Good morning, afternoon, or evening! Another Wednesday, another wallpaper, and this weeks is a special treat. I’ve received wallpapers in all sorts of styles, mediums and from people all over the world. But so far, I’ve only been given one wallpaper that made me laugh hysterically, which is what today’s wallpaper is. Before you read any further, I want you to look at the wallpaper, try and figure it out, and then come back and see if you got it.
The artist of this fantastic wallpaper is a guy named Dash Shaw. Dash is a 25 year old SVA grad who is currently living in Brooklyn. I found Dash through this amazing Dr. Strange spread he did for the still-yet-unreleased Marvel Indie Anthology, but since then he’s been quite busy! Coming up in June he has a 720 page graphic novel called The Bottomless Belly Button which is being published by Fantagraphics (check out photos here), and he also runs a weekly comic on his own site called BodyWorld.
Honestly though, the first time I laid eyes upon the wallpaper you see above, my immediate reaction was, “What the hell is this?!” But then I read Dash’s description which said:
This is someone’s life story told in desktop icons.
The icons read from left to right, like a comic. This
person has passed away and his desktop is all that we
know about his life. He loves his cat.
At that point I started laughing my ass off, realizing what an effing genius he is. I hope you all enjoy this wallpaper as much as I do. I think it’s so damn clever how the icons have double meanings, how spot on the icons represent life, and how in the end we all end up in the recycling bin.
Check back next week as usual for a wallpaper that’s the complete opposite of this!
Then It Happened by Milosh
Jam of the night tonight is Adult Swim’s newest musical release, Ghostly Swim, an audible outing teaming up with the folks over at Ghostly International. Adult Swim made some waves with their work with DangerMouse, although this time their effort is a much more electronic one as opposed the hip hop influenced albums of the past.
There aren’t a whole lot of big names on the album, but you may recognize Matthew Dear and Tycho, who’s better known as Scott Hansen of ISO50 fame. As always the album is free to download and comes with the beautiful art you see above. You can’t beat free.
I wanted to post something in honor of Earth Day today, but I didn’t want to be preach-y, so I’ll just say that you should read Wire & Twine’s 50 Ways to Help the Planet. These are all probably things you’ve heard or known, but it can’t hurt to get a refresher course on what you can do to help. Since I’m moving into a new apartment I was thinking that I could get drying racks for my clothes, which would help the environment in a small way and save me 75 cents a pop.
I’d also suggest checking out NOTCOT’s insanely detailed list of reusable bags, if you can’t find a reusable bag you like there, you must be insane.
When I started doing the Desktop Wallpaper Project, I made the iPhone and PSP versions because I knew that I wanted to carry around these awesome images as well. But the DWP only comes out once a week, so if you’re ever in need of more backgrounds for your iPhone, head over to the folks at Poolga.
Poolga works on the same mantra that the DWP does, make awesome backgrounds for your iPhone. The ones above were created by an artist named Eika, or Karina Eibatova, an artist from Goteborg, Sweden. She’s just one of over 30 artists who’ve contributed, so you could basically have a new background every day of the month if you wanted. Definitely pop over and check out all the great images!
Here’s more of Evan Hecox’s work, to further illustrate how they are robbing his style.
Two weekends ago I was out running errands and I stopped at the light at Franklin and Cahuenga which is pretty much the most northern end of Hollywood. I stop in the left hand turn lane, and dead ahead of me I see a billboard that shocked the crap out of me. It’s a Coca-Cola Zero ad with Evan Hecox-esque artwork. I studied it for as long as I could, and as I turned left I said to myself, “There’s no way Evan did that.”
So last night I went out to the corner of Franklin and Cahuenga, took the photo above, and sent it my friend Andy, who just happened to see Evan last weekend. Andy said to Evan, “Hey Evan, I saw the billboard you did for Coke”, but I guess Evan was bummed because he didn’t do the billboard. Evan said that the ad agency called him to do it, but he turned them down.
Yet again another big company is churning out their own shitty versions of awesome artwork just to make a buck. Some of you might remember the Sony Bravia commercial that ripped off Kozyndan? To me this is the very same thing, it’s totally shameless. I don’t drink soda, so I can’t exactly boycott them, but I’m definitely going to do my damndest to spread this post around to as many blogs as possible, and hopefully Coke will catch a clue that stealing someone’s artistic style isn’t going to sell more sodas, it’s going to get people upset.
When Is a Fashion Ad Not a Fashion Ad? by Cathy Horyn
I have quite a fascination with the photographer Juergen Teller. For me he’s on the same level as Ryan McGinley and and Terry Richardson, guys who create these mythic, dream-like images that show life in such a surreal way. So I was excited to read this article in the New York Times about the German photographer.
From the article it sounds like he has it pretty easy, even though he works his ass off to make Marc jacobs proud of what he does. It’s also interesting to hear that he’s a really funny and genuine guy, it makes me want to meet him. I did a little digging and Juergen’s going to be putting out a new book in the fall called Juergen Teller: Marc Jacobs 1997-2008, which is being published by Steidl. I want this book to come out right now, I’m so excited to read about this. I don’t even care that it’s $75, I need this book so badly.
I think maybe 4 people who read this blog are even going to care about this, but I do so I’m writing about it. Scribefire is an extension for Firefox that opens up a small window at the bottom of the browser. In this little window is a mini-blogging tool that let’s me look at a website while I write about, which is absolutely the most helpful tool in the world. When I first started blogging I hated the idea of having to blog through WordPress, constantly switching between tabs, or having an entirely separate program to write posts.
I guess this is just a post about how much I love Scribefire, it’s one of the main reasons I use Firefox over Safari. And this morning they just released a brand new version (which Firefox 3 conveniently notified me of) and it’s even better than it was before. You can search for photos on Flickr and post them right to your blog and the same thing goes for YouTube, which I’ll definitely be using. My only beef so far is that I can’t resize the menu bar thingy to the right anymore, but I’m sure they’ll fix it eventually, it’s really NBD.
If you happen to have a blog and have never heard of Scribefire I highly suggest checking it out, it’s a life saver.
The Nun’s Littany by The Magnetic Fields
Tender Buttons by Broadcast
Last Week in Music was a nice one, kind of eclectic and all over the place. Fleet Foxes was surprisingly the thing I listened to most, I’m not 100% sure if that’s true though, haha… I listened to a lot of old Modest Mouse last week because I kept thinking about how great they are to listen to in the car while I drive around. Devendra was back on the scene, I forgot how good the newest album was, it’s gonna be another good summer album as well. Broadcast was another odd bird on the list as well. I’ve been listening to Tender Buttons a lot lately for some reason, I think because I never really got into it when it first came out. That’s it for this week, I’m not really inspired by this week’s list, haha…