Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: A Year in Influences

As we are a mere six hours from 2009, please allow me to reflect for a moment on a year that proved very influential for me. As in, I owe much of my development this year to constant exposure to new environments, media, and ridiculous goals. 

And so, without further ado, my strongest influences from 2008 in pictures:

- Korea - My two weeks there (and in Shanghai) earlier in'08 did more than just fulfill a heart-wrenching desire to hit up Asia, but intensified it. My mission to chillax and soak in the local life was partially successful, as almost daily I find myself drifting into warm memories of friends and raw squid at pojangmachas at 3am. It cannot be denied, however, that actually living there is in my future, although I don't yet know if it'll be soon or far in the future.

PSFK - Technically I am in love with trend, design and advertising blogs in general, but the fact that Piers Fawkes occasionally links to my Racked posts gives them precedence in my RSS feed. I can always trust in them to post at least one amazingly kickass item daily, a difficult task in a blogosphere clogged with copycats. Plus, I am totally feeling this post on people like myself versus the traditional job market.

- Japanese Design - 2008 was the year I was able to latch onto various Japanese labels which, before, I had to ogle from afar. MUJI's NYC proliferation, Uniqlo's domination over my wardrobe and touches of CdG and Yohji allowed me to indulge my avant-garde leanings and penchant for great design at economical price levels.

- Art without walls - Pop Art is what really oils my gears, but I came close to melting with pleasure throughout this year of outdoor exhibitions. Jeff Koons on the Met's rooftop, Chanel's Mobile Art, Banksy's Soho love, and the various interactive fun in city parks really reminded me why I'm in NY.

-  Transportation - To make things simple, I would say that my greatest love is for travel. Digging a little deeper, I have to confess to being hot for transportation. 2008 threw the QEII into my lap, Jetblue's Terminal 5, several long-haul flights on Cathay Pacific, countless hours of bus and Amtrak trekking and even some actual driving in a car across state lines. Most of all, I am thankful that this year brought me images of Dakis Joannou's Jeff Koons-designed yacht, Guilty. When he resells her years and years from now, hopefully I will be on the buying end; it's my new long-term goal. When I switch from being influenced to influencing, she will be mine.

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