Reverse graffiti is so awesome because it is so radical but simple and obvious at the same time. Reverse graffiti, also known as clean tagging, is a method of creating graffiti on walls, or other surfaces, by removing the dirt and making images with the contrast. The best part is since there is no paint, or other material, besides water that is used it is not considered defacing property, which makes it legal. Sometimes though police give the artist a hard time like in case of the true pioneer of reverse graffitti Paul “Moose” Curtis. Moose was charged under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act and ordered to clean up his clean act. I would love to hear how that went down, “Hey so you cleaned this wall and your going to have to get rid of it. So here is a bunch of dirt, go make that wall dirty again.” Curtis is based out of England and really started the movement even being hired by company’s such as Microsoft and Smirnoff for ad campaigns. He also is owner and founder of the successful design firm Symbollix. According to Curtis,
“Once you do this, you make people confront whether or not they like people cleaning walls or if they really have a problem with personal expression.”
In San Franscicso, Moose and an accalimed film maker came together to create a documentary of their philosphy of clean, in “The Reverse Graffiti Project”. While the city slept Moose and and his team created the stenciled trees and landscape on the dirty walls of the San Francisco’s Broadway tunnel.
You can check their website out here. Following the path created by Moose, another artist is also doing the same kind of thing, Alexandre Orion. The first picture above is from his “Skulls in Sao Paolo”. A few years ago he adorned a transport tunnel in Sao Paolo with a mural consisting of a series of skulls to remind drivers of the detrimental impact their emissions have on the planet. Orion as well as Curtis see their art as a way to get the environmental message across to the people in a way never seen before. For more on Orion check his website here.
Back in August Usain Bolt crushed his own 100 meter dash record at the world track and field championships in Berlin, Germany. Running an amazing 9.58 beating his previous 9.69 record from the Beijing Olympics. Thats pretty impressive but he don’t have shit on this female Cheetah who broke the ground speed record for any mammal last week. Sarah the Cheetah from the Cincinatti Zoo ran the 100 meter’s in 6.13 seconds, check out the video.
We here at Zoot Patrol support everything and anything Zoot. From zoot suits, to getting zooted, to Zoot Woman, the British electronic music group made up of Adam Blake, Johnny Blake and Stuart Price. They are known for their live shows and over the years they have gain a worldwide following due to the fact that they sound great live. With ‘Living in a Magazine’ Zoot Woman established themselves on the music scene and they became credited by many within the industry as one of the most important forerunners of electroclash.
Zoot Woman’s Hope in the Mirror was featured in the soundtrack to Mack Dawg Productions 2004 snowboard video Chulksmack, in the Jussi Oksanen section of the film. Their track Grey Day appeared in David Benedek’s film 91 Words for Snow ( Our favorite snow board film of all time. If you havent seen it, please go find a copy and watch it. It will change your life. I promise). This helped spread the word to the snowboard community thanks to the success of the film, and also due to David Benedek being a snowboard legend. If you are looking for some good tunes then Zoot Woman is the group for you. Why not try and hit for the cycle. Read Zoot Patrol, while wearing a zoot suit, being zooted, and listen to Zoot Women. Whoa, thats alot of Zoot.
BMW’s vehicle sports a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine supported by two electric motors under the hood. That kind of power is good enough to make it run 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds, not too shabby. The power is not what was really intended to shine on this vehicle though either, it’s emissions output and plug-in mode are the heart and soul of this vehicle. While running on diesel, the vehicle has a consumption of 3.76 liters per 100 kilometers or around 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer. For every day use the car can be placed in “electric mode”. The vehicle stores the energy on its lithium polymer cells, which allow it to drive for around 31 miles on a single charge. With all that said it is defiantly one of the cooler things BMW has put out in years but will their grand concept withhold through the strains and limitations of reality? That is something we will have to stay tuned in to find out, but BMW has done a good job of making me pissed off every day I get into my 1997 Blazer that gets 4 miles per gallon.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, I think this is probably the best blueprint you can use for your course of action. Thank you, Internet.
This past Friday our amazing CEO decided that for all of the hard work that we do in the publishing industry, we deserved a little reward, so he shut down the office at noon. Instead of rushing out the door to the nearest bar, some friends and I decided that we would educate ourselves for a bit at the Brooklyn Museum…and then run to the bar. Mia was super stoked to take the water ferry, which she has never taken before. 10 years in NYC and no water ferry? We couldn’t let her keep living on as a New Yorker without the ferry experience, so we bought our $5 one way tickets and took to the sea! Or the river, whatever. Our excitement was soon slammed to the ground when we realized the upper deck was closed, and the ride was about 30 seconds. Oh well, at least she got it out of her system.
We arrived in Brooklyn and the opening that we went to see was Yinka Shonibare, Mother and Father Worked Hard So I can Play. I have to say that as soon as we entered the exhibit, we were all blow away. The colors, subject matter, photographs, and installations were all breath taking. The presentation was laid out like a treasure hunt. In each room their were youthful and playful pieces of art that introduced a sense of imagination and beauty. As in much of Shonibare’s work, the figures were headless and dressed in Victorian costumes made from bright and colorful fabrics. The first thing we saw was about 20 figures, with no heads and bright color outfits getting it on. These things were in every position imaginable, and we even saw some threesomes going on. Good times!
There was also this really cool wall with some graffiti type paint going on, mixed with some shapes and designs that were covered in the same fabric that the models were wearing. Very cool.
This was one of my favorites. Maybe the thought of these beastly cats RAWR’ing while wearing diamond collars was funny to me.
We saw a few more of Yinka’s works and then decided that it was way too nice of a day to be walking around inside a museum, so Mia promised us the most amazing pizza we had ever tasted. Apparently this place Franny’s has the best pizza in ALL of NYC, but when we arrived, it was closed. We were too hungry to really care, and we quickly agreed on Taro Sushi around the corner. Apparently they sell two “peaces” of Mochi for 3 dollars.
After we ate, we did some cruising around BK and stopped in a few of the local shops. We hit up The Gate for a beer and gave ourselves a minute to digest our food over some great draft beers. I was loving the day so far, but it wasn’t complete. I was waiting for something special. I was waiting for the Super Hero Store. Yes, you read that correct. A super hero store, that sold actual super hero apparel and gear. Holy shit. Someone please hold my money and credit cards because I am about to bankrupt myself in this damn place. But surprise surprise, it was CLOSED. What a rip. I was pissed, but at least I got some funny pictures.
After the super hero store disappointment, we decided it was in our best interest to buy a bottle of liquor and just go to Prospect Park to relax and drink. If you have never been to Prospect Park, pick a nice day and go. There are people all over the place walking their dogs, playing frisbee, and just lounging around. We had some drinks, traded stories, and discussed the meaning of “Zoot”. We even watched a bee kill a dragon fly. This was no joke. It was right out of Planet Earth, and I’m sure Sigourney Weaver would have been proud of the commentating we were doing while this battle raged on.
We drank the Invisible juice from the super hero store and this is what happened.
This was a great day in Brooklyn, minus everything being closed! We got the chance to see some great art, check out a actual super hero supply store, and take advantage of the beautiful Prospect Park. What more could you ask for on a half day of work?
Is cheerleading a sport? That is a question that will be debated for eternity, with every guy saying no, and every girl saying yes. To be a cheerleader you have to have an 8 or better face, skinny, always smiling, and the ability to do full out splits like Jean-Claude Van Damme. What this results in is that every single cheerleader in professional sports is hot, which should make cheerleading the clear winner. But hold the phone, since I’m a guy, and I do not consider cheerleading a sport, they have major points deducted and fall to number 8. Understand though when I talk to females about this subject I am the number one supporter of cheerleading being a sport, every guy does it, deal with it.
Sport Spokesman: The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
Women’s basketball is a sport? Yea I guess it is, and it’s always a plus when you can get the same thrill of a WNBA game by going to your local gym and watch 5th graders shoot hoops (I’m just kidding of course ladies). One good thing about woman’s basketball is they are in great physical shape, except for a few 5’9″ 285 lb. power forwards here and there. They get points for their long legs and toned bodies, not to mention the ability to talk basketball with a female is sexy in itself. On the contrary they loose major points for not wearing makeup, sweating like horses, and the inability to dunk basketballs like Vince Carter. (Do horses even sweat?)
Sport Spokesman: Sue Bird
If this list was made up by just ranking the hottest female athletes then Gina Carano would probably be number one for me. Not only is she ridiculously hot, she can also beat the ever loving shit out of you. But since this list is for the sport as a whole, hot girls in MMA stops with Carano. So although Gina Carano alone brings MMA to the number 6 spot, the 67,294,879 other bulldogs put a damper on the sport’s hotness.
Sport’s Only Spokesman: Gina Carano
Golf is a club-and-ball sport made cool by the hot chicks that play it. It’s unbelievable how a hot chick can make a sport so much more interesting. You can go from having to watch an 80 year old man dressed in a yellow plaid jumpsuit gasping for air, to a cute young babe rocking a tiny white skirt showing her butt cheek every time she swings the club. They get huge points for playing a sport you can drink beers and smoke cigars while playing. Although ugly monsters are very rare in Golf, the overall look of the sport is rather average, take more risks next year Golf, draft some Playboy models.
Sport Spokesman: Natalie Gulbis
Soccer chicks are probably the most athletic on this list, and the most tomboy too, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Girls who play soccer can defiantly hang with the guys in competitive sporting events and can look hot doing it too. Thanks to Brandi Chastain the whole world knows what it looks like when a soccer chick rips her shirt off and is ready to go to work(if you know what I mean), everyone say thanks Brandi. On the contrary some soccer players are just a little too into their sports and their look shows it. Some of these girls look like enlarged 12 year old boys with clip on pony tails who can run a 4.2 second 40 yard dash, sorry not my cup of tea. But as a whole thumbs up soccer.
Sport Spokesman: Heather Mitts
You know you can always catch a few hot girls at a softball game, it’s science. A major plus for softball is that they sport tight white pants and bend over in front of you the whole game, I’m not complaining. Next time you are flicking through the channels and a college softball game is on stay tuned, especially if it’s Arizona or Arizona State. Check out there rosters, it’s practically the Miss Arizona Pageant contestant list. Of course softball cant ever climb higher than 3rd because of that damn 400 pound Alaskan on every team who belts homeruns like Albert Pujols, stupid Alaskans.
Sport Spokesman: Jennie Finch (Played for U. of Arizona)
Where do I start with tennis, let’s start with their attire. The color of choice is white, which is good, and they also like to wear mini skirts, that’s a combination I enjoy. I also enjoy hearing the players scream sex moans for 4 hours straight. It really is ridiculous but these women are practically climaxing all match long, and making sure the whole world hears them. Another cool thing I like about tennis is that it is as much a sport as a way into modeling. Tennis is really just a sport filled with aspiring hot models who can give two shits about actually playing tennis, i.e. Anna Kournikova. As much as I wanted to give tennis the number one spot, I couldn’t stop thinking of the Williams’ sister’s jacked up biceps.
Sport Spokesman: Maria Sharapova
Volleyball has some unbelievable girls and they are wearing a bikini the whole time, doesn’t even seem fair. Not only are they wearing bikini’s, but once the game starts moving those bikini bottoms quickly turn into thongs. Another great attribute to girl’s volleyball is that camera focusing on players ass’s is accepted. It is accepted because the player up front flashes a play using their fingers and does it right in front of their butt’s to shield the other team from seeing. So in conclusion, volleyball girls are all skinny, all tan, all oiled up, and all wearing bikinis equipped with thongs, how can volleyball not be number one.
Sport Spokesman: Ana Paula Mancino
If your an average rock fan you probably don’t know the name Keith Moon. If you are fan of The Who you might. With the exception of a few greats like Jon Bonham (Led Zep) Ringo (Beattles) Lars Ulrich (Metallica) drummers are hardly ever known even when their bands are most popular and even then the average fan most likely doesn’t know them. They really have to be a showman to get known. Keith Moon is one of the great showman, perhaps one of the top 3 drummers of all-time. Before Keith Moon joined The Who in 1964 drummers sat proper in suits on the back of the stage. He brought the dramatic style of play and maniacal lifestyle off stage which countless drummers after him idolized. Keith Moon was the guy who made destroying a drum kit on stage kool. He was known as Moon the Loon and had a reputation for destruction, his calling card was flushing explosives down hotel toilets. In 1967 Moon drove a Lincoln into the pool at a Holiday Inn and then blew up the toilet, he was banned for life from all Holiday Inns, along with the Sheraton, Hilton Hotels and The Waldorf Astoria. He was an original rock badass and a drummer who inspired countless drummers after him. Next time you see a show, appreciate the drummer! He died of an drug overdose 31 years 2 days ago.
If you have the time definitely worth watching for a little rock history.
Every single day artist push the limits of what people think of as possible. Some techniques will be forever young, and always work for certain situations, but once in a while someone comes up with an idea that takes the process to the next level. Digital Photo Manipulation is that next step in photography.
Photo manipulation is the application of image editing techniques to photographs in order to create an illusion or deception through analog or digital means. Its uses, cultural impact, and ethical concerns have made it a subject of interest beyond the technical process and skills involved. There have been times when photos have been manipulated for propaganda, or political reasons to deceive the viewer into believing something that is not true. Fortunately for us, Jan Oliehoek does not fall into this category of “liar art”. She has created some truly remarkable works using simple photos which have been spliced together from stock photographs, which she references in each piece.
No this is not a WWF wrestling advertisement, it’s the World Wildlife Fund, even the Undertaker had a little more sensitivity than this. This ad, featuring hundreds of planes flying into the direction of Manhattan, leaked online Tuesday. The conservation group quickly denied any involvement with the image and claimed it was a rejected spec. ad, which they had nothing to do with. The next day however, Ad Age reported that WWF Brazil did approve the ad, and ran it in a city newspaper. The image was quickly pulled by Sergio Valente, President of DDB Brasil, the ad agency who produced the spot. There was also a video version created, but DDB Brasil claims they had no involvement with it. All video was taken off YouTube due to copyright claims by, yup you guessed it, DDB Brasil, LIARS! Luckily the video spread fast enough and is still viewable.
Below is the video of that ad, watch at your own risk, pretty intense. The general consensus is the ad is distasteful and wrong, but there has also been a lot of support of the ad. Many claim it’s simply the truth, and we should be able to use the tragedy in a positive way. We would really like to hear what you think, distasteful, effective, or both?