08.01.14 by Jeff

I made some T-shirts for Aritzia!

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Not too long ago I was approached by Aritzia to make some t-shirts for their new line, La Notte. I don’t know anything about women’s fashion but I thought it would be fun to work with one of Vancouver’s largest brands.

I designed a little collection of five t-shirts for them, and I called it “Dreaming About Living The Dream”. I’m not sure how many t-shirts were made in total, but if you want one they are now for sale over HERE.

This week I’ll be launching a project on our Instagram and giving away two complete sets of t-shirts, so stay tuned for that!

23.12.13 by Jeff

My Year In Photos (2013) by Jeff Hamada

 

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Here’s a small selection of photos I took in 2013. When I look at them all I feel very blessed to have a job where I get to travel a bit. This year I was able to fly all over the US, and added new stamps to my passport in Australia, Ireland, and Vietnam.

The photo above is not a camera trick, it’s a real dandelion (possibly radioactive) that I found with my sister in a field in Richmond. I don’t think the rest of the images need any sort of description, but if you’re wondering where any of them are from just ask in the comments below. If you already follow me on Instagram (@jeffhamada) you might remember some of these.

Enjoy the photos below!

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23.10.13 by Jeff

Railside Conversations: Jeff Hamada & Florian Kaps (The Impossible Project)

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A few weeks ago I was brought out to Arizona by Hypebeast to be a part of Levi’s “Station to Station” project and got to chat with Florian “Doc” Kaps, the founder of The Impossible Project.

This is 10 mins of an hour long conversation we had (in really awkward chairs) and it kinda ends just as it’s getting to the good stuff, but it’s better than it being way too long.

Becoming friends with Doc was the highlight of the entire trip for me, when we shared ideas it was like our heads were two puzzle pieces interlocking. We will definitely be working on a project together in the future.

After we filmed this piece an amazing thing happened, we were having a beer together in another train car, and randomly Giorgio Moroder and Bruce Sudano sat down with us. Some may only recognize Giorgio from the recent Daft Punk album but to me he is the guy who scored Top Gun. What I didn’t realise is he is also the guy who made the first electronic live-to-digital album in 1979. He is Mr. Digital. Doc on the other hand, having devoted years of his life to saving Polaroid from destruction, is Mr. Analog.

The two Mr.’s got into one of the greatest arguments I’ve ever witnessed.

It was a friendly argument, but definitely an impassioned one. Digital versus analog, one-off experiences versus multiple viewings, which of these make life better? The Giorgio side of my brain wishes the conversation had been recorded but the Doc side of my brain enjoys the fact it wasn’t.

You can watch my conversation with Doc below!

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20.06.13 by Jeff

Ask Me Almost Anything

I don’t use Reddit much but the subreddit I enjoy the most is r/IAmA. If you aren’t familiar it is essentially a series of interviews where a person (sometimes famous, sometimes not) answers everyone’s questions, and it’s really a great way to learn a lot about them.

So the reason I want to do one here is that I am often emailed the same questions over and over, and I’d love to answer them all in one place. Hopefully if enough people ask questions here this post will become a great resource for anyone starting a blog, pursuing a career in the arts, or maybe just looking for a good movie to watch.

There’s some rules/etiquette that Reddit uses and I’d like to use a variation of the here, consider the following:

  • The value of the question: Questions should be original and on topic. They aren’t required to be, but AMAs are a unique opportunity and it is sad to squander them by asking 100 iterations of “if you could fight 1 horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses.” The point here is to encourage thought-provoking, discussion-inspiring questions that I would not likely be asked anywhere else.
  • Civility and Politeness: users are free to (and encouraged to) ask tough questions. But this should be done in a respectful and polite way. There’s no need to use harsh language, and a comment that treats me like a person is much more likely to be answered.
  • You should upvote interesting/helpful questions. I’m not sure how many people will get involved with this, but if there are lots of questions it will be easier for me to see which ones lots of people want answered and I’ll get to those first.
  • You should downvote joke questions that aren’t intended to get a real answer.
  • You should downvote duplicate questions.

 

The reason this is an ‘Ask Me Almost Anything’ rather than an ‘Ask Me Anything’ is that I’d like it to be filled with content worth looking at. I don’t know everything there is to know about everything but I do know a bit about building a large online community and turning a hobby into a job.

This is an experiment for today. If there is interest I will keep coming back here to answer your questions. Anything that disregards the rules/etiquette might be ignored.

So here we go!

I AM A 30 year old Japanese Canadian who started a blog in my parents’ basement five years ago, that blog became Booooooom, and it is now my full time job. Ask me almost anything.

12.06.13 by Jeff

Boooooookshelf

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My friend Liv over at It’s Nice That invited me to be part of their on-going Bookshelf feature. I picked five books and shared a little bit about each here.

08.04.13 by Jeff

Hootsuite Interview

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Last week some really friendly folks from Hootsuite came over and interviewed me for their blog (thanks Sam, thanks Brian).

I read somewhere they’re aiming to be the first billion dollar company to stay in Vancouver. Kinda wild! One of their clients is the White House. If you’re bored you can read it, here.

09.03.13 by Jeff

Vine

I’m Jeff Hamada on Vine (and in real life), today I discovered that my coin is a ghost.

12.11.12 by Jeff

Creative Mornings / Jeff Hamada

Last week I spoke at Creative Mornings and this is the video of the entire thing. Like many people, I have a fear of public speaking but I’ve made a personal goal to do it until it’s easy and then I’ll quit forever.

I can get embarrassed hearing my own voice on someone else’s answering machine so to say I’m posting this reluctantly is an understatement. I have a hunch though, I think watching video of yourself might be a big part of getting over the fear of public speaking. Sharing this also prevents me from re-using any of this material for future talks, and I kinda like that.

A giant thank-you to everyone involved in organizing the event, and two hundred high-fives for everyone that was there (especially the ones laughing really loud, can you be in the audience for everything I do for the rest of my life?)

The last half of the video is a Q&A and I’m open to continuing the discussion here in the comments below! If you have questions, or if this inspired you in some small way, I’d love to hear from you!