July 12, 2009
I love cultural arbitrage: taking words, images, ideas from one place on earth (or time in history) and importing them into a new context where they’re suddenly fresh and striking again.
This is, of course, common practice, so just like financial arbitrage, it takes a lot of work to stay ahead of the pack. And systems like Ffffound and Tumblr have become great levelers: They’re like financial markets, automatically “pricing in” new information about what’s cool. Oh, you like that retro-chromatic look? We got a hundred a’ those.
So usually, when you find a good source you keep it secret. But I’ll share this one, via Paul Pope. It’s a collection of super-weird book illustrations. I mean seriously, what is this stuff? It defies genre. And yet, much of it would look good on an Urban Outfitters tee.
See also: Slovenian event posters.