Issue No. 017
Dope / Not Dope: “Reebok is trying to carve out a new place in an athleisure-driven sportswear market by prioritizing women and embracing style.” A resurgence of 1990s fashion trends is helping.
Dope: Airbnb set to diversify, will begin designing houses and urban planning. “The company is a digital product, after all, ever vulnerable to being replaced by a hungry competitor. Buildings are physical entities. They’re real estate and the world’s infrastructure. A software company that wants to future-proof itself could do worse than investing in buildings.”
Dope: Chance the Rapper sets music aside for his new release to focus on his other passion—Chicago. In a genuinely informative new video Chance the Rapper plays a tongue-in-cheek Chicagoist reporter explaining Chicago's convoluted aldermanic system. The timing not accidental with the Aldermanic elections taking place in February 2019. Pop artists have long clumsily infused themselves into politics but this feels different, more honest with actual personal investment. Chance having acquired The Chicagoist this past July. An example I hope others with wide reach will follow. There being the potential to effect real incremental change on local levels.
Not Dope: Men's penises are half-an-inch smaller if they are exposed to high levels of chemicals in non-stick frying pans and fast food packaging while in the womb, study finds.
Dope / Not Dope: I advocate dialog of differences over violence all day long. Especially in an era where shouting down your ideological opposite seems to be a new norm. If in your next argument all fails and there is nothing left to be said this is the only way to go out. An inadvertent truce with a millennial wand.
Dope: A near endless scroll of pulp magazine illustrations and art from the 20s-50s. I love the imagination and craft of these unknown artists. Beyond the obvious aesthetic accomplishment of beautifully relaying ones own vision or ideas to another, I often wonder about the artists process. I imagine a drafting table with desk lamp, an ash tray and apron, piles of pencils and brushes. Packaging up a physical piece to hand off to a courier or post man.
Dope: Stephen Ormandy describes his work being “born of the subconscious mind—looking for vibration and rhythm, the play of line creating positive and negative space, searching for tonal balance through contrast or harmony, while developing chroma relationships that hug or repel.”