Theme Friday: Neon

Theme Friday: Neon

In today’s culture, a substance like neon has a number of different meanings and interpretations. The original meaning of neon is the scientific one, that it’s a chemical element (a noble gas to be specific) which is number 10 on the periodic table. It’s creation is quite dramatic if you read it straight from it’s Wikipedia page.

During cosmic nucleogenesis of the elements, large amounts of neon are built up from the alpha-capture fusion process in stars. Although neon is a very common element in the universe and solar system (it is fifth in cosmic abundance after hydrogen, helium, oxygen and carbon), it is very rare on Earth.

In a more modern sense we often think of neon as the signs you see hanging in dive bars or liquor stores. Technically, the neon only glows red in color (the sign above is not neon, ha!) so the different colors you see are other gasses like krypton, argon, or xenon. But you’ll probably never hear anyone say, “wow, look at that rad xenon sign!”

In the most contemporary sense of the word, neon is often thought of as a super bright color which is most frequently seen applied to sports and athletic apparel. But it certainly hasn’t stopped there. You now see neon colors on literally everything (and this Pinterest search for neon scientifically proves it). I’m not a hater though, I’m actually a big fan of neon when it’s worn in the appropriate doses.

With all this complexity we thought it’d make for a great Theme Friday, so prepare for a thorough exploration of this word with so many interesting and exciting possibilities.

Bobby Solomon

August 30, 2013 / By

Vibrantly colorfuled, geometric graffiti pieces by Nelio

Vibrantly colorfuled, geometric graffiti pieces by Nelio

I spent a bunch of time falling down the rabbit hole that is Flickr last night, finding a bunch of great artists to write about. One of my favorites was Nelio, a French graffiti artist who’s work uses tons of bright colors all laid out int he most interesting, geometric ways. When I see work like Nelio’s it truly solidifies the idea that graffiti can be art. I would love to see his pieces around Los Angeles, I think they would liven up the neighborhoods.

You can see lots more of his work on his Flickr and I’ve picked up some of my favorites which you can see below.

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Bobby Solomon

August 29, 2013 / By

Randy P. Martin’s incredible travel photography

Randy P. Martin's beautiful travel photography

Randy P. Martin takes the photos you wish you took. He might be based in Chicago but he’s an avid traveller who documents his journeys with an impressive eye for landscapes and scenery. Somehow he manages to capture that idealized version of scenic views, places that seem to amazing to be real. I also love the fact he tends to include people in his photos which give a sense of scale to the grandeur of his photos. I definitely recommend taking time to browse through his Flickr, and you can see a collection of some of my favorites of his photos below.

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Bobby Solomon

August 29, 2013 / By

Arca’s ‘&&&&’, A Mixtape Sure To Open Some Creative Pathways

arca mixtape &&&&

To some extent 2013 can be slashed in half. Before and after Yeezus, I mean. That seems a bit audacious, right? It’s ONE record, maybe not Kanye’s most loved – although the croissants line still gets me. But if anything, like 808s & Heartbreak, it has opened the door for different producers and the darker side of dubstep, grime, and hip hop to become a part of the mainstream.

So who really made Yeezus?

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Alec Rojas

August 29, 2013 / By

A “Golden Carrot”, incredibly clever packaging to wish success

A "Golden Carrot", incredibly clever packaging to wish success

Created back in 2011, this clever bit of packaging, dubbed a “Golden Carrot”, was used as a client gift for communications company Alpha245 to drum up business. The bags of oranges, made to look like giant carrots, were meant to represent a number of clever metaphors that would certainly grab the attention of any prospective client.

Mandarin oranges have always had a symbolic presence during Chinese New Year. Phonetically, they mean ‘gold’, and since 2011 was the Year of the Rabbit, we packed the oranges into a shape that looked like carrots – to signify a golden harvest for the year. These were given to existing and potential clients to wish them a successful and profitable Year of the Rabbit.

Bobby Solomon

August 29, 2013 / By

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