0” Chris Christenson Glider,  and you’re pretty much all set.

Free parking for your session, “charging” while you’re in the line up=GMS