Recently, geographic social media site Foursquare released a list of the Best of Foursquare in 2012 for most major cities in the United States. This included a fairly lengthy list of LA places that represent the most frequented and most liked places by Angelenos…who are on Foursquare. Is this an accurate description of the LA food and fun landscape? Let’s check it out or at least see what value we can extract from this list.
In the American consciousness, few things are more heralded, lauded, and worshiped than BBQ. I don’t mean cooking on a grill (in some parts of the states that’s called a “cook-out”). I mean digging a pit, lining up some rocks and sheet metal, filling the bottom with mesquite or hickory logs, and toss giant chunks of pork, beef, chicken or turkey on top to be cooked for hours. The protein, either slopped in a marinade for hours or rubbed by hand with a variety of spices, overwhelms and intoxicates. And then.. Then you add the sauce.
And no matter where you go, everyone has a favorite spot, that you haven’t been to, that serves the best _____, and well, you gotta try it.
Taylor Donsker is a USC Architectuure graduate turned Los Angeles based furniture designer. He makes nice lamps and bookshelves but also has a small line of really simple, sharp-edged cutting boards. They have the shape of a flattened rhombus which is pretty cool.
INSA is a street artist from the United Kingdom. His work has been popping up more and more lately around Los Angeles and the world and they all feature curved parallel lines and even some high heels thrown in. The work suggests leggy curves of a ladies and is often abstracted into colorful waves. You can even see some of his work en route back from Palm Springs! He recently teamed up with artist Stanley Donwood to make a public art piece in LA that he animated as a mesmerizing gif.
When really questionable public art or public imagery goes up in Los Angeles, we always have to scratch our heads and ask what exactly is going on. When something goes up en masse and totally takes over the city *and* looks a bit off, we have to know what is going on so we know exactly why we have to see silly advertisements or “art pieces” for a few weeks. The latest invasion of WTF advertising in Los Angeles are all these 1990s Bubblehead visuals that have taken over the former locations of the quaint and beautiful flower bus bench photos and vacant building sides. They are absolutely everywhere and it feels like no one really knows what the hell they are or what they are for or why they are so ubiquitous in 2013. Let’s dig into this to see what exactly this “Bubblehead” stuff is.