Takakura Ken. RIP

Famous classic era actor Takakura Ken, died at 83.  Known for his classic Yakuza film series like Abashiri Bangaichi, Hibotan Bakuto, Showa Zankyo-Den etc....and also starred in some American Yakuza films such as 'The Yakuza" with Robert Mitchum, and "Black Rain" with Michael Douglas.  Charismatic actor, known for his quiet strength in all of his roles.  Takakura Ken RIP.

This is how you should listen to your music.

Vintage hottie.  This is how you should listen to your music.

Friday fail.

Obviously taking the piss, yet I could see this happening on a store rack near you.  Friday fail.

Vintage advert.

Fun advertisement for Lambretta scooters.  Great vintage advert.

Vintage fun.

Great still from 1960s American Bandstand showing a group of kids at the time getting their dance on.  Vintage fun.

Vintage suss.

Nice looking old ad for a company that sold buttondown shirts, staprest etc.  Apparently the brand wasnt of great quality, but this is a very nice advert they put out.  If only we could all have this fellow's lean proportions and long legs, at least I do!  Vintage suss.

Smart and hard.

New advert for Dr Martens footwear.  Ironic how just a few years ago they did their best to distance themselves from the skinhead scene, which basically was entirely responsible for putting this brand on the map.  Now that "skinhead" has been taken over by PC-revisionists and 40 year old newborns who've created a sterile caricature of itself, looks like Dr Marten is back to cashing in.  Still, this is a nice looking ad, I will give them that.  But if you need this type of footwear Solovair or Gripfast are imho better options.  But taken at face value, this photo is smart and hard.

The Wolves.

Japanese cinematic classic, 1970's Yakuza epic "Shussho Iwai" directed by Hideo Gosha, and starring Tatsuya Nakadai.  Amazingly shot film, tremendous cinematography and complex storyline that has a lot of soul and emotion to it.  Also very violent.  The USA dvd version was changed to "The Wolves".

Killer look.

Lee Marvin looking the business from 1964's The Killers.  Killer look.

Thick as Thieves

One of my favorite bands, The Jam.  Their song of the same name was the inspiration behind our name.  thick as Thieves.