MR. DOOL


Photoshop in Real Life
January 29, 2010, 5:24 pm
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This is apparently old news to regular DesignBoom readers, but when I saw it today on Flavorwire’s list of Presents for Your Valentine That Don’t Suck, it was enough to almost make me J in my P’s.  It’s a prototype for a “color picker” pen — a real life Photoshop eyedropper tool that lets you draw in the color of any actual objects you choose.  Korean designer Jinsu Park is the mastermind behind all of this, and if he can actually make the color picker a reality, he will one day be a very rich man.  Now all we need is a real life stamp tool and we’re in business.  More pics below, including one of Jinsu’s maybe-girlfriend coloring. Continue reading



Time Capsule: Grandmaster Flash & Fab 5 Freddy
January 28, 2010, 8:48 pm
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(Image via Nerd Boyfriend — one of my favorite sites)



Marina and the Diamonds with Gonzales, “Hollywood”
January 28, 2010, 8:00 pm
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TOBE Footwear

Gregory’s Got a Groupie has a sneak peek at the new collection from New Zealand footwear label ToBe.  New Zealand’s been getting more respect lately from a style standpoint, with labels like Stolen Girlfriends Club and Cassius Eyewear gaining fans worldwide, and up-and-comers like the difficult-to-Google For Good giving the island nation some more indie cred.

ToBe fits right in with these casual kicks in black and white.  I’m partial to the white hi-top, with a bright blue sole — simple, clean, with enough kick to give it some extra style points.  Check out some more of the collection after the jump.

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Mr. Dool Approves: Unhappy Hipsters

Dwell Magazine teaches its readership to be at home in the modern world, accompanied by beautifully-shot, if strangely emotionally detached, photos of grandiose homes, elaborate backyards, unconventional furniture and other stuff white people like.  Here to push it over the edge of self-parody: Unhappy Hipsters, a Tumblr with captions like the one above that will make you laugh out loud.  Who knows how long it will remain active before Dwell steps in to take it down, so enjoy it while it lasts.  If you’re so inclined, you can also follow the site on Twitter here for updates when new entries are posted.



Bye Hater
January 27, 2010, 9:20 pm
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One of the things that I’ve always hated about the anonymity the internet affords is how easy it is for bloggers and commenters to fall back on snark for snark’s sake, nitpicking, name-calling, bitching, moaning and the like.  This is not by any stretch of the imagination a profound observation on my part — there are entire books devoted to the topic, and blogs that have done very well peddling this sort of discourse.  I read those blogs and I’m guilty of a good amount of sarcasm, cheap-shots and cynicism myself.

There’s also a very specific type of writing that seems to plague a lot of style bloggers, probably stemming from the cooler-than-thou attitude that is so prevalent among fashion snobs.  You can see it on blogs telling people what not to wear, what unfortunate, everyday people are doing wrong, why this label is better than that, why this site sucks and this boutique is over, why tucking your pants into boots is awesome or lame, why scarves are cool or Americana is out.

Quite frankly, it’s exhausting.  And it undermines the point of developing a sense of personal style, which by definition is an individualized, unique manifestation of your own perspective and opinions.

From here on out, I’m adopting a more positive stance.  I haven’t been too bad on here, but for a blog that’s supposed to just be a collection of things I like, there has been a little too much negativity for my taste.  So, now, I’ve got a new attitude: if I like it, it’s going on here.  If I’m on the fence, there’s a way to talk about things without spiraling into a snark attack.  And if I hate it, I just won’t post it.  That sounds to me like it would be more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Now, having said that, there are a few things I need to get off my chest.

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Street Shooting Man: Tommy Ton for GQ
January 27, 2010, 1:00 am
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After a “25 Most Stylish Men in the World 2010” feature that was decidedly meh, GQ has really upped the ante on street style with their A+ man-on-the-scene portfolio from Paris and Milan by photographer Tommy Ton.  Sure, it helps that Ton is taking photos on the streets where many of arguably the most stylish men — or at least those most invested in style — are congregating, but his keen eye for detail puts that other street photographer (the one with the homeless fetish) to shame.  Pelayo Diaz Zapico and his trademark kilt even make a cameo.  And with snapshots this carefully observed, I’m not mad at the in-house self-love thrown in the mix, either.

See the full series here, or have a look at what Sartorially Inclined has to say here.