some people are do-ers, others are thinkers. most young people I would say find it hard to wear certain hats and they are often broken down before they ever find their chance to break themselves into adulthood. maybe this title should be re-thought and looked at as earned through experience, rather than age. some people work hard, others get lucky.
I was once taught inadvertently that DIY is a way of life, a value I now hold close. I’ve also learned the value of free by being graciously given things, and seeing first hand its unmeasurable benefits. a lot of things go unsaid, and a few are worth repeating…
so if you still haven’t heard of the silent giants, then who exactly have you been hanging out with?!
Posted in Art
Tagged ac rich, ac rich building, arthur c rich, artists, DIY, downtown pontiac, free, friendship, MI, networking, pontiac, posters, screen printing, silent giants
There’s actually a lot happening in Detroit.. besides the city’s efforts to rebuild the economy, there’s been a strong surge in detroits industrial areas from artists working to preserve art, and bring artists together. The canvas we’re given in detroit is historically meant for art; what’s left to do with an old abandoned industrial building besides make it beautiful again. The overpasses and fences, blank billboards, abanoned cars, abandoned buildings, the empty lots, unused storefronts, makeshift signs, cracked sidewalks… all canvases just screaming one message that nobody has heard. Our city is just waiting to be renewed and if our taxes aren’t enough to cover the damages on these properties then we must SPEAK UP and ACT OUT. Let me also say this: I do not condone ANY form of vandalism or destruction of property. That is not the intention, what drives me is the idea of bringing a new aethetic to a corner or a community in the tradition of public art, this is something meant to inspire and send a positive messages.
here’s a few good resources I found for artists, detroit locals, activists, students, whoever:
guerilla gardening effort
chicago based “Just Seeds” artist coop
russell industrial center directory
a call for art: SPEAK OUT
the art of the prank
urban 75 activism
detroit street art on flickr
how-to guide to screenprinting (.pdf) by team 8
handmade detroit DIY blog
Jhon Clark, detroit activist and white print detroit press
detroit map – sites of interest
the heidelberg project
ann arbor’s online activist network
open directory: culture jamming
detroit ruins map (downtown)
fabulous ruins of detroit
forgotten blues & jazz locations in detroit
bomit worldwide sticker distribution
free stencil fonts (stencil revolution)
free stencil graphics (justice design)
media access toolkit
confessions of a generic magazine
Hope that keeps you busy for a while!
Posted in Activism, Art
Tagged abandoned, Activism, activist, adbusters, ann arbor, Art, banksy, billboard, blank billboard, chicago, community, culture jam, culture jamming, design, detroit, free, freeway, graffiti, guerilla, guerilla marketing, homemade, magazine, network, press, resources, revolution, russell industrial center, screenprinting, signs, stencil, stencils, sticker, street art, urban