Thursday, August 19, 2010

Amazing street sculpture


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cool pic from Hipstamatic


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My Books

 Just playing with photoshop..... let me know what you think!

Plastic Fantastic

This guy is one of my favorite custom vinyl artist, Doktor A.

I Am Plastic, by Paul Budnitz is a pretty cool book about custom vinyls from japan and the states. It is mostly what some would call a coffee table book. Lot's of pictures, not a lot of substance.  I suppose it is a bit of a history book now..... Still it's pretty cool. It you are so inclined, check it out.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks.

The Sketchbook Project: 2011
Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.
After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.

Here is what you get...

After signing up, you'll receive a 5.5x8.5 inch Moleskine Cahier sketchbook.
library card
Your book will tour the country
Every artist who completes their sketchbook and returns it to us will have their book included in the tour. Your book will visit galleries and museums across the country, putting your art in front of thousands of people. (Psst - this is a great way to add some new lines to your résumé.)
library card
A custom library card
Every person who views a book, whether it be at the exhibition or in The Brooklyn Art Library, receives a library card to use while browsing. As a participating artist, you'll receive a limited edition library card with your name on it.
live broadcasts
Can't make it to an exhibition?
With artists participating from all around the world, we know it's impossible for everyone to be able to see our exhibitions. But we don't like "impossible." We'll be filming exhibitions from the tour so our far-away artists can see first-hand how viewers interact with their work. And the exhibition at The Brooklyn Art Library will be broadcast live over the internet! Take that, impossible.
Your book is unique. And you can track it.
Your sketchbook will be given a barcode with a unique number - this allows us to keep track of your book and record who views it at every tour date and while it's in The Brooklyn Art Library. And after we catalog it, artists will be able to log-on and view realtime statistics about their book for years to come.
Viewing notifications
Each and every single time your book is viewed, you'll receive an e-mail or a text message alerting you what city it was viewed in and the first name of the person browsing through it (well, only as long as they provide their name!) Even better, you can turn these notifications on or off at will.
Never get lost.
Just like your local library, we know exactly where each sketchbook is hiding. You can send friends, family, and art lovers to The Brooklyn Art Library and we'll be able to immediately pull your book - or any other work you may have displayed with us - for them to view. Same goes for our tour. We like to keep things organized.
Your information is in the pocket.
There's a handy pocket attached to the inside cover of every sketchbook. Inside this pocket, you can place a card that contains your artist information - anything from a short biography to your website address.
The project gets around.
As the Sketchbook Project has been growing over the years, magazines, newspapers and blogs have been keeping up with us - which means great exposure for you as an artist.CNN aired a piece about the 2009 tour, five participants were featured in a Time Out NY article about the 2010 tour, and PBS wrote an article about the 2009 tour which featured work from a slew of participants.

New books and my love of Goodwill.


I haven't put any of these in my Etsy shop yet. The photos are done, and uploaded, the only thing left is writing the descriptions. I HATE writing the descriptions. 
  This loverly little book is made with a men's suit jacket from goodwill. I really like the traditional pin striping used in a non-traditional way. It amazes me that you can get a huge amount of quality wool suiting from goodwill for 3 bucks! 
           Yay stupid people who throw good shit away!
   If you ever get a chance go to Goodwill/Salvation Army in a wealthy part of town do it (Thanks Ryk!). They had whole racks of fur coats. bizarre... I was looking for leather to bind some books. I ended up finding a ton of leather skirts to cut up for next to nothing. Usually you pay $50-$60 bucks for a decent sized piece of quality un-used(except for the cow) leather. I snatched up a ton of leather skirts for $10 bucks a piece!
          Yay once again to stupid people.

This book was made from a reclaimed book from my local  Goodwill. The illustrations are done by one of my favorite artists Lane Smith.  Mr Smith's book was a bit  beat up and on the shelf for 50 cent hard backs. Was it thoroughly loved or just tossed aside, who knows?  Whatever the reason was I had to save it. I brought it home hacked the hell out of it with an Xacto. Wham Bam, a new book was born. I used a metal handle that I painted and antiqued white, some leather from a motorcycle seat that I painted stripes on, and some hand dyed Irish linen thread; and my treasure was saved....
   I really do love other people cast offs. My mother was certain that I was going to be a garbage man. She didn't understand that backyard spaceships had to be made from discarded metal bits and bobs, and boxes from the neighbor's trash. Despite this natural calling, I'm not so sure that this would have been a good career choice for me..... have you ever seen the tv show Sandford and Son....can you say hoarder......

Flea market finds

I got up pretty early on Sunday and went to a local flea market.  I seem to remember a certain amount of lame-ness when it came to this particular junk emporium. Evidently I have a short memory and went again anyway. So despite it's large amount of suck, I did manage to find some gems at a great price.
     I have been looking for a hand drill for sometime. They are great for working with bookboard. This little pretty was from the REDHEAD TOOL Company. I did a bit of research and that particular company stopped manufacturing tools in the early 50's.
  I have a bit of a ruler fetish so I had no need for this tri-square. But it was too pretty to not be mine. Brass, Rosewood, and steel... Aaaaaaah...

  Please ignore my messy studio. Someday I will clean it up and post some pics.

Blog re-post

Ripped off from WHORANGE, the color of craving blog. Actually I have stolen a lot  from this Blog. Check it out. There is a lot of great content to be stolen evidently.

Book Review

If you ever had any questions about how to bind a book, here are your answers. It's a bit technical but an awesome reference if you follow the "purty" pictures like I do.

Magic Highway USA (HQ)


meet George Jetson.

Industrial Decay


This website has some of the most amazingly strange and cool photographs. I live in a city that seems to be falling apart around me, but nothing with this much of a photo-op. I can seriously get stuck and spend hours exploring.

One of my favorite Book Artists

 Dennis Yuen  of is one of the most amazing book binding bloggers out there. His site is super helpful and his work is amazing.

Cool Retro Future Ads

link: Fake Vintage Ads

New book in my Etsy shop!

Leather bound, coptic stitched with Irish Linen Thread

Wow, I'm a bit late...

So yes I am a bit late to this wonderful world of blogging. But I'm finally here so all is well. I am starting this blog for several reasons:
- The challenge of figuring all this stuff out
- Something to do
- Promote my Etsy site
- Share all of the bizarre shit in my head. Yes do be afraid....

If you are reading this, and god forbid, choose to follow, I must warn you of the following:
- I can't spell
- I have a tendency to be inappropriate, and un-PC
- My grasp of the English language is tenuous at best. Despite the fact that I was born on the east coast to English speaking parents. I am just that much of a tard at times... sorry

  So thanks for reading. Hopefully I will have something to say that will interest you.