Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Falling In with H0les Eyewear’s Pam Tietze
20/20 vision might sound like a good thing, but there’s value in seeing double. Pam Tietze is the artist behind current mega hit, H0les Eyewear, a brand that transforms glasses into kaleidoscopic art. For H0les, it’s all about the process of exploration, an adventure that Pam says “creates the feeling of being a tourist in your own reality.” And apparently, tons of people are looking for a vacation. Pam’s glasses have distorted the vision of Lady Gaga, Chanel Iman, and Natalia Kills, just to name a few. We caught up with the empress of eyewear to talk crystal harvests, candy bowls as hats, and why Batman’s seal of approval is everything.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Brittney Scott is Seriously Unserious
L.A.-based digital artist Brittney Scott’s first show is an invitation onto her laptop desktop—just don’t take it too seriously. “I want to cancel it,” she says, sporting her famous top-bun as she sits on a windowsill in Bold L.A., the downtown gallery that’s housing her work (aptly titled My 1st IRL Art Show). “I think people are gonna think it’s really serious and it’s not that serious.” The simple, tongue-in-cheek, MS Paint-y portraits that Brittney (who goes by B6) has become known for are definitely lighthearted (she makes all of them in a “shitty app called ‘Paint’”), but we think some credit is due—especially when you consider that the girl is only 22 and she’s already gained props from artists like Diplo, A-trak, Major Lazer, and Jerome LOL for the portraits she’s made of them. And to think that it all started when she doodled a purple frownie-faced self-portrait to use as her Twitter avatar…
Before you stop by her show, which opens this Thursday, August 14th at 6 p.m., read the convo we had with her about the intimacy of a computer desktop, her Internet gang, and how sometimes parents just don’t understand.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: The Coathangers
You know those weirdos who pack up their hemp pants and tie-dye everything into a multi-colored Guatemalan backpack and leave their whole lives to follow Phish around the country? I never understood those people (partly because I left hemp accessories behind in the 6th grade, partly because I have a nagging attachment to responsibility, but mostly because man, does that band suck). That is, not until I first saw The Coathangers play, and decided that I would have no problem ditching out on reality to follow them around the globe (but like, not in a stalkery way, okay?). The Atlanta-based all-girl punk outfit has been touring and playing shows for just shy of a decade, never slowing or losing any of the hell-raising energy that make each and every single one of their performances one to remember.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Globetrotter: Russian Rebel Elena Sheidlin
Elena Sheidlin embodies everything that is good about fashion: she’s fearless, creative, and one of a kind. The 20-year-old, St. Petersburg-based blogger is usually sporting electric blue hair and covered in tie dye, feline prints, or something cosmic. She’s a fan of looking different, wearing ballsy outfits in a country where “it takes courage to stand out,” to say the least. We caught up with Elena to talk little blue whales, backpacks as safety blankets, and why defiance is the most important accessory.