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KICKS: GIANT FOOT STICKING OUT FROM ROOF OF HOLLYWOOD STORE “TOO INSTAGRAMMABLE”

Can something be too Instagrammable? That is the question, savvy reader. Our initial thought is, “Yes, yes something can be. ‘Too Instagrammablity’ is a thing.”

But then, upon further consideration, doubt creeps in, and we wonder further, “What does ‘too Instagrammable’ even mean?” It’s a binary, yes or no issue in terms of whether anything is Instagrammable at all. It either is or isn’t. And really, anything is Instagrammable by virtue of anybody taking a picture of something and posting it to Instagram.

What the question really means is beyond the literal. It is really to ask whether something — some would be photographic subject matter — has qualities that make it both desirable to share as an image, as an expression of the user taste and evidence of their experience, and easy to present as an attractive, visually compelling image that might garner lots of likes.

The store of the clothing brand Golf Wang on hip Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood, in Los Angeles, is Instagrammable. Architecture and design considerations aside, it’s the giant sculptural foot clad in pink sneakers sticking out of the roof of the store that has become a photogenic landmark. It is highly Instagrammable. Too Instragrammable. And brilliant marketing. 

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ゴルフワン衣料品店の興味深い建築とランドマーク。このショップは、ロサンゼルスのハリウッドのフェアファックスアベニューにある人気のファッショナブルなショッピング街にあります。

Love Me Anyways

Love is a recurring theme of a lot of street art. And often it’sin its simplest, plainest, most straightforward expressions that resonates with viewers. JGoldcrown’s widely Instagrammed “Lovewall” comes to mind, as does Casey Kulig’s globally-spread “Love Me” meme. “Love Me Anyways” is painted on sidewalks and walls in a handwritten-style of lettering that exposes some personality in the artist. The example pictured above was found in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. 

Plain Minimalist All-White Leather Sneakers … Venice, Los Angeles

We recently popped into the Rag & Bone store on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, in Los Angeles, to try on this paired of white leather sneakers. These shoes are as plain and minimalist as can be. We love ’em.

On the Street … Hot Pink Converse Sneakers l

We went gallery hopping in New York City on the weekend, which meant we did a lot of walking around the Lower East Side. This gave a member of our crew, Kay Dot, to break in some brand new Converse sneakers. Her Chuck’s-styled kicks are in a shade of hot pink that is practically unmissable from 50 meters away.

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Street Art … Homage to Classic Nike Air Jordan Sneakers, New York

This fresh wheatie street art piece by UnCuttArt (the artist a.k.a., “UnCasso”) went up on a wall on Ludlow Street last night. It’s inspired by Nike’s classic Air Jordan high-top basketball sneaker and rendered across color bars in UnCasso’s typical illustration style. The artist has in recent months been bombing much of lower Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn with images of Steve Jobs and a young Michael Jackson.

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“The Mystery of the Flying Kicks” … A Short Film About Those Hanging Sneakers You See on Telephone Wires

From Closer Productions, writer-director Matthew Bate’s amusing short film “The Mystery of the Flying Kicks” explores the various origin stories, myths, and interpretations of the curious global phenomenom of people throwing pairs of sneakers onto telephone wires.

The Mystery of Flying Kicks from Closer Productions on Vimeo.

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On the Scene … Collection of Converse Sneakers in L.A.

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Cool collection of (fake-distressed?) vintage-classic Converse sneakers at the Fred Segal shop in Santa Monica, in Los Angeles.

Style … Vanilla Van’s

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We replaced our favorite pair of salmony-red Van’s lace-up sneakers after the canvas got torn on the edge of a bike pedal on a ride last week. We couldn’t find the exact same salmony-red model so we decided to change things up and bought this classic pair of vanilla Van’s instead. We’ve only had these a few days and already we love ’em. So much so we took a photo and wanted to share. Our inspiration for the photo was the cover of the band Sleigh Bells’ 2012 album “Reign of Terror.” It’s one of our favorite album covers of recent years.