Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Custom Smart Cars

They say good things come in small packages. These customized Smart Cars have personality PLUS and look like fun.  Well, maybe they look a little ridiculous, but sometimes it is nice to see ANYTHING other than the boring, traditional cars that we see every day.  :)


smart-expressions-vinyl-wrap-option--plaid-pattern_100316071_m custom smart car snakeskin

pink smart car pinky1_original MPackaging+Pierre+Herme+smart+car

custom smart car black and white yellow custom+smart+car+body+kit

flaming flames smart car displayimage custom+silver+smart+car

custom tattoo_002-1 smart car custom wood smart_car_05

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hello kitty smart car smart car flowers

custom smart car 9 animal smart car DSC_00541

drollgirl custom skull smart car drollgirl custom smart car flames

custom smart car red hello kitty ed hardy custom smart car edhardytattoocar

dotted smart car custom smart car dottedsmartcar_driverside custom smart car 4821351036_83f7d38494

custom smart car argyle smart car zebra kunuted edition

bronze orange custom smart car 2008-brabus-ultimate-112-based-on-smart-fortwo-front-angle-view-588x441 custom wood panel smart car 4659970566_aedb9c4bcf_b

custom smart-car-fallen-fruit-6 custom grass smart car gallery12-grass-covered-smart-car-large

smart car knit crochet image_4 smart car 013

custom smart car black and white cheetah animal print smart car IMGP0418_full

custom smart car DSCN3819 cow smart car a97806_cow

smart car SMARTWRAPDESIGN custom smart car a97806_art2

smart car neon IQ custom smart car hello kitty black


Which one is your favorite?

Friday, April 26, 2013

It's All in the Name

I was at a kid baseball game over the weekend.  A lady sitting behind me kept yelling after her son KEANU.  It was all I could do not to laugh out loud every time she said that name.

Later on, another mother was yelling after her daughter MILEY.  UGH!  The horror!!!! 

I was relaying this story to my co-worker (poor guy -- he gets to hear all of my useless observations) when he asked if I had seen this chart which lists the most popular baby names by state.     


It is kind of astonishing how name trends sweep the nation, and come quickly in and out of fashion.

I used to work with a guy named Dustin Kilgore.  One day I gushed to him that I just LOVED his name (omfg, who wouldn't love having the name KILGORE, especially anyone that is a fan of Kurt Vonnegut and his KILGORE TROUT character).  Dustin told me he HATED his name, that he used to be fine with it until a kind of famous college wrestler with the same name came along and pretty much ruined his life.  He HATED that he was constantly being mistaken for this wrestler and felt his art career suffered because of it.  LOL!   Sucky!!!!  I would hate that too!!! 

Thoughts on names?  Would you rather have a unique name, or one that makes you blend in with the masses? Heard any especially good or bad names lately?

P.S.  One of my neighbors has a dog named Ludacris.  It makes me laugh every time I hear it.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mike Brodie

Mike Brodie, #0924, 2006-2009

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Born in 1985, Mike Brodie began photographing when he was given a Polaroid camera in 2004. Working under the moniker 'The Polaroid Kidd,' Brodie spent the next four years circumambulating the United States, amassing an archive of photographs that make up one of the few, true collections of American travel photography. Brodie made work in the tradition of photographers like Robert Frank, William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, but due to never having undergone any formal training he always remained untethered to the pressures and expectations of art market.

Brodie compulsively documented his exploration of the tumultuous world of transient subcultures without regard to how the photographs would exist beyond him. After feeling as though he documented all that he could of his subject, his insatiable wanderlust found a new passion, and as quickly as he began making photographs, he has left the medium to continue in his constant pursuit of new adventures.

In 2008, Brodie received the Baum Award for American Emerging Artists  and has a forthcoming book to be published by Steidl, as well as numerous international shows. Brodie recently graduated from the Nashville Auto Diesel College (NADC) and is now working as a diesel mechanic. Although Brodie has stopped making photographs, the body of work he made in only four short years has left a huge impact on the photo world, and is now being made available to the public.

Images and text found here

To read an interesting conversation between Barbara Davidson and the artist (published in the LA Times), click here.