RRR.002 – Review and Giveaway




Back in Novemeber of 2009 I reviewed a little zine called RRR, it was a collection of images from all kinda of artists and photographers and I was really impressed with it. Well now the second edition has been released and it happens to be even better than the first. Clocking in at 100 pages this 6 x 9″ zine is filled with all kinds of great artists like Mike Perry, Will Bryant, Andrew Holder, Ed Fladung, Gary Benzel and Keith Scharwath.

What’s great about a zine like this is that it’s filled with so much inspiration. Every page is different. There’s photos, then illustrations, then design, each one bursting with imagination. I know when I got my issue I totally poured over it, amazed by all the talented people and their beautiful work.

Lucky for you I’ve got 5 copies to give away thanks to the man behind RRR, Scott Massey. So how do you get your hands on one? Leave me a comment with your favorite place to get inspiration. My five favorite comments will win a copy, simple as that. Good luck!


81 Comments RRR.002 – Review and Giveaway

  1. kto February 22, 2011 at 7:05 AM

    love you’re site and what you’re doing.

    inspiration site_ http://www.elroy.fr/

  2. Justin Greek February 22, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    This is probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to write – inspiration is not something that I can easily spout on. I find inspiration in countless places, but I suppose my most inspirational (really? :P), is in the few blocks of my town we call downtown. The modern cement mixed in with colonial brickwork, and what I call the “surprise” greenery (vines that have grown onto the cement, or rooftop gardens), make up what I find inspirational in my life. (That being said, God knows I would love a beautiful zine like this…. :D)

  3. Danny February 22, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    I find inspiration in the grounds at the bottom of my cup of french press coffee.

  4. Mike February 22, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Walking down the alleys in my city(Toronto), after a snowfall.

  5. danieljosef February 22, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    my favourite place to get inspiration is at the reference library here in Toronto. Many of the old reference books have wicked design!

  6. Chrissy Poitras February 22, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    What a great zine! I would love to win a copy.
    I live in rural Ontario and so there are TONS of quiet, scenic places to gather inspiration here … but I am an abstract painter and I seem to find most of my inspiration comes from the grimy walls of subway stations. It sounds odd but the textures, colour combination, etc. from years of abuse and postering make for great abstract inspiration! Plus you can always think back to all the loud noise and commotion of a busy subway terminal which a great element to add to any abstract painting.

  7. Jack February 22, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    During a long bike ride through old industrial parts of town

  8. Brian M February 22, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    I like to pretend that people walking by or sitting near me are singing whatever song I’m listening to with my headphones. Like a music video.

    It make me laugh and clears my mind.

  9. Rosa February 22, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Best place for inspiration is in my friend’s studio. It’s small and quiet and there are tons of things going on at all times, everywhere.

  10. Brandon February 22, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    I’ve found that the only place to get inspiration for me is going out and doing something. So, I guess, to me, inspiration is about stepping out the front door and keeping my eyes, ears and other senses attentive.

    This can be about watching the way cars move on a road on the drive to work or about photographing the signs on the buildings I pass by. It can sometimes mean doing something stranger like walking along the freeway in Los Angeles and seeing what happens.

  11. jarrod renaud February 22, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Inspiration. hands down its gotta be Olive, Boston and Sailor. My little kids. They’re freakin amazing and make me chase the most and best things in life. I have the responsibility to be a hero, fight for love and adventure. They watch me. They follow me. They will live like me. That my friend is epic inspiration to chase my dreams and pass that way of life on to them.

  12. steve mccarthy February 22, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    this is where i get my inspiration, a bicycle trip from my studio into town. i called this “the woosh” cause the word always pops into my head as i pass the last traffic light at the end of this big hill. it takes ages to get to the top, and theres loads of car lanes to avoid, but once you get over the top its pretty much freewheeling all the way to the bottom. if i’m bogged down in work, or i’m hitting a mental block, this does the job everytime WOOSH!


  13. jontobin February 22, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    i find my inspiration in whatever i happen to be doing. sometimes it’s reading something for a class that’s super boring and a word grabs me. sometimes it’s running across the bridges that connect the north and south sides of richmond over the james river. sometimes it’s riding my bike to campus. sometimes it’s looking through amazing cookbooks while coming up with new things to try and cook.

    but every single time my own mind surprises me.

  14. dawn February 22, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Shadows and light inspire me. It’s always about shadows and light.

  15. JSteel February 22, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Inspirations:London, Indian food, Simon C Page, Graphis Annuals

  16. Cassie February 22, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Great typography.

  17. Hazel February 22, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    I get my best ideas while I’m on the toilet, funnily enough.

  18. Jessica February 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    I find my inspiration from memories in my childhood. It seems as I’ve gotten older, I began to let others influence my thoughts, my skill, and I always tried to make my art look like someone else’s or appeal to a large audience. Now, I design and create to make myself happy and a lot of that comes from me digging into myself and finding the things I took small pleasures in as a youngster. Anything from the smell of cheesy macaroni, to playing in the mud, to catchy music (all of which I still enjoy today, btw. :)) There’s something really innocent and sincere about inspiration that comes from an untainted place — and I try to tap into that all the time for some ol’ fashioned inspiration.

  19. Marie Bergeron February 22, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    A lot of things inspires me. It comes from anywhere and everywhere. It’s the city you breath in, the people you meet, the food you eat, movies, artists…specially artists. There is so many good artists on this planet, and everytime I discover a new one, it seems like the inspiration kicks right back at me.
    My teachers in graphic design is a big thing too. They are just amazing, and knows how to express their own thoughts within a simple image or photography.
    So I guess the entire world could be an inspiration. Thanks for this great post, and this magazine seems awesome. Great job.

  20. Karen DeMaio February 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    This publication looks amazing! I am inspired by the force that a like-minded people can be. The Japanese are at the forefront of technology and fashion, The Egyptians and Tunisians inspire the oppressed in the Middle East to rise, and the Beatles contained a powerful chemistry that blew the world away.

  21. Destin February 22, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    I’m always inspired by the talent around me. Whether at the studio, or friends’ projects, seeing what they’re doing makes me want to be better and come up with new ideas. Also, cheese.

  22. Joseph Warden February 22, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    I have to admit that I find most of my inspiration while getting my back scratched by my lovely wife! Greatest thing ever!!!!

    PS. Love your BLOG, I read it everyday on my Google Reader!!!

  23. Lynn Skordal February 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Vintage photographs — there are so many untold stories reflected in them that I feel compelled to tell. Sometimes it’s the formally dressed, unsmiling people posed in old cabinet cards, or it might be the by-gone world of odd little families posed in their 1950’s living rooms. Some of them require a poem, others might inspire a collage. And some of them I just keep to look at from time to time because they exude a kind of mysterious magic for me. Memento mori.

  24. David Gutierrez February 22, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Watching other people’s brain working of course. Also, the shower.

  25. Eric McCoy February 22, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    In terms of my design work, I’ll usually go to a lot of fashion for inspiration. I originally got turned toward design by the work of Promise Tangeman, so her stuff always gets the wheels turning. Apart from that, a good movie always challenges my perspective.

    But, I really find inspiration pretty much anywhere. The world is so rich in textures, shapes and colors, I have to walk around brain dead to not be inspired by something.

  26. Carolin February 22, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    listening to Sharon Van Vetten, looking at the rain and imagining the sound it makes when hitting a leaf. listening in general is an inspiration. to sounds and soundless input. to my daughter’s language. to the breath.

  27. Alexandria Cochran February 22, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    My process of acquiring and selecting treasures goes hand in hand with my eating habits. Just as I enjoy picking apart my food, as if preparing it for anatomical study, I enjoy meticulously sifting though endless thrift, rummage and craigslist ads to find my shiny treasures. “Methodical” isn’t the right word, but it’s the first word that comes to mind. As for physical places to get inspired: thrift/antique stores, foreign food stores, and public transportation.

  28. Kjell-Roger February 22, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    My favorite place for inspiration could be anywhere.

    I get inspired heavily by being somewhere, doesn’t even need to be pretty (but the world often is if you just look at it the right way), with a headset on and some really dreamy music.

    If I’m stuck on a project, empty for ideas or whatever, this is what I do.

  29. Joel February 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    [1] Traveling overseas, my travel journal, and photo album.
    [2] But, I can’t always be traveling. I work inside an old train station and just across the tracks is an elementary school. Every time they have recess, I think of Milton Glaser in the film To Inform and Delight discussing the day care or elementary school outside of his office that gives his day a little boost when he hears them having recess at the same time everyday. It helps you remember to play and keep a momentum.
    [3] BibliOdyssey. Aside from it being an amazing blog, it’s a nice reminder that people have been doing some form of design for as long as humanly possible.

  30. CSnow February 22, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Love your site.

    but I do love fubiz.net

  31. Xerek February 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Alcohol and all nighters

  32. RvS February 22, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    I live on a mile of the coast of the waddensea. Especially in those dark, cold and windy times here in Holland it is great to walk by the coastline and find different kinds of items. Natural but also manmade items given to the coast by the sea.

  33. Katie February 22, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    If you’re talking about visual inspiration, there’s tons of that everywhere. Websites, magazines, books, on the street, at your office. I think the big for me is finding inspiration on a more holistic level. Like, what keeps me going day to day? What makes me want to get up and wade through all of the shit that my day throws in my face? To that I will say: possibility. The possibility that lives on the other side of whatever obstacle I face. Whether that’s with design work or in relationships. I think just knowing that something can be made better because *I* got my hands on it. I want to affect people (positively). The possibility of that happening is what inspires me.

  34. Julie February 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    The desert + industrial salvage stores = massive dose of inspiration

  35. Robbie C. February 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    I personally get a lot out of people watching. Usually in dense areas, but even from the roof of my house watching cars and joggers go by.

  36. Joshua February 22, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    most inspiration I get by walking/ cycling around, taking looks at odd but also normal stuff. This might be while travelling, both to cities and the countryside or when being in my hometown Berlin. everyday the same spot looks different – worth noticing and absorbing.

  37. Kyle Vsetecka February 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    I find inspiration in people wherever I go. I can always find some quality of a person that really motivates and inspires me to do something whether it is with design, cooking, or really anything else. As far as physical places go, I find these people in the city(Portland, OR), the light rail, and thrift shops.

  38. Ryan February 22, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Driving through the country back home in Southern Illinois. Nothing clears my head better.

    The juxto of man & nature with rural fields spotted with man-made grain elevators hits all the right chords with me… parallel with structures you would see on the moon.

    Not to mention, it was the playground of Bucky Fuller – watching one of his domes come over the horizon is something I never want to live without. It is the perfect muse.

  39. cmykinky February 22, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    The concept of time, I am inspired by experiences whether bad or good. Also inspired by underdogs and self-taught designers.

  40. Hypsterism February 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    I get my inspiration from thefoxisblack.com


  41. miguel February 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    the answer is plain and simple: people!

  42. Robert Weiss February 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    I get my inspiration virtually everywhere, but if I had to pick one I’d go with my music collection. I usually work with my iTunes library playing on random and it’s a constant source of ever changing inspiration. I mean can you even imagine life without music?

  43. Steven February 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    People of this century (including myself) are constantly bombarded by advertisements, text messages and busy schedules. With all this connectivity it can be hard to find time to decompress from the barrage of media. My favorite way to become inspired is to shut everything out for a moment and climb a tree. I have a favorite, a massive 60 foot oak tree on my college campus (with carvings dating back to the early 20th century), and when I’m up there I can’t help but feel more in tune with myself and the world around me while I reflect on moments of the past, hopes for the future, and everything in between.

  44. Jenny February 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    I got inspired by that cover, (it’s so delicious I could eat it) instantly getting a got-to-have-it-got-to-make-something-just-as-marvelous-feeling. Seconds later I read that I actually COULD have it, all I have to do is to tell you about that feeling I got, just seconds ago… (If that’s not meta, what is?) So now I just have to do something just as marvelous… I’ll do my best!

  45. Jasp February 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Inspiration comes to me
    Through things I find and things I see
    Chalkboards, blogs, and parking signs
    All worm their way into my mind.

  46. Frank D February 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    I find inspiration at an off-road, plain wooden bench sitting in the middle of a grassy knoll in my home of Germany. Though I don’t live there anymore, the endless green, the windswept firs, and the smell of the pure and light air, are seconds away when I close my eyes. You get a feeling of intense connection to something you don’t see, but you know it’s there because when the soft winds come and the leaves talk, you find answers.

  47. Dmitry February 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    I live in Ottawa, on a street very close to the Rideau canal. This thing is great. The canal starts right after Dow’s Lake, housed by Little Italy and its assortment of amazing cafes and restaurants, each with a flair their own. During the summer, trees line the waterway like paintings in a hallway. Moving further in you get a taste of suburban Ottawa, quaint old houses with beautiful geometry. The canal ends overlooking Parliament Hill itself. The entire 7.8 kilometer stretch is like a journey, whether by walking, biking, or driving by, not to mention skating on the canal itself when it’s winter. The whole place is some sort of grand motif of what a city should be, what it should look like, etc. I even used a shot I made in January for a cover of a zine I was working on, what a coincidence.

    Thanks for reading.

  48. laura February 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I find inspiration biking around my city, in the stuff I find in free-boxes, coloring & painting with my kid, and in the illustrations from old children’s books & old silly records of songs for kids.

  49. AJ February 22, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    I would paint you a picture of my street in New York, from the park to the river–Yes, I do love to walk on the street in the middle of the night (when it’s actually quiet and there’s no one around) If the world’s a stage, it’s amazing to feel like you have the whole thing to yourself–But I’m not sure if that’s the point.

    How do I find inspiration–I mean, when I’m not looking for it?

    …I think maybe it has something to do with walking in a straight line for long enough

  50. jen February 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    dreams. and sometimes nightmares.

  51. MB February 22, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Knoll Park – Downtown LA.

  52. Lucas February 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    The view of the city of Rio de Janeiro, by Helicopter, boat or Plane.
    It’s amazing how God can create such wonderful things, it gives me the urge and inspiration to create something big too.

  53. Bruno Strecht February 22, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    It’s kind of a random happening really, and I think it greatly depends on where I’m at and what I’m doing (and my mood has a peculiar role on it).
    I am inspired by nature, music, art, good design, typography, food, the internet and blogs such as yours. Elements from another time and age also inspire me, such as old magazines or old photos.
    Discussing ideas with friends is also a way to breakthrough mental blocking.
    And when i have great sex, I definitely feel inspired.

  54. Bryce Wilner February 22, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    The public library

  55. wes February 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    im an architect, so I tend to look for inspiration in the details of how two things meet.

  56. ab February 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    The smells of things really inspire me. Sometimes food, sometimes a wandering smell that I cant quite identify takes me places.

  57. Sigita February 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    My greatest inspirations come from food and film.

  58. Nathalie February 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Unfortunately you cannot force inspiration to come to you, but what helps is looking at things differently and this is how I do that;

    I live in Amsterdam, and the busiest place in Amsterdam is without a doubt Dam Square. I love going there with my iPod filled with Beethoven music and then I just sit there on the monument with my iPod really loud, so I only hear the classic music. This puts everything at a different pace. The cars, taxis, trams, busses, loads of bikes, locals and tourists, they all suddenly move by my soundtrack. And then I just sketch…

  59. Ali February 22, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    My inspiration, like most people comes from art, design, films, music, technology and friends. But mainly, over the years, I’ve realized that my most unique inspiration comes from my family. My crazy Persian father, my laid back Guamanian mother, and my older brother all have inspired me the most. No one else on Earth has or ever will have the family that I have. That’s my drawing point of inspiration that can easily topple art, music, food, etc. in my life. The way you’re raised, the environment you’re brought up in, the people you’re surrounded by, the beliefs and culture of your parents… all equal attributes to the creative character that becomes you. So when I need something really inspiring, something with real emotion, depth, and true meaning, I look to my family.

  60. veggietestkitchen February 22, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    I get my inspiration from food porn. Sad, yah, but my life is my stomach.

  61. Peter Delagdo February 22, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Robots inspire me on a tremendous scale. No limit on the design, functionality or use.

  62. Hannah February 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    There is reward for the quiet contemplation of natural things. As long as there is nature, and men, inspiration will come naturally.

  63. Drew February 22, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    My bicycle.

  64. Beatrice February 22, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Wherever I am…
    Browsing internet, books/magazines/film, natural places, bedroom + listenning to music, library/bookstore, and bathroom/toilet ^^

  65. Maca February 22, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    I get a tonne of inspiration right here on THE FOX IS BLACK! daily – fresh – rad!

  66. Jonathan February 22, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    I like to go to bookstores and pick up random magazines and flip through them super fast like I have super inspiration absorbing powers.

  67. missmota February 22, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    I find inspiration in being in love. Whatever the object of my being in love is. Whether it is my house, or my dog, or a man, or an idea, or my dinner, my breakfast, my night, my work, a song, a picture, a country…anything that makes me feel love. When I am in love, everything around is beautiful. I see good all around, even if it is something tough, I might learn something. There is some good in evil, and when I am in love I can see that. When you are in love, there are no evil thoughts or feelings. Everything is beautiful, even your 7eleven coffee. When I feel in love, I want to be a better person, and thinking about that, my whole surroundings become a source of inspiration.

  68. anne February 23, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Empty beaches and long, lonely car drives!

  69. Melanie February 23, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    I find inspiration in the floor. There is something about being physically grounded that lets my artistic side fuel up and be…grounded.

  70. Caleb February 23, 2011 at 4:54 AM

    My inspiration, both now and in the past, has come from a place far away. Last semester I studied halfway around the world in Christchurch, New Zealand. A 45 minute bus ride away from my home put you in the heart of a small town, technically a suburb, called Lyttelton. Lyttelton is a nestled in the port hills and green and yellow gorse threatens to overtake the narrow lanes from the jagged hillsides surrounding the town.
    On the main street (and there’s only one) there is an old port authority building that has been re-commissioned into the Lyttelton Coffee Company. Home roasted beans, traditionally pulled shots, and a constant stream of Radiohead and Bon Iver. The town, the street, the shop, the coffee all demand to be my inspiration.
    With the recent earthquake in New Zealand centered in Lyttelton, I know longer know if my coffee shop still stands. But my memory of it, and the inspiration always to be gleaned from that memory, will endure.

  71. Damion February 23, 2011 at 5:16 AM

    Music is my inspirational goldmine. Sounds and different tones set the mood for great inspiration. How many times have you gotten lost in some Boards of Canada while designing?

  72. Gerlin February 23, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    The combination of music and public transport – mostly trains. My biggest passion in life is music, without a doubt. I don’t have an ambition to make music myself but it’s the one thing I couldn’t live without. I’m always listening to music when I can, I’ve constantly got lyrics floating around in my head and every now and then I really fall in love with a song / artist / band / album.
    I take the train on almost a daily basis and I love just looking out of the window or observing the other people with music in my ears. I’ve had a lot of great ideas during those times. The train is perhaps one of the few places where I can really clear my mind and let it all just flow.
    And nothing accompanies that better than a great soundtrack. I would enjoy a train ride 99% less if it wasn’t for music.

  73. Corey February 23, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    when i can feel alone in a crowded place.

  74. Mark February 23, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    I have found that inspiration comes to me, not defined in terms of a place or structure, but rather in the context of chance and making sure you are conscious of its presence.

    Most inspiration for me is not sought out but rather finds me in the most random moments of my life.

    As an artist, I always found the “mistakes” I made to be the most rewarding in terms of their revelation. In the same way I find life’s quirks and oddities are best discovered in the places I have yet to know.

  75. midblue February 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    What’s the narrative in these salt and pepper shakers? Why does that ampersand make me want to write a novel? Inspiration is unavoidable unless you’re looking for it; more often than not, I’ll come up with better ideas in the shower than in a brainstorming session. Just sit back and let the connections make themselves.

  76. Madison February 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Brooklyn inspires me – no more, no less.

  77. Yuko February 24, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    I get inspirations in lectures when they are fast and complicated, in a level of and only-able-to-catch-words-and-sentence. In this way, the entire atmosphere sprinkled with spicy scholarly words stimulate the chemical reaction of my brain :) (Yes, sir, I’m listening!)

  78. the7000club February 25, 2011 at 6:09 AM

    kanye west’s twitter feed

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