The Lonely Island is Back!

The Lonely Island is Back!

When I was in college I was witness to the birth of the online video site.

From the earliest existence of (where funniest videos were selected and added by the sites advisors) to the now global domination of (where anyone and everyone can post and watch), and everything in between.

During this time the viral video was also perfected and manifested itself in classics like The G.I. Joe spoofs, The Urban Ninja, The “I feel Great” Nutragrain Commercial, Don Hertzfeldt’s “Rejected”, and hundreds more.

It was at this part of my life that I discovered The Lonely Island, their Fox canceled sketch comedy show “Awesometown”, and subsequent video website.

Here is a particularly stand out video featuring some Nintendo classics:

Well the guys may have been cancelled on Fox but life hasn’t been so bad. They have all been picked up by SNL, but you may have only seen Andy Samberg. However, all three “Dudes”, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg, were hired as writers and have been a big part of the few skits of the past few years that were any good. They are funny all around, but have garnered most of their success by combing their uber-white boy demeanor with hardcore hip-hop music. Think “D**k in a Box” “The Bing Bong Bros.” and “J**z in my pants”.

Now they are back with an album of their own out, and the first single off it is maintaining their viral success story and combining it with their mainstream SNL hype. Here’s one of the first singles:

I got the entire album called Incredibad and it’s worth a listen or a download. Definitely a good one to send to your friends for a laugh.

I’ll leave with a taste of classic “Awesometown”, and “The Dudes” spoof of the show The O.C. Its called The ‘Bu (short for Malibu), and this episode was brought to us in 3D!

Glasses On!!!

Ahhh… those were the days.

Fun work

Martin Luther King Tribute

I wanted to attempt this style  in February, and being Black History Month I chose the Rev. as my muse.

His face is made up of the words of his epic Lincoln Memorial “I have a dream…” speech.

Take a look. I am having it framed as I type.

Smoking Goat Branding

I like beer.

Beer high in flavor, alcohol and price. I brew at home, but wouldn’t consider myself very good at this point. I’m working on it.

We have friends in Louisiana who I would consider really good. I designed some branding for their forthcoming brewery down there.

The Smoking Goat will hopefully be amazing, especially if I get some good beer out of the deal.

Have a look. Then drink a beer and have a look again. Continue this process until the logo looks awesome.

New Poster

This is a poster I made for my buddy Dustin.

A classic quote from him as we drove by Effingham, IL’s infamous and huge cross.

I thought it would look good in his new apartment.

Sheltered Perceptions

I recently got the chance to work on a project for the Humane Society. Given the fact that every time I walk into an animal shelter I have to be talked down from taking home every animal in the place, I was happy to help in anyway I could.

With the majority of pet buying in the United States coming from breeders, mall pet shops and unfortunately mills, animal shelters (specifically the Humane Society) are left overflowing with pets that need loving homes. They are running into a perception problem however, and many misconceptions about shelter pets are accepted as fact, and often repeated as such.

To get past this, we decided to take the problem head on, and address the most common misconceptions individually.

Here is where we landed:

Humane Society - Misconceptions"Mutt"

Humane Society - Misconceptions - "Bark"

Lauren and Dan sit’n in a tree…

My good friend Lauren is getting married in July, and though I am extremely jealous of her fiance Dan (don’t tell my wife), I made their save the date cards.

I use VistaPrint to print these types of things. Though the quality suffers, and the rumor is that they are destroying local community printers nationwide, for the price they can’t be beat. Check them out next time you want to customize your own holiday card or invitation.

Here’s how Lauren’s STDs turned out: