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FIVE Things: August 15, 2014

by Luke

1. Miniature Boxes

From Juxtapoz Magazine:

French artist Marc Giai-Miniet constructs his intricate ‘Boxes,’ placing small characters and grim scenes inside the empty spaces where unknown events have taken place. The miniature libraries, fictional attics, laboratories, storage rooms and interrogation cells are filled mostly with books and unknown experiments.

2. Statue Selfies

More here.

3. Official

4. Jay Adams (February 3, 1961 – August 14, 2014)

You were a legend in my mind. 

5. Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

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That’s all for this week! Until next time.

FIVE Things: August 8, 2014

by Luke

1. The Theory of Everything

From director James Marsh (Man on a Wire), here is the trailer for the upcoming biopic of Stephen Hawking, based on Jane Hawking’s memoir:

Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. 

2. The UP Documentaries

Renowned Sight and Sound magazine recently created their list of the greatest documentaries of all time. Included: the “Up” documentaries, which I’ve recently been watching on Netflix.

From a piece by Roger Ebert, who once had the series in his top ten greatest films of all time list (also for Sight and Sound):

The “Up” documentaries, they’re called. Every seven years, the British director Michael Apted revisits a group of people whose lives he has been chronicling since they were children. As he chats with them about how things are going, his films penetrate to the central mystery of life, asking the same questions that Wim Wenders poses in “Wings of Desire”: Why am I me and why not you? Why am I here and why not there?

They also strike me as an inspired, even noble, use of the film medium. No other art form can capture so well the look in an eye, the feeling in an expression, the thoughts that go unspoken between the words. To look at these films, as I have every seven years, is to meditate on the astonishing fact that man is the only animal that knows it lives in time.

"The child is father of the man," Wordsworth wrote. That seems literally true as we look at these films. The 7-year-olds already reveal most of the elements, good and bad, that flower in later life. Sometimes there are surprises; a girl who is uptight and morose at 21, vowing never to marry, blossoms in the later films into a cheerful wife and mother.

3. Thoughts on Design

Once considered seminal, Paul Rand’s text on graphic design is back in print for the first time since the 70s.

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Writing at the height of his career, Rand articulated in his slender volume the pioneering vision that all design should seamlessly integrate form and function. This facsimile edition preserves Rand’s original 1947 essay with the adjustments he made to its text and imagery for a revised printing in 1970, and adds only an informative and inspiring new foreword by design luminary Michael Bierut. As relevant today as it was when first published, this classic treatise is an indispensable addition to the library of every designer.

4. Michelle Andrade

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Andrade’s drawings are great.

Michelle Andrade’s whimsical drawings mine mundane conversations and internal monologues, presenting fragmented phrases and thoughts amid decorative patterns. Frequently drawing onto lined or graph paper to accentuate the intimate, diaristic quality of her ramblings and reflections.

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5. David Brent - “Free Love Freeway”

In honor of the news that Ricky Gervais is bringing back original Office manager David Brent for a feature-length film, I will leave you with the iconic, hilarious, brilliant scene that sounds like a precursor to the film, which will see the former documentary subject still attempting to parlay that fact into some sort of fame. 

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That’s all for this week! Until next time.

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Last summer The Center for New Enterprise Opportunity unveiled their entrepreneurial art project, with pieces created by Redhead Design Studio. In addition to Redhead Design, the pieces also featured Two Men and a Truck, Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, Ahptic Film & Digital and RetroDuck.com. We were, and still are, honored to be part of such a great group!

Just some shirts we did. The Chalk of the Town shirts are embarrassingly wrinkled =/ 

The Hatching picked up a lot of shirts today. Tomorrow night at Beggar’s Banquet.

The Hatching picked up a lot of shirts today. Tomorrow night at Beggar’s Banquet.

Black on black… Black Cat Bistro opens this week!

Black on black… Black Cat Bistro opens this week!

We already had our biggest January, February and March this year, but April was the biggest month we’ve ever had. Thank you so much to everyone that helped make that happen. Let’s just hope we don’t jump the shark…

We already had our biggest January, February and March this year, but April was the biggest month we’ve ever had. Thank you so much to everyone that helped make that happen. Let’s just hope we don’t jump the shark…

ONE THING: April 30

by Holly

As clichés say, all good things must eventually come to an end. Today marks my last day as Director of Graphics and Marketing at RetroDuck and first step toward a move to Detroit. I wanted to take the time (and Tumblr space) to express my gratitude toward my fellow Ducketeers. Whether it’s teaching me the ways of alternative 90s music during downtime at the office, tweaking my less than perfect print art, remaining patient during our craziest days, or simply being good examples of hard-working and dedicated humans, these guys rule the most. I will miss them, but know they can (and have many years before I could even call myself a duck) hold down the fort to continue making this company the best it can be. Onward and upward!

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That’s all for today. Until next time.

xx

FIVE THINGS: April 21-25

by Holly

1. Courtney Barnett on Jimmy Fallon

The raddest gal from Aussie land, Courtney Barnett, was on Jimmy Fallon last night and nailed it. 

Is there indie darling status in her near future? We think yes.

2. Animal Farm illustrated

Categorized in way cool things to look at, Ralph Steadman of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas illustration fame used his scratchy and half-toned magic to illustrate the legendary Animal Farm by George Orwell. 

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Steadman’s illustrated version was published in 1995 in conjunction with the book’s 50th anniversary and released under the name Animal Farm: A Fairy Story. 

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This rare release features over 100 illustrations and is apparently super hard to come by in physical form. Book sleuths, this is a challenge for you.

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3. Andy Warhol digitally painting Debbie Harry

It’s the mid-80s and computers are new, wild, and called Amiga. Check out this video of Andy Warhol using one to paint a picture of Debbie Harry. That Andy is just so artsy, isn’t he? Read in Midwestern middle-aged mother dialect.

Loads of other paintings Warhol did on Amiga computers were recently recovered from floppy discs after thirty years of their absence. Don’t copy that floppy!

4. Jem and the Holograms REAL LIFE MOVIE

It just came to my attention that the classic cartoon Jem and the Holograms will take it’s fiery flair and glory to the big screen. It’s cast by a bunch of (seemingly?) famous teens that will probably do a good job, but will they actually be able to personify the wicked style of JATH? We shall see. 

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Please don’t screw this up! My dreams are far too delicate. If you have no idea who/what I’m talking about, check out the video below and let your imagination be carried through waves of pink lightning bolts and enormous hair. 

5. Skydive music video

Self-promoting is always a drag, but I figured I’d do it anyway. Here’s a new music video for a song called “Skydive” by my band Real Ghosts. If you’re at all into the following I suggest you check it out: Skydiving, cars that skydive, found footage, lo-fi tunes with post-punk influence, people holding hands AS THEY ARE FLYING THROUGH THE AIR, positive sounds, Michigan-made music, etc. 

Skydive - Real Ghosts from Holly Johnson on Vimeo.

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That’s all for this week! Until next time.

xx

RetroDuck.com is Now Hiring!

Screen Printer

A motivated screen printer well-versed with both manual and automatic screen printing. Minimum 1-2 years of printing experience required. Duties include printing apparel, burning and reclaiming screens and light inventory. May need to occasionally use heat press. Starting at twenty hours per week, with possibility of a full-time job after summer. Must have reliable transportation. Well-versed in random pop culture knowledge a bonus. 

Graphic Design 

Must be well-versed in Adobe Illustrator and good with customers. Duties also include answering emails, answering the phone, working within our content management system and taking in payments. Starting at twenty hours per week, with possibility of a full-time job after summer. Must have reliable transportation. Should probably have good taste in music, too. 

If you’ve got the skills to pay the bills, please fill out an application here, or email a resume to luke@retroduck.com. Questions can be directed at Luke as well.

Goodnight, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

FIVE THINGS: April 14-18

by Holly

1. Photos by Caitlin Teal Price

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Caitlin Teal Price’s photo series Annabelle, Annabelle feels weird in the upmost intriguing of ways. The way she captures the struts and gazes of elegant older women is both an uncommon focal point and exposé of a perspective often unseen.

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With focuses on shadow, light, and movement, Price’s work casts a peculiar vibe. The strangeness is present throughout other series she’s made, as well. Check her out for more photographic intrigue. 

2. “Suburban Ennui” Spotify playlist

It’s been awhile since we’ve made a new one, but here’s a bout of tunes coming at you fresh. Artists include Dinosaur Jr., Angel Olsen, Broadcast, Liars, Blouse, and so many more. It’s good for cruising away your winter blues and warming up your bones with some sunshine. Finally.  

3. Surreal Toons

A classic question: What do you get when you cross geometric portraiture, ink and watercolors? Surreal toons, that’s what! 

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With bold shading and soothing colors, Surreal Toons is created by a young college student majoring in both studio art and mathematics. It all makes sense now!

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And, here’s another special little guy:

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How can he still be grumpy in that flashy bow-tie? The world may never know. 

4. Talking Heads

No Psycho Killer here. This next thing is a Polish mini-documentary made in 1980 that asks it’s subjects of all ages the mind-bottling, anxiety ridden question, “Who are you?” The results are awesome and truly reveal a pinhole showing how the individual views life. 

5. United States of Monsters

I really have no idea how these monsters originated, but here’s a listing made by RoadTripper of each state’s very own haunters. 

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Click here to view the list! Can we trade dogman for the ghost of Abraham Lincoln? Just wondering.

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That’s all for this week! Until next time. 

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Bar crawl season is among us. Here are some examples of shirts we’ve printed for various groups of crawlers. You’ve still got time to place your order with us before the school year ends! Don’t delay; get some customized tees for you and your pals today. 

FIVE THINGS: April 7-11

by Holly

1. Illustrations by Laura Callaghan

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Laura Callaghan's work appears to illustrate what Tumblr may look like if all its users showed up at the same mall on a Friday night. Bright, bold, and straight up cool, Callaghan’s illustrations are as unique as they are relevant. This girl rules. 

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This Irish-born, London-based gal uses watercolors, Indian ink, and “the smallest pens she can get her hands on” to create her images. 

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The detail to her work is what really sets her apart from most illustrators practicing the same style that I’ve come across. Keep doing what you’re doing, and, uh, is that cactus blouse available somewhere for purchase?

2. Art21: Jenny Holzer 

You’ve probably heard of Jenny Holzer before or have seen her work because it is, literally, impossible to miss. Holzer reinvents public space and advertising in a way that causes the consumer to question their purchase’s value, as well as their own.

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On PBS’s Art21, a television program dedicated to contemporary art, Holzer’s work and life are further examined. It’s a great watch and not too bad in length, either. Click here to watch the video.  

3. Portlandia Activity Book

We’ve all had conversations that we’ve wanted to get out of. Well now, thanks to Portlandia, we have several options of things to say that will pretty much immediately cause any conversation to end. 

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Or maybe you’re around people that you actually want to talk, but are just unsure what to say. Here are some options for that situation, too. 

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We try to keep a maximum of four soul mates per deli aisle, thank you for asking. Checkout more from the activity book here

4. Graphics by Iain Acton

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GIFS that move with the ease of a graphically contemporary flowing river are among the list of my favorite things (on the Internet, at least). Iain Acton creates images in such a way that your eyes will be flowing up and down and around again. 

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Similar to David Dope from last week’s things, Acton often describes a deeper narrative within his bold shapes. 

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He also uses his graphic wizardry to create commercials that pop with color and life. 

5. Bad Hair from the 60s and 70s

Checkout these dudes with terrible hair.

How did some of them even get their hair to do that? Divas.

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That’s all for this week. Until next time!

xx