Justin Longoz wants everyone to know Vancouver is shaped like a giant thumbs up (it actually is). He made these shirts to raise money for Megaphone Magazine, Vancouver’s non-profit street paper based in the Downtown Eastside. Megaphone is sold on the street by homeless and low-income Vancouverites, giving them a voice and an economic opportunity. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the magazine.
Justin has given me two t-shirts to give away! Leave a comment below and tell me which part of the city is the best! I’ll pick a winner on Friday! You should also buy a shirt to support the cause, and if you win one give it to a friend!
The folks at Inventory have designed and published a gorgeous clothbound hardcover book called “Queen of Tsawwassen”, named after one of the old BC Ferries. The book was curated by Twelvebooks (Japan), and features the work of five emerging Canadian photographers, Ali Bosworth, Seth Fluker, Jennilee Marigomen, Dan Siney, and Chris Taylor.
Inventory is hosting the book launch this Saturday at 8pm, and has graciously given me a copy to give away to one of you! The book can be purchased here.
Leave a comment below telling me your favourite thing about British Columbia, or if you’ve never been here, tell me why you’d like to visit! This giveaway is open to everyone! I’ll pick a winner next Friday!
My friend Hana rules! She’s the one in the middle, then on the left, then on the right. She’s the one I dedicated the first two Booooooom mixes to (here and here).
She spent the last couple years traveling the world, shooting “switcheroos”, portraits of people swapping clothes. After she’d shot more than 200 of them, and had them appear on every blog imaginable, she decided to put together a book.
Well, she’s finally released her “Switcheroo Book”, and the best news for you guys is that I have a copy to give away! I’ve been sent hundreds of books since I started this site and I can honestly say this is one of my absolute favourites. She spared no expense producing this thing, and the final product is gorgeous.
If you’d like to snag the book, take a couple minutes to read my short interview with her below, and then leave her am encouraging message in the comments! I’ll pick a winner in two weeks (July 12th). This is open to everyone!
Read the Interview below!
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.
I don’t often make back to back posts about the same person but I watched this interview with Drew Young after I had already published the post below.
Drew says some really nice things about me and Booooooom in this video (almost nice to the point where I didn’t want to post it because I don’t wanna be pumping my own tires) so of course I gotta deflect all the praise back to him. He’s my favourite painter in Vancouver and I’ll continue championing his work until everybody knows who he is.
Watch the video below!