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Typically, this post would be full of all the things that inspired me in a given week…
But I’m so smitten with the film I watched last night that I felt the need to give it a whole post.

Tekkonkinkreet is the story of two orphan boys trying to protect the only town they know.
It’s got enough symbolism to satisfy James Joyce, and enough surrealism to make Michelle Gondry weep.
& the icing on the cake is the beautiful score by UK rockers, Plaid.

The animation in the film is a flawless combination of traditional and 3-d, which is executed in a manner not unlike Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. While it is based off the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, it reminds me more of a Jaime Hewlett drawing, or an American indy comic book than anything else.

This film was brought to us by Studio4°C (that created the Animatrix), and is the first feature length Anime to be directed by an American (Michael Arias).

However, in America, it’s screening only in LA or NYC & it’s only playing for 4 more days.

In LA, you can see it @ Landmark West Los Angeles, The Westside Pavilion, 10850 West Pico.

In NYC, you can see it @ The Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street (between 5th &6th Ave).

Check out the trailer:

Or this rad chase scene:

Extra:
Official Site (American)
Official Site (Japanese)
IMDB page
Soundtrack by Plaid on Amazon

xo,
Star

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Getting new business cards always makes me think of that scene in American Psycho.
While embossing might get Christian Bale excited, I think that showing yourself off should be a lot more fun than all that!
Eggshell? Bone? Pale Nimbus? These are not colors, but rather, things that would crumble beneath my mary-janes.

My cards are from Moocards, a service that works with Flickr & enables you to put your flickr photos on your cards. I’m super into the small size card, but I know that’s not for everyone…So here are some other types of decidedly un-traditional cards for you to check out!

Rounded Corners!


Stuart Frisby


Dave Blank

Metal Cards!


National Greyhound Adoption Program (design by Laurie Demartino)


LODGE (design by eric kass )

Reflective Cards!

Le Reflet Restaurant


Digitopotis

Some other helpful tips:

Remember them!

The other day, I met a prospective client & realized I forgot mine. I had to write my info on a napkin in paint marker. embarrasing!

Don’t be stingy!

If someone asks for two, give them up! Even if you’re at the end of your pack. If someone wants extras, they’re probably trying to refer someone else to you….which is the whole point!

Ask for a card if you give someone else one.

It’s always in your favor to be interested in other people & what they do. Plus, remembering people is key, and having a business card to remind you makes it even easier.

Follow up.

Drop people an e-mail after you get their card, especially after a conference or other big business event. You are one person in a sea of faces, and it’s important to make your impression stick.

Extra Info:
Wikipedia entry on business cards – In case you wanted to know where they come from.
Overnightprints.com – Quick & affordable printing.
Jakprints.com – Less affordable, but more options.

What does your card look like?

xo,
Star