hmmmm.... i still think of you as living in seattle. but if you are no longer, then it reinforces my contention that theres a national trend developing.
i really can see the reid miles thing, but only in a very surface way. he'd NEVER do anyhting like this. but there are those lines to contend with just the same.
i think reid miles' influence is reflected in so much contemporary graphic design these days that he may end up being one of the most important designers of the last century. not bad for a guy who hated doing jazz covers and thought his work was shit.
i think that the 'regional' seattle style of the moment owes it's origins not to me (but my influences can be seen) but to an outfit name of psyclone in seattle. they're obviously very different in many ways (color tricks for instance), but the 'cut paper thing" started in seattle with them and then the others ran it through punk rock (colors, texture, attitude, etc.)
so, i sorta see this new style as being influenced waaaaaay strongly by psyclone as punched through my old established seattle style. make any sense? i'm still working on it's origins, so excuse me sounding stupid.
but in seattle, psyclone was first in that base style i've been talking about...
does anybody out there remember that comic strip that david lynch (the director of blue velevet) di call "the angriest dog in the world"? it was basically an image of an angry dog straining at the end of a tethered leash (like this image) and he'd write a different caption under it every week. it ran in newsweeklies for years (back in the 1980's).
i've experienced houston summers. they ARE legendary. however, i can't say enough bad shit about st. louis' climate. i think it may take the cake for the contintal u.s. people who have been around often say this sux the worst.
and pollution? we all know about la's famous smog - it's almost a media hype it's so advertisied. but out here in good ol' stl, the smog is VERY bad, too. in fatc when they started those 'color days' rating system for pollution (red=dangerous, yellow=be careful, gree=ok, etc.) stl had so many red days (virtually the whole summer) that they began losing federal funding for all sorts of things as a penalty. their solution? add an extra color. now summers are all solid 'orange' days - bad enough to be deadly , but not bad enough to lose funding. red days are now extremely rare. clever, huh?
does that one-up anybody on the 'my town sux worse than your town" meter?
but the springtime and autumn are by far the most spectacular i've experienced ANYWHERE. balance? you decide.
one of the luxuries of turning into and old fart is the opportunity to take an occaissional nap without being called lazy. when you get up way early, i love to take a siesta in the early afternoon hours - just 1/2 hour or so, and it's absolutley blissful.
it's 7 degrees outside. st lous has the worst fucking climate i've ever witnessed. summers are so hot and muggy that friends of mine who live in the mississippi delta even find it unbearable.