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Cat Costume Ideas from Salem Saberhagen

When you get old, dressing up for Halloween is more hassle than fun, but forcing your cat into a costume is a hoot regardless of age. Who better to seek out for inspiration than Salem? (Really, who better? He's a black cat on a show about witches.) 

Salem, the cynical and creepily un-lifelike puppet kept Sabrina in check, doling out the kind of tough-love advice a teen witch needs and only a cat can provide. I could write an essay about cats as spiritually aware beings and why cats and supernatural figures like witches probably connect on a transcendent level but like, let's just talk about costumes for now. Angelo

It's October so...

...see what I did there, letting the GIF talk for me like the kids do. Okay, moving on.

Pimp cat: Like Jay-Z famously said, "Kitties is pimps too, go and lick your shoulder off."

Stoned chef cat, because cats basically have the munchies all the time anyway.

If your cat is old enough to remember Tae Bo, it's probably dead. Sorry to bring it up.

DIY idea: Coffin litter box, so you can not clean it and when people complain about it stinking you can just be like "Yeah, it smells like death, duh!"

Jamaican cat: Possibly offensive if your cat is not black.

This was just a scary image. Happy Meowoween folks!

Interview: Amy Symonds from Calamity Pass Trading Company

Amy Symonds combines nature with artistic nurture to create beautiful hand-painted skulls and jewelry under the name Calamity Pass Trading Company. Below, she tells us about how her upbringing has influenced her, shares her work process, and teaches us what a spit bath is. Make sure to check out Amy's art, some which will be available for purchase at our new Malibu store opening on August 15!
Interview by Ally Mullen

Introduce yourself! Where are you from and what was your childhood like? Where do you live now?

Hi! I’m Amy Symonds, owner of Calamity Pass Trading Company. I live in the Never Summer Mountains, in a tiny Colorado town, very close to my childhood home where my father was the caretaker of an abandoned Fluorite mine. 

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am a mother, a wife, a collector and creator. 

Your work uses a lot of found and recycled materials. How much did your upbringing play a part into the materials you use?
Major!! The mine was literally a ghost town on the jagged side of a mountain. We drove snow machines to meet the school bus! We were always outside, looking for rocks, bone or arrowheads from the Ute Indians. We would snoop through abandoned miners shacks left with food in cupboards even clothes in the closets. Our favorite shack had pictures of naked ladies plastered across the wall. There were huge old mine buildings to explore made of rusty corrugated steel. This is where I fell in love with old things.

In the summer, my sisters and I would sleep outside and lay awake listening to coyotes howl. I am still so connected to nature—the smell of dirt…the wild.

Isolated and stuck together, my father (a solid, quiet, outdoorsmen,) hauled in water for bathing and drinking, and showed us how to skin an elk. My mom (an eccentric artist and free-spirit) taught us how to conserve and reuse and how to sew fabulous costumes for impromptu back porch performances. I learned to look at things in different ways.

P.S. I can also take a mean “spit bath”. (it’s not really spit, it’s using a washcloth and a very little amount of water.) Thanks mom!

What are some of the materials you work with the most? Which is the hardest? The most fun?
Most materials I work with are from nature. Porcupine Quills are the hardest. The tiny bastards make your eyes cross and poke your fingers. The most fun are animal skulls. I believe they keep and radiate their amazing wild animal spirit. I love capturing that, making it something you can hold in your hand. 

How many animal skulls do you think you have you ever made?
About 40. 

What's the process like for making them?
I hike around and find them, or local ranchers drop them on my porch. I love skulls that are old and deteriorated, the ones with half a face that look like they have been to hell and back. I also buy them from a local animal control contractor. We work together to reuse every part of the animal possible.

Then, some skulls require cleaning. This is very gross and stinky. The only one who enjoys this part is my dog. Then I paint them. I prefer to use ink as it soaks in becoming part of the bone. I free hand tiny designs into the skull, creating a folky, colorful feel. 

How long do most skulls paintings take? What's the longest you've ever worked on one, and tell us what it was/what it looked like? 
Most take about two to four hours. The most complicated went down like this: I had just scored a rad rattlesnake skin at a Mountain Man Rendezvous. I was stupidly inspired. Do you know how long it takes to recreate snakeskin on a cow skull!? Like six damn hours.

Tell us about your other works of art! 
I make one-of-a kind jewelry pieces from spent bullet casings, porcupine quills, leather and stones.

You also work with crystals. Do you believe in all of the powers that people believe they hold? What's your favorite one? 
 Yes absolutely! When you feel something from this earth in your hand, it calms you, reconnects you. Fluorite is obviously my favorite by far! 

You spend a lot of time collecting materials… things must begin to add up. Do you hold off on using them until you're ready to create the right piece? If so, what do you have the most of? Do you ever keep anything for yourself? 
I admit I have some sheds. They’re (crammed) full of fabric and fur, vintage clothing mixed with rusty machinery parts, dirty cow skulls, old bottles and wire... some pitchforks. When creating my motto goes, “One for you, one for me.”

So you'll be taking part in the opening of our UO Malibu store. What types of products will you have for sale? Any plans for opening day? 
My skulls will be featured to sell in Malibu. I am dreaming of showing up with my husband on our Harley to celebrate the opening and then cruise Highway 1 for a few days. 

Why do you think your skulls are perfect for the Malibu customer? 
Malibu is the west. Although I have never been there, it seems not so traditionally western. Like my work, it’s free spirited and bohemian, yet still has a rugged western vibe.

Give us your favorite quote about nature.
“To see the world in a grain of sand, heaven in a wildflower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour” —William Blake

Interview: Roger Gastman

(Photos by Maddie Flanigan)

Roger Gastman talks about everything, but the one topic he's most interested in at the moment is the underground D.C. graffiti culture of the late '80s into the '90s. Here, we discuss his vast collection of memorabilia from the time, his personal love of graffiti , and what he's doing next (which I hope includes throwing another party).

Interview by Ally Mullen and Maddie Flanigan

Hi Roger, can you give me a brief description of Pump Me Up: The Subculture of the 1980s, the show you just wrapped up at the Corcoran Gallery of Art?
It’s a collection of the D.C. subculture in 1980s: punk rock, go-go, hardcore, gangs, graffiti, and underground culture. A lot of rock culture from D.C. that has never been documented.

What got you interested in the whole subculture depicted in the show?
I grew up in D.C. and in the ‘90s, was running around writing graffiti, and I was always interested in what came before me. What was there before? Who did something first? I kept digging up more and more information over the years and I met someone who was doing graffiti a few years before me. I followed them further downtown—probably some places I shouldn’t have gone—and met Cool Disco Dan, the focus of my documentary The Legend of Cool Disco Dan. He wrote graffiti and opened my eyes to a lot of what the D.C. culture was in the ‘80s, especially the black subculture.

How was your style of graffiti different from what Cool Disco Dan was doing?
For me, graffiti was about punk rock and hardcore. I went to hardcore shows and everybody wrote graffiti, especially during this time. Dan came out of the go-go graffiti community and his was graffiti was completely different from the type we were doing. He had crossed over.

What brought you together?
All of the go-go graffiti writers who were writing their names in the ‘80s stopped in 1987-’88. The crack epidemic came and they started hustling. Dan was never into crack or hustling—he just wanted to continue to write his name. He figured out people in the hardcore scene were writing their name and Dan taught us a lot about downtown, a lot about going out and the culture of downtown and showed us what sparked this kind of graffiti.

Do you think the underground movement of graffiti affected the city at the time?
In D.C. at the time, there was much more dangerous going on. When people are writing graffiti in places like Georgetown, DuPont Circle or heavily trafficked tourist areas, they were more aware of you. If you got busted, something was going to happen to you. But for the most part, the city didn’t care about graffiti. Until the late ‘90s.

How does D.C. compare to other cities when it comes to graffiti?
Cities like Philadelphia, L.A. and New York are much richer in graffiti history, leading back to gang graffiti in the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

Where did graffiti begin?
Traditional graffiti as we know it today, writing your name over and over again for the sake of it, started in the late ‘60s in Philadelphia and NYC. People argue about who started it. Philadelphia can win that argument by having a more defined graffiti scene through the ‘60s that was more stylistic, but New York made graffiti famous by the subway trains that they were starting to put out in the early ‘70s.

How would you describe yourself and what you do?
I am a collector, a hoarder, a curator—whatever you want to call me. In the last several years I’ve been putting out magazines, books, documentaries, doing museum shows, gallery shows, working with artists. I am a fan and I’m interested in a lot of this subculture, mostly the subculture that spawns out of the ghettos: graffiti, music, etc. I’ve been able to put together good collections of ephemera and artwork and probably saved a lot of things before they were destroyed or dug up things people didn’t know still existed. 

You don’t write graffiti now, right? Would you ever go back into it?
Sure. I know plenty of people that had second or third graffiti careers in their late ‘30s or ‘40s and did just as much graffiti as they did in their teens. I guess you can’t count me out yet, but I’m not active.

What was your tag and what’s the story behind it?
“Clear” and there’s no real meaning.

Roger tagged my notebook

Where do you think graffiti is today versus where it was in the ‘80s?
In the ‘80s, graffiti was a huge movement. It was in the galleries and it was getting a lot of attention. In the late ‘80s it died out, the trend stops, but in the mid-‘80s it was everywhere in the U.S. and across Europe. In the last ten years, give or take, it’s turn into a multi-million dollar business. It’s not a subculture anymore; it’s its own culture with many different subcultures that have come off of it. It’s the fastest growing art movement in the last 40 plus years.

What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on distribution for The Legend of Cool Disco Dan. I’m working on a film Wall Writers that we just finished about graffiti in 1967 and 1972. John Waters did the voiceover for that. I am also working on a couple other books and working with Sanrio on a couple of projects too.

Who are a few graffiti artists you think everyone should check out?
1. Cost (Queens, NY)
2. Revs (NYC)
4. Freedom (NYC—the Freedom Tunnels ended up being named after him.)
5. Risk (L.A.)

What was your last purchase on your credit card?
Emergen-C at the airport in Phoenix.

What are you watching on Netflix?
I just finished watching all of this really horrible TV show that was amazing called Blue Mountain State. It’s about a football team and every other thing is like a dick joke or getting drunk. 

What’s the best party you’ve ever thrown.
There’s been everything from a Christmas party a few years ago with male strippers. At a birthday party last year we had this big fat man baby bartending. A sword swallower. We had Angelyne, the original ‘80s version of Paris Hilton, come over. She drives a pink corvette. It was a win.

What do you play most on your iPod?
I still listen to the same things that I was listening to when I was a teenager: Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, and ‘80s D.C. bands.

What’s your screensaver?
OJ Simpson wearing gloves.

If you could wear one clothing brand from back in the day again, what would it be?
Cross Colours! I never wore it but I wish they’d bring it back so I can wear it.

Where do you get the images for your blog, Roger Gastman Talks About Everything…
I get a few dozen emails a day from my friends, or from some random person I met of fucked up, weird images and links if you can imagine. Or it’s three in the morning and I can’t sleep so I type in crazy searches into Google images and see what pops up. I have folders and folders of thousands of ridiculous image people send to me everyday. What’s on the blog is PG-13 compared to what I’d like to post, but I have clients I work with… but if you get on my personal distribution list you get some real gems.

Thanks Roger!

Record Store Day 2013

Record Store Day is THIS Saturday and I'm so pumped! There's a ton of cool releases this year including yet another weirdo 7" from Ryan Adams and friends; a 10" from Brian Jonestown Massacre; a cute, heart-shaped 7" from Kate Nash; a 7" from Hanni El Khatib; a triple cassette reissue of classic Kill Rock Stars samplers; an MGMT cassette tape (this comes with a digital download, don't worry); and a gazillion other rad releases. On top of the releases, local record stores usually do other fun things on Record Store Day (for example, a.k.a. music here in Philly will have live performances & free Narragansett pounders, hollllla), so ask your local record store workers if they have anything else planned. It's a super fun day and you're bound to walk out of your local record store with some awesome things, even if they're not RSD releases. —Katie

Find your participating record stores here.

Female X-Men

So, in April, Marvel is relaunching the X-Men series with a new #1 issue and an all-female team of X-Men. Yes! This has the potential to be so, so awesome, and it would be amazing if something like this took off. While the series is still being written and illustrated by men (Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel, respectively), it should prove to be one of the more interesting reboots in the comic world. Even though three of the six ladies in the illustration above may be wearing sexy catsuits, at least half of them have on sensible, ass-kicking outfits. As long as this series doesn't revolve around crying over men, I'm totally on board. (via Wired)—Katie

Kyle Hilton Paper Dolls

Kyle Hilton's Paper Dolls are fucking amazing!  We can't wait to print them out, cut them out, and play with all of our favorite TV characters at our desks. Oh, ermm... we mean keep working.

House Visit: Brigid Andrews

Venture into the living spaces of our Urban Outfitters employees!  This week we visit the apartment of Brigid Andrews, the women's branded collections buyer.

Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi hi! I’m Brigid Andrews. I’m from Melbourne, Australia and I live in Center City Philadelphia. I have the very awesome job of being the women’s branded collections buyer (like MINKPINK, Insight, Cheap Monday, Obey, and Around The World). I also buy the chic’s graphic tees and sweatshirts.

How long have you been living in your space?

For about two years. I got my place through a friend in the buying team who also lived in the building. It seems like everyone at Urban home office has lived here or has a friend in this building.

What's your favorite part about living in that area?
The location! I don’t drive so I can walk everywhere and the subway is super close. Some good local spots are Good Dog (ask for Zach), Mcglinchey’s, and Oscar's. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll go to Dandelion or Village Whiskey for their killer burger.

How would you describe your apartment?
It’s a giant wardrobe filled with clothes, shoes, jewelry, art, magazines and pictures of my mates back in Oz.

Do you collect anything in particular in your apartment?
Art, books, skate decks, and post cards from my travels.

Do you skate?
The skateboards and decks are collectables. My “real” skateboards are in storage in Australia. My friends work in the industry so mate rates always help. I think I have about 150 decks now. Back in the day I could skate (not very well, so my friends tell me). I really do wish more girls would take up skateboarding. I secretly love watching skate videos. Boys + Skating = HOT.

Where are some of your favorite places to shop for home products?
The Chapel Street Bazaar in Melbourne, the Lost & Found Market in Collingwood, and the Camberwell Sunday Market. In the States: the Brooklyn Flea, the Rosebowl Flea Market and Urban of course!

What are some of your favorite knick-knacks and pieces of furniture you have around your apartment?
My Danish coffee table, which came from Australia with me to Philly—you can use the cushions underneath as seats. Also my three vintage folding chairs that my bestie Sam sold to me for four dollars when she moved to NYC. The things I love most in my apartment have come from my friends. 

You have tons of art, books, and magazines in your space, who are a few of your favorite artists? Favorite magazines? Books?
David Griggs, Sean Gladwell, and Ben Quilty are amazingly talented young Australian Artists. I read Jalouse, Russh, and French Vogue. As for my favorite books, there are too many to name! I’m currently reading about the works of Ryan McGinness and Making it Up As We Go Along, a book on the Founders of Dazed & Confused Magazine.

What's the most sentimental thing you own in your apartment?
It’s totally sappy, but definitely the framed photos of my beautiful friends and family around the world. I have missed four weddings, one funeral and maybe seven babies—seriously! My photos are perfect for the short spells of homesickness.

We spotted Grimes in your record player. How big is your record collection
My record collection is random much like my taste in music. Give me some Biggie and a dance floor and I’m happy. My records are second hand or from Urban.

You have quite an extensive closet. Where do most of your items come from?
“Extensive” is one way to describe it. I’m lucky that buying has enabled me travel to many places (like London, Stockholm, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, New York, and Sao Paulo) so my clothes usually come from everywhere.

What are some of your favorite pieces of clothing?
1. Red Shoes from Swedish brand Rodebjer.
2. My camo jacket. It’s vintage from American Rag.
3. My Mickey Mouse sweater. It’s vintage from Urban.
4. My Isabel Marant dress.
5. My silver coat.
6. My white studded boots. They’re sassy, cheap, and cheery!

Where do you find most of your jewelry?
I have also been a jewelry buyer so I accumulated most of my trinkets then. Most of my jewelry is vintage but the pieces I’m wearing a lot these days are from Joomi Lim and Verameat. The fingers broke off my Astrological Jewelry Stand when there was too much jewelry stacked on it and it toppled over. I think that’s a bad sign!

If we walked into your apartment unannounced, what would we catch you doing?
Dancing in my apartment to Biggie while trying to figure out what to wear, or sitting with my computer trying to find new iPhone covers online (my current obsession). Nerd alert!

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Mantiques Modern

My new favorite pastime is browsing Mantiques Modern for all their new vintage Goyard. Not only do they regularly have pieces from this legendary French luggage house, but keep an eye out for assorted jewelry, bags from Hermes, and Vuitton trunks too. This is what my flea market dreams are made of! X - Jen

Bad Day #13

Turn that smile upside down and drag yourself to Bad Day #13's release party at Printed Matter (195 10th Avenue) tonight. Mick Barr is gonna speed shred on his guitar while you flip through the pages and read interviews with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jim Drain. There will be a photo story by Peter Sutherland, and more features. The design is great and Bad Day only comes out twice a year. -Maggie Lee

LemKa Leather Tassels

We love all of the colors options for LemKa's leather tassels!  Whether you're adding them to bracelets, necklaces, or your keyring, they will give you that extra oomph you've been looking for.  It's about to get tassel-crazy up in here.

Olympia Le Tan Book Clutch Magnets

If there's anything I love more than books, it's Olympia Le Tan's book clutches. So you can imagine how stoked I am for a Dracula or Great Gatsby book clutch magnet! X - Jen

Decathlon Books at Printed Matter

Wiggle yer little book worm tush over to Printed Matter (195 10th Avenue) because it's T.G.I.Friday.  Tonight marks the launch of Padraig Timoney's book, which is also the last piece of the Decathlon Books puzzle we have all been waiting for. Risograph posters of the artists' work will be exhibited, eee! -Maggie Lee

Brandon Chuesy "Can I Call You Back?"

Brandon Chuesy's newest zine, “Can I Call You Back?”, is filled with all of the colors and almost blank faces we've come to love from the artist.  Limited to 30, each cover is hand painted and each one is hand bound, giving it a personal touch and making you feel like your copy is one of a kind.  Find this zine and more at Brandon's Tumblr.

Baby Peach

Welcome to Baby Peach, my new mini-zine. Pick it up and flip from baby page to pipsqueak page. But make no mistake, Baby Peach is no small fry, it's highly psychedelicized and will cause major eye romp! -Maggie Lee

Dill Pickle Plush Food

These Dill Pickles from Plush Off are our new favorite things ever.  We know it's a little weird but just look at their happy little faces pushed up against the jar!  It gives us the same feeling as seeing pets in cages at the local SPCA—you just want to take them all home.

Tiny World in a Bottle

Tiny World in a Bottle is just like it sounds except much, much cuter.

Paper Pastries

Paper PastriesEnamored Pencil Set is perfect for all of those love letters you'll be writing in the next week.


Bring your inner geek out with these Mad Scientists Soaps by Twoeggplants.  Science not your thing?  Try the bacon scented hamburgers.

The Good Machinery

We want to buy a zoo-full of the animals made by The Good Machinery and line them up across our desks.

Minimergency Kit

We love the idea of this Minimergeny Kit by Ms. & Mrs. It's filled with 16 girl essentials that we might need in case of emergency.  We want one for our car, bathroom, best friends house, work, and anywhere else it might come in handy.