David Lauterstein on 11/13/14
I cannot believe it has been twenty years since
my man and I came up with this crazy little idea to start a company called Nasty Pig. We had no idea what we were doing…we just knew that we wanted to do something to make you guys feel sexy and confident. With no experience and fifty dollars we began making clothing for friends one piece at a time out of our apartment on 23rd street in New York City. Two decades later we are still making clothing for friends, even those of you who we have never met. As our business has grown from a tiny local operation to a global brand we have never lost site of the fact that you guys are the reason we do this. Making you feel good about yourselves when you look in the mirror is what Nasty Pig is all about. I have always believed that there is this gorgeous sex god in each and every man and my job on this earth is to help bring him out. The fact that I can still do this today is just about the best thing in life for which I could hope. So thank you. Thank you thank you thank you. None of this happens without your support of what we do here at Nasty Pig. You put a roof over our heads and food on the table for me and my staff. I don't take this lightly for a minute. In fact it drives me to represent your take on what it means to be a man by making Nasty Pig the biggest and baddest version of itself possible. As I look forward to the next twenty years I am so excited for the places we will go, the style we will explore and the opportunity to make you proud. I'll never stop trying to live up to your highest expectations of Nasty Pig. Sincerely, David Lauterstein CEO, Nasty Pig Inc.
David Lauterstein on 11/06/14
Wearing his formative, instinctual passion for music, skateboarding and art on his sleeve,
LOCKWOOD51 was a valuable asset to companies like Vans, Altamont, and Nike giving them the punk rock roots and street style they were hunting for. During his corporate career he dealt with all sorts of homophobia and hid his sexuality so he could keeping advancing in that plastic, hostile environment. As a break from the daily grind, he started freelancing with NYC’s Nasty Pig on the side while the idea for Lockwood51 was forming.
Turning his back to everything sold to him as success, he moved to Los Angeles with a mission of attacking homophobia head on. He founded Lockwood51 to make the most personal, heartfelt work of his career and is now working fulltime to make #fuckingradgayshit and pursue a radical gay agenda called the #gaywave. It’s a taste of the new Left Coast and it’s igniting right now at the ground level.
Hot on the heels of their previous sold out collaboration, Lockwood51 has joined forces once again with Nasty Pig to give everyone some serious Cali, in-your-face gay flavor and bring out more rad shit.
Nasty Pig + Lockwood51 are hooking up again. It doesn’t get any better than that. And keep an eye out for more to come because this is just the beginning.
The Crew on 06/20/14
It's not 2002 anymore, so most mashups are pretty lame, but this combination of MJ's vocal from "Beat It" and the instrumental from "We Found Love" is like Peanut Butter and Sex and Chocolate. It's one of those "wow, this is the rightest" moments. Enjoy!
The Crew on 06/18/14
Well, technically they're stickers - the newfangled emoji substitutes all the cool Japanese kids have been using for years that are just arriving on our shores - but OMFG you guys would you LOOK at these Ghostface Killah symbols you can use in text messages? C.R.E.A.M. is above, and here's one you can use to tell people that Ghostface loves them:
These stickers are part of the launch collection from
Hi-Art, an app that aims to "make contemporary art part of everyday conversation."
Relatedly: do you think people are going to miss communicating with words? We're basically all reverting to heiroglyphics. If they're this awesome, not sure it's a problem.
Listen to "RUN!":
The Crew on 06/06/14
I bet you did not realize that you really needed a silky-smooth Disclosure remix of Pharrell's 2003 single "Frontin'," featuring Jay-Z, but quite obviously you did. Pharrell is in full sweet falsetto, Jay is in command like the old days, and the chill poolside vibe is perfect for now. Frankly, this blows everything on
G I R L right out of water. Margaritas all around!
The Crew on 05/21/14
You get that cookie, pig.
The Crew on 05/14/14
1. Indiana is not from the midwestern United States as her name might imply. Instead, she's from Europe (specifically England), which is probably why her debut single has a dark, throbbing, 5 am strobelights dark disco vibe.
2. The track is called "Solo Dancing" but a key lyric goes "I go dancing by myself" and you kinda can't help but feel that this is a response to Robyn, something that's somehow feels darker while expressing a substantially more independent worldview. Anyway: if you liked "Dancing On My Own," you will probably like this.
3. Here's a partial list of weird things in this video, which actually has less dancing than you'd expect: someone rubbing butter onto an ear of corn on the cob with their bare hands. A pork loin. A pork loin being smashed. A FRENCHIE! Indiana twisting a dreidel between her fingers. A jar of pickles! Anyway, listen to the track, it's major.
The Crew on 05/02/14
For the uninitiated:
DUNE is a 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert that became a worldwide phenomenon (it's actually still the world's best-selling sci fi novel). Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean-French avant-garde filmmaker who, for several years in the mid-70s, was planning to direct a film adaptation of DUNE that would have starred Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali. JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is a very very very entertaining documentary about the inspired but ultimately doomed creative process the director and his band of "spiritual warriors" went through on the way to creating one of the world's most legendary unfilmed storyboards. Jodorowsky corralled artists including H.R. Giger (the designer of the Alien), the graphic artist Moebius, and special effects guru Dan O'Bannon (not to mention Pink Floyd) onto his team for the project; after the project burst into flames a great deal of the creative material generated ended up in (or directly inspiring) movies like Alien, Blade Runner, and The Matrix.
Still screening in New York, and almost certainly coming soon to an art house near you, this documentary is a celebration of the creative process and an inspirational depiction of one enigmatic artist in particular. Jodorowsky (who was a cult figure in the 70s art world due to his prior mindfucks
El Topo and The Holy Mountain) at one point tells a story about how he dreamed of casting Mick Jagger as a key character in his film, but had no idea how to reach Jagger ("We did not have the Internet") and was skeptical that he'd at all be interested, given that he was at the height of his fame and glory at the time. Luckily, Jagger and Jodorowsky then ended up at the same party together. Even luckier: Jagger strode across the crowded room specifically to greet Jodorowsky. "I said, 'I want you in my film,' and he said, "Yes." It's a fantastic anecdote, but also believable, because Jodorowsky comes across as intensely charismatic cult leader - driven to create and imagine, but also someone you could imagine leading a compound somewhere, in a different life. The kind of person who says "Sell all of your possessions and move to Paris" and people do it - all in service of an artistic vision, a creative dream. While Jodorowsky's version of DUNE was never produced, a staggering amount of conceptual work was done before the project was scuttled, and this film documents a great deal of the dazzling imaginative work his team did - work which still influences visions of the future and the weird to this day. If you're a person who loves art, you should go see this movie.
The Crew on 04/25/14
Look, this is a video of a teacup pig splashing around in a kiddie pool. It's exactly as advertised. Why you're reading this instead of clicking "play" over and over and over, I don't know. Maybe you just don't love joy and wonderfulness, who can say?
The Crew on 04/24/14
If you're a New Yorker and you read this blog you've almost certainly already seen
PARIS IS BURNING, the totally mandatory 1991 documentary about the ball scene of late 80s NYC. If you haven't, drop everything and get yourself to Netflix. [waits a few hours]. Okay. Now that we've all seen PARIS IS BURNING, I'm sure that we all understand how amazing it would be to see a screening of the film preceded by a conversation between director Jennie Livingston and the legendary Junior Labeija, moderated by Carl Siciliano of the Ali Forney Center. So aren't we extraordinary lucky that that's exactly what's happening on Friday May 16th at the Director's Guild of America. As if that lineup weren't compelling enough, all the proceeds from tickets to the discussion and screening will benefit AFC, NYC's largest shelter and outreach organization for homeless LGBTQ youth. Go grab a ticket and justify constantly saying "REALNESS" for at least a year.