What does regret mean?

What does a band like the Butthole Surfers mean in the world? I’ve wondered for many years since the first time I experienced one of their shows.

I recently received a press copy of the visual history book Butthole Surfers: What Does Regret Mean?

The poster from the show I first saw is in the book (and pictured below) … the memories of that transformative experience came flooding back. I remember like some alternate dreamscape; It was in the Pine Street Theater back when the ceiling had many many dozens of chandeliers hanging. It was incredibly loud, there was otherworldly behavior from the opening Portland bands The Hellcows, then Smegma – there were some sort of animal heads on stands on stage that ended up being kicked around the pit by the end of their set – then came an overwhelming surrealist sensory cacophony when the Surfers took the stage with two drummers, re-contextualized educational and surgical films, Gibby singing through a megaphone, a bizarre trancelike dancer who had to be helped off the stage after the band finished playing.

I’ve seen the Butthole Surfers a number of times. I don’t recall how many. More than three and less than twelve. Many other great experiences, but I can’t say any were as deeply effecting. Though watching Gibby shoot blanks with a rifle pointed at the audience during the first Lollapalooza tour was very unnerving. People were dancing in the mud in Enumclaw and he was point a rifle at us taking shots.

I did an interview after they signed with Capitol Records. We published that in Plazm magazine, issue 6 (1994). That’s now online here.

The book itself is a trip down memory lane. A visual archive of old flyers, posters, photographs, artworks, and set lists. It also contains memories and quotes from many of the Butthole’s contemporaries. If I have one criticism, it’s that there is only one woman’s voice. Neko Case makes the case that the Buttholes blow past gender. I believe that, but the case would be better made if there were more women commenting. The limited edition book comes with a flexi disc of unreleased music. Remember flexi discs? Serious Surfer fans might want to get their hands on this.

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Paula Scher: Success doesn’t lead you anywhere

OnCreativity sits down with legendary graphic designer and artist Paula Scher to talk about success, failure, and the benefits of being totally unqualified for a job.

With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like creativity itself, their differing points of view inspire, provoke, confuse, and delight. 

More interviews at oncreativity.tv

Director: Niko Courtelis
DP: Robert C Bryant 

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Uncertainty and the creative process

The second part of our OnCreativity interview with glass blower Michael Davis. What do you do when you are stuck creatively? When you are uncertain. Is living with ambiguity a key? 

With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like creativity itself, their differing points of view inspire, provoke, confuse, and delight.

Director: Niko Courtelis⠀
DP: Robert C Bryant⠀

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jason sturgill: peace, love, rock&roll, misunderstanding

The latest stamp in our artist series — Artistamp No. 7 — is by Jason Sturgill, an illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. 

His stamp sheet builds on a series of three hand characters (peace, love, rock & roll) released as enamel pins. The artistamp introduces two new characters collectively titled “misunderstanding.”

Our poster stamps are printed on lickable, gummed paper and pinhole perforated by hand on our vintage machines. Each is signed and numbered by the artist. 

The Artist Series is an ongoing collaboration between The Portland Stamp Company and invited designers, artists, and writers who create original poster stamp designs

The stamps are available for purchase at buyolympia.

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Voter Power

Democracy works best when people participate

Do your civic duty. Exercise your right to vote.

Voting requirements are different in each state. Quickly register, get an absentee ballot, and check your state requirements at Vote.org or use the federal website, both contain direct links to all states.

Oregon voters: Have you moved? Have you changed your name? You need to re-register — Deadline is 10/16. Update here.

Mail your ballot by Oct 27 or drop off by 8pm Nov 6. Find a dropbox location.

 

View our Oregon endorsements here: www.plazm.com/vote

 

This public service message brought to you by your fellow citizens at PLAZM

Photography: Sumaya Agha
Make up: Amelia Rasmussen
Soundtrack: E-Rock

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Bend or Bust!

bend or bust design roadtrip

We’ve been helping put this fun thing together — a 4-day design road trip curated by Civilization and FISK to take Seattle and Portland designers to Bend, Oregon for Bend Design and back.

Meals / lodging / transportation / shuttle bus / workshops / 3 days of tickets to Bend Design included.

The road trip will include stops in Seattle and Portland with design-related events and conversations. Full itinerary & tickets available at benddesign.org.

Limited capacity available — get on the bus.

The conference itself is quite an exceptional opportunity. You can read an interview with me on the Bend Design blog talking about why I think this event is unique.

Come fail with us

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Walker Cahall artistamp No. 6

ArtistampsOur first six artist stamps are pictured above — from left to right, Ed Fella, Allan Bealy, Mia Nolting, Kentaro Okawara, Sally Wassink, and Walker Cahall. 

The Fella stamps are sold out, all others remain available. The poster stamps are printed on lickable, gummed paper and pinhole perforated by hand on our vintage machines. Each is signed and numbered by the artist.

Artistamp No. 6 is by artist Walker Cahall, an illustrator, designer, maker, teacher, and worldly thinker based in Portland, Oregon. He illustrated and silkscreened them too! Read an interview with Walter and purchase a stamp on The Portland Stamp Company website

The Artist Series is an ongoing collaboration between The Portland Stamp Company and invited designers, artists, and writers who create original poster stamp designs.

Walker Cahall artistamp

 

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Citizen Designers: Conversation with Civilization, Visible, FISK, and PLAZM

Please join us in Portland for a conversation exploring the role of design in igniting positive cultural change in our society, featuring participants from the upcoming program at Bend Design:

Plus, mingle with some of our local favorites who will be speaking at Bend Design this October 25, 26 + 27, including Jeff Kovel from SkyLab, Kim Kovel from Nike, John Demsey from W+K, and Lynette Xanders from Wild Alchemy.

Free event, limited seating. Reserve here.

Tue, August 21, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

Nemo Design
1875 Southeast Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214

Beer generously provided by Fort George Brewery.

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Ann Hamilton Habitus

Habitus, a new Ann Hamilton project is part of Converge 45 this summer. The scale and depth of this work is quite exceptional. Make a point to visit. It’s not often something like this will happen in Portland. To get a real time sense of the experience, take a look at the OnCreativity interview we did with Ann at her New York Armory installation Event of a Thread. 


“To recognize the possibilities within something is key.”
—Ann Hamilton 

For this remarkable installation Hamilton reimagines habitus, her critically acclaimed large-scale artwork for the location of Portland, Oregon. The artist designed twelve immense, cylindrical curtains intended for public engagement and activation in the outdoor pavilion at Centennial Mills, along the Northwest edge of the Willamette River. habitus was originally commissioned by The Fabric Workshop and Museum for the changing waterfront at Philadelphia’s Pier 9 in 2016. For this installation, the artist considers Portland’s past and present, addressing themes surrounding human connectivity and a sense of belonging.

You can participate in advance here by sharing literature responses to word prompts of “home”, “sanctuary” and “dwelling.” https://buff.ly/2mxutXY 

Centennial Mills Pavilion
1362 NW Naito Parkway (at NW 9th Avenue)

Free and open to the public
Fridays – Sundays, 3:00 – 7:00 pm
August 10 – September 16

 

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tear up this wall

New Portland Stamp Company poster stamps by artist and designer Bráulio Amado — these are in response to the current administration’s efforts to criminalize and dehumanize immigrants.

All proceeds benefit CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project: caraprobono.org an organization providing legal services to families on the border.

Purchase stamps for $5 from Buy Olympia — to increase your donation, simply buy more than one stamp!

 

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