16.06.15 by Jeff

Booooooom x WeTransfer: HEAVY DREAMERS (Full Film)

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Earlier this year we teamed up with WeTransfer to profile a diverse group of artists and investigate their creative motivations while they made work at the Pow! Wow! Hawaii arts festival. Huge thanks to director David Ehrenreich and cinematographer Liam Mitchell, it was an amazing experience working with them once again. A lot of blood sweat and tears went into this little piece, I hope you enjoy it! Please view it full screen HD if your connection is fast enough!

HEAVY DREAMERS features interviews with: Hot Tea, Kevin Lyons, James Jean, Tatiana Suarez, Nosego, Lauren YS, Klone, Smithe, Case, and JPatt.

Watch the full film below!

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09.06.15 by Jeff

Official Release: The Booooooom REMAKE book is finally here!

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IT’S FINALLY HERE.

After years (literally years) making the first-ever Booooooom book it has finally been released! You can purchase this on Amazon (and Amazon.ca and Indigo) and pretty much wherever quality books are sold! If you have a shop and want to carry our book that would be awesome, please contact Chronicle Books (if you’re in Canada contact Raincoast Books).

We’re giving away 2 books on our Instagram and another copy here. All you have to do is leave a comment below with a link to your favourite Booooooom post from 2015 so far. We’ll pick a winner in a week!

Thank you to everyone who has art in here, your books are all being mailed to you!

 

LEAVE A COMMENT / ENTER TO WIN BOOK

 

04.06.15 by Jeff

Booooooom T-Shirt Designed by Wakana Yamazaki

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Today is the last day to pick up one of our limited edition Booooooom t-shirts「JUNK FOOD MAN」designed by Japanese illustrator Wakana Yamazaki. It’s only available until tonight at 11:59pm PST! Don’t miss out, these won’t be for sale ever again.

ORDER THE SHIRT HERE

02.06.15 by Jeff

An Interview with Tokyo-Based Illustrator Wakana Yamazaki

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Our first-ever Booooooom t-shirt is for sale until Thursday! 3 more days and then it’s gone forever! Purchase it here.

The artist behind the design is Tokyo-based illustrator Wakana Yamazaki. We commissioned her to create a graphic in her wildly original style, and this junk food man was exactly what we were hoping for! Below is a short interview with Wakana.

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Jeff Hamada: Where are you living right now, and what’s your favourite thing about living there?

Wakana Yamazaki: I live in Chiba Prefecture. Favourite thing is a lot of friends are living near and easy to commute to the workplace in Tokyo.

JH: Do you like natto? I love it, but lots of my Japanese friends hate it.

WY: It has strong unique smell, but I love it! I buy natto rolls for lunch as well.

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JH: Have you traveled much outside of Japan?

WY: I sometimes go for a trip to Asia because the travel expenses are low. I plan to go to Vietnam with a friend next year.

JH: Vietnam is amazing I was there a year ago! What do you and your friends do for fun in Chiba?

WY: I envy you! Did you go to Suoi Tien Theme Park in Vietnam? I really want to go there. In Chiba, I go to music festivals and Disneyland, and the big flea market is fun. And it’s fun to create together at friend’s house.

JH: I didn’t go to the theme park – next time! Can you describe the last dream you had?

WY: I could not remember it well, but I often have dreams that usually mix B movies.

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JH: What’s your favourite B movie?

WY: “Terror Vision” “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” Both movies I like are silly.

JH: You have a very unique illustrative style! Something about it reminds me of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine animation (which was done by a Canadian animator, George Dunning). What things are influencing your work?

WY: I was influenced by Seymour Chwast of the push pin studios. His old picture book is colorful and graphical, and it’s really great. I like psychedelic illustrations of the 70’s and 60’s, and comics of Guy Peellaert. Of course I also love Yellow Submarine animation.

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JH: I would love to see your work animated, is this something you’ve ever though about?

WY: Of course, I’d be really glad if it comes true. When drawing the work, it seems that it’s moving in my head. I’d like to visualize it.

JH: What are some Tokyo-based bands I should check out?

WY: Well, I don’t hear so much Japanese music. A metal band I like is “Ningen Isu”. I recommend it to heavy metal fans.

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JH: Do you do illustration as a full-time job? Or you have another job too?

WY: I work as a freelance illustrator while doing the work of the design in a company.

JH: Can we end this interview with a quote that you like?

WY: A Japanese proverb “好きこそ物の上手なれ”. “Nothing is impossible to a willing mind.”

 

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05.05.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions: May

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I meant to post this before the weekend – it’s time for a new month of art submissions! Thanks for submitting your work to the April Submissions post. As always thanks to all of you who take time to leave encouraging comments to artists who submit work, and please keep upvoting work you like!

These monthly posts are the best way to promote yourself! Works that I may not feel are a fit can still be seen, and artists can get some new visitors to their own personal sites regardless. Please share your work here during the month of May. The comments allow images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website. Please keep the image under 500kb, there is a bug that causes duplicate comments if the image is too large.

 

Submission guidelines:

1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image (500kb or less) 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.

 

 

SUBMIT WORK / LEAVE A COMMENT

 

06.04.15 by Jeff

Booooooom x Tangible Interaction: Submissions to our Pencil Project for IAM Festival in Barcelona

Last month we launched a project to build a sculpture in Barcelona, at the IAM Festival, using pencils mailed in from all over the world. We collaborated with Vancouver-based studio Tangible Interaction to 3D-print special connectors that would allow us to connect the pencils together in a variety of ways. It was a pretty ambitious project considering we only had a few weeks to collect pencils and it would only work if we had lots.

You guys totally came through! All in all we had well over 1,000 pencils from all over the place: North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, India, and Sri Lanka! Thank you all for making our project in Barcelona a success! If you sent us a pencil you can now say that you have exhibited at the Design Museum of Barcelona, that’s pretty cool!

Here is a quick time lapse of people at the event building the sculpture with your pencils and a gallery of all the people who emailed in a photo of themselves. These photos represent a small fraction of all the people who took part in the project but I think it still beautifully represents the way the Internet can used to create an artwork using bits and pieces from all different countries.

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Thank you everyone! Gallery of “pencil people” below!

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06.04.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions: April

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I meant to post this up before the long weekend! Here is this month’s Reader Submissions post! Thank you all for submitting your work to the March Submissions post last month. Love seeing all the encouraging comments to artists in there, the comments and upvotes do not go unnoticed, and it means artists whose work doesn’t end up getting featured still get traffic to their own websites and new eyes on their work!

This is the April Submissions post, please share your work here during the month of April. The comments allow 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.

 

 

SUBMIT WORK / LEAVE A COMMENT

 

 

13.03.15 by Jeff

Vancouver Event: Come to our Pencil Party at Collage Collage on Saturday!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, to each and every one of you for sending in pencils to be part of our project with Tangible Interaction! Next week we fly out to Barcelona for the Internet Age Media festival and we’ll be using hundreds and hundreds of your pencils, mailed in from around the world, to build a sculpture out there. Stay tuned for updates!

Heads up for those in Vancouver! Tomorrow (Saturday March 14th) 2pm-4pm, we will be at Collage Collage (621 Kingsway) making pencils and you’re all invited! Kids, adults, and everyone in between! We will have pencils and art supplies there so you can just show up! It’s FREE. Come hang!