Taking photos on your phone all the time and sick of the annoying ads with your apps? Meet Thumble, it gives you badges, prizes, and exclusive rewards for taking pics. For example they promise you early access to events and special dish from the chef of a restaurant. The list of rewards go on and on but for the fashionista your get access to new collections, shop after hours, and even a personal shopper. All for just taking photos. How awesome is that.
It’s currently only available in the Apple App Store. Try it out, take some photos and get awesome rewards! Can’t wait for the Android version.
Go ahead take pics of all your outfits and get some rewards for it!
MILLIONS is a new web series featuring six Asian North Americans on their paths of achieving their goals of becoming millionaires before the age of thirty. The trailer for the series is already live and shows great promise with its elements of comedy and drama. But they need your help – in order to film the series, the crew is looking to raise $8000 by October 29th.
The great designer Tom Dixon collaborates with Lacorste to design the techno polo. The concept behind it is to minimize the packaging and make it as eco as possible. This was achieve by embossing instead of the printing on the box. I think the air tight sealed shirt packing looks cool, did it minimize the packaging? I think more could have been done.
The spooky vibe sent chills up my spin. There was something with this video that touched me deeply. Something that is just perfect, so perfect I felt detached from myself. And Time magazine critic Josh Tyraniel agrees naming “Love Lockdown” the best song of 2008. It is the perfect mix of the perfect song with the perfect video. I listened all night and went to get the the album in the morning.
The essence of the song was captured brilliantly in the video. The slow depress mode of the song. The symbolic elements such as being trapped, being house lockdown, the mesmerizing tone and feel, and the worshiping of the human statues. The motion and the tempo is synced with the with every millisecond of the song. There is no separation.
What is artistic and cryptic is the meshing of all the tribal symbols, spaceship, and juxtaposition of reality and the symbolic movements of what’s happening to him. The constant unexpected flow from real to what seems to be happening in his mind is so intertwined that there is really no separation which is what he feels like.
If you are a fan of Kid Robot you will recognize these pieces. Tado have collaborated with Kid Robot many times. Tado is a team duo from UK who who does cute and colourful drawings.
Mike and Katie, two amazingly talented and imaginative graphic designers who create an insane cutesy world of crazy,funky characters. Their work includes illustration, animation, toy design…the list goes on.
Check them out…their creations will make the mind boggle but the heart glow! – Tado Facebook Fanpage
At first you might think Toki Doki because of the same cute and colourful fun-ness to it, the aesthetic styles are different. Tadu does more compositions, they create grand cities where you can enter and be part of it. It’s more a context of the characters in the whole city. There an extreme amount of detail in their art.
One of their unexpected work is a series called Private Panda Club where they add Tado elements to girls in lingerie. I like the creativity, it’s bringing their art to another medium, and I like it because there are girls in lingerie.
They even extended into commercial with collabo with MTV.
A strong symbol of 80′s pop culture, if you don’t know Keith Haring’s name, you know his work. His simple symbolic drawings are natural, colourful, and full of colours.
Keith Haring was inspired by graffiti art and did chalk drawings in the subways of New York. He have done art for many museums such as Collingwood College, National Gallery of Victoria, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
What I like about his art is that it’s simple, happy, and full of movement. It is amazing on how much he can communicate with simple lines and 1 or 2 colours. I just love how everyone in his work is constantly dancing. It’s a party! Elegance is beauty. The more an artist can communicate with simple lines the elegant it is and therefore the more beautiful. There is a level of symmetry and story behave all his work.
Of course his great art have been translated in clothing by Zara and some K. Haring kicks from ADIDAS.
Keith Haring Tshirts and hoodie from Zara
Keith Haring Adias Kicks
Funny my first memory of seeing Keith Haring was when I started studying Photography and saw this pic:
When you are a big star like Rihanna you can pretty much come out with great videos evey time with the money you have to throw at it. And I’ve seen many great videos but her latest one Rude Boy directed by Melina Matsoukas really got my attention. When most people watch it they don’t really see it as better than other ones but I feel from an artistic point of view it’s innovative.
It takes risks and creates an unexpected feeling. And it’s put together very well with continuity and flow. What’s also relevant about this video is that it’s a strong reflection of the printed tee streetwear culture. The splashes of colour and the 80′s feel. What’s I also like about it is the homage to the iconic pop culture artists Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. The use of graphics and treatment to the images also works great to create the overall high energy tempo.
While there are some controversy about Matsoukas copying M.I.A.’s Boyz and Galang videos I would have to disagree. From the surface one would think they are similar but if you watch it closely and look at the treatment and feel of it, it is absolutely different. One can only say that Mastosukas use a few of the techniques in the M.I.A. videos.It’s like someone unfamiliar with suits to see two people wearing a black suit and to say one copy the other. While someone more familiar with it can say, that’s a $300 and the other is a $2000 hand tailored bespoke suit.
While the director of M.I.A.’s Boyz started with some of the techniques and feel it is not as refined and inspirational as Mastsoukas’ work. This may be due to the budget but the experience, implementation, and the shear creativity of Matsoukas is like comparing a pro baseball player to a little league star.
You can also check out some of her other work which has a similar funky raw style.
When I was on Miami Beach I was on my favourite street, Lincoln Road. I had some extra time while waiting for my friend so I decided to walk into a gallery. It happened to be the studio of Romero Britto, that was my introduction to this artist.
The most masterful thing an artist can do is create something simple yet absolutely different. Romero Britto’s simple, colourful, and playful artistic style have been translated from canvas to toys, buildings, cars.
Audi RS 4 quattro Art Car by Romero Britto
Looking at his work makes you feel like you are living in a cartoon reality. What I like is the style transplanted on content of serious matter such as the Mona Lisa Cat above, Darth Vader, and my favourite piece Pure Sugar featuring MacDonald with Mao Zedong.
I glanced over this painting and something doesn’t seem right. The character seems to pop at you, the strong emotions, the sadness, the feeling of loneliness and not fitting it. It’s just on the train, an everyday boring mundane trip yet so must more to it. I could not stare and feel.
Then I move to see other works by Alexa Meade and it grabs me with her strong emotional painting. It makes you feel something unique. That is the purpose of art. Going to art galleries where you see many pieces of different artists with similar techniques bores me. The great artists are the ones that are brave enough to master 2 synergistic art forms to make something that is unique. Painting and photo is two classic art forms yet not much art is there that combines to create something we have not seen. This is what makes Alexa Meade different.
But it’s not just a gimmick. She masterfully tells a story and if you see all her pieces for each series you will admire and discover the subtleties and beauty she is expressing through her work. As you look at more of her work you will be able to see how she stretches her unique style in many different ways.