Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Rolling Stones - Rebel Rock and Rollers Just Won't Retire

Mick Jagger and fellow Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, and Keith Richards are as vibrant as ever.  The Rolling Stones are recording a new album their first since 2005 with Eric Clapton contributed to the effort as special guest.  And they are back on tour again with three dates in the USA including Las Vegas. 

The Rolling Stones are releasing a new album later this year that promises to be heavy blues like the band's original sound.  It has been over 10 years since their last release "A Bigger Bang" so this album is greatly anticipated.  They are also back on tour in 2016 with two shows at the Empire Polo Club in Indio California on October 7th and 14th and a show in Las Vegas on October 19th at the T Mobile Arena.  The "Lucky Dip" Las Vegas Show quickly sold out as could be expected for the Sin City.

In 2016 they performed 15 stadium shows in Latin America the "Ole Tour" including Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre with Lima, Bogotá and Mexico City and Cuba - from February 1 through March 25th.   Their 2015 "Zip Code Tour" had 17 Stadium dates in North America including San Diego, Columbus, Milwaukee, Dallas, Nashville, Raleigh, Orlando, Atlanta, Pittsburg, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Detroit, Buffalo, and Quebec.  They performed 29 shows in 2014 the "14 On Fire Tour" that included Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo, Oslo, Zurich, Berlin, Paris Vienna, Rome, Madrid, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Macau, Singapore Shanghai and other cities,  In 2012 and 2013 their "50 Years and Counting Tour" had 4 dates in Paris and London, 23 dates in North America including Montreal, New York, Newark, Las Vegas, Oakland, San Jose, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC. Los Angeles, Anaheim, and 3 dates in England ( 2 in London ).  They performed the historic Havana Cuba Concert for free making that event a really great one for the people of Cuba who never had the chance to attend a rock and roll concert. In just the last 4 years the Stones have been almost everywhere - so they can hardly be accused of forgetting their fans and where they are.

The Rolling Stones
In all they have performed over 5000 gigs since 1963 when they first toured in England performing 17 concerts in just the 35 days. Since then as young men adventuring in music and now seasoned veterans the Rolling Stones have become the definition of Rock and Roll. Front man Mick Jagger has driven the band over 5 and a half decades never becoming out of fashion and always on the cutting edge of Rock and Roll.  In the late 90s it was reported that the Stones could not quit touring because they were so far behind in taxes that if they were to stop they would become bankrupt.  None-the-less, these guys love what they do and they are loved for it across the world so they tour and perform because that is their life.

The Rolling Stones performing Satisfaction
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A special artistic event "Exhibitionism" that first was staged in a London Museum in April of this year will travel to New York City in the fall.  The Stones and Exhibitionism features stage clothing, classic album artwork, vintage gear, guitars, drum sets, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, "We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale," Mick Jagger said in a statement. "It's not going to be like walking into a museum. It's going to be an event, an experience. It's about a sense of the Rolling Stones – it's something we want people to go away talking about it.”  Visitors will Experience the band and their iconic music, as never before with behind-the-scenes footage, a recreation of the band's first apartment and more memorabilia. The unique exhibition will be at the West Village's Industria Superstudio in November, the first stop on what's being billed as the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged.

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the Rolling Stones Concert Tours through 2005

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Horsing Around in Tweed Suit and Necktie

A suit and tie fit for a Horse
Well no one can say that this horse wearing a suit and tie is not dressed to the nines.  

Save greyhound racers horses are the only animal that wears clothing, especially race horses, however this tweed suit is taking horse dressing to quite an extreme.

 This three-piece suit, billed as the “world’s first Harris Tweed suit designed specifically for a race horse.”  The bookmaker that commissioned the tailoring was timely just before a major race in England - Cheltenham Festival, one of Britain's most prestigious racing events. The very unique suiting was fashioned by a former apprentice to the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Emma Sandham-King. The horse-sized suit was accompanied by a hat, necktie and white undershirt.

The suit took four weeks to complete and took almost 20 yards of tweed imported from Scotland.  The handsome retired race horse is named Morestead posed with as well a retired jockey, Sir Anthony McCoy, a 20 time champion . This horse may not be suited for a fashion runway however this ex-racer can run and run and run.

Sir Anthony McCoy and Morestead - a
duo in matching tweed suits.
Looking really handsome and very fit

Monday, April 25, 2016

Contemporary Man and the Power of Samson’s Long Hair

Samson Strength Came from His Long Hair
The Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah is the story of a man’s love for a defiant woman which led to his demise.  

It was wearing his hair in lengthy locks that gave him his strength, a secret that would become known to his adversaries.  It was not a style he was portraying but a ritual that he attested to which he drew his strength from - his long flowing hair.  The invincible Samson became quite vulnerable once Delilah cut his hair thus creating such a great mystique over the ages that a man’s desire to grow his hair long has deemed a value more than just an attempt to become attractive.  As not just a vogue statement of personal styling this instance in history is where wearing long hair as fashion for men has its roots.

Fashionable long hair for men is seen throughout history starting most notably in the Old Testament where the men of Nazareth are depicted as wearing the hair long to show devotion to God.   Most illustrations and painting of Jesus show him with long locks of hair as a sort of display of divinity. His flowing locks amplify his charismatic manner inviting alliance and trust.

Prior to Christianity in 2200 B.C. Egyptian men wore their hair short however often wore sensational headdresses with wigs or hair extensions.   In ancient Greece men with long hair was a status symbol of wealth and power.  The common man wore his hair short however in line with the notion of men wearing their hair long as prominence the Greek Gods, Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon had long hair as did warriors and heroes such as Achilles. Warriors of acclaim considered their long hair as a sign of aristocracy and combed it publicly in a show of vanity.  In the Sixth Century Greek men favored shorter hair styles with the exception of the Spartans.

Viking warriors wore their 
hair long
Men of Asia throughout history generally wore their hair long across all social strata, as if they had the same belief as Samson regarding long hair as a source of power.  Paintings of Samurai will attest to this.  Prior to the beginning of the 4th century Romans and all men within its control did not cut their hair short for the most part however around 300 B.C. they adopted short hair styles as by order of Cesar.  With the exception of some philosophers who were thought to be too consumed with thought to be concerned with cutting their hair short hair styling for men throughout the remaining rule of the Roman Empire.

Vikings wore their hair long following the Following the ritual of Samson.  Their warrior ways certainly follow the concurring fashion of Samson.  The collapse of the Roman Empire, most of Europe adopted the hair style and dress of the Germanic peoples.  During the reign of the Merovingian dynasty, King Chlodio V was nicknamed "Le Chevelu" due to his long hair, much lengthier than his predecessors. During this period, long hair was a symbol of status, as with the Greeks centuries earlier. Royalty wore their hair long in long style while men of the lower classes and slaves had short hair or shaved heads.

Native American men 
kept the hair long
In the 17th century men wore wigs that afforded them long full wavy hair that could easily be changed to suit attire or affair.  In France it was a sign of status, made popular by King Louis XIV who made public appearances and posed for magnificent portraits in long, dark wavy wigs.  It might be noted that King Louis XIV made the wearing of neck clothes or cravats (neckties) fashionably acceptable during the 30 year Religious Wars.  The Croatian Mercenaries wore their hair long and also wore red neck clothes in battle.  It was this form of uniform that gave notice by the French Royalty.

In the New World it was deemed fashionable for men to wear their hair long.  Politicians would adorn wigs which was the norm for men of stature and wealth.  It should be noted that President George Washington went against the trend of his day by not wearing a wig.  Instead he powdered his hair, and pulled it back, accenting it with long sideburns.  Native Americans wore their hair long in functional style more than fashion style as their belief that
Sir Isaac Newton
their hair was an extension of their feelings and a source of strength - in line with the faith that Samson, Achilles and the warriors of Greece, and others held with conviction.

Musicians such as Mozart and Beethoven wore their hair long as did many artists which became the norm leading up to the Bohemian Movement at the turn of the 20th century.  History will note that up until the First World War men wore their hair long.  It was the military influence of having short and trimmed hair for men that ruled through the first half of the century establishing a tradition in the military around the world.

Ludwig Von Beethoven
Hair styles would again change to become longer with the onset of beatnik poets in the 50s. By 1960, a small "beatnik" community in Newquay, Cornwall, England (including a young Wizz Jones) had attracted the attention of their neighbors for letting their hair grow to a length past the shoulders, which resulted in a television interview on BBC television's Tonight Series and other media promotion. The 1960s also saw The Beatles who started the widespread long hair trend that became a social revolution. Long hair, for men, became a political or counter culture phenomenon as protest. And women just loved their men in long hair.

This cultural symbol extended to several Western countries in the Americas, Western Europe, South Africa, and Australia.   Specific long hairstyles such as dread locks became the fashion statement of Caribbean men of African descent most notably made popular by Rastafarian musicians like Bob Marley.  In the late 70’s Rock and Roll groups like Led Zeppelin and the Who created the wave of very long hair styles that defined the decade.  The surfing counter culture life style as well embraced very long hair styles as a certain form of self-expression that was the signature of being out of the loop and living an esoteric life style that embellished the freedom of riding waves and tuning out of the politically charged civilization of the “Cold War”.

Oscar Wilde
The long hair panache of men out-lasted the free love revolution along with the rebellious anti-establishment philosophy of the hippies, Vietnam War protesters, rock and rollers, artists, surfers and snow skiers.  Sporting a bohemian style of hair remained popular throughout three decades until short hair styles became the fashion trend in the 90s.  Surprisingly before the end of the century baldness became quite fashionable in contrast to centuries if not millennium of great efforts of gentlemen to conceal their lack of hair.  The fashion solution of wearing hats, or donning toupees, and endless hair growth remedies and even surgery were in demand to answer the failure to have a full head of hair.  It was as if being bald was being considered sexy as merely a contrast to what had endured for decades and periodically throughout history – the yin and yang of fashion.

In later part of the past century men having short hair styles was in many cultures viewed as being under society's control and conforming to the establishment. While in the military, prison or in the employment of a fundamental career men were forced to wear their hair short.  Religious formalities and social uniformity regarding men with long hair as un-kept or not wholesome gave way to fashion. In contrast, men sporting long hair styles were accepted by society by sheer force, almost every guy had long hair in the 70's and 80's.

Brad Pitt
When the fade of long hair style started to become unfashionable or obsolete men that wished to wear their hair long regardless were sort of deemed renegades.  Not the average man can repeal the trends in fashion especially when it comes to hair style. Being bald and proud was something that was not easily accomplished.  As with wearing hair long for the contemporary man the scenario is the exact same. Only men with strong personality and the capability of carrying himself in character will sufficed.  These are usually self-made men or have become resilient to the confines of the system becoming employed outside the mainstream in sports, entertaining, or in the fashion business.

Now, having long hair signifies being outside of the mainstream and having their own special fashion statement of expression.  Think of soccer star David Beckham, or movie star Chris Hemsworth as contemporary men with long locks of hair.  These guys have much more than simple sex appeal – they
Chris Hemsworth plays Formula One 
Race Drive James Hunt circa 1976
have charisma that is beyond the norm.   They have the Samson dynamic.
Led Zeppelin - Iconic Rock Band 
and their long locks

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Nymphomaniac and a Romantic Man Wearing a Suit and Necktie

A beautiful babe - expert 
on sexuality
A real smooth operator and then some! - if you don't laugh check to see if you have a pulse.

A well dressed man wearing a suit and tie boarded a flight to Las Vegas taking his seat unaware of his soon to be realized good fortune. As he settled in, he glanced up and saw a very sexy woman boarding the plane. He soon realized she was heading straight towards him. As fate would have it, she took the seat right next to his. Anxious to strike up a conversation he asked her, “Business or pleasure?”

She turned, smiled and said affectionately, “Business, I’m attending to the Annual Nymphomaniacs of America Convention in Las Vegas."

He took a deep breath, hoping to not look so off guard. The most gorgeous woman he had ever seen was sitting next to him, and she was going to a convention of nymphomaniacs!

Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, “What’s your business at this convention?” “Lecturer,” she responded. “I use information that I have learned from my personal experiences to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality.”

“Really?” he said - surprised with her answer. “And what might those sexual myths be?” he questioned.

Las Vegas Nymphomaniac Convention
“Well,” she explained, “one popular myth is men that wear suits and ties are not romantic - however they are the most charming and debonair. Also a common misconception is that African-American men are the most well-endowed of all men, when in fact it is the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait." 

She continued, "Another popular myth is that Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is men of Spanish descent who are the best. I have also discovered that the lover with absolutely the greatest stamina is the southern redneck.” finishing with an academic pose no less.

Suddenly the woman became a little uncomfortable. Blushing she exclaimed softly, "I'm Lola." Apologizing with an unexpected shyness, “I’m sorry, I shouldn't really be discussing all of this with you. I don’t even know your name.”

The man felt a sense of salvation wearing a suit and necktie, and naturally became quite the charmer. He had that cunning look that made a lady melt however to be so cavalier may not suffice.  Pausing a moment to invite anticipation he answered “the pleasure is mine - my name is Tonto - Tonto Gonzales, but my friends call me Bubba".

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Necktie Tying Lesson Saves the Day

Here is one that over a million people liked online. A simple gesture of kindness, how to tie a tie. From Nov 16th, 2015 - NBC The Today Show.

An older man gives a heartwarming necktie knotting lesson to a nervous young man in an Atlanta train station.

Wherever he was headed, this young man was dressed to impress. But as he sat on a bench in an Atlanta train station, he had trouble tying his necktie.  Luckily, an older couple noticed his struggle and jumped in to lend a hand. The moment was captured in a photo taken by an onlooker that is now spreading far and wide.

The woman tapped her husband and told him to "teach this young man how to tie his tie." And not only did the older man teach him the steps; he watched to make sure his pupil could do it himself.

The young was on his way to work or maybe a job interview.  In that case he probably got the job - and a very kind act that could have easily gone overlooked would be a very grateful necktie knotting lesson.  None-the-less this how humans should treat each other.  Surely the young man and anyone who witnessed this were left with a very loving feeling.
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

My Favorite Necktie Today - The Marilyn Monroe Postage Stamp Tie

Marilyn Monroe Postage Stamp Necktie
"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle," Marilyn Monroe

The lady said it so, and what better way to shine then wearing a fabulous novelty necktie illustrating the Marilyn Monroe U.S. Postage Stamp. She is without question the sexiest woman to ever walk on Earth.  It is more than 63 years that she was found dead in her Los Angeles home at the very youthful age of 36, however she is still the very much the sensation that she became.  A "sex" symbol surely, though considered a Goddess my men young and old to this day.

Marilyn Monroe on the cover of
the first issue of 'Playboy'
In 1953 Hugh Hefner purchased the nude photos of Monroe taken years earlier for $500 that graced the cover of the first issue of Playboy and the "Sweetheart" spread ( later to be called "Playmate" of the month ). She had been paid only $50 for that photo shoot.  Not unlike every man to ever live, he has always been obsessed with her, although they never met. She had a charisma that is as uncommon as possible, absolutely intoxicating.

On June 1 1995 The U.S. Postal Service released the first of a series of Hollywood Stars Stamps.  The debut illustrated Marilyn Monroe in an iconic pose with her signature across the top. In honor of what would have been her 69th birthday 400 million copies were.  The 32 cent stamp was designed by award winning artist Michael Deas. 

Marilyn Monroe
Postage Stamp
Our post in April 2011 Marilyn Monroe Sexy Ties - A brief biography including many note worthy quotes by her and by those who loved her.

A Genius and a Beauty
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” Marilyn Monroe

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Beatles Necktie - My Favorite Tie Today

The Beatles White Album Tie
My favorite Beatles tie is The White Album Tie partly because my favorite Beatles Song is Revolution.  

Revolution was written by John Lennon in 1968 in two versions; a hard rock version which was released on the B side of the single Hey Jude, and as a slower blues version titled Revolution 1.  The slower version of Revolution was released on the Double Album - commonly known as The White Album.  A third version  Revolution 9 was also included on the White Album.

The single jacket for
Hey Jude - Revolution 
Inspired by the Vietnam War political protests which apparently Lennon saw with some doubt as expressed in his lyrics, "But when you talk about destruction, Don't you know that you can count me out."  A Revolution video was broadcast by the BBC on Sept.19 1968 - about a month later on Oct.13 Revolution was broadcast on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
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Watch the video from the screening on the Smothers Brother's Show

The Beatles Revolution
You say you want a revolution
Well, you know We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be all right?
All right, all right
You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're all doing what we can
But if you want money
For people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be all right?
All right, all right
You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don't you know it's gonna be all right?
All right, all right!
All right, all right, all right!
All right, all right, all right!
All right, all right!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Those Really Cool Novelty Ties

A cool guy wearing a Superman Tie
What kind of man would wear a Spiderman necktie? 

Maybe he doesn't want to wear a tie but the boss said he has to or he isn't employed.  So he chooses to wear a tie that illustrates his interest in superheroes, or wildlife and that's the solution. Conversation or novelty ties are welcomed by men who  do not want to wear a traditional conservative necktie.  It is a means of being a fashion rebel or sorts.  To be individual - the man who just does not want to be a dressed like most other men.  

For restaurants the food theme neckties like Tabasco Ties or coffee themes make the perfect uniform.  Maybe a young man would rather wear a Star Wars necktie to the prom to be different. Some guys will only wear certain themes which becomes a style trademark like sports themes that they are quite popular for being so consistent in such unique fashion accessorizing.  Women who work at the Cheese Cake Factory or IHop are required to wear ties and they’ll be very stylish with a Mickey Moose, Looney Tunes or maybe a Marilyn Monroe tie.  Believe it or not the right one will earn better tips.
Cheese Cake Factory Waitress
and James Dean Tie 

In the past these fun ties were easy to find.  J.C. Penny’s, Sears, and other department stores offered them as did specially retailers and mall kiosks.  Up until 2000 there was no problem finding neckties that were for the most part unusual.  That changed when the casual dress phenomenon caused the big department stores to cut back on neck wear as valuable shelf and floor space commanded much more popular apparel. Without the big chain retailers stocking inventory the manufacturers and designers just could not produce the collections that in many cases demanded royalties.  Then came the economic troubles of 2008 which caused great reservations in spending.  That was the final blow for the hold-outs which saw the end to almost all novelty theme neckties.

Now that they are collector items where does a man find the ties that they are so fond of.  The answer s the Internet as a few web retailers had made a niche for themselves and for now at least there are some sites with many novelty ties for sale.   Neckties are the number one Christmas gift for men and at least for many like teachers or a basketball coach, novelty neckties make a perfect gift.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

My Favorite Tie Today - Surf's Up Hawaiian Necktie

Hawaiian Surfing Necktie
Surfs Up!  Those were the good old days when all I had to worry about was if I had wax for my surfboard.

In the 70's my entire life was dictated by one thing, surfing.  That is why this killer Hawaiian Surfing Tie is my favorite tie today.  Besides having wax for my surfboard there were three other details that had to have my attention.  First and foremost there had to be surf. In Southern California that is almost a given with some exception.

A swell traverses the ocean thousands of miles finally reaching a 
continental shelf or island and for a minute or two creates a 
fascinating display that often becomes the thrill seeker's ride 
on a plastic hydrosphere; the surfboard and the surfer
The were two other very important things that ruled my life.  The wind could really mess up my day if it was on shore opposed to being off shore. The best waves to ride are what surfers call glassy - smooth with great form.

Usually in the early morning the wind is light and almost always off shore until around noon unless there was some strange weather system. Then late in the afternoon if the wind did come on shore there was the afternoon "glass off."  That was usually around 2 hours before sunset which would mean a morning surf session and and afternoon surf session.

The other very important factor was the tide.  Depending on if it was low or high, the tide would determine where I would venture into the Pacific to ride some waves.  Surf breaks are dependent on swell direction and the bottom or sea floor; a reef , sand bar, an underwater shelf, an angled shoreline or a point that would oppose the swell direction. A high or low tide will favor surf depending on the contour of what's below the surface.

As swells reach the shore line the lower portion of the wave starts to drag on the bottom which creates a vertical steepening of the waves amplitude or height and the wave length or the distance between waves.  The velocity of the wave decreases as the effect of the drag on the lower part of the wave as the waters depth becomes shallower.  If there is off shore wind then the upper part of the wave experiences drag by the resistance of air turbulence.  The wave radically changes as it reaches the shallows eventually cresting and spilling over creating ride-able surf. On a great break the wave will take a distinctive form breaking from in one direction or perhaps peaking and breaking in two opposite directions; rights, lefts, or peaks.

The best surf breaks are the result of waves that are moving with great velocity in deep water and abruptly reach a shallow reef, sand bar or rocky bottom.  That sudden drag on the bottom or sea floor causes a loss of velocity changing the wave amplitude ( height of the wave from crest to half way to the trough ) and wave length ( the distance between waves ).  This radical distortion of the waves physical properties changes its shape creating a casting out of the excess energy that can no longer contain the wave amplitude creating a tubular or hollow area as the eventual cresting and breaking signifies the collapse of the wave and the displacing of its energy in the form of "white water" or turbulence that is all that remains of the wave as it dissipates towards the shore.  The initial cresting and breaking of the wave is the point that the surfer lives for. The experienced surfer knows how to be in the right spot at the right time to catch that perfect wave and very much like ballet uses the energy that is displaced to surf with individual expression.  To realize how sensational surfing is make sure to watch the HD BBC Video below.

The anatomy of an ocean wave
When a wave crests the the surfer and surfboard are propelled towards the shore by means of gravity and the failure to resist the energy in the wave. The gliding of the surfboard on the waves surface is aerodynamic hydroplaning that is affected by lift and drag and influenced by the surfer weighting and un-weighting that leverages the direction of the surfboard. The surfer uses the surfboard fin on the bottom of the board that creates drag and as well stabilizes the surfboard causing it to track similar to an airplanes elevated fin that causes drag affecting the direction of movement.  The boards foiled shaped edges further control the direction of the surfboard while the surfer compensates for gravity, the force of the breaking and depreciating wave length or velocity and the changing wave amplitude or shape in addition to drag caused by the water rushing up the surfs face as the wave passes through the water or the energy that is being displaced by the crest of the wave or the spilling over energy - in the form water collapsing.

The experienced surfer harnesses what Newtons Third Law of Physics explains - for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  The modern surfboard is basically a hydrodynamic plastic foil that has enough buoyancy to float while the surfer alters the dynamic of how the surfboard reacts to the changing shape of the waves amplitude or face and height of the wave and the waves length or trough and the wave velocity.

Wave riding is no easy thing to master.  Just learning how to paddle the surfboard and staying balanced takes getting accustomed to let alone how to effectively get past the breaking waves to reach the line up, ( where the waves begin breaking ).  It takes a great deal of time to become aware of how waves break, how to catch a wave and where to catch it.  Imagine a downhill ski racer trying to deal with the ever changing shape and contour of the mountain while staying balanced on a surface that is not still and not falling off - there is no straps or foot holds.  One thing is certain; when you catch your first wave even if you fall off quickly you'll be hooked.  From than on it is just practice and figuring out how to steer the surfboard while reading the shape of the wave that is a head. Developing reflexes and the skills needed to become a master of surf beyond novice takes a lot of trial and error.    

When a surfer paddles out to the line up the other world and all the toils of life in this crazy Industrial Age - driven by Neo Classical Economics does not exist. Being one with nature is the only way to illustrate the feeling of surfing, waiting for the next wave in a very peaceful and non stressful state.  I remember vividly a school of about six dolphins were surfing a wave with me while I surfed alone at Beacons in Leucadia California in light rain riding waves about head high.  I was so careful not to get too close but they were playing with me - real masters of surf - I was feeling like one of "The Golden Ones" what a friend often said; he coined the phrase describing our crew of Miami Bred Surfers.

Unfortunately the counter culture and life style of surfing conflicted with my desire to be a professional photographer.  When I look back now I deeply regret abandoning surfing.  I guess I could start again, however it takes a lot of strength and stamina to paddle out to the "line up" let alone paddling into position to catch the waves at the perfect sweet spot.

Above sequence image: That is me surfing Apple Bay in Tortola the British Virgin Islands in 1978.  Apple Bay was cake walk compared to Cane Garden Bay which was a very testing point break that broke in less than 12 inches of water on a razor sharp coral reef just about five yards or so from rock shore line.  This was the perfect place to mount a cannon to fend off Pirates - that citadel is still there today. By the way I mastered Gun Point at Cane Garden Bay which was a 100 yard line drive attack that was unforgiving. Getting tubed was un-avoidable if you were to catch that wave almost too far back which I did every time like Muhammad Ali would have done "floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee."  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the travel aspect of the surfer life style.

Necktie Label - House of Stoke by Joseph Mackie
Now, about that Hawaiian Surf Board Tie. When I was selling ties at the Too Sexie Tie Cart at the Irvine Spectrum Center, Joseph Mackie, a really crazy guy found my kiosk and sold me hundred and hundreds of custom Hawaiian Ties that he made from Hoffman Hawaiian shirt fabric bolt ends and remnants. It was such a novel idea that his Hawaiian necktie creations won the acclaim of Playboy Magazines top Christmas gift ideas in 1999, House of Stoke by Joseph Mackie.

So with all that said along with the scientific explanation of the dynamics of surfing it is rather easy to understand why this Surfing Necktie is my favorite tie today.  To view our collection of Joseph Mackie Hawaiian Print Ties please visit Nice Tie Store.

HD super slow motion video of big wave surfer Dylan Longbottom in a 12 foot monster barrel - the first shots of their kind ever recorded.  ( watch in HD )
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$100,000 Camera Captures Slow Mo Surfing, From Underwater For the upcoming BBC nature series "South Pacific," filmmakers rigged a TyphoonHD4 to shoot above and underwater HD. Shooting a frame rate 20x the speed of normal HD  (I'm assuming that's somewhere around 480fps if the standard HD cam shoots at 24fps),  this camera/documentary was apparently the first to capture the underwater spiraling vortices of huge waves at such incredible quality. Cameraman/technician Rudi Diesel calls one moment in this clip "probably the best shot" of his life.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My Favorite Tie Today - Edvard Munch The Scream Art Necktie

Edvard Munch "The Scream" art necktie 
"The Scream" by Edvard Munch; what it means may surprise you. He felt something more than a hundred years ago that frightened him about our species and our world's future.     

"The Scream" art tie has always been one of my favorite art neckties, and one of my favorite paintings as well. I had always wondered what Edvard Munch was thinking when he created "The Scream." Was the character screaming because he was a spook or was he spooked because he saw a spook. It was that intriguing question that was the cause of my fondness of the artwork besides its sensational composition, unique impressionist style and a dynamic use of colors.

He was born in 1863 in the village of Adalsbruk Norway later moving to Christiania now called Oslo and the capital  His father was a military doctor which provided a low salary which caused conditions of poverty and stress for the family. Great tragedy struck when he was just five years old; his mother and favorite sister died from Tuberculosis. To cope with his anguish he started to draw and create artwork. As a young teen he began to paint with oils developing his remarkable style.  After one year studying engineering at a technical school he decided that he would be an artist enrolling in the Royal School of Art and Design of Christiania.

Edvard Munch
Early on he mastered portraiture, however some of his works were not fully appreciated being considered as extreme impressionism.  Influenced by Manet and later Vincent Van Gogh his style of painting was Naturalism and Impressionism. Entered as goal in his diary he wrote, "in my art I attempt to explain life and its meaning to myself."  

When he was asked about the Scream Munch remarked that when he was walking along a road in Oslo overlooking the Oslofjord at sunset he heard the scream of nature. He had become disillusioned about politics that he felt was allowing the degradation of the environment by the modernization of civilization and the irreversible harm that nature was being subjected to by man's careless ways of the industrial revolution.  He had become rebellious against the establishment and Neo-Classical-Economics which was considered an insulting description of the Industrial Age and the Industrial Age Banking System that regarded profit above all else especially the conservation of nature.  It is not such a stretch to conclude that "The Scream" was meant as a vanguard of what Munch had become so troubled about. He had become part of the Bohemian Movement at the turn of century.  Like many artists of the era he was disillusioned with his world.

Between 1893 and 1910 he created four versions of the work as both paintings and pastels giving all of them the title in German that was unmistakable "Der Schrei der Natur" ( The Scream of Nature ). Considered by art historians an icon of modern art "The Scream" may also be an icon of a political agenda that even to this day has not fully become understood or acknowledged.  He was not alone in his fear that the very existence of the human species would become endangered and all life of our planet could face extinction due to the revolution of the Industrial Age.

In his diary in an entry headed, Nice 22 January 1892, Munch described his inspiration for the image:  He exclaimed that he heard the scream of nature due to what he felt was the result of the irreversible harm caused by Industrialization.

"One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream."

The Scream Masterpiece by Edvard Munch
The forth version of "The Scream," a pastel 1895 was sold for $119,922,600 at Sotherby's Impressionist and Modern Art auction on May 2, 2012 to financier Leon Black, the second highest price of an artwork sold at auction ever. For an artist that had been criticized and misunderstood like many other masters of the Impressionist Period his works have defined the era. He hated to part with his art work, calling them his children.

Art historians have said that it was emotion he wanted to depict. "It's not the chair that should be painted," he once wrote, "but what a person has felt at the sight of it." "The Scream" is just that and may become recognized as more than a sensational work of art with great emotion but a warning that a threatened nature's scream unheard and without care would one day become more of a cry.  In Norwegian is "The Skirk" translated as "The Scream" but in English "The Shriek" but has also been known as "The Cry."

Our civilization is facing the sixth Mass Extinction that has been recognized as at least a half a century in progress with a great acceleration taking place at present.   An abrupt climate change is very likely to occur within the next 5 - 25 years caused by run-away global warming, the result of an increase of green house gases like carbon due to the Industrial Revolution and the use of fossil fuels.

The rise in the average temperature has caused the Permafrost to melt in the Arctic which is on the verge of releasing hundreds of giga tons of Methane, a greenhouse gas hundreds of times more threatening then Carbon Dioxide.  The result will be average temperatures rising from 4 to 8 degrees above the period before Industrialization possibly by the middle of this century or sooner.  Sea levels will rise caused by the melting of the Arctic Ice Cap displacing billions of people followed by the loss of Habitat.

When you view Edvard Munch's mater piece "The Scream" consider that the screaming of nature that he felt may be "The Crying" of nature that the human species will hear within 35 years.  The potentially irreversible global climate changes that may cause the extinction of the human species in our life times is being predicted now.  In that case I would venture to say that "The Scream" has a priceless value and should our species survive, or if not; future intelligent life will value Munch's intuitive way of making an emotion of art a dynamic warning of unthinkable catastrophe - the Apocalypse of life, more over intelligent life on Earth most definitely a precious and rare occurrence in our Universe.  

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