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OK, you, Google+, I'm going to continue to ignore your beckoning, as at the moment I can only cognitively add 140 characters or less to my already work-addled brain. At least until I get this big ol' deadline offa my back. In the meantime, here's a completely rad postcard book from one of my favorite artists/illustrators, James Jean (jamesjean.com). If you don't have it, you should. It sits next to my workstation -- which is looking very Startrekian these days I may add thanks to Steve's last round or designs -- and makes me happy :-).
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This is the image I will have in my head for the day as I approach my looming deadline :-)
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Is WHITE the new GREEN?

Super cool ad campaign for Greenpeace encourages homeowners to paint their roofs white. Wait, it's the photos and whole human participatory element thing that radly touch upon where advertising should be headed.

‘White is the new green’ ads are created by the Johannesburg, SA office of Ogilvy & Mather. They are arting up the entire community with enclaves of hares, foxes, and polar bears. I hope they all get along. :-)

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I’ve been collecting old metal signage for a coon’s age, as it were. Stashed away in weird corners of our house, here and there, are all manner of flea market finds of the metal variety. If I haven’t given them away or lost them, these bad boys like to ding good-sized holes in drywall. So every rental or house I’ve owned ever since I was old enough to sign for one has at least three or four of these ding holes to show for.

Obviously, such pauper’s gold as drywall was never meant for their hearty backsides, because these signs were meant to shine on wood posts or barn walls where they could do their best commercial damage for unwitting passers-by.

“If they rip at the waistband, we will pay you fifty cents.” Well, hotdamn. And done with that kind of flourish and typesetting? Well, sign me right up for a pair ☺.

I love the early attempt at white labeling for G. A. Smith from West Paris, Maine, where I can imagine these suckers are selling like it’s their job.
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There’s not a whole lot more enjoyable in my design work than collaborating with Marco Ventura. A product of an artistically multi-talented family and apprentice as illustrator in his own father’s design studio (can you even imagine?), his work is detailed and methodical to say the least. Whenever I am lucky enough to get the real thing -- the work appearing magically on my desk on canvas or wood panel – I am continually able to appreciate his very distinct, mediaeval-inspired technique even if the subject is something such as biotech.

Marco explains “In this way I manage to bring the rapt aura of old paintings into my representation—all done in the style and manner of my masterly predecessors."

Communication Arts just did a big spread on Marco’s work in the July/August 2011 issue here: http://venturamarco.com/blogwp/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MarcoVenturaCAJuly-August2011.pdf
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My korner, as I like to kall it, is where I've been spending most of my time these days, immersed 200% of the time being full-on full-on.

Having two seconds to rub together, I thought quickly to introduce to you to awesomeness in the form of two Oregonians known as aaron and ayumi, aka APAK. I kinda want to keep them a secret. But why be greedy? They painted this wood original I snagged at a Giant Robot exhibition in San Francisco (that if you zoom in to see) liiterally rocks my studio windowsill. If you're quick enough, and the lucky type, you may get your mitts on something like this > http://www.etsy.com/listing/15463263/limited-edition-print-up-the-hill.

My APAK sits next to an 80's Soviet doll head brought back from a videographer friend who travels to cool places all the time. It's frequently mistaken for a head with feet attachech to it; this factor has creeped most people out over the years no matter how cheerful its surroundings may purport to be. I'm sure it's probably from Chernobyl. And of course there's that tray of Pigmas from .01 to .5 with tumbleweeds blowin' over them because ain't nothin' analog happening in my world these days.
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Although this came out this past spring for the 2011 Blogger's Quilt Festival. -- Didja know there was one? -- I thought how fitting a tribute to Steve Jobs: a Mac Color Picker handmade quilt rockin' the classic mode clearly made with mucho love from a mom for her computer geek son.

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More here: http://bearpawandbearpaw.blogspot.com/2011/05/bloggers-quilt-festival-spring-2011.html
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Just stumbled across this extraordinary obituary... USAF pilot... typhoon hunter...transported nukes...Time photojournalist (in the age of emulsion!)...acclaimed freelance photographer... even his name -- "Kent Reno," like something out a mid-century western. And his last wish? No service -- instead, raise a glass in his memory!

So, ask yourself... who are the remarkable people still alive around you with stories like this to tell?
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I would have gotten a better shot of this sign, but I was on my way to a lunch meeting with someone I have never met before. I decided it wasn't in my best interest to make an entrance from the hinterlands of the parking lot.

Just in case you can't read it or thought you read it incorrectly the first time: Your Visits are Recorded for Your Safety.

Only in the South would the surveillance CYA be hand painted script, have motherly intentions, and be nestled behind a birdhouse.
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It’s odd how ‘mainstream’ artists like Bansky have elevated street art to its proper place – ahem, an art form. Are the products of these artists now actual cultural assets that need protection? We’re talking listing works such as his as architecturally and historically significant, thus protecting the structure it was graffed upon (i.e. the artist’s canvas). It’s an interesting notion and high time coming, but it’s challenging to do the creative visualization around this.

There is the obvious anti-establishment and most often anonymous aura that surrounds street art -- at least anonymous in the sense that you can continue doing it without getting busted. It’s cool if people know who you are when you aren’t bellowing it to the masses. Good graff has a subcultural caché that speaks sideways.

This pixelized water spout is one of my favorite pieces of street art ever. It appeared in New York in the East Village in 2008 and disappeared into the ether soon thereafter. This particular photo was taken right as it was graffed upon by a throw-down artist of much lesser skill.

For those super micro into the deets, there is a Listed Buildings Act to protect such graffiti structures in the UK. They have the Beatles Abbey Road as protection. It’s about time we start doing this here in the US, but how?

Melinda Brocka wrote a nifty piece in last week’s HuffPo Arts about graffiti finally getting more than street cred: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melinda-brocka/should-banksys-graffiti-a_b_937221.html#s340605

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