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Trojans (Lenno Remix) — Atlas Genius

Game on… GO TROJANS!

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L.A. debuts tests a new design for street signs painted on the road surface, December 1960. (via usclibraries)

L.A. debuts tests a new design for street signs painted on the road surface, December 1960. (via usclibraries)

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Downtown Los Angeles decorated for the holidays, circa 1940 (via usclibraries)

Downtown Los Angeles decorated for the holidays, circa 1940 (via usclibraries)

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Hilary Walsh’s Negatives (via ronyalwin)
So much film! Hilary is an incredible photographer, I remember working with her when I was at USC, before I even knew Rony. I didn’t find out until a few years later that he assisted her for years.
Now she shoots for VOGUE, NYLON, Elle, Interview, L’Official… pretty much every fashion magazine in America and Europe. Check out her website at HilaryWalsh.com

Hilary Walsh’s Negatives (via ronyalwin)

So much film! Hilary is an incredible photographer, I remember working with her when I was at USC, before I even knew Rony. I didn’t find out until a few years later that he assisted her for years.

Now she shoots for VOGUE, NYLON, Elle, Interview, L’Official… pretty much every fashion magazine in America and Europe. Check out her website at HilaryWalsh.com

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Anonymous asked: what was your major at usc? and what's your job? <--- answer that seriously. don't give one of your sassy answers.

I don’t think I’ve ever been described as sassy, maybe satirical, and sometimes vague or detached. I don’t mind anonymous questions, but they don’t command any respect, and usually the "questions" I receive are people calling me an asshole and telling me to kill myself, or asking me for the ummteenth time what camera I use, which answer every time with a little variation to address a specific interest.

I didn’t choose a major until my senior year at USC. For three and a half years I was undeclared, and undecided in the most literal sense. My arrival at USC (and in LA) is a mythic story of chance in itself, and I began with absolutely no direction or concept of career path, I was free of major requirements and schedule restrictions, which let me explore as much of the school as possible.

I choose courses in every school - Advanced Calculus, Computer Engineering, History of the Broadway Musical, Linguistics, German Philosophy, Civil War History, Physical Anthropology, Terrorism & Genocide, Post-War American Art… It’s not feasible for most people, and probably not as beneficial for people with a specific goal, but it was the most incredible experience of my life, I can’t imagine spending my time in college any other way. I’ve always loved History (specifically Politics and US History through various wars) and Art History (my true passion, specifically post WWII art), so I took the maximum number of courses every semester, filling any gaps with whatever Art History, History, and Political Science classes were available. I knew I didn’t want to be a teacher or end up in law school with all of my friends, the classes were just for fun.

This lasted for three and a half years, at which point I was told that I couldn’t register for another semester until I chose a major. I flipped open a course guide to a random page: Fine Art. The admissions councilor didn’t believe that’s how I would choose my major, but I’m stubborn, and even though I had never taken a single visual art class in my life, never even touched a canvas or clay, within a week I was officially a Fine Art major. From there the story twists and turns, but concludes with me graduating on time (in four years, I mean), with degrees in Visual Arts and Political Science.

As for my job? It’s 2010 - discreet job titles went the way of the dinosaur, the beeper, and girls who don’t give head… I do a lot of things but in the most broad sense, my job is Creative Direction and Brand Identity. Does that work for you?

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Amateur Night (The Halloween Song) - The Good Night

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Piper &amp; Ali (by me)

Piper & Ali (by me)

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The white trash version of "hot girl in a sweater" is "hot girl in a football jersey." For reference, see With You by Jessica Simpson. Go Trojans.

The white trash version of "hot girl in a sweater" is "hot girl in a football jersey." For reference, see With You by Jessica Simpson. Go Trojans.

(via nickelcobalt)

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Giuliano Bekor shoots BeBe campaign at World Cup (view in HD)

I don’t like BeBe, don’t like girls who wear BeBe, and I’m not crazy about this campaign, but it’s a pretty cool behind-the-scenes video of how they made the ads that have been everywhere for the past few months, and it shows the work that goes into a successful photo shoot.

The first time I saw one of the photos I could tell it was shot at the USC Coliseum - it’s been too many years since I rushed this field!

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Haven’t Met You Yet - Michael Bublé (via girlwearsmascara)

My really good friend from USC (and old roommate) Alan Chang wrote the music for this song, along with Home and some of Michael’s other popular singles. I’ve actually never even heard Home, I know it’s popular now and Alan has won dozens of international awards, but when he became Michael’s musical director and pianist I don’t think any of us understood how much of an achievement that was, or really how good he is. I’m really proud of Alan, he’s still in his twenties and he’s already done so much, and I really like this song. Maybe some day I’ll post some of the music he was making back in college.

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Gary Simmons Starlite Theatre 2010Simmons uses cold wax and pigment on canvas to create these haunting images of Americana past. (via hydeordie)
I just had a conversation with Gary about his new show - he was my mentor in college and is still a great friend. Shortly before meeting him I discovered his work via Richard Meyer, he&#8217;s one of my favorite artists and one of my greatest influences. The show is amazing, if you&#8217;re in New York you should definitely check it out.

Gary Simmons Starlite Theatre 2010
Simmons uses cold wax and pigment on canvas to create these haunting images of Americana past. (via hydeordie)

I just had a conversation with Gary about his new show - he was my mentor in college and is still a great friend. Shortly before meeting him I discovered his work via Richard Meyer, he’s one of my favorite artists and one of my greatest influences. The show is amazing, if you’re in New York you should definitely check it out.

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“One day I was home in my office,” Carroll told the group. “I was reading one of coach John Wooden’s books. Of course I knew his story about UCLA, the great basketball program, and all that stuff, but I was reading it to confirm — well, I don’t know why exactly I was reading it. Let’s face it, I’d just been fired. I had plenty of time on my hands.“I got to the point in the book where he said that he was in his sixteenth year at UCLA before he won his first national championship. He’d coached other places before; he’d won Pac-10 championships, he had a great winning record. But as soon as I saw that, I smacked the book closed.” He clapped his hands together; the loud sound had a startling effect on the rapt crowd. “Shit. It hit me just like I got punched right in the forehead!“Once he got it, he just nailed it. Once he figured out what was right for him, how to engineer his program in the way that best exemplified his philosophy, nobody could touch him. He wins nine of the next eleven championships, and then he retires, just goes off into basketball heaven. How beautiful is that?“And then I thought, Oh, crap, it took him sixteen years. And I don’t even have a job. I better get my act together. I started working that moment. I got a notebook out and started writing. I asked myself: What is my philosophy, what is my approach? And I came up with the thought that if I was going to describe me, the first thing I’d say is I’m a competitor. Just one simple line. I’m a competitor. That’s my whole life since I was three, four years old. I tried to beat my big brother in every game we played. All of his friends would just laugh at how hard I’d try. I’d be fighting and scratching and crying and whatever it took, from the time I was a little kid. Reading Wooden, I realized: If I’m gonna be a competitor, if I’m ever going to do great things, I’m going to have to carry a message that’s strong and clear and nobody’s going to miss the point ever about what I’m all about.“From there, the next thought that came to mind was Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead.”Carroll stopped at the podium again. He surveyed the crowd. Everyone was expecting a joke… but none came.“Jerry Garcia said that he didn’t want his band to be the best ones doing something,” Carroll explained slowly, wanting the words to sink in. “He wanted them to be the only ones doing it. To be all by yourself out there doing something that nobody else can touch — that’s the thought that guides me, that guides this program: We’re going to do things better than it’s ever been done before in everything we do, and we’re going to compete our ass off. And we’re gonna see how far that takes us.”
- Via Esquire (via tanya77:dangerghost:)

“One day I was home in my office,” Carroll told the group. “I was reading one of coach John Wooden’s books. Of course I knew his story about UCLA, the great basketball program, and all that stuff, but I was reading it to confirm — well, I don’t know why exactly I was reading it. Let’s face it, I’d just been fired. I had plenty of time on my hands.
“I got to the point in the book where he said that he was in his sixteenth year at UCLA before he won his first national championship. He’d coached other places before; he’d won Pac-10 championships, he had a great winning record. But as soon as I saw that, I smacked the book closed.” He clapped his hands together; the loud sound had a startling effect on the rapt crowd. “Shit. It hit me just like I got punched right in the forehead!
“Once he got it, he just nailed it. Once he figured out what was right for him, how to engineer his program in the way that best exemplified his philosophy, nobody could touch him. He wins nine of the next eleven championships, and then he retires, just goes off into basketball heaven. How beautiful is that?
“And then I thought, Oh, crap, it took him sixteen years. And I don’t even have a job. I better get my act together. I started working that moment. I got a notebook out and started writing. I asked myself: What is my philosophy, what is my approach? And I came up with the thought that if I was going to describe me, the first thing I’d say is I’m a competitor. Just one simple line. I’m a competitor. That’s my whole life since I was three, four years old. I tried to beat my big brother in every game we played. All of his friends would just laugh at how hard I’d try. I’d be fighting and scratching and crying and whatever it took, from the time I was a little kid. Reading Wooden, I realized: If I’m gonna be a competitor, if I’m ever going to do great things, I’m going to have to carry a message that’s strong and clear and nobody’s going to miss the point ever about what I’m all about.
“From there, the next thought that came to mind was Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead.”
Carroll stopped at the podium again. He surveyed the crowd. Everyone was expecting a joke… but none came.
“Jerry Garcia said that he didn’t want his band to be the best ones doing something,” Carroll explained slowly, wanting the words to sink in. “He wanted them to be the only ones doing it. To be all by yourself out there doing something that nobody else can touch — that’s the thought that guides me, that guides this program: We’re going to do things better than it’s ever been done before in everything we do, and we’re going to compete our ass off. And we’re gonna see how far that takes us.”

- Via Esquire (via tanya77:dangerghost:)

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Trojans KILLIN&#8217; IT on a Saturday afternoon!

Trojans KILLIN’ IT on a Saturday afternoon!

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