Sunday, November 7, 2010


The Plaid Voyeurism Project is please to report that Ms. Anne RIttgers and her Dad have successfully bagged their first deer while sporting PVP GENUINE ARTICLE Hand Painted Plaid Jackets. Best of luck from all of us at PVP-HQ, and keep 'em coming! We look forward to future posts.

Friday, September 3, 2010

On the Road Again...

Back from our European tour, back on American soil, here at PVP HQ, we are noticing a national trend in resurgence of enthusiasm for plaid voyeuristic tendencies. Just minutes ago, our virtual mailroom received this photograph:

Sent in, mid road trip, from Boulder, Colorado by PVP mobile correspondent, alias "Sparky" on his cross country migration from Boston to Los Angeles. We are still waiting to receive his official caption for this image, though it appears to be part of the facade decor of a second hand clothing retailer. This might be a first, in terms of posted documentation of the use of Plaid in the Architecture, which is a relatively new department for us. Our PVP-PITA (Plaid In The Architecture) interns (some of our most dedicated) are anxiously researching the archives to substantiate this claim. Results of their findings will be posted in the order they are discovered, so stay tuned. Thank You to Sparky for his road side submission, and from everyone here at PVP HQ, we wish you and your co-pilot smooth sailing for the remainder of your trip. Keep those eyes on the road, hands on the wheel. Safely First.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Here at PVP HQ, the buttons are practically bursting off our jackets with pride as we celebrate our Greatest Triumph to date: THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST PAIR OF OFFICIAL PVP FATHER DAUGHTER HUNTING JACKETS!

A quick refresher in this continuing saga:

Back in the spring of 2008, the PVP Virtual Mailroom received an email inquiry from one Ms. Anne Rittgers of Duluth, Minnesota asking where to buy Blaze Orange Buffalo Plaid to make a jacket for her plaid loving father as a surprise for hunting season, which requires, by Minnesota law, that all hunters wear orange in the woods (rather than her dad's beloved red and black check.)

The PVP-WGU (Web Gopher Unit) went to work at once to uncover a retailer where Ms. Rittgers could buy such an item, but after 48 strait hours of relentless digging, they had exhausted every internet lead and nearly all of our coffee supply.

Unsuccessful, they passed off the task to the SRTF (Special Requests Task Force) Who were called into an emergency think tank to come up with a solution.

In after consultation with the PVP-ADD (Art and Design Department) and PVP-EOS (Extension and Outreach Services) It was decided that PVP would offer to hand paint a plaid pattern on a blaze orange textile of Ms. Rittgers own choosing. This service would be provided free of charge, with the only provision being that she send in photograph of her father wearing the Jacket and maybe one of him holding up his first successful trophy hunted wearing the hand painted plaid jacket. A few weeks later a box arrived from Minnesota containing several yards of day glow orange polar fleece.

A team of PVP Interns were immediately assigned to the task of hand painting the yardage, but summer being a slow time at PVP HQ, the interns, suffering from the infamous heat wave of '08 dropped their paintbrushes, hung up their plaid jackets, grabbed their binoculars and headed for the beach in search of plaid swimwear sightings.

When the autumn winds began to blow, back to HQ the interns did go... but back-to-school shopping season and fall fashion being wrought with plaid the way it always is, the interns were soon up to their ears in processing and overflow of plaid: shirts, jackets, backpacks, pencil cases, sneakers, scarves, etc... and again Ms. Rittger's project was placed on the back burner.

Embarrassingly enough, the project was not completed until well into the fall, alas, not in time for hunting season, and Ms. Rittger's father had to go yet another season without his Orange Plaid Jacket.

FAST FORWARD: August, 2010.
PVP-ONLINE has been on hiatus from posting sightings on the blog, due to extreme frequency of plaid usage in year round fashion. HQ currently wrapping up a fact finding mission in Tallinn, Estonia, focusing on the possibility/viability of opening a European Branch, when the above image posted of Ms. Rittgers and her dad is forwarded to us from the US office with URGENT in the subject line. The photo was instantly forwarded office-wide, resulting in 45 minutes of exuberant cheering and whistling in celebration of this a momentous occasion.


From all of us at PVP, we wish Anne and her Dad a happy and safe and bountiful hunting season!

***For complete back story on this groundbreaking achievement, please visit the PVP archived postings from April 8, & 11, May 3, 2008.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Larger than Life

Path to Vermont. South Station. Boston.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Winner of the PVP Plaid Holiday Challenge #1

Here at PVP, we've really been struggling, this fall, to come up with
new and exciting criteria for plaid capture. There's just SO MUCH of
it out there, its been down right daunting. SO, for the holidays,
instrad of offering you 5,000 run of the mill plaid captures a day,
were going to be selective and offer you the most bang for your buck.
Quality, not quantity, but in this capture, you get both. Quite
possibly our favorite capture yet, and the winner of PVP Holiday
Challenge #1: 3 under one roof!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lost at IKEA.

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

You know you're Back in New York when...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What's for Breakfast?

On a lightboard somewhere between Gate A and Gate C check-in. Terminal
C, LaGuardia International Airport.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Up Close And Plaid.

N6th Street. Friday evening in Williamsburg.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Fabulous fall photos from my favorite Photographer Nina Westervelt's Facebook Album: You in Your Autumn Sweater

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bumble Bee Plaid

Buzzing northbound on 6th Ave crossing 17th Street.

Exit Only plaid

Having a smoke outside Home Depot. 23rd Street. Manhattan.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The ants go martching plaid by plaid...

Exiting the catacomb of the L train. Bedford Ave.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

6-Top Plaid

Taul end of saturday brunch at Relish.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

It's nighttime in the city...

Mere steps from our last post, plaid spans day to night, always cool,
chic, casual, thoughtless, whatever you want and exactly right.


This message was just sent in to us by an anonymous source! The
Interns in PVP ANIR (Anonymous Donor Identity Reconnoissance) are on
the case like a pack of hungry wolves.

The message in question was received as follows:

Red n black hunting containers at container store 6th ave.

A boy and a dog and the good ol' buffalo check.

Morning on Bedford Avenue. Williamsburg, Plaid Capitol of the World.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Uptown Plaid

Out from under the awning of 328 E86th street. Quarter to 4:00pm.

Buffalo Check... Mate!

Union Square. 12:25pm. A grey Thursday, 1st of October. As good a time
as any for a game of chess.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Taking a time out.

Just outside the 8th Street Uptown NRQ.

Comin' Atcha from All Sides!!

Corner of Houston x Broadway, grey afternoon, almost raining. I spy
subject on opposing side of crosswalk. The light is red. I wait
preparing my camera phone. Walk sign appears and subject approaches, I
pause, as if to dial a number, all the while keeping him in my sights
as he draws closer. At just the middle of the White street stripes I
snap him, but as the photo is revealed, a pedestrian in front of him
has obscured his plaid shirt worn under an open jacket from view. I
turn coolly on my heel and snap him from behind. Not the frontal I was
hoping for, but it will suffice. I'm hungry and it's past lunchtime.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Red Fish, Blue Fish...Just one more indication we're not in Maine anymore, aka, our last [double]flash back to summer.

Our Interns have been busy busy bees raking through masses of summer snapshots now making their way into the annals of facebook photo abums. There is SO MUCH PLAID out there this fall, here at PVP, we have really had to develop quite a systematic discerning eye for which pics we feel are worthy of our blog site.
The pair of pictures below, made the cut due to A.) We miss Maine. B.) Foster, our subject, owns not one, but TWO plaid shirts, one in red and one in blue, and seems to alternate them at random, though we did, infact, assign a statistics intern to come up with a pattern, but to no avail. C.) This is the first of many times we are going to say we are no longer posting summer pictures, so don't pack up your bathing suits just yet....

Sunday, September 27, 2009

5 Dollar Pashminas!!!!

W50th x 7th Ave.

That's a plaid of Complementary Colors!

23rd Street Uptown 1 Station. 7th Ave.

Plaid with an unecessarily fur-ish lining for early fall.

Mother and daughter outstrolling on Sunday on 8th Avenue. Daughter,
anxious for the opportunity to sport her new fashionable plaid coat
for fall, has tied it around her waist due to this afternoons
unforcasted warmish weather. Better luck for fall fashions next week,
my dear.

Black and white and plaid all over.

Man reads book while lunching in Chelsea Market, Sunday.

Block Work Plaid

Framed by a hand painted plaid backdrop, entusiastic participants
demonstrate skilled block-work at artist Abby Manock's Play-Fare.
Kitchen Block Party. W19th Street btwn 10th and 11th Aves.

The Kitchen Block Party Plaid

Young man in plaid jumpsuit prepares to blow the whistle to start
another round of artist Abby Manock's Play-Fare block game.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Window Service

Captured through an open window in the true style of Peeping Tom. At
Five Leaves. Wedge Corner of Bedford and Lorimer Streets. Greenpoint/
Williamsburg line.


In the process snapping a pic of himself to post on facebook for the purpose of showing off his new specks to all his friends on facebook, Sparky, pictured left, has unknowingly placed himself in front of a plaid garment of unknown shape, size, and origin. This random act of plaid capture did not go unnoticed by our new CPFI (Collection of Plaid on Facebook Interns) who have been added to the staff here at PVP, just in time to ride the wave of the Back To School influx of plaid-as-mobile-uploads we have noticed on facebook since labor day. The monitoring of this new type of Plaid Voyerism is of such huge interest to us that we have added an entire wing on to Headquarters to house the new staff, and have made it our ONPFF (Official New Project For Fall)
Basically, our interns, both I.O. (In-Office), and A.L. (At Large), are combing the WWW 24 hours a day looking for previously uploaded pictures that people have taken of themselves for any number of reasons, and just happen to be wearing plaid and/or unknowingly capture it in the background.
Stay tuned for further updates. Thanks to Sparky for being our PPC (Plaid Poster Child).

Black and blue

Middle aged male subject. Slightly disoriented, non-threatening. 14th
x 7th. Heading south.


14th x 8th Ave. NW corner.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Every other plaid on the rack...

No Relation Vintage. 204 1st Ave. Manhattan.

Ikea plaid

Red hook, Brooklyn.


Sent from my iPhone

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Park-bound plaid.

Female subject late twenties/early 30's on self powered two wheeled
propultion device heading strait for waterfront park westbound on N8th
in Williamsburg. Friend on foot (non plaid wearing) trying desperately
to keep up. (pictured at right edge of photo)

Semi-Rare bird.

Semi-Rare sighting of a male 30 something purple and black 1 inch
check on Franklin Ave in Greenpoint. Usually, but not always, plaid
of this variety is most often seen on female subjects or younger male

Jr. PVP scout caught in action.

Sent from my iPhone

Distant Plaid

I swear that girl on the skateboard is wearing plaid. Black and White
flannel 1 inch square checks. Streakin down Driggs, by the time I drew
my camera she was half a block gone.

More plaid in Williamsburg than a leopard has spots.

Corner of grand x Bedford.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Summers really over. What now? PLAID!

Church Street, Top Block. Burlington, Vermont. Rainy Friday.