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Monday, March 13, 2006

Ice Ice Baby

(Or "Ice Ice Timmy," as they say on South Park.) The label on this necktie reads simply "Ice;" good luck tracking that down on Google. I am always pleasantly surprised at the tie selections in off-brand menswear stores such as K&G (where I got my Vernor Panton tie) and Men's Wearhouse. Somewhere out there people are making ties that completely ignore current fasion trends, which is great if you don't want to look like everyone else. I bought this one on Ebay, but it has the feel of a K&G tie, and maybe it was. The floral pattern brings to mind Peter Max's classic silkscreen style ("Cosmic '60s", he calls it), as opposed to his later "NeoMax" comeback style, which is not as exciting. A common misconception is that Peter Max animated the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, when in fact the responsible artist was Heinz Edelmann. Edelmann himself addresses that "common knowledge" in a Baltimore radio interview in 1993: "Well, I've heard rumors. But, you know, if one goes by the books about official history, there have been hundreds of creators of Submarine. And at that time a lot of animators also claim to have taken part in the production who did not within a thousand miles of the studio." Cartoonist Bill Plympton got the staight dope from Milton Glaser (another apparent influence on Peter Max): "I asked him about the whole Peter Max vs. Heinz Edelmann debate, and his version goes something like this: he was contacted by Al Brodax, the producer of Yellow Submarine, to design the film. He felt he was too busy to spend a year in London, and he recommended Mr. Edelmann (although he never met Heinz until that night at SVA). At the same time, Peter Max was a student intern-type at the famous Pushpin Studios [Glaser's graphic design firm--BV.], and was soon to become a famous new-age painter. When the film opened, Peter claimed to have influenced the design of the movie, when in fact he was influenced by Glazer and Edelmann - he's great at self-promotion, and now the whole country thinks Peter Max created Yellow Submarine." And his name is the first to come to mind when confronted with a "Cosmic '60s" design.

In other news, Michael Segers of Knot a Blog has popped in to note that another tie blog has come online: check out Will's Vintage Ties at for a nice selection of vintage beauties from the '40s. In fact, Michael and Will have sparked my own interest in ties of that era, and I now have a few cool ones to display right here in the upcoming weeks. Hooray for neckties!


Will said...

Hey Mr. Burl Veneer, thanks for linking to my vintage tie blog. I've just now created a link to your blog on mine. You've got some really classy ties, I must say. I enjoyed looking at them, and reading your comments.

Someday, maybe, if I ever run out of vintage ties to display, I might put up pics of my current tie collection, which is fairly extensive also, but based on what I've seen of yours, not quite as high class.


Jeff L. said...

Max is indeed a great self-promoter. I found it interesting that our local fine arts center helped further the Yellow Submarine confusion by using Beatles elements (including the playing of same song) to promote the Max show. I was excited that the show opened here in Colorado Springs. But you're right, the later Max stuff is a dime a dozen.