Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Here's a poster I made for eighties night. I've said this twice before, but this is my last eighties night...it's probably not. I just got bored at work and wanted to do something "fresh" The picture is of my torso taken by TLE at a past night. I used to wear suspenders there a lot. Twas my uniform.
...and his name be Major Lazer. He's a fictional Jamaican Ex Veteran Vampire Slayer with a lazer strapped to his arm. Unfortunately I can't embed the video but you can check it out here. It's got all the things I love, cheesey old school cartoons, and a scene with Action Figures! The song is called "Hold the line" and is extremely catchy. You feel like you're on some sort of wild Jamaican Vampire chase! It also features Santogold, which is double awesome! It was produced by Diplo and Switch. I haven't heard of Switch, but I do have a Diplo remix of Flashing Lights by Kanye West (even though I'm not a huge fan of Kanye) that I believe is better than the original. All in all, I'm a fan of Major Lazer, and I'm counting on him to save me when the evil rastafarian vampires attack!
Monday, July 27, 2009
I went to a party and took my SLR. Here's what I came up with...
My perfect Layout is all messed up, thanks blogger preview. (Top) Bottlecaps. Cider. Macro. So artsy. So misunderstood. (middle two) Matt and I playing Rockband in ethnic headwear. I look like Afrika Bambatta, no? (Bottom) The morning after. I like this picture because of the way it flows. You've got the two passed out beings sharing the reclinable love seat, a guy who parties like the energizer bunny, another passed out person on the floor, and finally the main culprit, the Pharaoh hat.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I could feed you a bunch of bull shit and tell you this collage actualy has some kind of deep meeting, but that would be a total lie. I really just felt like making a collage and this just happens to be what came out of it. White out is becoming my weapon of choice for these crafty things. My favorite thing about it is the little onlooker towards the bottom. He looks like he's humping her leg.
This was a stencil I made about a week ago from one of my favorite films of all time, Faster Pussy Cat Kill Kill (poster pictured above). Varla was my favorite, she kept her eyes on the prize the entire movie! She also has the coolest look rocking the Betty Paige bangs, the big knockers and the wide hips! I was thinking of making stencils for each of the girls and turning it into a T Shirt. It's gotta get me some obscure Indie Cred, right? Quintin Tarantino is remaking the cult classic sometime in the future, and Brittny Spears is rumured to play Varla (vom!). why world? Why do you have to ruin everything I love?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I'm a Smiths fan, but I actually only really discovered this song because it's mentioned a lot in this book I'm reading called The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's sad, and a bit eerie, but also very beautiful like a lullaby. I think this is the right video, but I'm not sure.
I actually made this a while back. I've decided that since it's so hot and humid in Savannah I'm going to wear T shirts and undershirts all the time, and to avoid looking "trashy" I'm going to stencil things I like on most of my undershirts. This way it looks "hip" and not lazy. No one knows who this is by the way. At least not in Culture Dead, Superficial San Antonio. when I made the stencil, my Mom and brother thought it was me, and Serge is considered to be ugly, so thanks family!
Oh, and the Hairy Chest. ALL ME, BABY!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Now that I have a fancy shmancy camera I get to do all those typical fancy shmancy things with it like decreasing the shutter speed and painting with a flashlight. The first one is my favorite. The second has that Donnie Darko feel to it. The last one reminds me of the movie poltergeist but with a lap top instead of a television set. I'm gonna keep playing around with it. I'm hoping to master it by the end of summer.
I did these for fun today. I just saw HP at the theaters and came up with the idea of making a book cover series for Harry Potter inspired by the vintage Penguin Modern Classics. I think this idea might be able to work similar to the new Kurt Vonnegut covers with the V. The color scheme would basically characterize each book. See more of the covers here.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
When I was in Denton a couple weekends ago I told myself I wouldn't buy anything at the recycled books and music store, but that didn't last long.
Top left is a Cabaret Voltaire album that I had to have. I thought it was rare since I've never found a single one anywhere else. I like their sound. It's very Ministry sounding, a lot of electronic noises and samplings from vintage audio.
Bottom left is a Rockabilly mix album that Ravel found, but I ended up buying. I love Rockabilly culture, and the title of the album was too funny to not buy. Rockabilly Rules, okay?
The Atomic 61 45 was done in blue vinyl! They have a dark, punk sound, plus it came with a bumper sticker so i had to get it.
So Alive was played at the Eighties Night before, so I pretty much had to that time. "I don't know what color your eyes are baby, but you hair is long and brown."
The Cyndi Lauper 45 does not fit into the collection at all, but contains the song "All through the night" a song just cheesey and synthy enough for my to break out into song over during any car ride or karaoke night.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I went miniature golfing for my birthday and took my camera along. This was really the only shot I liked which is of three plastic swans in a big fake lagoon. I know it's surreal and everything, but I like pretending that two swans are engaged in some kind of love affair, preferably between two males or two females. The pennies in the bottom of the pool represent their dreams. The other swan is a spouse of some sort, finally learning about the affair of their former lover. The reflection turned out interesting too.
I was watching Seinfeld when this commercial came on for the presidential Chia pet. You wanted change, you got it. Apparently because we have a black president now the kings of last minute gifts, Chia, have decided that Obama should have a growable Afro hairdo that citizens can shear as they please. The worst part: the entire time I was praying this was just a fauxmercial, and they're completely serious about the whole deal.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I've been tired of only having "businessy" things in my portfolio, and decided to do my own posters for things I actually hold interest in. Here's the first of three Serge Gainsbourg posters I've done today at work. You can see the rest in my actual portfolio. I enjoyed building the typography around the images and couldn't resist using Helvetica. I thought it was necessary since it was the sixties.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I don't know why but for the past few weeks I haven't been able to draw myself away from this dumb video. I guess because (looks aside) this hipster girl is so stereotypical to some of the girls I've seen in "BOHEMIA." M.C. Lars seems like a tool, but it's still kind of catchy and enjoyable. Favorite line: "Ugly is the new hot, right?"
I found this when I was digging through albums at Half Priced Books. I originally bought it thinking it was a Thompson Twins album but it turned out to be a sampler record of differentnew wave eighties bands.
Cool punks wearing Docs.
Kind of strange opening this up and seeing him staring at me. I'm not going to get into the MJ mess right now, but when he died everyone thought I'd be suicidal, not because I like Michael Jackson so much, but because they got him confused with Prince.
Look at how funky they are.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
So I couldn't resist and I used my birthday money to buy a pair of Dr. Martins from Journeys, and I must say, I'm liking the buy. It doesn't matter what I'm wearing in these; I automatically feel like I can kick ass and no one is really going to want to mess with me in them. They're black magic. I know it's going to be hot and humid in Savannah, but I don't give a damn, I'm bringing them.
Monday, July 13, 2009
See! Not the Nineties! Contemporary dance music.Unfortunately it's impossible to embed the video which is SUPERB so you're gonna have to follow this link to view it. I know, I know, unforgivable.
I love electronic music like this, and this was a really great idea, take two of the hottest artists in the biz right now and have them duke it out against each other. Both Simian Mobile Disco and Justice have rocked my socks before, but this brings it to a whole new level. This is the NEW party jam!
The Video: Better than the song even. So hilarious. So ironic. So artsy. So well done. I won't ruin it for anyone but it's basically all the things you've secretly wanted to do to your friends while they're drunk.
and while I'm on electronic music...
"The boy is in love" by The Presets. Incredible. I love their eighties revival sound. The sparkly and violent homoerotic video is great too. Slow Mo wrestling in milk? Interesting.
Dynamic Duos: The electronic world seems have a lot of them. It makes sense to me; they can critique each other's work, and it makes for better music. More bands should do it.
I apologize that nineties are really dominating this songs of obsessions thing I do, it's just that's what I'm really into right now. I kind of regret not being old enough to enjoy them when they were actually big. Here is a song by Belly called "Feed the Tree." Favorite line, "Take your head off boy, when you're talking to me!" I also like the album cover. It's loud and tacky, just like the era.