Archive for June, 2011

The New Z Electric.


The Zeleritas electric racing concept by designer Willie Tay combines current & future driving technologies with hard styling into a single passenger roadster with a straight-from-the-track feel. A monocoque carbon fiber body, retractable glass hard top, & exposed wheels give it an Indy car edge while modern features like the HUD active matrix windscreen, paramagnetic body paint, & discreet integrated lights enhance both the visual and driving experiences. One of the most attractive racing designs I’ve seen since the Ford Indigo.

The Top 10 Reasons to Legalize Mary Jane.


So, before we get into it, most people who know me personally know I’m not a weed smoker, HOWEVER, I don’t denounce it.  (If its what you do, more power to you, I’ll hold the lighter for you.)  But recently I got a message from a reader named simply ‘Sean’ asking me to put up a list of the top 10 reasons to legalize Marijuana.  After reading the list all the way through, I couldn’t really disagree with anything on it.  So here’s to you Sean, light em up.

Lyubomir Sergeev’s Affect Media Campaign.


Bulgarian photographer Lyubomir Sergeev seems to come with consistent heat when it comes to his photography.  The set of photos in this post are all in a campaign for a company named Affect Media.  Each shot is a creepy contradiction (i.e. Nun with Gun) and is masterfully composed down to the tiniest details, (like the tattoo’s on the ballerina-man’s legs).  This collection is definitely one that I look at over and over again, and constantly find new subtleties that slipped my eye before.  I wish I could give you more info on Lyubomir himself… but I don’t speak Bulgarian (yet).

Upstream Wakeboarding.


This 4th of July, I’m headed a few hours north of wine country (Napa Valley, for those of you not familiar with NorCal) with a few buddies of mine to do it up in a lake house.  While on the lake, we’ll be engaged in tons of water sports, so I decided to do a little bit of research.  In my quest for knowledge, I came cross the video below about folks bored with wakeboarding in a lake behind a boat.  They seem to have decided it was time to head down to thier swift-moving neighborhood creek, attach the same type of motorized, ariel tow lines they use in wakeskating, and wake upstream against the current.  The footage is from last week’s 2011 Red Bull UpStream in Slovakia’s Bratislava, Cunovo.  I’ve never heard of any of the winners of this bizarre, foreign water sport, but it looks quite, quite fun none the less.

Changing Cognac?


A new cognac created to be sipped specifically on the rocks was launched this week and is described as a flavor journey that will take the drinker through aromas of white peach, lemon sorbet and iced mint as the temperature of the elixir drops.  Ice Cognac by ABK6 is said to develop its distinct aromas as it progressively comes into contact with cold temperatures and water.  The limited edition cognac, produced in the hillsides of Claix, France, made its debut at Vinexpo, the world’s largest wine trade fair, in Bordeaux this week.  At 18 C (64F) for instance, the cognac begins softly and smoothly, giving off aromas of vanilla and evolving into white peach. At 12 C (54F) aromas of orange blossom are detected, before merging into lemon sorbet.  And when the mercury dips to about 5 C (41), the cognac emits notes of iced mint.  The cognac is made from the Ugni blanc grape, the most widely planted white grape in France, and is best served in a tumbler glass over several ice cubes.

NYC Via RC.


There are so many things folks can do in New York, but one of the first things that newcomers tend to do is take a tour.  But recently someone out in the city had the smart idea to just film a tour… and this isn’t one from a bus, a bike, or a boat.  A small camera was strapped to a professional grade remote controlled air plane, and let loose around the city.  Check the video below, the images they captured are pretty dope.

Drake – Marvin’s Room (Official Video).


Since I woke up this morning, Twitter has been atwit with tweets about Drizzy’s newest music video.  The song ‘Marvin’s Room’ is off Drake’s sophomore album Take Care, and is one of the few tracks Universal won’t pull off the internet.  (Drake had some issues with his master label taking his songs down, saying “Universal needs to stop taking my f—ing songs down,”)  So luckily for us, ‘Marvin’s Room’ made the cut, the song got so popular so quickly, people all over the place already have their own remixes (my personal favorite being Nieko DeLuv’s remix).  And although the video seems to be shot with a pretty basic camera, it’s still quite dope.  Check the method below.

Who Would Pay 1.8 Mil For A Jacket?


Who would pay 1.8 Million for a jacket isn’t necessarily the correct question here.  The correct question is “WHAT jacket?”.  The red and black leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his “Thriller” video went under the hammer for $1.8 million on Sunday.  The jacket has “Love Michael Jackson” written on the sleeve, and a dedication in the lining to his long-time costume designers, to whom he gave it.  The buyer was identified as Milton Verret, a commodities trader from Austin Texas, who plans to have the jacket tour and be displayed at children’s hospitals around the globe to raise money for their children’s charities.  The auctioneer described the jacket as “among the most recognizable and famous garments of the 20th century,” saying it sparked a 1980s fashion craze when it was copied and sold to adoring Jackson fans worldwide.  “The black and red style of the jacket became so identifiable with Jackson’s groundbreaking (video) that he continued to use jackets of the same design when performing the song ‘Thriller’ for the duration of his career,” it said.  The jacket is one of two which Jackson used during the ghoulishly iconic video, the other being on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Eminem – Space Bound (Official Video)


Eminem has been on a roll for the last year, coming back harder and stronger than most people who had fallen into his predicament.  His most recent release is the music video for “Space Bound”.  The song is about Em letting his feelings for a woman get the best of him (again.) The video features porn-star Sasha Grey, who has been breaking out in to different acting roles as her career has progressed.  Most recently she shared the screen with the stars of the hit HBO show Entourage, and in the season finale, she was even in the same episode as Eminem… (That might have been the real reason Em punched out Vinnie Chase in hotel party.) But all in all, it’s a solid video for a heartfelt song.  Check the method below.

Two Roads To Courage.


Growing up with quite a few cousins my age, when Christmas time came and we were all together, there was a little bit of gift envy between some of us.  This is exactly the way I felt when I saw a blog post from Tyler Riewer about a birthday gift he received.  It’s a suitcase – perfectly fitted for a bottle of bourbon and a set of brass knuckles. The outside says, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Sack up.”  The inside offers, “The two roads to courage.”  They built/screenprinted the whole thing.  It’s incredible.  His friends are amazing.

29 Ways To Stay Creative.


As a DJ and even as an entertainer in general, you always have to find ways to stay creative.  Writers block can be hard to deal with as a writer, but a creative block when your on stage looking for the next song to mix can be fatal.  When you have 20 seconds to figure out what song in the same respective genre, with a similar BPM, matching key, and has a clever context bled… being creative is essential. The video above is essentially just a nice little list of hints, tips, and actions that tend to keep people creative, both in the short term and in the long run.  Just in case you missed anything in the video, the full list is below.

Stefania Morland Designs.


I’ve been getting closer and closer to the world of fashion as I work on projects with different with folks from designers and models, and I’ve started to have an eye for good work.  Normally a black cocktail dress that comes to right above the booty is enough to render me speechless, but after seeing some dress designs from Stefania Morland, I know beautiful woman can dress to impress in many more ways.  Her incredible designs, are not overly gaudy, but still give off a sense of eloquence and sophistication that are amplified by her attention to detail in each piece I’ve seen.  Check the method.

The New Ghostbusters.


There are some truly great graphic artists out there online who turn in work that rivals those of the professionals who get paid the big bucks. Evidence such another great talent has just manifested itself over at SlashFilm in the form of some great computer animated character designs for one of my favorite films of all-time: Ghostsbusters. The man behind the work in question is Fabrizio Fioretti who merely worked on these designs in his free time on evenings and weekends. The collection reminds me so much of the ‘TMNT‘ version of the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles.  These are truly breathtaking and make our proton-packing heroes look like they just came straight out of Pixar Animation Studios. Here are Fabrizio Fioretti’s computer animated Ghostbusters characters.

Parkour… In The 1930’s.


Parkour – The non-competitive sport originating in France of traversing mainly urban landscapes by running, climbing and jumping. Free Runners run along a route, attempting to navigate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only their bodies. Skills such as vaulting, rolling, swinging and wall scaling are employed. Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles are preferable and it is most commonly practiced in urban areas.

This athletic art form is what most people would consider a fairly recent “trend”.  But when I came across this video, I realized that the physical acts involved in Parkour have been practiced as early as the 1930’s in the U.S.  Check the method below.

The Wonderful Watercolors of Karen Kurycki.


Different types of illustrations catch my eye on a consistent basis, but to date, I don’t think I’ve seen work as interesting as the pieces from Karen Kurycki. Her works are all witty and comical, and all the details, even the design of the type brings out the entire composition. You can see more from her here.

The Negro Cookie.


Normally I can relate a blog post to a personal experience, or explain why something specific interest me.  But this is just downright hilarious.  My staff and I laughed our asses off for about 30 minutes the first time we all saw this.  Japan has some of the wildest stuff, and the ‘Negro Cookie’ is near the top of the list.

Bad Nurse?


I got a sneak peek of the movie ‘Bad Teacher’ the other day, and was thoroughly impressed.  I went to the screening with my good friend Jeanie, who happens to be a nurse in the Bay Area, and she told me there are some people on her hospital staff that remind her of Ms. Halsey from the movie.  In the process of the conversation she mentioned a fake stethoscope that actually functions as a pair of head phones.  I was so fascinated by this, I did a little digging and I found them.  “Stetheadphones” allow you to make and receive calls, access voice-control features, and manage music playback from your iPhone or iPod.  Quite ingenious.

RGLND – Vision.


I’ve been fortunate enough to work some incredibly talented artists over the course of my career, weather they’ve been developing, or known world wide.  It’s very rewarding to be able to see someone you’ve worked with release a dope project, and Mr. Ragland is a perfect example.  One of my closest friends produced a mixtape cover for Ragland’s project “Supreme Sketch” a while back, and left the CD at my house.  When I listened to it, I had no idea who the artist was, and as fate would have it, a few weeks later we were recording together.  Since then I’ve grown to be a huge fan of RGLND’s work, especially the track ‘Vision’.  Check the official video below.

The Shade Club.


If there’s one thing I can appreciate about a club (aside from the female bartenders that work there) is the interior… And the ‘Shade Club’ has it in spades.  SquareONE’s latest renovation, located in the basement of a residential building in the center of Bucharest, was once home to some of  the most successful and downright sexy clubs of the 90s, some of which carried a notorious and even dark past. After 5 years of vacancy the Shade Club has opened its doors to reveal a sultry modern design that reflects the scandalous history of the venue.

At the start of the remodel, the design team noticed 7 to 8 layers of material applied to the walls, giving them a peek into the location’s history, and sparking their interest in its mysterious past.  The first of the 3 defined spaces within the club is also the largest and features a high density of structural pillars. By covering the pillars in mirrors and applying three-quarter lamps across two edges on each, the columns seem to disappear and a “forest of lamps” emerge. The volumetric pattern on the surrounding walls is CNC dense polyurethane foam painted white. Behind the pattern are mirrors that continue the visual effect of the mirrored pillars.

The second space is a circular room that surrounds the central lounge. Given the shape, the designers opted for an organic design that incorporated baroque decoration. The single row of structural pillars were covered in a Corian skin. It is a soft, organic shape vertically extruded. The Corian skin was engraved with the graphic design CNC milled into the surface of the material, then a special mold was made and the Corian milled plates were thermoformed. The semicircular bar in the this space was done exactly the same. The walls have a routed MDF structure, and thin, extremely flexible Axpet cladding to which graphic designs were cut and applied on the surface.

The third and smallest space is quite isolated from the rest, and features handmade graphic designs on the walls and a single lounge. Hovering above the lounge is a  ellipsoidal light membrane on the ceiling made of a elastic membrane that diffuses the light. To polish the look the designers used white fringe to better illustrate the shape and link the two elements.

In the bar areas there are virtual sections that cut the volume and leave white luminous surfaces with 2D images of different objects (lamps, tables and other household furniture). The ideea was to illustrate a photo of the interior of a house that cuts out volume and leaves an impression. To contrast the space the designers used Corian Noir in combination with translucent Glacier Ice Corian. Spectral tubes were then used as light sources to illuminate the white surfaces.

Chris Brown’s Cousins Chase Down Frank Ocean.


I do my best not to help stimulate hip hop beef, or draw too much attention to it on the blog… BUT this one was a little too much for me to ignore.  Odd Future’s own Frank Ocean went off on Chris brown for seemingly no reason recently on twitter after Chris Brown complimented him.  What ensued was a back and forth between Brown, Tyler The Creator, and Frank Ocean that was eventually broken up by none other than The Game (random.)  But although the argument may have ended there, I’m getting the feeling things are just heating up.  More below.

Now, I have to admit, that Chris Brown doesn’t exactly strike me as the most gangsta of the child star R&B singers on the planet, however, this doesn’t mean that his family won’t go hard.  From the description of a video that surfaced recently, Frank Ocean allegedly ran after being confronted by Chris Brown.  But weather that’s true or not remains to be seen.  What the video actually shows however is Frank Ocean driving away from who are reported to be Chris Browns cousin.  TO ME, by the looks of things in the video combined with  knowing a bit of background on the Odd Future crew, I don’t think this is the end of it at all.  And who knows, if this is the next hip hop beef to spill over from word to action, Chris Brown may have the upper hand… he messed Robyn pretty bad.

The ‘Space Invaders’ Watch.


Just a few months ago Romain Jerome announced a licensing deal authorizing the manufacture of a Space Invaders-themed timepieces–and now they have arrived.  In a nod to 1980’s pop culture, Romain Jerome has introduced two 78-piece limited edition watches featuring the iconic Space Invaders characters on the dial.  Taito Corp. created Space Invaders in 1978 and is also known as the developer of Arkanoid, another popular favorite video game from these times.

The two 78-piece limited series of the RJ-Romain Jerome Space Invader watches are distinguished by their dial.  The latter is composed of three layers of pixelated and shotpeened dies featuring hand-drawn file strokes.  The 3.5 mm-sized Space Invaders are lacquered in different colours (“day” version) or coated with Superluminova (“night” version), each individually machined and hand-applied.

Allain Victoria.


There aren’t too many models on the market, or people on the planet that have been in major motion pictures, magazines all over the world, and can boast a 36-24-44 frame.  Allain Victoria however, happens to be one of those folks.  Appearing in both Ray and The Skeleton Key is just the tip of the iceberg of Allain’s success.  This stunning beauty says she often gets confused for being of Latin origin, but is primarily black, and has appeared in music videos by artists like BG, Neyo, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, and Big Boi (who is credited with bringing her onto the modeling scene.)  After seeing her in XXL in July of 2010, I recognized how she seems to be incredibly entrancing in every single picture she takes, and no matter what she’s wearing, her body is miraculous.  One of my favorite shots of her is the one below.  Having worked at a strip club in the past, I’ve seen the pink/purple ‘racing babe’ suit many a time.  But I do have to say that it looks the best on miss Victoria.

Samuel L. Jackon’s Bedtime Story.


For some people, putting their children down to rest is a precious, heart warming, bonding moment they look forward to.  It can be a time when a child looks to their parent for comfort and protection, in the uncertainty of the night, or after the turmoil of a haphazard day.  For other parents however, bedtime is simply a time when they clock out of their parental job, and they just need their little to one to go the f*ck to sleep for a few hours.  Adam Mansbach’s book “Go The F*ck To Sleep” is almost a perfect blend between the two extremes of being sweet, nurturing, and totally fed up with your child.  Now for the epic twist… It’s narrated by Samuel L. Jackson himself.  Click the pic to listen. (via BuzzFeed)

The Art Of Negative Space.


Negative Space – The space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, and not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space is occasionally used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image. The use of negative space is a key element of artistic composition.

When it comes to graphic design, negative space isn’t anything to be ignored.  I’m not a graphic designer, but as I’m said many times before, I hang out with them all the time, so I’m well aware of some of the fundamentals of the art.  Negative space is a good way to draw attention to the focal point of the (or lack there of) with any piece.  This collection by Tang Yau Hoong demonstrates perfectly a mastery of using negative space to create super dope pieces.  Check the method below.