This post is kind of a selfish one, I happen to know both parties it centers around. The band Tera Melos, which some of you are familiar with, is having it’s first Japanese release and tour starting in October. Because of this, they decided to redo the album art to their two EPs and release them as one long album called Drugs/Complex on Parabolica Records. The new album features the artwork of my roomie/best friend Garrett Vander Leun, which is actually a re-imagining of the original artwork in his own signature style. I love Garrett’s creepy, unsettling style. The teeth on that blue guy are amazing and the moles on the woman’s neck are totally gross.
Here are the Japanese tour dates for Tera Melos:
Oct 25 Kyoto – WHOOPEE’S
Oct 26 Osaka – CLUB QUATTRO
Oct 27 Nagoya – CLUB QUATTRO
Oct 29 Sendai – BIRDLAND
Oct 30 Niigata – CLUB RIVERST
Oct 31 Kanazawa – VAN VAN V4
Nov 01 Tokyo – FEVER
Stefan Marx released some new summer t-shirts under his Lousy Livincompany line recently and I’m definitely into them. There’s something about the simplicity of his designs that really make me like these shirts, especially that mouse with “Lousy” written underneath him. Plus I’m in love with yellow shirts right now, in fact, I’m wearing right now. Click here to pick one up for yourself.
The guys from D.O.C.S., Felipe Perdomo and Ausias Pérez, make it apparent the differences between street art and graffiti. Yeah, these guys spray paint on walls, but when they do it there’s an artistic element to it that you can’t deny. One of my favorite pieces is the one above done for the Festival Cuarto Asalto. They did such an amazing job making the letters look totally 3D, it’s so totally sharp. It would be great if more people could do this around towns instead of the gross gang scribbles and the such.
This new music video for the song Animal by Miike Snow is pretty outstanding. It’s directed by photographer Anthony Dickenson and features the band, along with things like buildings and animals and things, projected onto white blocks. While the video is pretty cool, didn’t Pablo Valbuena do this kind of thing almost 2 years ago? Pablo didn’t quite go this far, but I kind of feel like Anthony borrowed heavily from Pablo’s work on this one.
It’s been forever since I’ve done any kind of contest, mostly because I think they’re kinda cheesy, but they can also be quite fun. The idea for this contest came rather randomly. I was browsing through Flickr when I came across these amazing little papercraft taco trucks by an artist named Goopymart, aka Will Guy. I thought it would be rad if I got all of you to decorate these trucks in your own way, whatever you want, making a fleet of papercraft food trucks!
So here’s the deal. I want you to download the food truck template, and decorate it in any way you see fit. Create the food truck of your dreams, fill it with food, put crazy creatures hanging out the windows, the more creative the better. The best 10 entries will get posted on the blog, and there may even potentially be prizes… maybe I can get Chipotle to sponsor this contest, does anyone have any ins?
Click here to download the food truck template.
Click here to download the food truck as an Illustrator file.
You’ll have a month to send these to me, that’s September 12th.
Make sure your entry is the high-res version I’ve supplied you with, do not increase the paper size as it’ll be larger than a standard 8.5 x 11″ piece of paper. I’d also like a photo of your food truck all put together as well. If you fail to do these things you might not get picked, just warning you.
Please email all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, “FOOD TRUCK!” I can’t promise that I’ll respond to everyone, but I’ll try to at least send you a quick thank you for entering. For some inspiration on the kinds of things you can create, be sure to check out Will’s previous trucks by clicking here. If you’re totally confused and have no idea what’s going on, feel free to leave a comment.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with, this should be fun.
Also, a big thanks to Will for going along with me on this!
Good Wednesday everyone! Sorry things have been quiet for a few days, I’ve been getting ready to take a trip up to Santa Cruz and San Francisco with the boyfriend for the week. Thus, ducks had to be put in a row and things needed tidying up. But, there are lots of fun things still going on, like the awesome Cole Gerst doing this weeks desktop wallpaper. Growing up in Georgia, he studied art at the Atlanta College of Art and eventually moving out to LA. Funny enough, he lives about 15 blocks away from me!
I spotted the piece above on Cole’s site and I thought it was such a rad image, and that it would make such a great wallpaper. There are so many great little details in this wallpaper, and the color is so vibrant and warming, kind of like a summers sunset.
I can’t remember where I came across this guy, but Brandon Blommaert is a huge weirdo, and I mean that in the nicest way. The images above are from a series called eco_station, and feature handmade creatures placed into epic photos. The effect sort of reminds me of Wayne White’s paintings, but with creatures instead of text. There’s a behind-the-scenes look of him creating these creatures as well.
If you knew exactly where your food was coming from, would it change the way you ate? Far Foods is a project by London based designer James Reynolds who uses packaging labels to highlight the immense distances some of our food travels. I seem to remember seeing another project like this before, but I really like the use of suitcase-like tags that go around the foods. Seeing that your oranges just traveled twice the width of the United States to get to your supermarket is definitely shocking.