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Best of Kickstarter and Video of the Day: The Cinder Cone
Designer / December 28, 2016

Around this time last year Foster Huntington decided to build the ultimate tree house and skate bowl. With the help of his friends (some professional carpenters/some not), Huntington was able to make his dream a reality. Having documented the project from start to finish, Huntington is now starting a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of publishing a book that will inspire others. Watch the video of The Cinder Cone below.   Tucker Gorman planning and designing on the first day of the build of the tree houses. Wrapping up work on the studio, 20 feet off the ground, suspended between two Douglas Fir trees. Billy McHugh shingling and Kai Korsmo doing finishing work, 35 feet off the ground in a tree. Breaking for the Fourth of July. Our first night in the trees, six weeks into the build. Tucker Gorman working on the studio platform, early on in the build. Forming the bowl on a foggy morning in August. Building the suspension bridge and getting the Octagon ready for shingling. Ian Weedman and Jason Lindsey building the suspension bridge, 35 feet off the ground between two Douglas Firs. Skating the freshly completed bowl in late August. Warming up the wood burning…

Nicholas Galanin
Inst Ations / December 26, 2016

Sculptures and installations by Nicholas Galanin. Read more about his work here: Listen to his music here:

World’s Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Opened and Digitized for the First Time
Calligraphy / December 25, 2016

Until now,  (Manual of Calligraphy and Painting), was deemed too fragile to be opened, let alone viewed by the public. The 17th century compilation of 50 artists and calligraphers contains the first known instance of multicoloured printing ever, is reputed to be “the most beautiful” set of prints of its kind, and has just been made available through Cambridge University’s Digital Library. See more of the historically significant and highly anticipated images below!                    

New York Rapper Secretly Records Entire Album Using Apple Store Computers
New York / December 24, 2016

There are a lot of struggling artist stories but this one might take the cake. After numerous setbacks (broken computer, stolen hard drive), Prince Harvey recorded his entire album using nothing but his own voice and a display computer at an Apple Store in Soho! Even after befriending a couple of the employees, and using some ingenuity to actually save his work at the store (hiding files in the trash to save them from nightly memory wipes), it still took months to finish. The album entitled PHATASS, set to release July 26th, is an acronym for Prince Harvey At The Apple Store: Shoho. Check out the result of Prince Harvey’s four-month labour of pure determination below.     Prince Harvey’s Website

The Weirdest Couch Gag in the History of The Simpsons by Animator Don Hertzfeldt
Animation / December 24, 2016

The Simpsons recently tapped Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt to animate the opening title couch gag and, well, it’s as weird as you’d expect it to be if you’re familiar with his work. To be honest, it’s not really my thing, but I like how left field it is. The show has been unfunny for so long, can anything save it? I’ve said it before, I think it would be cool if they allowed different artists to do entire episodes. Like the episode where they paid tribute to Hayao Miyazaki would have been so much cooler if it was entire episode produced by Studio Ghibli. The best thing they’ve done in recent years was that intro to the show by Banksy. Watch Don Hertzfeldt’s weird couch gag animation below.

Aisha Franz
Drawings / December 22, 2016

Drawings by illustrator Aisha Franz (previously featured ). More below.                

PRESSUR.ES / Interview with filmmaker Derrick Belcham
New York / December 16, 2016

Brooklyn-based Canadian filmmaker Derrick Belcham is exploring the relationship of the sound and choreography with a series of six films releasing this week, the first of which was debuted by The New York Times (). The films act as a sort of appetizer/fundraiser for a larger project he is working on with artist Ruby Kato Attwood, called PRESSUR.ES. They’ll be working with musicians like Tim Fain (Philip Glass soloist), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream), Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire), Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Bon Iver), and many others. I’m excited to not only debut the second film in the series “Western Gypsy Rhymes”, but also get to share with you a chat I had with Derrick. Enjoy!     Interview with Derrick Belcham   Jeff Hamada: Can you start by describing what you do for a living, in one Twitter-length sentence? Derrick Belcham: I create the best films I am capable of at any given time in collaboration with an ever-expanding network of artists, companies, and friends. J: How did the idea for PRESSUR.ES come about? D: At the end of 2012, I was asked to curate a night of dance films for Pentacle, a NYC-based dance…

Rubber House for LoopdeLoop
Animation / December 14, 2016

is a monthly animation challenge that has really grown into something cool. Each month there’s a new theme and animators from around the world submit their work. All of the animations are screened at a venue in Melbourne, and one winner is chosen! One of my favourite studios, recently compiled the best of their submissions from the last couple years. They’re fantastic, watch below!  

Satisfying Video of the Day: Street Typography
Typography / December 11, 2016

Tom Williams, a designer in London, happened to catch a couple city workers painting text onto a road and the footage is so satisfying to watch. I have so many questions! This dude with the roller is a master, are all city road painters this skilled? I always assumed stencils were involved? If anyone out there has more insight into this I would love to hear from you. Watch below.  

Banksy Takes on Syrian Refugee Crisis with New Steve Jobs Artwork
Graffiti / December 10, 2016

“The Jungle” is a refugee camp in the French port city of Calais, the primary crossing point between England and France. It’s here that Banksy has revealed new artwork depicting the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple and, as his piece highlights, the son of a Syrian migrant. The image is one in a series intended to change people’s misconceptions about the thousands of refugees living in the area. Infrastructure from Banksy’s recent “bemusement” park, Dismaland (previously posted about here), is also being used to help create emergency housing for migrants living in Calais. More images from “the Jungle” below.