Thursday, January 20, 2011


Uh oh, I'm school girl crushin'. Last night I was working on this chair:

As I pulled out about a thousand upholstery staples, my wondering mind made a week old connection. For some reason I was thinking about the movie Everything is Illuminated I had watched last week, in the movie a Jewish American travels to rural Ukraine to explore his family's history. Of course you need a guide when you go to a country whose language you do not speak. Enter Alex, tall, hip, awkward, and very Eastern European, by the end of the movie I had a tiny euro crush on him and his goofy accent. The closing credits of the movie played gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello's hit track "Start Wearing Purple". I remember thinking, that really doesn't go with the movie besides being offbeat and eurocentric. One week later amidst the staples and dust it hit me, that guy must be the lead singer of Gogol Bordello. Why else would they use that song? My logic seemed a little flawed considering I had no idea what the singer from Gogol Bordello looked liked, but alas, a quick google search confirmed my suspicion. The next two hours of my life became a Eugene Hutz black hole. Behold:
He comes off as an infectious anarchic traveling spirit who's all about partying and good will. Eugene is like the Euro Andrew WK with facial hair and goofier clothes. He also seems really genuine and caring about world issues. But let's be honest, I'm a sucker for facial hair and chutzpah. Sorry S, you're my true love, but I found my Tina Fey! What is it about you tall skinny wild boys that make me swoon so good?

Anyway, I'll post after pictures of the chair when I finish it. I'm going to try to design and screen print the fabric myself. This is my first fabric AND upholstery job, so wish me luck ya'll.


scott. said...

Didnt we watch wristcutters together? he has a serious role in that movie.

The Last Unicorn said...

We did! On Austin's bed, it was nice. I'm going to watch it again, I don't remember him in it!

Instant watch woo!

The Last Unicorn said...

edit: It's not him. The character is based on him!