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NASA 1970s Space Colony Artwork

I caught wind of this collection of slick artwork for potential space colonies and some of these are just blowing my mind. These pictures show views of three different colony designs respectively: Toroidal Colonies (pop: 10,000), Cylindrical Colonies(pop: 1,000,000+), and Bernal Spheres(pop: 10,000) (pictured respectively).

If we actually managed to put ourselves in an orbiting terrarium with G-force gravity and faux atmospher, I’d be curious to see how we’d evolve to better adapt (if we were even there long enough to have a notable evolution like if we ruined Earth’s atmosphere and were stuck in our orbiting zoo exhibit). Would there be weather (there’re clouds in one of the cylindrical colony renders)? Rain for crops? Would we need crops or would we have just-add-water pills? I like the notion that we’d really need to make the most of what we got, so we’d all have to recycle like a mother fucker, but what other aspects of our living standards would have to change?

These environments look like a perfect holiday getaway, but perfect is always so boring. Would NASA think to implement a desert wasteland for post-Earth maraders to reign? Oceans that release random gas pockets to kindly swallow ships down to a velvet black solitude? What about war? Gun control? It would be hard enough to protect us from all the radiation and flying* junk outside, but what about protecting us from the people inside?

These colonies are for expanding and not to be like Earth life boats, but at some point we’ll have to leave our planet because war that some asshole started because he couldn’t get into art school has ruined it, or we’ve used up resources, or the sun’s gotten too damn big, or another one of many events has occurred (assuming we survive to any of these points).  So would you consider starting a new life on one of these?

*I know things don’t ‘fly’ in space, but you know what I mean :) “No snow on the space colony? Dat don’t fly wit me. Maybe on Earth, but out ‘ere in space? dat just don’t fly.”

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New Screen Print! Stacey’s Dragon

Our friend, Stacey, has a birthday coming up and I made her a print! It’s a 19×25″ 2-color screen print on 100lb stock—you know it’s French Paper!

‘S’ for ‘Stacey’ seemed simple enough. The dragon’s an Illustration I did with micron, blown up to fit on the poster and I made the type by using a micron to write as tiny as i could, then blowing it up real big like.

I printed a few of just the dragon and a few with the “This city is just too small for you” type (a quote from the book, Mad Science Institute). And now they’re added to our wall of prints making our studio space look awesome!

This was tons of fun to print. We had a few of our friends chill at the studio and we had a healthy amount of vodka flowing around. Once they saw how dope screen printing is, I let them all do a few pulls—everybody remembers their first pull. Next time you’re in Seattle, come print with us. Just be sure to bring lots of sweet sweet hard liquor :)


Early Space Race Photos

This month there are 4,500+ rare photographs from the early days of space exploration going up for grabs and down for keeps via auction. They were gathered, over time, by a Europian collector who, I like to imagine, is an extreme hoarder, but instead of stacks of newspapers, his flat is overrun with stacks of amazing old photographs and he/she is selling them out of fear of falling victim of an amazing old photograph avalanch, and spending his/her final moments buried in irony that the passion of collecting amazing photos and making stacks of them has turned against it’s maker. (it would be more funny if they were amazing photographs of avalanches though)

If you lay with me when I go to bed, you know, before I catch Zs, I can easily spend an hour or two combing through science blogs and things of the like. When I came across these pics, my eyes widened like a puppy’s and checked my funds to see if I could swing the estimated $500,000 – $950,000 that these would auction for…. no dice.

How could you not be inspired by the early stages of something monumental? That time of making tons of mistakes and just trying new things because who cares. Makes me feel better when I make mistakes to know I’m still working towards something amazing :)


Fref To Desh November Wallpaper!!

The greatly anticipated November wallpaper is here at last! Best of all: I made it, just for you :) Dress up your retina displays, and finish off that candy hangover with a little hair of the dog in style.

Hope you guys had an amazing October, and here’s to an even better November!

Christopher Martin’s wallpaper:
Christopher Martin boss not boss wallpaper for November
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