Tuesday, November 10, 2009


The above United States Postal Service stamp was issued about ten years ago this year. Thought that we'd share this one if you guys missed this little jammie the first time around. Don't know if they still make these though. And i wish I knew who the original illustration/painting is credited to.

"Spin on your back/spin on your knees/spin on your head and then freeze"
--West Street Mob

PS: We stumbled upon this interesting post from PSYCHOLOGY TODAY magazine on breakdancing. You can read the complete post on the mag's blog by clicking on the above link. We've included an excerpt below.

"Within a generation, we may find that people who seem naturally inclined to dunk a basketball, run 100 yards, and dive into a pool also tend to make good breakdancers. In other words, within a generation, researchers may find a statistical tendency for these four skills to positively correlate with one another.
But imagine that breakdancing all of a sudden becomes an Olympic sport. We shift our interest in watching basketball to watching breakdancers perform. We drop more money into educating everyone in the fine art of the baby-freeze, the windmill, and the headstand. Breakdancing makes a triumphant return, appearing everywhere--on stamps, in grade school classrooms, and on the streets.

What happens? Well for one, the ante is upped. People who are more naturally inclined toward breakdancing will still have an advantage, but the average standard of performance will be greatly increased. Aspiring breakdancers will have to learn increasingly complex moves in order to stay competitive.

In a couple of generations, breakdancing researchers test everyone, and ..."


According to Creative Review magazine, next year the Royal Mail will launch its stamp programme with a set of ten 1st class stamps designed by Studio Dempsey that celebrate classic British album covers - including Blur's Parklife (designed by Chris Thomson / Stylorouge. Photography: Bob Thomas), and New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies (designed by Peter Saville) - both shown above.

Deciding what album covers to include was no easy task. Royal Mail tell us that they began the process by trawling through various existing polls of Greatest Album Covers. They also enlisted the help of editors from various leading UK music publications along with graphic designers and design writers who were asked to list the most significant album sleeve artwork used on records by British artists. The final selection of ten sleeves (which perhaps oddly doesn't feature one of The Beatles' album covers) will appear on a set of 10 stamps that will launch on January 7, 2010 - and the stamps will be uniquely shaped, as shown in these images, to accommodate a glimpse of a vinyl disc poking out of each record sleeve.

Read more details about the project on the Creative Review blog.

For more on Studio Dempsey

And shout out to Gerald Watson over at Art Vs. Commerce and THE CLASSICS for the above heads-up.