Saturday, May 28, 2011

Been seeing this floating around facebook..

Originally, I was going to just bitch about going into Earth Matters, an organic food grocery store in the lower east side, and almost buying a bottle of watermelon juice that turned out to be $8. It was a bottle of juice that was comparable to the size of an Odwalla. On the ingredients it just said: pure watermelon juice. Since when did watermelons become a superfood for super humans made of money? Living in the city can be a fucking joke. And I thought buying Tropicana for 6 bucks in a nice bodega was a rip off. This city will never cease to amaze and annoy you. While looking for this online, I stumbled across this Jam company based in Brooklyn. Not so pissed anymore. Cool jam combos will always bring me to a happier place. Watermelon Jam? Tight. The fact it's called "That's My Jam!" is really tight.

Check out That's My Jam! on Etsy, if that's your thing.

I think missing the wrong train station is the least of her problems.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mummy Business

The 2011 National Georgraphic Geography Bee's final moments! D'oh!

Styles of Seeing with Sam Abell. This one is long.

I love videos like this! Sweet. Digital libraries beyond us sometimes we can't even remember who we're listening to. Best comment from this youtube thread:


Yeah, man, 2001 was so long ago. Your tastes are exotic.

wearewayfarers 27 minutes ago


Stevie Koerner recently discovered that Urban Outfitters had begun selling a near one-to-one replica of her “United States of Love” necklace line — the same line that allowed her to quit her day job to pursue her jewelry-making dream full-time.

This wouldn’t be a first for Urban Outfitters: Similar claims of jewelry jacking have been brought against the national retailer for years. “I understand that they are a business,” Stevie says, “but it’s not cool to completely rip off an independent designer’s work.”

"My heart sank a little bit. The World/United States of Love line that I created is one of the reasons that I was able to quit my full-time job. They even stole the item name as well as some of my copy.

I’m very disappointed in Urban Outfitters. I know they have stolen designs from plenty of other artists. I understand that they are a business, but it’s not cool to completely rip off an independent designer’s work.

I’ll no longer be shopping at any of their stores [they also own Free People & Anthropologie], and I’m going to do my best from here on out to support independent designers & artists."

pulled from imakeshinythings.tumblr

Check out her etsy shop here.

Corporations will rip your ideas off and not even try to disguise it! I understand the idea of repackaging designs, borrowing, or whatever, because whether you are charging $1 for something or $3,000 almost nothing is completely original. Sure, there are plenty of things that are original, but in the industry of seasonal design and fashion, those genuinely original ideas are few and far between. And depending on who you work for, most of your "original" designs don't even make it past the sample room anyway. The sad fact is even if you have a great idea, in this world, somebody will always want to sell your idea at a cheaper price.

The fact Urban Outfitters markets itself as a hip, cool, and even "original" brand, it's pretty shameless to continuously rip off young designers. But they keep doing it. If Wal-Mart did it, you couldn't be that mad cause it's fucking Wal-Mart. And the only reason I shop at Urban is because that shit is cheap sometimes ( which is exactly the point ). So who's to say somebody isn't going to buy your knock off at half off? Or who's to say if I didn't read this article and I saw this at Urban for $19 I wouldn't buy it?

Overall, I think if you are selling a good product worth the money, people will spend that extra $20 to buy a product that in theory, utilizes better materials and supports the brand identity. When somebody is making your necklace for half the price, most likely your neck will be turning green after a couple of wears anyway. So I guess when it comes down to it, nothing original can be completely protected unless you have a lot of money to patent shit or are bffs with a copywrite and trademark lawyer. But when all is said and done, we exercise our real beliefs when it comes to our voting dollars. And I guess the more you know, the wiser you can spend or not spend. But it's such a bummer they had Martin Parr do a look book for them. So evil! I love Martin Parr, but I really detest the sneaky nature of UO. Cause really- UO as a brand is lookin' all wannabe cool with zero heart!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Love this part, love Cairo's style. Heard this song on my ipod shuffle this morning. Skate rat days..

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Whoa! Monday Surprise! This took less than a day to take down. Supreme's anti-terrorism task force is seriously quick!

-pictures pulled from throw up the horns!