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🔗 I Want The Big Red Boots™
Plus a new puppy, and a very strange Nike movie
Things have been quite offline in these parts, mostly because I adopted a sweet (now) 10-week-old mini-goldendoodle named Crema. She’s completely flipped my life upside down, in the best but absolutely craziest way. I’ve never been more tired. Last week I think I showered? Everything else is a blur.
Thankfully, you can follow her on Instagram, where i hope to make her an influencer.
Regardless, appreciate the patience with my gap in posting. Things are getting into a good routine and I’ve slotted in 8:10-8:15a on Thursdays to write this post every week.
Ok, off to the Big Red Boots ™:
🔗 I want the Big Red Boots ™
I want The Big Red Boots.
There, I said it.
They’ve been all over the internet this week. MSCHF, an art collective (they do lots of weird and fun projects like the MSCHF Box and Times Newer Roman, but also they give me like, Mr. Beast vibes in a derogatory way) — released The Big Red Boots, a pair of massive, plush red boots (based off Astro Boy).
I want The Big Red Boots (i will refer to the Big Red Boots as The BRB from now on). The Big Red Boots make me happy (actually I changed my mind it’s funnier to write it out fully). The Big Red Boots make me feel like a cartoon. And cartoons don’t have extensive credit card debt, or have to live in a 650 sq ft apt with a laundry room that’s been broken for three weeks.
There’s some weirdness to The Big Red Boots I don’t like. It’s disposable fashion at it’s core — The Big Red Boots are designed to be shared on Instagram, not worn to the grocery store. or a party. or anywhere really. They look wildly uncomfortable.
I would buy The Big Red Boots to put on a shelf so I could show them to my friends at a party, except the conversation would go along the lines of “do you guys remember The Big Red Boots?“ and they’d be like “kind of!“ — eventually Crema would get ahold of one of them, and i’d resign that they would be great chew toys for her.
Something that I feel is interesting about The Big Red Boots they are capitalizing on this week. We are drowning in inputs into our brain, it’s almost impossible to create a lasting impression in 2023 — there’s just too much happening. MSCHF explores that and exploits it for cash — they are distinctly not trying to create lasting work, they interested in creating a moment — a moment that you love or hate, but you definitely have an opinion about.
🔗 We’re not talking about Poker Face Enough
I’m so bummed that Rian Johnson’s new show Poker Face is on Peacock, because, why would you have a Peacock subscription? Who’s hopping on Peacock to do anything other than rewatch The Office. Couldn’t be me.
But I love Poker Face — think Knives Out, but serialized in a case-of-the-week format, and rather than . Natasha and Rian are such good partners in this work, and they elevate and accentuate each others distinct styles so well.
🔗 Con Heads: Succession is back
I love that this newsletter will have been going for almost 5 months when Succession kicks back up in March — the new trailer dropped sometime last week while I was not showering— it’s all been practice up until succession is out. Loyal twitter followers will know I am down to clown for Succession and will shifting Links strongly to a succession schedule.
🔗 The Air Trailer is… Something
There’s something off here. I can’t put my finger on it quite yet. It’s stacked with talent, so unless director / co-star Ben Affleck is calling in some heavy hitting favors it’s not low budget. But why does it feel like it’s got the production budget of an SNL Digital Short is beyond me