Now You Know, a How To Guide by Tony Arcabascio

I was packing my books up to move house and rediscovered this how-to guide by @tonyarcabascio which talks you through surviving city life.

Tony reminisces pre-internet era New York, where entertainment was devising home made explosives and breaking in to cars with an aluminium ruler. Each chapter is a cross between a how-to manual (a bit like The Anarchist’s Cookbook, which I might post on later) and an autobiographical memoir. How To Torch A Car and How To Turn A Man Into A Boy are the best. 

The book was released by LA based Arkitip, who, if you’ve been sleeping on, should go investigate now, no hesitation. Arkitip are a grassroots publishing company most famous for their namesake magazine which gets curated by artists such as Ed Templeton, Kaws, Nike, and just about every creative person who’s done anything remotely interesting over the past ten years. Their latest production is Baccala, the cult Italian heritage fashion magazine, by Arkitip’s co-founder Scott A. Sant’Angelo, skateboarding photographer, alongside Milan based fashion photographer Alessandro Casagrande.

Baccala also features a piece by Tony where he curates objects he’s kept from his lively past, each of which has a story told in his colloquial writing style, as if he’s speaking directly to you. ‘I love collecting, documenting and archiving almost everything in my life’, he begins, and he doesn’t lie… The spread features a beat-up old home made deoderant-can tagging marker from school days, his dad’s union book from a family restaurant business and a Louis Vuitton skeleton key, all photographed on a pristine white background, e-commerce style.

Baccala is available here, and there are a few remaining copies of Now You Know left on the Arkitip website.


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