When he first put on the Toucan, Thomas Finney felt transformed. He saw the bright orange, green, blue, and red leather beak hanging from his face and he was no longer himself—and, more importantly, for a moment he wasn’t in the middle of this horrific thing. Up to that point, he’d had a tough pandemic. Since 2016, he’d made a living as a made-to-measure tailor, but the made-to-measure business collapsed when the stay-at-home order went into effect. There was no way to meet with anyone, factories were closed, fabric mills weren’t shipping. He’d been cooped up in his studio apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, trying to imagine how he fit into this new world, trying to think up ways to survive. Designers big and small were getting into the mask business, responding with an endless array of maximalist prints, trying to move past the clinical simplicity of N95s and
The night that Tom Hanks shared his coronavirus diagnosis—also the night it was announced that both the NBA season and international flights would be suspended—it was unlikely that many people were thinking about the save-the-dates posted on their fridges. But for those of us whose names appeared on those cards, a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic caused a different kind of anxiety. My wedding was supposed to be May 30, and in grieving its loss I’ve found relief in a surprising place: obsessing over old celebrity wedding-fit pics.
It started when I discovered that with my new wedding date—May 1, 2021—I’ll share an anniversary with Elvis and Priscilla Presley. Check out The King in a black paisley tux and a crown of slicked-back hair. It got me thinking: Should I use all the time I now have before my wedding to get something similarly elaborate made?
The options are truly infinite, as
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.”
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The best hydrating sheet mask