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Check Out: From The Borders, Full Movie

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Creativity runs in the Mull family. I was fortunate to have the pater familias, Pete Mull, for an English teacher in high school, his passion for film put me on the path to where I am today. His sons, Dave, Steve, Tom and Charley have long been doing some of the most unique and interesting work within the skate world.

It makes me so hyped to see so many spots I grew up skating approached in a different way. There aren’t a ton of options for skaters in Vermont, certainly more now than there was a decade ago but it’s still pretty sparse out there. The Mulls and their friends have always made the best of the world around them, resulting in raw and entertaining skating.

I hope this film gets lots of exposure, it’d be well deserved. These guys have a different way of looking at things and I think skateboarding needs that now more than ever. Hell, the world at large needs that now more than ever.

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Check Out…Designing 007- Fifty Years Of Bond

Some wonderful pieces of work here from Barbican. Really wish I was able to get off to London to check out the exhibit which runs from tomorrow until September 5th. These videos are great but I can only imagine how amazing the actual exhibit is. If you happen to have plans to hop across the pond, Designing 007 should absolutely be on your list of things to see.

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The photography of Edward Burtynsky and in particular his project “Oil”. Circumnavigating the globe Burtynsky captured the effects that our precious resource has, on not only our home but on our lives. Ranging from a Kiss concert in Sturgis to a ship-breaking yard in Bangladesh, these photographs capture a strange sort of beauty, one we don’t often notice. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to, maybe it’s just because we aren’t looking. Whether we remain dependent on oil for the remainder of humanity’s time on earth or not, we’ll certainly leave an interesting legacy of what was accomplished with the internal combustion engine and black gold.

Also make sure to check out the “Quarries” project, especially the Vermont section.

Cheers!

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Matuse gives you a look behind the scenes of their most recent photo shoot and owner John Campbell gives a little insight into what makes the company tick.

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Smoke and gas from the burning of discarded automobile batteries pours into the sky near Houston, Texas, in July of 1972.

DOCUMERICA chronicles the ailing environment of 1970’s America. These images are pretty insane. Only 40 years after Ansel Adams went around photographing the wild beauty of America, the photographers of Documerica were going around photographing our reckless expansion and how we were interacting with the changing environment. The result was a stunning collection of over 80,000 images, 15,000 of which have been made available by the National Archives. You wanna know why we’re in the boat we’re in now, look no further than this collection of 47 of the photographs. They’re not so much depressing as an incredibly interesting snapshot of the collective mentality at that period in time. Ok maybe they’re slightly depressing.

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Prisoners of The Sun was always my favorite.

While home in Vermont I came across my collection of TinTin books. It was incredible to flip through them and still remember the characters, the stories, how I used to read them over and over. With Spielberg’s feature film coming up fast I recommend reading as many of Herge’s books as possible. Not only will you be more familiar with the TinTin mythology(thus enjoying the film more) but they’re truly fun to read. I still need to complete my collection, to this day I’ve never read Explorers On The Moon but I’m certainly going to find time now that my interest is renewed.

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The Levi’s Vintage Clothing site. History of a company that has defined America in more ways than one would think is possible. Even if you’re not a denim obsessed blogger, take the time to scroll through the evolution of the iconic 501 jean. The history of style in the country as we know it is all right there in the changes of the 501. Bet you didn’t know that though the jeans were made in San Francisco, the denim came from New Hampshire and the pair that started it all was put together in Reno. So once you’ve further educated yourself on that, check out the products section. Yeah they’re not going to be cheap but if you’ve got the scratch, nobody has archives to pull from like Levi’s. If you want to go further down the rabbit hole check out a bunch of vintage Levi’s ads. They’re about as classic as classic can get.

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 Track is a photo essay by Elizabeth Weinberg. Simple concept, get on a train in Los Angeles, take it all the way to Portland, OR, take photos along the way. Though the idea is simple, the beauty lies in the execution. Weinberg took it a step further and complied her photos into a nice little zine that you can purchase here. It’s great to see people executing fun little ideas like this and producing unique content. Sure it’s something that just about anyone could do but Weinberg actually went out and did it.  Check out more of her work by clicking the pic above.

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 One of the more interesting sites out there right now is A Restless Transplant, written by Foster Huntington. You may know Foster from another excellent project The Burning House which we featured a few months back. If you haven’t checked that out, hit the Anthropologist and get a very insightful look at what people would save if their house was burning from the iGeneraton to the Greatest Generation. Once you’ve tumbled down that rabbit hole for awhile, make your way back to A.R.T. and see what Foster has been up to since quitting his design job in NYC and hitting the road with his brother. The post I’ve linked to the picture is the most recent and awe inspiring in which Foster encounters a kid named Nate who just so happens to be walking across America.

 

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Was once the Baldwin Hills Theatre, now a Chase bank.

What you see above is an example of the very ambitious project that is, What Was There, a website dedicated to “putting history in it’s place”. It’s pretty simple really, you type in a place, see if there are historical pictures of it and look at what’s there now. The difference between W.W.T. and your average historical site is it’s excellent user interface and the fact that users can submit photos to help “make history”. It’s an incredibly interesting idea and I hope to see it grow at a rapid pace. Click the pic above to check it out.