Each week, Jessica Wright offers some well-designed advice from some of hip hop's greatest MCs. Motivation til the break-a, break-a dawn!
"In between all of the cussing, Cristal drinking and ass bouncing, in some rap songs, there lies inspirational words of advice to help you get through the day...Get ready, cuz you day's bout to get a whole lot betta. You feel me?"
Like a lot of creative-minded folks, I like films. A lot. And, like most of my kin, I try to watch carefully about the filmmaking as much as a care about the story or whether or not I'm simply "entertained." And, who's in a movie isn't nearly as exciting as how that info is presented.
One of my favorite new blogs, The Art of the Title Sequence, has assembled an awesome reel of the best of title design throughout the centuries, from early "talkies" through master Saul Bass and the best of recent films.
I've watched this guy three times already. I love how some just need mentioned because they're so iconic (Anatomy of a Murder, Saturday Night Fever), and some are explored a little deeper, such as the final Enter the Void, which is a must-see that's on Netflix streaming right now
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There are plenty of rock and roll haircut silhouettes that most would be able to identify: Aladdin Sane-era Bowie, the thirty-year bowlcut of Johnny Ramone, the octopus braids of Coolio. But, the latest offering of Pop Chart Labs invites you to go a bit deeper...
It's March, and that means folks all over who know little about sports and are never otherwise into "gaming" are filling out their college basketball brackets, slowly eeking one team down the stairsteps to victory.
Illustrator Grant Snider created his take on a seasonal bracket, "Beard Madness", in which the final sixteen all-time facial hair masters battle it out for best beard. This year, there's the absurdist children's entertainer roundup of Raffi vs. Shell Silverstein, the wizardry of Dumbledore vs. Gandolf, Marx v. Darwin, and, my favorite, Fidel Castro vs. the winner of Osama bin Laden against a goat.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Muppets with People Eyes is just that...and it's awesome.
Filmmaker James Knott spent three months producing this thirty second time-lapse short of grapes turning into raisins.
When you set about getting your skin stained with some permanent art, you better believe you gotta pick the right typeface. "From ampersands to poetry verses, Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos presents a spectrum of word and letterform tattoos collected by art director, design critic, and photographer Ina Saltz. Many of the personal stories behind these permanent inscriptions are poignant, surprising, or both; in Body Type 2, Saltz pairs tattoo images with tattoo stories to good effect."
Famous Objects from Classic Movies is graphic quiz game that evokes, well, famous objects from classic movies. The play is a bit like hangman, in which you guess the letters of the movie title, so if you don't immediately recognize an item's relevance, you can get there with a bit of trial and error.
I dunno what it is...but I'll never get sick of these.
I guess I really like the idea of artwork that pulls double duty - adds color and style to your home, and teaches you something in the process. I don't often sit down with the world's best cocktail book and memorize recipes, but I would totally stop by while cleaning or running through my house and note, "So that's what's in an icepick." (Vodka and ice tea, garnish with lemon.)