Archive for the ‘Canadian design’ Category

Murder Murder

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Apparently this is not a renegade settler war party, it’s a new “bloodgrass” band from Sudbury in Northern Ontario called Murder Murder.  You can listen to their banjo-esque non-Northern-Ontario-ish neo-bluegrass murdery numbers at the link above. Music aside—and the imported Appalachia sound is a whole other issue—here I’m just going to look at their fashion, promotion and visuals. Identity stuff, in other words. Check out their bio (thanks to Braden …read more

Album: Native North America Vol. 1

Monday, March 9th, 2015

This is a superb and historically important album, a compilation of music by indigenous musicians in Canada 1968-1985. It’s telling that I had only heard one of these tracks before hearing the album; it points to a disturbing lack of airplay of native music during those years. This album belongs in every music collection in Canada and beyond. The record has received uniformly rave reviews. Read the Guardian article, and …read more

DSquared’s provocational fashion line & #Dsquaw hashtag

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Despite all the backlash to Ralph Lauren’s genocide chic advertising campaign last year, it seems designers have either learned nothing, or conversely they’ve learned that outrage is free and effective PR in the fashion world. This time it is a Canadian designer using racism and cultural appropriation to sell clothes. Not only is the new line shown by DSquared at Milan Fashion Week a creepy mashup of Inuit and First …read more

Colonial aesthetics and Ralph Lauren

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

In a direct line from my earlier post on the heritage hipster style as a settler colonial aesthetic, here is another exhibit in the colonial museum of fashion: Ralph Lauren using genocide-era vintage photographs of native men in western dress as part of its recent marketing campaign. Not surprisingly this campaign has not gone down well. Sherman Alexie This week in colonial propaganda masquerading as history, we have Ralph Lauren …read more

Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Men in British Columbia, 1859, one in a newly discovered collection of early photographs of white settlers and First Nations in B.C. Via Vancouver Sun © Royal British Columbia Museum, reprinted with permission A shorter version of this essay has been published in the May/June 2015 issue of Briarpatch Magazine. I am probably as bored of casual hipster-slagging as you are. In fact I may be as fed up with …read more

A friend put this captioned magazine page through my mailbox

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

This made me laugh quite hard. Also, courtesy of the enjoyable fuckyournoguchitable tumblr: antlers, actual real taxidermy, fake taxidermy, steer skull and cardboard antlers. Meanwhile, as Vancouver’s historic Chinatown gets very quickly gentrified–evacuations of historic businesses, sales and demolitions of buildings, and the erection of new glass luxury condos—we see it filling up with upscale little restaurants and cafes full of… antlers. This white man’s pioneer or settler style, circa …read more