Double Day & Mexican Coke

I had been thinking about Mexican Coke for a little bit, especially after it was briefly mentioned on the latest Hammertime episode of Adventures in Design. I used to get it all the time at this gas station when I lived in Ypsilanti. I don;t think it was as popular back then because I only knew a couple places where you could get it, and it was always in old bottles. I remember one time going in and they had two different logo styles printed on the bottle, Pepsi probably had 5, and another 2 or 3 from Mirinda. Now it’s a lot more accessible, but there’s not really any more variety in the printing on the bottles.

This was a big thing for me, because even though Mexican Coke was the best. I was also, and have always been, interested in printed bottles. It seems like it would have to be such an interesting process. Especially the ones with very particular shapes. I collected them for a long time, but in recent years have parted with almost my entire collection. Only a few rarities and antiques remain.

New Music Friday 09/01

New Music Friday this week is plaged with a bunch of comeback genres. I’m still not sure what the thing is with all the vocal effects… it only leads to disappointment… or maybe I’m just old. Anyway, here’s what’s happening this week…

If I’m Lucky – Jason Derulo

This song sounds a bit like some weird salsa-esque song about dating someone in the afterlife… or the next incarnation… or just hooking up in one of those timelines? Either way, all I know is that unlike I had initially thought… this song is not about having sex in graveyards.

Plot Twist – Remix – Marc E. Bassy, Hailee Steinfeld

This song is not about that movie, the Sixth Sense. It’s about a “player” who falls in love, and wants to get married. Spoiler Alert: at the end you do not find out that the “player” is Bruce Willis,however, just like the Sixth Sense… this song sucks.

Gucci Gang – Lil Pump

This is total garbage… reminds me of Ratchets – Lil Debbie, only I liked the Lil Debbie song for some reason. If cassingles, or 7″ compilations were still a thing, you could be this would be the Ratchets B-side on the jukebox at your local Malt (liquor) Shop.

Punk (Feat. Travis Barker & Juicy J) – Yelawolf, Travis Barker, Juicy J

Not that I’m any authority on Punk, but… having a general idea of who these people are… based on jobs I’ve done in the past. I gotta say, this is very WTF?!? …apparently, southern punks pop their collar.

Deathless – Ibeyi, Kamasi Washington

I think the person singing sounds like they’re trying to sound like Björk. Subject matter is interesting though, like the audio version of Dead Like Me or Final Destination… only everyone lives. Apparently, young people never die… no matter how much dumb –ish we do. I really love the horn section in this song, reminds me a lot of the ska that was coming out in the early days of Hell-cat records.

Selfish Love – Jessie Ware

This song reminds me of a Cardigans song, the way the vocal progression works. The music itself is a bit like Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, I enjoy the way the vocals sort of wrap around each other in the pre-chorus. That hard stop directly before the words “Selfish Love” really drives that Sergio Mendes thing home for me. Other than that, it does have a bit of a samba feel… It’s looking like this is going to e the favorite of the week. I’m a huge sucker for 90’s music and Brazilian jazz, and Sergio Mendes é meu favorito.

References for Selfish Love:
Lovefool – Radio Edit – The Cardigans
The Joker – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

New Chair Day

“I’m very excited to spin in the new chair.” —Genevieve

I’ve always had dumpster dive chairs for my computer desk at home. They’re -ish, and always break within a year. Then one day I came across the most amazing chair I’d ever found, and It took years to break …but when it finally did, the most amazing thing happened.

Can I Use This Chair?

I first discovered the chair going out for a cigarette one evening before bed. There was a slight drizzle, and I noticed it by the light of the porch; sitting at the curb of a neighboring apartment stoop. I’d never seen a chair that color or shape before, I instantly had to have it…

“It effin matches my Ikea end table!”

I sat in it for a bit, admiring the way it reclined. I pushed the wheels with my feet only to notice that it would return to center instead of spinning in circles like the lost soul that it was…

“It’s so clean, why would anyone in their right mind throw this away?!? …it’s perfect.”

Next thing I know, I’m attempting to pull this obsession up the narrow staircase to my apartment.

…all forty plus pounds of it…

The chair at the first apartment.

I would refer to it as my $400 chair. Originally, I had planned on using it for my drawing table, but it quickly graduated to computer chair status. I would relinquish to people the story of how I came upon it, and they would awe in the wonder of it’s greatness. Offering to take it off my hands had I ever grown tired of it, as if that were some sort of logical possibility. We had been through multiple clients, projects and apartments, ultimately transitioning into the house I live in today. Then, all of a sudden, whilst adjusting the seat in preparation for a new project, the back gave way…

…and that…

…my friends, was a dark…

 

…dark…

 

…dark…

 

 

…day…

Truck Wrap

Got the first truck wrap done today for K.L.Jack. This is the third one of these I’ve ever designed, but it’s been a long time since the old Fun Bus days at the Russell Industrial Center… and boy, have I come a long way as a designer. Not that this was easy, by any means. There were a lot of versions and revisions, but I’m happy to say that I think the final product looks pretty effin‘ good.

My boss took these pictures, and the wrap was done by M&H Signs in Westbrook, Maine. Check this –ish out…

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Notice the faint illustrations of fasteners in the red. You don’t see them from a distance, or when the truck is moving, but when you get up close you notice them. It’s like a little additional wow factor that the viewer gets when they’re by the truck. You’re welcome.

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I wasn’t fully on board with putting a graphic on the hood, but looking at the finished product… I like the way it came out. It’s not too flat, and that was one of the things I was worried about. I think it adds a little more shape to the hood, and I like that it’s fairly minimal.

The rest of the photos are just some shots of the vehicle from other angles, and yes that is Han Solo frozen in carbonite (bottom left.)

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” He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is.”

One down, next week we wrap a box truck.

—TRUCK YEAH

Fantastic Newness

I’m pretty sure I’ve used this title once before, but Fantastic Newness is just a great way to describe some of what’s been going on behind the scenes. Also, it’s a great summary episode from Mr. Show. So, lets do a little rundown of what’s been happening lately, and what better place to start than…

This Website

I’ve decided to just treat this like the blog I’ve been avoiding for the last few years (decades…?) It is what it is, right?!? I mean, every once in a while I:

  • log in…
  • write a post about whatever it is I’m currently working on…
  • promptly stop working on it…
  • do something else for a couple years…
  • go back and look at how long I’ve been putting off whatever I posted about…
  • get depressed about never getting anything done…

Mexico

It’s pretty much a loop, and I’m not making any false promises to change that anytime soon just because I’ve made two blog posts in the last month. All I’m saying is that I’m going to write… or post… or whatever you want to call it… whenever I damn well feel like it. It’s my blog, so it should be sporadic and random. Nothing new for trash like you.

As for what I plan to do with it, or what it becomes… I really don’t care. I’ve got a lot of other random things that I’d like to work on, but I don’t want to talk about any of them right now. We’ll let the future speak for itself. Also, I’ve been reading up on how to make my blog work better as a blog… that’s why shit has gotten so wordy… and it seems that people want you to use the same words a lot. Normally, that would make sense if I were talking about the 10 Hot Celebrity Summer Butts, but we’re talkin’ Fantastic Newness, Fantastic Newness, Fantastic Newness. Get ready for some random, and thanks for visiting.

 

$7 Mighty Ducks DVD

So, one day I was out picking… like ya do… and I came across this copy of the Mighty Ducks on VHS. By the way, no story should ever start like this. Anyway, as it goes, I found the sequel on DVD a couple weeks later… and being the American Dad fan that I am decided to go for a Mighty Ducks marathon… (Emilioooooo!!) So, about halfway through the first movie, Genevieve ask me if I got the third one…

“They made a third one?!?” I know there’s a hockey team and all… I mean… c’mon, Violent Gentlemen.

The Mighty Ducks

I remember seeing the first one in the theater when I was a kid, maybe it was the drive-in? Not that any of that really matters, I totally forgot that Little Pete (from The Adventures of Pete & Pete) was in it. An amazing surprise. Then there was the starring kid, Charlie, who kind of looks like the kid from Love Actually. I’m not really sure why he keeps trying too hook his mom up with Emilio Estevez… you know she’s not gonna be in any of the sequels. Anyway, on a side note, in my head Charlie also looks like the kid from the Flight of the Navigator. …time travelers.

D2: The Mighty Ducks

This movie is all about what goes wrong when people sellout. I’m pretty sure it was targeted at my generation of DIY punk kids. The best thing was the bash brothers. Everyone kept saying, “That kid’s in high school?!?” in the film… which is funny because, that’s normally what you think when you watch movies. Only you put the phrase “supposed to be” in between the words “kid’s” & “in”. I don’t recall seeing the goalie from Bangor actually play. I remember her having a talk with the coach about it, but I don’t know if it ever actually happened. I’ll have to go back and watch it again. …and now I own it, so, it’s all good.

So here I am… two movies deep, looking down the barrel of D3: The Mighty Ducks. No Little Pete… no Charlie’s mom… and quite possible, no Maine goalie.

Stay tuned for my review of D3: The Mighty Ducks

Oh, and because blog posts need pictures, here’s a little DFL throwback I saw at Home Depot the other day…

Rowdy Knucklehead Mighty Ducks

…knucklehead nation is driving me mad.

Mother Than The Other Moths

Worked on some Mother’s Day cards earlier, and some Harley dealership ads for Florida. It’s going to be a busy double day, but that’s cool because I have a lot of work to do. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some of this stinkers comic done on my lunch break.
Fucking him it’s going to be a busy double day, but that’s cool because I have a lot of work to do. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some of this stinkers comic done on my lunch break.

Fucking break that shit.


Hopefully I’ll have a little bit of time to work on some zine stuff also.

Goodnight

Nobanzi was the greatest dog I ever knew. She was a really good friend for a long time, then yesterday she died. There will forever be a void and there will never be anyone as great as you.

Sleep well Gravy. I’ll miss you deeply. Until we meet again.