One thing that can be said about RuPaul is that (s)he always looks fabulous. While I am not a watcher of Drag Race, I appreciate the spirit of fierce competition and the flawless style aesthetic. Who could not love this amazing Pink Wig that Ru wears in the Subway Ad for the current season of the show? It is positively otherworldly.
Photographed in the multi-line subway station tunnel between 14th and 16th Streets at 6th Avenue.
Folks of a certain age will recall this now-iconic Maxell Tape Commercial (and its print counterpart) which first aired in 1979 and continued to resurface at random intervals for years. Widely known in the pop culture vernacular as the Blown-Away Guy, the ad’s featured-character is rather accurately depicted in this security gate mural by street artist Chris Weller.
The storefront is home to the Marshall Stack Bar, which appears to still be open despite Covid. Good for them.
Visit the mural and the bar at 66 Rivington Street, at the northwest corner of Rivington and Allen Streets. The mural faces Allen Street.
Geoffrey and I were on our way to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo when we passed a building with a glass store-front from whose interior a Pink Neon Sign called out to me. The building turned out to be the home of the Chicago History Museum (formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society), and it looked like a pretty cool place. We did not have time for an in-depth visit (next time!), but we did snap a few photos in the lobby, which is alive with a streetscape of illuminated, vintage Chicago signage such as the eight-feet tall Gas for Less sign you see above, as well as a fully refurbished Lowrider Car, which you may see in a future post! Chicago!
This visually vibrant, attention-grabbing poster is a clever marketing tool for advertising all of the brands of Industrial Marking Products made by Sakura of America, that just happen to come in the color pink. The word Sakura means cherry blossom in Japanese, and Sakura are also the recognized inventor of the wildly popular gel ink roller ball pen, also known as the Gelly Roll! In the 1990s, the pop singer Pink was even a spokesperson for the brand!
Spotted at the National Stationery Show at The Javits Center
Those Who Can’t is a half-hour show, based in Denver, Colorado, that follows three dysfunctional teachers, played by show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. More inept than the kids they teach, they’re out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. Maria Thayer stars as the school librarian with a bubbling passion for life.
Hey what’s up. Have you seen those Xifaxan commercials with the little animated wad of intestines? Whenever I see that commercial, I want to barf, because he is made to personify diarrhea. Hilariously, I recently found out that the Intestines Man is actually called Gut Guy, and — surprise! — he was created by an artist whom I actually know in real life: Jim McKenzie. Actually, Jim is not the sole creator of Gut Guy, but he contributed in the design process, which was a group effort with his team at Aardman Nathan Love!
While looking at Gut Guy still makes me feel queasy, I am so happy for Jim, who is also known as the New York Art Scene’s Favorite Teen Idol, because he is just so super talented, quite clever and adorable, not to mention, but you can see I am about to, very easy on the eyes.
Look at that face. I took this photo of Jim at a recent art opening. You can see he is quite proud of Gut Guy, even wearing a pin of its likeness on his jacket lapel. See more of the art of Jim McKenzie at Jim McKenzie Dot Net!
In the early 1920s, in response to the industrial age and increasing consumerism, Stuart Davis began to incorporate commercial goods and advertising graphics into his art. Edison Mazda (1924), with its flattened space and collage-like composition, resembles the Cubist still lifes of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. But rather than portraying pipe racks and candlesticks, Davis includes a contemporary manufactured object: a blue, seventy-five watt light bulb.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.