Self-taught artist Ramon Maiden — who describes himself as a “wanderlust king, ink maniac and dandy delinquent based in Barcelona” and sees the tattoo as a form of artistic expression — works with ink, watercolor and markers to stipple out fantastic works that has him inking vintage illustrations of women, whether these be of Vargas […]
I didn’t know there were any sign painters still out there practicing their tedious art. But then I stumbled across TJ Guzzardi. This guy is keeping the magic of old school sign painting alive and kicking in Melbourne. And he’s doing it in style. Look at this guy. From his fantastic mustache to the vintage blue jean […]
Collectors Weekly is an amazing resource about all kinds of old stuff, even if you’re not already obsessed with antiques or vintage. The site covers everything from Cosby Sweaters to opium addiction. Also, their 1,400-plus category pages feature links to contextual live auctions that are filtered for quality by the site’s editors.
Remember back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s when beach wear was more than just a factory produced strip of fabric? There was a time when swim suites were almost little mini dresses. They were well designed and unique. Open Your Eyes swimwear is bringing that spirit back! Each suite is made of the highest […]
Jon Damaschke is a Chicago animator-turned-photographer whose work blows us away. He has an incredible vintage aesthetic, which is easy to love, and a unique photographic perspective. Considering how amazing his work is, it’s stunning that he’s only been pursuing photography for a few years.
You can’t get much more American than this. Field Notes has released their America the Beautiful Spring collection of notebooks. Get three of these little guys for only US$9.95 and let the world know where your allegiance stands. They even come with a sweet logo for your car. Yes, these vintage notebooks just make me […]
Carl Moon shot incredibly iconic photos of Native Americans in the early 1900s, which became used by legendary pre-depression ad campaigns for companies such as Stetson. He shot a lot of photos among Pueblo tribe, who he traveled with and whose members he befriended. There’s a quiet strength in each photograph that also evokes a […]
Filthy and glamourous, drag queen and cult actor, Divine, shot to fame in movies directed by the legendary John Waters. In 1983, the make-up artist Van Smith created the Simply Divine Cut-Out Doll Book. Unfortunately, the book has been out of print for a very long time but a copy is offered for $300 (230 […]
Do you ever feel like your self-indulgent tendencies often plunge you into a dark and strange world of non-social music listening? You know it’s happening when you constantly find yourself, headphones fixed nicely, listening to a range of usually not so socially acceptable tunes. Maybe it’s Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Shania Twain or a continuous […]
Every piece in the jewelry line from Gwendelicious Designs pairs vintage odds and ends with a nod to the new. A skeleton key becomes an adjustable ring, reproduced in jewelers bronze to wrap your finger. An original letterpress key gets a polish, a chain, and morphs seamlessly into a pendant. Everyday goodies with a bit […]
Samy Sfoggia is a visual artist who shoots with film cameras and primarily with black and white negative film. Her work refers to criminal mugshots of the 20s and have a distinct vintage atmosphere.
John Foster has been creating the weekly posts called Accidental Mysteries for the Design Observer since 2010, self-described as an ‘online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world’. As a design professional and collector himself, Foster has an intuitive sense for putting together each themed group of images, on […]
Magpie is a custom fashion boutique tucked away in Toronto’s Queen West district. The styles are out there, yet comforting, like Prince himself. What’s nice is we can now die happily knowing that Prince is actually a real human being that shops for clothes like the rest of us. It’s good to know that the shirt you […]
These ads are real. Shocking, I know. If you think advertising today is insensitive and racist, just get an eyeful of the way things used to be. Who said things used to be morally better? Because the way I see it, society isn’t quite this blatantly racist anymore. It looks like we’ve advanced just a little bit […]
During the turn of the 19th century, China was home to a lovely clash of East-meets-West culture. And lucky for us, Louis-Philippe Messelier, a French wool trader turned photojournalist, was there to capture the energy of the period in this series of black and white photos. Anything from unusual street performers, pristine countryside, film studios, […]