Words are hard. Some are so ferverently inspirational that they leave you feeling quietly disgruntled, while others are infused with so much fuck-you-i'm-just-a-badass-teen attitude that they make you cringe with embarrassment for ever having read them.

Andre Jordan's A Beautiful Revolution is full of cute words:


His Ordinary Love Stories and Absurd words are words that are longer but just as good.

Some of  Mike Monteiro's words strike a good balance too:

I adore Randy Reddig's words.



Michelle "your fringe is too Asian" Blundell with some jerk in a salmon shirt

The Beebster, fiercely protective of his equipment

He left his wife in New Orleans with twennyone kids and a can of beans
(oooh baby I love your way, everyday)


The gentleman whose gorgeous sweater I have appropriated as my own
(kidding, kidding, please don't hurt me)



Daniele Tamagni's Gentlemen of Bacongo beautifully portrays the Sapeurs (the Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance), a clique of dandies from Brazzaville, Congo. They emerged during Mobutu's tumultous reign; their distinctive resplendence a form of rebellion against his decree that everyone had to wear traditional African costume.

Publisher's Description:
The arrival of the French and Belgians to the Congo, at the beginning of the 20th Century, brought along the myth of Parisian elegance among the Congolese youth working for the colonialists. In 1922, G.A. Matsoua was the first ever Congolese to return from Paris fully clad as an authentic French gentleman, which caused great uproar and much admiration amongst his fellow countrymen. He was the first Grand Sapeur. The Sapeurs today belong to Le SAPE (Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes) - one of the world's most exclusive clubs. Members have their own code of honour, codes of professional conduct and strict notions of morality. It is a world within a world within a city.

Respected and admired in their communities, today's sapeurs see themselves as artists. Each one has his own repertoire of gestures that distinguishes him from the others. They are also after their own great dream: to travel to Paris and to return to Bacongo as lords of elegance.

Designer brands of suits and accessories are of the utmost importance to Sapeurs - Pierre Cardin, Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Fendi, Gaultier, Gucci, Issey Miyake, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Yohji Yamamoto are their patron saints. Unlike some US hip-hop gangs who are dressed in similar fine threads, there is no bloodshed here here your clothes do all the fighting for you, otherwise you are not fit to be called a Sapeur.


Wataru Itou spent the last four years intricately cutting and folding bits of paper to create Umi no Ue no Oshiro (A Castle on the Ocean). It showcases an incredible amount of detail, as well as boasting electrical lighting, a working ferris wheel, and a train that circles the city's edge. The craftsmanship is just mindblowing.

Seriously. I want one so bad. So, um. Hey, you know what's coming? Christmas. Christmas is coming. Also, have I mentioned how beautiful you look today?