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Art director Nicholas Blechman presents The New York Times' selections for the best book covers of 2013, including The Circle by Dave Eggers, designed by Jessica Hische, Without Their Permission by Reddit founder Alexis Onahian, designed by Oliver Munday, and The Art of Sleeping Alone by Sophie Fontanel, designed by Ben Wiseman.

See some of the year’s favorite books, which also happen to have some pretty great covers, here, here, and here

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Tigerstripe Camouflage

Of all the camouflage patterns, tigerstripe is probably the most instantly recognizable and visually attractive design there is. Produced in South-East Asia during the Vietnam war in a variety of versions, it was initially issued to US Army Special Forces troops who valued its functionality and concealment properties in jungle environments, and regarded it as a kind of status symbol.

Later, tigerstripe suits became available from local tailor shops, and were privately purchased by other personnel – pilots, reporters, photographers etc – as a distinctive and fashionable alternative to the standard olive-green uniform. Tigerstripe has also gained notoriety in popular culture, being worn by Dennis Hopper’s photojournalist character in Apocalypse Now, and on stage by Joe Strummer.

Tigerstripe Zig Zag

US Army Special forces recruited tribal villagers to assist them in the more inhospitable regions of South Vietnam, and issued them with tigerstripe uniforms. One of the rarest and most interesting patterns has been christened the Zig Zag pattern, because of the way the background colours move diagonally across the horizontal black stripes. Legend has it that it also includes a phallic symbol as a sign of bravado for the ethnic tribesmen.

Maharishi Reproduction Tigerstripe Zig Zag

Nowadays, it is extremely hard to find original tigerstripe garments, and even harder for those of a larger build to find wearable sizes, as the majority were manufactured in small Asian size ranges. Maharishi have faithfully reproduced one of the rarest and most desirable tigerstripes, the Zig Zag pattern, in authentic colours, fabric and cut and incorporated the phallic symbol found in the original pattern.

Specific styles of cut associated with this pattern are the two pocket shirt with straight cuffs, pants with two thigh pockets and boonie hat with foliage loops around the crown. These authentic reproductions are a limited edition of 500 sets only worldwide, and have never been reproduced before. Whilst nobody would doubt Blechman’s camouflage knowledge is bordering the perverse in its depth, he has acknowledged the still deeper artist and re-enactor Neil Holdom as the inspiration and resident expert for this project.

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The New York Times has a great animated post on their site, exploring the production of Parmigiano-Reggiano from cow to counter. Art and text are provided by the illustrator Nicholas Blechman. It’s especially timely, given that Parmigiano was one of the cheeses in danger during the FDA’s short-lived “no-cheese-aged-on-wood” #SaveOurCheese fiasco. 

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Hardy Blechman on Norman Wilkinson’s WWI ‘Damdazzle’ camouflage

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Vintage Alka Seltzer ad by illustrator R.O. Blechman, who is being honored with the 25th annual Masters Series Award and exhibition at SVA. Exhibition up from October 2nd – November 2nd at the SVA Chelsea Gallery; reception next Thursday, October 3rd.

maharishi Spring/Summer 2015 “Morph Cycle” Video Lookbook

maharishi Spring/Summer 2015 “Morph Cycle” Video Lookbook

maharishi is always good for a surprise. Having presented several innovative lookbooks over the last few years, the English brand returns for Spring/Summer 2015 with its new “Morph Cycle” lookbook. Presented is a beautiful collection, which is of course as usual inspired by military patterns and their history. This season Hardy Blechman travelled to the Middle East, retracing Italian artist…

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Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias

Leisureville: Adventures in America’s Retirement Utopias

When his next-door neighbors in a quaint New England town suddenly pick up and move to a gated retirement community in Florida, Andrew D. Blechman is astonished by their stories. Larger than Manhattan, with a golf course for every day of the month, two downtowns, its own newspaper, radio, and TV stations, The Villages is a city of nearly one hundred thousand (and growing), missing only one thing:…

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maharishi S/S 2015 - Morph Cycle Lookbook

maharishi S/S 2015 – Morph Cycle Lookbook

Desde su creación allá por 1994, la casa británica fundada por Hardy Blechmanmaharishi es de las marcas pioneras en materia de streetwear  y en el uso de la ahora tan de moda indumentaria castrense, siempre mezclada con pacificos toques orientales… y mucho de eso hay en su nuevo lookbook, cuyo video se puede ver sobre estas lineas,  de cara a la próxima primavera borealen una colección que dio…

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maharishi Spring/Summer 2015 “Morph Cycle” Video Lookbook

maharishi is always good for a surprise. Having presented several innovative lookbooks over the last few years, the English brand returns for Spring/Summer 2015 with its new “Morph Cycle” lookbook. Presented is a beautiful collection, which is of course as usual inspired by military patterns and their history. This season Hardy Blechman travelled to the Middle East, retracing Italian artist Alighiero Boetti’s footsteps. The artist’s work is reflected in many facets of the collection.

“Boetti’s collaborations with Afghan embroiderers and weavers have inspired an examination of this country’s rich heritage, and its troubled history. In 1967, Boetti became the first artist to take military disruptive patterned cloth and present it in a gallery context.”

A similar approach to camouflage as taken by maharishi, Boetti’s work was a perfect point of inspiration for the new collection. Watch the video lookbook here above.

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