Mar 30, 2008

OBEY Death

I love that image found at Flickr, in the Pop Art pool of imagery.


This is my favourite pick from JordiMartelli's graffiti collection on Flickr. These images are also part of the Wooster Collective, which is worth a visit. Amazing street art stuff is archived over there.

Mar 29, 2008


5 Things You Can Do To Protect The Earth
The average American generates about 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year from home energy use and personal transportation, and from the energy it takes to produce the products and services we consume. There are steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint and to keep our earth healthy. But we all must do our part. The science is clear; we can no longer stand aside and not take action to help solve the crucial issue of Global Warming, which threatens significantly our entire lives.
WWF Australia says that if the greenhouse gas reduction achieved during last year's Earth Hour was sustained for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking 48,616 cars of the road for the same length of time.
Here are 5 steps ONE can take to Help Protect Earth:
  1. Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs produce, as much air as regular incandescent light bulbs but ,last ten times as long, and use just a quarter of the energy.
  2. Turn off lights and appliances when you’re not using them. This not only helps the Planet, but will save money on electric bills.
  3. Reduce what you consume, Re-use what you use, and Recycle the rest.Producing new products from recycled materials saves 70 to 90 % of the energy and pollution that would result-- if the product came from non-recycled materials. You can save a good-sized tree by recycling a stack of newspapers only 4 feet
  4. Turn your heat down 2 degrees in the winter and your air conditioning up 2 degrees in the summer. This simple step could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
  5. Cut down on the number of miles you drive each day by carpooling, walking, biking, or taking public transportation. Driving just 10 miles less each week would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year!


On Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. Do, TURN OFF YOUR LIGHTS!!! Make a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour for one hour on the 29th evening (at 8 your local time)-- until 9 pm -- to promote electricity conservation; thus, contribute in lowering carbon emissions. Earth Hour 2007 was a Sydney event. Earth Hour 2008 is a global movement. Created by the World Wildlife Fund, WWF in Sydney, in 2007, Earth Hour has grown, in one year, from an event in one city to a global movement. [A partnership was formed in August 2006 between WWF-Australia's Andy Ridley, Leo Burnett's Nigel Marsh and Fairfax Media's Phil McLean with a planned campaign launched early 2007.] In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organisations, in nearly 200 cities [24 global cities including Dubai] around the globe, seem ready to turn out for Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis; simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby. So, if you care about your Planet and want to play a part in helping to fight climate change, Turn out for Earth Hour! For One Hour!
In a country, where electricity hardly reaches anyone, supporting Global Warming through EARTH HOUR is as easy as it gets...
Lebanon, ONLY, has ONE Business supporter [Cedars for Care Beirut] & TWO individuals, Sugar Pop & Ocean, along with two dogs [Huggy & Sugar] SUPPORTING Earth Hour; whereas... 12 hours b4 EARTH HOUR kicks off: 277, 715 people from around the world have signed in so far; aside of the 19, 740 businesses that joined...
How ABSURD is THAT??..
& Earth Hour Momentum is still Building up...
If you feel some compassion towards home, Mother Earth, Sign up herefor Earth Hour 2008 before 8PM. But Hey, Keep your good habits all through your Life!
& Don't forget to Switch off @ 8PM your local time.

Calvin & Hobbes: Insight into the Mind

Bill Watterson's 'Calvin & Hobbes' are one of the most delightful cartoon creations...ever. My favourite comic strips, wonderful as, Calvin & Hobbes never stop getting into trouble; and I can never get tired of Calvin & Hobbes. The six-year old kid and his stuffed tiger are always faced with obstacles, getting into weird and wonderful situations; from his folks to the teacher, their stories are always full of creativity and the kind of humour that makes u laugh and go the same time... Where would Calvin be without Hobbes? His ever present animal companion... Calvin is the very model of childhood innocence, imagination, and such inquisitive little kid. With crazy and outlandish imagination, he raves on philosophical, socio-political, and psychological matters, where Hobbes tends to chip in with wonderfully dry comments. The result is witty, funny, visually inventive, and pleasurably thoughtful. Hobbes often talks using comically long words and articulate terms well. There are other characters who appear too, notably his neighbour Susie. She is the polar-opposite of Calvin; serious and well mannered.
If you like Calvin & Hobbes and for anyone not familiar with Calvin and Hobbes, I recommend ALL of Bill Watterson's strip books. Watterson won the 1986 Reuben Award as Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. "The Calvin and Hobbes: Tenth Anniversary Book" features commentaries from the man himself, as Watterson narrates 'Calvin and Hobbes' making of and the inspiration behind it. He writes about the struggles he's had with them and discusses the pressures faced to commercialise them more. It's loaded with Insights into Modern Culture. Otherwise, & BEST Buy, The Whole Box Set; Enjoy a wonderful Insight into the Mind.

Mar 24, 2008

Olympicuffed games

Art can be a powerful tool for raising social awareness. A statement about the upcoming Olympic games of Beijing by Ronald Wigman from Red Bubble art gallery & online creative community. Available on T-shirts too, for some 24 bucks. I want One...Too...More...5...
Perfectissimo creative approach!

Love & Hate

Oh that artist!!...Loved his Art... He's on Red Bubble online creative community, with one hell of a creative display... Wow! So good, so It! The bull's-eye artsy poppy stuff, i'd go for! Hats off to Glen, the No Sprills* Artist from Waguland...

Mar 23, 2008

Blah Blah Wishes

Have posted 36 000 bunnies to say it in one shot, at once, for all of you out there, to all my acquaintances, sincerely and out loud: Happy Easter! So I don't have to keep on singin' 'It' the whole day, like an old scratched track... But apparently, there is no way of escaping these socialites blah blastic formulas... God... How much Blah blah a day is filled with... & one way, only ONE way to escaping the inescapable, which is... to Live it... Solo mode...
Artwork Laurina Paperina



A Voice that could Stop Wars

ONE Achingly Beautiful NIGHT IN BEIRUT's Music Hall
Tunisian-born singer and oud virtuoso Dhafer Youssef’s hypnotic, Sufi-inspired music, which connects the ancient with the modern, the East with the West in an enticing coalescence of culture, dropped by Beirut for one dazzling night. The kind of gig you watch and pray would never end, charged with such magic that you knew it would leave its mark, move you, change you... He managed to put a smile of Wonderment on my face, which seems to last forever... Dhafer Yousef... One of the most interesting artists alive. I believe I was lucky to be in that enchanted Music Hall. The atmosphere was so electric; a genius of contamination in fact! I got transported, for an hour or so, to another level. This man is without doubt one of the most moving and spirited vocalist that I have ever heard or had the pleasure to see and meet live. Cuz I met him at the end of his gig, hugged him, thanked him for that awesome night that brought back hope to my city; yep indeed, “a voice that could stop wars;” and I promised him that we will meet again..

Mar 19, 2008


Lunettes noires, pour nuits blanches et petit déjeuner dopant....Ça c'est une vie en technicolor!


"Je suis comme les autres..Et j'ai le droit de me tromper comme tout le monde, TRANQUILLEMENT, sans avoir à faire un examen de conscience à chaque fois..."

Mar 16, 2008



Love & War

Bomb, Barriers of Love & War graphed on Beirut's walls Came across these Wall Art Tags surfing the 'weewee' Wild Web... Found them Lovely, Loud & Fully-Loaded of War memories. These tags act as a reminder of a mentality still deeply anchored in many Lebanese minds, which seem to be setting the stage for another skirmished round, with their rancorous spirit building barriers and putting wicked bitter sentiments at the forefront. These graffitis are one good metaphor of all the ingredients that pilled up & triggered back in 1975 an angry thunder on my country. Today, it seems that not much has been learned from the past, not much has been altered in the mentalities--even the new generation has been contaminated with hate, intolerance, and the poisonous confessional sticky-deadly virus. May Peace prevail!... The featured Street Art Graffiti from Beirut, are archived on one interesting blog from Lebanon, worth a surf; it is dubbed as A Diamond's Eye View

Mar 8, 2008

Streets R all URZ!!

Here are some graffiti artworks I shot couple of days ago under the Quaranteen bridge, in TOXICITY Beirut.

Mar 4, 2008

Find your Taste

Copyrighted material- All rights reserved
Nothing digital in here, rather two collages remixed by Sugar Pop A.k.a Gaya [aka ME]; published by Artlounge Gallery in Beirut, only 5 visuals of each, were printed and sold. The originals, of all the 'colgirl' stuff -- work she labeled as ''cut n' stick'-re-played-re-scratched stories''-- remain at Artlounge's closet, waiting 'The TIK Time' when all Gaya's collage will be unveiled in her bubbly playground..
"'Laissons le temps au temps, il sait bien faire les choses.... Ou du moins, il en a tout l'air......"

Mar 3, 2008

Kobain leaving terra firma

"Kurt Cobain" - acrylic and pen on paper - 15x20 cm - 2007 An Illustration of grunge musician legend, Kurt Cobain's suicidal act [April 1994] by Italian artist Laurina Paperina.
Kurt Cobain was the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Seattle-based rock band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana in 1987 with Krist Novoselic. Within two years, the band became a fixture of the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene. In 1991, the arrival of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" marked the beginning of a dramatic shift of popular rock music away from the dominant genres of the 1980s (glam metal, dance-pop etc.) and toward grunge and alternative rock. The music media eventually awarded the song "anthem-of-a-generation" status, and, with it, Cobain was labeled a "spokesman" for Generation X. During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with drug addiction and the media pressures surrounding him and his wife, Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead in his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. In ensuing years, the circumstances of his death became a topic of fascination and debate. For more on the investigation into the events surrounding the death of musician Kurt Cobain, visit: A for the tribute to Kurt Cobain and the Memorial Project to honour Kurt and Nirvana, log on to: Kurt Cobain Memorial

Mar 2, 2008

The largest world prison

Reporters Without Borders’ Beijing 2008 campaign was released in the French newspaper Libération and on 'Reporters sans Frontières' website. Since China will be hosting the Olympic Games next August, Reporters without Borders rolled out a campaign asserting, "China is the largest world prison for freedom of expression defenders." Many celebrities who have endorsed RSF's campaign (French actress Carole Bouquet among a handful of other prominent figures) are being photographed by Jean-François Robert wearing the "Beijing 2008" T-shirt condemning China's stance vis-à-vis human rights issues. The Beijing 2008 campaign T-shirt is on sale for €25 or $30, and is not made in China, mind you, but got printed in France.
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