Monday, May 31, 2010

Flags: Part 1


For better or worse flags are a distinct form of masculine, decorative expression. We see the Rebel flag on a bumper, Ol' Glory hanging in a dorm room window, or the Union Jack on a leather jacket. For better: we love to declare who we are, where we come from, and what we believe in. For worse: we usually choose unflattering ways of making these declarations, showing off our bad taste rather than proclaiming our ideals. This series of posts is meant to encourage these proclamations, but provide innovative ideas for marrying our vestiges of patriotism with aesthetic sophistication. Murals, curtains, fine art, installations, folk art, pillows and throws, all can be outlets for flag fanatics and will be addressed in more detail in later posts.

This inaugural post is a mere introduction, since this topic is rife with creative inspiration. This week I'll be sharing some flags (in various incarnations) I've come across in my travels, both on road and via web explorations.

Enjoy and have a Happy Memorial Day!

Ret. LTC Kenny Millsap's
American flag in Warrensburg, MO

A small camper/truck on HWY 80 selling various flags.

Yes, that is Barack Obama on the Confederate flag.

Missouri and Iowa State Seal
paintings by Tim Wirth

A small collection of flags,
the green "'M' is for Mustache" flag is
Haylie Bird Waring.

My iPhone cover
and a page
from a vintage Cub Scout Book.

A hand woven piece of folk art depicting the
Puerto Rican flag in the island's silhouette

The Flag to Somewhere
(installation view)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Razzle, Dazzle 'Em! Tie-Fantazzel 'Em!

A necktie is, without question, the most typical male accessory and stand-by, last-minute gift idea (ask any dad on Father's Day). It can be a struggle when trying to spice up one of the most sedate accoutrements in male fashion short of buying a colorful, Looney Tunes tie with Bugs front and center.

But wait! Before you go down that perilous road follow the guide bellow on how to transform your business noose into a blingin' neck piece.

1. What it's going to take:

A cute, vintage tie, a hammer,
a metallic setting, and clear crystal.

*DO NOT use a silk tie! The fabric will pucker when the crystal is firmly set.
*Sterling silver settings and Swarovski crystals were used for this project.
*Crystals and settings can be purchased in bulk from a variety of online sources.

2. Insert the crystal in the setting face down.

3. Position the tie on top of the setting face down,
placing the setting in the desired location.

Then puncture the tie.

4. Fold the four prongs toward the center of the
setting one at a time.
For the softer skinned
gents, a thimble is completely acceptable.

5. Give the folded prongs a little
love tap (or two) with your hammer
to fully tighten the setting.

6. Tah Dah! And now you have your own dandy tie!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How it all came about....

"Not another blog!" my friends bellowed.

"No, indeed," I replied, "not ANOTHER blog, but THE blog that will lend a helping hand to the forgotten, the oppressed, and the style-conscious (yet confused) men yearning for a way to express themselves.

For the men desperate to know how and why to wear brooches!

The men who cry out 'How do I bedazzle a necktie!'

The men who declare 'No more will I be afraid to plan a game night for
my fellow gentlemen, and not know what appetizers to serve!!!'

This, my friends, is about liberation from boring wardrobes,
freedom from ho-hum apartments,
and deliverance to a lifestyle of old-fashioned,
down right, good, clean fun!"

The hopeful look in my friends' eyes said it all. I knew what I had to do. Bravely I took up the burden, put on my bowtie, and began to type...