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My Milkshoke Brings All The Boys to the Yord…

May 23rd, 2009 by D.Billy

Spotted on the side of an ice cream truck cruising up Knickerbocker Ave in Bushwick.
(I could teach you, but I’d have to chorge.)

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Aquaman Zen : Giant Crabs Help

May 2nd, 2009 by D.Billy

Giant Crabs Help

Previously on Aquaman Zen: Alarmed Viewers

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Aquaman Zen : Alarmed Viewers

April 13th, 2009 by D.Billy

Alarmed Viewers

A while back, I came across a 1968 Big Little Book featuring Aquaman, in a story titled “Scourge of the Sea“. The book is beat to hell, with the binding glue failing and pages falling out, the cover is creased in half with Aquaman’s face gouged out by repeated scribbling with a ballpoint pen, and there are a few holes where the assailant then stabbed the book with said pen… but the contents are gold. Specifically, the captioned illustrations… which are weird and wonderful little self-contained tableaus when taken out of context. I plan to share these illustration pages here for your quiet reflection, in no particular order and without their supporting story text, whenever I feel like it.
This is… Aquaman Zen.

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Awesome Engrish: Digital Perm in Chinatown

March 9th, 2009 by Jeff Simmermon

I saw this sign near the intersection of Doyers and Bowery over the weekend – a great bit of Engrish. Someone needs to tell Kool Keith he can get a Digital Perm in Chinatown …

Turns out, a digital perm is a real thing. From Wikipedia:

A digital perm is a perm which uses hot rods with the temperature regulated by a machine, which has a digital display, hence the name. However, the process of the perm is quite analogue. The name “Digital Perm” is also copyrighted by a Japanese company, PAIMORE Co., Ltd.[1] Hair stylists usually call it a “hot perm”, but it is commonly known as a “digital perm”.

So I tried to joke based on ignorance — and my joke was, essentially, “silly Asians.” And it turns out it was me that didn’t know what I was talking about. Not the worst mistake in the world, but when you make this mistake based on a cultural/ethnic assumption, it REALLY makes you look like a dipshit …

Digital Perm

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Doctor Doom: Well, At Least Things Can’t Get Any Worse

November 18th, 2008 by Jeff Simmermon

If you’ve read this blog for any time at all, you’ll know that me and David are suckers for brightly-colored comic-themed street art. Particularly if there’s a visual non sequitur involved. Like this poster I saw plastered around the streets of Philadelphia this weekend.

It’s an image of Marvel’s Doctor Doom charging toward the viewer with the phrase “Well, at least things can’t get any worse” superimposed over top in bright pink text …


Pretty much perfect, I think.

Although it contradicts the Simmermon family motto, which I swear I am not lying about. My dad always says

You know, Jeff, we have a saying. “Things go on like this for a while, and then they get worse.”

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Vegans: Moderately Advanced But Cowardly, and Constantly Radiating Anti-Gravitons.

October 6th, 2008 by D.Billy

From The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Vol. 1, No. 11, November 1983:

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Never Forget (the) Hand Painted Eyeballs

September 30th, 2008 by D.Billy

One of the best things about working at an art school is finding stuff like this on the bulletin boards:

Never Forget / Hand Painted Eyeballs

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Peanut Butter Motherf*cker

August 11th, 2008 by Jeff Simmermon

I don’t know if I want a man-sized version of this kid’s t-shirt, or a t-shirt of this picture itself, or just want to rent the kid for a day or so:

Peanut Butter, Motherfucker

You can order your own t-shirt here, but the kid himself is probably a little more pricey.

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Advertising the OffWorld Colonies, Spinners in the Rain: Sound Effects From Blade Runner

May 16th, 2008 by Jeff Simmermon

I can’t look out my office window on a grey rainy day like today without imagining Spinners weaving through the buildings, crowds of people with glowing umbrellas and shady eyeball craftsmen working their frigid magic on the streets.And as the 21st century grinds on, I’m more and more convinced that Blade Runner is coming true. It’s like some window in an alternate future was left open, just a crack, and all that alternate reality is whispering through, one invention at a time.

Listening to the Blade Runner soundtrack really helps this vision coalesce, too. Vangelis’ haunting ambient score over the sounds of busy, rainy city life are mixing really well with the view outside. A great geek friend of mine hooked me up with the motherlode too, a while back: a collection of ambient background noise and sound effects from Blade Runner.

And of course, I wouldn’t have mentioned it if I didn’t want to share … help yourselves to ambient background sound and effects from Blade Runner, as well as Vangelis’ score, laid over sounds from the film:

Blade Runner sound effects

Vangelis’ Blade Runner Soundtrack, Part 1
Vangelis’ Blade Runner Soundtrack, Part 2

If any of you are motivated to mash up or remix these sounds into something, please share …

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Heads, Gold Bikinis and Dance: More Remixed Subway Adverts

May 15th, 2008 by Jeff Simmermon

The previously mentioned lord and master of 21st-century New York subway graffiti is at it again. He’s started a Flickr page under the name “Poster Boy NYC” with a lot more images, but these are the ones I liked the best out of the current crop of new releases.


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