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#INTERNET Ah, we're back! Like we said, we were just "chilling out" for like 3 years. Feels good to have the team back writing. Still us three: Chuck, Benjamin, and Virgil. Got new interviews coming up, and hopefully we'll be posting on a regular basis, who knows. We also interviewed each other, check: CHUCK, BENJAMIN, VIRGIL...

So can I. New NoPattern stuff!

I usually don’t like to post about my own work on here…I always ask Ben to do it for me. But I’ve been working on this stuff for months and I am in ‘get it off my chest’ mode and am excited to share it with people. So that said, I just put 12 new pieces of work up at NoPattern, and all the work is for sale on my online store, NP&CO. 8 of them are archival quality giclee prints on Hahnemuhle photo rag - and if you’ve ever seen a print on that up close, you know it’s some beautiful paper. Anyways - check it out and enjoy. Also - if you’re going to be in Chicago on January 31st, I will be having a one-night only gallery show at Country Club Chicago. I will be there and hopefully Ben and Virgil will too, so come by to see some new work, hang out, and have a good time. The next night, Feb. 1, one of my BFF4LIFEs, Nigel Dennis of ElectricHeat, will be having his gallery opening at the Threadless Store so come out for that too.

I can post anything I want… J. Crew model girls!

You can add this post to the ‘really random’ folder. I don’t care man…ha, I can post whatever I want. And matter of fact, we used to make a lot more random-type posts. So, I’m not really like an ‘oogler-googler’ over the ladies…mainly cause I’m stupid picky. Whatever. I mean, unless its St. Barths, which is just…something else man, wowzers. I guess I have an appreciation for understated beauty…enter J. Crew model girls. Now the reality is, their clothes fit pretty poorly, its a ‘mall’ brand, and their demographic is actually pretty corny…but all that aside, lets live in the catalog world they’ve created for a minute, dream with me. Without question, the best ‘curated’ female models for a brand with sweaters under $100…ever. I get their little catalogs in my mail box every month or so, and I’m always stunned at their photos/models for the women’s collection. It’s this perfectly created alternate reality with yellow trench coats, skinny jeans, flats, perfect fitting stripped cardigans and classically beautiful girls that don’t wear make-up casually enjoying life with their only concern being which sailboat they’ll be taking a sunset cruise on. Like the quintessential ‘good life’ you know? Ha…this has got to be one of the weirdest posts I’ve ever made. Nothing wrong with appreciating really beautiful girls mixed with good branding. Bottom line is, J. Crew is killing the catalog and model curating game - they build such a perfect image. Other brands take note. ***Quick disclaimer: their mens line is a 6 out of 10…step it up.

Somewhere 13 hours ahead, Tokyo!!!

I am still in the building….just in another one on the other side of the world! So yeah with about 13 hours notice I was sent out to Japan which is a 13 hour flight and 13 hours ahead of Chicago. Good thing I am not superstitious. I love traveling and the past few months have ben pretty crazy. Like yesterday I reached in my pocket to fing my hotel key and pulled up 3 different cards, none of them for the hotel I am actually in, Grand Hyatt Roppongi Hills the number one contender for my all time favorite hotel. Its bound to happen when you borderline live in a hotel where every detail is considered. I have been here for almost a week and finally made it out of our make shift studio out to hit some spots. Check out Flickr for some Flicks.

Computer Arts Projects magazine, my editorial debut!

Ha…I don’t know about debut…but I was asked to write their “Last Word” for this months issue about graphic design and fashion. Actually, they asked Chuck first, but he passed…so its kind of ‘second-tier-stunting’ if you will, ha. So yeah, they have this section in every issue to close it out called “Last Word” and the subject I was asked to write about was “Are we obsessed with fashion?” I’ve never actually written anything for a magazine really…maybe been interviewed about a project or two I’ve worked on, but never like an editorial thing like this. And fashion? I mean, yeah, I dig fashion…I participate in it, etc. I’m not going to claim “best dressed” or anything…that would have to go Virgil. Either way, it proved to be a cool outlet to get my views out on what I feel “fashion” actually is, you know? I won’t spoil it and re-write my thoughts here, just check the link below to our Flickr for a view of it. Yeah, fun stuff…and, believe it or not, they paid me for it. So…I’m writing about myself writing in a magazine…ha. And that’s my post. ***And no, I didn’t do or pick that design work. Not knocking it, just fyi.

Revisionaries: A Decade of Art in TOKION!!

My first post of the new year and first one in a while…sorry about that for those of you who have been refreshing the page for a post from me like it was a Macworld announcement. Earlier in 2007, I got an email from Ken Miller of Tokion (who by the way recently gave their magazine a complete overhaul that looks absolutely incredible, check it out) about being in a book he was putting together called Revisionaries : A Decade of Art in Tokion. I was thrilled to be asked to have some work in it but was even more excited when I got the book in the mail a few weeks ago and saw who I was alongside of. Dalek, Geoff McFetridge, Jose Parla, Maya Hayuk, Erika Somogyi, Os Gemeos, Marcel Dzama, Barry McGee, David Shrigley, Jim Houser, Saiman Chow, and many, many more. Would you believe that’s only about a tenth of the people in the book!? It’s certainly one of the most thorough, quality, and enjoyable books on my shelf now. 160 pages and hardcover, you would be doing yourself a huge favor by picking this up if for no reason other than to be completely inspired. You can pick it up on Amazon for a measly $22. I’d honestly pay much more for it. Nice job getting an incredible batch of people together, Ken and Tokion. I should also mention that every artist has one spread and not only with images, but with some great Q&A for everyone as well. My favorite question everyone had to answer was “What is the most frustrating thing to hear about your work?” It’s really interesting to read everyone’s answers, it’s a very nice, intimate look into these artists’ personalities.

MacBook Air…I want it, or??

Alright…MacWorld keynote man. It’s like the Superbowl game or something for internet types like myself. FYI, ‘internet types’ are just a cooler version of nerds. Ha. Anyway, so yeah, I’m super excited this morning to see what Apple will announce…had been following all the rumor sites, etc. I’m hoping for an updated MacBook, like a new Pro since it really, really needs a refresh. But even just a new aluminum clad notebook thats powerful enough to do medium-size Photoshop and Illustrator tasks, something I can code on, then all the music, web, video, entertainment stuff…etc. But…what we got, the Macbook Air, while AMAZINGLY beautiful, is a bit confusing almost. They kind of have the whole consumer computer market wrapped up right now…its the Pros that needed a refresh. So why this basically less-than-even-a-macbook MacBook Air? Sure, its a great travel laptop, super thin, etc…but so is the existing Macbook? And its actually slower?! Weird. Beyond all that…yes, its super amazing, really beautiful and the whole envelope marketing thing is pretty great. But it doesn’t really seem like a timely release. Ehh…maybe I’m just bummed cause I’m itching for a new computer and this one is hard to justify. Ha, its funny, didn’t I write a pretty similar post about the iPhone and not feeling like I could justify it…then I bought it?! Either way…the MacBook Air is a fantastic product. The timing of it’s release just seems a bit odd. ***The new iPhone update is awesome. The movie rental thing is cool - even though I don’t think it will smash Netflix quite yet. Give them some time though.

40/40 is 100% official!!!

My least favorite genre of bars are sports bars. If they were all like 40/40 that be a different story especially going on opening night to kick off a Vegas New Years extravaganza with ton of celebs nonetheless. It’s definitely cool but the small armys of security and just as many staff makes it difficult to really get a gist of the spot but my girl and I did our best. On a typical night there won’t be 3 separate clipboard threatening bouncers and a red carpet but neither will the worldwide Def Jam artists and now ex-presideto Jay-Z and Beyonce and their secret service. I didn’t really get that 40/40 was sports themed but it helps break up the monotony. It takes the edge off from having a strictly hip-hop club which is usually sketchy. The layout and decor makes this place way better than average. The VIP area is this cool movie theater stepped area of tables all facing towards this crazy huge crisp TV screen. Not the static-y ones we are all used to seeing in bars. The coolest part about the clubs design is that it was real unpredictable. The whole back side had this lower area that was way more chill and had a gold Gucci link mosaic pattern on the floor, nice non-typical touch. Stuff like that tells you that someone in the design office really gets hip-hop. DJ Cassidy playing Flashing Lights was the last piece of the puzzle.

Wired’s sneak-peak at how the iPhone came about!

Of course I’m going to post this up. Kind of a given. While its not the super, nitty gritty details, behind-the-scenes look at how the iPhone came to life…its probably about as close as we’ll get for a while…before the book comes out. And seriously, I imagine they could write a book about it. Anyway, its just cool to get little quips and details of information about how such an amazing product from an amazing company came to life. Some interesting points: Its estimated that Apple spent about $150m to create the iPhone, which to me, doesn’t sound like that much compared with what other companies spend on R&D. There were roughly 200 engineers tasked with the project. The software team and the hardware team worked completely separate to keep things secret, secure - neither group ever had a full view of what they were working on. At the keynote when it was first demoed only about 30 people had ever seen the finished model - wow. The prototype model wasn’t working well, or pretty much at all, only a few months before they keynote. Etc, etc. Wired did a good job pulling together as many facts as Apple would allow into a nice little read. The revenue sharing AT&T does with Apple is pretty nuts as well. Good read..check it out.

Art traders: the Nahmad family!

I’ve always found this stuff super, super interesting. Seems like you could make a great movie about a topic like this…is there already one? So yeah, while on vacation I read a really, really interesting article about the Nahmad family and the amazing, amazing wealth they have created by trading classic art. Like…billions. Apparently they have a warehouse in Switzerland with an estimated 4,500 - 5,000 works of art valued at around $3-$4 billion. Yikes. It’s just so funny to me…its art. Just paintings. Sure…by some of the most famous artists in history, but still, they’re just paintings. That’s what makes the business so interesting - the fact that its so emotionally driven, their is a finite number of paintings, and no one knows the exact number of given works floating around. I love that…so many angles to be played. Anyway, I’ll stop fantasizing about being a James-Bond-Ocean’s-11-really-awesome art trader…ha. Get familiar with these guys…interesting stuff.

Best of/Future Post!!!

I am posting from the airport terminal, my 2nd home over the already gone holidays. It’s amazing when the time between going thru security and boarding becomes your downtime throughout the week. Happy new year online confidants! Albums for last year are Graduation by Kanye West, American Gangster by Jay-z, Finding Forever from Common, The Cool by Lupe Fiasco and last but definitely not least Hell Hath No Fury by the Clipse. I think that was early this year. But in general we are all more excited about the future than whats already past so this is where my heads at for 2008. For clothing lines definitely Lanvin, aka the new totally unaffordable Dior. Good thing checking out the line on style.com is free. The whole A Bathing Ape collection and their new retail spaces in Tokyo & LA. Pharrell’s jewlery line for Louis and a N.E.R.D. album. Raf Simons collaboration with Eastpak just needs to drop, it already looks like the final say in backpack design. Movie wise i cant wait to see that Mos Def/Gondry flicks. Man there truly is no better time than now.