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An inconsistent blog of things that I find worthy of sharing. I fully expect zero people to read any of this other than my mom. Hi mom! 👋
January 28, 2024
The future of human-machine interface or Tamagotchi for adults? I don’t even know what a Tamagotchi is, but this definitely looks like a toy. Meant to replace the smartphone, the OS is run by AI - where it basically works like Siri, but executes tasks and learns your intentions over time with no need for app installations or complicated UX. For $199 I feel it’s worth a try, so yeah... I ordered one.
My good buddy in high school had cousins in the UK that sent us a mixtape once. On it was a recording from the rave - Eclipse in Coventry (1992) with Dj Carl Cox. It blew our minds. Back then raves were something we only heard about happening in the UK. They weren’t a thing in Canada until years later, but by then they lost their “underground” appeal. This playlist is full of gems and memories from that period.
Procurify Website Refresh
January 19, 2024
Today I was up at 4:00am to watch the launch of our new website. I had to struggle through a broken wrist (my mouse hand), and a few bouts of covidesque illnesses throughout the design process, which makes this launch extra satisfying.
Finally got my hands on one of these. Synth, sequencer, sampler, FX, and so much more all in one. Already made some bad beats... (not Michael Jackson bad... just bad.)
Return of the Cassette
October 27, 2023
A modern take on a classic. I ordered one of these cassette players in black (Keith), to listen to some of my many mixtapes from way back. It includes bluetooth connectivity and a rechargeable battery. The quality feels pretty decent thanks to its aluminium body, and the sound is good too. My only knock is that the record button is right next to the play button which makes it a little too easy to press accidentally.
Just received a one-off (for now) sample of the polycarbonate iPhone case. The quality is pretty good, and colours are sharp. They will be available in green, pink, and black via my online store very soon. I just need to finish up a few other items for the website. Can’t wait.
1992 Kawasaki ZX-7
August 24, 2023
The nicest motorcycle ever made in my opinion. I’ve wanted one ever since I first laid eyes on one in 1992. I’ve finally found one, and now all I will be doing in my spare time is this.
Abduction Records Shop
July 6, 2023
Working on building an online store for Abduction merch via Dripp Studios. Jackets, t-shirts, mugs, stickers, cell cases, and more. No demand, just doing it for fun. Stay tuned...
The Record Crate
June 11, 2023
In 2011, I did an illustration of a record crate that I would use on my first portfolio website. The website used Flash (RIP), and the records would pop up out of the crate on hover-over, to reveal the inner links of the website (about, contact, etc.).
I posted the illustration on Dribbble in 2014, and since then its been the most ripped off illustration I’ve ever done. It’s been used for album covers, event posters, t-shirts, and more. I’ve written letters to record labels and had Etsy pages shut down, but it just keeps occurring.
So, I tried selling it... annnd nothing...
Apple Vision Pro
June 9, 2023
Call me crazy, but I just can’t see this paying off for Apple. Then again, I thought the same thing about the iPad and the iWatch so...
Quick Stop Liquor Lager
June 2, 2023
Quick Stop Liquor just launched their own lager in collaboration with a local Alberta brewery. The cans feature some art that I did for my bro (the owner) a little while back. Available in store at: 2711 - 17th Ave SW in Calgary, AB.
Propaganda inspired cat illustration. The edges are a bit smoother on this one. Progress.
Van Gogh’s Cat
December 29, 2022
If Van Gogh loved cats like me... Since I first started experimenting with AI art until now, the increase in quality and detail has improved an incredible amount. I can only imagine what it will be like in a few years.
Experimenting with block stamp printing using old illustrations. I still need to refine my carving skills... if you look closely you can see some pretty rough corners, but not bad overall for a first try.
September 29, 2022
That time @slash liked an illustration I did when it was shared on the instagram page @monstersholdingbitches before their account was shut down. A definite highlight for me, as small as it may seem.
September 18, 2022
After months of hard work and experimentation, we finally launched our new website at Sightbox. My contribution was the overall design, illustrations, animations, renders, and style of the site, as well as laying some of the foundation for the new branding. Pretty proud of this one.
I was super pumped about learning how to program circuit boards in this class until I stumbled upon some online reviews of the starter kit we were given and noticed that it’s very much geared towards children. Now I feel like Kramerwhen he took Karate with a bunch of 9 year olds. I’m still super pumped, only now with a slight complex.
God, the memories I have of this... Drinking three cans of Coke in a row and staying up until 4am every night producing techno in my parents basement. This sequencer was life in 1994-1996.
Soldering & Electronics 101
September 7, 2022
A friend of mine told me about MakerLabs. I think I love this place. We both learned a ton in the soldering & electronics class, and by the end I was able to solder this little circuit board with an LED, resistor, and a switch. I also learned that I need glasses...
Creating art with artificial intelligence? I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand, it’s pretty incredible the quality and styles that can be achieved in under 60 sec, and for almost no cost. On the other hand, artists with similar styles must be thinking... WTF! I created this image with 100% ai, and it looks like an album cover!
It was in a Geology class at the University of Calgary when I first sketched a logo for my dream record label, Abduction Rekits. Little did I know back then that I would be creating logos for a living instead of looking at rock formations, but here I am. A bunch of years and mix tapes later, I decided to update the branding. All that’s left now is to produce some 90s techno again!
The ONLY legit skateshop left in this town, and it’s owned by a really good dude. They’re also the only store in BC that gets the cool Nike Dunk SB releases. I used to buy Dunks here on release day back when there were no lines, no resellers, and no hype. I miss those days...
Not going to lie... living in California was paradise. However after 2 years of working in a dark corner of my bedroom facing a wall, this is also paradise... but in a different way. Here, the heat may come out of the vents instead of the sun, but at least my two cats aren’t my only friends.
Spotify Playlist - Hip Hop Goats
April 29, 2022
THE best hip hop classics from the 80s right up to when it started to suck... (grumpy old man). KMD, Slick Rick, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Rakim. Need I say more? Then again, what do I care if you listen or not.
April 17, 2022
Definitely one of my favorite fonts right now. I was able to use it in a new client project, that I will be able to share shortly, where it fit perfectly into the brand. It’s a variable font with 3 axis for manipulation. Animating variable fonts for the web is my new favorite thing. Love it. 🖤
Lockdowns, isolation, lack of social gatherings, working from home (seemingly 24/7), and the distance that the last few years have brought, has affected my mental health quite a bit. It was far too easy for me to get into my own head, especially without having anyone to keep me out of it. Unfortunately I can tell it has affected my work and productivity. Fortunately however, I do see it improving day-by-day which gives me hope that I’ll be back to my regular levels of overthinking and self-doubt soon enough!