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~ Wednesday, April 16 ~
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nextgenerationflapper asked: What books do you recommend to an aspiring artist?

thisishangingrockcomics:

it totally depends on what you’re looking for or what field you take interest in but i tend to think anyone in creative pursuit can benefit from the diaries of paul klee. it’s sharply written- his prose makes even his daily minutia and transcriptions of technique an endearing read. but what’s notable and powerful is how incredibly doubtful, self critical, and loathing he was of his work and ability. and paul klee is a total legend, like an undisputed master of his craft and hugely influential within his respective scene / time. but his diaries are littered with quips like “i am still incapable of painting, in spite of my sharp observation of tonal values and in spite of my clever way of determining the proper gradations of light and dark.”

the diaries provide great insight into a creative process that’s universal in a manor i wasn’t fully cognizant of prior to reading- it got me to accept hindering self doubt as an intrinsic part of that process. which, in turn, made my huge preponderance of doubt and instinctual self criticism hold a lot less credence 

yeah that’s definately an important book to me, i think it’s worthwhile


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~ Monday, April 14 ~
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When people from LA move here

wheninoakland:

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This makes me so happy.

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~ Saturday, April 12 ~
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devilduck:

DIG THIS NEW PARTY FAD. IT’S A GAS!
THIS IS IT!

My kid’s lucky. His hair naturally grows like this.

devilduck:

DIG THIS NEW PARTY FAD. IT’S A GAS!

THIS IS IT!

My kid’s lucky. His hair naturally grows like this.

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archiemcphee:

This spectacular white building is called Wat Rong Khun or The White Temple. It’s a Buddhist temple located in Northern Thailand just outside the city of Chiang Rai. Designed by Thai visual artist Chalermchai Kositpipat in 1997, The White Temple is an awesome blend of traditional Thai architecture and both beautiful and grotesque surreal elements. It’s as much a work of art as it is a building devoted to learning and meditation.

"To reach the temple you have to walk over a bridge over a moat filled with innumerable sculptures of out-reaching arms, apparently symbolizing desire. Once inside, you will be greeted not by traditional Buddha life scenarios but by contemporary scenes and icons of popular culture. Instead of paintings of heroes fighting demons, the artist decided to take contemporary manifestations of good and evil and put it into a Buddhist context. Murals of Batman, Superman, Predator and even Keanu Reeves as Neo from The Matrix are seen in the interior."

Although it’s already an incredibly impressive sight, Wat Rong Khun is still a work in progress. The temple sits on 3 acres of property that will eventually include a phra ubosot (prayer room), pagoda, hermitage, crematorium, monastery hall, preaching hall, museum, pavilion and rest room facilities.

[via Amusing Planet and All Day Chic]

Never lose touch with your sense of wonder.

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~ Friday, April 11 ~
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christopher-walken:

So. I just fucking saw Nirvana play at the bar I work at here in Brooklyn. It was fucking INCREDIBLE. Some of the guest singers were Joan Jett, J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr), Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)… I can’t handle this. It was just too amazing. Carrie Brownstein was rocking out only a few feet from me. I’m dead. Fucking FUCK, guys. (at Saint Vitus Bar)

That does sound like a solid lineup.

christopher-walken:

So. I just fucking saw Nirvana play at the bar I work at here in Brooklyn. It was fucking INCREDIBLE. Some of the guest singers were Joan Jett, J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr), Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)… I can’t handle this. It was just too amazing. Carrie Brownstein was rocking out only a few feet from me. I’m dead. Fucking FUCK, guys. (at Saint Vitus Bar)

That does sound like a solid lineup.

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~ Thursday, April 10 ~
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femininefreak:

Sex Education in American Public Schools

What a weird place.

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thenearsightedmonkey:

Dear Students,

How do characters and stories combine to make these things we call ‘final projects’? Nobody knows.

Read this to see what a dropped plate of spaghetti the whole process is. Then, if you don’t already know it, find a way to watch “Down By Law” 

Sincerely,

Prof. Chewbacca.

Jim Jarmusch: I’m a big blues and R&B fan. I had never been to New Orleans when I wrote the script, but I had a lot of images in my head mostly just from the music of New Orleans. That just kind of drew me there. […] Shooting it was so much fun. Being in New Orleans was great and we had a really wild time. In retrospect I don’t how we got through it—it seemed as if we had a celebration after each night of shooting and I don’t know physically how we got the film made. I tend to see my films in retrospect like home movies—I don’t see the film any more, but I remember the experience of making it. […] For me, in the end of the film I definitely imagine Zack and Jack, and Roberto and Nicoletta, continuing to exist as characters and I really did not want to draw a velvet curtain across the screen and have everything all finished. I wanted these characters to continue to exist out there in the world somehow. [1994/1992/2002]

Robby Müller: In the beginning I didn’t know what form Down by Law should have. Then I got the most important directing from [Jim] when I asked him what should I do in this story, because I have no idea what style of photography I should give, and he said, “Well, Robby, it’s just a fairy tale.” And it was really the only direction I got and I was very happy with it because it was not precise, in that sense. So I suddenly felt free and could do what I liked and I felt extremely free there—any invention I did would fit into the film… [Jim] is by far the director I most respect of all that I’ve worked for in my life. I feel that he respects everyone around him, including me. [2002]

Claire Denis: When Jim asked me to work with him, I thought it was a joke, because at the time I was off doing location scouting in Cameroon for Chocolat. But Jim was serious. So I flew halfway across the world from Cameroon to New Orleans to work on Down by Law. And there, when I was his AD, he gave me a rabbit’s foot that I kept. I think I did my first film with that rabbit’s foot in my pocket the whole time. And then I lost it when I was in Cannes, and thought, uh-oh, the good luck charm is gone. Maybe I didn’t need it, who knows. […] I think really I was not needed. I think he enjoyed the fact that when he was about to shoot Down by Law, it was like a sort of poetic gesture to decide I was going to be the assistant. I was not even allowed by the union so they changed my name or whatever. But I mean I really worked. I was not just invited to watch shooting. I really enjoy working with him, yeah, very much so. And it’s still strong, because he is—I don’t know—we don’t see each other very often, as you might imagine. But it’s important for me to know that he’s working. His work is important for me. [2003/2004]

Roberto Benigni: I met Jim Jarmusch in Italy. I couldn’t talk one single word in English, and he the same in Italian. So we tried to talk with physical, with the body. We immediately love each other, and Jim decided to write this character Bob in Down by Law. It was my first time in United States, in Louisiana, in the swamp, with the crocodiles. For me it was a dream, this is such a wonderful memory, such a wonderful souvenir. And what it is very rare, I met also Tom Waits and John Lurie, the musician and the singer, and we are still very close friends. Especially with Jim Jarmusch, every week we call each other, we talk. We are still very, very close friends. [2009]

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~ Wednesday, April 9 ~
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thespiritofyamato:

MOTHERFUCKERS COULDN’T GET ON WONDER WOMEN’S LEVEL 

Powerful stuff.

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~ Friday, April 4 ~
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devilduck:

Amazing Art on Japanese Manhole Covers

In Japan, there are many cities and towns that place visually stunning works of art right underneath pedestrians’ feet. There are almost 6,000 of these covers around the country, turning unattractive necessities into eye candy. Photographer S. Morita has documented hundreds of these covers over the years which are available on Morita’s Flickr page.

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Thank you, whoever filmed, posted, made gifs of and posted this.

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