I had just finished making an exhibition for a gallery in Paris when the coronavirus crisis hit. The show, and everything else I was working on, was immediately put on hold. For the first time in years, I had no deadlines. I figured I could occupy myself in quarantine by drawing about death, a constant theme in my work—but instead I decided to let myself have fun. So I’ve been using the extra time to work on an idea that had been in my head for the past 18 months or so, a series of paintings of classic American icons: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and Robert Redford.
The day I started, I put on my 1972 Rolex ref. 1680 “Red Line” Submariner, and I have barely taken it off since. We’re all searching for comfort and something familiar right now. This little piece of steel from 48 years ago
House of Ruin
Location: Joshua Tree
Years practicing: 5+
Specialty: Artful stick-and-poke
Aidan Koch is best known as the author of three book-length comics and as an artist whose dreamlike illustrations have been shown in galleries from L.A. to Paris. But in the past few years, Koch’s stick-and-poke tattoo practice, which she does under the nom de needle House of Ruin, has developed a devoted cult following in the underground art and fashion communities. “If you know, you know,” says Brooklyn-based artist and writer Diamond Stingily, who has “about 10” of Koch’s delicate ink drawings. “Aidan’s work is so distinct to her,” Stingily says of Koch’s appeal. “She doesn’t do anything for clout. She respects her craft.”
Besides making you look like a Miyazaki ghost or a science fiction villain, the best sheet masks can do wonders for your skin. The big thing to know is that they work in different ways: many of them are hydrators, packed with serums to help skin stay nourished, bright, and youthful. But these product-coated paper masks are every bit as varied as the best face masks that come out of a jar: They can exfoliate, reverse signs of aging, deep clean your pores, shrink those pores, or reduce oil and shine. They can bring you back from a stressful week, a late night (or morning) at the club, or get you primed and perky for a big date. Here are our nine of the best sheet masks at the moment. Most can be incorporated into your skin regimen once a week or as-needed after cleansing.
The best hydrating sheet mask
In planning the NBA’s effort to restart at the end of July, league officials have reconsidered just about everything. In a 113-page handbook outlining health and safety protocols obtained by the New York Times, the NBA laid out rules for playing poker (masks on, throw the pack straight into the garbage once finished), ping-pong (absolutely no doubles), and snorkeling (BYOSnorkel). The league is also rethinking what players wear in The Bubble: They will be able to change the name on the back of their jerseys to ones related to “social justice issues,” and, strikingly, the league’s infamous dress code is loosening up, according to Athletic reporter Shams Charania.
The new dress code allows for players to go without a sports coat on the bench, and for them to wear short- or long-sleeve polos for “team/league business.” These might sound like small changes, but in a league
“Let’s go back, back to the Gap,” Kanye West rapped on “Spaceship,” all the way back in 2004. Sixteen years later, that’s exactly what he’s doing: on Friday, West announced a partnership between his Yeezy line and the mass-appeal American retailer. A new Yeezy Gap line will appear in Gap stores and on Gap.com in 2021.
West’s fashion aspirations are no secret: for years, the planet’s most famous rapper famously struggled to be taken seriously as a designer, too. He spent much of the last decade working hard for that recognition, whether at the helm of his own short-lived womenswear brand, as a guest sneaker designer at Louis Vuitton and Nike, or with his own Yeezy line, where he’s been cranking out sweatsuits and sneakers in partnership with Adidas since early 2015. But it’s long seemed as if even a budding billion-dollar sneaker empire wouldn’t quite satisfy him—this is the