31.12.08

SPOTTED [VOL. IX]

We spotted this amazing toilet cistern in the best pizza place in Brooklyn.

joes[a]fiend

30.12.08

LEGAL GRAFFITI IN NEW YORK CITY

"5 Pointz is a free public outdoor art exhibit that spans a full city block in Long Island City, Queens. It is a commercial factory building that is almost entirely covered by Aerosol Art, more commonly known as graffiti.

5 Pointz is an organized outdoor gallery which is curated by Meres One. The walls painted on the building are all done with a permit after a review of the artists work and proper placement by Meres. The placement is decided on by the quality of the work, the time the artist is willing to spend on it will also determine the amount of time it will last. All murals are eventually gone over due to an influx of artists from all over the world, including the originators of this sub-culture and some of the most famous and talented to do it throughout the decades."

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE IMAGES ON OUR FLICKR PAGE

joes[a]fiend

28.12.08

FIRE MEATS DESIRE

If you didn't manage to get your leg over at your work Christmas party fear not. New Years is just around the corner and Burger King is at hand to make it even easier.

We present... FLAME, the new fragrance by the king of burgers to help you be even more irresistible to the opposite sex [as long as they're not vegetarian] and dogs!

The masters of meat describes the fragrance pretty well themselves:

“The WHOPPER sandwich is America’s favourite burger. FLAME by BK captures the essence of that love and gives it to you. Behold the scent of seduction, with a hint of flame broiled meat”

The fragrance is available online or at Ricky’s costume stores in New York City. We know the credit crunch is hitting us all, to get FLAME for free just hang out in your nearest Burger King for 28.3 minutes to achieve FLAME grilled sexiness.

joes[a]fiend

PS
You may have noticed things have got quiet round here, we're using Flickr and twitter more than ever, make sure you've got us:

twitter.com/joesafiend
www.flickr.com/photos/joesafiend

23.12.08

WHEN NIKE LET THE DOGS OUT

When we got a call from our friends at Nike iD London and they told us they had a pit bull in the studio, we were a little confused. They told us to make sure we popped down to see it for ourselves. So we did and we LOVE it! As the old saying goes, 'a dog is a man's best friend', it's true. The pit bull is part of a two dog set, the other canine can be found at Loveless in Aoyama, Tokyo. If you can pop into the London studio to pet the lovable little creature.

The pit bull was created by Vinti Andrews, an ex fashion student from Central St. Martins. The design school's notable alumni include John Galliano, Giles Deacon and Gareth Pugh to name a few. We’ve got a feeling Vinti Andrews will be one to watch in 09.

Click here to check out our Flickr page for more images of the Pit Bull.

joes[a]fiend

21.12.08

0800-242-5184... THE ONLY NUMBER YOU NEED!

joes[a]fiend's favorite t-shirt company Boxie will be making their legendary T-Spoke's for a measly £47 and ready for collection in just 3 hours from the time you call them.

If you're not familiar with Boxie, take a peak at their site for inside tip. We know they'll be doing big things so make sure you some love to the cause, 2009 will be the year of BOXIE!

The offer expires on the 23rd December at 23:00! The clock is ticking, give 'em a dog 'n' bone!

joes[a]fiend

19.12.08

HEDI SLIMANE SHOOTS PRADA CAMPAIGN

Fashion royalty Hedi Slimane has teamed up with fashion powerhouse Prada to shoot their Spring advertising campaign. After parting company with Dior, Slimane resumed his photography career, most recently working with Dazed & Confused.

joes[a]fiend

18.12.08

HAPPY 2009 FROM MISHKIN: UPDATED

We received this amazing e-card from the super talent guys at Mishkin. Check out their blog to see more of their amazing work - mishkinmishkin.blogspot.com.

The luscious lashes are by the wonderful Fred Butler, we've told you before, read her blog, it's better than ours - fredbutlerstyle.blogspot.com!!!

joes[a]fiend

SPOTTED [VOL. VIII]

Whilst on my way to the studio to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pie I spotted this billboard. For sure I did a double take, for a second I thought I had imagined it, but oh no! I've heard the saying, 'simple advertising, is the best advertising', not sure who said it, but it's true.

I spotted the poster on Bethnal Green Road, so I began to think 'is this a subversive advert for a new restaurant opening or something along those lines?' I dialled the number... it really is an advert for erectile dysfunction.

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ACNE X LANVIN

Two of joes[a]fiend's favourites brands, Lavin and Acne have come together to create an amazing denim range. The range isn't cheap but would you expect it to be, when you combine the creative force of Alber Elbaz and the Acne power house?

Click here to take a closer look at the garments...

joes[a]fiend

16.12.08

CREDIT CRUNCH BAG

Paul Smith brings us a nice, safe and fashionable place to keep our hard earned money for only £10.

joes[a]fiend

15.12.08

BEST VIRAL OF 2008: POT NOODLE - TIPPING POINT



The Pot Noodle spoof of the Guinness ad nicely titled
"Tipping Point" has been voted best viral video of 2008 by Campaign magazine. The video by AKQA cost a meager £10,000 in comparison to the reported £10m cost of the Guinness advert. We love the Pot Noodle advert mainly for the blow up doll.

Make sure you watch it

joes[a]fiend

14.12.08

FREE MIX FOR CHRISTMAS!!!

joes[a]fiend’s favourite disc jockey, Listen & Learn has put together a little disco mix for you all to enjoy.


  1. Williams - Love on a real rain [Williams Odyssey mix]
  2. Holy Ghost! - Hold on [Mock & Toof remix]
  3. Dolle Jolle - Balearic incarnation [Todd Terje's extra doll mix]
  4. Friendly Fires - Paris [Aeroplane remake]
  5. Juan Maclean - Happy house
  6. Straight Shooters - My time, your time [Cosmo Vitelli's instrumental edit]
  7. Allez Allez - She's stirring up [an optimo [espacio] drum attack mix]
  8. Moby - I love to move in here [Holy Ghost! remix]
  9. Grace Jones - Williams blood [Aeroplane remix]
  10. LSB - Fog
  11. Elitechnique - Elektric evening
  12. The Laughing Light of Plenty - The rose
Click here to download the mp3 file.

joes[a]fiend

8.12.08

SPOTTED [VOL. VIII]

joes[a]fiend has always had a policy of only wearing Supreme five panel caps, that's just the way we are. I guess things always change and this could be the time for a New Era.

Whilst on the Northern Line I spotted a guy sitting opposite me in what looked like at first sight a Fez with a peak! Upon closer inspection it turned out to be a New Era Fez, I could barely contain my excitement! So as soon as I got home the search began to find out what this mysterious piece of headwear was.

Who else to turn to than Nai at Strictly Fitteds for the 'heads up'. Turns out that this New Era Fez is a collaboration with the UK streetwear brand Yes No Maybe.

This most definitely gets our thumbs up!

joes[a]fiend

6.12.08

LE GUN #4




The zine Le Gun launches its fourth issue today. As usual Le Gun comes packed with illustrations and typography of the highest calibre.

We highly recommend Le Gun, it’s the best £14.99 you’ll spend on a zine. Check out the Le Gun website where you can see more from the previous issues.

joes[a]fiend

ETNIES THROWS A PARTY FOR ADIDAS EMPLOYEES

We all know times are tough, people are being made redundant shops are closing down. The first thing to go is the one time of the year it’s OK to photocopy your bottom or sleep with someone you work with, long live the Christmas party. Adidas have cancelled their Christmas soirĂ©e, so the nice guys at Etnies has invited Adidas employees to join them in getting merry!

We like Etnies Christmas spirit!

joes[a]fiend

4.12.08

PAUL SMITH GIFTS

Paul Smith has just updated his gifts section on his website [I'm sure Sir Paul didn't do it himself] here are our top four picks from the lot. There's a fair few bits on the site, click here to see what they've got.
  1. Christmas glass bauble - £ 25.00
  2. Rabbit Money Bank - £ 35.00
  3. Mickey Mouse Tin Toy - £ 35.00
  4. Novelty toothbrush - £ 5.00
joes[a]fiend

THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF GOOD DESIGN

Formulated in the sixties by the god father of design by Dieter Rams. These 10 principles were true then and are true now!
  1. Good design is innovative
  2. Good design makes a product useful
  3. Good design is aesthetic
  4. Good design helps us to understand a product
  5. Good design is unobtrusive
  6. Good design is honest
  7. Good design is durable
  8. Good design is consequent to the last detail
  9. Good design is concerned with the environment
  10. Good design is as little design as possible
We will be compiling the best examples for each of these principles and will post them as soon as we have finished it! I hope you look forward to it.

joes[a]fiend

1.12.08

THE MAGAZINE SCENE


How joes[a]fiend would love to head over to Colophon in Luxembourg this year... alas we will have to wait patiently until the time is right.

In the meantime it is worth checking out the interviews section of their site for a little insight in to how some of the greatest independent titles around do their thing at present. We particularly enjoyed Kasino A4's input.

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet but… click here to see what they said about us.

BILL FREEMAN

28.11.08

LUCHA LIBRE LONDON

In this time economic crisis we need real life super heroes! Lucha Libre is here to save us and cheer us up in the process. Expect to see spectacular high-flying, jaw-dropping, ring-grappling, mask-wearing Mexican entertainment.

Lucha Libre made an impact on London this summer summer and they are back at The Roundhouse from the 6-9th December! We missed them in the summer but we are sure as hell not going to miss them this time.

We are most excited about the cross-dressing action from La Chiquilla’ Ruby Gardenia.

Check out www.luchalibrelondon.com for more info. Expect to see pictures from the event here and our Flickr page [that we have just started].

joes[a]fiend

MTV ROCKS CAMBODIA

Placebo will be performing on the 7th December at the MTV Exit concert at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, the aim of the festival is to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking.

Angkor Wat is the best-preserved temple at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed complex near Siem Reap, Cambodia. The 12th-Century temple served as the backdrop for scenes in Tomb Raider, the action movie starring Angelina Jolie, and is one of the most unique and iconic cultural sites of the world. Whilst other cultural, classical and operatic performances have taken place at the temple, this will be the first ever rock concert.

joes[a]fiend

27.11.08

KREDIT KRUNCH SUNDAY SWAP SHOP

Our friends at KithKin have solved the Christmas present dilemma, that’s if you weren’t happy with our sock suggestion. If Running out of money and ideas for Christmas the guys at KithKin are help in the season of karaoke and mulled wine.

Bring any unwanted objects down to our swap shop in Covent Garden this Saturday and Sunday and exchange them for something better! SIMPLE!

It's easy to take part in their Kredit Krunch swap shop. Just turn up with an object, and swap it for any of the lovely items they have on display.

The shop opens this Saturday the 29th and finishes on Sunday the 30th.
Opening hours are from 11:00 - 19:00 - The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF

joes[a]fiend

26.11.08

THE PRICE WE PAY FOR FASHION

To commemorate Gabriele “Coco” Chanel’s 125th anniversary of her birthday, Karl Lagerfeld has designed two €5 a coins to mark the occasion, which will be available on the 11th December.

joes[a]fiend

25.11.08

BUCK: ISSUE TWO

joes[a]fiend's best friend Ravi, was the focus of the '7 Days Of Style' feature in BUCK issue two, pick up a copy and check it out!

BUCK is available across the UK at WHSmith, Borders, ASDA, Tesco and Marks & Spencer. Internationally, BUCK is available in the US at Barnes & Noble and throughout all good independent stores in Paris, Milan and Tokyo...now including Colette!

joes[a]fiend

24.11.08

WHAT THE NEW YORK TIMES WISHES THEY COULD PRINT



When I first saw this I thought I'd missed a huge bit of news. Later I found out that it was a prank by collective of liberal activists [three of which actually work at the New York times]. 1,000 volunteers across the country handed out 1.2 million copies of a spoof of The New York Times, dated July 4, 2009.

The pranksters say they wanted to encourage the administration of Democratic President-elect Barack Obama to keeps its promises.

Lets hope one day we will actually see these headlines.

joes[a]fiend

23.11.08

ELITISM WITHIN ESCAPISM

Against popular belief, amongst the plastic landscape and forced fun there is, in fact, one place inside Disney World that serves alcohol.

The 33 Club hides behind an inconspicuous door off 'Main Street' and, with a 14-year [or more] waiting list for membership, which costs in excess of $1000p.a, it's even more exciting than meeting Mickey Mouse.

J [L] ALLAN

22.11.08

DYLANS CANDY BAR

So you're the 42nd U.S. President and you can have pretty much any sweet/chocolate ever made what do you go for?

We took this picture whilst in Dylan's Candy Bar the sweet shop owned by Dylan Lauren daughter of Ralph Lauren.

joes[a]fiend

19.11.08

CARVE YOUR OWN CARD

Lazy Oaf have just released these awesome postcards that you carve your message onto. They remind me of carving Josephine into my desk at school. Priced at £5.00 we think these are a cracking little present.
If that isn't enough for you... they have just released a small selection of their Valentines Day cards. We solved your Christmas present dilemma early and we've done the same for Valentines Day.

We're a fan of the Dot Branning [formerly Dot Cotton] cards if you want to send me one just email me for my postal address.

joes[a]fiend

17.11.08

THE BIG KNIT

I was in my local supermarket and saw little woolly hats sitting on the top of the Innocent smoothie bottles. It turns out it is part of their Big Knit campaign. 50p from each bottle sold goes to Age Concern to help older people stay warm in winter.

These littles gems will are available in Sainsbury's stores throughout November.

joes[a]fiend

A BIG DOLLOP OF FUN

On Saturday 22nd November dollop London, joes[a]fiend's favourite club night embarks on its most ambitious venture to date: a party so big it’s going to take two venues to do it justice! The Old Blue Last is a favourite haunt of dollop’s so where better to start the proceedings? Always conscious of pushing things forward the second venue is a new fixture - The Working Rooms on Kingsland Road is a creative workspace and showroom that will double up as a warehouse space ideally suited to keeping the party moving into the wee small hours.

Buraka Som Sistema head the bill with a set specially constructed for the occasion; DFA’s Disco Don Juan Maclean treats the bass bins to some live Acid; Brooklyn’s Electro Punk protagonists Team Robespierre play live, as do Spanish synth botherers Crystal Fighters; Chik Budo will be blasting out a squalling mix of House, Punk and Jazz whilst Only Joe completes the list for live entertainment.

Be sure to check it out, it will be one not to miss!!!

joes[a]fiend

10.11.08

MORE SMUT ON THE INTERNET

With the Internet full of smut, we thought we should get smutty too.

Here is 'SMUT EYE GROCERY'... we stumbled across the abandoned store, where else but on Flickr.

The Smut Eye Grocery store, which for many years was the trade center of the community. For most of its existence, the store was operated by the local W. B. Phillips family - W. B. "Will" first, then by his son, Ulric and wife, Cora, and later by another son, "Mose." W. B. Phillips was the son of Moses Brinson and Rachel Cope Phillips, and the grandson of Benjamin Phillips. In the early 1900's Clara, wife of W. B. Phillips, had a millinery shop in the front northeast side of the store. The present day Smuteye Grocery, though not in operation, is owned by a granddaughter of W. B. and Clara Phillips.

I took some liberties with this photo, no, not the door, it's real. I think by this store's very nature it was asking for it. Pat Henderson

Click here to see more images from Pat Henderson
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"AS REAL AS IT GETS"

"AS REAL AS IT GETS" is an advert for the new Adobe Creative Suite 4, the agency behind this great advert is Indonesian based Bates141 part of the WPP family.

If you click on the image, you will be able to see it much bigger and you will be able to really appreciate just how amazing it is.

Click here to see the making of the advertisement.

joes[a]fiend

PARISIAN DREAM TEAM

Justice need no introduction at all. The guys were followed and filmed on their American tour by their friend and a film director Romain Gavras. The film documents the 18 months they spent on the road.

joes[a]fiend

7.11.08

SOCKS GLORIOUS SOCKS

Here at joes[a]fiend we pride ourselves on being the first to bring you the most innovative/timely/directional new finds. By god we've done it again and solved all your Christmas present dilemmas with 48 nights of sleep to spare.

These awesome socks are by Happy Socks a Swedish brand only available in the UK via Oki-Ni.

joes[a]fiend aka Your Christmas present dilemma solver

6.11.08

LEGO S/S 3001 BY JC DE CASTELBAJAC


The year is 3001 the fashion designer is Jean-Charles de Castelbajac the models are supplied by Lego. This is possibly the best thing I have in a long time [although I do say that almost every time I post].

Keep an eye out for Kayne West [1:52] and Anna Wintour [2:24] on the front row.

joes[a]fiend

BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER


SIBLING, is a new men’s knitwear label. Born out of a desire to give knitwear for men a kick up the arse, the premier collection includes bright and playful subversions of classic knitwear styles.

We think their knitwear should be made compulsory for every man in the world, it would certainly make the world a better place!

joes[a]fiend

4.11.08

ELECTION SELECTION

One of our favourite discoveries of 2008 has been the free PDF magazine from Hamish Hamilton, Five Dials – beautifully laid out and illustrated it really brightens up our commute [as the publishers say – it is best enjoyed in its printed out form.]

For the looming you-know-what they’ve got a few writers [including a member of Spinal Tap no less] together to write about the morning after. Our advice? Switch off the electrical appliances and curl up with Issue 4 tonight – maybe one will be true...

www.hamishhamilton.co.uk/fivedials

PFH THOMPSON

2.11.08

THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

We’re pretty sure this is the breakfast of champions. If Shreddies lock up hunger ‘til lunchtime, ObamaO’s could feed the 5000.

ObamaO’s retail at $39.00 a box [limited to 500], we think that’s well worth it. You can buy them at Airbed & Breakfast. Did we mention there is a jingle too… click here to have a listen.

joes[a]fiend

28.10.08

SLIPPED DISCO VS HELL YEAH: LABEL SHOWCASE

Hell Yeah! Recordings brings the Italo flavour to The Last Days of Decadence, London [formerly Ditch Bar] for one night only on Saturday 15th November.

Slipped Disco will play host to the Italian job with the likes of peak time electro rockers, Pirate Robot Midget and Catania’s finest mash up dons, Blatta & Inesha.

This night will be one not to miss; we’ve been given a pair of tickets and would like to share them with you guys. First person to email; contact@joesafiend.co.uk will get the tickets.

GOOD LUCK

joes[a]fiend

26.10.08

BUCK IS STYLE

BUCK is a new monthly men’s style magazine launching on October 30th featuring fashion, furniture and food, with a fantastic website which is updated daily to boot.

BUCK will feature global street style and combine fashion and design articles with significant food coverage. Priced £3.95, the magazine will be available in all good book shops, corner shops and any place that sells good quality mags.

One last thing, in issue two there will be a feature on one of joes[a]fiend's good friends. Make sure you check it out!

joes[a]fiend

21.10.08

APPLE DAY

The Mecca of food also known as Borough Market will be opening up its doors this Sunday 26th October for Apple Day. So as if you need any excuse to don a hat with a pom-pom and wear mittens, Apple Day promises to hold a cornucopia of Autumnal produce, with the humble pomme taking centre stage, with apples in every imaginable variety present in an array of tasty drinks, cakes and warm festive treats.

Held from 11am – 5pm with music and merriment [such as apple-bobbing provided by the Ministry of Fun in Southwark Cathedral Churchyard] it looks like it will be a fantastic way to spend an early Autumn Sunday! The annual Lions Part October Plenty Harvest festival will also be beginning outside Shakespeare’s Globe at noon and proceeding with a colourful procession to the market. Harvest festival was definitely the best assembly at school, so it’s a great chance to take part in a grown up version.

As if you needed any further encouragement, Apple Day also has one of the coolest leaflets I have picked up in months, designed by Peter Gibbons who does much of Borough Markets art work. Apparently he has a problem with people stealing his posters as they like them so much, and I can see why, I’ll be on the lookout myself on Sunday! See you there!

[C] WOOD

20.10.08

EMILY WOODWARD

Woodward’s illustrations create a sense of unease, you can catch an exhibition of her work at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen from 20th October to the 19th November.

joes[a]fiend

15.10.08

I LOVE BOXIE

Boxie is an upstart t-shirt business, with devoted fans from Dalston to Berlin, satisfied customers include a housewife from Arizona and scene kids in Copenhagen. Mistake Boxie for “just another slogan t-shirt” business at your peril. I love the typography and the photography.

The thing that interests us the most about Boxie is their ‘T SPOKE’ range. If you’re sick of the homogenous high street and faux vintage 80s band t-shirts, then this is what you’ve been waiting for. Moxie the founder of Boxie describes the process better than I ever could, “you call me/meet me and tell me a story and I go away and turn it into one line on a T shirt”. I like this a lot, and it brings a sense on intimacy back to t-shirts that I personally haven’t felt for a really long time.

Check out Boxie/Moxie.

joes[a]fiend

PS

Sorry for the lack of posts, I’m working on something really exciting [well, I think it’s exciting], as soon as it’s ready you’ll be the first to hear about it.