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January 22, 2017
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8 Bit graphics outside the box

“The resources are so many now, they are so vast – and they replace themselves and render themselves obsolete so quickly, that nobody has the has the time to do anything but just dabble for a moment in the current resource de jour before it’s gone and they are busy scrambling to learn just the merest proficiency of the next one.” – Mark Ferrari, Terrible Toybox

 

June 8, 2014
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June 27, 2013
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The Dead Kennedys: “What if Crass was funny?”

 

For me the weakest of the three “Art of Punk” videos so far, which is a shame as The Dead Kennedys are up there in my desert island bands, and I love Winston Smith’s collage art. Perhaps knowing the Kennedys so well there was less of a revelation, or the subsequent infighting colored my view. Still, a must see if you are in any way punk. And that logo…

Mowing down the people

 

June 19, 2013
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Crass: The Art of Punk

Crass weren’t an always easy listen, especially back in the early 80’s when if you wanted to hear a band that didn’t get radio play you had to buy an album – no Spotify or iTunes or Youtube then.

 

Crass albums weren’t just vinyl in a slipcase and sleeve, they came in envelopes and wrapped in disturbing posters (I had one of Maggie shitting sausages), which actually made them a more of a commitment. You weren’t buying an easy listen to stick on when you got home that your Mum might ask you to turn down. You were buying a freaking art project you Mum would demand you turn off.

 

The music itself might be music, or a spoken word description of someone having a wank. Or the sound of a train with Eve Libertine screaming “Screaming babies… In all our decadence people die” over the top*. Which might explain the lack of airplay. But fuck me if it isn’t still far more relevant today than most of the punk dross of the time (a lot of which I like and still like).

 

And that logo… I laboriously painted it onto a shirt, not really clued up on the more socialist/anarchist slant of the band, being far more of a faux punk at the time.

 

 

* Shaved Women: my favourite Crass song. Actually, one of my favourite songs of all time.

 

May 19, 2012
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(Overly serious/ernest?) Neil Gaiman addressing the Class of 2012

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“But people keep working in a freelance world … because their work is good, and because they’re easy to get along with, and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. People will forgive the lateness of your work if it is good and they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as everybody else if you on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.” – Neil Gaiman

 

[Update 2012-05-30]
See also: Make good art as a comic (c/o waxy.org)

 

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