This morning while you are spending the first 15 minutes of your day waking up, here is a little history of coffee and some really interesting facts.
Kevin Cyr is an artist from Brooklyn New York who uses old beat up vans and delivery trucks as subjects for one of his collections. Cyr sees the past character in each vehicle with every dent, piece of rust, and graffiti tag incorporated on it. When each vehicle is put in the spotlight on it’s own, it really does show the timeless work that was performed by each truck. Cyr’s vision is best described in his own words…..
What a great example of how we create using our words. We begin our lives by believing the lies. Then, when awareness creeps in, it shows us something else is possible. We have the ability to create beauty and compassion with our words, both internal and external. Which do you choose? And how will you transform your words? Make sure you watch the video from start to end, there is a major twist and you won’t understand if you don’t watch the video in it’s entirety.
This video was created by Jonathan Reed for the AARP U@50 video contest and placed second. It is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement “The Truth” by RECREAR.
Artist Scott Campbell has effectively displayed us that with dozens of one dollar bills and some precise cutting you can create some amazing “One Dollar Art”, which is a series of laser-cut etchings, each on a stack of $1 bills. Personally I want Campbell to throw down some Benjamin Franklin’s and really get this series popping off.
Critically acclaimed tattoo artist, Scott Campbell, recently showed his work at the O.H.W.O.W. gallery in Miami, FL. The highlight of the evening was a series of laser-cut etchings, each on a stack of $1 bills. The collection is entitled “Make It Rain” and shows a sampling of the artist’s dark and beautiful undertones. Scott Campbell was born in rural Louisiana and began his career illustrating before mastering the art of tattoo. In 2004, he opened Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn where he perfected his signature style. If you are interested to see more artwork from this artist or buy some of his fine artwork visit his website found here. Campbell is also a tattoo artist so if you like his style you can schedule an appointment, the rate is $300 an hour.
Thanks to reader C.T., friend of “The Kid Himself”, I thought of a video I saw a while back that I found very interesting. For those of you who don’t know who the Insane Clown Pose are, simply they are an underground rap group who dress up as clowns, real cool I know. The group is composed of Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who perform under the respective personas of the wicked clowns Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. ICP has one of the most passionate cult followings of any musical group on Earth. The male fans of ICP call themselves Juggalos and female fans call themselves Juggalettes. The fans also get decked out with clown face paint and over the top attire.
When you think of art and design, pretty much anything can be used as your canvas, but the floors we walk on are generally not the first things that come to mind. Some of these following creations really need to be commended for the insight that the designers had. I mean really, to make a floor design out of salami? Now that deserves a little bit of respect, or maybe a session in food addiction anonymous.
Do you have money burning a hole in your pocket? Then you may want to consider creating your floor out of change. However, in reality, creating this floor really wouldn’t cost as much as you would think. It is constructed from nothing more than pennies. If you live in New York City or are visiting anytime soon, check out the Standard Hotel’s penny floor. If you are looking for a novel home remodeling project, this one is definitely a possibility.
While there may be tall buildings popping up all over the world these days, few still have the presence of the Sears Tower in Chicago. One of the reasons that this great Chicago skyline landmark has remained a popular destination is thanks to its glass floor. There aren’t too many places around the world where one can get a glimpse of a major world city from one hundred floors up while looking down!
Amsterdam-based artist, Peter Schuyff, takes ordinary objects like baseball bats and carves them into intricate and delicate works of art. It must take a ton of trial and error to get these to the point where they don’t fall apart during the work process. I would really like to see a slow motion video of these bats making contacting with a baseball and in the process shattering into millions of pieces. Check out a bunch more photos below.
Two days after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck beneath Port-au-Prince, Haiti, some of the massive damage became more apparent. Rescue teams are arriving, aid groups are trying their best to battle huge logistical challenges, bodies are being identified, and some medical care is being given. Rescue teams from all over the world have joined the recovery effort, as the United States pledged $100 million in relief efforts. The Red Cross ventured an estimate of up to 50,000 deaths, as bodies at the local morgues overflowed into the streets. By now I’m sure you know all the ways you can help donate to the tragedy in Haiti, just know every bit counts. One of my college buddies’ father actually jumped on a flight and is part of a search and rescue team over in Haiti. If you check this article out from CNN here, he is the guy in the right of the picture, awesome job and god bless him. Events like this can really destroy a country, but it also can bring out the best in certain people and make the world come together as one. Collected here are some more scenes from this devastated region. (Please note that some of the images are very graphic and not appropriate for the faint hearted.)
Grant Lingel is a man to be jealous of and maybe even to admire. In 2006, after completing one semester as a super-senior in balmy Buffalo, NY, Grant decided to take a risk many of us have thought about, but never had the courage to do. Uninspired by the path laid in front of him (degree, job, corporate ladder, settle down, etc.), he dropped out of school only a few credits shy of a degree. Then he bought a one-way ticket to Cancun and took off with $300.00 to his name.
Imagine is Grant’s memoir of the odyssey that follows that plane flight south of the border. Working at resorts and doing odd jobs along the way, his trip takes him from Playa Del Carmen through Central America and back again. Along the way, he meets some interesting people and fellow travelers never to be forgotten. Whether he is escaping from reality or escaping to a better reality depends on your perspective. Either way, Grant’s writing transports you along in stream of consciousness on a voyage that you’ll wish you’d had the guts to take. Maybe it will even inspire you to do your own vagabonding.