Saturday, January 24, 2009

Londonist Behind The Lens: Chris Osburn AKA Tiki Chris

Hey! That's me! Very cool, but I'm gonna make you visit the actual Londonist post to see the shots.

Londonist Behind The Lens: Chris Osburn AKA Tiki Chris
By Londonist
January 24, 2009

London is (or at least often can be) such a photogenic place. There's just something about it. I mean, for the most part, it's not incredibly beautiful … not like Paris or Barcelona anyway. Nor is London terribly stunning; you really can't compare it to the vertical awe of Manhattan or the mind boggling expanse of, say, Shanghai. However, the story London tells through its streets, landmarks and faces (oh the faces in this town!) is as compelling as any I've ever experienced. The story is one of weathering crises with resolve and engaging the world on its own terms. Through my photography, I hope to share that story with the viewer. Sometimes I think I come close to succeeding.

Read the complete
Londonist Behind The Lens post and see the photos at Londonist.

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's Friday Already? (January 23, 2009)

It's Friday Already? (January 23, 2009)

Furries Invade London

I did a whole lotta livin' but not a lotta postin' this week. Unfortunately, I had plenty of pesky desk work to do as well. But hey, that's life.

Anyway, I did happen upon a pack of FURRY wildlife on the streets of London (and luckily had my trusty camera at hand to document the encounter). I also managed to get one more Sickboy article published.

Other than that, not much really. I'm still adjusting to the (INCREDIBLY AWESOME) fact that there's a new President of the United States of America. I had some homemede pasta e ceci and a Moonpie too ... And played surrogate tourist for an old friend back in Chattanooga.

Life is good,

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sickboy: Stay Free (Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art)

One more Sickboy article. Here's a link to some more stuff I wrote about his Stay Free show.

Sickboy: Stay Free
Chris Osburn, London Correspondent
Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art
January 2009

Not content to simply wow exhibition goers with a retrospective of his best street and studio work, prolific London graffiti artist, Sickboy (whom we interviewed back in February 08), saw his recent solo show, Stay Free, as an opportunity to give something back to his fans in the way of offering his massive Stay Free Factory installation as a prize to one lucky exhibition visitor. During the December 4th through 10th run of the Stay Free exhibition, a thousand golden keys were released to the exhibition visitors with the person whose key fit the lock becoming the new owner of the Stay Free Factory (worth an estimated £20,000).

See more pics and read the complete Sickboy: Stay Free review at Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Week (and Then Some) in Review (January 16, 2009)

The Week (and Then Some) in Review

High Tech Manure Handling

As my dear old mom might say, I have returned "from runnin' around all over tarnation." Hi. It's good to be back. Since my last Weekly Update, way back on the 16th of December, I've ...

- had the best damn BBQ ever;
- and oh so much more!

All the while, I've relied upon the kind kitten-like instincts of a super-fantastic London-based cat sitter to care for my two lil kitty-witties. Yay for responsible people.

So there ya have it. My first Weekly Update of 2009. Question is am I gonna be able to keep up with these on a regular basis much longer? We'll see.

Pub Quiz Prize: My Very Own Double Cola Scarf!

Bestest of the best,

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Yo Jersey Shore Bands: This ROCK GODDESS Needs Some Back Up!

I believe this picture speaks for itself. Hook this lady up with some kick ass toonage and you'll be a hit!

Contact me if you'd like to get in touch with this soulful diva of the Shore!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sweet Toof and Martin Lea Brown at Sartorial Contemporary Art

Double-Bill Sweet Toof/Martin Lea Brown Exhibition at Sartorial Contemporary Art
Chris Osburn
December 19, 2008

Cry Wolf by Martin Lea Brown

Both [Sweet Toof and Martin Lea Brown] have the uncanny ability to juxtapose images of violence, illegality and desperation with vivid colours and an exuberance too often avoided in contemporary art (at least in this town). The results provide viewers with an opportunity to ponder societal anxiety and the fragility of cultural norms at a time when such topics truly resonate. In other words, this is cool shit that’s worth ogling. Very zeitgeist-y!

Read the complete
Sweet Toof/Martin Lea Brown review at Londonist.


Sweet Toof & Martin Lea Brown: Double Billing at Sartorial Contemporary Art
Photography by Chris Osburn, London Correspondent
Saturday, 20 December 2008

More on Sweet Toof & Martin Lea Brown's double billing at Sartorial Contemporary Art at

See all the Sweet Toof & Martin Lea Brown photos at Juxtapoz.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Online and Looking Ahead!

Tri-State Vacuum

Okay I'm back in town and ready to take on 2009. Of course, if you've been following my tikichris to go and ontoTravel blogs, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I never really went away.

Now two weeks deep into January, I'm feeling energized and inspired about 2009, particularly after reading the "
Ten tasks of Atomic Tony Tiki" over at the Atomic Tony Tiki blog. I was so impressed by ATT's "shit list" that I've decided to come up with a few of my own priorities for the year. In addition to eating more leafy greens and getting back into the habit of going to the gym on a regular basis, (in no particular order) I would like to …

1. Be more social with my social media activities:
I spend a lot of time blogging, tweeting, updating my status, uploading photos etc. Of course, it's always great when I receive a kind comment from someone that took the time to respond to me. Not only should I reciprocate more often, but I really ought to take the initiative to let my social media contacts know when I appreciate what they've shared with the online world.

2. Take better pictures:
Practice makes perfect! I've got the knowledge (lodged in my brain somewhere) and certainly can access more photography-related info with ease. I just gotta get out there, take more shots, experiment and learn from my mistakes and successes.

3. Be a better writer:
Similar to "take better pictures" - I hopefully will continue to thoughtfully apply myself to my craft.

4. Be a kinder person:
I've a long way to go but I'll keep at it!

5. Let people know how, when and why I appreciate them.
To align my words with the forces of good and make nice with people more often.

Happy New Year,

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