What do you think of when someone says Portland Oregon. Well, thanks to the popular show Portlandia you are probably dead on with any Portlandia influenced image that comes to mind…but when you are here in Portland there are 3 things for certain….1. you cannot walk a Portland block without (literally) running into a designer 2. 99.9% of the people you talk to will be heavily over caffeinated and have a tattoo 3. You will become privy to at least 5 art shows you should visit, within in your first 15 mins here.
So in the true spirit of Portland Oregon, Jason Sturgill, the mastermind behind Art is Forever created a nice sandwich comprised of art, designers, the Portland art museum and tattoos. Thanks to my cellmate here at nemo, Jess Gibson, we have some visual stimulation, in the form of video of this tasty design nerd sandwich.
You can read more about this project at juxtapoz.
This is the first instillation of what i hope will be many. Tasked with finding fashion forward thinkers in the action industry started with a mere fashion on the street type standard. But faced with the fact that i am no sartorialist, i cant just look at what a person is wearing and not try to figure out the personality behind the garb. I was determined to go deeper.
I began to rack my brain and think of all the athletes i have met and the individual flair they bring to their sponsors and style i couldn’t imagine just documenting what they wore. As far as i am concerned “Name Brands, overpriced items and the hottest new style on the market all pale in comparison to the style brought together by individuals and their personalities.
This monthly essay is one that will strive to capture the real, the raw and the individuals i meet in a new light. Any stereotypes you may have had when first meeting the individual will melt away, confusion will in sue and you will want nothing more than to meet the individual with these fashion forward frame of minds.
The first of these young trendsetters is Caleb Ruecker. A Portland native and a BMX athlete iconic for his personal style, infinite flare and talent for bedazzling even the most plain of nails.
You see him fly by on the street, hop a curb and spin off into the distance, your initial though? “What a Punk” A reaction he has received with a smile for years and happens to be the same reaction I had as he was flying on his bike over a crew of us nemo workers as we enjoyed an afternoon at the loading dock. Once the intimidation and pure awe of his personal style settled in, i got a hold of him, it only took 3 years.We collaborated and talked, gossiped and giggled (yes girls he giggles) talked nails and fashion. Seriously, not the rail ogling, bmx jabber i expected. This is where the shattering of stereotypes idea came into play. I wanted to make a series of fashion essays in which this person who normally appears intimidating and hard would come across calm, collected, complex and the soft man i spent the afternoon in the park. Not the spiked, tattooed, ruecker the hucker that the world knows him as.
To my excitement he agreed. This is the series we created in an afternoon here at studio nemo.
We had the pleasure of taking 3 groups of young creative minds through the photo and design process of nemo HQ. It was a fun filled afternoon of creativity and noise making!
Thanks Art4Life we love what you do!
Mr. Jeff Proctor has a solo show opening First Thursday, August 4th at Breeze Block Gallery. Come on down and support him!
If you want to see more of his work, check out is website.
With all this snow Mt. Hood has been getting, we’ve all been in snowboard heaven. Anyone noticed a flashy purple bus with “feed me!” written on it cruising around? If you haven’t figured it out, thats the one and only Grease Bus, Portland’s best way up to the mountain. Our friends over at Nike Snowboarding and Salomon Snowboards have been sponsoring these guys since 2001, and we’re pretty stoked on it. Running on bio-diesel, the bus offers skiers and snowboarders roundtrip service from the city to the slopes for only $10! Not only that, the bus is fully equipped with magazines, Clif Bars, and a flat screen TV to get you amped for the day. Next time you’re heading to hood, skip the lonely drive by yourself and hop on the grease bus with a few buddies instead! Head over to the grease bus site to see schedules and events.
finally finished the recap from the one motorcycle show!
starts at 5:00 pm and goes late.
come check out 50+ original motorcycles and inspired art.
movie shorts and installations.
more info theonemotorcycleshow.com
see you there!
Fresh off the press and possibly the biggest move of the year so far, pro surfer Julian Wilson has left surf-industry giant Quiksilver to join the Nike 6.0 team. Julian stopped by Nemo on his way to Nike for a quick photoshoot with our very own photographer extraordinaire Kari Rowe. Check out Kari’s shots in your favorite surf mags in the upcoming month!
Renowned commercial lifestyle photographer Nick Onken will be in town January 11th to talk with the ASMP of Portland. After shooting for clients like Nike, State Farm Insurance, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Lamborghini, Nick is quickly spreading his philosophy of photography.
“A big believer in living in the moment, his photos follow suit. With a designer’s eye, he’s constantly searching for that perfect moment to tell the whole story. And the pursuit of these moments has taken him around the world. His love of travel has recently collided with his career and he’s published his first book, Photo Trekking.”
Nick’s will lecture on his theory that in the end, running a successful photography business breaks down to making better images, and showing more people.
To RSVP for the talk, go here.
The Event will be held January 11th at Michael Jones Studio, 1937 N.W. Quimby St. Portland
We love when our friends start new projects, and look what they’re up to now: In true Oregonian-manly-badass fashion, Nemo friends Greg and Grey have launched Antler & Co., handmade housewares crafted from real deer antlers! Every antler&co. artifact is an original, individually numbered in a first edition of 1000. Of course these amazing pieces are crafted from the finest cruelty free shed antlers. Check out all of their fine (christmas/hanukkah/kwanzaa worthy) products here, and be sure to creep on them on facebook and twitter.
As you may or may not have already heard, the building that The Dept. and Cal’s Pharmacy have occupied in Portland for the last 9 years was sold a few months ago. Obviously this is a huge bummer to many skaters in Portland’s skateboarding community. The Dept. always strove to be a positive contributor to that community and “will continue to do so in whatever way it can in the future.”
I know ive already blogged this video but it deserves one more….to get you amped for tonight!
The Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St., Portland, OR 97202
Events phone – 503.238.8899
$6 for Adults
$5 for Students w/ID
$4 for Seniors, Tuesdays / matinees
$3 kids 12 and under
WE ACCEPT CASH ONLY
Yesterday, I had a meeting with our lovely friend and amazing designer Nubby Twiglet; during which she directed me to a site that I then spent a good portion of my night (i should have spent packing) exploring. They are an amazing letterpress printing company. I promise, after you look at their website you will come up with a reason to work with them!
For you designers who read this blog and are already familiar with the amazing letterpress process, skip this section and just jump to the eye candy that is their website. But for you creative readers who don’t know about letterpress here’s the wikipedia definition so you can become a print master!!
In short, letterpress printing is the old school way to print and emboss amazing pieces. Peruse there site and you will see what i’m talking about.
Our April First Friday show was a hit. Tyler Kolhoff showed his fantastic photography and the installation collaboration with Justin Gorman was incredible, as well. Special thanks go out to musical guests Guidance Counselor and Breakfast Mountain. Here is a sneak peak into Exhibit A. Come by for more…
I had a visit from the lovely ladies of Hello Artists last week. It’s about time the NW has a home base for global talent! I got to meet and look through Marissa Kaiser’s books. I love her energy and subtle storytelling.
Olivia Bee Photography has shot for Converse and has some magazine covers under her belt already, and she is only 15. (record scratches, back up, rewind) 15 FIFTEEN. Yep. Holy cow. I’m speechless.
So, I wish I had myself even a 1/8th as much together at 17 as this kid. HOLY %$((#$%&($#&%!!! Mike Bailey Gates, you are super cool. Can I meet your parents? Do they have a book on how to raise a super creative, driven, savvy kid? Do you want to come work for me?
These amazing photos are documentary images from a project called These Americans which is a collection of archival footage between 1950 and 1980.
Jan. 08, 2010
Nemo welcomes the Jeff Anderson Memorial show “I Am Snowboarding” to Portland! Over 500 friends came to view the art and listen to DJ JOELSKOOL and snowboard legends, Jamie Lynn’s band, Kandi Coded.
Snowboarding being the youngest of the core sports (surf, skate,snow) the maturation of the art has prgressed in this show to strat to play along side the older siblings. Mark Gonzales has grown from a pro skateboarder to being a contemporary artist. Snowboarding artist are getting there. Mike Parillo‘s sophistication with his strokes, Michael Jager has been part of the XBox brand building, and Kevin Zacher has branched out of snowboarding to having commercial success as a photographer. I look forward to where Ryno, Lenhardt and Haynes will take their craft.
Jeff”s be gone for 7 years now and many of the folks in the space never had the pleasure of meeting him. The early memorials of Jeff were with close family and friends. What is so interesting is how the positive energy of that groups love and sincere missing their friend has resonated for years and even into other countries. “Newsweek” writer Ken Auchincloss calls this “event grief,” in which “emotion is the glue that fastens people to an event played out in the papers or on television. Emotions of this sort hardly count as feelings at all; they’re a form of participation. They’re like screams at a pop concert, which don’t signify love or even admiration but just exuberance at being part of the show.” In our often-isolating society, joining others to mourn for a stranger helps people feel connected, part of a larger community and a simple reason for being.
There was a honest sense of community that resonated in the studio, in a small way, bonded the group, just for a few hours. Carpe diem.
Please Join us this Friday the 8th from 6-10 pm for the I AM SNOWBOARDING event. It is a benefit for the Jeff L. Anderson Memorial Fund and the Brothers Skate Park. LOTS of art and prizes. Art work by: Jeff Anderson, Trevor Graves, Mike Parillo, Jamie Lynn, Mark Gonzales, RYN o, Adam Haynes, Jeff Curtes, Ben Brough, Michael Jager, Danny Zapalac, Blotto, Shem Roose, Cheyenne Eliis, Jared Eberhardt and more