Friday, September 28, 2007
Then again, Chalayan's a frickin' genius. His designs are very mechanical, not in a modern industrial sense, but rather in an ancient Greek and Italian Renaissance context. Go see the video from the fashion show here. It's a fantastic show in every way and you will not be disappointed.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
September 27, 2007
Who Was That Mask, Man?
By Sewell Chan
The police said Omeash Hiraman was wearing a mask yesterday afternoon when he was arrested on the campus of St. John’s University with a .50-caliber rifle, but there were conflicting reports about what kind of mask he was wearing.
We don’t mean to make light of a disturbing story. No one was hurt, but the campus was locked down for three hours; Mr. Hiraman, a 22-year-old freshman, is being arraigned today on weapon charges. But we are bothered by slippery details.
During and after the lock-down, rumors swirled on campus that the mask resembled President Bush or Michael Myers, the character from the “Halloween” series of horror-slasher films, according to Peter Doggett, 23, a first-year law student from Pittsford, N.Y.
Chris Benson, the 22-year-old St. John’s student who helped apprehend Mr. Hiraman, said he believed Mr. Hiraman was wearing a President Bush mask.
The police had a different theory. They said that Mr. Hiraman — who at points took off the mask — was wearing a rubber mask with the mouth portion cut away. They said it looked like former President Ronald Reagan or, perhaps, Fred Flintstone from the cartoon series.
So was the mask based on Bush, Reagan, Myers or Flintstone?
News reports couldn’t agree this morning.
The Times and The Daily News, citing the police and Mr. Hiraman’s lawyer, Anthony J. Colleluori, went with Flintstone.
The New York Sun, evidently relying on Mr. Benson, reported that it was “a rubber President Bush mask streaked in red with the mouth cut out.”
Looking at the picture of the actual rubber mask, we have to say it looks vaguely familiar — and nothing like any of the choices above.
--Article from THEE New York Times online blog stuff
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Step #2: Get another soft, clean, dry towel, and start drying the garment. Concentrate on drying the seams first. However, if your garment has any grommet closures (aka lace-up or corset style) or zips, dry that area first, then go onto the seams. You don't have to scrub or press hard. Straight, gentle motions are fine. Don't worry too much about getting it exactly bone dry on the first go.
Step #3: Turn the inside out garment right side out. If it has been repeatedly shined, you will notice that the shiny outside of the garment dries faster than the rougher inside. Once again, concentrate on the seams then dry the rest. This time, be a little gentler with the towel so you don't accidentally scratch the surface.
Step #4: Next, make sure you got the garment as dry as possible (both inside and out) with the towel. You will know it's dry because it will feel dry to the touch and the latex material will have turned a lighter color. See this post again.
Step #5: Now it's time to talc it up like no tomorrow. Maybe I shouldn't have phrased it that way. You don't have to use a massive amount of talc--just enough to get the job done. I use a make-up brush to apply the talc. Note: don't use your wife's make-up brush. Use a new one without any make-up particles on it. You can buy one for cheap in any drug store.
With the make-up brush, you can get an even application. Once again, I like to start inside out, then turn it right side out. You don't have to talc the outside of the garment if you believe it's unnecessary, but I usually put on a light coating.
Here you can see the final results of our drying and talcing demo. It's all nice, clean, and ready for storage or another night out on the town.
Legal Disclaimer: Neither I nor Betty LaBamba are responsible if you somehow fuck up your garment in any way. It's all you. Don't blame me for shit. I spent hours putting this entry together for your benefit.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Big thanks to Rubberron for emailing me the scans!
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The content of the following pages is 18+ and is reproduced here for anthropological reasons. I warned you already; don't get offended if you get offended.
Page 1 (front cover)
page 17 (my favorite out of the bunch)
page 18 (very cool pic)
page 30 (back cover)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
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