Plumb Goods Notebooks

A new kind of journal, designed by different artists every season, that's meant to be judged by its cover

Just about every bookstore has that one display of notebooks up by the register; filled with the same, cookie-cutter selection of bound paper. The journals aren’t so much dated as they are uninspiring. Thus, we’re happy to have come across Plumb, a new brand of notebooks designed by artists. They are the creation of San Francisco-based artist Tucker Nichols, who would hack store-bought journals to …

Blast Skates Illustrated Boards

Limited edition, artist-designed decks—handmade with love in England

A little while ago London-based illustrator Matthew Bromley put his freelance illustration career on hold in favor of a nine-to-five design job. This regular salary has meant Bromley could fund his very own skate label, Blast Skates. This week, the new brand launches a series of three beautiful British-made boards featuring new artwork by James Jarvis, Marcus Oakley and Jon Boam. “Being a skateboarder and …

The Thing Quarterly: Issue 22

Godfather of conceptual art, John Baldessari reimagines the pillowcase

John Baldessari, the prolific visual artist and living legend hailing from southern California, has left nary a medium untouched—painting, photography, printmaking, video, sculpture, installation and more—in his quest to find beauty, drama and art in the ordinary. Dubbed the “godfather of conceptual art” and famous for being “that” guy who cremated his works from 1953 to 1966, Baldessari is a somewhat of an anomaly in …