Monthly Archives: October 2008

WATT?

WATT
campaign design (HuMobisten, 2008)
client: WATT, Rotterdam
October 2008

We were invited by WATT (Rotterdam) to be in a pitch (and the HuMobisten won the damn thing!), for making a new campaign for the saturday evening clubnights. These are the first flyers and posters for the LaLaLand and WATT’S HAPPENING? clubnights. Coming more soon…!

Street life, it’s the only life I know…

Yesterday at the CM Studio in Utrecht there was a debate about the past, present and the future of Street Art. The debate was called MY SPACE and was produced by (the one and only) Fleur Kolk.

With: Boris van Berkum, Chris Versteeg, Jeroen Bosch, Ricardo Burgzorg, Merijn Hos and hosted by Jeroen Rozendaal. I made the introduction-video, so if you got the time.. Check it out over here!

C-nel

I know Channel (or C-nel / Nellie) since she was five years old.. In the meantime she has become a real teenager. She wants to be an actress on Broadway.
You go girl!

rare jongens die republikeinen

Not last night but the night before a certain girlfriend who manages to force me into occasionally watching interesting stuff on tv (like the news or a well made documentary) instead of the junk I prefer, took a look at my tv guide and highlighted this documentary called Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story. Although it was on only pretty late, we somehow managed to fight off sleep and stayed up until the midnight hour, around which our carefully selected show started. When it had finally started, we were instantly ‘grabbed’ by it. Apalled and fascinated simultaneously.

This guy, this Lee Atwater, somehow managed to be the perfect guy for the most horrific job in the world, namely: be the republican party’s spin doctor for presidential campaigning and forced both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush into being presidents by pretty much inventing the word ‘slander campaign’. Now I don’t know how you guys feel about the international influence those two, or should I say three, presidents had on the world as a whole, but I feel it’s safe to say this guy Atwater pretty much personifies the saying ‘the devil’s advocate’.

Lee must have been a real devil, a real ruthless, cynical, natural born machiavellist. But the weirdest and saddest of all is, he was pretty cool. He was funny, a great guitar player (He briefly played backup guitar for Percy Sledge during the 1960s and frequently played with bluesmen such as B.B. King) and his cynicism also worked truth provocing. When asked by a reporter about his unscrupulous methods, he simply stated ‘we never tell how me make sausages’. It’s exciting to see this guy change from the guy you love to hate into the guy you hate to love in only 86 minutes.

He was really a whole lot like Alex Keaton (Michael J. Fox), the only republican family member in the left wing, baby boomer, post hippie Keaton family in the tv series Family Ties. We all know that if power is dominated by an extreme, rebellion will be dominated by the counterpoint of this extreme, meaning ‘when the parents are hippies, their son is a huge fan of William F. Buckley Jr.’ Atwater, being rased in the South, grew a natural anti-establishment feel from the inferiority complex the south had obviously always suffered from (in their minds the South had lost the civil war from jewish New York stock brokers who basically had nothing to do with the country God had in mind for them gunslinging American good ol’ boys), plus he experienced a tragic death in the family which, according to the documentary, caused him to lose faith in god and happiness.

In short the absence of love in this man’s life caused him to have a bizarre understanding of the words ‘responsibility’ and ‘compassion’. So the lack of understanding of those two words in the life of one individual, one genius strategist, has proven tremendously important for the recent history of the US, and the now of the world. Nowadays that’s being called ‘one man can make a defference’. Finally, in the end of the documentary, Atwaters last years of his life might be best be defined as ‘Lee experiencing the wrath of God’. I don’t know, but I was like ‘no matter how bad your judgement is, you just gotta know when you’re really making a big fucking mess’, ‘What goes up must come down’, ‘what goes around…’ and so on. A must see on both political and humane level.

another competition bites the dust

Some time ago I asked you guys to award Homey Universalis and his design ‘Sad Skull / Happy Skull’ lots of points to help him win the BonBonKakku ‘June / July fabric design’ competition. Back then I was under the impression it was about a wallpaper design competition, turned out to be (curtain) fabric design competition… Same difference, it worked and he won! As a prize his fabric design is now for sale at the BBK website and somehow I received a couple of meters of the actual fabric. Sweet! Thanks everyone for helping a homey out.

photo: Jaap (Aap) de Maat

IT HAD TO BE YOU

De benoeming van Ahmed Aboutaleb tot burgemeester van Rotterdam.

Why do I do, just as you say
Why must I just, give you your way
Why do I sigh, why don’t I try to forget

It must have been,
That something lovers call fate
Kept me saying, ‘I have to wait’
I saw them all,
Just couldn’t fall ’til we met

It had to be you, it had to be you
I wandered around, and finally found
The somebody who
Could make me be true,
And could make me be blue
And even be glad, just to be sad
Thinking of you

Some others I’ve seen,
Might never be mean
Might never be cross,
Or try to be boss
But they wouldn’t do
For nobody else, gave me a thrill
With all your faults, I
Love you still
It had to be you, wonderful you
It had to be you

‘It Had to Be You’ (1924) music by: Isham Jones, lyrics by: Gus Kahn
from the film Casablanca (1942)

Streets on Fire

Yeah 1989! Natas Kaupas visiting Jason Jessee in the cell.
Streets on Fire, video by Santa Cruz skateboards.

Also check his part in Wheels of Fire (1987, with geat video art!)

Fresh from the Press 02

Read the article (AD / Rotterdams Dagblad) here!

Fresh from the Press 01

Read the HuMobisten (NL10) interview here!
Read the entire HuMobisten (mijnnl.nl) interview over here!

100% Polyester

Mijn vriendin d’r nieuwe winkeltje opent vandaag op de Zwaanshals 251a in Rotterdam (Oude Noorden achter het Kookpunt). Het is een tijdelijke locatie omdat ze wacht op de verbouwing van haar echte pand, waar ze in december samen met MOOSE artspace in zal trekken. Nu dus alleen kleding en schoenen zowel vintage en nieuw. Geen opening, die bewaart ze even voor december, maar neem hier alvast een voorproefje!