June 21, 2011
[BODY] Marko’s Tips: Beards.

In this day and age it seems that almost every man is wearing a beard of some form.

In the sea of facial hair there seems to be a lack of beard education.

Most men shave to look good from the front angle and don’t really see the rest.

This is the biggest problem.

The thing is fellas you see yourself from the front. The rest of the world ses you from other angles.

Most of you tend to shave up your neck right to your chin, while from the front you look clean cut, with sharp lines, but from the side view you are featuring turkey jowl (Gobble Gobble)

See image 1.

A simple solution to this is while shaving open your mouth and create a new guideline to follow.

This simple procedure changes up your whole look.

Just see what it did for him in image 2

The second biggest problem is the transition from beard to clean shaven head.

This one fellas I blame on the barber who is shaving your head.

The guy in image 3 quite possibly has the perfect beard.

The right amount of grooming to keep it shapely and clean but not so much grooming wear it looks like an etch a sketch drew it on.

The length is perfect giving him a masculine roughness to him, but not so long to give you that “I just got off the farm and probably have food in my beard and smell” look.

The only flaw here is that the drop off line is so harsh.

The simple solution is to have your barber fade your beard to your head.

If you are shaving your own head, well then you are probably not reading hair and beard tips, but if you are cut your beard slightly shorter towards the top to soften the line.

Harsh lines tend to draw focus and attention. You can see the subtle difference between image 3 and image 4 but what a difference it can make.

If you need more in detail tips on how to care for your beard you may want to look at the website All About Beards

Platonic Fey Contribitor Marko Tomassetti

When it comes to hair, Marko Tomassetti’s passion is working with natural pigment. He believes that hair color should be within two shades of its natural color. His philosophy is, “it may not be your natural color, but it should look like it is.”

Marko’s professional career began in 1996 at the age of 19 when he apprenticed under Louis Licari at his eponymous NYC salon. He then moved to the Jose Eber Salon where his hard work earned him the honor of becoming youngest colorist in the company’s history.

Marko continued his career at the famous Privé Salon where he honed and perfected his color techniques.

He splits his time between Sally Hershberger Downtown in the Meatpacking District and Sally Hershberger Los Angeles.

March 7, 2011
[BLOG] TRY STATE ART: 2011 Armory Show

Robert Greco from the leading edge men’s journal & online community Try State shares his impressions of the 2011 NY Armory Show.

Portrait painting with high technical skills ruled the interest level at this years Armory show

Overall, conservatism is back, the wow factor is gone and there were no surprises. Gallerists were comfortable displaying work that cried economic doom “the end is near”  or bold statements such as ” I LOVE YOU” in neon.

Upstairs, the modern masters, historically significant work of the 20th and 21st centuries showed little variety. There were fewer high end Galleries this year, some more noticeable than others, however, it was what was expected. 

The staple galleries showed the safe works again, in less quantity.  Rothko, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Lichtenstein were less prevalent this year, a sign that the global economic temperature is at a stand still. 

Last year, collectors bought up the blue chip pieces in bunches and reacted to the deals that were abound. 

This year the smaller galleries and new work by living artists was more competitive. 

Technical skills were in demand with less attention paid to experimental and avant-garde. 

The standouts all seem to be realistic paintings.

The general consensus was there were more people from out of town  and they were buying smaller works, in series.

Many of the visitors were looking to the Armory show as the art world's economic indicator over the next year.

What did remain, is the sense of over stimulation

Sensory overload as all mediums converge, political messages abound, the tension of what will sell and of course the fantastic people watching.

Galleries report that the biggest sales came within the first five minutes of the fair and others reporting sales as “good” and steady throughout. 

The general feeling as that “contacts” were made which will help sustain the market the rest of the year. 

Below are images of what I felt were the stand out pieces of the show.

This article is a special guest post by Robert Greco of Try State Magazine.


February 27, 2011
[BLOG] Doris from Rego Park: NPR, Ghosts & Cultural Myths

Growing up within literal earshot of I-95 may of created this need for background noise. I did experience several weeks of sleepless nights after my family moved out of the urban soundscape. 

The silence that seemed to mark the nights in the rural area we moved to were deafening to this city kid.  It was during those dark nights, with no cable, a handful of CD's and my life in boxes I discovered the comforting power of talk radio & NPR.

Needless to say it started a habit of having the radio on the local public radio station when I am writing or working on my computer.  That means most of my all week long & during any free time at home on weekends is spent with NPR on all day.

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January 10, 2011
[BLOG] According to G : Olek’s World

Last summer, Polish born and New York based artist Agata Olek had an exhibit at the Christopher Henry Gallery in Manhattan entitled “Knitting is For Pus***.” 

The exhibit featured a miniature apartment in which every object inside was crocheted!  You can see a bit of the apartment in the picture below. 

The exhibit was supposed to last for one month and due to overwhelming demand it kept getting extended.  In fact, you still have a chance to see the exhibit (so go to 127 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan ASAP!). 

As the exhibit gained popularity, Olek and her unique art have been featured in magazines and on TV channels across the world.

And then she went viral.  On Christmas Eve, Olek left a gift for the citizens of New York.

If you haven’t seen this video of Olek crocheting an outfit on the bull that presides over Wall Street, you’re about to fall in love….

I had the great fortune of wearing Olek’s crocheted outfits on two occasions last year (one of those occasions resulted in a really cool photo shoot for an article that appeared in Paper Magazine) and 2011 marked occasion number three. 

Olek did an interview for Polish TV today and I was there not only to catch the action, but to be the action!

2011 is looking extremely bright for Olek and I am so pleased for her. 

She’s tremendously talented and she’s one of the coolest people you could ever hope to meet.  Just remember, this is Olek’s world and we are just living in it!

Olek’s Artist Statement:

I am crocheting a sculpture for my body, the ready-made. The “cover” completely redefines my movement and my identity – sexual, personal and cultural. Then I take the end of the twine and by ripping it apart, I start remaking it.

When the “new” suit of armor is ready I am being exposed as an object. Then I put this hand-crocheted wearable sculpture onto my body and take the end of the cord and undo the ‘cover’ again and again.

The artwork is destroyed as it is created, and created out of its own destruction.

About Platonic Fey Contributor G

Geoffrey Dicker was born with the gift of creative randomness.  His writing career has seen the release of a book of abstract poetry called “Sketches of Verbal Alchemy,” and 2 albums of pop music by singer Jim Emmons that he penned the lyrics for.  He has also designed a line of American Apparel “G-Shirts,” and when he is not attending art openings, meeting the rich and famous or standing in the front row at Rock and Roll concerts, he makes surreal paintings.

Dicker’s limited edition photography prints are for sale via IGNITE Licensing.  On the corporate side, he has worked for MGM Studios, where he managed the ultra-prestigous James Bond film library (for international TV licensing), has worked on the production side of a hugely successful reality TV  show and even picked out all the tracks for “Ultimate Prince,” a 2 disc greatest hits set by one of his favorite musicians.  He recently completed his first coffee table book of photography entitled Take It With Your Hand, and a second book of poetry called Unfinished Lyrics and is hoping to release both books in 2011

Check out Geoffrey’s amazing site A2G for great updates on the music culture that is NYC.

December 4, 2010

 - text & photographs by Walt Cessna NYC 10

Superb gallery daze in Chelsea yesterday at the Art Walk where I stumbled upon the beyonder sculptures & paintings by artist Matthew Monohan at the Anton Kern gallery. Also taking in the correct visuals were performance artist Robin Laverne Wilson sporting a mad plaid pant-suit & blue eyed ginger sculptor William Spangenberg, whose recent work is documented from it’s start to finish process in his new book HEARTS. 

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November 7, 2010
[COMIC] Freelancer Porn

N.C. Winters is always drawing. When he isn’t making comics,  doodling or working as a freelance graphic artist, he spends his time  painting pretty pictures for galleries from his home studio in sunny  southern California.

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[COMIC] Freelancer Porn

N.C. Winters
is always drawing.
When he isn’t making comics, doodling or working as a freelance graphic artist,
he spends his time painting pretty pictures for galleries from his home studio in sunny southern California.

November 6, 2010
[VIDEO] ‘Living Portrait’ of Man in Black

The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art project, and we would love for you to participate. Through this website, we invite you to share your vision of Johnny Cash, as he lives on in your mind’s eye. Working with a single image as a template, and using a custom drawing tool, you’ll create a unique and personal portrait of Johnny. Your work will then be combined with art from participants around the world, and integrated into a collective whole: a music video for “Ain’t No Grave”, rising from a sea of one-of-a-kind portraits.

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October 29, 2010
Banksy, Eat My Shorts: Cash Cows Meet in Sunday Primetime

Banksy is the pseudonym of a British graffiti artist, political activist and painter, whose identity is unconfirmed. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique.

Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

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October 25, 2010
Podlings & Glam Rocking Elves

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