04.02.14 by Jeff

Etsy x Virb x Booooooom

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My friends at Etsy and Virb have joined forces to hook you up with a pretty sweet creative business package. Virb now allows you to integrate your Etsy shop into your own website instantly, so you can create your own website and take full advantage of Etsy’s marketplace really easily.

From now until February 28th if you open an Etsy shop using the promo code: BOOOOOOOM you’ll receive 20 free listings and 50% off  your first 6 months of Virb. Head over here.

One lucky winner will also get a $100 Etsy gift card and a free Virb site for life – by redeeming the promo code, you are automatically entered to win!

I’ve attached a couple example shops below.

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29.01.14 by Jeff

Booooooom x Flexfit: “All In A Day’s Work”

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Some time last year I approached hat manufacturer, Flexfit, about making some products for Booooooom. After meeting with them I realized that making a hat was just one of several projects I wanted to do together.

In the fall I collaborated with them, and their parent company Yupoong, to make a short piece about their factory in Vietnam. This is where they produce hats for many of the largest lifestyle brands, and where they will be making some special things for Booooooom. I expressed interest in shooting a portrait of the people who actually make the hats rather than focus on the factory itself, and they were excited about this idea.

They gave us complete access to their facility, which had previously never allowed any cameras. I’m sure there are companies out there who would be reluctant to show this side of their operations but Yupoong is proud of their efforts towards fair working conditions.

This is a portrait of some inspiring people we met in Vietnam. People who dream about the same things we do, while they’re working, playing soccer, or singing karaoke.

Enjoy. (Go full screen if you’re computer can handle it)

 

I directed this video with my talented friend Liam Mitchell, and with the enormous help of our friend Dave Ehrenreich. It was an adventure shooting this piece renegade-style in a place none of us knew. The music is by a band that more people should know about, called Programm.

Over the course of this next year I’ll be working with Flexfit to produce, among other things, a whole series of art-focused videos. I can’t wait to show you what’s next.

 

 

21.01.14 by Jeff

#FriendlyGangSigns / Gallery of Submissions

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Last week we launched an Instagram project #FriendlyGangSigns. If you are only finding out about this now you can still get involved, get the full instructions here.

On Friday I’ll add any submissions that come in this week and pick a couple winners who will each win the entire set of tees I made for Aritzia.

*It’s impossible to pick just two winners buut I must so, the winners of the t-shirts are @corrugatedcut (for more than one brilliant submission) and @lisa_littleflower.

Enjoy all the submissions below:

 

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@jeffhamada

 

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@henrybae

 

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@a_nnnn_a

 

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@lindseykemp

 

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@choplogik

 

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@papipong

 

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@natehutty

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23.12.13 by Jeff

Most Active Readers on Booooooom

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This is a special message for the Booooooom readers out there who really make running this site a lot of fun. These people regularly post encouraging comments to artists and make an extra effort to engage with each other.  Each month there are literally hundreds of thousands of people lurking around on this site anonymously, which is great, but I created this site to get to know people.

I reached out to Chronicle Books with the idea to reward our most active commenters, and they happily allowed me pick out a book from their catalog to send as a gift.

 

booooooom top comments readers

 

The 18 readers listed above have left the most comments since we switched to our new commenting system. Thank you so much for helping me create a real community here. Each one of you will receive a copy of Danielle Krysa’s new book “Creative Block” when it ships in February.

Danielle runs a site called The Jealous Curator and I chose her book because I’m also working on a project about pushing through creative blocks.

I appreciate it when people get actively involved, and do it and for no other reason than to connect with others. If you have any suggestions for growing the community aspects of Booooooom this next year, please leave a comment or tweet your ideas to me.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

-Jeff

 

 

17.10.13 by Jeff

Instagram Takeover: Marco Mazzoni

Instagram Takeover: Marco Mazzoni

This week the @Booooooom Instagram account is being taken over by an artist based in Italy. I’ve featured his work several times over the past few years (see here, here, here) and it still boggles my mind that what I’m looking at are coloured pencil drawings. Please give a warm welcome to the incredibly talented, Marco Mazzoni.

 

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01.10.13 by Jeff

Instagram Takeover: Jennilee Marigomen

instagram takeover: jennilee marigomen

I’m very excited to welcome Vancouver-based photographer, and friend, Jennilee Marigomen @jennileem as the next guest poster on our @Booooooom Instagram account.

She was one of the earliest supporters of this blog, and has become one of my favourite photographers over the years. I love her ability to find beauty in the mundane, and the quality of light she captures. If the pacific northwest has a photographic style she effortlessly embodies it.

Follow us if you want to see what she posts over the next 7 days, and make sure you follow her personal account as well.

 

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17.09.13 by Jeff

Instagram Takeover: James Jean

James Jean on our Instagram

I’m excited to announce the launch of our official @Booooooom Instagram account! Even better news, my friend James Jean (@jamesjeanart) has taken it over for the week! So if you follow us on there I promise you it won’t be boring shots of my lunch!

See more of James Jean’s incredible artwork here.