Monthly Archives: October 2012


“Limited edition? Let’s do some simple addition.”

The first time I heard this song I watched the video. A friend of mine had posted it just a few months ago when it had just a FEW million views.

How did a ginger, Seattle based rapper take over the music scene so quickly? The same as any other breaking artist, I guess. He did things differently.

In this internet sensation Macklemore raps about how broke he is. Lots of rappers have done this. Alternatively, he speaks about his 20 dollars for new clothes like it’s a fortune- not a tragedy. When you seem him at a party he won’t be dripping Gucci, but he’ll look better than you.

Creative lyrics aren’t all that made this song such a success though. His words are matched with awesome
visuals that intelligently combine modern style with vintage products. Of course, this is the theme of the song: the beauty of a thrift shop, but I think this combination is making itself known in all music genre’s these days. Mainstream rap seems to becoming less about looking rich in your newest lambo before BALLIN IN THE CLUB, and more of a creative statement. At least that’s what Macklemore’s going for so far. It’s put him in big places real quick and I like it.


miniature genius

As a kid I had a large carpet floor rug  that depicted a typical city scene. It was the coolest. This 2-D metropolis had a various population; dinosaurs, super heroes, hot-wheels and troll dolls all reigned in harmony.

I appreciate ads that effectively use model photography. There is something about the plastic, detailed look that intrigues me. It’s a nice shift from large scale elegance you get with photoshop magic, or an expensive photo shoot. These little worlds cast shadows and bring simplicity to its subjects. Here’s a great example by photographer Christopher Boffoli who “has an odd and intriguing relationship with food”.


Caption:  “I told them production was moving too fast. But no one wanted to listen.”


Caption: “Daniel and Paul could be very productive once they stopped bickering about the best approach to the problem.


Caption: “The sisters knew communication with the young novice would be futile. At least until the LSD wore off.”


Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon, Collaborating Illustrators

Since high school I’ve been following this couple’s work online. I’m not sure who does what exactly, but together these guys create whimsically awesome work. Appropriately, their website’s tag is “little fictions”. I’m a huge fan of the “Drowned Ball” piece. I don’t have a clue what the Drowned Ball is but I’d like to think it’s something obscure. Like a casual charity-water event. Or a summer lake party. I’d go if I got an invitation like this, wouldn’t you? I also really like the textured border in the Morgan Gaynin ad. The flying pages give it more dimensionality.



Yoko Tanji, Illustrator

I’m fascinated by Yoko’s animation style. This badass combination of geometrics and cartoon form a really nice narrative. If they don’t tell some kind of story, they are just intriguing enough to hold an extended gaze. The use complimentary shades and textures also add even more depth to her shapely lines. The “Sketchtravel” piece below is obviously some kind of promotional work for an event in San Francisco. It really inspires me to try out some illustration myself on a potential P-1 campaign.Image


finding the ties that bind.

Creativity is defined by many professors as the connection of two seemingly unrelated elements. Seeking a profession in this field is to seek out that  connection daily.

Personally, I’ve found this metaphorical string much easier to work with when no one prompts me to do so.Why is it that I feel much less creative now that I’m required to be?

This question has given me some unwanted anxiety. In those moments of frustration I have to remind myself of two key things I often forget:

1. Curiosity makes me happy. When my mind is happy, it constructs the best ideas.

2. I can’t feel curious, happy, or constructive without rest. SLEEP IS GOOD.

These are truths that I would like to habitually live on a daily basis. I won’t, of course, forget to read, move, listen, watch and think. But for me, it starts with a happy and rested peace of mind. To be a Creative it seems my learning must be varied and consistent; inhaling data, exhaling concepts.


“Creativity is more about taking the facts, fictions, and feelings we store away and finding new ways to connect them. What we’re talking about here is metaphor. Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art, if it is not art itself. Metaphor is our vocabulary for connecting what we are experiencing now with what we have experienced before. It’s not only how we express what we remember , it’s how we interpret it – for ourselves and others.”  – Twyla Tharp