30.12.14 by Jeff

Mural of the Day: DALeast in Berlin

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My talented friend, DALeast, painted this stunner in Berlin not too long ago. Definitely one of my favs this year. More images below.

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29.12.14 by Jeff

Relaxing Video of the Day: 27-Second Barrel in Africa Wins Surfline’s GoPro of the World Contest

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This video is from a couple months back but nice to watch after a hectic Monday. Earlier this year Koa Smith submitted this footage from an epic wave he caught in Skeleton Bay, Namibia. The clip landed him the $20,000 top prize in Surfline’s GoPro of the World contest. When I watch it I can’t help but think about the amazing planet we live on. Watch the video below (slow-mo first and then the original clip).

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23.12.14 by Jeff

The Anti-Sartorialist: Photographer Hans Eijkelboom

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Phaidon has released a fantastic book called “People of the Twenty-First Century”, which is a comprehensive collection of street photography by Hans Eijkelboom. (Good last name amirite?)

Hans Eijkelboom would hang around areas with lots of pedestrians, often near malls, and look for recurring elements. These could be things like men carrying purses, or couples walking arm in arm, band t-shirts, or gelled hair. He would shoot for anywhere from half an hour to several hours, using a camera hung around his neck and a trigger in his pocket. Later, in his Amsterdam studio he’d arrange the images into grids that he called ‘Photo Notes’.

The book represents two decades of these fascinating studies. It’s hard to look at these images and not chuckle at the idea of individualism. The work is definitely funny but also sort of profoundly sad. Take a look at lots more below!

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13.12.14 by Jeff

Top 15 Posts on Booooooom in 2014

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Here’s some weekend links for you, I dug up the 100 most popular Booooooom posts from the past year, and then whittled down the list to 15, as a sort of best of the year roundup. If you missed last year’s roundup here it is: Top 15 Posts on Booooooom in 2013.

 

1) Ingenious Hummingbird Flip-Books Made Out Of Recycled Bike Parts

 

2) Kid With No Money Makes His Own Action Figures Out Of Twist Ties

 

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3) Colourful Giant Handmade Textile Butteflies And Moths

 

These are Not Pieces of Trash They Are Detailed Paintings on Carved Wood

4) These Are Not Pieces Of Trash They Are Detailed Paintings On Carved Wood

 

CLASSIC ALBUM COVERS LOCATED IN GOOGLE MAPS

5) Classic Album Covers Located In Google Streetview

 

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6) Fantastic Time-Slice Photography By Dan Marker-Moore

 

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7) Incredible Folded Paintings By Artist Marcelo Daldoce

 

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8) Guitar Solo To The Exact Tune Of Japanese Politician Crying Hysterically

 

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9) Gorgeous Soft Pastel Drawings By Artist Zaria Forman

 

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10) Japanese Photographer Photoshops Herself Into Her Own Childhood Photos

 

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11) Allison Schulnik’s Fantastic Stop-Motion Animation Made Out Of Clay

 

Invention of the Day: 3D-Printed Machine Gun That Folds and Shoots Paper Airplanes

12) Guy Creates 3D-Printed Machine Gun That Folds And Shoots Paper Airplanes

 

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13) Photographer Has Her Identity Stolen And Gets Revenge With Art Project

 

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14) Meticulously Cut And Re-Arranged Photos By Artist Ed Spence

 

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15) Heavy Metal T-Shirts Made Into Handmade Quilts By Artist Ben Venom

 

 

 

20.11.14 by Jeff

Vancouver + New York: A Good Book Drive

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Heads up to everyone living in Vancouver and New York, the annual event known as A Good Book Drive is currently running until the end of the month in both cities. The project is a simple way to encourage a new generation of readers and to get good books into the hands of kids who need new ones.

All you have to do is buy a copy of your favourite kid’s book and drop it off at one of the drop-off sites. At each site they will give you a giant sticker to put inside the front cover, to be used to write a special note to the kid that will receive your book.

If you follow them on Instagram you’ll be able to see what book I donated when it gets shared there (should be soon).

See a full list of Vancouver and New York drop-off locations below!

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20.10.14 by Jeff

Drawing On The Past: Submissions Gallery

Here it is, at long last, all of the digital submissions to our “Drawing On The Past” art project in collaboration with Herschel Supply. If you somehow missed it, I asked people to submit drawings of people, places, and things, that positively affected their lives.

Huge thanks to everyone who took part! The artworks you all sent in were terrific but I was blown away by some of the intensely personal stories many of you shared. I loved reading through them all, and at our art show here in Vancouver (photos here), many people came over to me to share their favourite stories. It was cool to see people actually connecting with the art on the wall (this is something I don’t often see at art shows for some reason).

Sorry it’s taken so long to get all these submissions published, but I think when you see how many there are, and imagine typing them all out, you’ll understand. Big thanks to my sister for helping transcribe all the handwritten stories.

 

 

THE SUBMISSIONS 

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My mother told me about this true story of a family of crows in our backyard. A young crow fell from the nest and got stuck. They never stopped crowing. They got my mother’s attention and she got the young crow free. My mother’s way of showing how unrelentless her love is for me and our family was narrating this story. She told me that like a family of crows, even if one strays away, she’ll never give up on them. My family (including my ancestry) has evolved in so many ways but the traditional ways in which family is vital and strong has never wavered. I am a queer gender-fluid artist and my family of crows (present and past) loves me no matter what. That love will always be present and I can belong.

Name: Lost Boy

 

See the rest of the submissions below. Just a little warning here, there are A LOT of images for your browser to load.

 

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16.10.14 by Jeff

These are Not Pieces of Trash They Are Detailed Paintings on Carved Wood

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What you’re looking at is not a discarded cigarette package, it’s a detailed painting by artist Tom Pfannerstill on a carved piece of basswood. His artworks are made based on objects he finds in the street, which he carefully catalogs, noting the time and place of each. These re-created artifacts act as a very personal record of his movements through time and space. For him, creating these 3D memories is “strangely comforting in a world that is increasingly electronic and virtual”.

Lots more images below!

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25.08.14 by Jeff

Brendan Monroe and Souther Salazar

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Artists Brendan Monroe and Souther Salazar have teamed up on a mural in Portland, as part of Forest For The Trees. This is a dream team as far as I’m concerned; two of my favourites. A couple more flicks below!

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