Quiet for a few years, the singer and guitarist John Mayer is back with a brand new album. The official clip of the first song, Queen Of California, has been released but the visual is not very good in my opinion. The singer walks for all the duration of the video, nothing too exciting. Actually, it just makes me think about a failed version of the great video from The Verve, Bitter Sweet Symphony.
As a reminder for those who don’t have a smartphone (yeah my iphone was stolen two months ago and I’m surviving with a first generation phone, so I am compassionate), this is an addictive application where the goal is simple : there is one player who draws an image and the other one guesses what it is. In short, it’s a new way to waste time when you’re bored at work. At least, it’s creative.
Draw Something knows a dazzling success on App Store and Brainbowinc had a simple but brilliant idea. They decided to make a new version of the videoclip using the application.
“There is something really charming about the medium — the strokes — and I love the anticipation when you watch someone’s drawing being revealed,” Jimmy Thompson of the design studio Brainbowinc told Mashable website.
The principle is simple: A fixed image of the phone and lyrics shown under the form of the drawings which are conducted in rhythm with the song of John Mayer. There is a large variety of images that correspond with choice lyrics : the queen (of course) but also birdcages, a rainbow, a drum kit, an American flag or even a drawing of John Mayer himself with his long hair and new cowboy hat.
A video clip they did without any budget but which doesn’t lack of originality and even looks better than the official one. This video is not an official collaboration with the singer, but she has done so much buzz that even Mayer posted the video to his official tumblr, adding “A must-see. So great.”
A peaceful atmosphere on a geek background. What else ?
One is a renowned photographer, the other a revered singer and both have been able to impose their style.
Terry Richardson is famous in the fashion world. He’s the one who catch spontaneous moments, and all this in very simple funds (often white) and with an harsh light. Offbeat.
Among its earlier models we can quote some big names as Kate Moss and Jamie Hince (he was one of the guests of their wedding) but also Amy Winehouse, Jared Leto, Alexander Wang, Lil Wayne, Freja Beha…
We love or we hate Richardson but we all must admit he manage to shoot all the it-girls and boys from all around the world.
As for Lady Gaga, we no longer need to introduce the biggest pop star of this decade. The girl with the dress of meat whose each new song makes people gossip about her. As Richardson, people love or hate her but one thing is sure : everybody knows her…
It seems that these two characters have found their alter-ego so when Terry Richardson and Lady Gaga meet, everyone expects something big!
Their first collaboration took place in November 2011 with the book Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson, a book in which Richardson presents 350 photographs after a 10-month immersion in the daily life of the singer (urinating, singing, taking a shower, seating in a garbage can…). Obviously, each book priced 30 euros have been successfully sold.
One year later, the two most eccentrics artists of the moment decided to work on a new project together.
Richardson is not only a photographer, he’s also a videographer… So why not try to do a film project as everybody knows Gaga looks COMPLETELY relax in front of the camera…
The idea came to Richardson in September when the producer of Born This Way’s album tweeted to the world :
“I just made this TRAP s—, so I am going to put it on my soundcloud. Then I am going to give everyone a couple hrs to make a song… You send it back to me and I will put the best one back out for everyone to hear… What do you think?…You take your computer and rap into it, and I will put out the best one! You all have garage band no? Me and @TaraSavelo are going to judge. Extra bonus points for whoever writes a song about @ladygaga”
As soon as he received the song he was waiting for, he submitted it to Gaga. The song was uploaded in sound cloud, named under the title “Trap AKA Cake” with a description “Cake like Lady Gaga”. The singer who is perfomed the song during some of their shows and the phenomena around Cake Gaga turned on. That’s it. Power of internet.
The full image moving project is not over but we already can find two teasers on Youtube.
The first one shows Gaga in underwear fluttering in a pile of cake in rhythm with the song and ending topless and wearing a transparent string in a bath. The second is not very different, except perhaps there is less cake and Lady Gaga is a little less bare at times … In short, two trailers quite predictable and not very innovative.
At least, the title displayed LADY GAGA XX TERRY RICHARDSON is well found.
Still, I’m waiting for the final result, which hopefully will expresses more than the impression of an amateur obscene video taken in an hostel…
Prowlster is LIVE !
If you still don’t know this new online magazine based on fashion and lifestyle, you will not delay to know it because this website is amazing and innovative. There are a lot of online magazine but I want you to answer this : Have you ever wanted to buy something while surfing through a magazine ? And do you remember how it is boring (and sometimes difficult!) to find this item you could die for on internet ? Well, Prowlster is the solution to all your troubles about it because the little genius who created this website have thought to insert a function permitting the lector to buy the item he wants to just by clicking on it, no kidding ! Finally, Prowlster make all the hard work for us, when clicking, it directly redirect us to the purchase page of the desired product. And tadaaa the shoes of your dreams are within your reach (with sometimes great promotions on them!). Magic, isn’t it ?
And if it is not surprising this site promises to be so nice, it’s because these geniuses are not novices in the field. In fact, the McGinn sisters who are the head of Prowlster are also already working for another website : What Will I Wear Today. It is also a fashion and lifestyle magazine but the McGinn sisters by creating Prowlster wanted to go further and make something new with this new function.
I realized there is not enough creative things happening in Dublin, which is why I think this magazine is a great idea because in addition to the buy it now function, Prowlster is not only interested in Fashion in the countries famous for that. I mean there are also a lot of good plans on what is going on in Ireland. It’s still in Beta at the moment but if you take a look at the website you’ll already notice the team make us discover Irish people with fresh and edgy ideas. There are a lot of contributors and bloggers who are covering topics that can go from great Irish electronic producers, through the best places to shop in Dublin until even posts including Streetstyle pictures taken all around the country ! All that is made in a platform with a cute design and a charming read.
As you might have understand, I love discovering new things, which fits well with this site… And do you know what’s the best about all this ? I’m involved into Prowlster, and so glad to be a part of the adventure !
So, wanna start prowling ?
A little return to the roots is necessary to understand the phenomenon. Something easy because this artistic movement was born on the Internet, a place where you can find all the archives. On June 1, 2011, @LILINTERNET posted on Twitter:
This simple message has spawned an hashtag and afterwards to an artistic movement : #seapunk.
However, the real father of Seapunk is definitely Tumblr.
Three years ago, a large platform called Tumblr began to be flooded with psychedelic images and gifs with sea creatures (dolphins, shellfish …) but also many fluorescent objects, outmoded clothes, religious symbols, smileys, bleached colors, geometric shapes, oriental graphism and an aesthetic coming from the 90s. All wrapped in montages created with shoestring (Webcam, Paint and a basic use of Photoshop…)
It stings your eyes, isn’t it ? Aesthetically, the movement is directly recognizable and seems to belong to a kind of new Soft Grunge.
Seapunk movement has no sense or any reason to defend. It’s rather a huge moodboard from 2.0 generation which spreads through fashion, graphics, and music.
For me it was only a “Tumblr” movement but I realized that the phenomenon had reached its peak on internet when it became a meme.
Indeed, many pop stars have recently blatantly used some seapunk graphics for their new productions. We have noticed Azealia Banks in her Atlantis clip who was wearing a crustaceans bra while waddling on a dolphin in front of a virtual ocean.
Then, it was Rihanna’s turn who sang her new song Diamonds in the middle of a seapunk decoration on Saturday Night Live.
The graphics used in the screens of Rihanna’s performance are clearly based on the work of the video artist Jerome from LOL Boys who belongs the seapunk movement.
The creator of LOL Boys and others founders of the movement have quickly expressed their dissatisfaction and their anger on the social networks because they know that from the moment a pop star like Rihanna is seen in this universe (which was unknown by the large public before), most of the people are going to think seapunk belongs to Rihanna, it will be popularized and will lose its original idea.
But like all phenomenas born on internet, this situation was expected and now that the seapunk movement is taking another form, all the people who once dreamed of a leather jacket with barnacles instead of the studs will soon have to find a new wardrobe…
Everybody knows Larry Clark as a talented director but also as an eternal provocateur, the one who created very controversial and raw films on the teenage period such as Kids or Ken Park. Well, once again, he decided to change the rules of the game for the release of his new movie, Marfa Girl (which just won Best Film at the 7th Rome Film Festival).
Indeed, Clark decided to release Marfa Girl on internet. I mean, on internet only. On his website, to be precise. www.larryclark.com will be the only way ever to see this movie. It will be stream, priced $5.99 for an access of the film for 24 hours.
“I want to say Fuck to Hollywood. (…) I decided to get rid of the middlemen, producers and the like. Anyway, they’re all crooks; I never got paid for my movies. The Internet is happening, people make a video and it gets a million hits, so fuck it, let’s do it.” claimed Larry Clark during the Film Festival.
A film that will never be projected in any cinema, neither on DVD or on television, but only accessible on the web… Is it the beginning of a revolution in the film distribution ? It’s true that we should stop to close our eyes. Soon, all the independents theaters are going to close and the only films we will have the possibility to see in a theater will be the blockbusters because they are the only ones who will still have enough money to do it…
Larry Clark is such a fascinating person because he doesn’t care at all about what people think about him. He dares everything he wants to, as much in cinematic as in photographic work, and it is partly for this reason that the result is always quality.
To come back to Marfa Girl, it will be online tomorrow night and I’ll watch it as soon as possible. The idea of the film was born when Clark went to Marfa (small town in Texas) to visit a friend of him. He discovered a reality which intrigued him : The presence of an artists community coming from New York who are mixed with the hispanic-american community. It’s a very christian town with a strong influence from the border patrol police who spend their time terrorizing the residents of Marfa. Especially the younger ones, as the main character of the film : Adam.
Can’t wait !
Each artist has inspirations.
Actually, everyone has but some are more aware about them than others.
What I like about the Tumblr platform is that it is an infinite inspiration. Everyone exposes his own so it suddenly becomes inspirations of inspirations of inspirations of… etc. I like to see this development.
That’s why I decided that today, I’m not going to talk about inspirations of others, but just going to show you a bit what are my own inspirations of the moment. Let’s say it’s quite like a little presentation of myself.