The Brief Foray Into Japanese Psych Music Playlist

Track list:

1. Cherry Blossom - Susumu Yokota

2. Kodomotachi - Susumu Yokota

3. 1000 Knives - Yellow Magic Orchestra

4. Pink Lady Lemonade - Acid Mothers Temple

5. Star - Boredoms

6. Heart - Boredoms

7. Flood 3 15:00 - Boris

8. People Can Choose - Les Rallizes Denudes

9. Between 7-03-7-15 PM - Taj Mahal Travellers

This weekend!

West Coast Craft is a craft and design show featuring carefully selected designers, artists, and craftspeople living and working on the West Coast. Using a variety of mediums, including wood, metal, leather and paper, these designers create singular items that exemplify the mood and aesthetics of their West Coast lifestyle.

Cool but sunny, laidback yet innovative, they represent the best of west coast craft.

We’ll be there with our friends serving and hawking Japanese Bento Boxes! Made fresh!

Japanese Vegan , Veggie and Meat Bentos - 10$


More info @

Tattoo - John Whale


According to Aetius, a physician
of some second-century repute,
the ancients had their own receipt for it:
as if preparing for their funerals
they would take some corroded bronze
previously attacked by vinegar
and grind it solemnly with vitriol
and just a touch of predictable gall
before they applied it with needles
to the relative permanence of the dermis.


And now, at both ends of the M62
there are reports of the stricken natives 
taking this rite of the hot scratch
some way closer to their raw grief
by asking their artists to grind 
the course ashes of their beloved 
with a suitably black ink
and to bury this finer dust
through repeated puncture wounds
in the form of words which go down
deep into their sore and grieving flesh:
Just like me / They long to be / Close to you.

From ‘Frieze

Fairytale Dreams.

Curious about Lolita styles? This doc. is probably the best on sharing the emotional card on what motivates this advanced style.

Not personally are steez, but fun to see a passion and energy behind these gals.

Suger Coated.

Tomoo Gokita was born in 1969 in Tokyo. He gained attention in the late 90’s for his extemporarily produced drawing works. In recent years he has created abstract paintings that simultaneously pay heed to specific motifs, including portraits which appropriate the colors of black and white.

Parklet Design Discussions - Open to the Public!

Kenken is working with the planning department of San Francisco on a Parklet in front of 3378 and 3376 18th Street.

We’ve gone through initial notification processes, planning requirements, SF DPW reviews, community outreach and are finalists for approval in the next few months for construction and approval.

We are working with 2 sets of architects on designs for parklet and would like to invite the community, our neighbors and interested parties to send feedback and participate in person at a public meeting at 6pm on 8/19/2013 at Ken Ken Ramen (3378 18th Street) to discuss feedback etc.

We’re open to all ideas on how we can design a parklet that is suited well to the community, is easy to maintain and improves the street.

8/19/2013 - 6pm @ 3378 18th Street.

Open to the public.

We’ll provide full current architectural plans and renderings and invite others to give feedback, critiques and ideas.

Above rendering is one design option Kenken is considering.

Meet artist Julia Lemke, designer of Auger + Ore, a 22 year old San Francisco resident, beekeeper, and pinball enthusiast. Finishing up her last year as a graphic design student, Julia works part time at Voyager/Revolver, and keeps our jewelry shelves well stocked with her handmade pieces. This past week Julia let us into her home/workspace to let us have a look around at some new creations and let us know what she has planned for her brand Auger + Ore.

Revolver: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you started Auger + Ore?

Julia: “I have a graphic design background, and I think that has had the most profound influence on me. There are many opportunities in design to dabble, it has gotten me into photography, styling, marketing, packaging, product design, all relevant skills to developing a brand. I’ve always had drive to create, I think I got that from my parents. My mother is an artist, and growing up she taught me all sorts of crafts: Ukrainian eggs,  glass fusing, basket weaving, quilting, silversmithing. My dad’s influence was design. He is an industrial designer, we were always designing, and building things, tree houses, wooden toys, furniture. My aesthetic is a mix of both of my parents: Folk Art and Minimalism.”

Revolver: What is your creative process like?

Julia: “It’s kind of a mess. Honestly, I can be scattered with my ideas, I get really excited about new ideas and projects and it can be hard to focus. My notebook is full of frantic scribbles, sketches for projects, and so many lists.  I tend to have ten projects going at once. Sometimes I will spend a morning working one idea, and than with other projects I can devote months to. I mostly like to learn new things, I tend to bounce around from project to project. I will be obsessed with ceramics, the next day textiles. It can be overwhelming,but it keeps me excited about my work.”

Revolver: What are your favorite materials to work with?

Julia: “Texture is always the driving force. I am very tactile, mixing contrasted textures and weights. I like things that have a human quality to them, and don’t feel too polished: smooth, heavy ceramic, rough twine,raw wood, and hammered brass. I try to incorporate natural elements whenever possible, and lately have been experimenting with mixing moss or seaweed into my tapestries.”

Revolver: What are you looking forward to next?
Any upcoming projects you are excited about?Julia: I’m really interested in weaving. I love kilims and dhurries, and I would be thrilled to make my own.I just started learning, but my next endeavor is going to be building my own loom.

Revolver: How would you describe Auger + Ore in four words or less?Julia: Organic, Primitive, Simple, Warm

Revolver: What artists or designers inspire you? Are there direct influences to your jewelry?

Julia: Doug Johnston, Cy Twombly, Ruth Asawa, Anton Alvarez, and Maja Ruznic are my favorites right now.Tribal art from around the world is an obvious influence in my work. Someone recently gave me this book of tribal decorations from Africa and it completely blew me away. It is truly stunning.

Revolver: How do you take your coffee?

Julia: Tons of cream.

Revolver: Describe your perfect sandwich.

Julia: Pesto, goat cheese, artichoke hearts & arugula on ciabatta. 

Auger + Ore is available at Revolver and Voyager in San Francisco . Also check out her site here.

Julia is amazing!

Something eerie and magical. Soft. Photography by Colin Snapp.

Images are from

House visit with former model Kanako and product designer in her 30 year old Tokyo Condo.