Thursday, May 13, 2010

Broken Hearted Seeks Buff Jungle Bondage

In 1984, Big Ben Tribe (above) laid bare the pornographic fantasies of women across the civilized, Christian world with Tarzan Loves the Summer Nights. Thanks to Aeroplane's BIS mix for turning me on to this Italo romp.

Big Ben Tribe - Tarzan Loves the Summer Nights (Youtube)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Around the Track

I took this photo last summer. Again, it looks better when not viewed through blog sizes, so "click" and make it big and/or check out my flickr for better quality (and other great pictures). For me, it brings together a lot of aspects that I look for when taking pictures in China. Here we have a bizarre landscape of painted, concrete barriers haphazardly arranged across an overgrown, vacant lot, which seems to have no purpose other than to house these painted, concrete barriers. A road circles around the ovular interior of barriers, like a track in a stadium, and a boy is doing laps on rollerblades. This is what I see in China. It's not what I see everyday, by any means, but I search around, either by foot or by bike, and situations just appear. China really is a photogenic land. My collection of street photos broadens faster than I can present it, so now I'm easing off of this path and working of some more stationary projects. Nonetheless, there will certainly be more street photos to come.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Harbin Street Photos

Last Summer, I was fortunately obligated to take a trip up to Harbin for a few days. I took the friendly Rolleiflex with me and had a really fun time shooting street shots in this city known for its wintry frigidity and ice. Here are a few samples:

For much recommended, better quality, larger versions, see my flickr page. Also, check out my other photos, I just got a photo scanner, so my mountain of film from the last year is starting to live digitally.


The quest for individual identity in contemporary, post-中山装 China, tends to leave some interesting sights in its wake. Apart from the sartorial, my favorite thing to keep an eye on is the outlandish and funny ways in which people (middle-class) make-over their cars to flaunt wealth, match their personality, or just advertise their life. I should give this topic some more room for thought on the blog in the future, but right now I want to give mention to merely one aspect of this phenomenon: the faux "attention sign" sticker. You know, the "deer crossing" sign (yes, I come from Kansas), or the "railroad tracks ahead" sign. For decades now, these have been seen on the backs of cars, or suctioned in the back windows, as "Baby on Board," and so on. Well, these are totally the rage for the car owning elite in China. They are pretty much always in English and are often exact copies of something you might see in the States, or perhaps Europe. Of course, "Baby on Board" is popular here, often accompanied by a silhouetted pregnant woman. I've also seen the Chinglish version, "Baby on Car," which is most likely an attempt to clarify the original, but ends up being pretty funny and a bit dark (makes me think of something on "Jackass" or "Candid Camera"). Also, there are various dog-loving versions, such as "German Shepherd in Car" or "Husky in Car." But really, this is a diversion from what I actually wanted to show off, which is something I just saw this evening.

Beijing, and China in general, is full of three-wheel motor carts with small compartments on the back. In some places they serve as taxis, though they are also transportation for those without the cash for a full sized vehicle. They own the roads, they own the bike lanes, they drive in whatever direction they want and typically with little regard for anyone else out there. Being a cyclist and a foreigner, I probably get frustrated with them more than your average Beijinger, so it was a great laugh for me tonight when I came across one with a ridiculous "attention sign" sticker slapped on the back.
I was riding my bike, and moreover, I had no camera, so I had to pass on the task of visuals to an expert artist. But anyway, that is what I saw. It was probably being used for its reflective properties, even though these drivers throw most other cautions to the wind. But "Anfänger" is nonetheless appropriate for these death wish demons (in this case, it was a 50 or 60 year old man). For those with no German Verständnis, "Anfänger" is translated as "beginner." In my opinion, all drivers in China should have one of these pasted on the back of their cars. I'd also recommend that all cars be fitted with 30 km/h governors and flashing, yellow lights. Oh, I dream. But really, the question still stands, how does a sign in German get stuck on the back of a three-wheeler in Beijing? Well, let's leave that for another day.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Galactic Daggering!

Beats in Space is the place. I'm sitting at home on a smoggy Friday afternoon listening to the Prins Thomas mix and wondering to myself, "How is it possible that I've never been here before?"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Best of Beijing: Glasses City

Bo Yang wears black sport frames by Eunia

Meng wears black/clear sport frames by Eunia ("Panda" model)

4 floors. Millions of frames. Free eye tests. Glasses done in 20 minutes. 10 Euros (or maybe a bit more).

There's too much to choose from, and that's the only problem. You're likely to get exhausted and/or confused if you shop around the whole place. If you're a repeat customer, like me, you find a store or two that suit you and won't try to cheat you, and you stick with them. Most of the cheap frames aren't going to become family heirlooms, but at 10 Euros per pair (that includes your lenses) you won't be shedding tears if they fall apart two weeks later. That's pessimistic, of course, as I have cheap Chinese glasses that have lasted two years and continue on strong. The pairs that have been broken were dropped repeatedly and slept on; things that spell trouble for expensive frames as well. Don't worry about it! Just buy those neon purple "Ray Bans" you've been dreaming of and walk out with a fresh perspective.

*Located just south of Jinsong station, Line 10. Quiet during the week, packed on the weekends.

Monday, November 16, 2009

All about the zippers

Did I mention already that the latest Fuck Buttons album is totally brill? It totally is. A slightly milder tempered and more melodic album than their debut, Tarot Sport is your post-urban, sonic escape unit. I shouldn't mention this, but I will nonetheless. Since the first time I heard it, I have fantasized about having the best sex of my life to "Olympians". [No middle-school whispers about the length of the song and the proposed sex. It's just a conceptual fantasy.]

Fuck Buttons - The Lisbon Maru
Fuck Buttons - Olympians
Fuck Buttons - Phantom Limb
Fuck Buttons - Space Mountain

And, it's your lucky always. Some bonus tracks are waiting just around the bend...

-It's fan death!
>Ahhh, fuck! Run away!
-What! No, silly! Oh, you thought I was talking about the Korean superstition. Haha.
>What do you mean then?
-Fan Death. They're this great new "string driven disco pop band".
>Oh really. That's great. Let's listen to them.

Fan Death - Reunited
Fan Death - Veronica's Veil

Push it.