So the other day Nick and I are having a drink at the bar (and by drink I mean Nick is having a sparkling water, and by bar I mean the actual fully stocked bar in Jim Bauer’s new house) and Nick is running me through a whole gang of photos on his new camera. We come across a moody portrait of a gentleman with a shaved head and substantial beard wearing a military jacket. He looks like one of those dudes in LA who could either be a millionaire or homeless (judge not lest ye be judged) and I say wow that guy looks interesting, what’s his story?
So here we are. To give you an idea of what you’re entering to win, I’ll leave you with an excerpt from Nick, and I’ll leave it at that.
“What’s better than a comfortable, modern chair made in California? How about a comfortable, modern chair made in California, wrapped in rare, Korean War era USMC Mitchell camouflage and FREE. The good people at Environment Furniture and I happen to have just that.”
Our good friend Nick Maggio, from A Time To Get, has created a new site called The Get Up and Get Down. Focusing on hand crafted products from individual artists, designers, and craftsmen, the site has a great collection of products ranging from hand made knives to table lamps (pictured above). Along with featuring other peoples products, there is a “how to” section with a wide range of step-by-step guides to create your own – for example – canoe for under $200… among numerous other awesome things. The Get Up and Get Down, is definitely worth a few hours of your day and if you are like me and have moved into a new place recently, this is also a great source of inspiration to keep your house as Ikea free as possible!
The Photo of the Day spot in our sidebar has been through a few different phases as far as who has been in charge of updating it. It started with Rich Hirsch, then Chad Shack had it for a bit and over the past year or so, it’s been updated by everyone who blogs on Defgrip. We though it would be cool to open it back up to some other people and hit up our friend Nick Maggio from A Time To Get to see if he’d be into taking over the POD for a month. Nick is known for his amazing iPhone photos and we knew he’d be perfect for the job, so keep a look out for Nick’s photos in our sidebar (and on our Flickr page) for the next 30 days!
Harrison did a post about one of our favorite websites a while back, and shortly afterward we both became acquainted with the man behind it: Nick Maggio. Nick is my favorite type of dude… a simple and easygoing guy with a lot of style, drive and enthusiasm, backed with an extensive knowledge of all types of sophisticated things. A knowledge that he will only offer when provoked. If you do not provoke, he’s just a guy without a job who wears one pair of jeans and drives a stick shift in LA traffic every day. He’s the LA guy that you want to meet when you’re in LA, but probably won’t.
Nick is ironic in the smartest possible way, because he enjoys the finer things in life without torturing himself with the stressful prospect of acquiring all of them.
His photography is an embodiment of that lifestyle. He’s got a penchant for old things well kept (or not well kept), and takes the kind of photos that you want to have mounted on your wall, or at least your desktop—beautiful shots that are sometimes more about what they don’t show than what they do. In true Nick fashion he makes this happen with the least possible amount of equipment… No equipment actually.
Click here to view Nick Maggio’s other website. All photos taken with his iPhone.
Click below to see some of my favorites.