Camp America

Yeah, so as a student I totally digg Ugly Betty and other TV shows I wouldnt have watched before (but rest assured, never-ever will watch soaps – despite the great demand for Hollyoaks in the house- what an over used cliche of a student)
That aside, because the place I live in Sheffield is so bumpin’, when I go home I feel lonely because I am so used to being surrounded by people. Heck even the hours of 12-1am on a saturday at home in the Donxx is pure silence when compared to the noise you hear here. So naturally the idea of going home in the summer has become somewhat….not scary but that as appealing as it should do. I mean hell yes I miss all my amazing friends and its going to be great chilling with them – but at night its going to get very blueeeeee. and lonely. Just to back all this up with an example I am even going to New York in April in the Easter… even less time at home alone!
Plus I have itchey feet. All I wanna do is travel and find awesome places, meet new people ect. I wanna see the world.
The idea of a normal mundane job in the UK is not appealing – as we know with me.. I HATE my summer jobs- so Camp America seems the best next logical step. So I had my interview and now I have 2 fill in even more extensions of my forms. And then, and only then, will camps be able to choose me. If I look like they want me. Hard work! So if I get lucky… and a camp decides that they want me… I have to go alllllll the way down to London to the american Embassey and have an interview for a real hard ass Visa! Then its pretty much straight forward till I get there! Its truely slave labour but should be an amazing experience! So on to boring ass form filling…
Watch this step.
Oh yeah I’m gonna post some workage soon

Flat Black exhibition, Sheffield

Well you know you’re an official graffiti artist when you get put on a guest list to get in free to the exclusive,invitation only opening night at the Workstation preview for Flat Black exhibition.
And my sweeping statement right there of being an “official graffiti artist being put ona guest list” was primarily due to my kool hommie Matt, who lives on the middle floor, knowing the girl who works at the offices in the Workstation. And this girl’s brother was a graffiti artist … but not any graff artist, one of the famous ones in Sheffield called Dent who chills with all the other ones making it right now like Kid Acny and such. Who consequently introduced me to all of them. It was AMAZING.
The exhibition itself however, is nothing truely amazing. It doesn’t stand alone, but its possibily one of the best exhibitions I have seen in Sheffield for a while. The only one that compares was the Site Gallery animation one during the summer of 06 where you could choose to watch about 200 animations on dvd at your own lesuire for free. Kool stuff.
But back to this exhibition. Kid Acne’s work stood out mostly that night; just because the other stuff was your typical cliche of street art, but it wasn’t anything revolutionary. There was the graphic design thing of symbolism but anyone who is truely down with the street can see the instant inspiration where it was from. There was some obvious type of art which was Snow White as a porn star stuck all over a wall and as a print.
Go upstairs where you see lots of that street art culture inspired prints that you can buy for relative cheap prices (starting from £200) Here is were the next piece of art that stood out. PHLEGM COMIC . Not a particularily amazing standing out concept but the style itself was enough to carry the aura of it. I would have bought it. But that style is right it at the present. go around the top floor and there was some video art pieces which were the weakest part of the exhibition. Trying too hard to fit into that, ” this is a street art thing, this is our culture- so lets be funny… we aren’t elitest .. street arts real art” thing. When in actual fact the video installations just threw the whole feelof the exhibition and if you have a guest list for an street art opening totally gets and throws the ideology of graffiti art in the first place.
Is this the key thing for the exhibition? Do the curators and artists trying to say graffiti is just as worthy as the legitimate art? So lets bang a price and an exclusive guest list that even the White Cube doesnt have. or is it more than that? Are they saying that graffiti can only survive in a institutional area. Was this an attempt to get people to recognise that street art is a valid high brow only avant garde art form left – and once people accepted this fact they will lay off us graffiti artists and allow us to roam free-er in the city spreading the love?
Who know, I just know that the exhibition is the hottest thing on the art scene at the moment ( the work at Bloc Space is absoloutely diar [only opened last friday] ) and the free bun’s were amazing! Graffiti artists are the most down to earth artists you will ever meet too. But don’t take my word for it; check out the show and I can garantee that you will want to pick a spray can up.
Interested in the artists look up: PHLEGM COMIC, KID ACNE, KEV GREY, TADO, DEDASS, PETE MCKEE and MICK MARSTON

PS. How amazing is the snow right now?
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This is for my friends who…

…are working full time. and wasting their potential.
Now I ain’t one of those people who think going to university will instantly make sure I will get an okay moderately paid job that I instantly love! Nah. But if you have the chance of getting a better job than working at Morrisions doing something you truely love then I think you should take all the opportunities open to you.
Its not even the whole job prospectus.
Seriously guys, go to uni, nick trolleys, make the fire brigade come out over burnt toast (if your landlord cares then they will; ours dont) and win the pub quiz on a question about homosexuals. Thats the life! And yesssssssssss.
I hope you do it.

And it’s all real.

Strawberry jam sandwiches was all you ate
When times seemed easier and our thoughts
were how to spend our day with laughter and troublesome grins
you said we’d be friends forever
we had soul in our hearts and you
didnt care of the dysfunctionalism of the dirt on my hands that
you helped wash all away.
but my caresome skies haunted me
like bad karma
your fractured heart was mended
by the guy you love yet you manage
to stop mine from beating so
the skies aren’t so careless anymore
they tell vicious lies and strike me when i feel cold and
dead, from when I see Kodak moments of your new life

i’m moving on now – but I didn’t want
it to end on nothing
on forgotten memories of past whispers that echo barran streets
that i roam looking for you and strewbarry jam sandwichs
You can keep the frame that I bought you from new york
because I can’t stand looking at a picture
that prooves to me that I am blind.
someone once told me never forget your dreams

I can’t forget mine because they have you in.

I wrote this last summer when I was feeling sorry for my excluded assssss!

This is kinda scary, right?!

So today I had my assessment. It was kool. It went rather well marks wise! And since my bike had gotten stolen and my assessment went well i thought that it was about time I gave something back to society, and generate some good karama interest shizzle. So Giving blood is the way i believe, you are actually saving someone’s life. Its not the first time i hav given blood- Ive done it 3 time prior and am even a bone marrow donar. I am considering if i put weight on then i will become a blood pattlette donar for cancer patients. You know, for more good karama right?
But this isn’t why I am writing this blog. The reason why i am doing this blog is because after the truma of having a pint of blood drained from my 8 stone 2 pound body, i was maxing and relaxing stealin and eatin buscuits whilst watching the ITN news. Usually just shit I was expecting just nasty conservative, all for labour bias, middle class put 2gether new articles. However i was VERY SUPrIsed! and SCARED!
I mean not like, ” oh, Steven Garades bio is a best seller.” ( as scary as that might be for literacy within the UK) No. It was something about global warming. Now yes, i am aware that a select fewof you guys that know me I am a somwhat (fool) conspiracy hoe and are kind of obsessed with the idea of global warming and since i have been old enough to understand it (not forgetting the awesome movie The Day After Tomorrow ) i have always believed that its going to happen in our lifetime and soon.
So here i am stuffing myface with free buscuits and drinking minging lemon diluted soda and there’s a knobish middle class man stood in the middle of the anartica (live!) with what looks scaryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy cuz of alllllll the melting ice!
So if this wasn’t enough, it then went to another reporter who was reporting from Cartaret Islands near Papua New Guinea.
These island are getting covered from rising seas levels. and the residents are going to be the first refuges of a country that has been swollowed by the sea due to global warming! the Times news paper quotes, ” Then these islands at the end of the Earth will simply vanish.”
Now call me what you like but that has SCARED ME. Think about the UK. We are just as small and insignificant and just floatin around on our own. What stops 20 years of global warming sea levels rising and taking us over? We could be refugees in russia before we know it lol?
Despite this, I don’t want expensive air fare. Sounds contradictory right?but AN Independant news article last year about March time annouced that we have passed the mark of being able to change anything. Global warming is happening and in its cycle of just one step towards an ice age.
The ironic and horrible thing is, this island that is being engulfed by rising sea levels is not due to them, It is due to the westernised countries lack of concern and greediness within its economic system (cough*america*cough). Fair enough i they all drove cars but they were pretty much all organic and didnt have cars n such. Shame on us.

And get ready to evacuate to a library like in the movie The Day After 2morrow so we can burn books and keep ourselves warm whilst the eye of the storm takes over us.

on a higher note… I’m not sure lol. The Pursuit of Happyness is over-rated. :o)