When Will We Return?

The truth is I don’t know. I DO know that this site and its interviews and articles will live on forever. SO was strong for four years – it has much life left.

The truth is I don’t know. I DO know that this site and its interviews and articles will live on forever. SO was strong for four years – it has much life left.

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Seth Olenick & ‘Funny Business’ — On The Side, They’re Just Normal People

Back when I was in the cubicle-land of the gainfully employed, I found one of the nicest things about a steady paycheck was being able to pay my bills and be a productive member of society. What fun is that? No, what I particularly enjoyed was being able to give more money to creative projects, to be able to monetarily help the artists I most wanted to support. Kickstarter has made this even easier, for both artists and their audience, and Seth Olenick‘s massive photography book, Funny Business, was one of the first projects for which I happily forked over cash. The book features over 200 photos of comedians, particularly those comics in the so-called “alt-comedy” scene, who have helped shape the face of comedy over the past 20 years. We spoke with Seth about crowdfunding, Dave Hill‘s audio commentary for Funny Business, Seth’s own comedy roots, and how comedians are people too.

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Playful & Pretty: An Interview With Artist Soosan Joon Silanee

Soosan Joon Silanee is a fantastic, smile promoting artist in NYC. Her illustrations go down so smooth, a Shel Silverstein/Dr. Seuss blend with a dash of fashion and a sophisticated, playful back. So good. Some artists shy away from letting their work be a representation of their personality, but Soosan thrives at letting each piece show a piece of herself, be it an object, a head nod or passion – her work never feels labored, it feels loved. I talked with Soosan about the biggest inspiration in her life, her mother, her love of fashion and for good measure, a little Stephen Colbert.

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A Quick Chat With Artist Andreas Nitschke

Serial Optimist gets more artist submissions than I can count each day, and when we choose to feature one, it’s not just because we like the art, it’s because of the words and passion in which the artist speaks. Featuring artists from other countries is always a highlight, maybe because their English isn’t that great mixed with the descriptive madness of how they describe their work. Meet German artist Andreas Nitschke, a “modern corpse-robber but with a very human background.” How could we ignore someone with such an ardent description of himself? We couldn’t. Read on to see a curated selection of the artists’ favorite collages and a conversation that is at the very least… strange and entertaining.

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Interview With Photographer Darren Ankenman

I’ve been a fan of photographer Darren Ankenman for a few years now. I didn’t know much about him, but after he did a stellar shoot with the band Other Lives, who are hometown pals of mine, I knew then I wanted to do a feature on him in some way. He’s an amazing photographer that shoots musicians, models, bands and portraits and is just an in-demand dude who deserves every bit of it. He’s the kind of artist I don’t need to throw a list of adjectives at you to describe, his work does that for him. We put together a gallery of our favorite  Darren Ankenman photographs, and then asked him to pick a handful of his favorites, all as a side dish to a great conversation. Enjoy the shots and the words, Darren is all-time.

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Photographer Leigh Righton Spent 72 Hours At The Vancouver Comedy Fest With Marc Maron, Matt Braunger & Brendon Walsh

For me, a photographer’s job is equal parts documentarian and storyteller, capturing the essence of a particular moment or creating one within their frame. Despite my roots shooting live music, for the majority of my career I have focused on the latter. When I was getting started in photography, I would often stage elaborate studio shoots, but more recently, I have enjoyed stripping away the exaggerated props and sets I used to rely on, to shoot portraits that connect the viewer to the subject in a more intimate way. Working in a studio, you can plan your moves, control and manipulate the lighting to explore your creative vision, and pose and direct your subjects. This is where I am most comfortable, and the opposite of what I was doing at the Vancouver Comedy Festival.

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Classic Children’s Books Starring ‘Parks & Recreation’ Characters!

Artist Jennifer Lewis is creating prime “Parks and Recreation” delight over at Flavorwire. We love all things Parks and Rec, but we are obsessing over these classic children’s books featuring all your favorite Parks characters. Swanson With a Chance of Meatballs? I’m going to wish so hard all day that each of these become real books! Check some out after the jump and go over to Flavorwire for the full set.

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Tamar Levine’s ‘Twenty-Two Date Palm Way’

One of our favorite photographers, Tamar Levine (who we chatted with a few months ago and fell in love with), just put out a video that is in every single shot just beautiful. There’s a certain type of photographer that has the eye to create a story out of a single shot, and these types of photographers usually go on to become great directors, and great displayers of visual artistry. Tamar Levine is that kind of photographer. Her short video, “Twenty-Two Date Palm Way,” is a stylized, eerie and provoking video that gives great insight into the bright future of Levine. Check it out below.

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Movie Hipster Kits

French filmaker, graphic designer and all around way talented artists Alizée Lafon has a created a killer set of “hipster kits.” They are movie and television shows posters in a minimal style that are clean and crisp. “Mad Men,” Moonrise Kingdom and more, they are all, as the French would say, fou, tout simplement magnifique.

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Sign-Feld Doing ‘Seinfeld’ Pretty

Really in love with the simplistic and perfectly “Seinfeld” quote-curated posters over at Sign-Feld. Nice design plus some of the best “Seinfeld” quotes equals a great addition to any space you frequent. Who couldn’t help but smile every time you are reminded of George’s “THE OCEAN CALLED THEY’RE RUNNING OUT OF SHRIMP!” Check out the super stellar posters below then head on over Sign-Feld and get that purchase on!

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WOW! So in love with the super fun art by Jenny Parks. Jenny is a scientific illustrator and a “shameless nerd,” which makes her pretty much shoot to the top of my list of “I-desperately-want-to-be-best-friends-with-you.” She has a penchant for drawing animals, dinosaurs, imaginary creatures…..and occasionally, people as cats. All of her work is just big smiles, and if you don’t love it YOU’RE MADE OF STONE (sad face). Check out some of our favorite cats as superheroes and characters then go check out the rest of Jenny’s work!

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‘Hanksy: It’s A Punderful Life’

From greeting card pun master to one of the most buzzed about modern street artists, learn about Hanksy, in his first documentary that premiered on Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER yesterday.

Hanksy has made a name for himself in street art with his clever wordplay and puns. The mysterious artist has gained a cult following with his street art lampooning various celebrities, most notably Tom Hanks since 2011.

Now In preparation for his first Los Angeles art show, the New York street artist explains the inspiration behind how he came to be in the exclusive i am OTHER feature directed by Nicholas Heller.

After two sold-out exhibitions at Manhattan’s Krause Gallery and an upcoming LA show at Gallery 1988 on May 24th, Hanksy shows no signs of slowing down.


Hanksy: It’s a Punderful Life

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SO Note: Follow Hanksy @HanksyNYC, check out his Tumblr tomhanksy and see more of his work at hanksy.com.

What Turned You On? SXSW Edition: Gretta Rochelle, David Schelzel & Charles Cave

In this series we ask musicians about the one album that changed their life, the album that turned that slow burn of curiosity into an uncontrollable fire, the album that straight up turned them on. This week check out three musicians from 2013 SXSW bands: My Gold Mask, The Ocean Blue and K.I.D.S.

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Dana Falconberry Sans Unicorn Costume: An Interview

Dana Falconberry has been on our music radar for quite some time now. Hailing from Michigan with the goal of music on her mind, Dana has become an Austin native with a music repertoire rivaling the greats. Her ethereal voice captivates, and her stage presence is nothing to be messed with. With the convenience of the Austin music scene at her fingertips, Dana goes into overdrive during SXSW, and this year was no exception. Lucky us, we were able to pull Miss Falconberry away from her duties to answer a few really fun questions. One thing is for sure… if this year’s festival was any indication, it is quite obvious that this band is on to its next big adventure: taking over the world.

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