Urban Outfitters has started to get a reputation for “borrowing” ideas, but now they seem to be carrying other copycats as well…
The one on the left is by WESC, and the one on the right by Analog. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve seen the WESC version out for a while now, while Jeff just showed me the Analog one today, which is in Urban’s What’s New/New Things section.
They need to stop biting/endorsing this stuff!
Tonight is the opening of Six-String Masterpieces at Le Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood. A bunch of big name musicians and artists have painted guitars in a tribute to “Dimebag” Darrell, who was murdered on stage about 3 years ago. They’re also auctioning off the guitars in support of Little Kids Rock, a music education program aimed at teaching the importance of music in public schools.
Among the people who’ve painted guitars are Billy Corgan, Mark Mothersbaugh, Derek Hess, Dave Grohl, Kirk Hammett, Tommy Lee, Chino Moreno, James Hetfield, Jerry Cantrell, Dave Navarro, Rob Zombie, Ace Frehley, Slash, Marilyn Manson, Mark Ryden, Ozzy Osbourne, Les Claypool, Mody, Tom Morello, Kelly Clarkson (WHAT!?!), Ryan McGinness, Joe Satriani, Dalek, and Sammy Hagar.
Ted Nugent also painted a guitar that says, “In the wind, he’s still alive!” and “American Blood Brotherz!”… which I’m going to take off the wall and smash.
Le Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Show starts at 7 PM.
Click here for the list of auction items!
Most music visualizers are really horrible. They all have the same random particle generating crap going on and none of them are really worth a damn. But now there’s Magnetosphere, a new iTunes visualizer by Barbarian.
The difference between Magnetosphere and the others, I guess, is that it uses magnetism and gravity to effect the glowing balls and ribbons n shit. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple caught wind of this and eventually added it into iTunes, much like they did with Coverflow.
Also be sure to check out Robert Hodgin’s blog, Flight 404. He’s the brains behind Magnetosphere, and overall graphics genius. You can get a peek at all of the crazy experiments he’s working on!
This is some footage shot during the Mayday Immigration Demonstration.
It’s utterly shocking that this is okay, in our modern times. That the police, who are here to protect and serve the people, are shooting HUGE rubber bullets at friend demonstrators. That they treat ordinary people as though they are common criminals.
This country is based upon our freedoms, and the actions of the police on Monday shows that these freedoms are seriously being impeded.
Boing Boing has a few more videos and links here.
+The iPhone’s Funny Price
This is a great article by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber about the iPhone, and how people need to shut up about the price of it. This is probably the most concise article I’ve read so far about the subject, not to mention the biggest boost of confidence for all of us wanting an iPhone (I will camp out to get one, I don’t care).
Basically, there are lots of phones that cost as much as the iPhone does, and as long as it sticks to Apple’s proven formula, everyone should be happy… except Microsoft, because they’re slowly dying out.
National Forest, based out of LA and made up of Steven Harrington and Jason Kreitmeyer, are two awesome dues. I’m sure that most people under the age of 30 has probably seen their work. They’ve been designing the catalog for Urban Outfitters for a few years now, filling it with amazing patterns and colors. Honestly, I pick up the catalog these days just to see what they’re coming up with, it’s always inspiring.
The pictures above are the mural created for Rudy’s Barbershop in Santa Monica. Their style is eclectic, with imagery from every part of the last century. They recently did a mini-update of their site, so be sure to check out all their awesome t-shirt and skate deck designs.
London based designers Non-Format have a really great interview over at Creative Review.
The way they design sounds so interesting, it would be awesome to find someone to work with like that.
I also liked the story about the dog, haha.
Also be sure to pick up Non-Format’s new book!
These are the most amazing birthday cakes. If I don’t get one of those giant gold scorpion cakes for my birthday, I will disown every one I know. But I want mine to have strawberry flavored blood all over the tail!
You can check out more of these odd creations be clicking here.