Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thank you New York

I didn't come back from my trip to New York with a job, an internship or a gold pencil. Instead, I gained a new perspective on University of Oregon's advertising program and the ad industry in general.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What they don't tell you about New York City

I went to New York City for the first time with 31 other students from the University of Oregon for the One Club student competition. We didn't win any awards but I discovered some amazing things in New York. Here are a few.Shopping carts are valued as much as bikes here. All sewer grates in NYC are imported from India. I can't imagine the cost of shipping and handling on these puppies.
The mannequins here think gang rape is okay.
Cats love to sit in baskets on the street here.

Scrunchie stands are giving souvenir shops a run for their money.

The movies don't lie. Dogs really do get tangled up with other dogs in Central Park, whether or not it ends in a romantic affair between the two owners is still in question.

Despite rumors, New Yorkers are friendly but the bushes there are not.

The Catador and Catiator survived NYC

I am happy to report that my new artkicks tackled New York City's streets with the same vigor as the warriors drawn on them.

Of course wearing kick-ass, custom drawn shoes is amazing, but the thing I didn't anticipate was how they would become a talking point on my trip. People started recognizing me in the elevator because of my shoes and reprimanded me for wearing my art in the rain.

The big take away here:
Strangers aren't afraid to talk to if you wear cool shoes. A special thanks to Evan Schultz for crafting these kittens.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

9 Big Ideas

An overview of my portfolio.