Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Selvedge Yard, Great Bloggers, and That Bygone Golden Era

Inspiration of the Day: The Selvedge Yard Blog

[Some of what you'll find at The Selvedge Yard]

"In my head there's all these classic cars and outlaw cowboy bands, I always kinda sorta wished I was someone else." These Gaslight Anthem lyrics ring loud and true in this heart of mine. That "someone else" for me is Jon Patrick, the mastermind behind my favorite blog The Selvedge Yard, an online ode to the golden age of the yester-year.

Life as a blogger can be rough. I know first hand. And I don't mean for those once-every-three-months sporadic bloggers. I'm talking about the dedicated bloggers who somehow manage to put out intriguing posts meshing useful information with humorous personal anecdotes and witty commentary every single day. This is the kind of blogger I aspire to be. Jon Patrick is one of these blogging geniuses. Every day I head over to The Selvedge Yard and every day I am greeted with another post, stocked full of pictures and overflowing like a fountain of vintage knowledge. Vintage tattoos, classic cars and bikes, films, music, men's style, icons, artists, photographers, architects, intellectuals, outlaws, cowboys, vixens, models, sports stars... all things great about that time not so long ago.    

Just take a look at the last 6 posts:
1. Even Cowboys Get The Blues: Vintage Phots of Dudes in Denim
2. Relive Drag Racing’s Top Rivalry 11/10: The Snake vs. The Mongoose
3. James “Hunt The Shunt”: The 1970’s High-Flyin Lothario of Formula 1
4. An Afternoon with…: Photographer Michael Mundy
5. Photography of Bob Magill: Epic Images of American Motorcycling
6. Robert Mitchum, Pt. 1: A Love/Hate Relationship With Hollywood

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.  James Dean, Johnny Cash, Ralph Lauren, Jayne Mansfield, Bob Marley, The Bristol Tattoo Club, The Clash, Dennis Hopper, Jack Kerouac - all these guys and more can be found at The Selvedge Yard.  I always felt like I was born in the wrong era. I rock Marilyn Monroe eyeliner every day, have an iPod and CD collection full to the brim and overflowing with everything from The Rat Pack to Johnny Cash to Led Zeppelin, and am constantly taking notes from icon/vixens Audrey Hepburn, Anita Pallenberg, and Bridget Bardot. It's all a part of my feeble attempt to live out my life in the style and class of those bygone eras. They say you can't live in the past, but I say you can. And The Selvedge Yard helps me do just that.

- Amy
On my iPod: Led Zeppelin's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"


  1. I absolutely live in the past - and in the present, you're a good blogger! Thanks.

  2. JP nails it. yup. you need serious stones to do posts on McQueen, Cash et al. And he is fastidious about photo credits. Manners count.

  3. You are sweet, thanks for the kind words.

    Happy New Year!


  4. He is the best...I would love to see him as the Editor-in-chief of his own magazine some day.


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