Every so often I hear people say that their graphic is hand drawn, or how they shun the computer. Dude, unless you are fuckin Jim Lee or James Jean or anyone of those amazing illustrators don't boast that your shit is hand drawn. Chances are if you don't drawn with perfect proportions and proper perspective shit I don't give a fuck if you are hand drawing shit. Cause most of the time you are using freakin tracing paper or you are making some twisted looking doodle, shit I can do that, don't give me that hand drawn talk. Don't diss the computer cause I make my money with it. If you are not Jim Lee or his peers don't talk shit about using photoshop and illustrator. Cause chances are you suck at both, really you do, art school teaches you the shitty way to use illustrator no joke. Your sloppy ass vectors are an eye sore, fix those freakin miters, fix them damn it.
You are not Jim Lee so shut the fuck up, look at his art, not it's not a whimsical arty doodle of your friends after a night at the club with a ironic unicorn in it. Go fuck yourself.
I come home and open the package the writing in the liner notes is so small...ow small is it? So small and in such a tonal color I can't really read it. I'm all for minimalistic and clean design, but design should be functional, if I can't read the text it's not functional.
Regardless of that, I ripped the CD and put it in my iPod, I guess I won't be using the CD anymore. Well as it turns out my rip has a bunch of pop's and hisses on it. So you know what I did, I deleted my official version of the CD and I'm going to use the version I downloaded to preview the album. I actually refused to give the preview version a serious listen cause I was waiting to buy my own copy. Since I don't own a CD player anymore I won't ave any use for the CD I purchased.
I have since lost my swiss army knife and it bums me out. I wanted to have that thing for years and pass it down to my son or something. I guess that'll never happen.
The USB jump drive is missing it's cap, doesn't matter cause the that thing is too flimsy anyways. I used to have this red clear USB drive from Adobe. I won it at a conference I almost lost the cap in a tuk tuk in Thailand. It stopped working a few months ago, I have yet to find a better replacement for it.
Right after coming back from Tokyo my keychain was off the chain. I got that brand new hook from Tokyu Hands (someone recently asked me what it meant, I didn't know it looked like a religious symbol) I got this orange pen that tucks away so it's a perfect keychain, I also had this little turquoise leather bag that held my change. I got that leather braid from the open market in Bangkok. Now The bag is broken, the pen broke, the hook is still great and the braid is still kicking.
Looks like the people are from 1939, but really it's part of the new Levis Vintage Collection for 2009.
I like to live in the time in that picture, wait I do, it's a modern image with recreated vintage clothing. So I should say I like to live in the time of when the clothes in the picture represents. I don't know if that makes sense and on second thought I wouldn't want to live back in the day when these clothes were new, cause I don't want to be forced into working on the railroad.
So I went to see this blues concert at the Orpheum, it was a few blues musicians playing with the VSO. During the intermission this lady walks up to me and asks if I can take a picture......Wait I heard wrong, she wants to take a picture with me.......?
I guess I had this confused look on my face, she asked "you were playing in the orchestra right?" I replied no. She walked away.
Maybe I should have said yes, and just took the picture.
Just a minute ago when I looked at the clock it was 12:30. It's 1:30 now, I think for once I will stop staying up until 3am surfing the net.
Going to step away from the comuter....yup any minute now....going to shut it down....wait I want to look up something about this musician......after I brush my teeth I always want to look up something.....no, must shut down.
This weekend I wanted to buy something. I thought I would treat myself to something new. I tend to get like this whenever I start a new job. The prospect of a steady stream of money makes me want to make a few purchases.
One of my initial thoughts was to buy a keychain wallet, I found a nice one on etsy then I ended up finding a nice used one online. After a while of sitting on it I lost my my interest and decided not to buy it.
The second thing I thought of was to get a new ring. I wear 3 rings daily, I have been for a number of years. I thought I would add a 4th one. I found a couple a really liked, I was close to pulling the trigger on them, but now I think I'm going to hold off. I am still kinda on the fence on it right now.
I guess my impulsive buys just weren't that impulsive enough.
When I was traveling I read this book by Chuck Palahniuk called Dairy. In it there is a woman that gets lured into this weird place she would get poisoned slowly, not enough to kill her but enough to bring her to a lot of pain and put her in a trance like state so that she can paint. I don't remember the details but she ends up creating a body of work that would cause people to have the Stendhal Syndrome. The Stendhal Syndrome pretty much is to be overwhelmed by how amazing a piece of art is that it would bring to tears, mesmerizing you on the spot, make you faint. The people in this town believed that this person that they lured needed to suffer in order to produce her best work.
This is an extreme case but I truly believe that for every great piece of art or design there is a level of sacrifice and suffering, that went into creating that work. Not exactly suffering physically, but the pain you had within yourself the things that you had to let go or leave behind so that you can produce your life's work, you can often sense in a great piece of work. If your life is of leisure and you seem to dabble in art and music chances are you tend to create work that is not very good. Van Gogh didn't live wealthy, pranced around and painted for fun, he was poor, he went crazy. Beethoven created his best work when he was deaf.
Before the sacrifice and the suffering you have to have that hunger, that drive. With that true hunger of what you want you realize what you have to sacrifice to get what you want. In that sacrifice you suffer. You suffer because of what you are missing out on, you suffer from that hunger that nags at you, you suffer from the steps you have to take for your progression, you suffer from the pain of wanting to achieve.
All the talent in the world can amount to nothing with out hunger.
Here's my thoughts on Streetwear. Lately it's about the grown up look, cleaner aesthetics the kid looking for those Nike's, rocking the rose and dagger hoody with a Bape t-shirt. Wants to wear Helmet Lang, shuns post Hedi Slimane Dior Homme and APC dress shirts. The thing is streetwear companies are following en-suite.
Keys to most of the streetwear companies, one make an M65, make selvage jeans, black t-shirts, white t-shirts, another black t-shirt, plaid shirt, black t-shirts.
Now I am older, I do like to wear clothes without a picture of Big Pun in Neon colors or a shirt with a play on words in reference to sneakers. I do wear that stuff once in a while (I'm not dissing I would actually wear a Big Pun shirt in Neon colors). I like bright and flashy shirt designs, it's interesting, it's fun. I'm going on a tangent now, my point is, why do I want to pay $150-$200 for a plain M65 made by a streetwear brand when I can get a real army one for 60 bucks? Why do I want your selvage jeans when I can get some 45rpm's made by people that have been designing jeans for a long ass time? I like my grown clothes to be designed by designers. I like my army clothes from the Army Surplus, I like my work clothes from work wear joints. Don't nobody want to pay $100 for a plaid shirt from you when I can get one that fits amazing from Uniqlo. I have to admit I have bought a pair of shorts from a streetwear company this past summer. They were chambray shorts that had a nice little twist to it that made me want to buy them. If you put a nice twist to a classic then I'll give you dap, but if it's plain and normal, I'm just going to go get the real thing.
Now this brings me to the point of people hating on streetwear, streetwear is dead, blah blah blah, I dunno dude just because you rock some Doc Martens wear a button up and you grown doesn't mean you should hate. Just shut the fuck up, if you talking all black gear I rather peep Rick Owens, Polo looking joints, I might as well buy Polo, button ups, I'm going to Thomas Pink. There are many brands, people and companies that do walk this fine line of doing this grown thing right. But there are tons out there that are just out of their league, you're not a designer, your gear don't fit right. You are stuck in the middle not much more grown then the kid with the SB's and not designing shit that can run with the lifestyle brands that's been doing it for the last 20 years.
It's a recession, sure some of the wacky neon brands will fall, but your hating ass in your plain white tee, dry dark blue jeans and Vans Era's better think of a better strategy when your selling those non descript clothes with a jacked block for an arm and a leg.
When I have my name on something I like it to be done my way or at least done to the level of professionalism that I like. One thing I've been struggling with my full time jobs is that I have become the most experienced one at my work places, this happens at the last few places I have worked at. I find myself not learning anything new rather I can see where the mistakes are being made but I don't have the authority to correct them. Most of the time I just shovel it aside, let them do them and I'll do me. So often I would just worry about my work and let other things slide. Kinda.
Maybe that is the reason why I find myself leaving jobs so often. I get stuck in this role where I have to be responsible for certain things but I don't have the authority to take action. I don't want to be THAT guy, who over steps his bounds and just tells people what to do. But you know, I'm tired of being THAT guy that just sits idly by and does nothing. Just worry about my own work just think about my own work, ignore them using that wacky free font just ignore that bad design, don't look at it.....you know what, I'm going to voice my opinion! I'm going to get heard, I'm not leaving this time and if it's a subconscious battle of wills I'm going to win dammit. More often then not I find myself saying, "this is not worth it, it's not worth me putting in the time to try to change things, just do your work save up some money and just quit damn it!
This time around it's different, I've been brought in to do this. I just got to be patient, wait for the right time.
At least I'm reading the right book: The 48 Laws of Power.