“California Inspires Me”.

Here is a nice way to start your post holiday week. An animated short by  featuring Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. The piece is called “California Inspires Me” and has some really solid animation and illustration work going on. The piece is deceptively simple with black line art over flat colored backgrounds, but the flow and rhythm is so solid. What a really nice little short.

Summer Rosé,

The first day of summer is tomorrow, so keeping up with this weeks build up to summer theme I have created a poster of 10 rosés that you can drink now. None of them will break the bank and all of them are good choices for a hot summer afternoon. The list of wines is from Guyot’s rosé picks for 2013.

Prices range from 10 bucks to around 28. The rating scale from Guyot is pretty simple. 13-14/20 is a Good wine, 15-16/20 is a very good wine, 17-18/20 is excellent, anything above is outstanding.

In years past rosés have gotten a bad wrap, especially in the United States. These 10 will change any perception you have about the quality of rosé wines, and hopefully get you drinking rosés if you haven’t started already.


Friday Inspiration. Carlos Santana Surf Photography.

Here is a little Friday afternoon eye candy and inspiration.

22 year old Carlos Santana is a newer addition to the Southern California surf photography scene, but I have a feeling he is going to be huge. Take note of his name, check out his photos, and watch the inspiring video below. For a kid that didn’t even see the ocean until he was 7 (he grew up in the LA area) his images of the surf are breath taking.

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popuphood in Oakland California.

For years Oakland California has been considered the arm pit of the San Francisco Bay area to spite the fact that it has a thriving  bar and restaurant scene, and affordable housing. To help combat this image, popuphood was launched in December of 2011 by Alfonso Dominquez and Sarah Filley. The objective was to help encourage urban renewal in Oakland by filling five previously vacant store fronts in Old Oakland with five new retail shops, including a jewellers and art gallery.

The project’s primary focus is to support the local Oakland community, providing them with a vibrant shopping area giving local artists, designers and retailers the opportunity to open their own store for six months, rent free. The hope is that by building cross sector partnerships with local and federal governments, the economic development council, and private businesses popuphood will help develop a dynamic and vibrant community.

The video below explains popuphood in more detail: