Panel Van Aesthetics

EDIT 08/08/11: Here are some 1980s Font pages that people are searching for and landing on this page:

1. A large number of cool fonts here, I like the computer games fonts, here.
2. Commodore 64 font, here.
3. A Tron font, here.
4. Da Font has heaps of cool fonts, I like the ‘Techno sci-fi’ fonts, here.
5. A ‘neon 80s’ font, here.

I went back to the department store and bought another exercise top. Besides the neo-colonial tourism thing they’ve got going on, they remind me of the murals that were painted on the side of panel vans in the 1970s. This one especially:
tropical nights
This is like a weird childhood refrain. The stenciled palm trees and airbrush-like bicolour sky and chunky neon-ish font is straight out of the early-80s. The panel vans of this era, just before Street Machining took over in a big way, all had phallocentric names like ‘Alley Cat’, ‘Dream Warrior’, ‘Checkmate’, ‘Seducer’, ‘Invader 2001’, ‘Motivator’, and ‘Total Eclipse’. ‘Tropical Nights’ could very well have been a panel van. I bought another different one ‘Paradise’ but I am wearing it.

I have also gone Fight Club-crazy with the Ikea-ification of my flat. Well kind of, I did get two 6 ft by 3ft shelves off eBay to hold all my books. However the second panel van aesthetics point of this blog post is that I did get some Ikea shelves and some cardboard magazine holder things which fit sungly into the shelves. So now my several hundred magazines are off the floor. I have shifted the TV into the bedroom and couch against the wall height windows. There is heaps more room but the problem is that now I have this massive white wall of magazine holders where my porn-set-style mirror wall used to be. Not that I am too sad about the loss of my mirror wall, rather I see the white wall (black hole! lol!) as an opportunity to do something. I think it would be cool to use the cover art as pop art. So I have decided to scan a cover of one of the 1970s panel van magazine covers and blow it up so each magazine holder has a little slice of the cover. It will be a 6 ft high magazine cover or 2/3’s of a cover. Some of the covers in the 1970s were completely crazy, especially from Van Wheels magazine. I like the bottom one, issue 3:
Van Wheels magazine No. 1

Van Wheels magazine No. 6

Van Wheels magazine No. 7 (the famous Dole Bludgers' Guide issue)

Van Wheels magazine No. 3 (click for larger image)

When I can afford the ink for my colour printer I’ll do it and post some photos.

4 replies on “Panel Van Aesthetics”

  1. yeah, should turn out alright. the bleeding nipple injuries are much more painful than they are actual damage to flesh. all the sweat and constant irritation. i think it is how masochists feel. i kind of didn’t mind it, gave me heaps more adrenaline, hence more endorphine rush. only afterwards does it hurt, when the blood flows slower…

    omg my upstairs neighbour has just started playing achy breaky heart or something, it sounds like kareoke. at 7:42 in the morning. fuck i want to kill someone.

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