ar·cane (är-kān') adj. requiring secret or mysterious knowledge;

Get Bombed

Posted in art, history by arcanedufresne on December 14, 2010

I’ve always had a love and fascination with the “nose art” (is that what they call it?) on planes, especially World War II bombers. I love the classic pin-up girls, the denotation showing how many enemies you’ve purged from the skies and the names of these flying beasts. Can someone get me in the front of one these like in the first picture?

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The Bellyscratchers’ Last Night in Town

Posted in accomplices/associates, adventure, family, history, home, inspiration, iowa, love, poetry/writing, travel by arcanedufresne on September 29, 2010

Upon getting my last roll of film developed, I was scrolling through the photos and came across this one about halfway through. Forgive me while I reflect on it with some sentimentalism momentarily and go softie on you all, but this couldn’t scream any more symbolically about why we spent this weekend in the mountains in the first place. The east coast won’t be the same without you, Ty, and I’ll miss you out here, but good luck finding those greener pastures you are seeking. Santiago & Dunbar 4 eva.

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Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Sheffield’s Creme Dentrifice

Posted in history by arcanedufresne on February 19, 2010

After reading today’s Kaufmann Mercantile post on the evolution of toothpaste and also the inclusion of fluoride in toothpaste(as well as the interesting facts behind why the USA is the only country to still use widespread fluoridation on the nation’s water supply), I feel a strong urge to start trying some natural toothpastes. Has anyone ever used any and have any suggestions? I don’t want it to taste like I’m brushing my teeth with dirt and patchouli. Also, please don’t call me a hippie.

This is an advert from the first toothpaste in the liquid, tubed form that we know today. What a great name for the product. If this still existed I would buy it on aesthetic and name value alone.

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Cliff Kaufman can do kickflips

Posted in history, iowa, skateboarding by arcanedufresne on January 27, 2010

When I first started really getting into skateboarding in high school, Transworld was really starting to hit their stride with their skate video releases at the time. To this day, Modus Operandi and The Reason will forever be two of my favorite videos of all-time. The collection of skaters, the soundtrack, the montages; they were all so fitting and inspiring for that time in my life and the summers were spent skating from sun up to sun down (and beyond) in the blazing Iowa summer heat and humidity. I still find myself thinking about skating our local spots: The Motor Bank, The Loading Dock, The Handicap Ramp, The Pool and The Pit. I think about tricks that were done (even being amateurs, inevitably someone threw down something dope), the times we had and definitely the altercations that we encountered (Birdman, People Live Here Blob, Full of Shit Kid, etc.) simply from riding on a piece of wood with some skates on it, man.

The reminiscing is a product of listening to Neil Young lately, which in turn lead me to playing Built To Spill and if there is one band that was a constant throughout skate sessions throughout the years, Built To Spill was definitely it. Built To Spill lent their tracks to Transworld for Cairo Foster’s part in The Reason (Carry the Zero) and Marc Johnson’s part in Modus Operandi (The Plan). Marc Johnson is one of the most entertaining skaters to watch both as a personality and with his aptitude on a board. His style was fluid and smooth, technically adept and creative. He patched together sick lines on the regular including some of his trademark tactical manuals. I plan on digging out Tilt Mode, Man Down, Yeah Right, Fully Flared and Modus Operandi this weekend and having a Marc Johnson tribute. Call if you want to join. Wear your Westmar Connection shirt if you’ve got it.

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With the exception of Brian Anderson (sorry Burns) this is my Big Three:
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Care Package Awaiting Your Delivery

Posted in history, photography by arcanedufresne on January 14, 2010

Back again with some more powerful World War II images. I need to finish up Band of Brothers, eh Mook?

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Incinerated Paper

Posted in art, history by arcanedufresne on January 13, 2010
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Akimbo Slice

Posted in history by arcanedufresne on January 5, 2010
Yo, Kev, let’s get Akimbo in this bitch.

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