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It’s no movie, there’s no Mekhi Phifer… but The Six Mile Pencil is pure gangsta! Each pencil contains enough graphite to draw size miles. How do you know how far you’ve drawn? A mile ruler is printed on it’s body!

 

There’s still time to back The Six Mile Pencil. Head over to the Kickstarter page and help get this project funded!

 

(via Swissmiss - images Lyon&Lyon)

COLOR MAKE YOU WANNA GO POP POP


Can’t get enough of those notebooks? Neither could we. 

The Croatia Booster Pack includes an A5 memo book in the same rad pattern (the kit’s book is an A6, so you can stock up on different sizes), plus two color-poppin’ pencils to pair with it. Can you blame us for not leaving these beauties behind??

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Portrait photos for websites are more likely to make me laugh out loud than make me feel connected to the person or the company. Why do so many companies share photos heavy on the awkward staging – employees flashing forced smiles and striking unnatural poses in the most artificial settings? 

 

And then there’s At Work – a portrait series from Croatian photographer Dario Belic. Beautiful photos snapped of people at their workplace, reppin’ their daily grind. No awkward smiles, no staged background… the photos make you wanna hear their story. At least they do for me!

 

Does your office / work space reflect the work you do / create?

 

(photos Dario Belic)

SUPER SNAIL MAIL


Forget email, break out the snail mail! Writing instruments and envelopes – a journey accessed only by sendin’ off a handwritten letter. Two pencils, one memo book, and a phat stack of gorgeous envelopes… It’s STMT X CROATIA! 

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The Croatia sourcing trip was crazy awesome – but not in any way we expected. Two nights ended up being five. Lost relatives were found. An entire family tree came to life before our very eyes – and all because of a piece of snail mail.

Our October Kit is heavy on writing instruments and envelopes because every day, we’re reminded of how important snail mail has always been – how important it still is. Time’s may change, but nothin’ can take the place of lo-fi goods.

Check out the kit now (if we had to pick a favorite item? Those crazy printed notebooks), and read the Low Down to learn how one piece of snail mail reconnected an entire family.

The Low Down – STMT X Croatia


The STMT X Croatia sourcing trip has been crazy awesome – but not in any way I expected. Jessica and I talked about making a joint trip to Croatia happen about a year ago. She wanted to visit her motherland, and Croatia has been on our list of countries to visit for the last three years (even before Game of Thrones made it a popular vacation spot!).

When we got down to it and started planning the trip, Jessica mentioned she’d like to visit the village where her father was born. He moved to America when he was seven and has never been back. We didn’t know where we were going to stay – we didn’t know how we were gonna get to the village. Jessica didn’t even know the name of the village! But her uncle had been to Croatia twenty years earlier and gave her addresses of relatives he had visited. Once we purchased our tickets, Jessica snail-mailed letters to a few relatives, informing them that we would be visiting soon. A few days before we flew out, she received a reply from her father’s cousin, Dragan!

 RAD AND HUNGRY - Donji Vidovec
 

What we thought would be a quick two-day tour of a village of 1,600 people turned out to be a journey that took us deep into her family roots, discovering a culture that was familiar to her yet totally new. Two nights ended up being five. Jessica met family that had only existed in her grandmother’s stories – she met relatives from her father’s childhood, and she even discovered photos of herself that her grandma had snail-mailed back to the relatives. Can you imagine her face when she turned a page in a photo album and discovered her baby photos!

We went from house to house, from village to village, so Jessica could meet more relatives. They hosted us for lunch, dinner, tea… they fed us. OMG – so many pastries and shots of rakija and slivovitz (no matter what time of day!). The very first visit with her family began with a shot of slivovitz at 10 am!! ​

Dragan’s daughter, Dragana (hello, family of dragons!!), made a family tree back when she was in middle school. The family tree was massive, and some entries were missing names and birthdays. When they greeted us at the airport, Dragana had it rolled up, in her hands. Every time we visited a home, Dragana broke out the family tree. Together with the relatives, they filled in names, birthdays, new additions to the family. They searched for photos, giving faces to names. And with each photo came more stories about the person. We watched this family tree – a big sheet of paper – transform into something living and breathing.
 

 

And all of this because of snail mail – they were able to map their family because Jessica sent off a letter to distant relatives unknown to her. The Croatia Kit is heavy on writing instruments and envelopes because every day, I’m reminded of how important snail mail has always been – how important it still is. It’s kept people connected, it’s a record of history, and I’ve watched how snail mail has connected and reunited a family. Time’s may change, but nothin’ can take the place of lo-fi goods. 

oxxo, Hen

The Hunt is on! We been to a lot of museums, but never one like the Museum of Broken Relationships – people donate items and describe why it represents a broken relationship (often with hilarious stories!). Name the country where this museum be – AND tell us what item YOU would donate – and we’ll put your name in a drawing to be Champ tomorrow, at 9am PST.
 
Tweet your answer to @radandhungry, or post to Facebook. Champion of the Hunt wins a custom kit filled of awesomeness sourced from the October 2014 source country.
 
(photo RAD AND HUNGRY)

The Hunt is on! We been to a lot of museums, but never one like the Museum of Broken Relationships  people donate items and describe why it represents a broken relationship (often with hilarious stories!). Name the country where this museum be  AND tell us what item YOU would donate  and we’ll put your name in a drawing to be Champ tomorrow, at 9am PST.

 

Tweet your answer to @radandhungry, or post to Facebook. Champion of the Hunt wins a custom kit filled of awesomeness sourced from the October 2014 source country.

 

(photo RAD AND HUNGRY)

I’m obsessed with abandoned shopping carts. Whenever I spy one, I have to snap a photo of it (top shopping cart in Santiago, Chile, bottom in Seattle). They’re everywhere. The crazy thing? They’re almost always spotted in locations that make absolutely no sense!

 

And now I’m obsessed with Xavier Degueldre's shopping cart inspired chairs. I'm dreaming of a future RAH HQ with a big grass lawn with a bunch of these repurposed shopping carts!

 

(via designboom)

Lookie lookie! Added a new pencil to our Mirado collection – a green Papermate Mirado pencil! Picked up a stash during this year’s sourcing trip to Mexico. The middle version was scored during last year’s trip to Mexico. And we purchased the first pencil up in Canada. Why? The collector in me couldn’t pass up the old-school English / French box!We love sharing our rad stash of pencils – RAHstrs who posted a photo of their USA goods scored a green and goldenrod Mirado pencil with their Mexico Kit!

Lookie lookie! Added a new pencil to our Mirado collection – a green Papermate Mirado pencil! Picked up a stash during this year’s sourcing trip to Mexico. The middle version was scored during last year’s trip to Mexico. And we purchased the first pencil up in Canada. Why? The collector in me couldn’t pass up the old-school English / French box!

We love sharing our rad stash of pencils – RAHstrs who posted a photo of their USA goods scored a green and goldenrod Mirado pencil with their Mexico Kit!

Puttering at Chichi Market, Chichicastenango, Guatemala. There’s a level of grime that’s undeniable. But the grime, the grit, it’s what makes Guatemala both beautiful and dark.

 

(STMT X Guatemala Sourcing Trip - photos RAD AND HUNGRY)

Ever gotten sick during a vacation ‘cause you brushed your teeth with tap water? Sucks balls, doesn’t it? One of the few things we look up before heading out on a sourcing trip is whether or not the tap water is safe. We’re keeping this super helpful infographic, A Traveler’s Guide to Tap Water, in our pre-flight prep folder!

 

(via Visual.ly - images NeoMam Studios)