Wednesday, 12 October 2011

LSD Magazine New QR Codes - Looking Good

LSD Magazine has had over 5 Million Unique Page Views in approx 20 months. This has been achieved using only online viral marketing techniques implemented by Wayne and team. LSD has never used any printed media or paid advertising which means sitting in front of computers 7 days a week! We deploy various methods of tracking exactly what we're doing as we really do need to know if a campaign is working because we only have two people running the entire campaign and for no money (bigger picture). 

We recently started using QR Codes and was more than happy when contacted by a newly launched company whom design QR Codes on Steroids. The next generation of QR coding is looking pretty exciting and may well bring our QR Code usage in line with the rest of Europe. Lets be honest as much as QR codes are essential they're not exactly pleasing to the eye. The team at QR-Reactor have the solution in hand. They can design your own uniquely branded fully track-able QR Codes so yours stands out from the rest. We're gonna be working with the lads so you will be seeing a lot more codes like the LSD Magazine one. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Elate on Censorship - LSD Magazine Issue 7

Censorship, simply put, is controlling the information and the ideas that are being circulated within a society. The truth about censorship is that it has truly been a hallmark for dictatorship all throughout history. Censorship is achieved in many ways, including through examining plays, books, television, films, news reports, radio programs and all other forms of communication in order to alter or otherwise suppress any ideas that were determined to be offensive or objectionable.

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
~Claude-Adrien Helvétius

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real. ~Charles Bukowski

I've been the victim of a campaign of vicious harassment and intimidation to stop me from opening an independent gallery in Brick Lane, East London showing visionary fine painting by oldskool London train writers as well as straight-up graff and visionary art.
I had a notice pinned to my wall saying 'Art gallery not needed' then a car was driven at me at top speed outside our intended gallery one night. It nearly ran me over...that's when I knew it was serious. In this age of corruption and decadence, outsider and street art is clung on to as one of the last vestiges of purity, it is vital that it remains peoples free will to paint, show and enjoy which art they so choose, and not be subject to censorship.
~Elate LSD Issue 6
Never has tyranny and censorship been such a burden to art than when shouldered beneath the clear blue skies and fluttering false flags of anarcho-meritocracy and liberty.
~Elate LSD Issue 7 May 2011

If a company's reason-to-be is to make and increase profits, ideals such as freedom of expression and the free sharing of ideas, are by nature, a conflict with the aim of the business entity. Some ideas and some forms of expression will eventually conflict with the character, desires, and motives of the company. With the power to dictate the flow of information to some extent, why wouldn't a business direct that content to suit its own needs?
How does one know what information is missing, if it is missing? How does one know what art they are not being exposed to, if they are not exposed to it?
..the solution is as simple as cultivating awareness. Seek knowledge, discover art, listen to alternative voices. There is the freedom to choose an independent source, rather than the source that is overshadowed by corporate interests.

In our modern capitalist society, there may be many interests trying to cultivate public awareness as a means to financial gain, but accessing a wealth of art, inspiration, and information is possible.
~What is Corporate Censorship?
Defining Censorship in Modern Society

All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. 

All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of all censorships. There is the whole case against censorships in a nutshell. -
~George Bernard Shaw

We get on the bandwagon in all sorts of ways - you know minor ways and major ways ....which isn't censorship exactly, it was something sort of uglier in a way.
~Kathy Acker

We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder "censorship," we call it "concern for commercial viability.
~David Mamet

The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.
~David Ben-Gurion

In the long run of history, the censor and inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
~Anthony Witney Griswald

Read the full article here

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

LSD Magazine Interviews Ian Phenna (Issue 7)

Lashing a passionately poignant prism of portraiture to the end of his spray can and letting fly with the visual poetry of textured metaphor, Ian Phenna is coughing up some seriously sublime slices of figurative art. As the line between ‘street’ and ‘fine’ dissolves into a radical synthesis, aspects of the can and stylistic starting points born onto brick dance through an ethereal mirror of human emotion where lonliness and alienation meet mishief and a wry twinkle and settle in for paint drenched piss up. Playing with texture and mediums, some of Ian’s most fascinating work lifts the cult of letters out of graffiti and abstracts them into layers of elusive, indefinable feeling...

Did you initially start out writing and develop into wider forms of painting, or did you have an ‘finer’ art background?

I started drawing and painting when I was very young and never had any formal training but was a vandal before actually thinking about ‘art’

How did portraiture become the major focus of your work?

I’ve always been naturally compelled to draw and paint people around me...

What are you looking for in a face?

Contrast, expression, gaze, I dont really know...some faces come directly from my imagination 

How do you weave emotion and the abstract into a portrait?

One «tag» or symbol starts the process..then I find and lose an image repeatedly with tags until the process stops,I think this way of working adds an emotive edge.

Should realism ever be an end in itself ?

Why not? For each their own... I can paint realism, it just doesn’t really engage me...I prefer the unpredictable way of working 

What is it about seminal musical figures like Bob Marley, Sid Vicious and Jimi Hendrix that speaks to your spray can?

They are just good subjects to paint...