Vol. 33 — October 16, 2020
This week we’re sharing a colorful art installation, highlighting fun games to play indoors (and outdoors), and introducing a new cool friend, Chris Black.
Coolstuff favorites BAGGU and Where are the Black Designers? just dropped an amazing collaboration featuring the work of four Black illustrators from around the globe. Bags went on sale just a few days ago, and are sure to sell quickly, so snag yours soon. PS 100% of the proceeds will go directly to WATBD to help further their mission of supporting and amplifying Black designers.
What's better than getting your hair done? Getting it done while looking at strange and amazing art. Soho hair salon, Suite Caroline has commissioned artist, Shoplifter, to bring a colorful art installation to the downtown salon. These two female creative minds join forces in their ongoing celebration of color, playfulness, and optimism at a time when the art and beauty industries need it more than ever. Stop by the SoHo salon to see the installation now!
Our love for smiley faces doesn’t need a whole lot of an intro, but in case it does, scroll up to see our logo :—) A new book currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter, Sm;)e, celebrates the smiley face’s cultural impact throughout the years. Check it out here.
Soooo NYC runs on takeout but the amount of packaging is not the best. We just tried DeliverZero for our weekly Thai takeout and are super excited to share a no-waste option in the city.
It’s been a while since we’ve chatted about the impending doom that is quarantine, and with the fear of a fall wave ahead, we’ve been doing our part and staying inside a little more. For this week’s best of, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite indoor / outdoor park games!
COOL FRIENDS: Chris Black
Meet Chris, a brand strategist, writer, host, and hilarious social commentator. Chris wears many hats: penning a column in the Strategist, co-hosting the podcast How Long Gone, and running brand consultancy Public Announcement.
How did the How Long Gone podcast begin?
My co-host Jason Stewart and I have been friends for years. I was a frequent guest on his old show, Tall Tales. When the lockdown started in March, I joked that we should do a daily dispatch together, which turned into How Long Gone, the podcast we do three times a week! It was meant to be.
What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?
The skill level. People are very talented; it not only pushes you to be better, but makes collaboration fun, exciting, and fruitful.
What's inspiring you right now?
The weather in Los Angeles, my trainer Hunter Seagroves, photographers Justine Kurland, Eric Chakeen, Iris Humm, and Nick Waplington, playwright Jeremy O. Harris, music by Lomelda, Drop Nineteens, Country Westerns, Casual Ties, Sonic Boom, and The Vulgar Boatmen. Writing by Andrew Martin, Kaitlin Phillips, and Jason Stewart.
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Park Slope, Brooklyn
Our Rating: 4.5 of 5
When to Go: When you need a reminder of old New York. We’re talking regulars, shitty coffee, and great food.
What to order: Club sammie with fries, a pickle, and a seltzer! Eat like your 85 (coolstuff approved™)
Farmer’s Market in the Fall in Park Slope, Brooklyn