Date Archives September 2008

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ryan Quincy

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ryan Quincy

Ryan Quincy

Going through my folder of desktop wallpapers, I sometimes lose track of some amazing gems that I still have to give away to you all, and this wallpaper is a fine example. The artist is a guy named Ryan Quincy, a fellow who wrote me in March asking if he could submit a design to the DWP. I checked out his work and thought it was pretty funny, plus he happens to be the animation director on South Park (seriously, IMDB him) so I thought he might come up with something pretty sweet. I also asked him if his piece could be painted, and awesome enough he actually said yes!

The wallpaper itself is pretty rad, in fact it almost looks like it was painted directly onto an old desktop, something I think is genius. It’s filled with all sorts of Ryan’s little critters and creations, flying through the air off to do something magical I’m sure. I love all the colors and shapes, and it’s kind of funny but there’s even room for icons, at least for us Apple folk. I think it’s also cool to have a change a pace from all the computer drawn wallpapers to something that’s been done lovingly by hand. Awesome job Ryan, thanks for the sick wallpaper.

Adam Kimmel Presents Claremont

This is the most insane thing ever. Fashion designer Adam Kimmel teamed up with photographer Ari Marcopoulos to create a video showcasing some new suits created by Kimmel… or at least I’m pretty sure that’s what happened. Anyhow, instead of doing something funny or artsy, Ari got a couple of guys to dress up in the suits and longboard down a CRAZY HUGE hill!

This video is absolutely nuts. They could easily be going 40, 50, 60 mph? And the fact that this isn’t a closed road or anything is horrifying, especially when you see them carving all over the road. If they fell, they’d seriously lose all the skin on whatever part that landed first! Definitely watch the video, at the very least to see how they stop! haha…

You can also find Ari Marcopoulus’ blog on Arkitip here, and here’s a Tiny Vices he did as well.


Michael Kenna

I can’t remember how I came across the photos of Michael Kenna, but I instantly became smitten with their haunting simplicity. As you can see above his photos are extremely minimal, a wash of cream with black objects poking up here and there. My favorites are his series from Hokkaido, Japan which were taken there in the winter, obviously to give him even more white to use. His website has a ton of his work, starting with this year and going back as far as 1976!

I also came across this YouTube video talking about Michael and his process. I would like to say that video is kind of pretentious sounding and maybe he takes himself a little too seriously, but it’s always nice to see the behind-the-scenes of a cool photographer.


Contributor Illustration for Wallpaper by HORT

Flipping through the most recent issue of Wallpaper I came across this amazing illustration done for the contributor section by those wacky kids over at HORT. I’m in love with the simplicity of the illustrations and the creativity of using 3D shapes like that to display them on. I also really love the color of blue the shapes are sitting on, they really stand out so well this way. A really simple but wonderfully executed idea.


Dirty Laundry

I came across this art show a couple weeks ago, which sadly opened open on the 5th, but I still thought it was worth a mention. The show is called Dirty Laundry, which is “devoted to the concept of potential.” What that means in this context is making art out of dirty t-shirts. Basically they asked some really amazing artists to create art of out what would normally be mistakes, like turning grass stains into something beautiful. The list of artists is rather impressive as well, featuring Alan Koshini, April Lee, Andrew Degraff, Christopher David Ryan, Damien Correll, Frank Chimero, Jason Laurits, Labour (Wyeth Hansen & Ryan Dunn), Kate Bingaman-Burt, Keetra Dean Dixon, Kris Chau, Mike Perry, Nikolay Saveliev, Nathaniel Russell, Roanne Adams, Rosemarie Fiore, Roland Adams, Steve Kiyabu, Simone Rubi, Tim Gough, Topos Graphics and Travis Stearns.

I think this is a really great idea, I definitely never thought of trying to turn a mistake like a stain on a shirt into something beautiful. The image above is from Labour, made up of Wyeth Hansen and Ryan Dunn, as they stain a shirt with geometric dots. I would totally buy that shirt! Take a look at the site and see what other rad stuff the participants came up with.


Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton Documentary

A couple weeks ago I wrote about a scene from the Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton documentary by Loic Prigent, and since then I had the chance to watch it. It’s definitely become one of my favorite things this year, I think I’ve watched three times by now. When I watched the documentary the first time I thought it was quite ramshackle, or like there was a lot of randomness. But as I continued watching I realized there was a method to the madness, that all of the random events that happen in Marc Jacobs life contribute to his overall design aesthetic. Like pieces to a very random, but beautiful puzzle.

The film is also rather inspiring, after watching it I always feel energized and like I can do anything. If you’re a fan of fashion, design, or anything artistic I highly suggest getting this movie. I also thought it was cool that Genevieve Gauckler did the credits, which are quite sketchy and random and fun, much like Mr. Jacobs.



About a month and a half ago I started working for a company called Causecast, an internet start-up company that’s helping non-profits get the internet exposure that they really need. I signed on as the designer of Causecast, getting the chance to put designer touch onto an entire site. After a month and a half, I think I’ve created more graphics and pages and all sorts of things then I EVER have in my entire life. It’s been a totally intense experience, but it’s been an absolute blast and everyone involved is absolutely amazing.

So what I’d love for you all to do is sign-up and see what we’re doing over on Causecast. Look around, make a profile, watch some videos… anything means something, plus you can see what I’ve been doing for the last month and half and why I haven’t been posting as much. This site is blood, sweat, and tears, so PLEASE take a peek! Thanks everyone!


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Undoboy

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Undoboy


Good morning everyone! This has been a VERY busy week for me, which I’ll be sharing with you all later today, but I wanted to apologize and say that I have a ton of posts on the back burner, they’ll be later this week. Anywho, I can’t leave you all in the lurch without a new desktop, so this weeks artist is the immensely creative and awesome Undoboy! I wrote Undoboy to do the DWP a looooong time ago, and since then he’s been blowing up like crazy, as I’m sure many of you have seen the crazy wall decals he did for Blik.

For his wallpaper he created these fun little characters, ninjas of sorts, that rumor has it he might be turning into vinyl figures! But he also decided to make a mini-comic wallpaper showing how one of the guys got that ninja start stuck in his head. These are nice and simple with lots of bright colors, so this one should definitely please the minimalists! Also be sure to check out the iPhone versions, I thought they were really fun as well.

Next week’s wallpaper is gonna be some lo-fi goodness, so be sure to check back!

The Art of Music @ Scion Space

I’ve been working like crazy these past few days, so I apologize for the lack of posts. Thankfully though I was able to get out and see the new show at the Scion Space called The Art of Music, showcasing art that’s inspired by music. The show had a ton of great artists like Steven Harrington, Ryan Waller, So-Me, Stefan Marx, PAM, Sanghon Kim, and whole lot more. One wall was dedicated to posters created for the exhibit, while another wall featured other art by the artists involved. I must admit that So-Me stole the show with his giant light-up display, which you can see in the top photo, but my other favorites were definitely Steven and Ryan’s pieces, which you can see in the other two photos.

There’s a bunch of photos under the cut, so be sure to check those out as well. I also want to give a shout out to all the rad folks I met last night! Lionel at Sixpack France, Thomas from Ill Studio for putting on a crazy show, Jonathan from Clark Magazine, Steven, it’s always good to see you, and Mr. Waller, thanks for hamming it up every time my camera was around.

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As of writing this, I only have one tattoo on my right forearm, but if I were to ever get another one it would be an epic-sized octopus encompassing my entire left forearm, wrist, and hand, and it would be awesome. Obviously I have an intense fondness for octopi and all of their squishy wonder, so the video above made me squeal with delight. It’s Oktapodi, the story of a pair of octopus lovers who are ripped apart and must fight to find each other again. Well, all of that is done in the course of 2 minutes, but MAN it’s an amazing 2 minutes!

The video was created by students at the French animation school Gobelins (which totally looks like Goblins, which would be a sweet school to go to) and has been drumming up quite a lot of buzz lately. They’ve won a ton of awards so far, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more from these creative individuals. Watch the video, it’s a slice of amazing, and let me know what you think of the ending! ARGH!

Also check out these rad videos:
+ An Octopus Messing Up a Shark’s Day
+ An Octopus Escaping Through A 1″ Hole