Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Steps of the library.

Standard L train fare.

Monday, September 29, 2008

CHEESBURGER with black and red PANTHER

Pictured above is the lead singer from The Panthers, Jayson Green, who leapt up onto the stage wearing a striking black and red plaid jacket during a Cheeseburger show at The Knitting Factory in NYC on 12/3/07.

This plaid news story was put together by the new PVP RRRI (Rock and Roll Research Intern) who we just hired to comb through infinite stacks of youtube videos and myspace profiles of band and band fans for instances of plaid occurrence at rocks shows around the world.
To watch the video of this event please go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6f8haluwYU

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Corner of Wythe and N3rd, Outside Relish... gettin' on towards the end of another Sunday brunch shift.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

RED and BLACK in the LAP

At the Angelika waiting to begin seating for the 4:35 showing of Vicky Christina Barcelona.


Strolling through the park through a misting saturday rain.


Perusing the produce a t the McCarren Park farmers market, rainy Saturday.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Not only did we admire his plaid vest, we were exceptionally drawn to the backpack this guy had on, (unfortunately not adequately pictured due to his close clutching in the photo above and the crown platform as we de-trained)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

BLACK and WHITE on Campus

Cutting Across the Quad, Columbia University just after1 pm.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Bill board sized advertisement for J.C. Penny. W32nd x Ave of the Americas, Midtown Manhattan, USA

BLACK and WHITE lining.

Hood in Herald square.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

COUNTERS: A new multi-media installation by Abby Manock opening January 10 @ Gallery Diet in MIami.

TIWILLTBAA: this is what it looks like to be an artist.

RED and BLACK, from track to track

In the tunnel between the L train and connection to the 1,2,3, at 6th Ave.


Corner of W110th and Bway heading North, just after 8:am.

BLACK and WHITE lies about the power of the sun's rays.

CAPTURED: Small child on wheels accompanied by parent (red shoes) who I over heard explaining to the young like-a-biker that the sun was very good for his skin. Seemed like the wrong way to phrase it, us having to wear sun-screen the way we do these days... hmmm, What do I know, I'm no parent. Anyway. Kid was wearing plaid pants. Columbia University Campus. 8:32 am

Monday, September 22, 2008


Yet another plaid sighting along the 14th Parallel.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Visitor to Apartment 503 on the 5th floor of The 1850, a new luxury condo building on the corner of Albany and Wareham Streets in Boston's South End. Unclear whether our plaid guest was here to look at the art work the view or the interior of the oven.


Followed this guy for a few blocks before he ducked into the CVS on Washington Street in Boston's South End. Finally snapped this shot as he waited to check out, as if posing on purpose in front of a coordinated candy counter. Please Note, fellow voyeurs, this is the first ever sighting of the rare Orange and Purple variety.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Painting adorning the wall of the apartment at which we stayed whilst in Boston. Artist Unknown.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


This is my grandfather, W. Banks Tobey, known to my sister and I as Grandpa Banks. There are lots of stories about him that I've heard over the years which lead me to believe he was a pretty interesting guy. This picture was taken in 1983. He died of a brain tumor in 1987, when I was ten. This is how I like to remember him:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Diamond in the Rough

Killing time on the Upper West Side, I mosey on over to my most favorite Salvation Army, the one on 96th Street between Broadway and West End. I can usually find something in there, and I always enjoy the process of perusal. Today was no exception. I found this amazing plaid blazer: (pictured below) Apart from the massive shoulder pads, which I wasted no time in removing, and a very strange stain on the right cuff of the right sleeve which looks, unmistakably like blood, I think I scored my self a total gem!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Drive by capture

I took this while riding my bike! Metropolitan x Union (almost) wburg
brunchtime on Saturday sept 13.

Friday, September 12, 2008

[Richard] SEN and [Plaid] SENSIBILITY & and the ICP ORCHESTRA

Thumbing through last weeks TIME OUT NEW YORK (September 4-1-, 2008) I came upon the following article:

And in the same issue, a mere 44 pages later, I find another...


At the suggestion of our dear friend Christiane, we have sent our interns into the archives to look up French fashion icon Azzedine Alaia and the chain of french discount stores, aka ""the mosh pit of shopping," called TATI. Curiously, neither has an official website that pops up on the Anglocentric version of google, but we did find a few tidbits which have made us thirsty for more information....

Although we found the above images, we have yet to pinpoint the intricacies of ALAIA's relationship to the buffalo check (no doubt called something different in France) The following biographical information provided by our friend Boyd Davis, Online Editor at www.fashionwindows.com, does start to create a platform for which a love affair with plaid could very well bloom, but the connection remains a mystery. If anyone has any information or photographs regarding TATI, AZZEDINE ALAIA, and our beloved BUFFALO CHECK (or it's French name) please email us at plaidvoyeurismproject@gmail.com

Azzedine Alaia learned about the human form when he was studying sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Tunis. It was not until 1957 when he moved to Paris that he formalized his fashion career when he became an assistant to Guy Laroche. Starting 1960, he was designing and creating custom clothing for a very select clientele and finally in 1982 branched out into ready-wear. A year later, he started selling his designs in New York and in Beverly Hills (1983).
Nicknamed the "King of Cling" Azzedine Alaia practically invented the stretch mini, Lycra cyling shorts and the body suit that became inspiration to high street fashion design.
Azzedine Alaia knows the female body and understand how to display it properly. His clothes are a symbols of the fitness craze that started during the 1980s - trim, slim and fit.
A master cutter and tailor, Azzedine Alaia is also a perfectionist and works directly onto the body to get that perfect fit. He is also a master of draping and can create clothes that almost fit like a second skin.
Although he is not a recluse, his last proper show was in 1996. His atelier is not listed in any fashion house listing in Paris. Azzedine Alaia continue to cater to a very private clientele and still enjoy commercial success on his ready-to-wear line.


Hey Girlie! Watch out for that truck!
Union Square East, heading north just after 8:00am EST.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

RELATIONS of the red and black AESTHETIC.

@ drawing center for Rirkrit's opening.
Sent in by CALL PAUL from her Verizon Wireless BlackBerry.


Spotted amongst the throngs of the see-'n-be-seen @ the opening of Leigh Ledare's You are Nothing to Me. You are like Air @ Rivington Arms. 9/11/08. around 8:00pm.


The following three plaids were captured in the inaguration of the new Taxter & Spengemann Gallery space which was part christening/ birthday party/ and stand-up comedy show. The new space was the Old Frank Stella studio which was as impressive as the rest of the evening was funny. Funny artists who aren't comedians doing stand-up? With a back up band called the Marshmellows, or at least that's what I thought they said their name was... Yeah, it was pretty funny.... I guess. HA HA HA.

Monday, September 8, 2008

BLACK and WHITE on the right, RED and BLACK on the left and MONKEY [ME] in the middle

Saw him sitting there as soon as I came through the turnstile at 3rd Ave. Pretended to check something on my phone white snapping the following shot:

The train came moments later and as the doors opened I saw RED and BLACK standing just inside. BLACK and WHITE and I boarded the train and there I was, sandwiched between two plaids in a jam packed 5:30 rush L train being dragging us all back to Brooklyn. I tried my very best to get a good shot featuring both of my bookends, but they were just far enough apart that I couldn't squeeze them into one frame while on board the train.

After de-training at the Bedford stop, I finally was able to capture them both in the same frame, though only a sleeve of RED and BLACK is barely visible on the far left.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

E12th x 2nd Ave. Heading north.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First day of school @ Columbia university. Outside Dodge Hall (School
of the Arts)

Monday, September 1, 2008

WE'RE BACK!.... in RED and BLACK!

Back to school season means back to work, here at PVP headquarters. This here is a snapshot of a dear friend of PVP, who's ALIAS we can't remember, though he was featured in a trench coat and plaid scarf back in december or January, we think....( There is a fresh and eager intern checking the archives, as we speak...) In the mean time, from all of us to all of you, we're shoutin' out a hearty WELCOME BACK! We're back in the office with a well earned healthy summer glow and a refreshed, but thirsty thirst for plaid. So keep 'em comin'....


This is a test of the new PVP iphone mobile upload system. If you are seeing the plaid image above, we have made our first successful plaid upload via iphone, aka, the OFFICIAL HANDHELD WIRELESS DEVICE OF THE PLAID VOYEURISM PROJECT!!!!! HOORAY!