Out of Office, Living the Dream

David Carson at home in Tortola, BVI.

Juan F. Thompson


The son of Gonzo talks about growing up to not be like Dad.

Squeezing Balls For Creativity


Apparently this works.

Right About Now

Creators No Longer Creating


Notable departures from earth in 2015


Lemmy Kilmister, lead singer of Motörhead

Ellsworth Kelly, abstract artist

B. B. King, the King of Blues

Yogi Berra, Yankee catcher

Jackie Collins, Best-Selling bedroom Novelist

Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub

Chris Burden, conceptualist artist

John Fairchild, legendary publisher and editor

Anita Ekberg, Ultimate Babe of Yore

Rowdy Roddy Piper, WWF Legend

Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilot

Daevid Allen, Avant-garde musician and founder of Gong

Peter Dougherty, creator of Yo! MTV Raps

Burt Shavitz, the hermit co-founder and face of Burt’s Bees

Christian Audigier, luxury trucking hat pioneer and fashion designer

Elio Fiorucci, fashion designer and retail visionary

Ingrid Sischy, writer, editor and cultural critic

Wes Craven, King of Slasher Films

Tony Verna, Inventor of instant replay

Sean Price, Bucktown rapper

Catherine Coulson, Log Lady

George Barris, Pioneer of car customization

Patrick Fallon, Advertising visionary

Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, Motörhead Drummer

Darryl Dawkins aka “Chocolate Thunder”, NBA backboard breaker

Moses Malone, 76ers’ ‘Chairman of the Boards’

Dean Smith, UNC basketball coach

Taylor Negron, comedian and actor

Stephen Pizzurro aka “The Pizz”, Lord of Lowbrow Art

Allen Toussaint, New Orleans musician

Noah Davis, L.A. Painter and Installation Artist

Skip Yowell, Co-Founder of JanSport 

Sasha Petraske, Cocktail Club Impresario

Joshua Ozersky, Meat Loving Food Writer

Don Featherstone, Inventor of the Pink (plastic) Flamingo

Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock

Wyatt Neumann, fearless photographer and creative director

Sonny Madrid, founder of Lowrider magazine

Carol Doda, Pioneer of Topless Entertainment

Blaze Starr, voluptuous stripper and Queen of Burlesque

Hermann Zapf, typeface designer behind Optima and Palatino

Verne Gagne, a “matinee wrestling idol”

Albert Maysles, Pioneering Documentarian

Jerry Dior, designer of Major League Baseball’s Logo

Ben E. King, Singer of ‘Stand by Me’

Shigeru Mizuki, Influential Japanese Cartoonist

Dave Sweet, creator of the foam-core surfboard

Minnie Minoso, the MLB’s first black player out of Latin America

Jerry Tarkanian, famed coach of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

Michael Gross, designer of the ‘Ghostbusters’ Logo

Vincent Marotta Sr., Creator of Mr. Coffee

Irving Harper, Creator of the Marshmallow Sofa

Jean Nidetch, Co-Founder of Weight Watchers

Stuart Scott, ESPN

David Carr, New York Times

Michael Graves, Architect and postmodernist designer

Morris Wilkins, designer of the heart-shaped bathtub and champagne flute tub

Chuck Williams, Founder of Williams-Sonoma

Full Speed Ahead


Nathaniel Russell’s 2016 calendar

“The idea that everybody thinks they’re specialists with voices that deserve to be heard has actually made everyone’s voice less meaningful.”


Bret Easton Ellis on Living in the Cult of Likability

How to Survive 436 Days Lost At Sea


The crazy story of Salvador Alvarenga, the 36-year-old fisherman who went out for the day’s catch and ended up 6,700 miles from home.

Shrink Shrunk Shrank

How stress affects your brain

James Franco, Ward of the Court

“I just have to keep appealing to her to understand because she knew what she was getting into.”


One man’s love for adidas has his wife thinking about leaving him.

via, fourpins

Parallel Rails: ICHABOD


ICHABOD’s is a story I’ve been wanting to tell for several years now. I present it here: words by me, photos by various friends of the artist. By the way: I’m not ICHABOD and I very rarely facilitate contact between him and others. – Caleb Neelon, 


ICHABOD is a master of American freight train graffiti: prolific, durable, and consistent. In a game where thousands of graffiti writers compete to make their names as densely distributed as possible throughout the nearly two million freight cars across North America, ICH has been among the very best and most successful. Ceaselessly repeating his ultra-legible signature piece, he makes two things as likely as can be in graffiti: that his name will be rolling on every train in North America, and that you, me, and anyone else will be able to read it.

“The appeal of a freight train for me was obvious from the start, because I was fascinated with freight trains before I started writing,” ICHABOD – or ICH, for short – explains. “Most people want to write their name in the sense of ‘Kilroy Was Here,’ that ‘I was here, at this geographical location.’ If you paint a tag or a burner on a wall, it’s partly you saying ‘I was here,’ but partly, people have to go to see it, it’s one location. But freights, freights are moving walls. When you paint a freight, you never know where it will end up: alongside a highway in a very prominent spot in a downtown area, or in a cornfield in Nebraska. I’ve done freights where the Atlantic Ocean was at my back while I was painting them, since the layup was right on the water, and those trains have gone and seen the Pacific Ocean and been parked next to the Pacific.”

Those sentiments and experiences are hardly unique to ICHABOD: they encapsulate much of the essential appeal of painting freight trains, an activity with thousands of practitioners across the continent. And like the top tier of practitioners of freight train graffiti, ICH researched the United States rail system with the passion of the most serious railfan: he learned which types of cars are most likely to travel the most widely, and which will only run back and forth on a defined route. He learned which types of cars look best when painted, and based on the customers they served, where he might find them laid up on nights and weekends. And he learned how to sustain his painting spots by secrecy, strategy, and the rigorous discouragement of uninvited graffiti writers.

While mastering the rail system and how to scatter one’s name on it most effectively was also not unique to ICHABOD among seasoned train painters, he dove in as deeply as anyone. What separated him was his willingness to paint what was essentially the same piece – an I, C, H, with each at an angle to one another (what graffiti writers call a ‘tick-tock’) with a skull character next to it – more than 3,000 times and counting. (Graffiti writers are often exaggerators, but a look through the ICHABOD flickr group will dispel a lot of doubt one might have with regard to that number). Where many of his peers would get creatively itchy and break their own mold with regularity, ICH never tired of it. “It fits the master plan,” he explains. “I can’t count the number of people who want to get famous by doing graffiti, but who change their style every week or every time they go out. First of all, a lot of writers won’t even know that it’s the same person, and certainly the general public can’t tell that it’s the same person. But it’s simple: it’s brand recognition. Coca-Cola doesn’t go changing its logo every week. You want to get inside people’s brains and burn that one spot, over and over. Especially considering that you’ll only go so far in illegal activity before you get caught. There’s a clock running. You don’t want to have to retire before you made the dent you wanted to make. And how can you make that dent if you aren’t using repetition as one of your tools?”

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