with growing up in skate/surf culture. Something thats always been in my interest has been the art of board design. Yeah its so flooded by these full bleed graphics on these modern boards. Im not into that. Something that always intrigued me was this hand made aspect of vintage surfboards. So why not blend those two worlds together,
Look out for it coming soon!
I grew up skateboarding. That's all I did. It was one of the things i had the most fun doing. Why would anyone wanna take that away?
This idea came to me when I was a kid. I always wished I could locate cops so I wouldn't get in trouble for skateboarding in the streets. I didn't want to get in trouble. I didn't want my parents to know. I didn't want my skateboard taken away or broken. [yes that has happened before] At the end of the day it comes down to the classic dispute cowboys vs indians, aka police vs skaters. But, wouldn't it be great if you can have this application community where you and millions others can post where they saw cops.
DEMO OF THE APPLICATION: [https://www.flinto.com/p/0eac6794]
THNK magazine was a concept originally designed by Mahalo Dono in the summer of 2011. [the "THNK" magazine project. take one.] The magazine was originally designed with the concept of showcasing artwork. The concept wasn't strong enough to live alone. Take two, started in the fall/winter of 2013. Starting with the concept.
For those that live the culture it's rare for someone to not know the bones brigade. They weremy just a huge inspiration to the skateboard culture but also to myself. What they have done has motivated me to keep moving forward. With that said here's a clip from the "bones brigade" documentary that keeps inspiring me to think outside of the box.
Stecyk, avoiding “team” and “skating” altogether, came up with the name “Bones Brigade.” At the time, skateboarding ads at the time were boring product shots and Stecyk wanted to create something absolutely new and different. In the words of Peralta, he wanted to, “Let the magazines show skateboarding. We show ideas and images.”
Inspiration is hard to come by for some people, but not for others.
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. Inspiration is everywhere for me. So I have an easy time coming up with ideas.
But I guess that comes with the way I choose to live my life. Realistic optimism, yep that's what I'll call it.
Sometimes you see something, seconds later you zone out. What is this moment? What makes us do this?
That moment in life, takes our inspiration to a new level. A moment that makes someone leave their own body to think about something more important.
Welcome to the mind of a "maniac".
Inspiration can be found through the past, the present, my surroundings and my imagination. The beauty of summer is inspiration by itself.
In November 2012, M.Dono began a time and sequence project. Showing time three ways: Actual, Implied and chronological. The project used a familiar subject, Musician Dan Harrison. M.Dono and Dan Harrison have previously collaborated on several different occasions from CD sleeve designs, concert posters, t-shirt designs, prints and a guitar case design ddpiece. This time together they filmed a a music video for "Out of the Question" by Dan Harrison that would be inspired by a print by M.Dono from 2009. (duet: action image capture.)
The first one being implied time. In this version. The idea was captured by three sole images. shot from the same pose and position. The imaged were cropped and fused together in one photo. The image would act as the poster for this implied release. The first image, would be before the shave. The second, directly after the shave. The third, minutes after the shave.
The second being chronological. This one more than the rest was inspired by the 2009 print. shot from a different angle then the original print and fusing nine images instead of six. This version was made into a cd sleeve to holster the single of "Out of the Question."
The final installment to this project would be actual time. This would be a actual time video (with a twist) for "Out of the Question". The music video was shot at full frame, when finished (halfway through the song) the video would play backwards from ending to beginning. In the end we see Dan Harrison shave, then unshaven. Something in the real world that would in fact be out of the question.
Last year someone in one of my classes showed me this video. Incredibly done. Clever. Makes the viewer want to keep watching even after it ends. Not many things these days make me keep my full attention on something for too long but, when I find something, I find it a need to share.
song: "Lights and Music" by Cut Copy. 2008.
I have this one picture framed on my desk. Despite my mood, it motivates me to push my dreams as far as I can make them go each and everyday. What's this picture? It's a picture of the late and great Joe Strummer of the Clash with one of his quotes, "you can't rush art, baby."
This picture has been on my desk from when I came up with the original vision of nationincorporated back in 2007.
It's not about rushing to create a product I'm not happy with. It's about making it perfect. That's the plan.
So, 2013, marks year six of nationincorporated and marks the year the release. The ideas of nationincorporated may have evolved in those six years and gained inspirations by past theory's, wwii, and the unexplained. Which makes it a perfect story.
WWII took from 1939-1945 to complete. Six years. nationincorporated took from 2007-2013 to complete. Six years.
To all the fans, supporters, friends, family, anyone who has listened to my ideas, helped me with the original plans, ideas, prints, silk screens, the people wearing the promotional release shirts. Thank you all so much and I look forward to the final release in these next few months.
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