cute overload

working tonight and took a detour to cuteoverload.com for a little bit. couldn't stop saying "ooooo!" and "ah! hee hee"

here's a video of a cat playing red light green light with the camera:



here are some recent capers with 12:
[american veterans' bingo hall in NE portland]

[hiking trip in the columbia gorge with 12]

[watching thousands of swifts at wallace park]

new 12er

attila joined us last week. he's patrick's tortoise and dan wieden agreed to let him live on the roof as the 12 mascot. we'll be building him a little grassy knoll up there soon, but in the meantime he's been sleeping in some hay in our space.



this weekend i discovered the button maker and sewing machine at work. i've been spoiling to create something completely unrelated to any client work lately, so this past weekend was the perfect opportunity for me to use the studio to make, make, make.

i started by collecting photos online of things that i thought were interesting or cool or tickled my fancy. i took all of those and sewed them into a little zine thing.

it looked pretty plain with just its white cover, so i decided to throw in a bit of electric pink for fun. i also went a little crazy with the button maker and made one-of-a-kind buttons for each zine: one from the images in the zine and one hand-drawn one.

i decided to call it "pretty okay" because it's just a silly little thing. i'm going to try to do a different one every few weeks. as small as it was, it was nice to take some time and just make something that i liked.

oh, i also drew this up for a t-shirt design last week:

and today i decided to print out some digustingly cute pictures of baby animals and make a cutesy set of buttons:

i only made 16 of this first batch of zines, but i'm sure i'll be making more next time. i miss sending people mail, so email me your address and i'll send you a little something special next time i make something! --> monicahwchoy@gmail.com


turkey trout

in february 2006, researchers successfully spliced the genes of the brown trout with that of the north american wild turkey.
the brown trout and the sea trout, despite their different environments, are of the same species and brown trout are thought to be native to Asia or Europe, though there are also north american varieties.

brown trout have very low male populations because most die after spawning. their spawning habits are very similar to that of the atlantic salmon, though they typically have a harder time producing fertile offspring. a previous hybrid was that of the tiger trout, a hybrid with the brook trout. the outcome was satisfactory, but still offspring appeared to be infertile.

the north american wild turkey (meleagris gallopavo) is one of the largest galliforms. known for their hardy constitution, the wild turkey was once one of the runner-ups for title of US national bird (nominated by benjamin franklin).

in an attempt to create a stronger breed (though rumor says it was a drunken bet), researchers toyed with brown trout and wild turkey genes. treated as a joke at first, researchers were shocked when the experiment was successful and so began their 2 year obsession with creating the turkey trout. originally meant to be more fishlike in appearance, the stronger turkey genes created a trout-headed turkey-bodied creature instead. the consistency of the meat is flaky and tender and there are claims that the turkey trout may be the next great american food craze.

the turkey trout was recently released into a nature reserve in Oregon to test for survivability. here is a recent photograph of a flock:

notice the presence of the gills. though relatively useless because the turkey trout does have lungs, the gills have proven to be vital in the mating process.

this abrupt advancement in genetics hasn't gone unnoticed and many animal activists and religious groups have attempted to suppress information about the turkey trout, calling it an abomination in nature.

"i'm proud of our work and i think the turkey trout is a truly beautiful creature. true, it will take some getting used to, but it's potential contribution to the american people is unmatched by any of these 'fashion' hybrids like the leopon or any of the zebroid varieties." - anonymous researcher


man on wire

i just finished watching 'man on wire' and it has to be one of the funniest, uplifting, interesting, and fascinating documentaries i have ever seen. it recounts the story of philippe petit and his dream to tightrope walk between the world trade center's twin towers (1974).

the story is told through petit, his friends, and accomplices in the challenge. most were only in their 20s and all were inspired by the fire and intensity of petit's desire. even petit sometimes thought it impossible, but with a little courage and a lot of planning, preparation, and the right connections, petit & friends were able to get through the world trade center's security and climb the 110 floors to the roofs of the then tallest buildings in the world.

the storytelling is amazing in the movie and surprisingly, there was an abundance of real footage of petit unicycling around paris doing circus tricks, practicing on his tightrope in his back garden, and discussions of them planning out the walk...and him constantly being arrested for his antics.

really, really phenomenal movie.

black, white, & silver

another first thursday and subsequent awesome weekend with music fest nw and pica's TBA festival happenings all over portland.

this first thursday turned out to be pretty filled with black and white imagery. first stop was at Tyson Space in the everett station artist lofts and galleries for jimm lasser's Obama Force One show.

jimm was in the third class of wk12 and this exhibition focused around his all-white air force one with obama carved into the sole. he's now a copywriter and art director here at wieden + kennedy.

the shoe on the right reads "a black man runs and a nation is behind him"

w+k field trip!

next up was compound gallery for the DIGMEOUT show. this is compound's ... fourth? or fifth? partnership with Osaka's art collective, DIGMEOUT.

DIGMEOUT is sponsored by Osaka radio station FM802 and each year they hold an 'audition' for up-and-coming Japanese artists. thousands apply and they choose 12-15 artists to be represented by DIGMEOUT for a year.

artist ryugi ohtani has been represented by DIGMEOUT for several years in a row.

the artists do ad, illustration, and design work for companies that partner up with DIGMEOUT. kinda like a Japanese 12.

my favorite piece in the show by artist Mongrel.

unfortunately, the artists and artistic director didn't get to come out for the show this year. i look forward to seeing them every year - the new artists are always very excited to visit portland and i enjoy spending time with them despite the language barrier.

now for some nerdy shoe news: the nike aerofit is finally out and on the shelves. i was leaving compound when i saw them gleaming through the window.

the aerofit is comparable to the reebok freestyle which i love wearing for their bright colors and hightop-ness (i have weak ankles, but that's another story), but i can't wear them because wieden + kennedy and nike are pretty much synonymous.

i was a sad panda. but then...in comes the aerofit, ushering in a new era of hightop action. hurrah!

i no longer need to save my 80s hightop lovin' for the weekend. plus they're a soooper shiny silver! i feel like i can roast corn on them. huzzah!


amanda visell dunny show

so i haven't updated in a while, but i had to note that tonight is the opening of amanda visell's custom dunny show in the KidRobot room at Circa in toronto.

amanda has a very distinct style that really makes me smile and is a really versatile artist. she always tackles each new show or theme with pieces that are true to her style and aesthetic, no matter the medium. i especially love her toys through Strangeco or when she paints on platform vinyl.
i love that elephant & hunters dunny!