Monday, October 13, 2014

long dead political discourse among afrocentric men and women...

for beautiful-ambition on tumblr...

(over daily post limit - main reason why i dislike tumblr!)
((aint posted here in years))

that was a pretty popular image back in the 1980's and hundreds of variations existed - it was meant (and taken!) as a sign of unity between men and women in our struggles against white supremacy and patriarchy. art like this circulated within the black arts movement community during the late 1960's and 70's - it gained favor among the hip hop conscious crowd and symbolized the woman and child as the foundation for family with the man wrestling to keep the world from crashing down or simply trying to uplift their standing in the world. the imagery disappeared during the 1990's as message rap was systematically forced from radio playlists but it resurfaced in the early 2000's during the time when black identity politics was more individualized and progressive women and men began equating such imagery as an enforcement of the same old patriarchal system. such images are completely valid in modern context, but that was never the intent during the 80's. it was just the exploration of a concept at the time that was never seen in contemporary or mainstream media as the internet didnt exist and conversations about those images were simply seen in the political context of the time.
personally, i still admire the concept... i just hate that artwork all seemed cheesy. but there were other images that had both holding up the earth also. black history books and college t-shirts were flooded with such stuff (including my own artwork that i airbrushed at the time).

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

magda boreysza: art crush of the week - sept. 6 2011

magda_boreysza - her blogsite, fox and comet

i spent YEARS avoiding my talents as an illustrator but recently i've come across many fine artists (online and in print) that continue to impress me, not so much with their skill as with the sheer force of their imagination which is the true genesis (in my opinion) for what is or isnt "art" to begin with. anyone can draw a swirly line, but when your swirly line becomes the equation between geometry and mythology, then shit, you've created a whole new aesthetic.

i may never draw as freely as i once did when i was 6, but at least these folks get me to daydreaming about it...

today, i add another inspirational talent to that list.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

gone tumblr...

i've pretty much abandoned this blog for the time being, posting to my tumblr account instead. i wouldn't worry about it too much, i've left blogger before and yet we always seem to end up once again in each other's arms...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

art crush of the week

the work of danilo rodrigues; great art, very vibrant...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

current art / design sites that intrigue me...

the fox is black -- >

eight hour day blog

tourist magazine -- >

street art utopia --- >>

htmlgiant - - - - >

Monday, March 21, 2011

vintage photograph copyright law...

the source

the content:

Copying Old Photographs: Infringement of Copyright Laws?

According to the U.S. copyright office, "photocopying shops, photography stores and other photo-developing stores are often reluctant to make reproductions of old photographs for fear of violating the copyright law and being sued."

"Copy shops have been sued for reproducing copyrighted works and havbeen required to pay substantial damages for infringing copyrighted works. The policy established by a shop is a business decision and risk assessment that the business is entitled to make, because the business may face liability if it reproduces a work even if it did not know the work was copyrighted."

In the case of photographs, it is sometimes difficult to determine who owns the copyright and there may be little or no information about the owner on individual copies. Ownership of a "copy" of a photograph is distinct from the "work" itself -- the intangible intellectual property. The owner of the "work" is generally the photographer or, in certain situations, the employer of the photographer. The subject of the photograph generally has nothing to do with the ownership of the copyright in the photograph. If the photographer is no longer living, the rights in the photograph are determined by the photographer's will or passed as personal property by the applicable laws of intestate succession.

However, in the U.S. virtually all photographs published before January1923 are now in the public domain.

There also may be situations in which the reproduction of a photograph may be a "fair use" under the U.S. copyright law.

But, "Access and use of unpublished materials or those created after January 1923 can be much more complex, since each of the four rights of the copyright holder can be controlled separately . . . it is possible to acquire a physical print of an image through purchase or gift, without obtaining any other rights to the image. The copyright holder may retain any or all of the four supplemental rights associated with subsequent use of the work."

(Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 12 April 2006, Vol. 9, No. 15. Reproduced with permission. [HCS edd note: introduction to article has been omitted by HCS, and title changed slightly from original.])

Thursday, March 03, 2011

the ministry of artistic affairs

- the dopest art group name, ever! them.

well... second best name. hard to beat 'the date farmers'.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

mini rocketman car ad...

i love this commercial!

Mini - Rocketman Concept from PostPanic on Vimeo.
Director: Mischa Rozema

Production: PostPanic

Agency: BSUR

Director Mischa Rozema returns with another trademark visually unique mixed media film, combining live action with 2d/3d animation, motion graphics, stock footage and visual effects.

BSUR approached PostPanic to help them create an extra special product launch film to match the distinctive new MINI Rocketman concept.

Most staggering is that the whole production took just 4 weeks from start to finish, including two studio shoots in Amsterdam and Munich.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

current design sites i'm inspired by...

1. rainypixels

2. the dieline

3. we made this

4. design is kinky


johnny selman's website of current-affairs/politics posters... bbcx365

Friday, February 11, 2011


awaken your gods!!!
new illustration / collage series... posters are available;
contact me at for details.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

my habit...

i cant seem to kick it. i think i've finally created just as many bookcovers as i have poems now...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

i met the walrus

"i met the walrus"
- an interview of john lennon by jerry levitan.

i have so much art-geek-love for this video it's ridiculous!

written by josh raskin, illustrated by james braithwaite 

Monday, January 17, 2011

the new mythium cover...

i've done about a billion various covers since the fall... this is the one that's speaking the most directly to us...

the new blog profile

this is how i see myself when the astral projection of me is looking
down at me asleep, dreaming about what i look like in an alternate reality.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

been a fan of nick anderson's editorial cartoon work since
he was at louisville's courier journal...
(go cards!)

Nick Anderson

Friday, January 07, 2011

new collage "spiritual summit"

 new, limited series poster print for sale, signed - $45.
(sans the artist's name billboarded across the middle!)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

blogger, please...

the blogger 'captcha' system knows me so very well!

below is the comment-message page i was given when leaving a reply on my latest favorite new blog-site the epedestrian... 

maybe its a case of blogger-profiling... i 'ont know, but this time i embrace it; it's a beautiful thing!

i'm happy nappy!

Monday, January 03, 2011

emptying out my cache...

graphic design work is slow-goings-on with black designers... i've done some good things and enjoyed it, but freelancing in a small market is absolute murder, regardless of race. and i've ran the gamut of online resources, from buying leads to crowdsourcing (hock, spit!) - things that have taken away from the visual art side of 'upfromsumdirt'... visual art has always paid off for me, whether its been solo exhibition, group shows or online panhandling. folks have approached me as an artist to ask me to create work for them in my own style that i think represents their needs, whereas trying to convince potential clients that my style could be helpful to them just hasnt panned out. folks are wanting imitative "web 2.0" and nothing original, unique and tailor made for them.

so... i'm done. the graphic designer is dead, long live the visual artist...

here are some of the last few projects and concepts that drew to a close in 2010... nothing special.
(names have been changed to protect the innocent... plus, not tryinta give free advertising to suckers)

Friday, December 24, 2010

art crush of the week: dran

twas the night before christmas... and as always, i'm surfin' the web for creative inspiration.

dran's work is mighty fulfilling...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

art crush of the week: samantha hahn

samantha hahn is an exceptional watercolor artist!
i love her work... very inspirational.

check her work here.


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