Surf Incubator

Started on an awesome environmental solutions and awareness gig at Surf Incubator in downtown Seattle, a short skate to Pioneer Square. Loving it!

Surf Incubator Lobby
Surf Incubator Lobby

Seattle is amazing! Such an excellent place to be for a young professional/musician. Played music tonight with a great friend, and omg we sounded so good together, just singing our hearts out! Talked about playing out, we’ll just have to see where it goes, but in the meantime, I am thanking Santa and the Universe for my good fortune with my latest client, and it’s for the health of our Planet Home to heck yeah. Peace.

Surf Incubator Logo
Surf Incubator Logo

Christmas Idea

Here is a sweet idea, not original, but we could level up. I’m just trying to to run with it, and hype it.

How can we give help to our fellow humans in need as a Christmas gift?

I know we want all our stuff, and um, we also have to help all these people– right? and I’m not saying just give them money. I’m saying let’s build profitable industry to help them, that will create jobs, and hype goodwill and brotherhood into our ethos. Flex it promote it, hype it get involved and take figuring out how to do it on. Be interested, make this issue part of our regular routine of priorities. We are totally all in this together.

There are so many people in need. Here in Seattle alone there are copious homeless people all over the place. Sleeping in bus stops, doorways, wrapped in blankets standing on the sidewalk. Staying warm in the library and Starbucks, etc.

Take this theme of “Helping Our Fellow Humans” get on their feet in a way that they want to, to hackathons. Make MEMEs, post them, care. I know there are tons of caring people who do a lot, let’s keep organizing and keep attracting investment around this. The more of us that commit just 3% of our attention to this industry, I’m not even calling it a cause because industry is more powerful, and profitable and in our current economic system industry is how things get done.

Thanks for reading, Merry Christmas! We’re doing great, let’s keep it up!

Artistic Christmas Tree - Open Clip Art
Artistic Christmas Tree – Open Clip Art

We Have to Help Them!

This morning, just now I went downstairs to take down the recycling, and there is this man in his sleeping bag with his back up against the car port of our apartments camped out and just waking.

I live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

We have to help these people, this is some spooky sh****T. These are the things that really matter. Let’s just launch ONE government/ business sponsored campaign at a time. Just ONE. And succeed at it, and we can go from there. This one could be to help these people off the street in a humane fashion. Expand your mind, it can be PROFITABLE……expand the definition of the word ‘profitable’.

The design and activation can be a fun contest with prizes. Think of the copious- jobs this program will create. And all the fun graphics and branding and PSAs we can flex our talents creating…… What!?

Open sourced design creative commons license bring the whole family do something awesome that will help all of us, because when profuse humans are camping out on the streets, it ain’t good for none of us.

Can I get an Amen.

#Np: Gangstah Rap, Notorious B.I.G.

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Have a really nice day everyone. Be grateful you have a comfy bed. And if you don’t, be strong, you will soon <3

Blink 182 at Key Arena & Impressions

The Blink 182 show was amazaVIBES!

I didn’t have a ticket but I showed up outside and when the doors would open huuuge clouds of BLINK VIBES wooshed out into the patio of Key Arena in Seattle Center. The Mariners were playing last night too, and I was at SafeCo drumming when my buddy the ginger pedicab driver told me about the show. I’m pumped that I hit up the Blink 182 show. Not to be missed, oh no.

Then this morning I was checking out the show on the Instagram feed, it really tied together my random outside encounters with the whole picture. Like this kid who was pretty upset for being “the only one who got kicked out for crowd-surfing” He wanted to send a message to his friend inside using my facebook acct. I guess his phone was still inside. I couldn’t help because my droid is a hot spot only device. And there was no Wifi outside the show.

I saw the same crowd from the stage this morning on Instagram, and of course as they emptied out into Seattle Center I was in it, I wanted a shirt, but the merch tables were all inside and guarded pretty fiercely– I guess. Enough to keep me away at least, as it were.

Seattle Music Collage by: Anna Thoreau
Seattle Music Collage by: Anna Thoreau Vive la Revolucion!

Heck Yeah Blink Lit Up Seattle Center with their fans and and electric current pumping out of the the Key Arena. I encountered many crowds last night, and pedicab drivers. Seattle was poppin, it was good bike riding. And…

There are a lot of people that live on the street here in Seattle. Copious sidewalk campers, and hella tent villages. It’s actually….. yeah. We have to help them. Ideas and Activation. There are madd resources. The Gates Foundation is here, and so much more. This morning I was riding around in Occidental Square— I have a crash spot in Pioneer Square so I can be out and about downtown (quite possibly my fav part of the city) hella early– and, there was a free outside store event in the Square with all these clothes and bananas and bedding, and such– nice stuff. And good branding and signage. No doubt a well funded community event, I rolled up and was like ‘sweet jackets on that rack’. But the line was all around the square. And the vibe was a little spooky too. So I kept moving. But yea, MUCH need here, much help and further to go…

And then this morning at Zeitgeist coffee, this brother was standing outside the cafe screaming, first we couldn’t see him, then he came into view. It was so early at that point that I could imagine practically seeing a big black dragon, filling half the street that he was screaming at. And then he moved on, and croissants were served and the beat goes on. We’re all in this together, this is how your garden grows.

Does Live Art Have to be Experienced Live?

I just moved to Seattle and I’m working with a friend who’s curating a live week long art show starting the first week of August, and I’m pumped to see it come together…. It’s all happening Aug 4-27 @ SOIL gallery.

The performance series runs August 5-7, 11am-11pm, with the themes Body, Risk, and Future. The gallery will host a noontime meal each of the three days, after which will be discussions, based on the day’s theme. In the afternoons and evenings are a full schedule of performances.

Does Live Art Have to be Experienced Live? Poster
Does Live Art Have to be Experienced Live? Seattle Happening Aug. 4-27 @SOIL

I’m planning on having a blast doing some docu-photography during the grandiose event festivities. Live Art is risky, it is in the moment, it can be unpredictable, inspirational, and confrontational, should be some unexpected.

The exhibition continues for the month of August. Some pieces will develop from the performances of the opening weekend. They all explore alternative ways of documenting Live Art. How do these documentary artworks illuminate the original performance? The questions are asked to explore what’s wrapped up in Live Art, from the making of a performance, to the experience in the moment, and the reaction that comes afterwards. Schedule & Performance info here.

And I’m having an amazing time exploring the city in a find housing montage. I have a good feeling though, and I found the dopest Coffee House across the street from an open mic that’s every Sat. night, that’s tomorrow. Scoping out the busking sitch as well.

buskers
checkin out the busking sitch

There’s also a free music festival, Tuf fest this weekend. I love this city, it’s fresh, and I miss my friends & my cat Cosmic. And I’m really happy with the new buds here, and friends that live here. Peace.

Wall of 100 Makers

Word the internet massive.

This is a really special installation, from the art to the concept of activation to the artists, makers, and inventors that were lucky enough to be included, to the city that they represent to the Civilla fellows that brought it to life, to the start-up that made it possible: Romina Hausmann and Rachael Carson are the main founders and designers of the art installation, and are currently in development for an even bigger venue in Detroit for the unique group exhibition.

“The Wall of 1oo Makers” is an awesome artistic 3D experience on display for the next four weeks at Civilla Detroit, check it out if you get a chance starting on Monday June 6th, 440 Burroughs in Midtown.

Wall of 100 Makers
Wall of 100 Makers

I have a painting in the show and my friend Amy has a cool wood-cutout made from a re-purposed skateboard deck.

Here’s another pic from the opening. The show opened at Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit on the same day that Startup Week kicked off, good times, there sure is a lotta amazing cooking up out of Detroit, just sayin.

Amy Hang & Anna Thoreau at the opening of "Wall of 100 Makers"
Amy Hang & Anna Thoreau at the opening of “Wall of 100 Makers”