November 4, 2012 § 1 Comment
Now, I don’t normally do this but this election is going to be a doozie. I try to stay out of the whole “Who are you voting for” scene because I don’t want some ass hat jamming politics down my esophagus. But I was approached by the #GoVote people last weekend to make something to encourage young/all voters to get out there and make their voice heard. I was futzing around with some textured fake hand done looking type (like the rest of the world is doing right now) then I decided, nah, I want to make this more interesting/comical. So this is what I came up with. A newspaper that has some quips about the debates as well as some incentives/excuses.
I watched all of the debates and have been following this election pretty loosely so I wanted to tie in some of that binder nonsense and with the help from the crafty wordsmith Chara we came up with the line “Voters in a bind, some in binders” and that was just too much for me to handle. I knew that I had to take this piece to the next level, not just toss it on the internet, but make it a 6′ x 9′ paste for all of Philadelphia/people walking past 9th and Spring Garden to see. So I did just that, with the help of two super amazing dudes: James Anderson & Tim Beitz. Couldn’t have done it without you kids.
Now to get into the semi sappy part of this. I agreed to do this piece on top of my already unbelievably hectic schedule because of how strongly I feel about this election. It is a perfect tie-in to the whole “Nom Now” street art stuff that I do. The “Nom Now” philosophy is to make your name part of the now and get involved with your life, via art or whatever makes you happy. It’s about just being 100% whole heartedly involved in it. As a US Citizen it’s your right to get out there and vote and make a decision that with affect your life in one way or another. So many people just sit back and say, “Oh, I don’t live in a swing state, my vote doesn’t count anyway.” Like hell is doesn’t count. If you support someone, THEN GO SUPPORT THEM. Back to my point, I was more than pleased to make something that would encourage people to get up and do something about their life and still make fun or whatever. I just want people to see this and lol for a second and then say, “Shit, I probably should do that.”
The whole point of this #GoVote project is to flood the internet with interesting designs that encourage people to get out there and make their voice heard, so feel free to share this on any social jam you’re working with. Try to link it to this post or my website but if you don’t it’s not a big deal either, do you boo boo.
SO HERE ARE SOME OTHER THINGS THAT I’VE BEEN MAKING!
I’ve been doing some work with an awesome company called Art-Reach, they help make the arts accessible to underserved peeps here in Philadelphia. It’s a great organization doing some truly amazing work. They asked me to make an invitation for their annual jazz brunch and this is what magically came out of my computer.
I also got to attend said jazz brunch and it was AMAZING, super beautiful and grand and served probably the best cheesecake I’ve ever eaten. Big thanks to Katie Phillips and all the people at Art-Reach for listening to my bullshit reasons as to why to tell the printer to fuck off.
May 30, 2012 § 1 Comment
I got asked to do these editorial illustrations by Philly Mag for this really great article called, “A Non-Cynics Guide to Life”. The article itself is very inspiring, it makes you realize how much of our daily lives are wrapped up in devices and the internet, when, in actuality, the internet doesn’t really matter at all. It does exactly what we want it to do without hesitation but it’s slowly but surely disconnecting us from real emotions/human beings. The article also emphasizes on taking your time, really being grateful for what has been given to you, and realizing that you are a very very small piece of a giant whole. So because you are such a small piece, you should really take the time to be nice to other small people around you, just because you should. It talks about really letting yourself go in someone, letting yourself be exposed: your body, your feelings, your desires and fears, because thats where real life is lived and I couldn’t agree any more.
As for design this was the first pull quote I had ever done so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it consisted of super quick turn arounds and really awesome and concise art direction. It was a great experience and I’m pretty excited with the final pieces. Hopefully it’s a first of many. Go scoop a copy for yourself pépé.
May 22, 2012 § 2 Comments
Next Thursday I’m headed out to good old San Francisco to meet up with some family, finally see the lovely Casey Catelli, and to do massive amounts of exploring. I haven’t taken a vacation in years so something like this has been a long time coming.
BUT, I need your help! I’m looking to get some suggestions for cool/hip/radical stuff that I should do/see/hear/eat/whatever while I’m out there. I’m looking at all you design/artist folks to help me out, I want your “Must See” lists. Bars, Art thangs, Tourist thangs, etc. LAY IT ON ME. And if anyone is looking to grab drinks/hang out/be my tour guide shoot me and email and let’s make it happen!
April 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
I used to play piano/organ in this band a few years back but faded out because of time issues and realizing that the musician lifestyle wasn’t quite for me. But I stayed in touch with Ryan and he asked me if I would like to make the art for their newest album. After a long year we came up with this foggy/sunny cover and I’m pretty excited with how it turned out.
A little over a year ago, when I was living in New Jersey, I woke up one morning and the fog in my neighborhood was so intense so I took a few pictures of it and moved on without thinking anything of it. Ryan had given me a few songs to listen to from the album and the more I looked at the fog photos the more eerie it started to feel and the more sense it made to try to incorporate the photos onto the album cover. I took two of the photos, combined them and then worked with some various color overlays. It ended up feeling like a sort strange but hopeful space so I felt like it fit in with the tone of the album.
My favorite song off the album is Take My Hand, you can listen to it here or head over to the A Little Affair Bandcamp page to give the rest of the album a listen.
Great work guys.
March 5, 2012 § 4 Comments
Photography is something that I have always been interested in but never wanted to exploit. I always just wanted to keep it a little hobby; something on the side that was pure and fun. I’ve tinkered with a few different digital cameras here and there but never ventured into the 35mm world so a few months back I asked my Dad if he would let me borrow his Nikon EM, a super light little guy with a solid 50mm 1:8 stock lens on it. It’s easy to sling over your shoulder and trek around with, it’s not like an anchor around your neck. I messed around with a few color rolls; one turned out okay, another I completely fucked up, and the other had a few gems on it but nothing to write home about. My mom bought me some black and white film for christmas so I figured I would give it a shot. I usually steer clear of black and white photography because of all its bullshit connotations of being automatically “artsy” but I tossed it in there and hit the streets this weekend. I’m pretty happy with the shots that came of it and maybe i’ll stick to black and white for a bit, who knows!