The ArtWorld

Major Tom (Coming Home) Tuesday April 21, 2009

Well at least we know that Ford completely obliterated their marketing budget.

But in all seriousness, this is a fantastic commercial for a product I probably would never of considered purchasing (like I’ve got 30,000 in the bank). But it is also an even better cover and even better tie-in for L.A.‘s Shiny Toy Gun. A band I probably wouldn’t have discovered if it weren’t for this Lincoln commercial.

Categories: The-Music, The-ArtWorld,

The Watchmen Thursday November 13, 2008

No, I’m not talking about that 90’s band with the bald headed guy from Winnipeg. I’m talking about Alan Moore’s seminal classic – The Watchmen.

You’ve probably all seen the trailer for The Watchmen movie directed by Zach Snyder (of 300 fame), and like many of you I really had no idea what it was about.

I am a bit of a closet Comicbook Nerd (as Caitlin is slowly discovering), but my relationship with the Watchmen series is fairly non-existent. See, I was only 7 years old when it was released. Because of which it’s mythology has completely passed me by (and apparently a generation of similar aged males). I guess as I spent my youth reading Spiderman, Darkhawk, MoonKnight and the occasional IronMan story book; I should have been paying attention to the nudity, vulgarity and blood soaked pages of The Watchmen.

So back to my original point…

As I watched the new trailer for The Watchmen, I rolled my eyes at the site of a spandex wearing Owl guy, a Glowing Naked dude and a skimpy looking Girl. Seriously People? It was at that moment, that I finally felt what hundreds of thousands of women must do whenever they see a trailer for Ironman, Hellboy or Spiderman … complete and utter indifference.

And solely because of that reaction, On monday I went out to my local comicbook store and purchased The Watchmen.

I have to say that a third of the way through the book; it is indeed everything that has been described. While the SuperHero personas of Nite Owl, Hooded Justice, and Dr. Manhattan still seem like something out of the Tick, the key elements of the story line and the character development are phenomenal. What I am starting to discover, as I delve deeper into the thick pages of The Watchmen, is that it’s less about their ideal super powers and heroic actions and more about their character flaws and the selfish tendancies of men …

So yes, now I’m finally starting to understand the excitement of the upcoming Watchmen adaptation.

Categories: The-Pop-Culture, The-ArtWorld, The Blogosphere

Obey! Tuesday January 29, 2008

I believe with great conviction that Barack Obama should be the next President. I have been paying close attention to him since the Democratic convention in 2004. I feel that he is more a statesman than a politician. He was against the war when it was an unpopular position (and Hillary was for the war at that time), Obama is for energy and environmental conservation. He is for healthcare reform. Check him out for yourself: barackobama.com. Proceeds from this print go to produce prints for a larger statewide poster campaign. – Shepard Fairey (the Obey Giant Guy)

(quote via creativereview.co.uk. which in turn was pointed to me via veer.com )

The Obey Giant Phenomena is quite possibly the my favorite source of design inspiration. Just look at the Armadillo Logo or the walls of the home office in Calgary, Alberta to see how it’s affected my design aesthetic.

So if OBEY GIANT says OBEY OBAMA ... Then I shall listen. All hail the OBAMA overlord.

Categories: The-Southern-Neighbours, The-ArtWorld, The Pop-Culture

Lakai Monday January 28, 2008

Spike Jonez Direction + Skateboarding + Pretentious Sweeping Music + Slow Motion Camera Work + Michael Bay-esque explosions = The Lakai Fully Flared Video! (Via Calgary’s Wonderful Design guru’s Veer.com)

Stay with the video for a bit, because at the 1:05 mark; straight after the first ollie, the intro slips into a different stratosphere.

Categories: The-Pop-Culture, The-ArtWorld,

ReadMeansRun Monday October 29, 2007

What’s that cheese-ball saying? A picture’s worth a thousand words.

Well then Muppets. Check out my friend Dave Miller’s new portfolio site – ReadMeansRun.

Categories: The-Comrades, The-ArtWorld,

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