The custom vinyl toy show We Ain’t Plastic! opens Friday at The Public Shoe Store in Lincoln, NE. The event will showcase over 40 custom Qee toys (by Toy2R) painted, drawn on, added-to, modified and who knows what else by local artists and designers.
Nate has created a space pirate (left), with Sharpie being the medium of choice, and I used acrylic paint as the main source of my character (right). Both will be for sale at the event, with the majority of the proceeds to be donated to the Boys & Girls Club.
Even though the opening reception is the big event, the toys will be on display through the rest of the month.
I mention looking for needing an an excuse to paint, and I get not only one, but two in the same month. The second one involved Nate and I spending a couple hours at Blue Planet Natural Grill (get the salmon sandwich – it is amazing) painting and drawing on shoes that are being auctioned off in benefit to the Green Omaha Coalition. The TOMS Shoes Event involved us and some local DJs and celebrities.
A total of seven pairs of shoes are now up for auction on eBay for the next nine days. We hope that we can help both charities with our minor contributions.
About an hour before we were suppose to start on the shoes, Nate and I met to work on some concepts ahead of time. I had a fear of walking into the event with an artists block of sorts, and decided I need to do at least some minimal sketching before hand. One concept Nate told me to try was a tree in both winter and spring. I can’t do two trees in a short timeframe, and he informed me that if I wasn’t taking it, he would. It was a good decision on his part, as he did a great job with the Sharpie on a size 8.5 men’s shoe.
My shoes were a simple concept of two faces. One smiling, one not. Once again in acrylic, on a men’s size 10.
This is going to be one of those strips where I have to remind my friends that our two heroes are in fact, young, single designers, not the ragged old men they were originally based upon.
Yesterday we were invited to make beauty happen upon shoes as a part of a fundraising drive for the Green Omaha Coalition. We like those people. The guest list of artists ranged from local radio celebrities, to a very talented industrial/product designer, and, somehow, to us. While I struggled against the medium of “shoe” to apply my trade, landing somewhere between the intended thought and the blurry, middle-school art projects of my past, Donovan erupted as a gladiator of artistic passion and strength, barely looking up or aware of anyone else being in the room. I’m pretty sure most people thought we had a sort of Penn & Teller thing going on.
The shoes go up for auction at some point today, and when they do we’ll be sure to link the holy crap out of them.
iStock seems hell-bent on their quest to become the Wal-Mart of the graphic design industry, by offering the cheapest quality at the cheapest price. They have recently turned their hungry, hungry eyes on logo design, and are seeking clientless, meaningless logo art to stock the shelves of their store in hell before launching it to an unsuspecting public. For your trouble, you will be paid $5.
Last week I got bent all out of wack over two kids charging $200 for a logo, so I’m sure you know how I feel about this. Design, and the good that comes from it, is not a commodity. That is why Wal-Mart is not Target, why Microsoft and IBM are not Apple. You cannot prepackage design. Even in this uncertain economy, even with a crunched and desolate job market, $5 for a logo is beyond the pale. Even Hobos have standards.
After speaking with Mike Adair and Bob Holt at Hallmark, the next stop on our Kansas City podcast tour was to find Stefan Mumaw at Reign. As we pulled up to the entry, we noticed Hammerpress Letterpress and Design Studio, and decided to stop by a bit later in the day to see the presses. For now, it was up to the third floor, in what may be the most square footage I have ever seen for a four-person design shop. But the guitars, massive open spaces and white boards everywhere told us they were serious about the creative.
Even though Reign has only been around for a few months (Stefan just moved to Kansas City this year), you can already sense that it won’t take long for them to make their mark on the city’s design scene. But Reign was only part of what we wanted to speak about, we mainly wanted to talk about the other hobbies Stefan has, which seems to be writing design books.
Starting with Simple Websites and Redesigning Websites, Stefan then moved on to teaming up with Wendy Lee Oldfield and creating two books that seem to be everywhere in the design circles now: Caffeine for the Creative Mind and the just released Caffeine for the Creative Team. If you ever run out of creative, these books will give you the pick-up you need to get going again, and this is what we mostly talk about. When you create two books like these, it’s really all we want to cover.
After the fact, we realized what we should have talked about is if Stefan Mumaw is a hobo. Let’s consider that Stefan just moved across country and is working in a basically vacant building. Now let’s remember that Stefan took us to Jack Stack BBQ for lunch and confessed that he is all about the Burnt Ends when it comes to his BBQ. Aren’t burnt ends like the pieces of meat that fall off the real food? Like table scraps? And now we remember that this episode of The Reflex Blue Show is the only one being released during 36 Hobo week? Not sure if this is all coincidence.
Finally we bring another student tip from Mig Reyes. This may also make Mig a hobo. Sorry.
And as always, leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below. And anyone who has more information on what burnt ends are, and why they taste so good, please share.
I hope everyone is enjoying the Hobo experience here on 36Hobo now. What will these little rascals get themselves into next? $5 logos on iStock? That sure would buy a lotta soup!