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The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia

tim-maia-cover_croppedThe following animated two-minute spot was created to promote a record release for a hard-livin’ man named Tim Maia, “the greatest (and craziest) soul singer you never heard of”.

Before Tim passed in 1998, he was infamous in Brazil. Constantly (and with a smile on his face) mixed up with drugs, women, money, guns, and even a UFO cult. He lived how he wanted, when he wanted.

This illustration is brilliant, done by Momo and Spirits, and working with ad agency Super Heroes from the Netherlands. The video was narrated by Devendra Banhart.

 

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Error: Creative Inspiration Not Found

I was going to do another instalment of You Better Work, and see if there was anything new that could coax you away from the hovering shadows of your current whip-crackers. However, the job postings today were pretty slim pickings and I lost interest half way through.

So instead, we’re going to take a look at some fantastic 404 error pages. I’m always pleasantly surprised to land on a well designed or funny 404 page. It tells me that the site I am visiting has got it going on.

NEW RULE: Everyone should have personalized 404 pages. If not for entertainment, than to help redirect the viewer without losing his or her interest in your content. (Maybe you need better content?)

The examples below are kind of small, so click on them to get a bigger view.

Ok. So the cat one isn’t a 404 page. But it had a cat. And it was cute.

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Creative Inspiration: Handwritten

This week is taking on the theme of inspiration and motivation. I came across the following letter through BCAMA’s Twitter feed. It was written by Austin Madison, an animator from Pixar. This open letter to creative professionals was part of an “Animators Letters Project” which took place earlier this year. And it plays into yesterday’s post quite nicely.

But please, don’t worry. This is NOT becoming an inspirational blog. I’ll return to my usual cynical and sarcastic self, and go back to tearing apart creative by tomorrow. Promsies!

 

 

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Creative Inspiration: Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel, a famous photographer, gained notoriety while shooting for Vogue. He’s also chummy with Madonna and was the one behind the camera for her 1992 book, SEX. According to his Wikipedia article, he is considered one of “the most successful fashion photographers in the industry”.  The following photographs are just one example of his amazing body of work.

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Creative Inspiration: Rhys Owens

A self-proclaimed Xbox junky, Rhys grew up in the eighties and seems to tip his creative hat to his Rubik’s Cubes, Thundercats and vandalizing his sister’s dolls with an arsenal of ballpoint pens.

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Creative Inspiration: Corey Arnold

My granddad was a commercial fisherman for part of his life. We grew up by the sea, smoked our own salmon and ate every kind of seafood imaginable. To this day, I’ll still pretty much eat anything from the sea – or at least try it once.

This could be one of the reasons why I was taken with the photography of Alaskan commercial fisherman Corey Arnold. He worked as a deckhand from 2003-2010 on a Bering Sea crab boat (that is hard-core!), and now runs a salmon gillnetting operation in Bristol Bay, Alaska (I have no idea what that is, but it sounds delicious).

He’s also shot fisherman in Norther Norway and a myriad of other subjects. And his shots have been featured in The Paris Review, Esquire, Italian Rolling Stone, The Sunday Telegraph, Artweek, Outside, and Juxtapoz.

Take a look at his website for the whole shebang, but here are a few of my favorite.

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Creative Inspiration: Adrian Borda

For many, today is the first day back from Christmas holidays. But not for me! I’m writing this post from my bed. Hooray!

The time off was nice, but I kind of missed you guys.

Alright, let’s not get mushy. Instead, let’s kick off this new year with some creative inspiration. Adrian Borda was born in 1978 in Reghin, Romania. He only started painting 12 years ago (according to his website - which may or may not be current) and his works, which can be found on eBay, are now in private collections around the world.

Looking back at all of the “Creative Inspiration” posts over the past year, this is right inline with the bunch. I love the creepy, twisted style of his work and I downloaded so many images from his site. Now which ones to share with you? Let’s start with these:

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Creative Inspiration: Achim Lippoth

Yesterday we looked at condom advertisements. Today, we look at the results of not wearing a condom.

Achim Lippoth is a photographer and filmmaker. His specialty is photographing kids. This most recent series called “New Faces” shows little kids who look like creepy adults from the 50’s.

When people look at children, they expect to see innocence and purity. These photographs challenge the preconceived notion of childhood innocence. I find them eery and fascinating.

 

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Crocodiles and Skinheads and Rockers, Oh My

It’s been a while since we had a creative inspiration post. So when I came across a photographer who is obsessed with crocodile hunting, skinheads and New Jersey heavy metal, I couldn’t resist. Ladies and gentlemen, Mister Adam Krause. Please be warned, the images might not be to everyone’s taste.

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Sweet As Frickin’ Pie

More creative inspiration for you! But this time in the form of photography. To be more specific, photography from the gallery of Jason Lee. Now I’m not normally one who gushes over babies/children/germ-buckets, but these kids are too cute for words. Check out Jason’s Flikr page for more photos of other people’s kids.

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