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I am deeply saddened to pass along the news that a dear friend has passed away. Justin Van Hoy was one of the most motivated and focused designers I’ve ever had the privilege of calling my pal.
I met him when I first started publishing Faesthetic and producing my own artwork. We both starting hustling right around the same time and often shared stories and experiences related to the industry. When he relocated to Los Angeles I would pick his brain about all of the amazing people he was meeting.
Early on he worked for and with Shepard Fairey, and through Shep ended up having fantastic artistic relationships with crazy creatives like Mark the Cobra Snake. He also worked very closely with our mutual friend Roger Gastman.
He worked on several of Roger’s books, and through that experience he caught the publishing bug. Only recently did Justin’s brand new book make it to the shelves… Milk & Honey: Contemporary Art in California.
The publishing of this new book wasn’t Justin’s only proof that LA had accepted him as one of their own. His involvement with THIS gallery proved he was completely dedicated to his adopted city.
My heart goes out to his beautiful wife Holly. I am seriously seriously bummed about this loss. His long battle with cancer inspired many of us. He fought to live, and lived life to the fullest. Take a moment to remind yourself how wonderful it is to be alive, and tell all of your friends you love them.
Our friend Zach Gibson said it best… “so many people will be so sad today.”
I don’t normally post a lot of personal shit on this blog, but I recently had a great weekend in New York and I wanted to share it with you. Whenever I get a chance to leave Toledo, I try to pack as much into my adventures so I have a lot to dwell on when I get back to Ohio.
Check out this view from my hotel room. I was staying in China Town, literally at the base of the Manhattan bridge. Thankfully the room was really insulated, so I didnt hear the traffic… but talk about a crazy view!
As soon as I got into town, I met up with one of my best friends. We walked around trying to find a bar, and ended up at a cool spot called Apotheke. From the outside it looks like an old chinese bar thats out of business, but when you go inside it feels like you are in a mad scientist’s den. The bartenders all wear lab coats, and all of the drinks are amazingly complicated. We had deconstructed Old Fashions as well as a saffron infused bourbon martini. Very good.. and very expensive.
Following the drinks, I had some rather dodgy chinese food. The seafood smell was so strong, it burnt my nose. Surprisingly I lived through it.
Not to focus too much on the food portion of my trip, but the next day I swung by Shopsins for an absolutely amazing sandwich. I had recently watched I Like To Kill Flies and it was quite surreal to know all of the employees without them knowing me. If you are ever near the Essex St Market, I urge you to stop by.
After lunch, I swung by the Museum of Art and Design and headed up to the 7th floor. The views from their event space are incredible, and I felt lucky to have this vantage point, even if it was a rainy day. Seeing the top of the trees in Central Park was pretty amazing.
The reason for my visit to the MAD was to help install a small show I curated for a Fashion week event. BESPOKEN, an up & coming men’s line based in NY & London was showing their new season and thought it would only be appropriate to have art on the walls… It’s a museum after all! I invited 5 artists to make work based on the theme of “hands” since all of the Bespoke clothes are made by hand. Whoops that Smile Maker piece is upside down!
The reflection on the glass of the view was so cool…
MWM‘s piece had a lot of great textures going on…
Dan Funderburgh‘s piece was laser cut paper…
After installation, I went to Criff Dogs with a friend where I had some bitchin’ veggie dogs… And then drinks at Please Don’t Tell. You can’t go wrong with any of the drink choices. I had a Tamarind infused cocktail that tasted like a sweet cigar and it was absolutely deeeeelightful.
The next day, I hoped in a cab and headed back to the MAD. The Bespoken event had a fantastic turn out, and both the clothes and art were well received by all…
Everyone from Fashion TV and Vogue to the New York Times showed up. As a poorly dressed fly on the wall, it was a surreal experience…
Thankfully Fumi showed up (pictured next to her lovely piece that now hangs in my home!) and kept me entertained. We were both slightly out of our element, and loved every minute of it.
Later that night was the real reason I came to NYC. I was lucky enough to have an opening in SOHO as part of a project I’ve been working on with MTN Dew’s Green Label… Check out that crazy line up of artists! I was totally humbled to be a part of it.
The show featured new works from myself as well as Jeff Mcmillan. The party was so much fun, but somehow I neglected to take any decent pictures. Thankfully Freshness showed up, and took plenty for me!
Afterwards Florian and I went to a crazy party at the Tribeca Grand, where we proceeded to kick ourselves out by making fun of people’s hats. We roamed around the city, looking for suitable watering holes and ended up in a basement bar… with amazing food (that we very much needed)
Charcuterie plate from heaven (I took off being pescetarian for the night)
Before I headed home the following day, I met up with some long lost internet friends for .. what else.. more food? Vegan Dim Sum to lessen my guilt of the animals I consumed the night before…
…and accompanied by babies.. just to remind myself of the future.
Thanks to all of my friends for entertaining me, Mtn Dew for having me out, the LTD crew for hooking me up with everything, Bespoken for the unique opportunity to be a part of fashion week, and all of the artists who graciously offered their talents to the show; Fumi Mini Nakamura, Nick Tassone, Matt W Moore, Dan Funderburgh and Bradley Askew. Also, thanks for putting up with this most self indulgent post. New York, I miss you already.
our very good friend Justin needs your help. He has had a relapse with his leukemia and now urgently needs a bone marrow transplant. Since his family membersâ€™ marrow doesnâ€™t match heâ€™s asking people to get tested in the hopes of finding a compatible donor. Testing is quick and painless via mouth swab or a blood test. The $50 processing fee will be waived if you also donate blood at the same time. Itâ€™s also possible to get a testing kit mailed to you. If youâ€™re in LA you can go directly to the City of Hope to get tested.
Swindle Magazine in conjunction with the City of Hope has organized a bone marrow drive for Justin. Itâ€™s next Tuesday, January 6th 2009 from 10 am to 2 PM in Atwater. The testing will be done via mouth swab (no blood, no needles) and will be free of charge. (( 3111 Los Feliz Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90039 ))
To help Justin out with his life-threatening situation, Amanda Visell is offering to send an original drawing to anyone who gets tested. For more info on how to get tested, please email Justin – justin[at]thedutchpress[dot]com. Even if you don’t live in LA you can still help out.