An amazing short documentary on NYC sign painters called Up There, produced by the forward thinking ad agency, Mother. Between jumbo screens and vinyl; a dying trade within advertising. Personally i love and pay more attention to hand painted advertising, an aged craft that has human sweat and blood behind it, and i feel less like the ad is cheaply being jammed down my throat by the now mechanical / digital world that advertising has become.
It’s also wonderful when you see an old, faded, hand painted ad on a building, it’s the only advertising that i feel adds to the city’s character.
I know this blog has been super quiet lately, but it certainly hasn’t been out of laziness. I’ve been ultra busy with my new position at the almighty R/GA in NYC (responsible for the genius Nike + campaign). I’ve been hired to work on their Nike account, which has been very fun. Tons of great talent here, very inspiring, i’m going to make some posts introducing some of the talent soon. A few of the designers I work with here have been contributing to Typcut, which has been on fire lately, the pieces above I did recently.
One of the most prolific and mysterious graffiti artists of the last decade, BNE; whom you’ve more than likely seen his super adhesive stickers somewhere in the world, is having his first exhibition tomorrow in NYC. Sponsored by the online zine ANIMAL and the ad agency Mother.
Some consider his tag to over shadow many major global brands. A real lesson in branding.
“Liza introduced us to white rum and soda at an Andy Warhol party. We first met Liza Minelli at a party Andy Warhol gave for his magazine, ‘Interview.’ What amazed us about her was that the personality she projects on stage is not an act at all. It’s simply Liza. She radiates such warmth and enthusiasm that after an hour of conversation we both felt as if we’d known her all our lives. During the evening I asked Liza if I could get her a drink and she ordered something I’d never tasted before: white rum and soda. It sounded interesting (Liza has a way of making everything sound interesting) so I tried one. Then my wife tried one…A Warhol party, the start of a friendship with Liza Minnelli and an introduction to white rum. Not bad for one evening.” An artsy couple luxuriate in their studio; she wears a long open-knit shawl, avant garde and exotic; he wears a white shirt, white work pants and work shoes – very informal – an artist. The decor is deliberately skyscraper attic with a window crank and cactus.
Why can’t we have ads with this much sickening copy anymore? Oh that’s right, these were replaced with web 2.0.