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Hibernating

Posted in Random BS, UAC Updates with tags , , , , on December 30, 2010 by bendey14

Yes, it’s true. You have been neglected, Undergrounders.

I won’t delve too deep with this one, just know that sometimes the hole you find yourself in often has roots full of a different perspective. Suck on ’em.

Also, I may or may not be an actual bear…jus’ sayin’…

Bendey

2010 World Cup

Posted in Commercials + Virals, Random BS with tags , , , , , , , on June 11, 2010 by bendey14

The time has come my friends. The 2010 World Cup will kickoff at roughly 10am today and to be perfectly real with ya’ll…this guy is geeked!

Just wanted to leave you with a nice TV spot before I begin my summer hiatus (not really, but yea) which you probably have seen, but most of you probably haven’t. So flip on your telly and watch the entire world go insane for a month or two!! Oh yea, before I forget, get up in the bracket league over at Code 2 Ave!!!

Bendey

The Burj Birdmen

Posted in Film + Video, Random BS with tags , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2010 by bendey14

I absolutely love it when people do incredibly insane stuff. And don’t meet a horribly unfortunate end. And act like it’s not a big deal. And then film all of it.

These two guys take a trip to Dubai to illegally attempt the world’s first and only base jump off the Burj Tower (the world’s tallest building–still under construction).  Such a great story and footage of two guys with some serious balls.

Bendey

Bendey’s 25 Worst Family Xmas Tree Ornaments:

Posted in FAIL, Products, Random BS with tags , , , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by bendey14

Here at the Bender household, we have a handful of holiday traditions. Some have come and gone, some were retired after age 12, and some were just forgotten. But one tradition that has stuck around for all my years on this earth is making our family Christmas tree ugly as hell. It’s pretty easy to achieve, especially when half our ornaments were made in the 50’s and the other half were hand-crafted by my brothers and I through grade school. In the past, my parents have tried to make it a tree to be proud of, but at the end of the day, I’m going to find a spot to hang that sequined cotton ball nightmare. During my younger years, I felt every ornament deserved it’s fair share of the holiday spirit and would stop at nothing to find a spot for it among the tree, no matter how ugly it was. Now that I’m older, that principle that has worn off, but the tradition still remains: the Bender family Christmas tree is going to be ugly as sin, because it wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

Here are a few examples of the Bender tree ornaments that have the ability to make babies cry.

Rudolph Pine Cone

The hot glue really gives this one character.

Psychedelic Kite

My Mom definitely got this one sometime back in college.

Elf/Pinocchio/Soldier

This one would be considerably less creepy if he had hands and wasn’t obviously lying about something.

Skiing Snowman

Are those Rossi twin-tips?!

Ms. American Mouse

I’m guessing this ornament was made back in ’59 when Alaska and Hawaii became our 49th and 50th states.

Asian Horse Thingy

Nothing pays homage to the birth of Jesus more than an ancient Japanese-style war stallion.

Pears

Ah, I get it, “pear tree”… good one.

Energizer Bunny

Some strange lady in Target gave this to me when I was 5.  I thought the 7-Up dots might have chiseled it for me.

Boy & Girl

I can see why some people might consider this cute, but what they don’t know, is that it smells like old socks.

Pink Victorian Boots

I don’t care how old you are.  This is not okay to have on a tree.

Santa Tie w/ googly eyes

Having trouble selling something?  Put googly eyes on it and watch the money start rolling in.

Bendey’s Kindergarten Christmas Masterpiece

This is when my design skills really took off.

Sleepy Elf w/ cape and lady bug

Not sure why, but to me, this one screams LSD.

Nesting Birds

The eyeballs on these two will make you want to vomit.

Puppy in Present

This one might be okay if the puppy didn’t look like it had just been hit by a bus.

Xmas Tree

They don’t get much lamer than this, my friends.

Santa Dog

I don’t have much to say about his one, except that I’m really really sorry.

Taxidermy Cardinal

Nothing like something dead and stuffed wired to your tree.

A Couple Christmas Bears

Is that a corn dog he’s holding?

Satanic Rocking Horse

Look at those eyes just literally oozing evil.

Singing Angel

The guy who did the lame Christmas tree from above was also responsible for this one.

Glittery Spider

Yeah, this one should have been thrown out back in the 90’s, but my Mom absolutely hates it.  Therefore, I keep him around.

Dinosaur

Creativity Fail Of The Year:  1989

Mentally challenged mouse/dog type thing in a cloud

Looks like Picasso did this… when he was 4.

Well that’s the list. Our tree has never looked more hideous.

Happy Holidays!

-Bendey

Oblivious We Are

Posted in Creative Campaigns, Random BS with tags , , , , on October 24, 2009 by bendey14

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This is a much different entry than a lot of my readers are used to.  I just felt like it was important enough to let a a few people know what’s happening out there that we don’t see everyday.  It’s not too often that I start taking a political stance on things.  I don’t really feel the need to try and persuade anyone away from his or her beliefs, but sometimes there are problems in this world today that are just plain obvious, no matter where you come from or what you believe.  And most of the time, we’re oblivious to the obvious.  I was passed along a link earlier today about the rapid depleting albatross population, which is, of course, our fault.  I know the environment isn’t at the top of most people’s list of “things to un-fuck up” but in all honesty, it’s something that we’ve taken for granted for far too long.  This post is a collection of albatross carcasses captured on the Midway Atoll, which is a small stretch of sand in the middle of the North Pacific.

Here’s an excerpt from the site:

“These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.”

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Here’s the link to the rest of the photographs. And a short video detailing the source of the problem.

Kinda makes you think…

Free Plaxico Burress

Posted in Random BS on August 21, 2009 by bendey14

plaxico-burress-on-phoneMany of you have probably heard about the New York Giants Pro-Bowl wide receiver, Plaxico Burress.  If you haven’t, apparently he accidentally shot himself in the leg while inside an Manhattan nightclub a while back.  Just two days ago he accepted a plea bargain that landed him with a ruling of 2 years in prison.  2 YEARS??  C’mon people, the man’s not a bad guy.  He made a stupid mistake without a doubt, but 2 years in prison??  Isn’t prison supposed to be for violent criminals?  Not good citizens who make one stupid mistake?  In my opinion, he should’ve received an ass load of community service with maybe a month or two in the slammer.

Now Plax is one of my own.  We both received our degrees from Michigan State University and I can remember watching him every Saturday take the field at Spartan Stadium.  Sure, Michigan State has produced some great wide receivers…but they never seem to make it work in the League *coughCharlesRogerscough* for one reason or another.  I just hate to see a great guy and a player I’ve looked up to for so long get everything he’s worked so hard for stripped away.

In honor of the man who’s being locked away for all the wrong reasons, I thought it was only fitting to find a way to show some support.  Come get yours.  UAC STORE.

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Your Daily Dose of a Time Waster

Posted in Artwork, Music, Random BS with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2009 by bendey14

IMG_4517Holy hell it’s been a while since my last post.  I apologize my friends…but I do have a special treat for you today.  So you can’t stay mad at me for too long.

As some of you may know, I can be pretty damn strange.  For example, you may find me running around my front yard hunched over an ant hill with my camera for several hours.  I know this is not normal to most, but it’s all part of a “bigger picture”.  For the past few months I’ve actually been gathering short clips and videos with my camera similar to the example described above.  I’ve slaved over editing and cropping and splicing and tracking for months full of sleepless nights.  What for you might ask?  Well, for absolutely nothing.

With that being said, I officially release, “The Short Film of Random Shit.”

Nature that isn’t Naughty

Posted in Artwork, Random BS with tags , , , , on July 4, 2009 by bendey14

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Ya know, it isn’t often that I get in my “photography mood” but in reality, I feel like I’m always in the mood, I’m just not armed with my camera.  Well for a fortunate change of pace, I decided to bring out the ol’ Canon for a nice mid-morning jog the other day.  I don’t usually photograph a lot of nature…in fact, some might say I typically do the exact opposite (urban decay and human espression) but I still love it.  So in order to burn off the Busch Light from the night before and to feel somewhat productive in relation to the current day, I figured I’d go for a light run and photograph a couple things that struck me (hopefully not a car by the way, you really only need to watch the first 15 sec. of that vid to get the jist of it, but to be honest… if Busta provided the soundtrack and I could easily see the cash involved in each “swerve and jack”, I’d for sure look into real-life cheat codes…or at least put a pedestrian kiling apparatus on the ol’ camry).

It was good though, and there weren’t any maimings involved (…yet).  Morning dew, light sweat (reinforcing the productivity), and a few snapshots for the album along the way.  I was able to capture a few time-lapse vids for my upcoming “video” produced solely for the purpose of experimentation and a general result of boredom…don’t worry, it’ll probably be in a post following this one.  But enough banter, here are a few of the goods…

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Hmm… seems that I just uploaded 3 of the biggest files in internet history, I apologize to all of yaz that just took a trip down code 2 avenue and came back to realize your webpage still looks like Anna Kournikova’s career (timed out).  Well once them sumbitches load, feel free to wrap your desktop with ’em.  It’s not like I’m gonna try to rip you off again by putting a binding between ’em.  Oh yea, speaking of guiltless ways I’m trying to get rich, I plan on launching a new website soon.  I know it’s only been about 9 months since I dropped my last one but times be changin’  …and hell, I’m effing bored.  I just took pictures of trees and cesspools for 2 hours for god’s sake.  Stay tuned for stuff that will most likey waste your time and/or get you fired.

It’s Always Sunny Underground

Posted in Artwork, Random BS, UAC Updates with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2009 by bendey14

me-sticker2For everyone out there that knows me personally, you automatically should be aware of my freelance art business called Underground Art Concepts.  Although Forbes ranks it at 501 on their list of Fortune 500 companies, it’s safe to say I won’t be shelling out the cash for a sticker on a Nascar quarter panel.  I do however own a handful of decals that I regularly hand out to anyone that wants one.  Now you have to understand that Underground Art Concepts was first put into motion after a very close brush with death that I experienced back in the day while writing…but that isn’t what this post is about, I’ll save that story for another day.  So yes, you should immediately realize that I’ve spent some time ducking security cameras, red and blue light bars, and spend consecutive nights with different colored finger tips (my interview).  Underground Art Concepts is essentially me legally doing my graffiti for people that want to pay for it… except you won’t ever find any ads in my school newspaper, this business relies heavily on my fellow Undergrounders’ word of mouth, or in this case, word of sight.

My good buddy DKA and I have been seeing my UAC decals popping up around campus for quite some time now.  After a low-key night of NBA Jam on the SNES, a handful of beers, and our dissatisfaction of basic Comcast cable, we decided a pleasant stroll (no homo) through East Lansing’s binge drinking sector could offer a nice change of pace.  Armed with our cameras and our shared passion for the Underground scene of graffiti, we partook on a satisfying night of graff-culture and some degree of flattery for my own exponentially growing ego.  Here are a few of the night’s (and previous days) favorites…

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A big thanks to my Underground street team…whoever you may be.

During our voyage, I was able to capture a few scrawlings that I found a little humorous.  I don’t know who this Origin guy is either, but he seems to be just about everywhere.  Stay up!

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Spelling FAIL.  "See me after class..."

Spelling FAIL. "See me after class..."

Biologics Plaster Sculpture

Posted in Artwork, Random BS, UAC Updates with tags , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by bendey14

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Well Underground, it’s been a turbulent month.  First, no more new media drivers license, the class is officially over.  It was a great class, and I’ll be honest, this blog wouldn’t be here without it.  In additional news, I made it out of Jamaica alive.  It was an awesome trip and I had a BLAST, but that’s not to say I didn’t come home with some regrets.  With this blog inevitably becoming more “personal”, I’m going to shy away from discussing my emotions right now and get to the meat and potatoes of this post; the unveiling of my latest sculpture titled, “Biologics”. 

Now I’m no sculptor, in fact, I think I’ve maybe played around with clay once before in my life prior to this STA 114 (3d form) class.  It was surprisingly fun and very very messy.  Despite missing a few 8 a.m. workdays due to a faulty alarm clock, a hangover, and the tragic death of a friend, I had to spend most of my weekend going to work on the details of this latest piece.  First molded in clay, then cast in plaster to create a negative mold, then finally filled with plaster again and broken away, “Biologics” had another 5 hours of detailing put in.  Finally, infused with a nice flower growing from the exposed brain, I generally went for a organic/mechanical approach combining old snowboard clicker bindings, random scraps of metal, and plenty of washers and bolts to accent the obvious face.  The rock like chiseled effect was an accident.  I started hacking away chunks and satisfied with the progress, decided to leave it.  Well, I should probably quit talking about it and just show it to you guys.  Enjoy.

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