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- Amor Vincit Omnia (Love Conquers All)
Amidst all the chaos that was the Vancouver Riots last night, one timeless image appeared. Shot by freelancer Richard Lam, and licensed by Getty (with the version you are seeing courtesy of the Vancouver Sun), the photo was taken amidst police lines, flailing mannequin appendages, and the always predictable cars on fire. Lam has some [...]
- Marketing Driven Creation.
There has always been the debate about how “Art” should be created. Plenty of “artists” claim art is not something that should ever be created with it’s profitability in mind. It’s always said that commercialism ruins the art, whether it be painting, photography, music, film, writing, etc. We got a big dose this year of [...]
- Tours Aillaud.
The Tours Aillaud are some amazing towers in the suburbs of Paris, and they have an amazing almost “camo-pixel” look to them. I’m sure plenty of Parisian’s hate these things, but I find it’s definitely the beginning of a movement that saw the created environment being the integral theme of the architecture. Elime Aillaud finished [...]
- Paintings That Are Not Bad.
SO a few days ago, via Digg or some random Tweet, I came across badpaintingsofbarackobama.com. It’s an amazing idea, but the issue is this.. most the paintings aren’t bad at all, in fact some are spectacular. Insert random rant about people making a website with one function in hopes it becomes the next internet meme. [...]
- My Blog And I Broke Up, We’re Trying To Get Back Together.
My blog got all mad at me a few weeks ago, because I hadn’t taken it out in a few weeks, and because I hadn’t called in days, and the only thing it saw from me was a bunch of Twitter updates. So we broke up, we will see if we can be friends, and [...]
- AP Versus Shepard Fairey.
Let me preface this by saying I used to love Shepard Fairey, and then I got to the point where I couldn’t stand him (because he started opening his mouth, as opposed to communicating through the medium that made him noteworthy). So at this stage in life, I can’t stand Shep, but I respect the [...]
- Top Secret Project.
I’m starting a project, it’s going to remain secret for the time being, however it needs people involved. If you are at all the creative type, which most of my friends who read the lame-ness that is my blog are, then let me know and be sure you are up for some mystery. We all [...]
- The United Plates Of America.
So a few years back when I was the Creative Director of The Militia Group, I had an intern. Actually I had quite a few interns, but most were local and weren’t there for something like 2-3 months. This particular intern came all the way out to California to live and show up every day [...]
- Cat Cam.
In the ever revolving door that is the conversation of “What is art?” we have a new leading candidate to lead the side of “anything”. A cat. Yes, a cat. Two Pacific Northwest film makers decided to start experiencing the life their cat lives. It’s becoming an ongoing project tht has garnered a bunch of [...]
- And Here I Am.
So life has been crazy, I haven’t blogged in weeks (yet somehow people still come here), and I am finally feeling back on top of things. Here is the wrap-up: I was sick for a good solid 2 weeks, most of it came from breathing pure ash from some of the lovely fires in Southern [...]
- The News Most Of You Know.
So this has been a few days forthcoming, but things are starting to look pretty stable, so I may as well put it on my website. I’m officially typing this from my new office, which is located in my house. Yes I will be operating Department Three from Long Beach now. It’s an exciting and [...]
- Today Is Officially The Day Of Photos.
So in addition to the earlier post about PGM and one of my photos being used, and the fact that today is the P Is For Panda Pandamonium event which includes 5 photos of mine in super large format (20″x30″), today HITS posted about one of my best friends William Tell, and used a lovely [...]
- PGM On Flavorpill And Filter Events.
Everybody’s favourite person Paul G. Maziar has a few of his events featured on Flavorpill, and one of them features a photo I took of Paul when we were in Mexico training to become Mariachis. He will be reading from his book “What It Is: What It Is” and Filter Magazine is presenting the events, [...]
- Official Pandamonium List.
I let you guys all know that I would essentially be taking part in my first showing of any of my art (though one time I did paint a 6 foot tall, 3 foot wide box white, and left it in a huge room for weeks), at P Is For Panda‘s “Pandamonium” event this Friday. [...]
Exactly a week from today P is for Panda will be having a little get together in the ATL to officially launch the label side of the Panda (I think this also will be one of the first places you can see the new line of Panda shirts, which I am still slacking on contributing [...]
- Stealing Signs.
So as I was getting prepared to let you all in on my next post, I came across an interview a friend of mine did with a blog I am a huge fan of. Mark Penxa, interviewed by Uni Watch about the “Stealing Signs” project. Mark and I worked together on a few projects back [...]
- A Twist Of The Update Knob.
So I moved my Photography albums over to my .Mac account, and yes this includes my Photography Portfolio. You might be like, “What Photography Portfolio?” And my reply would be, “The one I was cheating on you with.” Anyway, here it is. I also have an iPhone gallery set up where I will upload pictures [...]
- What It Is, Is A Party.
Tonight in Long Beach will be Paul Maziar’s book release party for his collaboration with Matt Maust, “What It Is: What It Is”. It’s at Open, on Fourth, sometime around 8pm. There will be adult beverages, and probably a lot of people who are cooler than me, and I hope some who are boring. There [...]
- One Nation Under Banksy.
Banksy is back at his usual games across the pond. This time he is taking on the big-brother like CCTV that watches over all of London. The Daily Mail gives you the full story on how he set up scaffolding and tarps to pull this large piece off, all right under the watchful lens of [...]
- Winter Can Live On (If Only In These Trees).
With Spring fully engulfing the West Coast (heck we may be in Summer by this weekend), I thought a little reflection on Winter would be lovely. I don’t get to experience Winter, but I hear it’s lovely, but then again so is 70 degree weather year round. Svilen Dimchevski did this brilliant series of photographs [...]
- Sometimes I Take Pictures.
A few weeks back I spent a Saturday laughing hysterically, breaking into foyers and pointing my camera at a friend of mine. The goal for the day was some new publicity type shots for William Tell. William finally put a few of them up over at his MySpace (which he revamped) along with a new [...]
- Thanks, Lindsay.
Lindsay made some post on her blog about her new “Etsy” store, and I being a man, had no idea what this was so I checked it out. I still don’t know what it is, but I am now stuck deciding upon my next table purchase. Normally I would not provide links to something I [...]
- The Steve.
Someone had way too much time on their hands, but for that I am thankful.
- Figure 8.
A “Figure 8″ by definition is “a circle that turns around upon itself, on its side is a symbol for infinity”. Figure 8 was also an amazing album by the late Elliott Smith (Good Will Hunting, Heatmiser). The LAist recently ran a story about the renovation of the “Elliot Smith Wall”, which was of course [...]
- The Pen Is Mightier Than The Camera.
Personally, for me, when I want to go realistic I put the pen/ink/brush/paint away and stick to the camera, but I am always impressed by those who can be so mechanical and precise in their creation that it looks exactly like the image we see with the eye/lens. Juan Francisco Casas is doing just that, [...]
- What It Is: What It Is.
My good friend and former roommate Paul G. Maziar once said the following: Paul G. Maziar “Banning AIM is like so ’01.” That however is a different story, for a different day. Paul wrote a book of words called What It Is: What It Is, and the best way to describe it is to write [...]
- HDR Imagery.
Photography has always tried to capture reality, or show us an alternate view of reality, but in many situations it just doesn’t do justice to the real thing. Now digital photography has brought us HDR. Photo courtesy of Stuck In Customs High Dynamic Range In computer graphics and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is [...]
- Take It Vertical.
So a few days back I came across one of the most revolutionary websites out there. Most people make there site with some clever feature that is cool, but really serves no purpose and gets annoying at some point. It’s a challenge with doing something cutting edge on a website, not sacrificing usability. This was [...]
A few months ago I went to one of the West Coast premieres of a film called Helvetica in Laguna Beach. The film was directed by Gary Hustwit and is about, you guessed it, one of the most popular fonts ever, Helvetica. Kyle, Vincent and myself made the journey down to parts of the OC [...]
So I saw Cloverfield last Friday. It was pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. The writing was spectacular, the character development was far deeper than what you normally find in Monster/Horror films, the cinematography was a work of art. I know a lot of people in the theatre I was in wanted it [...]
- Oh How This Will Change Your Life.
This is probably, single handedly, the best thing to ever appear on my website. Christopher Walken Mask By Brandon Bird
- The Way People, Meet People.
I was reading a fairly interesting write up on “Internet Crush Du Jour” Kristen Sloan (The Winger, Apple’s iPhone Ad), and my mind started spinning a bit on some things. Firstly, what made this girl so captivating? If you are a guy, and a guy who is into Apple, you totally were into her simple [...]
- The New Rules
I just got my copy of One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box from McSweeney’s today, which is the first of my year long subscription in their book club, a gift from my lovely Mother (thank you Mom). On the sheet of paper that is shrink wrapped to the back of the [...]
- Holidizzle Paradizznatch
This week I got the message loud and clear that the Metropolitan area of Atlanta loves me and has some quality people in it’s environs. Thank you those who called, thank you those who drove in a van to play shows. If you are from Atlanta and missed out on “The ATL loves Randall” week, [...]
- Quentin always gets the shot.
Last week, everyones favourite writer/director Quentin Tarantino made some comments about Italian cinema from the Cannes Film Festival. Quentin’s usually pretty reserved about the state of cinema, and he’s almost never involved in anything controversial so this came quite off the cuff to many (read: Quentin is always controversial, and usually right). Tarantino has been [...]
- P is for A Better World.
So I just got the mail delivered here at work and while none of the books I ordered last week came, one package full of amazing content was delivered. My good friend Chad Pearson recently started a company called “P is for Panda,” and decided to send me a little package of visual splendor. Button [...]
- Michael Bay Is The Working Man’s Director.
Some people out there think Michael Bay makes bad movies, those same people also support the work of some of the most self-righteous egotistical persons I’ve ever met. I think my point has been made. Michael Bay isn’t about the whole “Hollywood” mentality, or the “I’m an artist” attitudes. Michael Bay is real, makes movies [...]
- Q: Who are you guys shooting for?
A: The Times. All of them. Ice Cube’s new film “First Sunday” is shooting on my street. Incidentally, according to IMDB, I moved to Baltimore, MD. Baltimore is a gorgeous city on the shore of the Pacific… oh wait, that’s Long Beach. Anyway, Ice Cube rolled into town and is making some comedy about a [...]
- Urban Hiking
So not many of you know about the elite sport of urban hiking. Last night (with no Sherpa to guide us mind you) Kyle, Danielle and myself conquered Mt. Biscuit Co. Lofts. It was a hard climb, but the infamous V2 vodka found on its first peak (read: balcony 1 of 4) made it a [...]
- I Could Have Sworn These Were My Words… My Thoughts…
David Eggers, Author/Designer taken from an interview conducted for “YSKOV(Sacrament)” release. “You actually asked me the question: “Are you taking any steps to keep shit real?” I want you always to look back on this time as being a time when those words came out of your mouth. Now, there was a time when such [...]