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...



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 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.


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

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
Lover Man (Live)
Today’s Encore f. Jay-Z
I Don’t Live Today
Interlude Two
All Along The Watchtower
The Wind Crys Mary
Crazy Mary prod by: J-Zone
Bold As Love
Fire (Live)


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...


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


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
(they open at 11AM)

Thursday, November 6, 2008


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...

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,


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.