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Mikael Kennedy California II

Mikael Kennedy California

People, have you bought Mikael Kennedy’s new book, California? If you haven’t, do it now. Because if there’s anyone to listen to in this situation, it’s yours truly. I was sitting right next to this amazing feller the entire time he was shooting. And yes, it was as magical in real life as it looks printed on paper.


March 12, 2014 | Art/Photography, Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Skier’s Alphabet

Skier's Alphabet

Another great one from Mr. Wasa Industries.


February 3, 2014 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Mikael Kennedy + Hobo King

Mikael Kennedy Hobo King

There have been no shortage of Mikael Kennedy posts in these parts over the last few years, so you by now that Mikael and I travel here and there together, working and not working, hiking and relaxing, eating and drinking, talking and scheming. While only a few of the polaroids in Mikael’s new book, Hobo King, are accounts of those trips, it’s just as near and dear to us and we couldn’t be happier that it’s finally out. Go over to Mikael’s website, order a copy and keep it close:

I saw him once. I was tearing down that 101,
alone, as the rain pounded the road.
banks of fog crashing against the coast.
could’ve been anywhere between Crescent City and Halfmoon Bay.
he stood on the guard rail, shrouded by the water on my windshield, spread his arms wide, seeming to grow taller than the trees,
the wind driving against the dark wings of his poncho, silently
he stood there not moving, not putting his thumb out,
he wasn’t looking for a ride, he was saying keep going.

“somewhere out there’s the hobo king,
banging on the rail with a ring.”

October 29, 2013 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

How and Why


Thanks to our friend Hanly Banks (who shot and directed this amazing documentary of Bill Callahan) for sending this image over last night. It comes from an edition of them ol’ How and Why Wonder Books, one of our favorite things to find while going through the books at a local thrift store.

October 17, 2013 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Coyote and Thunder




As long as we’re on the Juniper Ridge kick this week, let’s talk about one of my favorite parts of the JR experience, Mr. Obi Kaufmann. When Obi’s not picking plants and boiling up sweet scents on the trail, you’ll find him sitting on a rock, sketchbook out, face to the Sierra sky. He runs one of my favorite blogs around, Coyote and Thunder, and is responsible for the best thing I’ve got in my apartment. Obi is just about the sweetest human you’ll ever meet and his art/poetry, which looks like something John Muir would have done if he had owned a few Kyuss records, is, well, downright bee-yoo-ti-ful. He’s now selling a book of those trail meditations, so if you’ve got 10 bucks – and I know you do – spend it on a copy of “Coyote and Thunder.” Trust me, just do it. Go. Now.


August 15, 2013 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Fire LookOut Project

Firetower 2

Firetower 3

Firetower 1

Great set of photos from Filson Life:

Kyle Johnson is a 29 year old editorial and commercial photographer hailing from the Pacific Northwest. He strives to create images that are intriguing and classically executed. Kyle’s aesthetic pairs textured natural settings with a distinct photographic perspective. This project is an exploration of the 92 lookout towers that remain standing in Washington State. Shot entirely with medium format film, Kyle has set out to capture the experience of hiking to these lingering giants, as well as documenting the scenic views and people he meets along the way.

July 25, 2013 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }



 MP3: Miguel – Do You…

April 4, 2013 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Grateful Dead Fan Art

Thank you to our friends at SF’s Gravel and Gold for emailing us a link to the Grateful Dead Archive’s Fan Art. There are endless things to click through, so go get lost for a couple of hours.

(And if you like The Dead and Dogfish Head, then head here and pick the final ingredient to their collaborative beer, American Beauty.)

MP3: Grateful Dead – Estimated Prophet

December 4, 2012 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Photos From The Road

Cold Splinters wrote a few times about Mikael Kennedy and Sean Sullivan’s Ramblers Bone, the Wolverine-sponsored road trip the two guys took this last spring. Mikael was even generous enough to give us a few exclusive photos to post.

In any case, the final culmination of the whole thing will take place TONIGHT, November 29th, down in SoHo, so come on out and enjoy yourself. And despite the fact that Mikael’s best photos are of me, it’s a hell of a show (I know, I helped put it up yesterday), so maybe I’ll see you there….

MP3: Elvis Presley – True Love Travels on A Gravel Road

November 29, 2012 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Seth Neilson is back with the second installment of his Alphabet Series, the first of which I see everyday on the wall adjacent to my front door. One hundred of the 18 x 24 Backpacker’s Alphabet posters were made and they’ll ship right after Turkey Day, so have at it.

Enjoy yourselves out there this weekend.

November 16, 2012 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }