I had a great Ben Sherman overnight bag, but it just didn't hold up very well. Where the strap met the bag tore off, the handles frayed, it just looks dingy. What once started out as a great looking piece didn't age very well. So I've been on the lookout for a unique bag and I think I found it on Kickstarter. It's the Charlie by Vinted. In addition to the overnight bag, they have wallets, iPhone sleeves, backpacks, and brief cases. If I had $600 to spare I'd order one of each. For now, it's just the Charlie.
I don't know about you, but I've always been intrigued by the space shuttle. Can you imagine what it must be like to ride in that shuttle. I really wanted to be there for the final blast off Friday, but it didn't work out. So instead I watched the live stream and these amazing videos about different portions of the space program...
I travel a lot I think. I guess I don't know just how much compared to others, but in my post about last year (read it here) I outline the 10 countries and 52 cities from last year. This year has already been a busy one... Iowa, California, North Dakota, Vegas and last week St. Kitts & Nevis, next weekend Milwaukee. You get the idea. It takes a lot to stay coordinated and ready for whatever issues come up so I thought I'd share my favorite travel apps. Wether it's driving, flying, boats or busses, these are the apps I use to make sure I get their on time.
AutoPilot This is the app I can't live without. It lets you put in all your travel info (flights, hotels, etc) and keeps track of them for you and keeps you updated. It let me know American delayed my flight an hour and a half, and it did it an hour before the people at the gate would admit we were delayed. And it let me know my flight was cancelled before they announced it. I was able to call the 800 number through the app and rebook for the next morning. While 100's of other people waited in the one line to rebook in person I was already in my hotel room watching the Bulls game. It also shows images and weather for the city you're heading to, can't beat it.
Currency When you're traveling abroad it's impossible to try to do the currency conversions in your head. This app is always up to date and you just choose your currency, type in the amount and see it converted into any number of formats on the fly. I've even used it to show vendors they were wrong when they try to give me too little change.
Kayak When you need to rebook, you want to see all your options. I use the app for that more than anything else. I was stuck at MIA, I put in flights to ORD for the next morning and was able to see that Delta still had seats through ATL getting me in at noon. I had American book me on it at their cost versus having to take the next AA flight that didn't get me in until midnight the next day.
Driving Apps Trapster is great for known speed traps. GasBag lets me know where the best gas prices can be found. And should my Garmin go down, and my in dash GPS backup go down, I have CoPilot to get me where I need to go.
Those are the apps that dominate my travel life. For keeping entertained while traveling that's a whole different story.
I'm not one to post about years gone by or reflect back about things or whatever, but this past year was probably the most insane year of my life. I decided it was worth revisiting the good times, the changes, and the sad times in a little month by month breakdown. More so I can remember what happened than anything else. It was a busy one. 10 countries & 52 cities later here we are. January :: rung in the new year doing a shoot for Beck's with Mark Ronson February :: went to the winter Olympics in Vancouver March :: annual pilgrimage to Austin, TX April :: got engaged to a wonderful lady, Easter in Michigan, vegas trip with my friends May :: took a breather this month, no travel or big events June :: another month without much big news July :: Orlando for a project and Disney by myself, great week in Door County, first year back to Warped tour in Milwaukee August :: Found out I was leaving for tour 2 days before tour started which would inevitably change everything, went to... Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Bristow, Hartford, Hershey, Newark, Holmdel, Queens, Islip, Wantagh, Boston, Camden, Atlantic City, Virginia Beach, Cleveland September :: Also visited... Detroit, Toronto, Daytona Beach, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Tampa, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Chula Vista, LA, Wheatland, San Jose, Mountain View, and Irvine October :: Gudalajara, Mexico City, San José Costa Rica, Bogotá Columbia, Lima Peru November :: Quito Ecuador, Santiago Chile, São Paulo Brazil, Rio de Janiero Brazil, Porto Alegre Brazil, Buenos Aires Argentina, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emarites December :: I quit my job, my future brother & sister in law got married, and my grand father died
Up until this trip I'd only ever been to Juaréz Mexico to help build an orphanage (go check it out... TapestriesOfLife.org) so I was excited to go to some other cities. Guadalajara was fun. Mexico City was crazy. The crowd outside the hotel got rowdy after the boys came out to say hello and it was one of the most adrenaline pumping situations I've ever been in. The venue was cool and had a great backstage hang out area so I got some great shots. I've also been shooting from the barricade on this leg of the tour as the crowd is a little too intense for me to feel save and able to get the photos I need. It's cool because it's a different view of the show. I didn't have any time to shoot for fun in those 2 cities so there's no pics in this post, but there will be a ton coming up.
We got back on Sunday from a show in Puerto Rico and a show in Dominican Republic. Both were great, the energy was intense and the driver got lost on the way to the Dominican venue so we got to see a little bit of the town. Something I wish we got to do a little bit more often. There was little security on the floor in DR so I had to stand on chairs and shoot from the front which was different. I also had 2 people want to take my picture. Pretty sure they don't really know that I'm the lowly photographer who just hangs out with people they'd want photos of. I'm going to try to keep this a little bit more up to date this time around as we'll actually have a minute or two of down time in which to do that. Tomorrow we leave for the big leg of the South American tour. Hitting some cities I've always wanted to go to but never thought I could actually see. I couldn't be more excited and I'm just hoping that we have some down time to hang out. Here's the list of where we're heading, after that I'm not sure...
|10.23.10||Guadalajara , MX||Estadio 3 de Marzo||more info|
|10.24.10||Mexico City , MX||Foro Sol||more info|
|10.26.10||San José , CR||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá||more info|
|10.28.10||Bogotá , CO||Parque Simón Bolívar||more info|
|10.30.10||Lima , PE||Estadio Monumental||more info|
|11.1.10||Quito, Ecuador||Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa||more info|
|11.1.10||Quito, Ecuador||Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa||more info|
|11.4.10||Santiago , CL||Estadio Monumental||more info|
|11.6.10||São Paulo , BR||Associação Portuguesa de Desportos||more info|
|11.7.10||Rio de Janiero , BR||Est. Celio de Barros (Maracana Complex)||more info|
|11.10.10||Porto Alegre , BR||Ginásio Gigantinho||more info|
|11.13.10||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Estadio River Plate||more info|
Our first off day of the North American tour happened to be in a city who's modern art museum was hosting a Shepard Fairey exhibit. I went and scoped it out and felt strongly about it, wrote a blog post over and over again in my head, but never got the fingers to the keyboard to post it. I just finished watching "Exit Through The Gift Shop" and now I feel like I should post something about it.
So first, "Exit Through The Gift Shop" is FANTASTIC and I hope to host some watch parties some point before I leave for South America. One of my favorite things when I went to Paris for the first time was Invader's artwork around the city. Exit does a great job of highlighting street art and how one man's quest to document things lead to his own creation of those same pieces of art. How being so entrenched in that environment caused his personal creativity to flow to a point that he put everything on the line for success and people bought into it. Is it really that good, or were people actually brainwashed? In my personal opinion it's the latter, but that's the great thing about this style of art. Even if it's not your favorite thing to stop and look at, it adds something to the urban environment all around you in a subtle way that you don't even consciously realize. But in some way it adds a little bit of culture to an otherwise mundane commute, walk, train ride, or whatever you might be doing.
Now to the Shepard Fairey exhibit at the Cincinnati contemporary art museum. That just sucked. MBW might have tricked people into thinking what he was doing was actually art, but at least he did it in a compelling way. I've been a fan of Shepard's since before people even knew what Obey Giant was, but this was a bowing down to the traditional gallery way with artwork that has been revolutionary in its un-traditional display. Who needs to see Shepard's posters nicely framed and matted and on display on clean white walls, in rooms where nobody speaks and where I had to sneak photographs. That's not what street art is ment to be and that's now how it should be displayed. Whomever put together the Fairey exhibit should have taken a leap. Create a street scene. Give everyone a poster or a sticker when they pay to get in and give no instruction. Some people will keep it as a momento of the day. Others will stick it all around the exhibit. Creating a live piece of art that's constantly changing and is a real testament to what this street art is intended to be.