Sunday, August 28, 2011

fantasy 70's african skinhead

Photographer Clayton James Cubitt's "fantasy anthropological study of African skinhead fashion from the early seventies".

108 mix tape vol 2

I'm hunkering down in my east village apartment as hurricane Irene gets ready to kiss New York. Its pretty wet outside but haven't seen any cows fly by yet. I made a mix tape just in case. "the only guarantee in life, is a life worth dying for" -atmosphere

you might as well download vol 1 while you are at it.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

momento mori

Memento mori is a Latin phrase translated as "Remember your mortality", "Remember you must die" or "Remember you will die"

troy trujillo

I got friends in low places. I got friends in high places and I have friends in Utah. Troy is one of my most important and closest friends. I have been trying to convince him to come tattoo as a guest in new york. Who wouldn't want something from him, right? Anyways...check his tumblr and track his every movement. This tattoo is on a girl, shaved for battle. Brutal.

Friday, August 19, 2011

billy the kid

Very proud of what Eddy and his band, Billy the Kid are doing in Central America. Looking forward to them touring Northern America. Respect to the Costa Rican and Ecuadorian brotherhood.
"March the streets, 30 or 40 strong. United against, A world that's wrong" -DYS

Sunday, August 14, 2011

108 septum chain

Hollei Graves demonstrates how subtle and delicate my 108 septum chains look. They are designed to give a fitted look while also being easily removed. She is pictured wearing rose gold. They come in 18k yellow gold, 14k rose gold and sterling silver. Available exclusively at NY Adorned. Shipping available.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

gold, opal, diamond

A Victorian 18ct gold opal and diamond mourning ring, the hinged top set with central opal flanked by diamonds, in star pattern mounts opening to reveal circular glass covered aperture, and engraved "Hilda" to inner band

Monday, August 8, 2011


I love watching fire burn and embers glow. I snapped this on my birthday in June, while camping outside of Woodstock, NY.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

ny adorned redux

Officially back at NY Adorned. I'm gonna miss the Love Adorned gang, but god damn its good to be home.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

purified in blood

Norway's finest. Great dudes! This video makes me want to pack up a van with 9 or 10 of my best friends and roll around the world.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

108 Minutes

Katya spotted this new hostel...

108 Minutes Hostel in Moscow, Russia

The first human spaceflight by Sovient cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin lasted 108 minutes. Our hostel is dedicated to this great event. We have just opened and still working on collecting things to display images, info, movies, designing the interior.
108 Minutes Hostel is situated in the heart of Moscow, 15 minutes away from Red Square and all the major city attractions of the city centre.

Yuri Gagarin

into the gloss

Love Emily Weiss and her fashion blog Into the Gloss...

Love, Adorned

There’s something in the air this summer that has all of my friends hankering for a piercing: a second earlobe hole (eighth grade-style), a cartilage loop, even a nipple ring (barbell, rather—chicer than a hoop). J. Colby Smith, the in-house needle wizard at Love, Adorned, isn’t surprised: “Piercings always come in waves—I believe that there’s a mass consciousness, that somehow people just pick up on,” he says. “There are certain weeks where there are obvious influxes of one thing. I’ve always wanted to chart it, like do a Piercing Almanac or something. [Laughs]”
A piercing almanac is just the sort of thing that might be sold at Love, Adorned, a special kind of concept store on Elizabeth Street in New York. It opened up in December but stemmed from New York Adorned, a tattoo and piercing studio on 2nd Avenue, which is temporarily closed for renovations. I’d visited the original before, and, in all honesty—the Elizabeth Street location is a whole new bag, baby. While beautiful fine jewelry from mostly-local designers has always been a focus for owner Lori Leven, she’s now expanded the offerings to home and beauty—including Embryolisse creams and Intelligent Nutrients essential oils. The curly neon sign out front lures you in to the airy, sky-lit boutique and before you know it, you’re seated on the velvet Victorian couch giddily waiting for your turn with Colby. “People wander in without knowing that piercings are even done here, they’ll look around, they look at stuff, feel comfortable, and then they realize it’s a piercing studio, and they’re like, ‘Oh, you know, I’ve always wanted that thing…’” he says. “I think piercing and tattoo shops can be really intimidating to walk into; even I get intimidated. But people don’t come in here with the same apprehensions as they might at other places.”
Case in point: Laura Vidrequin, an assistant buyer at Atrium who was perusing the cases of jewelry while her friend got his hair cut at nearby Freeman’s. She didn’t have any piercings when she moved from Paris to New York a year ago, and now she has, “like, six,” delicate gold hoops in her ears. She’s admittedly low maintenance and very French at the same time (“I don’t wear makeup ever, but anytime I have something on my skin it’s Chanel,”) and she embodies the kind of girls who are getting a little something here, or a little something there, these days. Colby sees “anyone from an opera singer, to a ballerina, to models” on a given Saturday, but maintains, “We kind of just do the classic stuff—we keep it tasteful. I think people have a perception of piercing that you have to be extreme, or heavily modified, and that’s not necessarily the case.” The trend this summer? “One nipple piercing, on girls, is really in style. There are a lot of models who have it and have been showing it in magazines—Freja Beha, Erin Wasson, Candice Swanepoel, Rosie Huntington [Whiteley], they’ve all kind of showed it.” The piercing jewelry is all the way in the back of the store, displayed on Plexiglass cubes and organized according to metal type. On the day I visited, I wanted the smallest gold hoop available for the mid-earlobe—just above a hole I’d gotten at seventeen, which I’d sworn had closed up. “No, it didn’t,” Colby said after one look. “I’ll bet you a dollar.” I took the bet then surrendered the dollar five minutes later, realizing the hole was tight but not lost. He tossed the bill into a tip jar near another George Washington, scrawled with “You were right, Asshole,” from an earlier client who was told by Mr. Smith that getting her septum (the middle of the nose) pierced wasn’t going to hurt.
None of the jewelry in the store is cheap—chalk it up to the premium value of gold at the moment—and the piercing jewelry is no exception, unless you go for surgical stainless steel, which is the most popular option for the initial round. “I think the steel comes across very college-y,” Colby admits, “So we see a lot of people transitioning from that to gold or rose gold when they’re working and finally making some money—all the surgical steel is coming out and the gold is going in. The fake CZs are coming out and the real diamonds are going in.” Do yourself a favor: don’t make bets with Colby and opt for the 18k.

Love, Adorned 269 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012 Tel: 212-431-5683