Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Works in progress and some Cuts & Bruises...

Pretty much the moment I released For Anyone Who Ever Had A Heart... earlier this year, my mind was already working towards a follow up. I'm sure its a common feeling for artists across all mediums, as soon as one project is finished the next one begins. Your mind becomes feverish with all the things you know you want improve upon, the new directions you want to explore. For the new collection I knew I needed to get away from me as much as I could. To look outward at other people in my life, other stories I'd heard, other adventures and dangers beyond my own little world.

Moving to the vast open expanse of desert in West Texas has certainly helped to provide a physical representation of that artistic and emotional journey. Almost immediately upon arriving in this terrain,stories began to tell themselves. All I had to do was sit down and shut up. Just listen and look around. Keep my pen and paper handy and take a few photos and the rest would unfold on its own. So far so good. Seeing as how For Anyone... is almost a year old (and it's the time of giving) I figured I'd share a few images and passages from the new collection taking shape. It's (as of now) called Cuts & Bruises. Stories of scars, inner and outer, that make us who we are.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thunderbird Holiday Shopping List

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While everyone else is rushing around at the mall and getting the “next big thing” for Christmas, why not relax in the comfort of your own home, put on the Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack, and get really unique presents for you friends and family from some up and coming artists on the interwebs?!

I’ve made a list of some really great stuff that I love and so might you. Merry Christmas, Thunderbirds!

ART

Grace Davis

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Grace is a printmaker and textile designer living in Marfa, TX. She creates work with such distinct colors and textures that they often seem otherworldly. Whether it’s print for your collection or an accent for that perfect outfit, Grace has got you covered with her beautiful work. Check it out!

http://rangetextiles.bigcartel.com/

Matt St. John

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MSJ is an illustrator and painter living in San Francisco, CA. His work has a childlike whimsy but often toys with the disturbing culture of violence, media saturation, and corporate domination of modern America. Oh, but it’s funny too! The price is right and it looks rad. Hit him up!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MSJPrints

Clifford Washington

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Clifford is a painter, graphic designer, and all around Renaissance man based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has traces of Archibald Motley and Shepard Fairey but ultimately is a style all his own. Looking for something fresh and bold for your burgeoning art collection? Check out his online studio, KnoCliff.

http://knocliffstudio.com/

APPAREL & ACCESSORIES

Nicole Schwieterman

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Nicole’s StudioNico shop, based out of San Francisco, CA is totally rad. Featuring the bestselling “Good Grammar Is Sexy” shirt and tote, as well as one of a kind SF Giants (2010 & 2012 World Champions, mofos) gear, Nicole has a little something for everyone. Go rep the Bay and get some awesome presents!

http://www.etsy.com/people/StudioNico

Lucy Moran

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Lucy is the proprietor of Lucia, in Saratoga Springs, NY. She fastidiously curates this beautiful store, offering cutting edge women’s fashion that maintains a classic appeal. She’s got a great eye and you’re guaranteed to find something perfect for your special lady.

http://shop.luciaboutique.com/main.sc

Samantha Cisneros

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Samantha is a textile designer living in Oakland, CA who runs the Shapes & Colors studio. The studio is aptly named as her exploration of shape, of a distinctly southwestern Native influence, is combined with a contemporary color pallet. The result is a beautiful collection of textiles (pillows, bags, blankets, etc.) that will brighten up anyone’s home.

http://www.shapes-colors.com/shop/

MUSIC

Ali Holder & Daniel Thomas Phipps

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These two Austin, TX based songwriters are beating feet all over the US these days and making new records to boot! Imagine the incredible musical companionship of Emmylou and Graham, except between songs they reveal intimate and self-deprecating details of their relationship in a kind of country-fried version of a weird Woody Allen movie. Needless to say, the combination is captivating and they are a duo to watch for sure. Their debut EP’s are available on their respective websites, but keep an eye out for new music this coming year AND check the tour dates as well.

http://www.aliholder.com/

http://www.thekinfolk.com/

Lilly Hiatt & the Dropped Ponies

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I’ve already raved about this Nashville band’s debut record but I can’t say it enough… ITS RAD! Go buy it already. If anyone you know digs rock ‘n’ roll music and bad ass chicks, then this is the best thing to get for them.

http://lillyhiatt.tumblr.com/

Adam Bork

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Adam Bork is the entrepreneur extraordinaire of “Food Shark” fame in Marfa, TX. But when he’s not slinging grilled cheese and cruising around in vintage cars, he’s also a bad ass musician. His songs exist in a universe far beyond that of the average American mind, somewhere inhabited by the likes of Lou Reed and Dr. John and accessible by us normal folks only after a healthy portion of lysergic acid diethylamide. Instead of giving someone LSD for the Lord’s birthday though, just buy this record instead. Or both actually. That’s a rad combo.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/adambork

BOOKS

Mary Angelina

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This is another artist that I’ve already championed on The Thunderbird Blog but if you didn’t hear me the first time, I’ll say it again… READ THIS BOOK! Mary Angelina is a Burlington, VT based poet, musician, and painter and I tell you… she’s a real bad ass. Cracking Calypso, her debut book is all at once funny and tragic and wild. She’ll take you on a trip. Go with her.

http://www.amazon.com/Cracking-Calypso-Mary-Angelina/dp/1453698035/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355517800&sr=1-5&keywords=mary+angelina

Sean Frasier

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Frasier is a New York City based writer with a wicked sense of humor. To say the poems in these books are “dark” is too quaint a description. But if you or someone you know has a thirst for the macabre, well you won’t do much better than this. Slip one or both of these collections into their stocking and give them a nightmare before Christmas.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=345650

Cory W. Lovell

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This book will change your life. Or maybe it won’t. It totally doesn’t suck. But maybe some of it might.

There is only one way to find out, man. Take the plunge and get somebody you love this collection of prose, poetry, and polaroids.

http://www.amazon.com/For-Anyone-Who-Ever-Heart/dp/1468164724/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1355518297&sr=8-1