Sep 4, 2023
Jul 25, 2023
Jul 19, 2023
Jul 17, 2023
DOPE conversation by MC's MADLines, Ryan Nicole, and Coco Peila talking about #pimpculture #misogny #hiphop and divisions within the Black community. Soooooo necessary coming from the Bay and Oakland specifically where we ll grew up with so much pimp culture which is a direct product of capitalism and passing on oppression. I've seen, heard, or experienced all three of these sisters perform and rock and they are not only super on point, but just dope artists.
Jul 15, 2023
Jul 12, 2023
Jul 6, 2023
Jul 5, 2023
Jul 2, 2023
Jun 21, 2023
Jun 19, 2023
Ok, so I grew up going to record stores. Rasputins, Leopolds, Tower, Virgin, The Warehouse, and Amoeba is and was my favorite. In high school I used to walk from Berkeley high at lunch and use my lunch money to buy 99c or $5 hip hop records. I loved and still love getting new records, spending time with them, and just listening.
I love this episode with Santigold! This "What's In My Bag?" series is old, but I love how they keep reinventing it by interviewing new and older artists. Case in point, have you listened to any of these episodes like:
Dig this? Peep the last post I did about Jazz-Stuff I've been listening to
Jun 14, 2023
Hey fam, I hope you're well. It has been a rough one for me lately but trying to hold on to it. Check out some of these things that have been dope to me recently. Keep going.
Starting from top to bottom, left to right:
1. Major Taylor Iron Riders -video by The Pro's Closet (Cycling/Fitness)
2. Odessa- Middle grade graphic novel by Jonathan Hill (book)
3. Giant Robot- Doc about an AAPI magazine/store (film)
4. Monica Martin- Vocalist, songwriter from the midwest (music)
5. El Michel's Affair x Black Thought- I'm still somehow (music)
6. 1000% Me- Doc about being mixed by W. Kamau Bell (film)
7. Art of Cam Kendell from Fart Quest (art)
8. Hidari- Stop motion animated samurai (stop mo animation)
9. The Nakba- Educational video about the Nakba in Palestine (history)
10. Chang Can Dunk- Narrative film about personal goals (film)
11. Cymone Wilder- is an incredible lettering artist (lettering)
12. This Was Our Pact- All ages graphic novel by Ryan Andrews (book)
13. Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur- Animated show based on comic (tv)
14. Endea Owens - Where the Nubians Grow (music)
15. Turning Red- Animated film by Pixar (animation)
16. The Last of Us- Post apocalyptic tv show based on video game (tv)
Jun 12, 2023
May 31, 2023
May 30, 2023
May 22, 2023
May 19, 2023
May 18, 2023
May 15, 2023
May 12, 2023
Ok so I have been making business cards with my name, phone number, email, image, and services offered for about 15 years now. How old tech of me right? I get it, there are apps where you can just send someone your contact info, airdrop it, text it, or refer them to your IG I get it. But here are a few reasons why I still keep a business card for introductions. Note: I didn't have a business card during the start of the pandemic because, well I was in the house :/
Hasan Minhaj via GIPHY1. No phone:
You forgot your phone at home, it got broken, or you lost it. Damn. Sucks, you can tell the person you're talking to your name or write it and your number or email on a napkin but a card might be handy. I've definitely had this happen before.
2. Phone battery died:
Have you ever missed a crucial opportunity to show someone your work, get their info, or exchange info but your phone battery died? Try keeping a business card as a back up :) If you had a great conversation, they will want to talk to you again fam. People fake good work, and some put on a good show, but it's harder to fake good vibes or energy. Or you can have them wait while you recharge your phone....
3. Getting away from social media:
I've been on social media for almost 20 years and I have referred people to my (fill in the blank) but I'm getting kind of tired of it honestly. There are some great artists out there using it to the max but I don't want it to become my life. And it started to feel like that a few years ago. These companies found ways to make us addicted and that is not healthy, for me. You?
Also, from experience, I know that these apps come and go. For a few years they're hot, and then people are on to the next thing. And if you're an artist with a smaller but dedicated following you have to build your audience again. So I still use it, but I keep my distance. If you want to step back a bit from social media I think that a curated website, blog, or page is a great place to refer folks to via biz card.
4. Leave them impressed:
Ok, if designed properly with your information, a sample of your art on it, and a print quality that speaks to your esthetic your business card can leave the person holding wanting more. If I get a well made business card that communicates your taste by seeing it and/or touching it I'm going to remember you. It could be done with letterpress, with metal, or a bright color. The point is, leave the holder with a taste of how dope you are.
5. Control the narrative:
On your card you can provide the basics like your number, email, etc. But, you can also provide them with coordinates to a location. Weird, right? You can put a QR code on it that when read sends them to a song. You could just have a link to a video. There are lots of ways you can control how the holder interacts with or gets to know you and your work. A well crafted and updated website featuring a portfolio of your work is still a tried and true way to do this. Just saying, show them your true self in your way....
Dig this? Check out my post about how I got 1000 sales on Etsy as an illustrator/author who makes merch!
Who dis? What's this? Hi, my name is Rob and I'm an artist/author from Northern California. Oakland to be specific. I have been working as a freelance artist for over 15 years. I've picked up a few tips on the way and "Freelance Chronicles" is one of the ways I share. Was this helpful? Please share and cop something from my shop. Adios.
May 11, 2023
May 10, 2023
May 8, 2023
Apr 28, 2023
Apr 27, 2023
Apr 25, 2023
Read the whole magazine HERE
Apr 23, 2023