November 20, 2015

Get @transfattylives on iTunes today! ? cc: @alsassociation

Film maker Patrick O’Brien aka TRANSFATTY‘s new (award winning) documentary about his decade long struggle with ALS is officially available to watch today! In your home! On your TV!

It’s an amazing movie. You should check it out. Right now.



August 5, 2015

REVIEW: the “Unpocket” from @the_affair & @zoltancsaki

8:15 pm in conversations,fashion?,internet,objects dustin hostetler


I’ve had a chance to spend a couple of weeks with the Unpocket, something I backed on Kickstarter what seems like a million years ago, and I have to say it was worth the wait.

Billed as “Simple privacy management for the under-surveillance society” it may seem a little silly to some. The Unpocket disconnects your device from RFID, GPS, WiFi and Cell. No, I’m not concerned about the NSA or CIA tracking my every move (yes I am), but I am in love with the notion of going radio silent.

I recently got an Apple Watch, and I’ll admit it’s a little rude and distracting to be constantly glancing at my wrist while in a meeting. Now, I place my phone in the Unpocket during a conversation and consciously tune out my alerts. It instantly mutes my watch and leaves me focused on the people I’m with.

Pictured above with an iPhone 6 and a Macbook, it’s the perfect size for most devices, and can double as a passport holder or even a simple wallet. The fact that it’s water resistant also makes it great for travel.

No, I’m not paranoid (yes I am) but the Unpocket is a lovely addition to my computer bag that sends a thoughtful message to the people I WANT to be surveilling me.

August 3, 2015


6:27 pm in art,conversations,design,zines dustin hostetler






100for10 are artists monograhphs of 100 pages each, for only 10 Euro.

The art project was initated by Melville Brand Design in Munich, Germany in 2015. They invite international artists to join the project and create a monography of their artwork — the authors define the content and the design. All books are available via print-on-demand ( in Black and White. This way no storage-costs incur and sustainable producton is ensured.

The works center around the fields of art, illustration, graphic design, photography and fashion. It’s a continuously growing collecton that features renowned artists as well as young up-and-coming talents.

Super fucking cool.

June 16, 2015

Center for Lost Arts via @cadler

A month-long pop-up workshop & design studio intersecting 40 creatives from various disciplines in one space, documenting everything.

Pledge $10 or more on Kickstarter, and receive the Center for Lost Arts Zine –
It will document the experiences and reflections of those inhabiting the space. A compilation of images, notes, sketches and more in partnership with Faesthetic.

May 4, 2015

Abstract Editions produced by @quilesguillo

4:37 pm in books,conversations,dreaming,web dustin hostetler


…What is the abstract literature? -Take all elements of the written language to generate another type of language. There is experimental poetry, also not a Dadaist experiment. It may be a new literary genre. Part of the painting. I try to bring literature to the field of creativity. But it does not get something that makes no sense! Is read words, recognize, rather than read, recognize the structures with which the author has fun at work…

January 22, 2015

! @yabsticker Enamel Pins

9:27 pm in community,conversations,design,fashion?,lifestyle dustin hostetler



Available here!

December 8, 2014

Talking Magpie Magpie with @MattHuynh

11:44 pm in art,comics,conversations dustin hostetler

Magpie Magpie is a new, wonderfully illustrated comic book that just pulls you in. While the web version of the book offers a great experience, it’s highly recommended that you pick up a physical copy.

I had the opportunity to ask creator Matt Huynh a little bit about his process…

TF: The book has a very cinematic flow. There is such a fluid movement to the panels and illustrations. Even ending with the flipbook sequence of the flying bird… when you close your eyes and retell the story, do you see it animated?

MH: ‘Magpie, Magpie’ is peculiarly a comic book experience. I was careful to customise the online and print presentation of the comic to showcase each medium’s unique characteristics. I used the book’s properties as a physical object to influence the comic’s rhythm and pacing, whether by exploiting a reader’s page turn, peripheral vision across spreads, or the cloudiness of the paper stock hinting of things to come. The concluding flipbook is another way of compelling the reader to experience the comic through the unique properties of the paperback – to move the hand from turning leafs to flipping through the stacked pages. I’m conscious about making comics that are an engaged act of life itself, rather than a passive discourse, commentary, description or argument on a part of life.

The flipbook appears as a looping animation in the online presentation, and the book compels readers who have been moving at the pace of a page turn to go back and flip through the sequence repeatedly once they’ve realised what’s unfolding in the final half of the book. It’s hinted at with the fore-edge equal parts black and white in an allusion to the magpie of the title. It felt almost inevitable that this gothic story – where the haunted are animated by spasming impulse and trapped in a purgatory of repeated memories and actions – would end with a tirelessly, looping animation.

TF: Through certain sequences, the reader really gets a sense of losing their mind and falling into insanity. It’s very effective and I’m curious where you drew your inspiration for that.

MH: This comic is obsessed abandonment and missing or being missing. There are the kidnappers on the run in a strange land, submitting to the violent storm bearing down on them, the daughter lost and alone in the desolate outback landscape, and a ghostly host waiting eternally for the return of his long departed lover. The comic is one specific emotional refrain that is hit and left ringing again and again.

The comic has at its centre a man who doesn’t realise he is dead, and consequently his earnest acts of chivalry become oppressive, unwanted expressions inflicted upon all those he mistakes as his lover and from living trapped a time that’s long gone. This hole in objective experience tangled with memory and emotion is something that I hope the viewer feels just as disorientated and confused about.

My last comic was about refugees and asylum seekers waiting in a detention centre for their fate to be decided, and with no sign of returning home – a torturous waiting and mystery. I’m occupied with this as the child of refugees. Mystery occupies my practice an artist staying attentive and open in courting my muse. It also is in the everyday struggle with emotional capacity and Keat’s negative capability, occupying uncertainty and life filled with chance and chaos without grasping for reason.

I’m certainly conscious of making work that can be experienced as sensually as pouring wine on your tongue or letting music vibrate in your ear. Something that suffers for reaching for sense and a simplistic rational line through the book, and benefits instead from letting the work wash over. Disorientating the reader, even if only from the counterintuitive line weights, is within the greater aspiration for work that’s an act of life itself rather than mere commentary from the sidelines.

TF: While the book is “only” black and white, your use of depth and tone in shading really drew me in. I’m wondering what your thought process was in deciding to commit to one color for this book, when of course you could have easily told this story with a broader color palette.

MH: Comic’s constraints demand an economy of words in balloons, sharing the same physical space as the characters in any framed moment. There’s a poetic reduction of detail, with a few marks becoming a smiling face. Working with black and white likewise allows for the Japanese idea of ‘Ma’, or the space consciously allowed for our experiences. We might recognise in this restraint that from all the richness flooding us at any given moment, only very minor details survive the trip through our conscious senses to reach our awareness, stay in our memories, and are constantly revised in our retelling.

TF: For general interest, what contemporary (and dead???) artists do you look to for inspiration? Anyone my readers should know about?

MH: My greatest influences are the artist friends I happen to keep close to me as guides and mentors and creative juggernauts, because they are such a presence in my life. They’re most in my life and whose inspiration lights a constant fire under me. I love listening to High Highs, Jolie Holland, Buck Meek and Adrianne Lenker, Appleonia, Margaret Glaspy, Black Ryder, Sui Zhen, Adam Brisbin, Shy Hunters, Invisible Familiars. I read Julie Koh, and I love anything by Marilynne Robinson. In comics it’s Paul Pope, Molly Crabapple, Farel Dalrymple, Eddie Campbell, Katie Parrish, Aidan Koch, Conor Willumsen, Sam Wallman, Pat Grant, Ben Hutchings, Jillian Tamaki, and I love Lorenzo Mattotti and Marjane Satrapi too. In illustration, it’s about James Victore, James Jirat Patradoon, webuyyourkids, Kate Banazi, Joana Avillez, Wesley Allsbrook.

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