Friday, February 29, 2008


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Outside the POD Hotel. 51st between 2nd x 3rd. 2/29/08 9:17pm


This one sent in by PVP donor, code name: I LIKE HAWKS AND FALCONS, taken on the 8th Ave L train platform. 2/29/08


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Plaid Jacket, Camo Bag. Bedford Ave. The 29th Day of February, 2008. The last February 29th was in 2004. The next February 29th will be in 2012. The next plaid will be on the next block.

Monday, February 25, 2008

RED and BLACK knitted hat

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Southbound crossing W113th St. 2/25/08 2:44pm.

GREEN and BLACK hunter's cap

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Seconds later the gal in the plaid cap was thumbing through Anne from Canada, but I was not bold enough to get the shot. Guess you'll just have to UYI. (That's PVP speak for Use Your Imagination.)


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Amongst the cheese-bees on a table of treasures. Street vendor on the corner of Bedford and N7th. 2/25/08 nearly two o'clock.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


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This image was sent into us by PVP donor: TIFFANY'S EX (who happens to be a crackerjack Scrabulous player) via hand held mobile device. 2/23/08


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Under Vest. Outside of Academy Records. I wonder if that PlAID CLAD LAD making a faux-n call too? Spotted by PVP Accomplice, code name: KISS/KILL 2/23/08 5:39pm

GREY, BLACK, and Family

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Fleece. Flying Squirrel. Spotted by PVP Accomplice, code name: KISS/KILL, 2/23/08 4:35pm


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A Congregation of plaid in the wake of the Traveling Empanada Man. N6th St. Spotted by PVP Accomplice, code name: KISS/KILL, 2/23/08 3:27pm


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Flannel. An early sighting for a saturday morning. Southbound on Bedford. 2/23/08 10:34am

Monday, February 18, 2008


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I've really been wearing out the elastic on the trusty "Faux-n call" capture technique. I was walking north on the east side of Bedford. Through the intermittent traffic I spied a buffalo plaid inside the muffin shop on the other side of the street. Without hesitation, I darted towards it, narrowly escaping death-by-speedy delivery bike. Plaid subject was deep in conversation inside the store. Tried to capture from outside through the unseasonably propped open door, but the depth of field of my nearsighted camera phone lacked the power to complete the task. I had no choice but to go in. I had no reason to squeeze in to the already crowded bakery. I didn't even have the change for a small coffee. But my mission was clear. I stood there for a moment, pretending to ponder the daily specials, simultaneously flipping opening my phone. With the push of a button, the camera function was enabled, then I hit few more for an accurate simulated dial. I raised the phone perpendicular to the floor, much too high to for nonchalant. I aimed, paused... clicked the capture, and immediately put the phone to my ear, "Hello?" 2/28/08 4:48pm

BLACK and WHITE and a PUGGLE (The Unofficial Official Williamsburg Mascot)

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We've been so wrapped up in our film tributes, we almost forgot to post today's capture. Sweatshirt. Bedford, Infront of the pet supply store next to that crappy thrift store, a few doors down from the bagel place on the Corner, across the street from that triangular little fenced off park. 2/18/08 2:50pm

Sunday, February 17, 2008

PLAID FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST: PVP recognizes the career of Milos Forman

WARNING! The following text may contain plot spoilers.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, (1975) directed by Milos Forman, is One of the Greatest Films of all times. Here at PVP, we tip our hats to Forman's ability to depict incredibly charged themes of Americana; artistically achieving broad popular appeal without diluting the cultural poigniency of the issues.

Every Friday in February, PVP Headquarters is playing host to a series of films, all of which exhibit at least one Buffalo Plaid cameo tucked somewhere into the costume detail. This week, in honor of the Milos Forman Retrospective at the MoMA, our featured feature was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and we were lucky enough to have Mr. Forman join us for the evening to introduce the film. In his introductory words, Forman noted that the Asylum was a metaphor for the Soviet Union and lobotomy of enforced Communist Dictatorship embodied by Nurse Rached. He also reminded us that, as is the case with all of the films that include plaid garments in their wardrobe trunks, the plaid in Cuckoo's Nest, appearing as the coat worn by Scanlon during the patients' fishing boat adventure, was not an arbitrary costume choice.

In the circle discussion following the screening, (Unfortunately, no amount groveling nor baked goods could to persuade MIlos to stick around for the chitter chatter...) It was argued by the staunch symbolism enthusiasts of the group, that besides the obvious connotations of the color of RED, the equal distribution of both the RED and BLACK squares of the Buffalo's weave, could quite possibly be seen as a metaphor for the classless, anti-capitalist ideology of the Communist socioeconomic system. The argument grew rather heated and the nature of the beast being unanimously stubborn, it came down to a show of hands. The vote ended in a 9 to 9 split, though half of us had gotten so mad that we had already left by the time the voting happened, and by default were counted "NAY."

(After dedicated hours of rummaging through hundreds of dusty banker's boxes at the storage locker, the PVP, IRT (Image Reconnaissance Team) was still unable to unearth a still photo of Scanlon's plaid coat from the movie. So instead, we are featuring an image form the dress rehearsal (NOTE: the bathrobe) of a stage version of Ken Kesey's novel of the same name put on by the Artist's Repertory Theatre (ART) in Fresno, California.)

BIG, RED, and BLACK: PVP Salutes Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel in his early career, was considered by some to embody the stereotype of the Big Bad Boy painter of the 80’s, producing enormous paintings filled with vibrant colors and bold strokes. He also made big sculpture, big drawings, and big paintings, oh wait, I said that already. In the mid 1990s, Schnabel shifted his focus to film, big film. Receiving great acclaim for several successful major motion pictures, His most recent being The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Released in 2007, the film has already heralded international honors, including Golden Globe for best director and best foreign language film, best director at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and Oscar nominations for achievement in directing and adapted screenplay. Whichever artistic avenue Mr. Schnabel chooses to pursue on a given day, he does it big in Buffalo Plaid. Photo by Jean- Baptiste Mondino

Saturday, February 16, 2008

RED and BLACK: Will she buy the dino mack?

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Wool. Up close and personal at the Flying Squirrel, (She didn't buy that dinosaur raincoat after all... )2/16/08 3:06pm

Friday, February 15, 2008


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Wool overshirt. Somewhere underneath the East River. 2/15/08 6:22pm

RED and BLACK, Back on Track....

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Good morning and Happy Day-After-Valentines Day to you all! It's a bright and shiny morning here at PVP headquarters. Looks like the drought is over. We're only half way through our first cup of coffee and we've already clicked in two plaid captures (posted above) Let's keep 'em comin! Atlas. 2/15/08 9:44am

Thursday, February 14, 2008


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Another Plaid and Camo Combo! And in front of an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SUSHI sign! This capture is positively exploding with pop cultural paradox. NYC. 2/14/08

For the LOVE of PLAID...


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Here at PVP Headquarters, not only did we all show up this morning, UNPLANNED (we swear), wearing red and black plaid, we got here early to release from the cages flocks upon flocks of tiny little winged cherubs that we've been breeding in the PVP NSL (New Species Labs. These little miracles are armed with camera phones and arrows, genetically programmed to sniff out, shoot and capture plaid anywhere within a 2-3 block radius...

WELL, something is drastically wrong with our calculations, because, as of 5:00pm, today of all days, Saint Valentine's Birthday, the day when love is floating around in the air close to street level (and below, in the subway regions) there seems to be a serious shortage of plaid in New York City. The only capture today was a distant and barely discernible two wheeler... Captured by Cherub #456 at 11:34 this morning at the corner of Driggs and N7 in Williamsburg. leaving no sightings on the entire Island of Manhattan. I think Little Orphan Oliver sang it best, "Whe-eh-eh-eh-ere is Love?" 2/14/08

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

SNOW & PLAID = True Love?

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And yet another... 2/12/08 7:01pm. Just steps away from the last post.


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Snow! And flannel. 2/12/08. Six-thirty or quarter of seven. (Actually, it was 6:56pm)



"I attacked this guy at the opening to take his picture!" -PVP Donor, Code name: COCA COLA CLASSIC, the Owner and Curator of Gallery Diet, Miami, Florida 2/9/08.

P.S. If I'm not mistaken, I do believe that's an original Abby Manock Plaid Drawing on the wall next to him... Hungry for more hand drawn plaid? go to:


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Sweatshirt with matching baseball cap! Bedford Stop. 2/12/08 2:14pm

Monday, February 11, 2008


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Sweatshirt wearing pizza eater. Younger than the average subject. L.E.S. 2/11/08 4:19pm

RED, BLACK, SODAS and SHOTGUNS: From the Archives

Looks like wool. Plucked this image from the face book profile of fellow TFC alum, code name: STEVE . 10/30/06

Saturday, February 9, 2008

BLAST from the PAST

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The L train is broken again this weekend. I ran a bunch of blocks from Vandam Street to Union Square, only to find a crowd waiting for the L back to Brooklyn. Did what I always do in such senarios, STALKED PLAID. This is the photo I took before I knew who I was stalking... 2/9/08 8:49pm


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Wool. In front of that video store on Bedford that I can't remember the name of. 2/9/08 6:21pm.

a DOG, a PLAID, and a PIRATE

We have a lot to say about the skull and crossbones, not to mention when it's knitted into a doggie sweater, NOT TO MENTION when the dog's owner is wearing a plaid jacket, but we are at our other job right now and can't really talk. More later....

RED and BLUR (If someone out there would like to donate their iphone to us, our photos will vastly improve... We promise.)

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Wool-Under-Vest. Saturday morning at Oslo. 2/9/08 10:57am.

Friday, February 8, 2008


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Hat. Mikey's Hook-Up. N6. 2/8/08 5:28pm.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


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Another sweatshirt. (Perhaps we are unearthing the trend for February?) This is a noteworthy capture because the subject is wearing both Buffalo Plaid AND Army Camo. This combination can be seen as a Rosetta Stone of sorts in the Plaid Voyeirism World. The archetypal pairing of a Plaid jacket, and Camouflage Pants, as an urban fashion statement (be it conscious or unconscious) has renewed our curiosity in the origins of Army Camo, as some shared threads may inform our own back story and shed new light on Buffalo Plaid's current popularity. Both patterns have an extensive following over a broad demographic of both the urban and rural populous, as well as a shared aesthetic functionality in obscuring the human silhouette in natural surroundings. These correlations cannot be mere coincidence. Thus, we have scraped together our funds and chartered a new department, which will bill as a subdivision of the PVP, HRT, (Historical Research Team) entitled: PVP, PCR (Pattern Cross-Referencing) New findings will be published as they are uncovered. The above image was captured while waiting for the G at Lorimer Street. 2/7/08 10:55am.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

RED and BLACK: Insider

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Same Swaetshirt. Mulberry x Kenmare. Liz McLean. Inside: With help of PVP Commrades: HI KICKS and JOHNNY BLUE EYES who snuck me in. Thanks guys. 2/6/08 7:47pm.

RED and BLACK: Outsider

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Sweatshirt. Mulberry x Kenmare. Liz McLean. Outside. 2/6/08 7:27pm