Happy Birthday Ali!

“I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”

“I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”

“People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy – nobody like him. Like The Beatles, there will never be anything like them. Like my man, Elvis Presley – I was the Elvis of boxing.”

“I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.”

“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

-Muhammad Ali

The Wilderness Downtown

Arcade Fire’s new interactive video, The Wilderness Downtown, actually gave me goosebumps. As a Google Chrome experiment using HTML5, the makers brought out all the super cool, super geeky techniques, including choreographed windows, custom-rendered maps, real-time compositing, drawing, and 3D canvas rendering. It’s all described here.

Put in different addresses and your experience will be continually different. Watch and enjoy.


Greece is the Word

Oh to be young and cool, not to mention talented, and not to mention live in Greece. Stamatis Laskos, or Siveone, is exactly that.

Sive attended the Athens School of Fine Arts where he studied painting.  He now works as a freelancer painting on everything from small canvases to giant walls.

His work is refreshing, street art with a fine art twist. The exaggerated shadows, depth, subject matter and overall composition show his skill level.

You can see a lot of his work on his myspace page, yes, myspace. You can also take a look over at Behance Network.

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I like to put this under my Johnny Come Lately category, because anyone who has been looking at Threadless.com, or any other online t-shirt site knows who this is.

Glenn Jones is a graphic designer and illustrator from Auckland, New Zealand. The name Glennz comes from GLENN from NZ = GLENNZ, and as he states, this was his user name on Threadless.com, which is where he gathered a huge following, so why change it.

At first glance, you might think this is easy to do, but give it a try, I think you will find this extremely tough to pull off. I equate his work with Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side. simple, flat illustrations, but full of humor and wit.  Either you get it, or you don’t.

You can now see and buy his work at his site, Glennz.com.

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An ampersand (&) is a logogram representing the conjunction word “and”. A logogram is a grapheme which represents a word or a morpheme (the smallest meaningful unit of language). An ampersand is also my friend, so this will be the first post of all things ampersand.

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Ampersand is a collaborative, student-initiated news-magazine for the Kansas City Art Institute. This gorgeous cover creation and design were done by Josh Lambert & Laura Berglund.

Jules Julien

Cadavres Exquis Exhibition for Diesel Japan. By artist illustrator Jules Julien.