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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. 

xx

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

RetroDuck.com: Outfitting East Lansing’s bar crawls for over a decade. 

FIVE THINGS: March 31-April 4

by Holly

1. Graphics by David Dope

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David Dope will freak your freak in the best way possible. His gifs are like the illusions your friends would show you in elementary school except you don’t even have to stare at them for up-close 30 seconds or squint your eyes. They just happen. 

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Apparently this dude lives in Budapest with his dachshund named Susie. Sounds pretty lovely to me.

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View more of his whirly and wild work here

2. ‘Under Color of Official Light’ by Protomartyr

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If you think you’d be interested in gritty post-punk that literally embodies the sound of Detroit’s post-industrial age, have a listen to Protomartyr. Bummed out? Allow these quick, untamed tunes sooth you for a good 35 minutes. You might feel even more bummed after the listen, but at least you’ll feel less alone. Maybe.

The album is to be released on Hardly Art, but the good folks at NPR have a First Listen for all to hear. If you’re into it, check out their release show at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit on April 8. 

3. Vote for Chris Fitzpatrick for Class President

Louis C.K. recently hosted SNL and hidden at the tail-end of the episode was this gem. Meet Chris Fitzpatrick. He’s just a simple guy running for class president. 

 Feel like you knew this dude in high school? Us, too. All in favor of more Chris Fitzpatrick sketches say, “Aye.” And the crowd goes wild. 

4. Comics by Will Laren

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Will Laren is funny, but you don’t need me to be the one to tell you that. 

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Vibrant colors paired with gloopy illustrations is a recipe for pure visual greatness. Add humor to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a deal. 

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View more of his stuff here

5. Samuel L. Jackson slam poetry about Boy Meets World

The title says it all. 

Who knew the name Topanga would so accurately mirror the sound of a beating heart? I’m sure Corey did. 

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

xx

We recently completed an order for MSU’s Science Festival taking place this week on campus. Head over to their website to view the schedule of awesome and family-friendly events happening all week long because as we learned from Mr. Nye, science rules. 

FIVE THINGS: March 24-28

by Holly

1. Train Surfing

Starting out with a five things *BANG* here’s a mini-doc about folks who train surf in South Africa. It’s called “Staff Riding” by Marco Casino and gives all the details about this extremely dangerous and wildly exhilarating sport. 

STAFF RIDING SUB ENG from MARCO CASINO on Vimeo.

2. Czar Kristoff, photographer

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If you’re interested in contemporarily obscured photography, I think you’ll be into Filipino photographer Czar Kristoff

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His photos are anonymously minimal and rarely include elements of color giving most of his images a hue of mystery.

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3. Comedy Bang Bang: Season 2 on Netflix

This may be old news for some, but season two of the podcast-turned-television-talk-show Comedy Bang Bang is streaming on Netflix. Below is a clip of Sarah Silverman’s guest appearance on the show to lure you into watching this comedic marvel. 

4. Works on Paper by Richard Russell

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Richard Russell has been making collages since he was a wee tot. Having been enthralled in this medium for as long as he has, Russell has developed an interesting method to his cut-and-paste madness:

I have been making collages since I was six. After my first attempt, I was scolded for cutting up my parents’ magazines and getting glue on the dining room table (otherwise, my artistic paths have always been wholeheartedly encouraged by them.) Undaunted and now in mid-career, it is still my favorite medium and meditation. This meditative mindset flows out across collecting, dissecting, categorizing and filing my source materials, and down into the selection, cutting, and composition of my collages.

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Russell juxtaposes masculine and feminine constructs alongside a classic 1950s tint that gves his work a unique and witty charm.

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5. Wu-Tang

In honor of the Wu-Tang Clan making and selling only one copy of their next album (in total). Here’s a classic image of some bad-to-the-bone Wu-Tang supporters. Word.

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

xx

The Million Dollar Homepage Still Exists, But a Fifth of It’s Dead

Remember the Million Dollar Homepage? Eight years later, it’s still alive, but as with all things internet, it’s not quite as healthy as it once was. In fact, 22 percent of the links it contains are now dead.

RetroDuck, right corner, still alive and kicking.

The Million Dollar Homepage Still Exists, But a Fifth of It’s Dead

Remember the Million Dollar Homepage? Eight years later, it’s still alive, but as with all things internet, it’s not quite as healthy as it once was. In fact, 22 percent of the links it contains are now dead.

RetroDuck, right corner, still alive and kicking.

FIVE THINGS: March 17-21

by Holly

1. Catherine Ceresole New York no wave photos

Swiss photographer Catherine Ceresole documented the New York no wave scene in the early 1980s. Her photos capture some of the raddest folks from the New York underground.

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Henry Rollins

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Apparently, Lydia Lunch (above playing with an early Swans) scolded Ceresole for using a flash, so from that point on she decided to get rid of it completely. This resulted in often blurred and grainy photos which added to the gritty aesthetic of that age. 

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Baby Beastie Boys! Cuties with groovies. Ceresole’s photos were featured in a whole bunch of zines including Killer by Thurston Moore (below with Lee Ronaldo).

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View more photos here!

2. Angel Olsen live on KEXP

If you’ve been snoozing all winter, there’s a chance you have yet to hear about this great gal from Chicago. Angel Olsen is her name and making super sweet, heartfelt and snappy guitar tunes is her game. She recently did a live set on Seattle’s KEXP and totally nailed it. 

Word on the street is she lived in Ann Arbor before her status as an indie darling. Cool! Listen to her recent LP Burn Your Fire For No Witness. I really think you’ll like it. 

3. Not Art: Digital Collage by Mothanna Hussein, Hadi Alaeddin, and Warsheh 

This next thing is a bit obscure but also quite fascinating (as most things are.) A group of graphic designers decided to re-imagine classic paintings in digital and geometric form. The result is fresh, unique, and according to its creators, not art:

This is not art. This what we saw in and from it. We’re designers without a good grip on what art is and what can and can’t be done with it, so we did what we felt came naturally to us.
 
We know nothing about these paintings, we even used google image search to look up the names.
 
We thought we should maybe apologise to anybody that thinks what we’re doing is wrong, but we decided it would be more wrong of people to even think that.

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NOT Girl with a Pearl Earring

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NOT Doge Leonardo Loredan

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NOT The Conversion of St Paul

The blend of classic with cosmic contemporary is spot on. NOT bad!

4. Photographer Joseph Szabo

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American photographer Joseph Szabo is best known for capturing American youth culture in the early 1970s. His images are telling and personal as they cast an eye into a very private and insecure time of one person’s life. 

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You can see a whole bunch more of his photos here

5. Baby goats

Little things in life fill me with more joy than baby goats. I’ll leave you with a few baby goats from a Tumblr I recently discovered called “Baby Goats and Friends”. Since this discovery, my world has become brighter and I hope yours does, too. 

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Oh, and here’s a little extra something special

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

xx

FIVE THINGS: March 3-7

by Luke, since Holly is on Spring Break

1. Star Wars High

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This is some total nerd shit, I know, but I love these drawings of Star Wars reimagined as some sort of 80s high school comedy. Droids are nerds, Jedis are teachers and the Millennium Falcon a custom-painted van.

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The rest are over here

2. Unconventional Art

Oh, Portlandia…

3. Julian Casablancas + The Voids 

The Strokes’ lead singer seems to have a new band, Julian Casablancas + the Voidz. Not much else in the way of info, but this home video/found footage-hybrid is laced with musical snippets, and I gotta say, I am intrigued. 

4. The Trippy ’60s, Courtesy of a Master

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Interesting article in yesterday’s New York Times on the advertising of Mad Men’s final season (which starts in April), created by graphics guru Milton Glaser:

Glaser, probably more than any graphic designer of his generation — forged the sophisticated, exuberant advertising look of the late 1960s, the time “Mad Men” is now traversing, and whose work to publicize the show’s new season will begin appearing next week on buses and billboards around the country.

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

I’ll leave you with a friendly reminder that this opens in limited release this weekend, and hopefully everywhere else very soon.

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

xx 

FIVE THINGS: February 24-28

by Holly

1. Tintypes by Victoria Will 

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Tintype is a type of photograph that creates a direct positive onto a thin sheet of iron. It was most popular during the 1860s and 1870s and is primarily used as a novelty way to develop film nowadays. Photographer Victoria Will has captured several famous folks with this method portraying a rawer and more emotion-filled glance into their true feelings. 

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The photo below of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared especially eery to me. 

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Victoria Will takes a whole bunch of other photos, and they’re less creepy than these. I promise. 

2. Drawings by Michael Olivo

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Michael Olivo creates drawings that resemble when a Rocko’s Modern Life character gets electrocuted. Or something. 

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Bright and bold, Olivo’s work is wild, innovative and everything in-between. 

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View more of this guy’s stuff here.

3. Heaters

If you like fuzz, fun and fiery surf tunes, take a listen to the Grand Rapids based trio Heaters. They’ll psych you out before you even realize you’re being psyched out, and at the end of it all, you’ll be grateful for the trip. 

They’re playing Michigan Psych Night in Grand Rapids with Bad Indians, Chit Chat, and Haunted Leather. If you’re looking for some great Michigan-made psychedelic tunes on Saturday night, there won’t be a better place to go! 

4. Trashcanland

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Screen caps made by various Tumblrites are quite possibly the best attribute that Tumblr has to offer. Featured favorites of mine are those made by the zany and lo-fi user trashcanland

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The blog is weird and interesting (weirdtresting?) and will probably make you wonder, “What am I exactly looking at here?” But, have no fear. It’s just the wonderful workings of the world wide web. 

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5. Holly’s dance sequence from Trolls 2

Luke shared this last thing with me. I may relate to it solely because the character and I share the same name. I also may or may not dance in front of the mirror like this bi-weekly every once in awhile, but who doesn’t? Enjoy this fantastic dance sequence from Trolls 2. Girl, werq.

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

xx 

Thursday, September 25th, 2008: Nas at the Breslin Center for iVote, rocking one of the thousands of shirts we designed and printed for the event.