So im sort of the worst journalist ever. I haven’t updated this Tumblr since July I think. I don’t think anyone is actually reading this cuase I have no following. At least apologizing makes myself feel better. I set up a blog on Word Press, called Chief Jefe, which will cover my serious stories, where as BL-aha-G I will just continue to reserve for silly shit. Check it out, although I haven’t posted anything on it yet. Please?
This Episode of Cash Cab I saw when I was on a treadmill at my local Gym. I was on one of those treadmill’s that has a TV connected to the dashboard thing so people like me can feel like we’re enjoying ourselves even though deep down we are still suffering considerably. I’m glad that I spend money on my membership though; otherwise I would have missed this one. These passengers were so disturbing that I had to look up the video when I got home. Luckily I came across other people that we’re just as blown away by this example of Human Potential (I also think Ben Bailey was shitting his pants up in the Drivers Seat.) Enjoy!
Shepard Fairy’s artwork is fascinating. The other day I found an article that shows Iggy Pop interviewing the Los Angeles based graphic designer, who some hail as being one of today’s most influential street artists.
What’s surprising though is that this man, who has for many years produced a collection of work that is both eye catching and thought provoking, continually has his integrity criticized by a divided audience. Among those unimpressed by the RISD graduates’ art are many who view the ethics behind Fairy’s work to be either too commercial to permit him any honor as an important street artist or too controversial looking to be given any praise at all.
I wasn’t quick to judge the art (or artist) however, which is mostly due to the fact that I don’t know much about the visual arts (or it’s artists). For example, until recently I actually thought that the famous “Scream” painting by Edvard Munch was another great insanity plead by Van Gogh. I had also seen copies of Shepard Fairy’s work in casual places here and there. I might have laughed when I saw his Andre the Giant idea on awkwardly placed stickers and even had used his design of ‘Chuck D” as my desktop picture for a while (I found it on Google images and didn’t really give it much thought all as “a work of art”.) To put it simply, while I still find it all to be very valuable, I usually just minimize whatever visual art I see as cool looking.
The only reason I was quick to read Shepard Fairy’s interview was because I saw below its title that Punk’s Godfather (Pop) was to conduct the arty 1v1. There was also a cool looking portrait that Fairy made of Pop, which Interview.com supplemented the writing with. As I read the article however I got to really dig what both of them had to say and opened a new tab to see some of Fairy’s other work. I found the artist’s website and was very impressed with his online gallery, which had pieces of a wide ratio of motifs that ranged from fun and funny, to both positively and darkly political.
What’s great about this article is that it doesn’t waste too much time trying to indulge the reader on what sets Shepard Fairy apart from the others. The Q and A between Pop and Fairy has information of a very “here and now” quality, which makes the piece both very interesting and impressive.
Instead of just recognizing Fairy as another “God” or “Trouble maker” within the art world, Pop goes back and forth with Fairy about the history of some of his most recent works (The Obama “Hope” poster), the threats that the usage of copyrights pose to creativity, and how themes of freedom affect people when they are exhibited to politics, business marketing, and art. Pop’s questions, which seem both conversational and informed, are just great; they get Fairy to really want to talk.
“One of the things I love about doing what I do is that I am in the mix with people. It’s not like when people walk into a gallery and say, ‘I know this piece is supposed to be good because it’s in a gallery, so I’ll just go along with the idea that it’s brilliant and wonderful.’ On the street, people aren’t bashful. They will say if they like something or if they think it sucks.”
PS. If Your in New York, try and see Fairy’s “May Day” mural. The painting is located by the corner of Bowery and Housten and will stick around Manhattan until late December.
There seems to be too many good moments in this preview to pick any favorites ( In it’s entirety, Obama has a face on him that reads “please turn that shit up”)
However, one of the best parts might be at 1:13, when the Seinfeld Wail that everyone has come to love breaks through a Presidentially appointed ”Hey Jude” chorus (either that or at 1:02 when Sir Paul McCartney verifies that him and a room full of beatlemania A-listers are definitely ”In the Whitehouse.”)
This clip may signify the first time PBS has ever had something exciting to offer people.
(besides this dangerous character)
PBS will show more of the footage that this steamy clip has to offer us on July 28th. That’s when the channel will air their TV special covering McCartney as he receives an Obama Library of Congress Award. I myself am just counting the days until I can see more Obama-Nick-Jonas side by side duo action that the preview lets me indulge in. Until that day comes this will have to do.
I was being a douschy college kid the other day and stumbled upon a blog run by the same people who make up “The Nation” magazine, called Tom Dispatch. There I read a couple of articles that made observations on how President Obama is coping with the different ugly things some grownups must face in the Adult World.
One article, written by Subhankar Banerjee, discusses the ugly things that may happen if Obama and his Interior Secretary Ken Salazar were to let Shell Oil go forward with their plans to drill for oil in the arctic this summer.
Another article by Dilip Hiro discussed the many other ugly things that can happen when our president and his administration improperly handle their dealings with different leaders and issues around the world.
When I first discovered Tom Dispatch I read the “about” column to the right side of the sites main page. It read:
“Tomdispatch.com is for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of our post-9/11 world and a clear sense of how our imperial globe actually works.”
I thought to myself “hey this sounds interesting”, and started to really dig learning about some of the happenin’s in grown up land. I felt like this…
In the end however this is how I felt after too much time on Tom Dispatch…
Today my brother turned 21. I felt guilty cause all I did for the occasion was borrow money from my mom in order to get him a Birthday card. I sent him this video a little while ago on face-book (My only real gift to him…our fat asses were sitting ten feet away from each other.)
I dedicate this video TUmBle to my big Bro (and all the people out there who love a-ha )… Happy Birthday Rob (Bob)