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Andy Warhol Birthday Gifts For Your Arty Friends
August 6 isn’t just any big day; it’s Andy Warhol’s birthday
Art x Style 07 Aug 2019

August 6 isn’t just any big day; it’s a special big day. It’s Andy Warhol’s birthday! The occasion clearly calls for Andy Warhol birthday presents for all your arty friends.
Born in 1928, Warhol would be 91 this year. It also happens to be my parent’s 25th anniversary (shoutout to Roman and Larisa), but when I told them about this fabulous synchronicity, my mom didn’t know who Andy Warhol is.
I take it I’m speaking to a slightly more informed audience here. When we talk about Andy Warhol, we’re arguably talking about the root cause (or the psychic prophet) of the art world as we know it: glitz and glamor, fame and fortune, jets and journalists angling to get in on the fun (guilty!).
The man also had some great quotes. More than just capturing his time, he captured ours. Spoken half a century ago, his words ring even truer today. A highly ambivalent figure, he foretold the post-modern mood of absurdity and ennui that radiates from every Internet meme today. “Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.” If that’s not a line from @textsfromyourexistentialist, then I’m a Superstar.
I especially love his line on work: “I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of ‘work’, because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don’t always want to do.” Couldn’t agree more. Can I put that in my email signature?
On that note, without further ado, 20 gifts to treat yourself or a friend to, in honor of Andy Warhol’s birthday.
For the fashionista:
This Campbell soup can fanny pack by Eastpak:
eastpak-Aw-carrot-Andy-Warhol-Campbells-Soup-Print-Belt-Bag
These Andy Warhol socks by Happy Socks:
happy-socks-andy-warhol-gift-box
These other Andy Warhol socks by Chatty Feet:
Funky-Socks-Pop-Art-Andy-Sock
These Calvin Klein x Andy Warhol Foundation flower jeans (only one pair left!)
Calvin Klein x Andy Warhol jeans
These RETROSUPERFUTURE X ANDY WARHOL cat eye sunglasses
retrosuperfuture-red-X-Andy-Warhol-Cat-Eye-Sunglasses
This Calvin Klein Andy Warhol Sandra Brant tote (it’s on sale!)
Andy Warhol x Calvin Klein tote
A pair of Andy Warhol sneakers (lots to choose from)
Converse-Chuck-Taylor-All-Star-Andy-Warhol-Floral-Pair
 
For the reader:
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)
The philosophy of andy warhol book
Popism: The Warhol Sixties, a diary by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett
Popism book
 
For the quirky Etsy lover:
This Andy Warhol finger puppet:
andywarhol_fingerpuppet
This Andy Warhol pin
Andy Warhol pin
This Andy Warhol coloring book
andy warhol coloring book
 
For the homebody:
This skull plate from the MoMA Design Store (it’s on sale!)
Andy Warhol skull plate
For the seriously classy entertainer, this Andy Warhol linen cocktail napkin set
Andy Warhol cocktail napkin
I love you so matted print
Andy Warhol I love you so print
Because you simply can’t hang a Marilyn in your house—unless it’s an original.
 
For the friend that sends you Google cal invites to hang out:
This Andy Warhol planner
Andy Warhol planner page
For the sk8r grrrl:
This limited edition skateboard
Andy Warhol soup can skate deck
 
For the late-night Ebay crawler:
A vintage copy of Interview magazine (like this one)
Vintage signed Interview magazine
Bonus points if it’s signed by the man himself!
A Velvet Underground & Nico Banana record
Velvet Underground and Nico Banana album cover
A Chelsea Girls film poster
Chelsea Girls original movie poster
Ball out on an original
Or not.
 
Happy shopping! And a very happy Andy Warhol birthday to everyone.
 
Text by Katya Lopatko
Images via Lyst, Suitable Shop, Chatty Feet, Farfetch, Bergdorf Goodman, Sneaker Freaker, The Art Book Review, Barnes and Noble, Centered Librarian, Etsy, Amazon, MoMA Design Store, Everything but the house, Ebay.

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