Phew! We’ve had a busy year so far. We kicked off January at Sundance, both inside — watching scintillating flicks and hanging in the UGG lounge at Village at the Lift — and outside, putting our new, lightweight winter boots to the test with a hike in single-digit temps.
From Park City we hightailed it to N’awlins (ahem, New Orleans) for the Super Bowl, where we rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest shoulders in the industry at our NFL Lounge. The Bears’ running back, Matt Forte, actually requested that we make cleats — with sheepskin — as it’s the only thing that keeps him warm in Chicago winters (We’re on it Matt!)
Last stop: Californ-i-a, for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (aka SBIFF), where we took in a few films, and had the pleasure of awarding the ever-talented Jennifer Lawrence “Outstanding Performer of the Year.”
We set out early Friday morning to make sure we arrived in time for our 6pm show in Pittsburgh. After securing a parking spot in front of Assemble that was four car lengths long, we started the first ever set up on the Mobile Library!
Curious eyes peered in at us as we opened for the first time. After a fun, yet extremely cold night in Pittsburgh, we ended up checking out 358 books! Everything went off perfectly.
The next morning we headed northwest to Ann Arbor. After a 5 hour drive we managed to arrive at RoosRoast with 45 mins to spare. We got the library open and we were ready to roll at 4pm.
We happened to be in Ann Arbor on a warm day. It was a beautiful 54 degrees while the sun was up. Once it set, it got pretty nippy. We had a fire going inside and coffee in hand, though. It was an amazing night. Chris from Colossal also stopped by. We met his wife and his kid. Good times were had by all.
On Sunday morning, we left at 7am so we could make it to Cleveland for the 12pm show. We were stationed right in the park in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Many people thought we were a food truck, until closer exploration.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. People were sitting out in the grass and the benches reading through sketchbooks. It got us excited about the summer to come with the Mobile Library. We can’t wait!
The seventh annual edition of our favorite music fest in the world goes down in just two weeks atAuditorium Shores in Austin. This year’s lineup is arguably the strongest and most diverse bill yet, starring RUN DMC, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Rakim, Atlas Sound, WAVVES, Bun B, A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Schoolboy Q, AraabMUZIK, Santigold, Explosions in the Sky, David Cross, Dum Dum Girls, Real Estate, Deerhoof, Nite Jewel, and so many more.
We have 3 pairs of PIP 3-day passes to give away courtesy of the UGG Australia Creative Counciland our homies from FFF. PIP — which includes ALL OF THIS — is sort of like VIP but better, and is obviously the best way to roll at the fest. One winner will also get exclusive sidestage access, and all winners and their guests will receive some new footwear of their choice (legal stuff here). To enter, just leave your name + the artist you’re most psyched about seeing at FFF in the comments below or over on our Facebook page, and I’ll pick the winners the week of the fest.
I have learned to push myself every time I set out to make photographs. Having never taken a photography courses of any kind, the only way I gauge progress in my personal work is to go outside my comfort zone. If I’m not creating something that I think is greater and more progressive in some way than my past works, it hardly seems worth it and it is a sign that I am not learning. This series, entitled “Happenings,” is a manifestation of that practice as well as a documentation of exploration and discovery and the creative process. You should give it a look and let me know what you think, I’d love to hear what you think. See the full online series here.