i’m opting out of blogging today because i’m so damn busy. but if you so desperately need your fix you’ll find an article of mine in the latest edition of onesmallseed (issue 13), on shelves today. it looks like it’s covered in bubblewrap. the mag, not the article. the article is just some garble about these shapes i see around town. it’s on page 34 and it’s called “The Jesus Saves Graffiti Eaters”. peace, y’ulle. ps. i renewed my entry into the US National Green Card Lottery today. did you?
Posted in popculture, writing
Tagged alex van tonder, article, busy, Cape Town, freelance, graffiti, graffiti cleaners, graffiti eaters, jesus saves, journalist, MyBrandedLife(TM), one small seed magazine, removal, work, writing
okay, i might be a million years late here, but i have just been introduced to Addictlab by a reader. From what i can tell, Addictlab is another creative gathering, except it’s got a lot more purpose than some of the stuff that’s out there. one might compare it with a property like Pecha Kucha, except it does a lot more than showcase opinions via an aggrandised brainstorm.
it has 2 sides to it: a creative side and a business side.
if you’re a creative, you sign up and put your work and inspiration on the site. depending on the needs of the active projects, you will be called upon to brainstorm and work in a freelance capacity. if you’re a business looking for a creative solution, you browse through the work that’s been done and can use what you like as reference. you then brief addictlab, and they brief their creatives, and together you come up with a solution. the solution can be anything from a first-phase brainstorm to a fully executed ad campaign to a street squad who hit the town with stencils to the development of a new product entirely. it connects brands with young, creative people who offer a very real service: they engage with your brand and make it their own. Addictlab also offers research and insight services, which makes complete sense.
i would love to see how this works in South Africa, where it seems to be now open for business. i’m signing up as we speak. watch this space.
Posted in collaborations, consumer collaboration, cool stuff i like, innovation, NPD
Tagged addictlab, better than, brands, business, consumer collaboration, creative, creative industry, freelance, generate, graffiti, hive, hub, ideas, innovation, instant grass, logo, marketing, mybrandedlife, new product, pecha kucha, product, professional, service, south african, street, workshare, youth
some graf found in gardens. believe it’s the work of milkitost.
and then i found this on my phone, took it at gardens centre around Easter time. would you not be frightened to death of this if you were a kid? looks like it’s about 50 years old.
Posted in Cape Town, popculture, SA "street", seen around town, shopping
Tagged alex, art, Cape Town, easter bunny, freaky, graf, graffiti, it's free, milkitost, mybrandedlife, smile, street, the bin, weird
i spend so much time online, and the more time i spend online the more cool stuff i find, and the more cool stuff i find the more fragmented my time spent in any given place becomes. i’ve resolved to make a concerted effort to document more of the things that inspire me, for whatever reason. starting with this rad sofa box i found at swissmiss:
ffffound.com is an image bookmarking site i like to frequent for sheer viewing pleasure, or what i call a Brain Massage. some gems include:
and then i see that Courvoisier is kicking their latest branding efforts up a notch by collaborating with urban/skate / hip hop brand LRG this (USA) spring. some of the awesomeness includes these branded gadgets – iPhone and BlackBerry. mmm, me please.
i also came across this article on a speech given by Bill Cosby on how to combat racism, and i find it pretty inspiring. as someone who lives in a racially charged country, it’s refreshing to hear someone speak from a rational place on the topic.
Posted in alcohol, branding, celebrity, collaborations, consumer, cool stuff i like, online, popculture, technology, youth politics
Tagged alex, bill cosby, BlackBerry Curve, blog, brains, branded, chair, co-branding, collaboration, courvoisier, dead stuffed bear, designer, ffffound.com, gore, graffiti, hip hop wear, illustration, inspiration, instant grass, iPhone, LRG, marketing, melted ice cream truck, mybrandedlife, online, pac man ghosts, panda, pharrel williams, racism, sculpture, sensible stance, sofa box, south africa, street art, swissmiss, wall
found this rad stencil in the ‘burbs – claremont, area. it was next to this one:
nice and optimistic. dig this shirt designed by my friend, designer Rikus Ferreira.
they were on sale at What if the World… not sure he has any left. love this fridge magnet window poetry in a Levi’s store at the V&A Waterfront, from a while back:
and seen this guy loads on the net but found it in real life at Jean & Stuart’s place, who say they got it from @Home:
Posted in Cape Town, cool stuff i like, seen around town
Tagged blog, Cape Town, claremont, cool stuff, do what you love, graffiti, levi's jeans, mybrandedlife, rbhs, rondebosch, seen around, south africa, stencils, store windows, suburbs
Goran (Unit R) and Nicole
Johann from Kid of Doom and Ben from Johnny Neon also DJ Sasskwatch.
Johan and Jess, who used to work with us and now works as editor of Love Cape Town magazine.
Some random graffiti. Blurry too. I know.
Posted in Cape Town, parties, seen around town
Tagged armchair theatre, blog, Cape Town, graffiti, kid of doom, MyBrandedLife(TM), observatory, party, south africa, sovereign academy, street, unit r, youth culture