Oh what a lovely bunch of things we had delivered by Her Majesty’s Postal Service this week! In fact, first up we have a journal wrapped in golden loo roll – worthy of use by Liz herself – and full of kingly content. Besides this is a magazine that would make excellent toilet reading and a collection of hilarious, satirical posters from an Italian artist and designer. Continuing this global theme are two pairs of African-print boxers which promise to add a bit of zest to any men’s underwear department, and a zine from Mike Perry himself.
AWOL is big, it’s broadsheet and it’s brilliant. Each full page spread of photos is that much more satisfying to behold in A2 and it also has heaps of interviews with designers, publishers and artists, many – but not all – from Singapore. Our copy arrived in a shiny gold sheath made of pure toilet paper. Woah.
Makeshift: Issue #9
Under the rather ambiguous subtitle “A Field Guide to Hidden Creativity”, Makeshift brings together a sweep of interesting and international articles. This is the kind of magazine that’s great to have lying around and to dip in and out of every now and again, picking up little nuggets of knowledge. From a timely piece on tunnels stretching from Egypt to the Gaza strip, to a feature on economic opportunities for inmates in a Louisiana prison, Makeshift seeks creativity at work across the world in many different guises. This issue focuses on navigation. Hope it floats your boat!
Tomaso Marcolla: Poster
This is one book that shouldn’t be judged by its cover. Inside is a collection of funny and satirical posters by Tomaso Marcolla, Italian graphic designer and artist. On an anti-smoking poster a figure from Pompeii tries to clamber out of a heap of ash beside a giant stubbed-out cigarette. Illustrating the socio-economic divide between the northern and southern hemispheres, Tomaso imposes the outline of the world map onto a half-eaten, top heavy apple. His work is simple, but its message is powerful.
Boxer shorts: Wear Zulu
Fed up of your whitey tighties? Bored by your Calvin Kleins? Wear Zulu are for you then; these bold and beautiful boxers will make you wish you never had to put your trousers back on. The company even donates 10% of their profits to AIDS charities, so you can feel extra good wearing these pants. Colourful, fun, and something a little bit different: these boxers sure have got balls.
Zine: Mike Perry
Designer, painter, sculptor, printer, working for Apple, The New York Times, Urban Outfitters and Nike, Mike Perry is a man with many fingers in many pies. In a small nook of unused time, he collected “a bunch of rejected drawings I did for the New Yorker” and sent them our way. Lucky us.
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