Alex Knost | Vhs & Print


From the pages of DGZ issue 08 we bring you the DPT: VHS & PRINT with ALex Knost

Love him or hate him his talent is undeniable, Alex Knost, rubber limbed surfer of craft that is mostly from an era prior to his date of birth in 1985. Alex recently found himself touring around our shores with his band Tomorrows tulips. We caught up with the man that likes to immerse himself in everything from shaping his own boards right through to music, art and literature.

These are Alex’s top six videos from the web. Along with his six favorite books as seen in Issue 08

“Burger Tv / EP 68 (2014) Best series made by the real deal hardest working stoner DIY music label, real and compelling stuff new episode every Thursday”

“Russ Short, my favorite surfer. In The Mist Of Summer 1977”

“Buttons, insane surfer and enjoying it”

“David Nuuhiwa / Rainbow Bridge (1972) David, Epic!!”

“Sonic Youth / 100% / David Letterman Show (1992) Exactly 100%”

“Harmony Korine / David Letterman Show (1997) My only regret is not just doing it this way”

knost books

The Grosset Webster dictionary
I recommend a dictionary to anyone with a short attention span and or a busy schedule. In situations where you only have a minute or two reading one is quite stimulating and convenient, open it up at any page and learn something new.

William Eggleston
One of my favorite photographers and artists, his subtle broadcasting of beauty lingers with me as something forever inspiring. This book was released in conjunction with his 1998 Hasselblad award. The opening quote on page 1, “I am at war with the obvious”. Melts my heart.

Surfboard design and construction
A “how to do book” in back yard surfboard manufacturing. It was published in 1975 by Natural High Express Publishing Company. Glancing at it every once in a while refreshes the idea of surfing being limitless. An option other than to buy off a rack is what is fed. A surfer is in control of his relationship to the ocean and all the avenues being a surfer has to offer. You can be the barbarian and whittle down a reject blank with borrowed tools and ride your own labor.

Personal ads portraits | By Lonny Shavelson
A photographer placed an ad in the personals asking to take portraits of people or couples whom are on or met through the personal ads of that same newspaper. “The juxtaposed visual and verbal image make a strong complimentary statement”.

Love and companionship with another being is something everyone can understand. Sought after love, lust, or security can be forever unfound, found, questioned or rejected. This book of personal ads simplifies certain personal situations to the point of brutal honesty. The desperation is glorified by the confidence in which they are delivered. The simplicity of this book sort of challenges the complications and tribulations of finding love and companionship in our modern world.

Mirrors of Venus by Wingate Paine, words by Francoise Sagan and Federico Fellini
This book is a compilation of photos by Wingate Paine. All the photographs are of women, and each walk the line between eroticism, feminine beauty and intimacy. Every photograph is paired with a short excerpt, piece of poetry, or sort of aloof commentary in reflection of the mystery and excitement the image suggests.

Temperature’s Rising
An oral and visual history of one of my favorite groups, Galaxie 500. The group’s bassist Naomi Yang has compiled photographs, ticket stubs, flyers, set lists, press photos, letters, and receipts. It’s a great glimpse into the years in which such a mysterious group made such incredible music.