Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Knit Your Own Space Helmet
I can't imagine this was ever comfortable or warm: just look at where the wool touches. Under the chin -- wear a sweater turtleneck, you can at least pull it away or wear something underneath it; in this case, you need it cinched tight. The 'earflaps' go right up to the corner of the eye. A little bit of cat fur on my face drives me crazy, let alone rubbing the only textile made from tiny, tiny needles against the edges of my eyelid. Maybe she knitted her iPod earbuds right into that thing and that's the appeal. It sure ain't the appeal of looking like an astronaut reject.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Keep A Gnome In Your Pocket
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
1970s Dekotora - Crazy-Ass Japanese Semis
The Popular Mechanics article does give credit to a series of trucker movies that started in 1975, but doesn't name it. The magazine calls these truckers "members of Japan's Utamaro Kai", crediting the name and origins to Kitagawa Utamaro, an 18th century Japanese arist "who liked to paint women and insects." Hopefully they mean likenesses -- you can only put so much paint on a spider before it gets angry. The trucks are done up in a modernistic style combining the classics with modern crome and power.
Are they still doing decotora to their trucks today? Of course they are!
(Photos credited to Joan Mann; article by Victor Chase and Milton Mann)