Friday, September 2, 2011

FIELD NOTES - My new fascination

I was introduced recently to the great Chicago-based company, Field Notes. Simple, durable notebooks at just the right size. I came up with a few mods to the notebook to make it more durable and more extendable.

After awhile of holding my pen/sharpie/pencil on the front cover, it started to get too worn. So I placed a bit of electrical tape on the top edge so that the clips don't wear the cover out.

Then I cut a piece of thin cardboard shaped like the pages and so I could sketch with sharpie and not worry about bleed-through.

And then when you're done, just paperclip it to the back cover.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Project: What I Listen to at Work

I work at a fast food job usually closing which allows me to listen to music as I work, so I will begin to post album reviews because: 1.) I enjoy listening to new music 2.) I want to improve my review writing and 3.) Why not?

The genres of music will be all over the place, so be prepared.

Watch this space.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Do the D.A.N.C.E.

Just recently watched the documentary/live album about Justice, A Cross the Universe. If you haven't seen it, just know that it's freakin insane. Booze, boobs, and bass. That pretty much sums it up. Anyways, this finally pushed me to get the Justice cross shirt I've been wanting to make for the longest time.

And I think it came out pretty well. The color on the front isn't exact, and there are some imperfections, but overall I really like how this came out:

Captured with Droid.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sellouts! Whores! Just kidding, you're still awesome.

One of my favorite bands, Bomb the Music Industry! played last night at Chicago at Reggie's Rock Club, and I of course went to see them. Last time they played there, they got beer cans thrown at them. Thankfully, it was far more civil this time around(to be fair, they were opening for The Slackers, so most of the people were there to see them).

Jeff's hair was Bob Dylan-esque, there was a douchebag kid in the crowd, but overall, definitely a good show. Played a good amount from Scrambles, Get Warmer, Adults!!! and To Leave or Die in Long Island. And they ended the show with Future 86, at the end of which, the majority of the crowd rushed the stage. It was awesome.

From what I remember it the setlist was something like this, but out of order: $2,400,000(opener), 493 Ruth, Bike Test 123(craziest pit of the show), Never trust a man..., You Still Believe in Me?, Slumlord, First Time I Met Sanawon, I'm a Panic Bomb Baby!, Congratulations, John, on Joining Every Time I Die, Showerbeers!, Stand There Till You're Sober, It Shits!!!, Fresh Attitude Young Body, 25!, Sort of Like Being Pumped, Syke! Life is Awesome!(closer), Future 86(encore).

They finally printed up two different shirts for $10, one making fun of the fact that they're making shirts when for five years they said that they wouldn't:

The bottom text reads: "July 2010: After five years of only spraypainting shirts, Bomb the Music Industry! makes this t-shirt, going back on their word and proving all naysayers right. Kinda shitty, huh?"

*Note* They still spraypaint shirts after the show. Think of it as another way to donate.

And speaking of which, I contributed some stencils to their painting endeavor as well as neon pink and neon orange spraypaint, for which I got a hug from Matt the keyboard/trombone/vocalist. Hopefully they'll post pictures of the shirts they make in the coming shows.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Creative Dump May-July

My camera has recently died. And in the meantime I've been doing quite a few shirts, but haven't had the time to upload them. Until today.

NIИ sleeveless (Front)

NIИ sleeveless (Back)

I've recently been enjoy the Nine Inch Nails discography which inspired me to do this shirt with the stencil provided by Trent on the alternate reality game website, Art is Resistance. The game was for the last major commercial release, Year Zero and I'm pretty bummed I missed out on it.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June Wishlist

1.) Nomadic State - Mountain Moma: $26.50 [link]

2.) Chinese Mountain Troop Goggles: $12.95 [link]

3.) Ballerina Hookah, Ruby: $89.50 [link]

4.) D'Addario EXL280 XL Piccolo bass strings: $14.99 [link]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Documentary Binge - Part 2: Cannabis

Onward! I have developed an interest in the drug culture as of late. I don't use any illegal substances, but I think that the culture and the things people go through enjoying and producing them are absolutely fascinating. Recently, I've watched three documentaries on marijuana,  Marijuana Inc., Standing Silent Nation, and The Green Rush. Along with the article about the Emerald Triangle in Rolling Stone a few issues ago, these opened my eyes to the many aspects of marijuana and it's production and prohibition.

The Green Rush

I watched The Green Rush and it was very interesting. It's inspiring to see the American Dream exemplified in this story of marijuana growers in North California. These farmers go through the same experiences that "legitimate" farmers go through, and more. They have to deal with the federal government and the DEA of course, but that's in addition to the usual destructive insects, animals, irrigation design and thieves. The documentary is incredibly insightful and these farmers stand as a stark counter-point to the selfish "smash-and-grab" tactics of other growers who grow about 5,000 plants of marijuana and then get busted by the feds because they have essentially grown a vineyard of weed. I don't want to give the ending away, but it's truly a shocker. I highly (excuse the pun) recommend this documentary.

These are sustainable farmers who grow what they can maintain and live on. Quite a different character from the greedy drug creators that we are taught to hate.