25.02.11 by Jeff

Fun with rolling papers

This video pretty much sums up the vibe of POW WOW. “Rizzling” is the lost art of spinning rolling papers on your finger.

fun with rolling papers rizzling rizla

Watch the video below!

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

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  • oh my! looks like a blast!

  • haha lovely the spirit!

    • Yaeh really good vibrations!

  • love the chair jump

  • Benbenbenbenbenbenben

    I laughed soooo fucking hard the whole entire time!

  • Thats probably the best way to start off my morning, thanks for the laughs!

  • Great performance !

  • hen

    This made my morning!

  • never seen that b4 .it’s pretty cool :)

  • Walker

    hey, what song is playing in the background?

    • The Salmon Dance by Chemical Bros (Crookers Wow Remix)

  • Man, that’s a sick beat.

  • lapetitefaon

    bwahahah whaaaaaat?! at a loss

  • Post script, congrats on this being the 420th page of Booooooom! ever!

  • Charlie

    It occurred to me recently that of late I’ve been going weeks without even thinking of looking at Booooooom, this after years of visiting daily and re-checking as frequently as I would re-check my email. The reason for this change, I think, is a change in the site itself, and this post seems to me a good example of that.

    It seems to me that the site used to have a very simple and more pleasing approach, what I’d say set it apart from most other sites of a similar focus and what possibly made it popular in the first place, and that was you’d have just have a link to an artist’s site and then a selection of their work, and the next post would be the same, and the post after that would be the same. There was little to no commentary, you just saw a sample of an artist and a link to where you could see more if interested. There was the occasional departure from this but it seemed that such departures would always take a backseat to the artist posts, which were undeniably the chief concern of the site.

    It was for this reason that I liked Booooooom over every one of the blogs in the ‘Friends’ link list to the side, and what I’d say set the site apart from so many other blogs concerns with similar art. Now, however, it feels like Booooooom has become interchangeable with many of those on that link list.

    These days it feels like the posts sharing new artists have taken a backseat to what one might describe as “diary posts” (although not entirely fitting a description, it works enough), with the constant holiday snapshots and the giveaways and the events coverage and the news stories, etc. The artist posts still exist, yes, but they seem like an afterthought now.

    The site has always been the work of one man (perhaps I’m mistaken on that point…) but it never felt like the work of one man until now. When I visit the site now it feels basically like one man’s journal – an art-concerned man, sure, but still a journal, along the lines of Kitsune Noir/The Fox is Black, I think that’s my basic point.

    I really didn’t mean to type so much, and this comments section probably isn’t the right venue for such talk, but I really wonder if I’m not alone in these thoughts. It could very well just be me, I’m thinking…

    Also, I don’t mean to come off as whiny and ungrateful either (though I think my wording surely has that tone), I’m not trying to put the site down at all. I’ve found Booooooom incredibly useful over the years and it’s really a wonderful site all in all. But things change, directions and approaches change over time, perhaps that’s natural, and I guess I’m just wondering if anyone else has felt a kind of change in focus with the site, perhaps away from what they originally came to love about the site, something like that… Has this ever been discussed before?

    • hey there Charlie – appreciate the feedback. lately i have been posting about my trip to Hawaii but outside of that the majority of the postings are literally the same as they have been for more than two years. An artist’s name and a selection of their work. yes i am still running this site alone so it helps to have feedback from people who have followed it for a long time. i will do my best to make sure highlighting artwork remains the first priority. appreciate your comments.


      • Charlie

        Thanks for the reply. I have to say though, I was really being an overly critical dick, I was in a complaining mood (a no-good habit I fall into to avoid doing work myself, I think) and I was actually coming back to say that after a little more thought. The ‘change’ I was talking about is really down my own changing tastes, I’ve come to see now after a little more consideration, I think that’s actually all I’m finding. You are most likely right when you say there’s been little change in the site’s approach.

        The post I made was rather off-hand, I hadn’t thought it through so much, and so no one should pay it any real mind.

        I must say now, some positivity to try to correct my whining before, that Booooooom truly is and has been a wonderful site over the years. I should not have been so flippant in my commenting before, I really do apologise for that. For me, personally, the site has it has been a tremendously helpful and motivating force, putting me in touch with many artists I surely would never have known otherwise. It is a really truly great thing you’ve put together here.

        All the best to you.

      • i actually feel the same way as you about many journal-style blogs and for this reason i keep most of my personal life off of the site except in the case of events that i am involved in. the community here is not something i take for granted and appreciate everyone who has been following along. i am doing my best to continue to provide a positive place for people to come and be inspired. i appreciate your thoughtful messages, charlie. cheers

  • Tan

    Jeff, incredible video you produced to capture the wild adventures in “Rizzling”. Zig Zags are better unburned!

  • fun times! so good, thanks for sharing!

  • Miharu

    I often feel that there needs to be a face to a blog, so I see absolutely no harm in posting the more personal aspects of your art life. and this video was awesome! how exactly are they doing that? It reminds me of the Spongebob episode with the piece of paper. Looks magic.

    • pretty much just pinch the corners of the paper and you’re good to go

      • don’t give out rizzling jedi’s secret techinique on blogs!
        it takes million jedi years to master this move.

        HAHAHA! coming soon to your nearest 7/11 and AM/PM markets.


      • hahahahha suitmaaaaan i miss you brotha

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  • Ben Y

    I kept doing this for ages once I learned how.

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  • never laughed so hard in my life. i love you jeff please come back to hawaii again soon please.

    • my life’s goal is to be there every year for the rest of my life! haha

  • Alicks (Alex) Renee

    I couldn’t stop laughing this whole time! I was thinking to myself, what must they have been doing right before, or were going to do right after the discovery of rizzling. Never seen this in my life. Then reading through the comments, my question was answered. Zig Zag sheets…..of course. hahaha

  • Alicks (Alex) Renee

    forgive my shameful idiocracy. lol

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23.05.17 by Jeff

Akira Covers for Epic Comics

Came across this great archive of Katsuhiro Otomo’s art and put together a little selection of my favourite Epic Comics Akira covers. More images below.

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23.05.17 by Jeff

LG Partners With Parsons School for Design

LG is partnering with leading design institutions to provide their new 34″ UltraWide monitors to help students studying architecture and design work more efficiently. The dimensions are eye-catching at 21:9 and the design actually curves around the user, offering as much real estate for visual information as possible.

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23.05.17 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

A selection of images from “Theaters” by photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. More images below.

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23.05.17 by Jeff

Kutcorners for OURO Collective

OURO Collective – photo by Teppei Tanabe


This week Vancouver-based dance collective OURO is debuting their first full-length show “Tangent” at the Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th), and we are proud to be a media partner for the event. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration come check this out, we’ll be at both shows! Tickets are going quick, so if you’re interested get tickets HERE!

Yesterday we shared a clip of OURO’s rehearsal footage (watch here) and today we have an interview with Kutcorners, who created three original tracks for “Tangent”. The New Zealand-born, Vancouver-based producer is one half of LIVE EVIL, the guys that made all those amazing live mixes we featured over the years (watch one here). You can stream or download the music Kutcorners created for OURO on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.


Vancouver producer, Kutcorners – photo by Hana Pesut


Jeff Hamada: How would you describe the music you make?

Kutcorners: This is always a hard question, because I actually like to make many different types of music. But ultimately things under “Kutcorners” usually are a derivative of R&B music, old or new, with a twist.

I sometimes say I make “pop” music, but my music isn’t really that popular in the traditional sense. More like “pop art” really.

Jeff Hamada: I like the idea that it’s pop art. Who are some of the artists influencing you right now?

Kutcorners: Mura Masa, Toro Y Moi or Les Sins, Caribou, Dj Dahi, Knxwledge, Pomo, Kaytranada, U-Tern (Oliver), Nosaj Thing, Prince and MJ will inspire me forever.


If you don’t have Spotify you can listen to the tracks here.


Jeff Hamada: Had you ever collaborated with dancers prior to this project with OURO?

Kutcorners: No, this is the first time and I hope to do more of it.

Jeff Hamada: That would be cool to see an on-going thing. How would you describe the work that they’re creating?

Kutcorners: I would describe it as a melange of disciplines coming together to form a modern take on traditional dance performance. It’s very refreshing and inspiring work.

Jeff Hamada: Can you talk a little bit about the experience of watching their rehearsals and then turning that into sounds?

Kutcorners: Well, we talked a lot about sounds they like when they rehearse, which gave me inspiration to draw from idea I had started already, and also on some new arrangements.

Getting people to describe sounds they like can be quite hard, because people hear sounds and articulate them differently from person to person. It’s fun to hear how we all describe the sounds we like and how they affect movement.



Jeff Hamada: Did this experience offer any sort of new perspective on your work?

Kutcorners: Yeah, it showed me that I make movements in music too quick! It’s more effective to use little sounds and build things slowly rather than to cram everything in to a 3-minute song.

Dance is very much related to how music works and why it’s made. In retrospect, I would have benefitted from dancing more in my life. It really helps connect you to the physical side of music, which is so important when creating it.

Jeff Hamada: What things are you working on now?

Kutcorners: I’m working on making more original music for my own releases, which I plan to put out on record and online. Working with singers too, to help bring these instrumentals to life.


Kutcorners on Bandcamp

Kutcorners on Soundcloud

Kutcorners on Instagram

OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram

23.05.17 by Staff

Los Angeles Warehouse Transformed into a 150,000 Square Foot Art Exhibition

British artist Simon Birch and a team of 20 collaborators have constructed an elaborate series of interconnected installations in a vacant warehouse on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles. Covering 3 acres of space with a mix of sculpture, video, paintings and performance pieces, the exhibition is a direct response to the current political climate. A celebration of creativity, diversity and unity, Birch explains: “Given the current fragile state of the world, we need unity more than ever… and we need action.”

While encouraging positivity, possibility and a safe space for people to come together, The 14th Factory is exactly that — a call to action that doesn’t shy away from provoking a response (or at least an Instagram photo). One installation is an exact replica of the iconic room from 2001: A Space Odyssey, while another is filled with 300 pitchforks hanging from the ceiling above the guests!

Check out more images from the project below or on display at 440 N. Ave 19 Los Angeles, California until May 31.

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