• 12.25.15

    Happy Holidays: 2015 in Review

    As we come together with loved ones and friends to close the year, we’d like to take this time to reflect on some of our favorite moments from the last year. Included here is a list of some of our favorite stories we’ve had the pleasure to share with our community and friends. This year our artists helped usher in the next generation of Star Wars stars, discovered what bacteria lurk in NYC’s subways, sent hundreds of mean postcards to adoring fans, and put their own stamp on the 2016 Presidential campaign.

    Our artists have done amazing things, so let’s take some time to remember some of the best stories from 2015 before turning our focus to the New Year.

    We hope you have Wonderful Holidays, and a Happy New Year.

    Enjoy.

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    Star Wars' Past and Future with Marco Grob for Time Magazine

    Weeks before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, Marco Grob photographed the cast of the highly anticipated movie for Time Magazine. Not only did he get to photograph the human stars, he also got to spend time with the famous R2-D2 and meet the newest favorite: BB-8.

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    Craig Ward's Infectious Love for New York City

    Riding the New York City subway can be a precarious situation, not because of the unpredictable riders but because of what lurks on the handrails. Craig Ward wanted to see what exactly he has holding onto every day and the answers were both beautiful and revolting.

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    Sawdust and Nike Reach New Heights

    One project with international powerhouse Nike is celebration enough, but when Sawdust teamed up with the athletic juggernaut for three bespoke typefaces it was an honor. Not only were they creating these solutions for Nike, but they'd be paired with LeBron JamesKobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, three of the most powerful names in basketball. What they created turly elevated the game.

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    Joey L's Lavazza Calendar: A Study in Sustainability

    This year Joey L joined Annie Leibovitz, Erwin Olaf, and David LaChapelle as a photographer for Lavazza's annual calendar. With the theme “From Father to Son,” Joey L examined how the tradition of sustainable farming is passed on from generation to generation, and how food gets to our tables from around the world.

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    Marc Hom for People's Sexiest Man Alive

    People's Sexiest Man Alive is always a hotly watched and eagerly awaited issue, and frequently their most popular. When Marc Hom got the call to photograph their non-traditional choice this year, David Beckham, it was an honor and a thrill. And on the day of the shoot, Beckham didn't disappoint.

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    Stephen Wilkes: Day to Night at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

    For more than a decade Stephen Wilkes has been pursuing his ongoing personal project of condensing an entire day into a single photograph. This year, Stephen showed off some of his favorite shots at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, a great way to look back on all the work he's done, and look forward to what's still to come.

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    Platon Helps the Met Communicate Across Cultures and Time

    Over the course of months with locations stretching from The Costume Institute to the Louvre's vault, and even the private archive of Yves Saint Laurent, Platon captured the epic vastness of the Met's latest blockbuster. "China: Through the Looking Glass" examines how China's history has impacted the rest of the world through design influence, and Platon was able to photograph every step along the way.

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    Everyone Wants Hate Mail from Mr. Bingo

    Mr. Bingo's ongoing series "Hate Mail" pits the artist against those who pay for the pleasure of being berated by him through the post. Enough fans have gotten their kicks this way that he turned them all into a book that catalyzed an enormously successful Kickstarter. Books are available for purchase now!

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    We Are The Rhoads and Taylor Swift Team Up for Keds

    Living a life in the limelight isn't always easy, so when We Are The Rhoads teamed up with Taylor Swift for their latest Keds campaign, they immediately found common ground. By creating a safe space the mega celebrity was able to focus on the moments with Sarah and Chris, resulting in images that are effortlessly Taylor.

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    Stacey Jones Trades Orange for Gowns

    Style is communication and a stylist has the power to shape how their subject communicates to the world. For Uzo Aduba's cover of As If Magazine, Stacey Jones dove into feminine luxury, offering the Emmy Award winning actress the opportunity to step away from the orange jumpsuits that her fans so often see her in.

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    Tom Corbett and Somerset's Love Letter to Paris

    Paris is a hotbed of fashion and style, making it a dream destination for many and attracting artists from all over the world. Tom Corbett is no different. On his latest assignment for Somerset he really sank his teeth into the city, taking advantage of every block and street corner, capturing the beauty of the city and the ease of its powerful energy.

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    Donald Trump's Stratospheric Ambitions by Stanley Chow and Jamie Chung for The New York Times Magazine

    It's hard to describe Donald Trump's political rise, so sometimes the best option is to not even try. When The New York Times Magazine tasked Stanley Chow and Jamie Chung with an image that spoke to the story they got right to work on something that felt honest but was also a lot of fun.

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    Marcus Bleasdale and Human Rights Watch's Real Impact

    When Marcus Bleasdale began his work as a photojournalist it was to make a difference, but an artist can never be sure if their hopes are going to come to fruition. Marcus' has. His work with Human Rights Watch has lead to changes in law, and even helped end a war. Their joint gallery show, "Impact," proved it.

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    Four B&A Artists Illuminate Your Lunchtime Chipotle Burrito

    Chipotle has seen better days, but before their troubles they made a very solid decision when they asked Harriet RussellSarah J. ColemanAdam Hayes, and Dave Homer to create illustrations for their bags and cups. Each illustrator was paired up with a writer whose pieces were to serve as the inspiration, and the results are as delicious as you can imagine.

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    Douglas Friedman Goes Home with Ken Fulk

    Ken Fulk is a master at interior design, and Douglas Friedman is a master at photographing interiors. When the two came together in a show-stopping shoot of Elle Decor, Fulk's vision leapt off the page thanks to Douglas' unique ability to translate space into flawless photographic composition.

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    The Essence of Bernie Sanders by Ryan McAmis

    Bernie Sanders represents one of the most interesting political stories this season, and like any political character his whole persona is hard to distill into a single image (even a photograph!). Ryan McAmis took his time, and dug deeply into his bag of tricks, creating a portrait for the cover of National Journal that is as honest a representation as we've ever seen. 

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    Brian Doben and UPS Find Essential Common Ground

    It's not every day that passion projects turn directly into corporate campaigns, but when UPS saw Brian Doben's "At Work" series they knew they needed it for themselves. Brian extended the project, meeting with read UPS customers that happened to run their own small businesses, to see what it's really like to work with a company that caters to their needs.

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    The Learning Process Never Ends for Chloe Aftel

    Cinemagraphs are becoming more and more popular, but Chloe Aftel was there since day one. In fact, she's sort of become a go-to photographer to create these captive moments that she finds particular expressive because of their ability to inject more emotion and more story.

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    Todd Selby Lets the Kids Run Free - Safely

    Sometimes the best way to talk about serious issues is with a good laugh, so when Todd Selby linked up with Evolve on a series of gun safety PSA they imagined what other things kids get into. Whether it's playing with condoms like balloons, or tampons like Wolverine's claws: the kids will get into anything and, most of the time, it can be hilarious.

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    James Joyce and Banksy's Festival of Malcontent

    Few artists are as closely watched as Banksy whose work is discussed and devoured the world over, so when James Joyce got the call to be included in Banksy's latest installation it was a no-brainer. James' contributions ended up including the cover of Dismaland's catalogue, a piece that has now been distributed the world over and marked as a coveted accomplishment for any creative CV.

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    Roof Studios Envisions the Future for Toshiba

    We cannot pretend we know what the future will hold, but if we had to bet we'd bet on Roof Studios' vision. They were tasked with glimpsing ahead for a spot with Toshiba that envisions how our relationship with technology will continue to deepen and grow, and shows us what that will look like.

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    Ice Skating GIF by Nomoco.

  • 7.28.15

    Everyone Wants Hate Mail from Mr. Bingo

    Over the past few years Mr. Bingo has sent 928 Postcards, mainly to strangers, that are incredibly, and scathingly offensive. He’s turned it into a project that he calls “Hate Mail,” where participants pay him real, hard earned money to insult them through the mail. Who knew it could be so lucrative?

    Part of working this way is that very few people are exposed to the work that Mr. Bingo is doing. “It’s an interesting project because each postcard is owned by one person and they’re the only person who has really seen that artwork,” he explains. “The best way to show work like that is to do a website or a blog or something or a book. And books are beautiful.” Books are beautiful, so he decided that he should probably put a bunch of these postcards into a book and let people buy it. So that’s what he’s doing with the upcoming release of “Hate Mail: The Definitive Collection.” Instead of pairing with a publisher, Bingo has opted to create the book from the ground up, using Kickstarter to fund every page of the monstrosity. The campaign launched on July 6 with the goal of £35k. That was almost a month ago. At publication this morning, Bingo had already reached £109,614. We’ll do the math for you: it’s a lot more than he was even hoping for.

    “Pretty crazy, pretty overwhelming. I wasn’t expecting anything,” Bingo says, reacting to seeing this incredible response. The backing of over three thousand people has forced Bingo to expand what he’s able to offer through the campaign, resulting in some creative solutions that have got people to fork over their hard earned dollars – including, but not limited to, buying a friendship with the artist. Bingo’s favorite reward? “Get Shitfaced on a Train.” The 20 backers who pledged £150 will get to spend 4 hours on a train with Mr. Bingo with booze and snacks. “I also really like the ‘Meet Me For a Pint in 5 Years Time’ because it’s really quite dark and quite bizarre.” Although most of the unique rewards have already been greedily claimed, there are still a few days left on the campaign, giving future backers the opportunity to buy as many books as they could want.

    For Mr. Bingo, this way of funding a project is particularly satisfying. "It’s really lovely to be creating work that’s funded by the public and just individual people who really like it and want to get behind it," he says. "It just means more to get it public funded." If you like what you see you better get on this train. There are only five days left on the campaign.

  • 1.7.15

    The Beltway Gets a Dose of British Humor

    For many, especially in the beltway media, the politics of Washington D.C. is a game of winners and losers. Every few years the egos and accomplishments of every player are pitched, considered, and compared to each failure and gaff. Journalists, pundits, and voters line up the wins and losses to decide who should hold the reigns to our politic and governance, and sometimes we like to condense these points into a narrative to understand everything that’s happened.

    At the end of 2014, The Washington Post, the preeminent beltway newspaper, compiled a whole list of the winners and losers in the process of 2014 for their editorial section, and who better to illustrate the wonky tome than the English Illustrator Mr Bingo.

    Chris Cillizza’s weekly “Worst Week in Washington” column was blown up to a year in review, and that means recounting some really bad times. Mr Bingo has always been the master or the tough position, consistently creating beautiful work from the darkest places, and he’s been operating that way since the beginning. “I was quite a naughty school child, I basically just did drawings all the time,” he told Crane.tv. The serial misfit took on the Cillizza’s political assessments in typical Bingo style. Barack Obama, who was named to have the Worst Year in Washington, is presented in Bingo’s clean lines with a scowl that would break any mother’s heart. Winners like Mitch McConnell and Elizabeth Warren are shown with glee, but the dark glasses The Secret Service peer through cannot hide the disappointment for such a terrible 52 consecutive weeks. Even Chris Christie’s mixed year finds just the right tone in expression and composition.

    Taking one of the busiest and most contentious political years in American History and turning it into a six-part Op-Ed along with a handful of illustrations isn’t an easy feat, but a little bit of good luck and hard work is no stranger to the illustrator that gets his name from a game of chance. But that skill has also been honed over decades of drawing, and staying away from boredom. “I feel like people that complain that they’re bored are silly because it’s their fault that they’re bored,” he says. We stay interested as we look forward to another year of the real political process and the entertainment that comes with “Hollywood for ugly people.” Good thing we have Mr Bingo, and his British distance, to help us laugh at it along the way.

  • 11.3.14

    Do You Hate Yourself Enough for Mr Bingo?

    Do you want to be kicked around a little? Do you like some measured abuse? If so, you’re not alone. It turns out a lot of people like a little bit of insult. And for those in the market of masochism, Mr. Bingo is ready to take your order.

    Today marks the return of “Hate Mail,” Mr Bingo’s ongoing project where he sends actual hate mail to paying customers through mail carriers. If you’re looking for a little TLC, this isn’t the place for you. But you might just get the laugh you’re looking for.

    Mr Bingo has been doing Hate Mail for a while, recently bringing a gallery worth of postcards to Norwich (which received mixed reviews from the artist himself). “Originally I just started it as a joke, just to see what I could get away with,” Bingo explains. It all started about three years ago. “I was drunk in my studio one night, and I tweeted ‘The first person to reply to this tweet I will send them an offensive message written on the back of a postcard.’ About 50 people replied in the minute and I thought, ‘This is really interesting. People really, really wanting to be hated is an interesting human thing going on.” ‘Interesting’ is one way to describe it, for sure. Mr Bingo chose one of those first 50 people as a winner. The lucky guy’s name was Jonathan and his postcard read, “Dear Jonathan fuck you, fuck you Jonathan and fuck your shit legs.” There’s no confirmation if Mr Bingo was familiar with Jonathan’s legs, or if it was a baseless insult (or a generic truth that all legs are shit).

    Mr Bingo has a long and sordid history with being aggressive and a little disruptive. “I was a naughty school child,” he explains. “I think I am good at making people laugh.” This clown just happens to have a hammer instead of a squeaky nose. And the name? “I played bingo in 1998 at Gala Bingo at Maidstone in Kent and I won 141 pounds and got the nickname Bingo. That’s it.” Don’t call him anything else. We’re not quite sure what will happen if you do, but considering the tall stack of biting postcards he’s written, it probably won’t be good.

    If you want to join the fun, Mr Bingo is making more slots available today on his website. It would certainly be a strange impulse. Bingo says, “I love the idea if one person bought one, actually paid money to be told to fuck off by post, that’s just a stupidly absurd idea. Made me really happy.” Go on, make him happy. Buy some Hate Mail.

    UPDATE: Hate Mail has since sold out on Mr Bingo’s website. Maybe if you weren’t so damn slow you would have been able to get it. Loser.

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