04.02.10 by Jeff

Robert Mearns

My pal Robert Mearns just released this amazing t-shirt for ION Magazine. Does anyone outside of Vancouver know who Expo Ernie is?

robert mearns painter painting artist vancouver expo ernie ion magazine

robert mearns painter painting artist vancouver expo ernie ion magazine

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://www.decadentlifestyle.net Mr Decadence

    I want that. I want that very much.

  • http://thepinkspit.blogspot.com ines

    love ti!!

  • Enrique

    The Robot Mascot of the fair.
    Yup, I’m sure of it (haha, hope so)

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

      yes! did all the Expos have a little mascot with a name?

      • Enrique

        Not sure, but in Spain there was one called Fluvi, in Japan Moriso (something like that), Chinas mascot for the world expo is called Haibao.

      • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

        wow i need to look all these up!

  • http://www.welcometothedarkslide.com Alia

    This must be inspired by that Dr. Who episode where they’re in the library!
    Very cool either way.

  • http://playwithfire.tumblr.com Scully


  • http://www.aliceguan.blogg.no Alice

    Me like!

  • http://www.chelseydoyle.com Chelsey


  • http://robertmearns.com Robert Mearns

    thanks guys :)

  • mia

    no i don’t. i think too many of these great artists are not known in germany.
    –> and this shirt absolutly gorgeous. <–
    [is it possible to connect these artists shown here with germany? it HAS to be a platform, to bring all these together. and it's a shame that it didn't happend till now! well, there are some, but not enough!!!]

  • Tyler Austin Bradley

    Wondered what became of Ernie… I always kind of assumed he wound up on the DTES after the whole post Expo, False Creek/Coal Harbour fiasco. Looks like I was right.
    As an aside, had the VanOc committee wanted to do a seriously “green games,” they would have resurrected Ernie instead of tabling a full four culturally appropriated (first nations derived) and awkwardly monetized characters.
    But this is not the forum for socio-political diatribe(?) (though the torch parade through Rossland was an abomination- ugh)
    Awesome t-shirt.

  • http://www.concretecat.com concrete matt

    I was six during expo 86 and my sister went to expo with her school marching band, she bought me a shirt with expo ernie on it.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    i was four, i wish i had a better memory of it, i remember getting stamps on my passport from the different countries you could visit

  • GT

    a very tenous link….
    but i believe it was a semi related event at expo 86 where tony hawk beat christian hosoi in one of skateboaridng first “international” events… or something like that. i only really remember the hawk-hosoi detail fro sure. GT

  • http://www.kimgilldesign.com Kim

    I TOTALLY remember Expo Ernie…

    What ever happened to the good ol’ expo/world fair?
    They don’t do things like they used too.

  • Rob

    lol COOL! love it! i still have a huge stuffed Expo Ernie that i got when i was at the Expo! I had to claim it as luggage cause it was so big….its in a plastic bag in my basement still like new, poor guy…its too bad they got rid of so much of the Expo from Vancouver when it was done, i loved the “Concrete Highway”

  • http://www.twitter.com/i_am_brando Brando Craig

    This is awesome. I want that t-shirt!

  • http://myspace.com/sergio.ruiz sergio ruiz

    muy bonito robot

  • http://somethingborrowedmtl.blogspot.com Madeline

    Hey Kim, haven’t you heard? Singapore is having an expo this year, complete with cutesy, ice cream-licking mascot: http://www.singaporeatworldexpo.com/en/index.html

  • http://twitter.com/Zorytee Zorytee

    Beautiful :)

01.12.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions: December


Thanks to every single one of you who submitted work to the November Reader Submissions post, it’s really cool to see all the talent in this community!

For those of you who are new, these posts are the best way to submit your work to be considered for a post on Booooooom. Up-voting work you like and leaving the positive comments to each other helps me see what work you like really pumps people up. I encourage you to do both! These posts get a lot of traffic so even if your work is not a fit for Booooooom it still gets seen by many (and definitely sends traffic to your own websites).

Please share your work here this month by leaving a comment below. The commenting system allows images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.


Submission guidelines:

1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.

3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.

4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.




01.12.15 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Caiti Borruso


A selection of photos from “Whale Creek is Flooding” a series by photographer Caiti Borruso, found via our November Reader Submissions. More images below.

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Hilarious Hack of the Day: The Secret Selfie Stick aka Really Long Arm


For anyone who finds selfie sticks too embarrassing to use in public, a guy named Mansun has come up with a solution. Made with two right hands ordered off Amazon (naturally), two original selfie sticks, and a shirt with extremely long sleeves, Mansun’s hack certainly addresses one problem. (Of course, he may have just created another).

Click here for a more detailed account of his process. More hilarious images below, love the shot of the shirt sleeves!

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01.12.15 by Staff

Strangely Satisfying Video of the Day: “ENDLESS”


Directed/animated by Buenos Aires-based creatives at molistudio with music by Argentinian duo Anybody There. “ENDLESS is a story about seeking and (not) finding,” featuring brightly coloured and beautifully mechanized routines. Watch below!

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01.12.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Victoria Siemer


I like this simple series of illuminated text by Brooklyn-based Victoria Siemer. More images below.

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