Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sidearm Design Posters

Some beautiful work by Washington based designer Karl Peterson of Sidearm Design. Kind of reminds me of the Pilot Report poster series I started a while back. I love his images! Hopefully he'll start selling some of them in his shop.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

fwd: tag, and be tagged

Directions: 1. Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question you dislike with a question of your own invention; add a question of your own. 2. Tag eight other un-tagged people.

//what is your current obsession// contemporary electronic genius ulrich schnauss (music you hear in your dreams but don't remember).

//good coffee place// not really a coffee drinker.

//do you nap a lot// no.

//who was the last person you hugged// my mother.

//what was the last thing you bought// sun glasses, tank-top, and shorts for the summer.

//what is your favorite line from your favorite movie// "they can be a great people, kal-el, they wish to be. they only lack the light to show the way. for this reason above all, their capacity for good, i have sent them you... my only son." -jor-el from superman: the movie

//what are you listening to right now// Ulrich Schnauss - "On My Own" from the album A Strangely Isolated Place

//what is your favorite weather// 75°. sunny. bit of a breeze. a few cumulus clouds scattered around to block the sun every once and a while.

//what's on your bedside table// ikea lamp, sony dream machine alarm clock, felt drink coaster and a half eaten bag of unsalted almonds.

//say something to the person who tagged you// dear mitsue, please move to brooklyn right now. we'll form a punk/bossa nova band: me- drums, you- bass, sam- guitar. band name: the sayonara sisters (sam and i will of course be in drag)

//if you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you want it be// park slope brooklyn, ny.

//favorite vacation spot// japan but soon to be costa rica, i'm sure of it.

//name the things you cannot live without// music, movies, computers, friends and family.

//what would you like to have in your hands right now// golden retriever puppy.

//what is your favorite tea flavor// chamomile with a splash of whole milk.

//what did you want to become as a child// A fireman with no wife (according to my parents, this is what I said whenever i was asked the question).

//what style trend is the hardest one for you to adopt// funny, mine too is a leather jacket. bomber jacket to be exact. I ended up trying twice on ebay but failed to find the right fit. the search goes on...

//if you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour where would you go// my late grandparents' house on my mother's side of the family. acres of land to run around on. cows to feed. gigantic house with millions of memories. it's been so long it almost feels like a dream.

(photo taken from google maps)

//what is your favorite scent; perfume// banana bread in the oven.

i'm tagging caitlin at Food*Nerd, cousin kaki at personaldebris, jonah at coin-operated, sujey at powders of gold and annalily at render it lovingly.

Friday, March 27, 2009


I just ate lunch about an hour ago. Saw these. Now I'm hungry again! These extraordinary oil paintings (yeah, I know. PAINTINGS!) are by Atlantan artist James Neil Hollingsworth. I love how there are no settings. It's just the food sitting there in dark spaces. All your focus is drawn to the realism of the cookie part of the oreo or the glimmering jelly in that PB&J. You can view the rest of his work here where he has a diverse array of subject matter (the food just happens to be my favorite).

Saturday, March 14, 2009

New Drawings

Here are a couple new drawings from lasts week long pose session at Spring Studio in Soho. Our model was so serious the whole time. Almost angry. But his face was so fun to sketch. Such character. The top two (one's a close-up) were the long pose (about 80 minutes with a couple breaks). The second I think was 15 minutes and the last was 5. I'm thinking about bringing in ink and brushes for the next session. I want to start creating pieces that are wall-worthy for my apartment.

Edit: Man, I gotta work on my hands.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Hey Studio

Some nice work by Barcelona-based design company Hey Studio. Would love it if they sold these as small prints.

On a side note, I finally started going back to Spring Studio and have some drawings i'd like to scan and share. I'll try and have them up later this week.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Work of David Jon Kassan

It's been a few months since I've attended a drawing session at Spring Studio. Motivation hasn't been so high lately when it comes to illustration I guess you can say. Above is exactly what I needed to see though. An artist who is so good my mind is racing with inspiration and creativity. I can seriously feel every texture this guy paints or draws. So beautiful. You can view the rest of his work here.

It turns out he's having a solo exhibition right here in NYC as stated in his blog. I will definitely try and make the opening on March 12th. Can't wait.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Over A Month - No Posts 2

I've decided to create a label named "Over A Month - No Posts". This way if you'd like to locate the first posts after each of my long, lazy blog breaks, well then you're just one click away. I'm going to go ahead and put all the blame on the cold weather which has sort of taken the fun out of going out on photo adventures. But this blog wasn't created for the sole purpose of posting your photography, Kyle! What happened to the album reviews, ikebana lessons, and drawings!? GIVE US MORE TILT-SHIFTS!!! Whoa, jeez. Stop yelling at myself, self.

Above are some '08 pictures I've uploaded recently to Flickr that I had forgotten were on my camera. Hopefully you will hear from me again within the next thirty days. Ciao.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Do you use Google Reader? Tired of that bland "Google" look? Head on over to to download a sweet helvetica theme for your reader! Also, since you can see my subscriptions now, now's a good time to ask you - What are YOU subscribed to? Have any recommendations?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's at&t. Not AT&T, idiot. Now swallow this semiopaque sphere of confusion!

I thought I hated it, but it's grown on me. Well, the new type at least. Still not digging the awful globe and it's 3D treatment. I spotted the new logo on a store front in the city today (pictured above) and was reminded of the original logo:

The whole idea of that negative spacing on the original is to indicate that it is indeed a sphere. Simple yet effective. Now take that image and actually make it a 3D ball with gradients and transparencies and you get something that defeats the whole purpose of the original design.

Yuck. Just another bubbly, Apple-ish 3D logo. It looks like it belongs on my applications dock. The perspective is all wrong and shouldn't the white be the transparent part? I thought the blue was the solid area. But anyways, whatever. Just thought it was interesting that if you strip away all the 3D treatment it really is nice looking, especially on that large copper sign.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Squarepusher - Just a Souvenir album and Planet Gear video

Since the release of his latest album Just a Souvenir, Tom Jenkinson (AKA Squarepusher) has gone ahead and created this music video for Planet Gear, the 8th track on the album.

From the description on

"The overall concept of this video revolves around images of imaginary astronomical phenomena. I selected a method which I anticipated would be appropriate to the construction of "scaleless" objects, such that one could imagine them occupying planetary sized volumes of space."

The new album is like nothing I've ever heard before. With carefully crafted layers of bubbling slap bass, complex (and erratic at times) jazz drumming, ultra-compressed distorted guitar riffs, vocoders and xylophones, glowing synth chimes and pads, time signature and bpm changes (that I still can't quite understand, which makes me like them even more), rock, prog-rock, punk, house, jungle, slow jams, reds, greens, colors, yellows, blues and purples, whites, GOOD LORD THE WHITES!!!

Okay I went a little over the top there, but you have to hear it to understand. There is no categorizing this album. Go give it a listen. That's an order not a suggestion.