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Immigrant Song

Kind of a weird time to be an immigrant here in the US – the new president repeatedly described immigrants as unwanted criminals, and worse, during his campaign, and it seems to have resonated across the country. Kind of ironic as British and French settlers were unwanted immigrants in the eyes of the Native Americans, presumably. Furthermore, immigrants work hard, pay taxes, tend to commit less crimes, don’t get any representation, and they add a lot to the economy too. Here’s an interesting FastCompany article about some massive American companies, founded by immigrants.

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Trumped

A mockery was made of democracy last night. Didn’t see that one coming. Turns out, we’ve all been Trumped. Unfortunately, sexism, racism, and bigotry have won – this time round.

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Covers

Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London is a really cool project on Kickstarter, by London-based photographer Alex Bartsch, whereby he shoots reggae record covers in the locations featured on the cover. They make for some very cool photos! The Kickstarter project is to produce a book around Alex’s great photos.

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TSOTW: NO DAPL

For this week’s installment of T-Shirt of the Week, I nominate this beauty from accomplished Los Angeles artist Patrick Martinez. Patrick has a history of speaking out on social and civil rights issues, and this time, he stands strong with the Standing Rock Souix, and the other tribes and protesters heading up the NoDAPL movement, which is in opposition to the proposed/ongoing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would run from oil fields in North Dakota, down to the Mississippi, and which would potentially threaten the drinking water of several tribes whose land it would cross. The Army Corp of Engineers has all but ignored the concerns of the local tribes people, and so a large protest movement has grown around the issue. These tees are currently free for protestors, and not available for sale. #NoDAPL

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Switchblade

Switchblade is an all-caps display typeface, from LA-based artist Jaque Fragua, which is free for non-commercial use. The lettering is based on graffiti the artist uses to carve into wood, dirt, metal. You can currently download it from his home page.

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Sam Rodriguez in Kobe

Here’s a great photo of the brand new Sam Rodriguez mural painted in Kobe, Japan, during this year’s POW! WOW! Japan mural festival. Epic stuff. Still can’t quite believe much of this event went down at my old high school there. Small world! Photo by Brandon Shigeta.

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