The Guardian has published an incredible story about a fisherman, Salvador Alvarenga, who encountered a storm and found himself 6,700 miles from home. He was lost at sea for 438 days. It sounds impossible but Alvarenga and his inexperienced companion, 22-year-old Ezequiel Córdoba, basically survived by learning to catch fish with bare hands and drinking their own urine while waiting for fresh rain water.
A few weeks ago we hid 15 of these green tokens (drawn by artist Luke Ramsey) around our site. We were surprised how many of you were able to find them all!
Congratulations to the following 4 people who were the fastest to find them all: Brianna Pereira, Tomás Gutiérrez Cillero, Liam Fogerty, and Corbin Foreman. You’ve each won an original drawing by Luke Ramsey and a bag courtesy of our friends at Herschel Supply. Also congrats, Carl Bahr, you found the rare red token so you also get a bag!
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If you missed it before, this is a little video of Luke drawing all the little characters. If you wanna support Luke we’re selling the rest of his original drawings (not prints) in our shop for the next few days! Check ’em out here: shop.booooooom.com
Minnesota-based photographer Alec Soth may be a highly accomplished artist in his own right but now he’s focusing his attention on the next generation. For Soth the most important thing is getting young people out of traditional classrooms and actually looking at things out in the world. Watch the video below for more information on how you can support Soth’s “art school on wheels”!
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Earlier this year I was invited out to a festival called IAM in Barcelona, and I spoke about my motivations for running this website. They recently uploaded my entire talk to Vimeo. This message in the image above is what I wanted to leave people with. For me, life is not about eliminating fear it’s about using it! I’m pretty much at a point now where I have no real desire to do anything if I’m not at least a little bit afraid to do it.
If you’ve followed Booooooom for a couple years everything in this video may be old news but if you’re new here and have no idea what Booooooom is or who I am (see how I brought it back to IAM) then feel free to watch the video of my talk below.
A couple weeks ago we launched our Booooooom Doodle Hunt – our big online scavenger hunt – with bags from Herschel Supply and original drawings by Luke Ramsey up for grabs! The hunt ends this Friday so there’s still time to join in on the fun! Heads up for everyone already hunting, the last hidden drawing will be in one of the posts on Tuesday or Wednesday!
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We shot the video above with Luke as he continuously drew characters for about 40 minutes. He challenged himself not to pause and think in the middle of any drawings, and tried to just let his mind go. Our original thought was to interview him but this ended up being something a lot more personal.
We are also selling 12 of Luke Ramsey’s original drawings in our shop! These are not prints, these are the original drawings! This may be one of the most affordable ways to own an original by Luke, and of course once they’re gone, they’re gone. Many years ago a dinosaur drawing he made was one of the first original pieces of art I bought.
Huge thank you to Luke Ramsey for being a part of this little experiment! It’s been so much fun, and the response has been so positive, we’ll definitely have to do this again with another artist! Thanks once again to Herschel Supply for supplying the prizes! Good luck to everyone hunting doodles!
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.
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!
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.
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.