No Grits No Glory.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Do you remember Saturday Morning Cartoons? If you were born into a world of ubiquitous Internet and television networks devoted solely to cartoons, you should consider yourself very lucky, youngster. Back in the day (like all the way until the ’90s), nothing used to beat Saturday Morning Cartoons. I remember waking up early in my Spiderman pajamas, grabbing a bowl of cereal and milk, and checking out.
Check out the video below.
Once you get to the top, the last thing you want to hear is that the "Top" isn't quite as high as you first thought. In fact, there is no "Top." It was all an illusion.
The world is changing faster than ever. Change is the only thing that is guaranteed in life. And yet, we still fear it...
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thunder, Thunder, Thunder Cats, Ho!!
Do you Remember Thundercats? I loved this show with a passion as a kid. I liked He-man, but Thundercats had it on lock with the dope animation and ever better storylines. The show starred CATS!!.... Really.... CATS!!! Do you know hard it is to make boys ever love a show about cats? It's very hard to do.
Also the toys were arguably advanced for the time. Maybe, because compared to He- man toys, they had more money or something. Most of the Thundercat toys came with small plastic levers that caused their arms to make a wave up and down motion, perfect for sword slashes and fist smashes. The levers were great for knocking over inferior toys (He-man) and whacking the earlobes of unexpecting cousins and friends.
If you dont remember, check out the intro below.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Fall is here in Houston, but you couldn't tell by the "oven-hot" temperature. It's morning time and children are on their way to school. Looking out of my window, it seems like it is going to be a good day. So, here is a sneak peak of things to come from the desk of yours truly.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Now, I will be first to say that I am sorry to hear about the closing of any institiution that serves the people by providing the community with diversity and art. And, if I had a say, I would want both institutions to keep serving our community for a long time to come. But, I dont have a say. Most of us don't, nor do we have any controlling interest in those companies. So, I feel there should be more willingness to embrace change. Is it easy? NO. Change never is, but neither is resistance.
Over the last couple of years, we have gotten plenty of "burning bushes" telling of what's to come, yet we keep fighting it. So, I am proposing that, today, you do something different. Embrace this change with openness, as uneasy as you may feel. And, look at all the untapped resources before you, of which you can take advantage.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Do you Remember a book titled, "Scary Stories to tell in the Dark?" I always wondered who came up with the wonderful idea to make these books. I can see it now; A bunch of publishers sitting around a long table discussing the possibilities of the next big issue to drop next season.
While they sit there pondering, one person stands up and yells, "I got it."
"Let put together a collection of the scariest stories on earth?"
"Who is our market?" another publisher asks.
Then there is quiet over the room ... and he replies, "Really little kids."
Everyone looks on in amazement. "Perfect"
Cue the "Dr. Evil" music.
A couple of weekends ago, I was at my parents' and found some of these books. They reminded me of all the stuff we were scared of as a kid. During this time, there was Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Pet Cemetery and It. They all scared the shit out of me then. Hell, I don't like clowns to this day. Even though I was scared, the excitement and suspense made the experience all worth it. It was like watching a car wreck or starting your own business, curiosity about the mysterious and the unknown keeps us staring. Keeps us on our grind. So, here is a solute to that which created my appetite for all things scary. Thank you, "Scary Stories to tell in the Dark."
Monday, August 16, 2010
Meet Joonbug from Fresh Kaufee Clothing. The shirt are so dope they smell like coffee!
Kiddrae representin Centre & kiddrae254 and Mike Remix Remixlabel.
Fur Face Boy is another brand coming up really fast. Trust me this is a label to lookout for.
Shogun store (Fort Worth) is dope too.Showing off The Chattabox zine.
And I cant forget about my good friends at Loyal K*N*G. Cleaning up as usual!
We had a good time in D-town. Free Drinks Free Tacos (Yeah I said tacos). Back to the H. I love being a TEXAN!!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
For better or worse, I believe that now it is easier than it has ever been to do what you love.
Why wait for opportunities to come to you when you can create them for yourself?
Life is too short not to do something that makes a difference. Life is too short to be talking and not doing. Life is too short to be asleep at the wheel. Life is too short not to find happiness. Life is too short not to become the person you were born to be.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Do you remember Voltron? Honestly, if it weren't for Voltron, my generation would have no idea what a team is. Really, the show taught us that five people united in one cause can be stronger than one. What other show could convinced nerds to take on the school bully? What other show could tell us that 5 mechanized lions were useless in comparison to a humongous sword wielding robot? Without Voltron there would be no Wu-Tang? No Digital underground? No Hot Boys? ...Well maybe not the Hot boys, but you get the idea.
As for those who don't know, I wont chastise you . Here is a quick synopsis: Voltron is a TV show about a super force of space explorers each with their own robot lion. Each episode, each person would attempt to fight the main bad guy. After facing the prospect of actually losing the battle, they would decide to band together to become the giant robot.
So one lesson from the TV show is; Why bother trying doing everything by yourself? It's so simple. Just stay in Voltron form guys.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Yo, Josh you are next!!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Actually, that's not true at all. Great vision and insight are always met with "resistance." When you start making progress you will be met with more resistance. It does not matter how you choose to make that progress, whether it's in your career, product or service, the "Forces of Mediocrity" will be there to try to stop you.
If it were any other way, it would be too easy. And, if it were easy, nobody would value your work. So, it's very clear to me now; Without the "Forces of Mediocrity" trying to keep you from moving forward, progress would hardly be worth the journey. Stay Persistent.
No Grits No Glory
Friday, August 6, 2010
Throughout our graphics and general branding, you’ll typically see references to handpainted typography or design. I have always been fascinated by the connection between advertising and art. The latter is a major element in the world of selling — its the face of a company’s product. It is the creatives: graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, etc. — who are charged with creating the visual identities of corporations like Apple and Starbucks.
So when I watched The documentary titled Up There, it got me thinking a lot about design. The film takes a look at the dying art of hand-painted advertisements through the stories of a group of New York painters. As someone who loves art I often yearn for a little bit more genuine craft to return to the industry. This was a nice reminder that it does still exist somewhere.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
4. P. Gritty
3. Mr. StirGood
Now (Drum roll please) the winner of the contest is Steven Ospina from Queens, New York with
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Do you remember Hit Stix? If you grew up in the 80's, you might remember: the toy that let you play drums without actually playing drums. Okay, I'll stop the nostalgia and move to explaining this contraption.
The toy featured a pair of rubber tipped drum sticks that cabled to a battery powered amp. Clip the amp to your belt and simply shake the sticks in the air to get a white noise snare-ish sound. (note: I didn’t know any 8-year-olds who wore belts – not sure about you). And the beauty of it was that you didn't actually have to hit the sticks against anything, but where's the fun in that?
Anyway, I always wanted the toy until a friend of mine got it and after trying it I realized how boring it actually was. I mean, sure it might have been better with the batteries in, but check out the commercial for yourself after the jump.
So, who wants in to start a band with me? All we need is Autotune. Now we can take over the world.
Monday, August 2, 2010
For those who missed out on the zine... I figured why let me have all the fun. So here is some propaganda to put up around your schools and neighborhoods. Download PDF Here!
If you're looking for the new Grits shirt, don't worry! I'll have the new tees, with two new additions released on my web store soon! Also, be sure to watch my twitter and facebook to be the first to know! And if you missed our newest commercial check out the last blog post below. PZ.
Thanks to Raza رضا Kazimi for the picture.