09 5 / 2012

It’s been a rough week. Don’t worry! You can take a little “me” break.
Spotted by Danielle at the VanDusen Botanical Garden (Vancouver BC).

It’s been a rough week. Don’t worry! You can take a little “me” break.

Spotted by Danielle at the VanDusen Botanical Garden (Vancouver BC).

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26 4 / 2012

Class, as seen in a Taipei night market.
Photo by Sean Marc Lee. For more deftly captured Taiwanese ephemera visit his tumblr.

Class, as seen in a Taipei night market.

Photo by Sean Marc Lee. For more deftly captured Taiwanese ephemera visit his tumblr.

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23 4 / 2012

San Francisco is a Wonderland and these girls (“half-Chinese, duh” -their older sister and photographer) are like twin Alices in the moment of meeting the Caterpillar. In his hand he holds a Mandarin orange, not to eat or to consider, but as an extension of his person. Part Buddha, part explosion at a craft store, our sloppy mystic exists on a higher, slightly uneven plane that we only mistakenly perceive to be a city bus on the Chinatown route.
He could be the nephew of the Best Dressed Man in the World. I see the same flair for color layering, hopefully a strong genetic trait, with a bit still to be desired in the presentation department. Although, to his credit as an individual, somewhere in there appears to be a necklace made of potholder loops. Even hipsters of the most iron constitutions might not have that kind of courage. 


Photos by Catherine Beadles, March 2012.

San Francisco is a Wonderland and these girls (“half-Chinese, duh” -their older sister and photographer) are like twin Alices in the moment of meeting the Caterpillar. In his hand he holds a Mandarin orange, not to eat or to consider, but as an extension of his person. Part Buddha, part explosion at a craft store, our sloppy mystic exists on a higher, slightly uneven plane that we only mistakenly perceive to be a city bus on the Chinatown route.

He could be the nephew of the Best Dressed Man in the World. I see the same flair for color layering, hopefully a strong genetic trait, with a bit still to be desired in the presentation department. Although, to his credit as an individual, somewhere in there appears to be a necklace made of potholder loops. Even hipsters of the most iron constitutions might not have that kind of courage. 

Photos by Catherine Beadles, March 2012.

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15 4 / 2012

Spring is here! Spring is here! Put on your socks and sandals because spring is here!
Crocs and sandals,
socks and sandals,
crocks envy socks with high heel sandals.

Johannes took this photo in July 2011 in the Shanghai Metro, Line 8.

Spring is here! Spring is here! Put on your socks and sandals because spring is here!

Crocs and sandals,

socks and sandals,

crocks envy socks with high heel sandals.

Johannes took this photo in July 2011 in the Shanghai Metro, Line 8.

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04 4 / 2012

Let’s layer up some colors, hunch ourselves in a headless, Nick Cave soundsuit, sort of way, and go on a coupon safari! 
Carman Chan from Vancouver, Canada says she saw this granny maintain her pose for a good couple of minutes, and advises that there are no coupons to be found in the Chinese newspapers. I must say I’ve known many Chinese people to enthusiastically pursue a bargain, but not a one to use coupons. Maybe it seems like a waste of time when all the food at the Chinese grocery store is already half as expensive as other places, and when you can just relentlessly ask for discounts in person. Or maybe I’m just stereotyping. On this site? No way!

Let’s layer up some colors, hunch ourselves in a headless, Nick Cave soundsuit, sort of way, and go on a coupon safari!

Carman Chan from Vancouver, Canada says she saw this granny maintain her pose for a good couple of minutes, and advises that there are no coupons to be found in the Chinese newspapers. I must say I’ve known many Chinese people to enthusiastically pursue a bargain, but not a one to use coupons. Maybe it seems like a waste of time when all the food at the Chinese grocery store is already half as expensive as other places, and when you can just relentlessly ask for discounts in person. Or maybe I’m just stereotyping. On this site? No way!

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27 3 / 2012

He likes to party and he likes The Party. 
Even before taking into account the overall twinkly, Disney-chrome quality of the scene, just the man and his boom box are somehow almost achingly sweet. One wonders though, was he, moments after this photo was taken, jumping and twisting on the sidewalk in a fervent breakdance to the beats of a rousing Chairman Mao speech? Did he even have to unbutton one button to do it?
Sheree Chen found this picture while digging through her grandparents’ stuff.

He likes to party and he likes The Party.

Even before taking into account the overall twinkly, Disney-chrome quality of the scene, just the man and his boom box are somehow almost achingly sweet. One wonders though, was he, moments after this photo was taken, jumping and twisting on the sidewalk in a fervent breakdance to the beats of a rousing Chairman Mao speech? Did he even have to unbutton one button to do it?

Sheree Chen found this picture while digging through her grandparents’ stuff.

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18 3 / 2012

To set a lone tenant of aesthetic appraisal to this man, I choose: Balance. Notice how the graceful curve and heft of his exposed belly is terminated in another bulge, the artfully hanging codpiece pack. A pale yin to a bulky yang. This is echoed in the delicate tuft of bleached yellow hair floating atop his formidable shaved dome. Art! Living, breathing art.
Alison Jia saw him “directing parking in the bus lot near the city wall in Xi’an.”  Check out her sweet ceramics project Middle Kingdom Porcelain and you’ll find even more pleasing Chinese forms.

To set a lone tenant of aesthetic appraisal to this man, I choose: Balance. Notice how the graceful curve and heft of his exposed belly is terminated in another bulge, the artfully hanging codpiece pack. A pale yin to a bulky yang. This is echoed in the delicate tuft of bleached yellow hair floating atop his formidable shaved dome. Art! Living, breathing art.

Alison Jia saw him “directing parking in the bus lot near the city wall in Xi’an.”  Check out her sweet ceramics project Middle Kingdom Porcelain and you’ll find even more pleasing Chinese forms.

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13 3 / 2012

The submitter of this photo swears that the following story is 100% true. No posse was hidden in the car with their discreet video cameras and slow-smirks blazing, but maybe this was a masterpiece of NYC subway performance art all the same:

"When I ride the R train I like to beatbox. If I hold my hand out sometimes people give me money, other times I get dap from the youngsters (it’s a sign of respect apparently), but most of the time people try to ignore me as I remind them that even after all these years It’s (still) All About The Benjamins. 


This day was different. On this day my musical stylings were matched by this lyrical genius. He tilted his hat, folded his newspaper and proceeded to be the Fresh Prince to my Jazzy Jeff. We held the train under the spell of our call-and-response. We channeled the greats from an almost forgotten era…Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Premier & Guru (RIP), Eric B. & Rakim. For a brief moment, time stopped. We were a two-man revolution. There were no contenders. We never spoke again.”

- Khris Pants

The submitter of this photo swears that the following story is 100% true. No posse was hidden in the car with their discreet video cameras and slow-smirks blazing, but maybe this was a masterpiece of NYC subway performance art all the same:

"When I ride the R train I like to beatbox. If I hold my hand out sometimes people give me money, other times I get dap from the youngsters (it’s a sign of respect apparently), but most of the time people try to ignore me as I remind them that even after all these years It’s (still) All About The Benjamins. 
This day was different. On this day my musical stylings were matched by this lyrical genius. He tilted his hat, folded his newspaper and proceeded to be the Fresh Prince to my Jazzy Jeff. We held the train under the spell of our call-and-response. We channeled the greats from an almost forgotten era…Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Premier & Guru (RIP), Eric B. & Rakim. For a brief moment, time stopped. We were a two-man revolution. There were no contenders. We never spoke again.”

- Khris Pants

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08 3 / 2012

Let’s do this. You are in a wheelchair now, but nothing can stop you from becoming the break dancing light of the world. Just ask that young man to hold your bag so that you can get to dazzling us.
The mysterious Patronacles Marcoux took this photo at the Puerto Vallarta airport.

Let’s do this. You are in a wheelchair now, but nothing can stop you from becoming the break dancing light of the world. Just ask that young man to hold your bag so that you can get to dazzling us.

The mysterious Patronacles Marcoux took this photo at the Puerto Vallarta airport.

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29 2 / 2012

Sneers, raised eyebrows, confrontational poses, nonchalance, Mom’s sunglasses, advanced color coordination, killer hats: these Canadian siblings know what they’re doing. One’s even got a tiny messenger bag! This reminds me of how I sometimes also want to run up and pinch adult cool kids on the cheek for their (however solemn) cuteness.
Pictured here are Derek (the submitter), Sandy and Peter in Hamilton, Ontario, sometime in the early ’90s.
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Beverage pride is another sign of early hipster-like behavior.

Sneers, raised eyebrows, confrontational poses, nonchalance, Mom’s sunglasses, advanced color coordination, killer hats: these Canadian siblings know what they’re doing. One’s even got a tiny messenger bag! This reminds me of how I sometimes also want to run up and pinch adult cool kids on the cheek for their (however solemn) cuteness.

Pictured here are Derek (the submitter), Sandy and Peter in Hamilton, Ontario, sometime in the early ’90s.

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Beverage pride is another sign of early hipster-like behavior.

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