The “Props Rock” Series: Alexa Meade

This is the second in our "Props Rock" series. I think the title explains it all. The purpose of this series is to give props to people who we think rock. After the discovering the work of Washington, D.C. based artist Alexa Meade I decided that she rocks and warranted some props. It also helped that she's from D.C. which gave me a bit of hometown pride. Her technique is visually different than anything I've seen before. She paints on three dimensional surfaces, live models, and architectural spaces. On her website Meade writes, "Essentially, my art imitates life-on top of life. For example, with Portrait of a Self-Portrait you are simultaneously looking at a portrait I painted of myself, a photo I took of myself, and at me."
"Portrait of A Self Portrait"
Meade's Work
Meade's Work
Meade's Work
If you are in the New York area check out Alexa Meade's art show at Postmasters Gallery on Friday, April 2nd, 2010.
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“Don’t Smoke–Unless You Like It”: A 1950s Take on Smoking

I recently stumbled across this 1950s case study on smoking online. What caught my attention the most was a view point on smoking that is drastically different from current beliefs on the topic (at least the televised beliefs). Now I'm not going to tell you whether or not you should smoke, that's not the point. I just thought that the way this case study discusses their case against anti-smoking was unlike anything I've ever heard before. In case you are wondering, I personally do not smoke. Below are some notable quotes from the study: "For centuries tobacco has brought mankind peace and cheer. Now some scientists say smoking is dangerous. But are their findings conclusive? The answer is No." "For more than 400 years, ever since the first paleface was lulled toward a treaty by an Indian peace pipe, tobacco has been decried as a moral and a physical menace." "Newspapers, the radio and television have picked up these reports and spread them broadcast. Condensing and oversimplifying them—with the ifs, ands and buts omitted—they have made smoking look, to many, like a dangerous habit indeed." "Millions of us have been led to worry whether the innocent-looking white tubes we casually light and puff are not really lethal weapons, slowly poisoning our systems, giving rise to ulcers, heart troubles, circulatory diseases, tuberculosis and even cancer." They make it seem so safe don't they? This led me to think about the differences between smoking advertisements in the 1950s and advertisements today. Check out some examples below:
1953 Pall Mall
1950 Marlboro Ad
I don't think there were any anti-smoking ads in the 1950s. I certainly couldn't find any. Below are some anti-smoking graphics from the noughties (2000s): Whether you smoke or not you have to admit the graphics are both very creative and well done. When I searched online for "Smoking Advertisements 2010" I only found anti-smoking advertisements. I know that cigarette companies still advertise, but the anti-smoking movement is more prominent today. My, how things have changed over the years. I just thought about this. How many of you remember this commercial?
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DO YOU REMEMBER CAPTAIN EO?

I know all my Southern Cali 80s babies have distinct memories of going to Disneyland entering Tomorrow Land and viewing Micheal Jackson and Francis Ford Coppola's insane rendition of Star Wars. My pal Stella recently went to Disneyland and informed me that they brought it back!!!! No way Stella!! This alone may inspire a trip back to Cali. I've posted the YouTube version but it really must be seen in 3-D, and perhaps with the nostalgia of how amazing it was to you when you were 7. I showed it to a few of my born and bred East Coast pals and they thought I had lost my marbles.

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Take A Seat Please

Do you love IKEA as much as I do? I think it is a great place to find snazzy furniture at a decent price. Now Parisians can find IKEA furniture right in several subway stations around the city. It is definitely a fabulous advertising idea.  I like the idea of luxuriating on a big comfy couch while waiting for a train. If you are in Paris be sure to check out the installations. They are available until March 24, 2010. Check out some other public art installations that will surely allow you to "pop a squat" and "take a load off" : Artist Hongtao Zhou created this very cool place to sit on the shores of Lake Mendota, Wisconsin. This public art piece entitled Mountain Camp was created for the Canadian town of Banff by artist Susan Detwiler. The installation includes a pair of moccasins, an old coffee-pot, a cowboy hat, and saddlebag around a bronze campfire. This is my favorite of the installations. I love reading outside and this would be a fine place to sit back and relax with a good book and enjoy the weather. Designed by artist Lisette Spee in collaboration with architect Tim Van Den Burg, these "lawnge chairs" are part of a series of work created for outdoor areas in Valkenberg Park in Breda, Netherlands.
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I USED TO SHOOT PEOPLE

Many moons ago I used to shoot people. I wasn't a crazy killer. I had a brief stint as an editorial photographer in Toronto. While digging through the archives I cam across some of my old work, fell into a wonderful world of nostalgia and thought I'd share a few shots. Mighty Mos Def: Shot for Urbanology Magazine 2005 Saul Williams: Shot for Peace Magazine 2005 Alicia Keys: Shot for Word magazine 2005
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MY SHOES WILL BE @ SXSW

I really need to make it out to SXSW.  For some strange reason I've never been. My goodies seem to travel the world more than I do. This year I've team up with ReadyMade Magazine and SXSW to bring you these adsurd Junkprints Birkenstocks. So if your in Austin, be sure to swing by Beaty Bar @ Palm Door, 401 Sabine St. at East 4th Ave, Austin, TX and take a look, they look even cooler person. They are hand drawn and  made from upcylcled materials...and the platform is made of push filling making the shoes impossible to walk in 😉 They are being auctioned for charity. Bids starting at $200...get those check books ready!

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BLACK ON BLACK ON BLACK

I love creating designs based on vocabulary. It's like the grown up version of sesame street..."brought to you by the letter b". While I was in Costa Rica, I had some interesting conversations centered around race and based off of a few silly questions/comments directed at me (as if i am the spokes person for 'black' America) such as 'Do you like being black?' and 'It's an honor to meet a black American, I love your music' I came to two conclusions Americans of color must travel more, can't let TV be your only global representation and it's good for you, and that 'blackness' is a very warped strange commodity that gets lost in translation and is often irrelevant to most individual matters of communication. Remember we're all human first (then all the other baggage, ie, male/female, ethnicity etc). So I present to you the black on black tee, it's for everyone, it's better than black on black crimes, or any crimes for that matter and kinda makes me chuckle.
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Styrofoam Cups

Do you remember that period of time when Lil Wayne used to walk around with a Styrofoam cup of who-knows-what? His cups were just so awfully plain. Wouldn't it have been cooler if his cups looked like these: All of the cups were drawn by Boey.
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YOU CAN GET WITH THIS OR YOU CAN GET WITH THAT

I'll be teasing with new junkprints goodies for the next few weeks. I've been in a design frenzy and have all kinds of new goodies in store for spring summer but due to the trip this newness will be available for purchase in march...so you can get with this or you can get with that..but you should get with this cuz this is where it's at. And these jems come as a pair..like gloves or socks.
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SPEED BROACHES

For the last few months I've been walking around with hot wheels and doll shoes in my pockets. I came across a huge lot of vintage hot wheels and decided to make 'girly' things out of them, but every time I sat down to get started I ended up playing with them and forgetting what my task was so they would end up in my pockets. I've finally got the first batch of these broaches done. They are all one of a kind.
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