Monday, October 18, 2010

The Flaming Lips Screenprinting With Blood

My good friend and former Hatch Show Print intern Michaela Powell sent me this video of The lead singer of the Flaming Lips screenprinting a poster with his own blood. Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

The Smallest Zine...In The World!!!

Here is something cool. It is a How-to about making the smallest zine in the world. It is essentially a book smaller than a fingernail that combines relief printing, and zine making. The designs for the zine are cut into the eraser on the top of a pencil, and then bound together. Very cool.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Banksy on The Simpsons

When I sat down to watch Sunday night cartoons this week, the intro for The Simpsons had a pretty cool intro. When I first watched it I just thought the word Banksy being written on a few walls was just a pop cultural reference thrown in just because that is what the Simpsons does.

Then when Bart was writing on the chalkboard it said something about how he must not write on the walls. Another Graffiti reference. I thought "Oh, since other episodes of the Simpsons have featured graphic novel artists, and other pop artists, maybe Banksy guest stars for some reason."

Then the "couch gag" happened, and it was very cool looking, and satirical and sad all at the same time.

It wasn't till the next day that I found out that Banksy had actually directed it. But why? He is known for his graffiti art, and his "appropriation" of Paris Hilton's album, both of which usually try to make comments about the society, or the way a certain institution is run.

It seems unlikely for a company to allow an outsider to come in and make something for them that ends up showing them in a negative light, it seems just as unlikely that an artist like Banksy would join forces with a Television cartoon show. So what was he trying to say about the Simpsons, or 20th Century Fox?

Part of me wonders if it was nothing more than to become a bigger part of pop culture? To get his name out a broader audience, while making a joke about the state of corporate branding? He did get everyone talking about the Simpsons again, and he did get his name out there to a broader American audience. Just google "Banksy Simpsons" and see all the news reports, and blogs about this 2 minutes of animation. It's win win. Here is a link to a page where the video can be found.
You can also see versions of it on Youtube, but the quality does not seem to be as good.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

New Kanye West and an Older Passion Pit

I don't post too much about music really, or about video stuff that isn't a video showing a printmaking process, but I just googled "New Kanye West" to hear the song he performed on SNL last week, and this came up.

Kanye West, Power (New Album "Good Ass Job" 2010) from WE ARE FROM L.A on Vimeo.

I am pretty excited about the album, and this video(whether official or not) is also pretty cool. I think that the reason I like it is because of the same reasons I like the Passion Pit video "The Reeling". Both of these videos have a quality of printed material given life!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Craft Time!: Stickers to Magnets.

I have a pretty extensive sticker collection. The thing is though, that as a collector, I don't want to use these pretty printed things on just any old thing. So I have an album full of stickers that no one really ever sees. So the other day it hit me! Why not take these stickers I love to look at, and find a way to make them mobile, and reusable?

STEP 1. Go to an office supply store and buy a pack of magnetic paper. These business card sized magnetic sheets were on clearance at STAPLES so we will use them.
STEP 2. I removed the sticky paper on the magnetic paper and stuck them together in different directions to create a more sturdy and powerful backer for the sticker.

STEP 3. Remove the paper from the sticky tops of the magnets, and remove the paper from the sticker and stick them together making sure to smooth it out evenly and avoid air bubbles.
STEP 4. After the sticker is stuck to the magnet carefully cut around the original sticker design and slap it on the fridge, or your car.

If you are into the graffiti scene you could make sticker art, or small pieces that people could easily remove, or collect. Collectible street art.

Use magazine images or hand drawn images to create collages on the fridge or cars.