Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Most Official EP




Minneapolis rapper Most Official has recently dropped the EP, I'm Your Guy on SRC/Universal/Motown Records. He has included the track, "Get The Money," featuring another local rap hero, who was also just featured on URB.com, Muja Messiah.

Download the EP here and enjoy.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

I recenlty joined a group on the social networking site Linkedin called Women in Photography. The group is meant to bring women photographers from around the world together to discuss new ideas, ask questions and network. One of the latest discussions was on the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I had no idea this even existed but it does and is located in Washington, D.C.

Check out the site for yourself, here, I might have to make a trip to D.C. sooner than later now.

Address:

1250 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3970
202-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270

Vintage Pentax LX Special Gold Edition, 1981










If yoo're wondering who still shoots film? I do. I love it and it's sad because so many people have gone digital that film is about to be a lost art. Moving on past my mini rant I really wanted to show off this Pentax camera I saw a picture of over on the ffffound.com blog. I wasn't even born yet when this lovely piece of photgraphic equipment was put on the market! And honestly, I've never been a Pentax fan but I would snatch this camera up in a heart beat. Yummm...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Hit Bush With a Virtual Shoe...

My homie in CHI just sent me this link, what a great way to end work..hittin Bush with a VIRTUAL shoe...ahahaha...play here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Geraldine Georges






I wanted to share with all of you the world of Geraldine Georges a Belgium graphic artist. Her work is amazing! It appears as if she draws inspiration from the female form. An image (mostly photographs) is manipulated and then incorporated with other elements into her pieces turning them into a mixed media piece. Georges website also shows her photography and has links to jobs she was worked on, one to note- The New York Times. Make sure you check out her website here for a deeper look into her work.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Com'on Man!




Remember cassette tapes? I still listen to them and just posted an old mix from a from a cassette by Mike the 2600 King over on the URB blog. Specail shouts to Normal Bias blog for hooking up the digitization of the cassette.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Gummy Awards!

You only have until 6PM EST tonight to get your picks in for the 3rd Annual Gummy Awards. Make your voice heard here>>>> Gummy Awards Ballot

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hawthorne Radio


The latest podcast from Stones Throw went up today and it's all about Detroit music.

Mayer Hawthorne debuted on Stones Throw recently with “Just Ain't Gonna Work Out”, printed on a red, heart-shaped 45. His next single is “Maybe So, Maybe No” coming in 2009

http://www.stonesthrow.com/news/2008/12/stones-throw-podcast-40-hawthorne-radio

Also see:
www.stonesthrow.com/mayerhawthrorne
www.stonesthrow.com/podcast

December's Triple Double!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Black Snake Moan

A month or so ago Idle Warship invited people to come out and participate in the filming of the music video "Black Snake Moan," at Rehab. The video is all done and here it is! If you made it out to the shoot look for yourself.



Props to the sexy ladies in the crew Graph Nobel and Res! They look good in this video.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Choped and Screwed



I subscribe to the MAD Decent Pod Cast and the latest mix they have on is fuckin' reeeaaaalll good. I brought it over to my girls house on Sunday and we were listening to it and I mentioned something along the lines of how this would be some funky ass shit to F*%& to; she agreed and mention she was going to put it on when her man got home. *wink *wink... If you haven't listened to this shit get on and peep it here.

Get your duuurty ass groooooove on...

MADDNESS

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Muja Messiah

James Blagden



You may have already seen some of James Blagden's work if you're a fan of Frank 151, Wax Poetics, Mass Appeal (R.I.P. print version), Flaunt, King; these are just a few of the magazines that James has done work with. I happened to stumble upon his website via ffffound.com. They posted up an image that was used in KING Mag (see above) about one of Ohio's 'odd' laws, "OHIO STATE OF AFFAIRS WHY IT'S ILLEGAL TO WEAR PANTENT LEATHER SHOES IN THE OH."

Note to self, do not pack your patent leather pumps when visiting Ohio.

hahahahaa...

Check out more of James works here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

PLS MAG: Nostalgia



One of my favorite online mags just came out with their latest issue, take a peek http://www.plsmag.com/.

Jimi Hendrix: A Tribute to The Experience

I'm not sure how many more mixes will be made but it's a pretty big deal that one of the legendary rock bands memebers are dead, the first all dead. I was checkin' out a local cats blog and I saw this mix up, it was created by DJ Concept. Enjoy!





An Introduction
Star Spangled Banner
Stone Free
Gypsy Eyes
Nit N Run prod by: J-Zone
Purple Haze
Castles Made Of Sand
Spanish Castle Music
A House Burning Down
Interlude One
Foxy Lady
Midnight Dirt f. Jay-Z
Midnight
Lover Man (Live)
Today’s Encore f. Jay-Z
I Don’t Live Today
Interlude Two
All Along The Watchtower
Izabella
The Wind Crys Mary
Crazy Mary prod by: J-Zone
Bold As Love
Fire (Live)

DOWNLOAD: http://www.mediafire.com/?ojmbzjwzgjv

Saturday, November 15, 2008

RSE Jake One Contest, VOTE!



The track submitted by Big Quarters has been named in the finals of of the Rhymesayers/Jake One contest. The song is a brand new cut called "Do It".
Follow the banner and vote for Big Quarters.
Thanks for holding them down. Tell a friend.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

CGD Deisgn

The remaining four members of the program I'm in at MACD were all asked create a redesign for the CGD (Certificate in Graphic Design) program brochure. We all had to create a different concept/designs and then the director would chose one or elements of this one or that one. After one concept was chosen we were asked to create 2-3 different designs and mock them up. We had maybe a week to bang it out. All four of us have full time jobs as well as our other class we have on Saturday to make time for so this project to say the least was a bit of a challenge.

The four of us students broke off into two groups and began our creative processes. Molly Hein and I came up with a “border book” design to make the trading cards an extra element to the design while not straying from the important content. The cards in this design will tear off effortlessly due to perforation and offer up handy tips to prospective students as they prepare to commit to the program. After extensive image research along with studying the way advertising took place in the late Fifties into the Sixties we came up with what you see. Creating the “campy” look they pulled borders from old fanzie Elvis trading cards and mimicked some of the off-registered printing that often took place in that era of time.

We also found that it would be best to make the most of the “campy” feel by using a cream/tan color paper to give the cards a vintage feeling. Other elements in the piece are the hand drawn header type treatments, handy tip images and the MCAD building. Keeping the piece only to two colors we went with Pantone 332 U, a sea foamy green. The final size of the piece folded down will be 4”x6”. A wafer seal will be used to close the piece for ease in the mailing process.

Although our particular design elements were not chosen our format concept was chosen. Below is what Miss Molly Hein Design and I created.

What it will look like once you break the seals...



Opening



Flip it...



Flip some more...



Keep Opening it...



Almost there...



Open Front...



Open back...



Some of the hand drawn stuff I did...

R.I.P. Mitch Mitchell




There is no question in my mind that Jimi Hendrix and The Experience is one of my all time favorite groups. Yesterday, Wednesday November 12, 2008 the former drummer of The Experience Mitch Mitchell died in a Portland hotel room of natural causes. He had just wrapped a The Experience Hedrix tour five days before. It saddens me but at the same time makes me want to keep my Jimi Hendrix and The Experience in heavy rotation. Rest in Peace Mitch Mitchell. You, Noel and Jimi can jam together again.



Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Death of Adam



The new 88 Keys album is something I haven't been able to stop listening to. I just got it yesterday but I worked to it, slept to it and now I'm working to it again. This album is great because it brings back the elements of a good album, it has a narrative. There is a story that you follow all the way through the whole album keeping you engaged and as a Minneapolis Emcee once mentioned that is key to an album. He broke it down to me saying that he creates a formula when writing an album. What's the equation going to be? Well, with the 88 Keys it appears to be about relationships.

The song that I like the most at this moment in time would have to be "Durty Peaches" that features J*Davey. Look out for other guest apperances by Phonte, Kayne West, Redman, Kid Cudi and Shitake Monkey.

Don't sleep on the album here's a link for a 'preview' please make sure you go out and buy this. Support Music!

Friday, November 7, 2008

CHICAGOBAMA!

My boys run this studio called Novem down in Chicago a bunch of graffiti dudes workin the days hours away making some sick ass work. Not only have they recently opened a store in Chicago their production has been upped to another level. These dudes have been kickin' out some sick, sick, sick shirts on what seems to be a weekly basis. I was talkin' to one of the owners today who was tellin' me that the Obama shirt they're workin' is going to blow us out the water. They were right. ChicagObama, how sick is this?! I can't wait til it's printed so I can be rockin' it.



Peep the store if you're in CHICAGO at:
1104 Ashland Ave N
CHICAGO, IL
(they open at 11AM)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

OBAMAMANIA!














Check it out, the whole world has been celebrating the annoucement that Barack Obama is our new president come 2009. This link shows off all the diffent headlines of newspapers/magazines around the world, click on the one you like and see it bigger! Because in Amercia Bigger is better right? hahahaa...

http://obama2008.s3.amazonaws.com/headlines.html

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

M.I.A.& Blaqstarr Cover The Wire

I stole this from the URB Blog but it's fuckin' on FYAH!! Love the use of the multiple windows, black and white and shit...all done on what looks like final cut pro? Am I wrong? I don't know enjoy yo!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

New York Times BABY!!


Yooooo...I don't know how excited I am right now. I'm in the New York Mother Fuckin' Times!! That's right. And no, it's not for Photographs! It's for some shoes I made for Dre Day!!!!! Check out the list of interview questions they send me. Enjoy!!
________________________

Good Afternoon Sylviane,

First of all thank you so much for choosing my shoes I’m ecstatic! Let me
know if you need anymore information.

Thanks again,
C

Questions:

1. Confirm the spelling of your name and your class -- Christina "C-Rocka"
Rimstad, Post-Baccalaureate, Graphic Design

2. What kind of paint did you use for the images?

I used a Jacquard textile paint when creating custom chucks.

3. Describe the images and what inspired you to customize each shoe in
this way?

These shoes were inspired by an annual celebration we have in Minneapolis called Dre Day. Minneapolis based design collective Burlesque started the party almost seven years ago to celebrate legendary rap producer Dr. Dre’s birthday. Each year I’ve created a new article of clothing with the image of Dr. Dre on it to wear to the event. Dr. Dre’s album “The Chronic” has always been a heavy influence when I’m creating these pieces, which is why I chose to use a 40oz of Old English and the pot leaves on the back seam of the shoes.


4. Have you decorated other shoes, other clothing items? If so, why?
If not, why not?

Yes I have decorated other shoes and clothing items. I started doing the shoes after a friend of mine died in 2006, I made a custom pair of chucks with a cartoon character he had of himself; he was an avid converse collector. After that I was addicted to getting the high top chucks and making my mark on them. I love painting more than ever on my clothing; I’ve been doing that since I was six-seven years old. There was nothing like a rainy day when my mom would get out the fabric paints so my siblings and I could make t-shirts.

5. Have you seen other custom shoes on your campus?

Honestly, I haven't seen any custom shoes that were handmade. Of course I see the limited edition dunks and other various manufactured shoes but none hand painted.


6. Do you sell decorated shoes, or do you make them for yourself alone?

I haven't actually sold a pair of shoes but I'm definitely willing to do that. I've made shoes for others as gifts and for myself. I'm currently working on a pair of Converse All-star Chucks for HATER Magazine out of Houston.

Friday, October 31, 2008

I *shoot* Hipsters



hahaha, I got this in an email from Thrillist and followed the link to Hoodman.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

GRADUATES



GRADUATES is an exhibition by Minneapolis-based artist Matthew Bakkom that presents the 664 graduation portraits of the Tuskegee Air Training Institute to investigate image, memory and race as it exists in our public record.

Starting in 1942, the US Army Air force created a photographic index of each of the graduates of the Air Training Program at the Tuskegee Institute, the official training program for black pilots in what was then still a segregated military.The subsequent performance of these men in WWII achieved legendary status in both social and popular imagination.Their direct participation in the post war civil rights
movement added further to their elevated status.

Bakkom approaches these figures who have been transformed by society and their actions from individuals into myths.The exhaustive specificity of the archive, the powerful plasticity of the photographic image and the sculptural aesthetics of serial
presentation are harnessed to engage the larger questions at hand. As an exhibition, GRADUATES hopes to provide a context for this previously unpublished glimpse of a collective past that might resonate with our attempts to negotiate the challenges of the moment.

"Black Snake Moan" to be Filmed at IN THE MOOD tonight NYC




The day has finally arrived for Idle Warship's video shoot that will going down tonight at Rehab. Be part of something amazing with Res, Tablib Kweli and Graph Nobel as they film "Black Snake Moan" at Kweli's monthly IN THE MOOD. Make sure you wear something sharp or sassy and if you can dance you best show of those moves for the camera!! Dancers and stylistas fashionistas please head to Rehab between 1-4PM or 8PM-Mindnight.

Rehab (the club)
25th Ave B (between 2nd and 3rd) in LES

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Introducing The Fab Four



The latest in reality TV The Fab Four is four students that are currently attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Watch as Catherine, Molly, Matt and Christina face one of their biggest challenges to date, the re-design of a program brochure. Stay tuned for more details!

**Logo/Image created by Molly Hein Design.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New York Public Library Puts Historic Cigarette Ads on Display

I was just checking out one of my favorite daily art digs, www.artdaily.org, and I stumbled across this slide show. Historic Cigarette Ads that are truly ironic...take a look for your self. If you're in NYC stop by the library and see these in person.