Thursday, January 29, 2009

Retro Pugs

Just a little PUG LOVE for the day!

Ladies of Soul

I love this idea or high vs. low art and art reproduction. It's kind of ironic to view art on a blog, or through a computer for that matter, when you should be viewing it in person. It's interesting to actually think about that.

The Blog of "Unnecessary" "Quotation" Marks

Where are our first grade grammar teachers when we need them?

The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks


I just saw The Virgins at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta this past weekend and was blown away by this band. Their opener Anya Marina, an L.A. based acoustic singer with an amazing voice, gave a great live show and entertained with her Percocet induced humor. The following band Lissy Trullie was also a fun performance with a little more New York grunge feel and authenticity in their sound. But the best act of the night, obviously, was the headliner, The Virgins. Although they've been around since 2005, they've become more popular this past year by joining Nylon's summer music tour as well as having their songs featured on the hit show Gossip Girl (a personal fav!). The Virgin's music is fun and playful with a lot of pop hooks but also feels nostalgic with powerful R&B baselines and the lead singer's "Mick Jagger" dance moves. If you like new hipster/indie bands with great live shows, check them out.

Always know your target audience.

This is an actual letter from an Austin , TX woman sent to American
company Proctor and Gamble regarding their feminine products. She
really gets rolling after the first paragraph. It's PC Magazine's 2007
editors' choice for best webmail-award-winning letter.

Dear Mr. Thatcher,

I have been a loyal user of your 'Always' maxi pads for over 20 years
and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the LeakGuard
Core or Dri-Weave absorbency, I'd probably never go horseback riding
or salsa dancing, and I'd certainly steer clear of running up and down
the beach in tight, white shorts.

But my favorite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings.
Kudos on being the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it
is that maxi pads be aerodynamic. I can't tell you how safe and secure
I feel each month knowing there's a little F-16 in my pants.

Have you ever had a menstrual period, Mr. Thatcher? I'm guessing you
haven't. Well, my time of the month is starting right now. As I type,
I can already feel hormonal forces violently surging through my body.
Just a few minutes from now, my body will adjust and I'll be
transformed into what my husband likes to call "an inbred hillbilly
with knife skills." Isn't the human body amazing?

As Brand Manager in the Feminine-Hygiene Division, you've no doubt
seen quite a bit of research on what exactly happens during your
customer's monthly visits from 'Aunt Flo'. Therefore, you must know
about the bloating, puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about our
intense mood swings, crying jags, and out-of-control behavior. You
surely realize it's a tough time for most women. The point is, sir,
you of all people must realize that America is just crawling with
homicidal maniacs in Capri pants...

Which brings me to the reason for my letter. Last month, while in the
throes of cramping so painful I wanted to reach inside my body and
yank out my uterus, I opened an Always maxi-pad, and there, printed on
the adhesive backing, were these words:
"Have a Happy Period."

Are you f------ kidding me? What I mean is, does any part of your tiny
middle-manager brain really think happiness - actual smiling, laughing
happiness, is possible during a menstrual period? Did anything
mentioned above sound the least bit pleasurable? Well, did it, James?

FYI, unless you're some kind of sick S&M freak, there will never be
anything 'happy' about a day in which you have to jack yourself up on
Motrin and Kahlua and lock yourself in your house just so you don't
march down to the local Walgreen's armed with a hunting rifle and a
sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of glory.

For the love of God, pull your head out, man! If you have to slap a
moronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn't it make more sense to say
something that's actually pertinent, like 'Put down the Hammer' or
'Vehicular Manslaughter is Wrong',

Sir, please inform your Accounting Department that, effective
immediately, there will be an $8 drop in monthly profits, for I have
chosen to take my maxi-pad business elsewhere. And though I will
certainly miss your Flex-Wings, I will not for one minute miss your
brand of condescending bullshit. And that's a promise I will keep.

Wendi Aarons
Austin, TX

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Love that Robert Lee

This man has great taste in music. Oh yeah, he's an awesome illustrator too. Check out his screen prints.

(Screen Print by Robert Lee)