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Horse Grinder at The Grotto

Last week Selena and I caught the first Horse Grinder show in over two years, for their Plutocracy EP pt1 release, at the Grotto (Rendezvous) and it was AWESOME and you’re an asshole if you weren’t there rocking face paint with us.

Horse Grinder is man genius boy, Nash Turley, and the fortress-crumblingly handsome, Hamilton Boyce (who’s also in Song Sparrow Reasearch [who you may also recall from the music video we worked on together]). You might also recall these two from our last post when I shared some sweet gifs we’d made :)

Peep these pics/gifootage I got and def peep their sound, children!

Fuckin’ Animated GIFs, Child!

So this past weekend I was chillin’ with boy genius, Nash Turley, and the strikingly handsome, Hamilton Boyce (who, together, make up the super legendary, post metal, thoughtfully political, hyper-punk, extreme duo band: Horse Grinder), and we were blazing around Capitol Hill making animated gifs.

Animated gifs are easily one of the greatest things our forefathers bestowed upon us and, as such, it is our responsibility to make sure we continue to make silly gifs with our friends.

So take a breather and enjoy these gifs. Got some dope gifs you’ve made? we wanna see ‘em :)

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Steven Noble

This post is actually categorized under ‘super boss’. Chris and I love love love woodcut illustration, and so does everybody else apparently. If you’ve ever bought alcohol in your life, you’ve seen Steven’s work. His clients range from Coors, Mercedes-Benz, Land’s End, Altoids, and Old Spice. Some of my favorite works of his are for Espolón Tequila and Kraken Rum.

If you look through Steven’s site, you’ll notice a lot of very typical woodcut illustration. However, he really knows how to give character to such a ridiculously old art. When I was researching the package design of these two brands, the agencies who are responsible don’t even mention the illustrator behind the design. These designs wouldn’t be the same without that fantastical look and feel of the woodcut illustrations. Those agencies (Landor and Stranger and Stranger) probably just wanted to take all the credit themselves. Luckily, Steven receives a ton of props on his Behance site. Nice work, dude!

The Webs

It was a still evening in March, 2012, when my buddy, Clay, invited me to see his friend’s band play at Seattle’s Mars Bar. Going to see my friend’s friend’s band I’d never heard of, I didn’t anticipate much. But then they started to play.

Typically, once a band’s played a track, I’ll clap or shout, depending on what I’m drinking, but The Webs had me frozen in place—paralized. I’d never heard a self-discribed “witch pop goblin slop” band like this. Made of only three Seattle kids, Cory Budden, Mike Walker, and Lilly Morlock; It was clear from that moment on, The Webs and I were soul-mates.

The bone-churning lyrics riding Lilly’s perfectly reigning voice, slathered on an optimistic ride through a night’s sandy beach-forest odyssey. There was nothing I could do to fight off the love of The Webs which would take over that night.

This is no different from any other great love story—The Webs are no longer a band. Now when I listen to them I’m filled with the sadness nastalgia of a summer love brings. They’re gone, but I’ll always remember that night we shared.

PS:: Lilly’s in Weird Bug now. def peep their sound!

2012 Loops Mix

Finally stopped listening to it long enough to do a post about it. This is a sweet sweet collection of tracks I kept on loop through 2012. Not all the tracks came out in 2012, but they helped get me through the year :)

PS:: for some reason I felt compelled to make an animated GIF w the cover, so here it is; live it up!

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Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram

Artist Luke Jerram has made diseases (and 5ft sperm) out of glass and they’re amazing! I really don’t care for glass art at all in any way. I can see all the work and talent that goes into working with glass and can imagine how difficult it must be, but it just doesn’t grab me by the balls the same way a beautiful typeface might. These diseases, though, have grabed my balls w TWO hands; they’re wondrous!

These diseases are actually smaller than light waves, so presenting them as clear, colorless beasts is actually more accurate. Typically renderings will show these organisms as colored, either by scientists who color them to help with their studies, or colored by media who potentially just color them however they feel like. Which raises the question “how do the way these diseases are colored affect our perception of them?” By displaying diseases in a glass form, “a complex tension has arisen between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent.”

Because they’re more accurate, photos of Luke’s diseases have been used in medical journals textbooks, and we all know making it into books is pretty BOSS.

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Buxxxor Vibrators

These are super cute vibrators from, the Italian, Kokoro. Almost makes me wish I was a woman…almost (is that weird to say? yes?). My favorite part is that their little belly button dot is the on/off.

Just when you thought that these ‘too cute sex yummies’ couldn’t get any cuter, they have names! (although not very creative): Clitt, Geena, and Woody respectively.

And if you haven’t seen the JimmyJane vibrators, do. It’s good to see some solid design thought in the sex realm :)

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John D Whitlock

John is an artist and designer in New York. His work is so simple and easy to digest, how can you not dig on it. It’s tough to find that nice little area where simple and good meet and get each other a loving embrace, but John found it :)

Be sure to show some love and check out more of his art and his design.

PS:: Peep the solid screen print at the end :)

PPS:: he has a .tv domain and that’s weird to me :/

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Dead Island Bonus Torso

Dead Island Riptide is a game, from Deep Silver, where you’re on a tropical island that’s been over run w zombies. They have a ‘Zombie Bait’ edition coming out and the UK and Australia offices of Deep Silver decided to include (along with a few other goodies) a goddamn flat-back torso! Actually it’s a 12″, hand-painted, gored up, well chested torso.

Don’t get me wrong—I’m all for having a gnawed up bit of torso on my desk, and I’m also quite partial to breasts finding quarter on my desk, but what Deep Silver (UK & Aus) has going on just has no taste. To me, it’s on the level of a beer advert; people love big ol’ titties, and our product is in the zombie genre so…

It’s supposed to be a “grotesque take on an iconic Roman marble torso sculpture”, but that goal misses the mark. It would’ve been more on target if it were painted to a marble texture and maybe if the game was set in Rome, but it isn’t. The US gets the Rigor Mortis Edition which will come with a hula girl bobble figurine (as well as other goodies)—much more appropriate for the game and also just awesome in it’s subtlety :)

Anyway, my REAL issue with all this is: how did this happen?!?!? My first thought was “how did not one single person stand up and say ‘This is stupid guys!’?”, but I’ve been an in-house designer for a few places (and started enough arguments) and it’s shed some light on how awful awful dreadful awful design makes it’s way into the world—You’ll present your design and talk about why it’s boss and users will dig it, but the higher-up, who knows nothing about design, wants you to change it for reasons based on his/her personal taste (not this this is ALWAYS the case, but…)—and I can only ‘make an ass out of u and me’ that there’s a similar thing going on in other fields. I would be surprised to learn that concerns weren’t expressed, but there’s some dude who’s just starting to get a little too old for the game who says “No, dude; the kids are gonna love it. Who doesn’t love big ol’ titties in a teenie weenie bikini and blood splatter?”. Although it’s possible that maybe nobody stood up and their staff just has no taste whatsoever and all go home to listen to Fun or Gotye.

Deep Silver has since apologized for including a bloody, well-chested, flat-back torso.

Don’t be afraid to be the one to stand up and say you think something awful is happening where you work (no matter how small)! Also back up your claim with solid reasoning or thought out alternatives. And be open to someone telling you that you’re doing something awful. Dumb shit happens all the time wether someone else is doing it or you are. Just be aware, and learn.

PS:: I just gotta vent :: I hate breasts in (some) videogames. All I can think is “have you ever seen real bare breasts in the same room as you?” Game boobies can just tend to look so cartoonish and unnatural, which is maybe the only sort of boobies these devs know.

Chilly Gonzales-SoloPiano II :BTS

Solo Piano II finally came out last year, 8yrs after Chilly’s amazing 2004 Solo Piano. If you like one, you like the other—if you have ears: you like them both.

On Chilly’s site, there’s a short, 3 part, behind the scenes look at the making of Solo Piano II and I am a complete sucker for peeking bts at things that are great!

Take a listen and take a watch, and be a better person:)