Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Art in Hidden Places

Good friend and recording artist Keita Aoki (aka Konnie) was interviewed on TV show 'Art in Hidden Places'. Konnie talks about the Japanese music industry and western influences in his music.

Konnie is exemplary of Japanese ambition, talent and cool. One of the most inspirational and nicest dudes you'll ever meet.



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Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Chanel Mobile Art

Chanel has developed a mobile art museum which will travel the world, starting in Asia, then the United States and through Europe.The futuristic pavillion was designed by architect Zaha Hadid and will house work by 20 international contemporary artists.

Source: Chanel



   
 


Tuesday, June 10, 2008


When The Wild Things Are?

Warner Bros. were unhappy with the original 'not-so-child-friendly' state of Spike Jonze's film, and have postponed the release until October 16th 2009, pending possible reshoots. It's quickly becoming a never-ending wait for all us Maurice Sendak fans.

Source: wtwta.net



   
 


Thursday, June 5, 2008


Disc Cameras

In our recent camera-nerd-mode we stumbled upon a Hanimex Disc 320 at Rozelle Markets. Purchased for 10 bucks purely because it was like the coolest thing ever. Reminded me of a walkman. Intrigued by the retro-looking film camera we searched everywhere for disc film. Apparently it was an unsuccessful 'compact' film format that Kodak developed in the 80's and was phased out eons ago.

If there is anyone out there that wants to donate some unused disc film you would make us very very happy.


Some other examples...



   
 


Thursday, June 5, 2008


Gold Cards en vogue

Gold credit cards seem to currently be all the rage. We have been using a credit card graphic in an AGWA project (A) because of the existing visual identity associated with the brand, and (B) as a metaphor to represent the prestige and excusivity the brand wishes to align itself with. Also in a recent collaborative production between luxury bag brand Longchamp and designer Jeremy Scott, the Gold Card image was utilized.



   
 


Thursday, June 5, 2008


Uni Qlock

If you know us well, you would know how much we love Uni Qlo and how much they've helped us out over the last couple of years, stuffing our wardrobes full of the highest quality Japanese-made everyday staples. Unfortunately Uni Qlo is not available in Australia. The NYC flagship has proven very successful since opening earlier this year but there are no signs of a Sydney store in the works.

Despite not being able to enjoy Uni Qlo apparel, you may enjoy the Uni Qlock. Very Japanese.



   
 


Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Denim sale at Footage

Our friends at Footage passed word of a denim sale. Premium denim for guys and girls from the likes of 575 Denim, Earnest Sewn, Maiden Noir and Paige Premium Denim. Give them a visit at 13c Burton Street Darlinghurst. Tell them we sent you and get some red carpet treatment.



   
 


Tuesday, June 3, 2008


The Good G9

Here's our G9 with old school 2-piece leather case and wrist strap. Because it features a hot shoe we are able to use our old dusty SLR flashes.





   
 


Monday, May 19, 2008


New Camera

We got ourserves a new camera. It was tough deciding between the Powershot G9, GR Digital II, or the pocket-friendly R8. In the end we settled for the G9, which has an endless list of features including manual functions, manual focus, hot shoe and it shoots RAW format at 12 megapixels. We will post images of our pimped-out G9 in the coming days.

Canon Powershot G9..

Ricoh GR Digital II..

Ricoh R8..



   
 


Tuesday, April 29, 2008


The Good Life™ Mixtape #3

Playlist for the month of April. Mixed by DJ Dookie.

1. Razz Kings of leon
2. Metrorail Thru Space Cut Chemist
3. After laughter comes tears Wendy Rene
4. Sensimelia Barrington Levy
5. Super Disco Breakin Beastie Boys
6. Ganges a Go-Go Dan the Automator
7. Get Myself Together Dennis Brown
8. Gimme Some More Flow Dynamics
9. M.E. Gary Numan
10. I Get Lifted George McGrae
11. Purple Haze Groove Armada
12. Catfish Blues Jimi Hendrix
13. Harlem World O.D.B
14. Third Rock Pure Essence
15. Have Love Will Travel Black Keys
16. Rabbit Blood Calvin Johnson
17. Africa Gaylads
18. I'm Sick of You Iggy Pop & The Stooges
19. Yamanote Line The Paper Scissors
20. Rodeo Whiskey Go Go's
21. Tell Me How You Feel Lee Michaels
22. Chicago (The Truth) Graham Nash
23. Way Of Life Stylophonic


Next month Ante makes his debut. Stay tuned!

   
 


Thursday, April 24, 2008


Everybody RAP

"R" for Rockwell, plus "A" for Alife, plus "P" for Patta, equals "RAP". Dutch illustrator Parra adds a bit of juice to Alife's Everybody Mid model as well as some great advertising material via print and YouTube.






Alife Everybody Mid "RAP" released on Tuesday 29th at the Patta store in Amsterdam.

Source: Patta

   
 


Thursday, April 24, 2008


AGWA International

In ode of the crazy crazy amounts of researching and conceptualizing and photoshopping we wish to show some visual inspirations that got us to the stage we are in. We cannot show you any screenshots of our artwork progress but these initial concepts should tatalise the taste buds and give you a rough idea of what to expect.



Project completion is nearing an end and we cannot wait to be able to proudly expose it to the www.

   
 


Thursday, April 17, 2008


Where amazing happens

On the back of the outstanding "Where amazing happens" campaign for the NBA 2007/2008 season, the playoffs are getting their very own campaign. It will be titled "There can only be one".

Jonathan Dayton and his wife Valerie Faris, who directed 'Little Miss Sunshine', put 20 morphing TVC's together for the NBA. With state of the art equipment they used "Warp" technology to put the players together by synching their movements so they match one another.

King James vs The Big Ticket

Kobe vs Shaq

 

Superman vs CP3

And yes. We do love basketball here at The Good Life. If you need a reminder, it is evident here and here.

   
 

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Good Life™ Mixtape #2

Playlist for the month of March. Mixed by Nate Deezy.

1. Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones
2. Morning Rage UNKLE
3. More Beats & Pieces Coldcut
4. No Mind Happy Campers
5. Dubble Funki Porcini
6. Pagina Dos Prefuse 73
7. Here's What's Left RJD2
8. Midnight Marauders Nightmares on Wax
9. World A Music Ini Kamoze
10. Bridge Amon Tobin
11. Good Day For Hippos Fink
12. Climb Mos Def
13. Deliver The Word War
14. Light My Fire Shirley Bassey
15. Today Tom Scott
16. Subterranean Homesick Alien Radiohead

   
 


Thursday, March 20, 2008


Say hello to my little friend

Scarface-inspired posters were created for AGWA to be used in Australian venues that stock the liqueur. Artwork inspired by 'that particular scene' and the iconic movie cover.




Check out the website at www.agwa.com.au.

   
   


Thursday, March 20, 2008


Designer Vans

Since the beginning of time, Design Nerds have had an infatuation for grid paper, applying it to their work at every chance they get. It has always had that old school charm and aesthetic to it, reminding us of those uninspiring Maths classes. Grid paper is now available in a shoe version thanks to the Design Nerds at Vans.




The trusted grid paper linework...




And the last time any of us used grid paper in our art-making? A very long time ago. A couple of years back we used it on a club flyer...



   
 


Monday, March 3, 2008


Footage Voucher artwork

We were recently given the opportunity to produce a gift certificate for our friends at Footage. We went to great extents to create a finished piece that not only was going to shout oppulence and exclusivity, but also be functional. With the voucher being a form of currency we needed to make it difficult to plagiarize. For this reason we do not wish to give away the hidden details of the artwork. If you want to see the finer detail in the voucher then you will have to purchase a voucher yourself.

Browse the Footage website for details.






Some inspiration we looked at for technique...











   
 


Thursday, February 28, 2008


Saint Jerome's 08

At the Laneway Festival in Melbourne again.









   
 


Thursday, February 14, 2008


Nate in Tokyo & Manila

Awesome awesome time.



Above: Snow on my last day in Tokyo (it nearly never snows in Tokyo). The lines entering Shinjuku Station with 2 of my favourite joints (Muji and Uni Qlo) in shot.


   
 


Thursday, February 14, 2008


Direct Mail for Sydney University

Mail piece designed for The University of Sydney. Project had to be extremely cost-efficient since it was replacing the regular 'Letter from the Dean'. It also needed to be finished in a manner that will allow it to be run through a mono laser printer - as it was to be mail merged and distributed by the head office in Camperdown. We opted for a 4-colour offset print on a nice pulpy recycled stock to give the parchment paper appeal.

We also created the Word file from which the staff could print from. Not fun.

Artwork front & back...




Impression of how finished product would appear...



   
 


Monday, January 7, 2008


Ante in NZ

Just poppin out for lunch.



   
 


Friday, January 4, 2008


The Good Life™ Mixtape #1

Playlist for the month of January. Mixed by Nate Deezy.

1. Good Life Pete Rock & CL Smooth
2. Rock on The Funkdoobiest
3. Wrong Side of the Tracks Artifacts
4. Next Level Showbiz & AG
5. Nothin Lesser Pete Rock & The UN
6. Backwards Mobb Deep
7. Hate Runs Deep Saukrates
8. Fancy Clown Madvillain
9. Fanmail AZ
10. Livin Proof Group Home
11. How Many Times Planet Asia & Rasco
12. Yield People Under The Stairs
13. Smart Went Crazy Atmosphere
14. Wassup 'Jo Kidz in the Hall
15. Take That AG, Aloe Blacc & Madlib
16. T.R.O.Y Pete Rock & CL Smooth
17. So(ul) Amazin' Blu & Exile
18. Tainted Slum Village
19. Lost Without Chuck The Cool Kids
20. Closer Dwele
21. I Just Wanna Stop Jimmy Castor Bunch

   
 


Thursday, January 3, 2008


Xmas Party!

A joint event at the Marlborough House to celebrate a successful 2007. We decided that the best way to represent the collaboration was to... well... do a collaboration. The invite featured a photograph of Amanda's apparatii which was remixed with some Good Life flair. For the visuals on the night Amanda had shot close-ups of scribbles in our current sketchbooks. These were projected onto the southern wall of the studio.

















   
 


Thursday, December 20, 2007


Nate in Singapore

November get-away to Singapore lah! Highlights were Big P and KK's wedding at the lavish Fullerton Hotel, Surrender, Muse Bar, Food Republic and Mustafa's.



Hitting the Surrender store with the crew.


   
 


Monday, October 29, 2007


So you think you can dance #2

"Don't Sweat The Technique"



   
 


Friday, October 19, 2007


So you think you can dance #1

"Zoops Up Side Your Head"