20.06.11 by Jeff

The “Before Life” Project

Last week we announced the “After Life” series, our collaboration with Poketo. This week I am excited to announce the “Before Life” project!

This is a chance for you to design a wallet and add your name to the impressive list of artists who have worked with Poketo! An open call for submissions like this is a first for them and we’re happy to be a part of it!

Booooooom x Poketo The Before Life Series Project

So here’s what you have to do (READ CAREFULLY):

1. CREATE! Design what you think “Before Life” was like. What did the world look like before we all got here? Did it have a lot of color? Did it ooze with neon? Did that primordial sludge really look quite handsome? You let us know!

2. DESIGN! Your design must be 300 DPI, 8.75″ width x 4″ height. But, DO NOT submit the hi resolution version. Make a low resolution version JPEG(no more than 1MB) for submission. If your design wins the contest, you will need to send us the hi resolution version later.

3. SUBMIT! Post your low resolution submission on Poketo’s Facebook Wall. Multiple submissions per artist are allowed. In the post title, write “Poketo x Booooooom Wallet Contest”. You have until July 3, 2011 to post your designs!

4. VOTE! We’ll post a gallery of selected submissions on Booooooom’s Facebook Wall and let you guys vote and help decide which design gets the top prize.

5. THE PRIZE! Winner will be announced on July 12, 2011. Poketo will produce 50 pieces of the winning design to be sold alongside the works of 200 other international artists on poketo.com. On top of props from both Booooooom and Poketo, the winner also gets 20 of the 50 limited edition wallets to keep. How’s that for bragging rights?

Don’t forget: Deadline for submissions is July 3, 2011. Post your wallet design on facebook.com/poketo. If you have any questions, post a comment here. Good luck and happy designing!

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

  • http://www.hellojenuine.com Jen

    but i don’t have facebook. sad face (book).

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      sorry jen! we always try to switch things up so next project will not be limited to Facebook, hopefully you can be a part of it!

    • http://twitter.com/mfbolla bolla

      Same sad issue, no facebook!

  • http://pikaland.com Amy@Pikaland

    Jen, that is the funniest comment I have read this month, haha! Don’t fret — maybe it’s time to face (book) the challenge and start one? ;D

    • http://www.hellojenuine.com Jen

      ha, thanks amy. however, i find myself feeling glad i don’t have one more often than i regret not having one; maybe one day!

  • http://doworkdesign.com Andrew

    Just posted my submission. Looking forward to this contest!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      it looks great!!

  • Drew Bremer

    This is going to be fun.

  • http://aquitemcaqui.com leo

    Jen, I am with you 😉 No need for facebook and wondering why so many things in the world are all about it.

  • http://arthurporto.com Arthur Porto

    Worldwide artists are able to participate? I’m from Brazil :)

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      yes open worldwide!

  • http://arthurporto.com Arthur Porto

    nice! I’ll draw something new 😀

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff


  • Marina

    Jeff, isn’t there two sides two sides to the poketo wallets?

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      yes- i am making a Booooooom x Poketo graphic for the inside!

  • MAriel

    Is there a template of the size and shape to work with?

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      the dimensions are listed there!

      300 DPI, 8.75″ width x 4″ height

  • Samantha

    Since there are two sides to the poketo wallets does that mean we have to submit two designs?

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      no just submit one side for now!

  • http://www.aoifeodwyer.com/ Aoife

    Woo finally put up my design! Might try and knock out another one over the weekend – so many ideas so little time! 😀

  • http://jakepauls.tumblr.com/ Jake

    Is it too late to submit designs, or do we have till midnight today?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/little_lido/ Lido Pimienta

    Oh lord, I follow poketo everywhere else but on facebook and I am finally to upload my entries but I have way too many freidns and it wont let me LIKE poketo to join it and I have deleted a bunch of pages and stuff to send the stuff and it still wont work! :( Well, plan b: Delete all of my friends from high school! Ha!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/little_lido/ Lido Pimienta

    Yeap, not working sniffffffffffffffffffff
    Can we upload them on the booooooom facebook page?

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      sure go for it!

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/little_lido/ Lido Pimienta

        yay! uploading!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerpaola/ powerpaola

    I don’t have facebook can I send my images to your e-mail :(

  • http://jakepauls.tumblr.com/ Jake

    i’m just wondering what kind of rights poketo and booooom are asking for of these images. will they be used for any other purposes besides the 50 limited edition wallets?

  • Samantha

    When are you posting the gallery of selected submissions??

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff


  • http://artbypatch.com Patch

    Cannot wait to see the gallery of submissions! Be sure and put it all over facebook.

01.12.15 by Staff

Beautiful 1,400 Year-Old Gingko Tree


A 1,400 year-old ginkgo tree at the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in China is shedding its leaves again! More unreal photos of this naturally occurring event below!

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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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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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