So I was sitting in the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The fact that this is one of my favorite cars –why, I have no real idea– has nothing to do with anything. What also has nothing to do with anything is that the owner of the car, my girlfriend, likes the older, squared models better. I detest them; these differences are further away from anything relevant than I thought, but they are funny because she drives a car I love but likes the older models WAY better, go figure. Honestly, the shit I am about to recap is so fucking funny that I have to delay. If you would have seen the look on this Shih-Tzu’s smug little face you would have felt as the title presumes I did. Yes, presumes. I mean I felt, and still do feel, as though my soul was taken but I won’t know ’til Judgment Day. So…we planned to have sex in the backseat of the Jeep to make an episode.

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James Ryang Tokyo

It’s hard to collapse a city like Tokyo into a series of 50 photos. Nonetheless, James Ryang‘s collection gives us a snapshot of one of the world’s most interesting cities. These kind of projects are cool in that they capture how sprawling urban centers can be both impersonal and deeply personal, depending on the angle you’re looking at it from. On one hand, it’s a huge city with millions of folks; on the other, it’s just people and places to experience. Having done work for publications as varied as Vice, The New York Times, Nylon and Pitchfork, Ryang’s portfolio is as dope as it is diverse. For the full collection, check here.

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Cotdamn. The 70’s were so geeked. Believe it or not, the image above is from the inside of a ship. From the end of the Sixties to the mid-Seventies the chemical company Bayer rented a pleasure boat during every Cologne furniture fair and had it transformed into a temporary showroom, featuring the work of a contemporary designer. The work featured above comes from installation guru Verner Panton, who’s installations served to create these imaginative spaces, while helping to define 70’s architecture. We need to find something like this for the celebrations. Nicole where you at?

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Here at Wine & Bowties we like to champion creativity. More specifically, creative expression that provokes thought. While many forms of art serve as a great medium for this, I’d argue that street installations are emerging as one of the most poignant interpretations of art. If for no other reason than for the simple fact that as a viewer you are forced to interact with the piece. Compelling you to think and consider the work even if you wern’t trying to. The works of Mark Jenkins and BLU relate this idea well, along with the work presented above. Situated in an old district of Rotterdam, and measuring 7m high and 25m long, the Temple of Trash is a creation aimed to promote recycling and environmental awareness. A movement with a message. Now that’s dangerous…

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I’m attaching a zipped folder of some of the work I’ve done in bathrooms.

A friend of mine got a hold of a business card for your blog (with some green attached) and I noticed the quote “Imagination is more important than knowledge” on the back and though you might like some of these photos.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks Michael
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Golden State Cafe Image 9
Photos By Tiago Sperotto for Wine & Bowties

Situated unassumingly in the Jewish neighborhood of Fairfax sits Family Bookstore. A hole in the wall shop of sorts, Family offers an array of creative works aimed to provoke thought while supporting the arts. The narrow space of the store is easy to miss, as a collection of colorful books grace the window sill, and cover every table. Opened in 2006 by David Kramer and Sam Harkham, Family bookstore provides readers with an eclectic collection of cutting edge literature aimed to promote the various avenues that art can occupy. Featuring works from Gilles Peterson to Beth Lesser, the books offered at Family relate the personal tastes of store curator David Kramer who’s passion for the arts led him to create the space.

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Honestly, my geography game is hurt. Real hurt. Like on the IL. Riding the exercise bike while everyone else is scrimmaging. But it’s good. The beautiful thing about life is that there’s always room for improvement, so the learning will never stop, unless you want it to. To the right is a children’s tin globe by Replogle Globes. Made in 1952 the company still makes globes today. Their website shares some basic knowledge about how to interpret maps. For those who were ever confused like me, latitude is described as imaginary lines running around the globe parallel to the equator. While longitude is described as imaginary lines running from pole to pole. A globe for the crib? An immediate cop? No. But if they got it for the joog it’s good.

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