Mr. Dool Approves: Crewneck Sweatshirts

Complain all you want when a beautiful weekend in the high 70’s is followed by a week of rain — that’s spring in the Northeast.  So to be prepared for the ups and downs of the season, why not turn to an old standby: the crewneck sweatshirt.  Despite the best efforts of Justin Bieber, hoodies no longer reign supreme; everyone from American Apparel to Alexander Wang has their own take on the ultimate layering piece, meaning you can spend anywhere from $20 to triple digits.  Thankfully, if you do splurge, it can be a sound investment — keep the shirts around for cool summer nights, crisp fall days and under heavy coats in the winter.

From left to right: T by Alexander Wang ($115); Viktor & Rolf ($395); BDG ($39); American Apparel ($42); J. Crew ($98); Trainerspotter (£55); Acne ($149).


Mixtape Monday, Vol. 2

Some old.  Some new.  All good.  An assortment of what I’m listening to now.

1.) “Pump My Pumps,” Dan Black
2.) “Bermuda,” Kisses
3.) “I Can’t Go For That,” The Bird and the Bee
4.) “The Right Direction,” The Dirty Diamonds
5.) “Promises,” The Morning Benders

6.) “Ambling Alp,” Yeasayer
7.) “Hollywood (Live at SXSW),” Marina & the Diamonds
8.) “This Bed,” Alicia Keys
9.) “Bring It Back DJ,” Maino
10.) “Get Fresh,” Kid Sister

March 29, 2010, 9:58 pm
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Graffiti artists have been going mainstream for years, from Cope2 designing Chuck Taylors, to Claw Money’s successful clothing line, BNE given the New York Times profile treatment and Christina Aguilera buying up Banksy prints.  And while most of these artists still hang on to their “Fuck The Man” mentality, there is something to be said for the no-name kids out there today, tagging walls (and people’s front doors) in the original wild style spirit inherited from the greats.  Graffiti certainly has its detractors, but for me it’s something that is so integral to city life — a point supported by simply taking in the spray painted walls and urban structures all over the world.  I’m always drawn to graffiti whenever I travel, and make it a point to document what I see, from the political to the personal.  After the jump and above, I’ve included a sampling from four cities I’ve visited over the past few years, including Dublin, Lisbon, my own New York and San Juan, PR.   Enjoy.

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” I Think I Like U 2,” Jamaica
March 23, 2010, 8:32 pm
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Brooklyn Flea
March 22, 2010, 12:01 am
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This morning I ventured overseas for a quick visit to the Brooklyn Flea.  A New York institution, the flea market (housed during the winter months in the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank) might be the only place where you can find vintage taxidermy, homemade t-shirts and fish tacos all under one roof.  It’s the type of place that allows people to really revel in their quirks — both the vendors peddling things like boxes of doll heads and the shoppers who gleefully snatch them up.  I was on a mission to pick up a few things for work and didn’t have too much time to browse, but I snapped some photos of the scene below.  Next weekend is the flea market’s last for the season at the Williamsburg Savings Bank, before returning to Fort Greene on Saturdays and DUMBO on Sundays for the summer.

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Six Things #1

Six things I like this week.  Details after the jump.

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Saddle Shoes for Everyone, by Everyone

In the fall of ’07, bolstered by a strange fascination I had at the time with The Specials, I decided I wanted to purchase a great pair of black and white saddle shoes.  This is weird on a few levels, namely that I just tried to find a picture of anyone in The Specials wearing saddle shoes and wasn’t able to do so, even after a stalker-deep Google search.  So, I’m not sure where I got the idea that they wore them.  Also weird that I wanted to dress like a semi-defunct British ska band, but it must have resonated pretty deeply, because I also bought a pair of Fred Perry suspenders for the same reason and wore them in public approximately once.

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