SEO CAN BE CONFUSING — GETTING TO THE TOP OF GOOGLE TAKES WORK
But We Got The Answers
SEO CAN BE CONFUSING — GETTING TO THE TOP OF GOOGLE TAKES WORK
But We Got The Answers
Chicago, IL – There is a continual problem that exists in the halls of advertising. Art directors great and small are stretched to their mental limits and are forced to come up with all sorts of new images, themes and concepts. It is not uncommon for them to reach a road block and then completely shut down and even be replaced. Up until recently this was a serious problem and even stock images couldn’t fully give enough creative juice to these ad guys. Now there is one artist who transpires beauty, aesthetic form that inspires and creates powerful vision. This is enough to rekindle the dying embers of creativity and make it reborn again into a raging inferno.
John Hammink is a man of many talents ranging from fine art, music, and an absolute visionary when it comes to the digital realm. Hammink is offering these new images for advertising and promotional use. These are to be used in the same likes as stock images and royalty free images. The upside here is that this artwork is delicate and shows many gradual color shifts that are unique to this particular style of fractal design. These images are superior to many of the fractal abstract designs commonly found with big name stock image providers. The images are unique because they are created through a unique formula that involves a lot of thought and some proprietary techniques. The results are nothing short of stunning. The end result is amazing and would take a traditional photoshop artists many hours to even come close to the details and intricate quality that John delivers.
These images are also great for helping art directors overcome artistic burnout. They can be used straight off the disc as is or they can be enhanced or used as backgrounds in complex animations in post production. These are very versatile. Now the best part about it is that there are many to choose from and they can be scaled in great size. The uses range from print, digital web media, social media, post production, wall hanging installations, table top, fashion, package design and more. The collection is known as, “Spectral Images” and these are now available for purchase. The fun part about these images is the versatility and multi-use. Now art directors and creative directors can pick from thousands of visually complex and dense color images and have them delivered digitally in real time. This is great for advertising agencies under crunching deadlines.
Ted Cantu at Hot Metro Finds is bringing John Hammink’s work to the masses. Right now we are in production to deliver high quality art images to not only advertising agencies but to interior decorators, visual display companies and more. The real question is – “How Will You Use YOUR Spectral Images?”. The digital formats are very versatile and lend themselves to a wide range of applications. This is getting a lot of attention in the Chicago market and the company is getting some traction on the web.
Cantu used to work with John Hammink on a multi media theater troupe called, Cross Currents. This Ann Arbor based theater company used visual arts and music to create some interesting live experiences. The art was created right in front of the audience while experimental music was played. Now Ted Cantu is back in collaboration with Hammink and is promoting the art work into popular niche markets.
About Spectral Images
John Hammink Spectral Images is based in Chicago, and offers complex and beautiful digital stock imagery for advertising agencies, design studios, post production, and commercial design houses. The art can be used for a wide range of applications in different industries including financial, advertising, package design, restaurant design, interior design, animation and more.
DETROIT – Hey – its, “The Big Cantu” and we just taped an episode of, “Self Talk” the independently produced business television show out of West Bloomfield, Michigan. I was interviewed by Danco Sotirovski and Herb Martin. These two are unique personalities and work with entrepreneurs of all types in S.E. Michigan. Now the theme of the show is pretty interesting because it centers on how we talk to ourselves on a daily basis and how that – self talk – influences our outcomes.
Danco is an online marketer and a business entrepreneur based in Troy and Herb Martin is a college professor in psychology. I come along for the ride as an independent advertising entrepreneur and together we tackled 30 minutes on the air. I hoped my story comes across as believable and sincere but here is the thing. We got three personalities on the air from very different background trying to tell the – Ted Cantu story.
Hopefully, what comes across is this. I grew up in Muskegon early on and was inspired by the cities founder, Charles Hackley who was responsible for much of the towns early growth in the 1800’s. He was big into the lumber trade and put the town on the map. He also was responsible for creating some iconic buildings in the city including the Hackley Public Library. From there my family moved me to Bridgeport, CT where I encounted another larger than life figure – P.T. Barnum, (of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus fame).
Barnum was an interesting character from the 1800’s and in many ways was the great Godfather of Advertising. Around that same time I discovered Punk Rock which was hugely influential on how I saw the world. I also grew up near New York so I was around lower Manhattan during the age of Warhol and post pop artists like Keith Harring. Saturday Night Live was a big influence too at the time because the cast was making a big noise in film and the show was challenging convention. MTV was another big influence too that came around the same time and what I walked away with was the thought that, “Anything was possible.”
During the show it was a bit of a balancing act to stay on course. We did 5 tapings that day and my hosts didn’t know my story very thoroughly and I wanted to stay on track. The influences that I mentioned have great brands behind them. I was trying to communicate that many businesses in Metro Detroit and lack any sense of branding strategy and in self talk.
I was trying to make an illustration of my colorful background and how it relates to today. It’s interesting that I took the route of advertising over fine art over the years but after going through my story on TV it was pretty obvious.
So, we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully my message will come through and I will come off in a linear approach in delivery.
I see a lot of disconnect too in my life and in my daily interactions with the Michigan audience. Where I say, “push the boundaries of convention” and “raise the roof” a lot of the businesses that I come into contact with are fine with their little pitiful 10% off coupons. I see a lot of these kinds of businesses go under.
This is a huge topic and I will be commenting on it more in detail.
The show will come out sometime next week and I will be posting links to it on here.
Chicago, IL – The popular UK cult punk band Slaughter and the Dogs are the focus of something called Rocktoberfest. Hot Metro Finds is continuing the dizzying festival fanfare from it’s recent Chicago Riot Fest coverage by reviewing some of the most eclectic bands in the month of October. This recent set of reviews take place in Chicago at a place called Reggie’s Rock Club as well as other venues such as the Double Door in Wicker Park. The articles and set lists will be featured on www.HotMetroFinds.Com and will also feature the recent show by California’s favorite Surf Punk band Agent Orange.
Slaughter and Dogs first emerged in 1976 in the Manchester UK punk rock scene. They were prominent on the indie front and even opened up for the Sex Pistols. The music eventually was recorded historically on the, “Live at the Roxy WC2” album and has since become a highly searched record by punk rock enthusiasts, rock journalists, and the curious. The energy generated on those early recordings have been recreated in the bands recent live performances. After taking a considerable amount of time off Slaughter and the Dogs have returned to the festival circuit in 1996.
Rock journalist and pop culture enthusiast, Ted Cantu, has captured some of the manic show performances through a series of articles and reviews. The material will not only feature stage side notes of sets but also insights on city life as it happens. The recent Slaughter tour is something of an enigma. They truly show that great rock music doesn’t die but indeed lives on. In the recent summer months a lot of great rock music acts have resurfaced in the Chicago area including Television, Patti Smith, The Buzzcocks, and Paul Weller. Under even closer investigation other acts are following their footsteps. The UK favorite Eddie and the Hot Rods are also playing at the Double Door in future days to come.
What is interesting about this recent wave of live performances is that these old acts are coming back out on the road. Many fans never dreamed that they would ever see them perform live. This is history in the making. When something like that happens it is something of a celebration and that was the reason for chronicling these events. Hot Metro Finds is dedicated to finding out these types of events and then bringing the experience to the people.
About Hot Metro Finds: Hot Metro Finds is a news site dedicated to music reviews, pop culture events, business trends and fashion insight.
DETROIT: Who the hell is running the media these days? Where are they hiring these people from and what makes them qualified to report on – anything? Just recently another angry young “journalist” was informing the masses that Eddie Van Halen was the “Douchiest” (is that even a word…? Hmm) guitarist of all time. This came off a list of some sort that also included the likes of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Rick Nielsen.
Van Halen, “1984” made the Rolling Stone magazine’s top 100 albums of all time. The tour stamped a final signature on what was Van Halen and also signaled the end of the band until 1997 when they reuniuted, (minus bassist Michael Anthony). The tour was pretty tight too. I was there. I caught the show over at the DC Capital Center in Maryland. They rolled through the concert with no hiccups. A year prior Van Halen made a spectacle out of themselves at the US Festival in California. Singer, David Lee Roth was drunk and out of control, swearing loudly, and forgetting his own lyrics throughout the performance. I don’t think anyone knew that this was going to be the absolute last time the band would ever hit the stage together.
After the 1984 tour MTV was plastered with some premium rock videos from the band for the first time ever. “Panama”, “Jump” and “Hot For Teacher” were the standards on the video playlist and they were really well made unlike the videos from the, “Diver Down” album. Van Halen gave us six solid albums that wrote the blueprint of how metal pop music was to be played and inspired 1000’s of bands. How many journalists did the guy over at the Village Voice inspire?
While you on the floor at your momma’s house playing with Teddy Ruxpin, I was out in the real world seeing REAL CULTURE…. and that’s the way I roll today.