The holiday season has come and gone. Another Christmas and another New Year. 2014 really has been something. Something great! People tend to say that time goes by faster and faster as you get older, but I have to say this year felt like a lifetime in the best way.
To explain the trippy photo above: Every year, my hometown has this Christmas display that the fire department puts up. It’s pretty silly and I’ve always wanted to photograph it but only had my phone which wasn’t quite able to capture it. It’s been a staple of the town for so many years and I hope and hope that they’ll never update it. It has wooden hand-painted cutouts, animatronics, old stuffed animals on rides, homemade buildings, and a strange amount of Disney references. I posted a short slideshow on my Instagram the other day. It’s weird as hell and I love it.
Here are some other weird things I’ve enjoyed this year:
A lot has been going on personally for me lately: a change in city, a change in job, and some much needed time to recharge. While that doesn’t make very interesting blogging (at least not yet), I’ve had some time to think, pick up some winter projects, and hopefully post more frequently than I have been in the last couple of months.
That being said, I first came across Storm Tharp when I visited the 2010 Whitney Biennial back when I was still in college. I don’t remember most of the work that I saw there, which doesn’t surprise me much as my memory is pretty bad but it’s been over four years and I still think of Tharp from time to time. He and Aurel Schmidt for some reason really stuck with me. Impeccable rendering skills have always impressed me. Damn, if only! I recently watched a studio visit with him and although he’s ending “his love affair” with ink portraits, it’s this particular work that I enjoy most.
Based off of this NY Times article, with coffee in hand, I illustrated this map outlining the nine coffees featured. It was a fun way to kick off the weekend while binge watching some Netflix and listening to café jams.
Now that it’s officially the fall time, I’ve made the transition to hot coffee from my beloved iced. What is it about the fall that makes this time of year so nostalgic? Is it our memories of going back to school and the lead up to the holiday season? The drastic change in clothing and the slow come down off of the summer? Who knows. Anyway, I like it. Keep it comin’ fall. Boots on. Swimsuit off.
I think I first discovered Hawk Krall when I moved to Philadelphia a few years ago and noticed his hot dog illustrations hanging on the walls of Hot Diggity on South Street. I started following his work and was so happily surprised to see his mural at Pizza Brain, a restaurant that opened up in my neighborhood in the city. Everything about Krall’s work is on point: the colors, the movement of all the ingredients, the text. Just wonderful. I’ve since left the city but continue to admire Krall’s work, making sure to pick up this print he did for Elixir coffee in Center City on my way to work during one of my last days there.
Krall’s Pizza Brain mural in their backyard
Oh man, now I’m starving. To see more of Krall’s work, you can follow him on Instagram, Tumblr, or his blog.
This summer has been hands down, the best summer I’ve ever had. And it’s only going to lead into the best fall ever, followed by the best winter ever, to the best REST OF MY LIFE EVER and the BIGGEST, MOST BAD ASS FUNERAL EVER. Well, we’ll see about that one. But right now things are looking up. Kudos to the fall and all it has to bring.
I have a hard time when people say that they are obsessed with something. Obsessed? Really? Come on now. But it’s safe to say that when I first saw one of Justin Wallis’ MILKBBI patterns show up on my Pinterest feed, I got a little giddy. And then when I saw that a lot of his work is animated my giddy smile got a little creepier. After scrolling through his Tumblr, I was practically grinning like the Cheshire cat and though I’m not comfortable calling myself obsessed, I’ve got to admit that I was fanning out HARD.
MILKBBI’s work reminds me of my early teenage years when I couldn’t get enough of rainbow jewelry, FRUiT magazine, legwarmers, and Japanese stationary galore. A part of my youth that I look fondly upon but have since let go because I decided to be some kind of adult or something. I’m not quite sure.
In collaboration with Daniel Guerrero Fernández
Anyway, despite my status as an adult and what society has put upon me, I can still stare longingly at Wallis’ work and contemplate my past, my present, and my future. What does it all mean? What am I doing? How did I get here?….Colors.. patterns…happy faces…cool clothes…Ahhh What? WHERE AM I?! In a grey cubicle?! Oh noooooooo..
No matter where you are or how old you are, you can still appreciate MILKBBI and think of perhaps, fonder, happier..care-free times. Long live MILKBBI. I can’t wait to see what Wallis comes up with in the future.
Check out more of MILKBBI at Justin Wallis’ portfolio site and blog. You can see more of Daniel Guerrero Fernández’s work here.
After over a month of blog silence, I come back to bring you the work of Burnt Toast Creative the design company of Canadian illustrator, Scott Martin. There’s nothing better in the world than pastel vectors and clean cut violence.
I’ve been wanting create an outlet for drawing and felt that MOONCHEEZ wasn’t quite the right fit so I created a new blog dedicated solely to cartoons. I’ve got a lot of silly building up in my brain and it’s about to burst all over TINAMELT. It’s a work in progress but you’ve gotta start somewhere. Enjoy!
MOONCHEEZ will still be up and running, but it will probably be used mostly for photos and inspiration.
I’m excited that after living in the same neighborhood in Philly for almost two years, I finally got over to Greensgrow Farms after a friend invited me. And I must say, what an adorable little establishment. My friend was there to buy succulents so we spent most of our time in that section and I picked up a little cactus for myself. That ridiculous phallic one up top. It was just too good to pass up.
In addition to the greenery, they sell fresh meat, dairy, and some produce and canned goods (they’ve also got a CSA). Now that I’m without a car, it’s nice to have all these things accessible by foot and it’s great to be able to support a small business instead of buying all of my plants at Home Depot. They’ve also got more of a selection and a knowledgeable and friendly staff. All good things at Greensgrow.
If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out. It’s at 2501 E. Cumberland St near Gaul in the Fishtown/Kensington neighborhood of Philly. Read more about it on their website.
The last couple of months have been a bit of a whirlwind. Some things good. Some things bad. A little bit of this. A little bit of that. You can deal with this or you can deal with that. Spring has been a transitional time for a lot of people I know. I’ve been traveling around for business and pleasure and it’s been nice to get out of Philadelphia.
I’m working on some freelance gigs and a new project so I’ve been spending a lot of time doing that and have been outdoors for the first time in what seems like forever. Who knows what the future will hold but things right now are looking pretty good.
Above photo was run through the Waterlogue App, taken in Central Park over the weekend. What a beautiful day in Pizza City!