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Skin Rip Tattoo

2007.04.02.22.01

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this is just kewl. i’m thinking about writing a poem for vie and lay it over my back so it looks like it’s there beneath my skin when my skin is ripped. or.. i could have some kind of clockwork down there to give the illusion that i’m an ai-bot. lol. either way this idea kicks massive ass!!

via things you don’t see everyday.

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From Techcrunch

ArtFaceOff is a new site that lets artists upload pictures of their art along with descriptive tags, and compete in a face-off with other artists. Winners move on to the next level of competition, and the eventual winner receives a $1,000 prize.

The money is never a bad idea but I wonder why artists would feel the need for competition? Art is art and every piece of art is beautiful and/or fugly in its own way. People who know about art always say art is about how it makes you feel, so there isn’t really good or bad art, it all depends on who looks at it and when. The site does give new artists a place to showcase their work and interact with other artists though, so it can’t be all that bad.

Where Passion Meets Fashion

2006.11.23.00.00

I’ve been working on VieCouture since yesterday and after about 10 long hours each day doodling with the design and coding I’m proud to finally brag about it to you.

VieCouture - Where Passion Meets Fashion

It’s a high end fashion blog so it’s not really my thing, but Vie loves it and she’s been blogging like nuts over there. I hope we could turn this into another gold pot to support our high end lifestyle – just kidding! ;-)

Ok shoo, take a look and come back here later and let me know what you think.

Scrabble-Tile-Holder Benches

2006.10.23.12.44

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Serious settings are boring. So in attempt to de-serious their work environment the offices of Bloomberg London is getting neat installations of these Scrabble-tile-holder benches (with Scrabble-tile-pillows) from Stephen Reed Industrial Design. I could use some of these too, but until I make big doh like them guys do I’ll have to scrap wood and make my own.

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Encyclopedia Into Scrapbook

2006.10.23.10.31

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Here’s something cool you can do with old book (and encyclopedia) covers.

Lisa Vollrath documents a beautiful book-binding art project: she took the cover off an old, falling-apart encyclopedia and filled it with wallpaper, art, photos, and other scrapbook sheets. Then she rebound it with wire and old rulers.

Link via BoingBoing

Finger Nail Fetish

2006.08.11.20.18

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I'll Never Be Lost Again

2006.07.05.16.01

My Dental Configuration

2005.12.18.16.15

JErm\'s Dental Configuration

This is astonishing. What art nature creates within the unnoticed that is our core.

Emerge Beta

2005.12.01.22.22

I like the beginning of a new month. Many good things happen, like money in the bank, less work to deal with and a chance to start over. It’s a good time to try something new, since it’s been a little over a year since I made any major updates around here. So I present you Emerge Beta – my secret project for the last six months (on and off), home designed and hand coded* in much toil surviving both depression and dementia. Ok enough crap. Here it is folks. I chose the name Emerge because this end of the year marks a giant leap in life for me. I’m quitting my job in three weeks and moving on to full blogging and webdesign starting January 2006. It’s time I emerge from my dark past and step into my new future.

The design is tested in Firefox, Safari and IE. It’s in beta because I’m not quite done yet. It’ll probably be in beta for good since I plan to keep working on it until it’s time for a new design. If you catch any bugs please drop me a note.

So, what do you guys think?

*XHTML+CSS based on Kubrick by Michael Heilemann – badly beaten and hacked

What’s your definition of a good website/blog design? From the spectator’s point of view it would be something that pleases the eyes, a layout that’s easy to navigate and looks that compliment the content of the website/blog. Being an artist, however, sometimes I (or most of us artists) don’t care much about what people think. The carelessness gives our work its personality, its touch. But the attitude doesn’t always work if you have a public display, like blogs, which kind of forces you to please your audience/readers as well. It’s a tough job. Then there’s always that third element. Artists need to eat too. In attempt to keep the balance some compromise. At the end of the day we’ll have our stomachs full but sometimes we’d feel like little whores.

So how is it that one can create a good design, pleasing oneself, pleasing the audience, and feeding oneself at the same time?

I think the answer is progress.

Any work in progress is due to change. It is flexible. It bites. It communicates. It demands feedback from the audience while maintaining the artist’s personal desires. It can suck one day and become a masterpiece the next day. It can suck again the next day after, but it will never suck forever, nor will it ever be perfect. Because if you wait for perfect you may as well not ever do anything. Nothing is perfect. Only God is.

So, consider this blog a continuous work in progress. Sometimes you’ll see imediate changes day by day, sometimes you won’t notice anything different for a whole year, but know that you can always share your ideas and thoughts to help make this place a better place. Sometimes I’ll listen to you. Sometimes I won’t. But we’ll keep experimenting with art and design, and we will have a good time together.

PS: I take back my word on personality from my last post. I will stick with my personality as it is the life of this place. Sorry for the confusion. It was a foolish train of thought from a fool. Depression is my excuse.