Monday, 6 September 2010

Closed Circuit Nation

One of the most unnerving things about walking anywhere in the United Kingdom, is the fact that no matter where you go: YOU ARE BEING WATCHED.

I find this amusing, as the UK has more CCTV Cameras anywhere else in the world! (and that includes the United States!)

It is also particularey disturbing that the term, 'Big Brother is watching you' from the book '1984' was written by a BRITISH person called George Orwell. In fact, oppressive police states are referred to as 'Orwellian'.

Thankfully, now I live in the Netherlands, and I only tend to see these CCTV cameras at places I would expect to; at Banks, train stations, and general retail fact the only CCTV that come to mind is the one that is at my local Coffeeshop Zanzi, (and even then the sign for it is still bigger than the camera!)

Thursday, 19 August 2010

T-shirt designs, defined by the Idea of Celebrity

Reggie's T-shirts should be out within a few months hopefully, so spread the word!
This product is mainly to be sold through network sharing!
Thats right its for all you people on BookFace and SpaceMy!
So, if alot of you like the designs and want to walk around with them on your torso, I could earn some sort of living, and finally buy more things I need to create more awesome art for you all...
You see its a Win-win for everybody involved.
Except maybe famous people themselves: the theme is an amused look into the world of the celebrity!
We had a tight flexible brief with tight colour pallet. 5 of us 'fellow chosen designers' worked intensively for a week producing various designs and most were not used.

Here are just a few. I have posted the first two images in the colours I would have personally chosen. I think the last image is © Reggie as it was the chosen one.

The life of a Celebrity

Apirations of Greatness

Britain's Got Talent it seems.

Tittikaka takes a trip to North Korea

Welcome to the most isolated country on earth.
A lonely country that has not changed much through the years...its main goal is still the idea of complete self reliance from the outside world...
We are greeted by the self proclaimed 'eternal president' Kim Il Sung, in the form of a 20 metre bronze statue, erected in 1972.
While traveling through the highways, one notices a lack of cars, busses and even bicycles.
You will also be hard pressed to find any people in the rural areas...
Much of the time the sky is a depressing overcast blanket, with melancholy shades of grey.
Every single personal decision is controlled by the Worker's Party of the D.P.R.K. (the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea).
The city-centre of Pyongyang, the countries only capital city is amass with Brutalist concrete structures in various states of disrepair. One of the countries main natural resources is concrete...and here its used for everything. A true socialist paradise, there is no working electricity and they suffer from constant power shortages.
In the distance we can see the disturbingly tall and unfinished brutalist pyramid that resembles something some super villain might build if he only had limited materials and labour.
This evil monstrosity is called the Ryugyong Hotel, and it is a major embarrassment even for North Koreans who air brush it from photographs, and just plain ignore it when giving tours of Pyongyang.
This last image represents something positive to me at least. The people of North Korea seem so desperate to be reunited with the South. Even if this is not in the way they expect it to be with the DPRK, or through complete self reliance. I am sure once they are together they will be finally grateful and happy, even if it's without the guidance of their beloved Worker's Party and Dear Leader Kim Jong Ill.

Some of the Artwork displayed is available to buy from ArtImport, who specialises in Communist Propaganda posters and artwork. There are alot of very cool and striking images available here and is well worth a look see.

You can also book your own 'Holiday' to Northern Korea, full of fun sight seeing, with a healthy dose of propaganda, through the DPNK's very own website. Its a very interesting read, in itself...

Friday, 15 January 2010

Tittikaka is Writing a Children's Book.......for Adults of Course!

I'm busy at work on my latest big self made project for my final year at college.

Can you guess what its all about?

Here are some TEASERS...

This book takes you on a 'Psychedelic Journey"
Through the drug alphabet
In a style that echoes A.A. Milne and Dr. Seuss:

from Acid to Zolpidem,

Learn as much about these substances as your little young minds can handle.

for adult children of all ages

Side effects include: Confusion , Sedation and Intense Junky-fits of Laughter...