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Cody Hudson Shares His Favorite Things

The founder of design studio Struggle Inc. gives us a look at his prized possessions.

Photos: Anna Knott

For more than two decades, Cody Hudson has made punk rock treasure from trash. The 44-year-old street artist got his start plucking wood scraps from dumpsters, and his colorful designs have appeared on Converse shoes, Whole Foods bags, and even an Obama campaign poster. “I used to separate painting and design, but I’m connecting the two more as I age,” says the Wisconsin native, whose urban style permeates the Logan Square prewar he shares with his wife, Lori, and two daughters, Birdie and Georgia.

Stanley Whitney art book

Stanley Whitney

($195, biblio.com)
“Art books are like drugs to me. I know I should stop, but I keep picking them up.”

 

Hippie bourbon decanter

Hippie bourbon decanter

“I like bourbon and I like hippies. Pretty good combo.”

 

‘Chains II’ by John Opera

Chains II by John Opera

“I’m drawn to the dialogue going on here.”

 

Sixty8 Pomade

Sixty8 Pomade

($20, Joe’s Barbershop, 2641 W. Fullerton Ave.)
“Good water-based stuff won’t leave an oil slick on a pillowcase.”

 

Krooked skateboard

Krooked skateboard

($65 for similar, Zumiez, 2 S. State St.)
“The perfect-size board for cruising to the corner for a six-pack.”

 

Nag Champa incense

Nag Champa incense

($15, Una Mae’s, 1528 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
“Starting the day with tea and some Champa burning helps keep things mellow.”

 

Mexican textiles

Mexican textiles

“I visited Mexico City and was really inspired by all the patterns and colors there.”

 

Cali Thornhill Dewitt sweatshirt

Cali Thornhill Dewitt sweatshirt

“A one-off from his show at Human Resources in L.A.”

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