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

(HT GalleyCat)


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.

Maharishi SS/2008

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. 


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


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.


The 2015 PEN Literary Award Longlists are here!

The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction is given to an author of a distinguished literary work of nonfiction that illuminates important contemporary issues. This year’s judges are Andrew Blechman, Paul Elie, Azadeh Moaveni, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, and Paul Reyes. The books in this longlist confront the big issues that exist in the public psyche: political justice, the well-being of our society, and the roots of our humanity.

Water Trash has a show today! We will guide you on your monthly sensuous journey to the inner sanctums of your mind. Prepare yourself for laughs, tears, and more than a few coughs.


This month we are joined on this mind-safari by:

Kate Leonard
Tres Cossaboom
Mark Gacki
Jack Hollingsworth
Haley Kosup-Kennedy
Kate Anderson

Clif Henning
Jon Henry
Frank Marasco
Ryan McCormack
Orlando Olier
Rob Spenser
Jesse VandenBergh

Jesse Douglas
Jordan Randolph
Jonathan Ross

and your gracious, warmongering hosts WATER TRASH
Mark Ledgerwood
Casey Miko
Matt Schimkowitz
Hannah Blechman
Drew Shaw
Blake Freeman

Highsnobiety Magazine Issue 10 featuring Kobe Bryant, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Wu-Tang Clan and More

Highsnobiety Magazine Issue 10 featuring Kobe Bryant, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Wu-Tang Clan and More

2015 marks a decade of Highsnobiety. As part of our 10-year celebration, we’re taking a two-part approach with our print magazine: part one, issue 10, tackles the idea of youth and the revolutionaries; part two, issue 11, examines the theme of longevity and the increasingly difficult status of achieving it in a world of “here today, gone tomorrow.”

First up is our exploration of youth and the…

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