30.10.15 by Jeff

An Inspiring Snapchat Story: How I Beat Stage IV Breast Cancer in 4 Months

christa wittmier-beats-cancer

My amazing friend Christa Wittmier was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer earlier this year and began using Snapchat to document her experience. 4 months later her scans miraculously showed no cancer in her body. Now she still has a ways to go, another cycle of chemo and then surgeries to remove her ovaries and then her breasts, but she is charging on.

A little excerpt from her blog:

“there are too many miracles that happened to list here but know that from here on out especially now i believe. i believe in god i believe in the power of positive intentions, positive thoughts and beyond all that i believe that you can put your mind to anything you want in life.

you have to know this.

please be good to each other. if there is anything i want you guys to learn from my experience is be mindful of how you treat each other. you never know when you may need to rely on the support of others to save a life. i pray that nobody has to go through that mental horror of thinking your life is over or of wanting it to be over.”

I’m so inspired by this woman! Have a look at her Snapchat story below, it might help you stay positive in the midst of your own life struggles.

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27.10.15 by Jeff

Sponsored Post: Artist Chris Bourke for el Jimador

Artist Chris Bourke has teamed up with el Jimador, Mexico’s #1 selling 100% agave tequila, to create a 50-piece set of unique skulls to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Each skull was printed from a hand carved wood block, which Chris then carefully applied a combination of watercolour and gold leafing to create the final pieces. The skulls aim to embrace the overall vibe and spirit of the Mexican celebration of the dead. To learn more about the project and win a pair of Bourke’s skull prints check out el Jimador’s Facebook page. See more images below!

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09.10.15 by Jeff

Vancouver Art/Book Fair


Heads up local people, Vancouver Art/Book Fair opens next week (October 17th-18th) at the Vancouver Art Gallery! Hooray! Last year’s event was amazing, and this year’s looks like it will be bigger and better with more than 70 exhibitors and great lineup of presenters.

The event is organized each year by Project Space, a non-profit dedicated to publication as an artistic practise. Translation: If you’re into books and zines you do not want to miss it! The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is actually the reason I got to be real life friends with Hugh from Landfill Editions after admiring what he does from afar for so long (we even went on a hike). So you might even make some new friends! Put it in your calendar.

08.10.15 by Jeff

Pow! Wow! Japan


Pow! Wow! Japan doesn’t officially start in Tokyo until October 17th, but things have already gotten started. Artists Mon, Bakibaki, Cook One, Usugrow, Dragon76, Luise One, Jay Shogo and Frankie Cihi just painted a big wall in Shibuya. Following the Tokyo event Pow! Wow! Taiwan kicks off October 31st in Taipei. Watch the video below.

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07.10.15 by Staff

J.J. Abrams’ Homage to the Beastie Boys in Star Wars


New Hasbro figurines give insight into the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, specifically one alien X-wing pilot named Ello Asty. Complete with “born to ill” written in Aurebesh (Star Wars lingo) on his helmet, the character is believed to be a Beastie Boys tribute by director J.J. Abrams (Abrams previously used “Sabotage” and “Body Movin'” in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) respectively). Although as one Epicstream commenter has noted, the character name could also act as a double reference, spelling out L.O.S.T. (ell o as ty) another infamous Abrams project.

05.10.15 by Jeff

Epic Craigslist Post: “I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972”


Illustration by Harriet Lee-Merrion

This Boston m4w missed connections post begins: “I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself” and you’re instantly absorbed in a very different kind of personals ad. In fact, whether or not the OP (“an old man now”) ever finds the woman who grabbed his hand and chatted with him over pecan pie at a five and dime one rainy New Year’s Eve becomes irrelevant.

I want to believe this is real but it’s too good to be true. Read the full missed connection below.

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25.09.15 by Jeff

Jason Lee Guest Edits Monster Children


Thanks to our friends over at Monster Children for sending over one of their limited edition box sets as part of the release of their latest issue, guest edited by Jason Lee. The artist/actor/skateboarder curated a bunch of goodies including art prints by Mark Gonzales and Chris Pastras, hat by Brixton, field notebook, and a previously unreleased 7″ record featuring Beck (A side) and Grandaddy (B side).

Check out the box set here and watch their profile on him below:


22.09.15 by Staff

An Interview with Anders Nilsen & Book Giveaway


“What does it feel like being you?” is a question Poetry Is Useless both asks and addresses, offering a unique meditation on the very idea of uselessness and self-reflection. That’s not to say there isn’t also a whole lot of fun/poking fun!

See more images and our interview with Nilsen below. Also enter for a chance to get your very own copy of Poetry Is Useless by sharing your favourite poem in the comments section below. We have two copies to give away!

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