Scent-ences and Other Perfume Madness

Degrupo Pipe and Heart

“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have…” Scent-ences from the Smelly Interwebs From the hidden corners of all things perfumed in media, here’s your weekly CM roundup of goings-on from the mad, mad world of fragrances and beyond: (👃🍬) Some new and noteworthy nose candy for the nasally inclined. In this week’s scented sagas… —Thanks to the Institute for Art and …continue…

Chasing Asphalt Rainbows 🌹🌈🗽 Week 1

Cru Arts and Indecline on Melrose

Asphalt Rainbows are unexpected reminders that beauty cannot and will not be contained… Murals. Tags. Pasteups. Slaps. After getting lost on the streets of New York City and beyond, here’s this week’s throwbacks and finds from my explorations in the ever-changing world of urban art… A look back at my time spent chasing Asphalt Rainbows. This Week’s Caps | CruArts, Indecline, Hektad, cb23, KaiAspire, Little Ricky, Pam Good, Os Gemeos, PhoebeNY, Damien Mitchell …continue…

Nothing 2 See | Breaking Free & The Scent of Escape

Freddie-Mercury-Break-Free-wide

Breaking Free with Nature’s Relentless Escape Artist What is fragrance? A seemingly simple question, which of course, comes with a not so simple answer. Thanks to a litany of tangential meanings applied to fragrance throughout human history, attempting to decisively answer that very question has become a bit of a Sisyphean task. That’s because at its fundamental core, a fragrance is nothing to see… an inexplicable nothing with an unique power to somehow stir in us a great deal …continue…

Recapping LA Adventures & AIX Scent Fair

Stikki Peaches and Thrashbird on Melrose

Okay. Okay. I (am learning to) love LA. For me, Los Angeles is like that neighborhood kid you grew up with, who once upon a time you used to go out of your way to avoid, but now, later in life, has become one of your favorite drinking buddies. I definitely can’t ever see myself living there (the driving alone brings out that homicidal rage in me that secretly lurks inside us all), but with the passage …continue…

Christopher Street Pride 2015

Rainbow Umbrella Fairy Pride

The Rainbows are Flying High… It’s Pride week here again in New York City, and it looks set to be another exciting year on Christopher Street. With the Stonewall Inn’s Landmark status hearing on Tuesday morning, and the looming of yet another weighty Supreme Court decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) involving the rights of same-sex couples to marry, expect record numbers to descend upon the streets of the West Village. I’ll be out and …continue…

Happy Fathers’ Day

My Three Sons with Guns

It’s Fathers’ Day. You know, that time once a when you pause, slowly put down your phone, gaze awkwardly across the table at the man who raised you, and sheepishly eke out a “Hey dad… ‘sup?”. Or, were you cursed to have had me as your child, you started off our annual Fathers’ Day rituals by receiving a lot of really strange, self-made “presents” that only a father could love (Beware any mention of “Eat …continue…

Scent Bombs & Other Disruptions

Brooklyn Vietnam Mural

If you’re anything like me, when you hear the word disruption, you probably think of something meant to interfere with your day (i.e. a stalled subway making you late, or a hyperactive child screaming for attention). There is a certain negative bias to the word. However, as I was reminded throughout the time I spent on Asphalt Rainbow, to disrupt isn’t necessarily to wreak havoc on everything around you. You …continue…

Fragrance: The Original Disruptive Art?

Smelling Dasic Fernandez

Street art, graffiti, urban art… this unapologetically disruptive art form goes by many names. Regardless of preferred word (or underlying philosophical beliefs), all terms refer to a disruptive force in action. The desire to disrupt guides the artist from the initial conception stages all the way to installation, a fact that is never lost or undervalued throughout the creative process. This infectious force of energy is not only the inspiration …continue…

Asphalt Rainbow & Street Art Techniques: Stencil Gallery

Stencil Crying Boy Lego Carroll Gardens

Banksy, Jef Aerosol, Icy and Sot… these are just some of the names spraying beautiful outdoor stencil art all around the globe. For those of you who already following Charenton Macerations on Instagram (@cm_fragrance), you know that over the last few years I have been documenting and shooting street art everywhere I have been traveling (and maybe adding a sticker here and there to help mark the moment…). Here are just a few of …continue…

Asphalt Rainbow & Street Art Techniques: Stencils

sprayed rose stencil

Part Two in the Asphalt Rainbow series on Street Art Technique & Olfaction takes a closer look at stencil art and the process of translating stencil design into fragrance. Often credited as the earliest known form of public art (the infamous handprints as stencils on cave walls), stencils today continue to have an important creative impact on our world thanks in part to daring outdoor installations by artists like Banksy and Blek le Rat. These compelling (and politically …continue…