Shame on You.

There are people who, of their own volition, decide to try and domesticate wild animals. Can you blame them?  It is indisputable that riding to your laundry room on the back of lion to switch loads is awesome and having your wolf Fluffy grab you a beer from the fridge will undoubtedly impress your friends.  This is the definition of risk/reward.  Life is great until you make one seemingly small mistake and your “pet” turns on you.  It’s really hard to explain to a pissed off wolverine that the cupcake you dropped on the floor wasn't for him.  It’s also past the point of reasoning when your creature starts chewing on your face. 

Making a social misstep on the Internet is a lot like that.

On the latest episode of the consistently interesting Reply All podcast, Alex and PJ interview Jon Ronson, the author of the new book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed”

Jon explores the phenomenon of internet shaming. 

This is where some transgression, real or imagined, catches the attention of the social media mob.  These white knights come riding in as righteous avengers and use their sheer force of numbers to dispense a blunt, and usually highly out of proportion form of “justice”. 

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has traveled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.

I just used my Audible.com credit to pick up Jon’s book.  This topic fascinates me.  I've seen self-appointed internet detectives point the finger at the wrong guy and activists decide that Facebook is the perfect place to use crude and inhumane threats to try and further their cause

When did owning a computer make you judge, jury, and executioner?

I always assumed that the awful comments made on the internet only existed because people could hide behind anonymous usernames.  Now that Facebook comments are so prolific it seems that the lack of anonymity isn't really a barrier.

I’m looking forward to hearing Ronson’s take on this.  Hopefully he includes a few ideas on how we, as an increasingly hyper sensitive digital society, can gain back a little perspective.

Until then you had better watch yourself online or you might find your Friends and Followers barring their teeth ready to pounce. 

You can buy "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" Here

Street Sm(Art)

Just caught wind of a really talented Belgian street artist that goes by DZIA. Dzia is about to embark on a 30 night creative enterprise

Each nights for 30 consecutive nights I attempted to make something creative. And put these objects on the street the next morning. These will be found objects, sculptures , sketches, collage or whatever. So i hoped to force myself into making quick decisions, creating things instinctively. 

After these 30 NIGHTS i will try to show these images in an expo and create a zine named 30 NIGHTS.  

What an incredible way of kicking creative energy into high gear. We'll be looking forward to seeing what DZIA churns out!  You can see much more of DZIA's work at http://www.dzia.be/


Two Chips

I don't remember where I initially discovered this video, but I do remember laughing with a possible snort or two.

It was created by the talented Adam Patch.

Adam is a Director, Designer, and Animator.  He's directed commercials for companies like Citi and LinkedIn

"Two Chips" hits a little closer to home.  One day Adam's slightly inebriated wife decided to tell him a joke that she came up with.  Adam recorded the joke and, thankfully, animated it for everyone to enjoy.

 Check it out below.

"Two Chips" by Adam Patch

You can check out more of his work at adampatch.com

 

Make it Mini

At Venture Artifacts we are all for the entrepreneur, the maker, and the artist.  While browsing r/entrepreneur on Reddit we stumbled on this brand new product that hit on all three of those categories.  Mini Materials is a new company fresh out of the blocks (pun intended).   They make 1/12 model scale cinder blocks and tiny pallets that can used for all kinds of creative endeavors.  I love the product, but really like the story behind the company's creation.
 
I encourage you to read the founder's story on Reddit.  It's a great example of overcoming the classic problem many perfectionists and creatives face with wanting everything to be exactly right before putting something out there.  

Here's a snippet of the Mini Materials story:

As a designer, I really wanted to focus on the imagery and the branding aspect. This is a problem because I really spend way too much time on these things and that's usually why any business ideas never get off the ground. So I gave myself two weeks to finish the design, branding, and website.

I used the Callisto theme from Shopify and went around making it match everything I had designed for the logo. I had pretty much no web design experience at all at this point, so messing with the HTML and CSS was slow going.

I got an LLC, made social media accounts, tested everything out with friends. All for a pretty low startup cost.

Before this, I had no idea how to do a 3D design, how to build a website, how to acquire a domain name, how to form an LLC, how to set up google voice, or even how to make miniature cinder blocks. I was able to force myself to figure all of this out in less than two months.

Remember, JUST SHIP! You can take care of the tweaks and fixes later.

I just bought the set of 24 blocks with a pallet. I can't wait to get them. I'm thinking the'll look pretty bad ass on my desk at work.

Get your own set at www.minimaterials.com 

Use the discount code: VENTURE20 to save 20% on your order.

Follow Mini Materials on Twitter &  Facebook to see what they come up with next!

Listen Up: The Grand White Fox

I just discovered The Grand White Fox when they followed us on Twitter.

The first thing that caught my eye was their killer logo.  I figured that they must have something good going on with such a sharp eye for style.  My initial hunch was confirmed after checking out their website and Youtube Channel.  

They take up-and-coming digital artist's work and showcase it with carefully curated music tracks.  

I love the look and sound of what they have going on.  

Here's a video featuring music by Nujabes  (ft. Cise Starr & Akin) with artwork by Jonas De Ro

Check it out & keep and eye on The Grand White Fox.



Style of Man: Breaking It Down

Blue Casual

The Style of Man: Breaking It Down posts will explore the looks that draw people in and dig into what makes them appealing.  I'll also be investigating how you can attain the style from the pictures.  If possible I'll point the way towards the exact items and/or a close match with different price points when the original is upper crust.

I'll also highlight the source and photographer/artist that captured the look and point you to their work.

If you've clicked through the never ending columns of photos that compose Pinterest and have any interest in men's fashion you've most likely seen the picture above.  It captures a ton of attention and is one of the most re-pinned photos on men's fashion pin boards.

    Oliver Evans, a managing partner of   Jazz Room

    Oliver Evans, a managing partner of Jazz Room

Its origins are from the Street Style portion of Details Magazine. The article and accompanying images were written/taken by the talented Street Fashion photographer 
Melodie Jeng (@MelodieJeng).  

She's the lens and pen (or keyboard?) behind 
The NYC Streets Blog 
(Check it out for more amazing fashion inspiration).

This particular look hits the smart casual bullseye.  The dark blue contrasts perfectly against the dark khaki pants.  Rolled up sleeve with the leather bracelet keep the outfit from staying too dressy. You can almost feel how comfortable and soft the fabrics are by the way the light hits the creases and wrinkles. 
This is weekend wear you'd be be OK being caught dead in.  

 

 

 

Recreate the Look

(Sources identified in the Details Article)

                  Field Shirt: Indigo $255

                 Field Shirt: Indigo $255

The Shirt 
 

Rag and Bone 
(No longer available)
It appears that this exact shirt is not offered anymore.  
They offer another shirt in the same styling. (See right)
Field Shirt: Indigo $255

 

 

 

 


Option
Huckberry Explorer's Shirt:
Dusty Blue $112.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zara
The exact style isn't available, but many really close chinos styles are.They come in a variety of great colors (and prices).  The closest I found in the color from the picture are the Chinos with Belt: Tan $59.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE Bracelet

Original Source Unknown

Option
OLDU Etsy Shop
Handmade Leather Bracelet $27

Lots of style options from this shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE Glasses

Timberland Men's Earthkeeper
Two Eye Boat Shoes
Brown Oiled $95

(Lots of color option in this style)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE Bag

Original from John Varvatos (no longer available)
 

Taking Flight

                                                     Photo by  Vince Alongi

                                                     Photo by Vince Alongi

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
— Leonardo da Vinci