Thursday, December 23, 2010

who needs 'em

This is how MY friends roll. I don't totally understand it 100% of the time, but i support it nonetheless. After all, that's what friends are for, right? Its moments like these i am thankful for having a camera handy, self destruction in High Definition. Maxx redefines the body modification movement.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

108 x3

My friend Cindy Wong photographed this series of 108's for me. All good things comes in packages of 3.  She shoots with a nikon.



lunar eclipse/ winter solstice 2010

I have always been fascinated with "out space". Tonight is a lunar eclipse; "Its is the first time in 372 years that a lunar eclipse also marks the beginning of the winter solstice, the time at which the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky", according to my friend Charlene. That sounds like a pretty big deal to me. I'm about to head up to my rooftop to witness this momentous event in the crispy New York cold. Happy Winter Solstice everyone! 


Thursday, December 16, 2010

mandala

Painted 19th century Tibetan mandala of the Naropa tradition, Vajrayogini stands in the center of two crossed red triangles, Rubin Museum of Art

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

genesis revisited

Zecharia Sitchin is an anthropologist that promotes an explanation for human origins involving ancient astronauts. Sitchin attributes the creation of the ancient Sumerian culture to the Anunnaki, which he states was a race of extra-terrestrials from a planet beyond Neptune called Nibiru. He believed this hypothetical planet of Nibiru to be in an elongated, elliptical orbit in the Earth's own Solar System, asserting that Sumerian mythology reflects this view. Its a bit wacky to read but way fun once you get into his mind set. Its like learning history on acid. If you feel like taking a trip down the rabbit hole, read some of his stuff. 


speak to me ancient astronauts!

kris magnotti

Kris Magnotti
Da Vinci Tattoo/ New York Adorned

Sunday, December 12, 2010

what vegans eat

Check out my other blog, What Vegans Eat. My humble attempt to break down the common misconception that vegan food is only tofu and leafy green things. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
If you are eating something vegan:
•snap a photo with your phone or camera
•tell me who you are, who made it and in what state/country
•email it to jcolbysmith@gmail.com or click the submit button on "what vegans eats" and upload it.



Fotos: Mia Keller, Amy Angelo
live vegan!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

time lapse

Me and my friend Andrea King have been experimenting with time lapse photography for an upcoming project we are working on with Dan Fletcher. Here are a couple of self portrait still shots of me and my friend Ale from a wide angle. It gives you a nice "fly on the wall" insight to what transpires in the piercing room.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

la niña

My sister makes beautiful babies.

immortal technique on haiti

Haiti has been out of the news and off our minds, there are still lots of problems and suffering. I had a chance to go this week but couldn't swing it. Kicking myself, but plan on volunteering sometime in 2011. Their elections are tonight, lots of corruption and misappropriated funds. Keep an ear to the ground and make an opportunity to contribute. Immortal Technique, one of my favorite political rappers, recently made a visit to Haiti. This is what he had to say...



If you are not familiar with Immortal Technique, here is a collaboration he did with Diabolic...




Also, please check out Strange Things, a documentary about street kids in Haiti. My friend Regine Zamor co/ produced.
  

chad koeplinger

This is work in progress by Chad Koeplinger. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Collector: James Motz

wewood watches

My friend Tara turned me onto WeWOOD a couple of weeks ago. An Italian eco-luxury company "committed to the health of our planet, the avant-garde approach to sophisticated sustainability". Super cool watches made almost entirely out of wood. They seem like a great company with a good ethic behind their products. WeWOOD also partners with American Forests to plant one tree for every WeWOOD purchased. Their Goal: "Restoring Mother Nature - One Watch at a Time". Relatively inexpensive, would (cheesy pun) make a good gift for the upcoming holidays.



teacher seeks pupil

Ishmael is one of my favorite books to date. I re-read it at least once a year.  Its about a gorilla who teaches a man "how things came to be this way" for mankind. Quinn simplifies a complex ideology into a very interesting debate between a gorilla and a man. Its getting cold, the perfect time to curl up with a good book. Are you a taker or leaver?