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      LESS THAN 5%

      A little something to put your Monday in perspective and maybe even your world in perspective. It seems crazy that we spend so much time exploring space, talking about space, making movies about space and yet we've explored less than 5% of the ocean's depths. And before you think there's nothing down there watch this video.

      Ok, you should be adequately freaked out and intrigued as to what the hell else is down there. Before you go grabbing a towel and some snorkel gear you should take a look at this image. Have a great day!



      Alright people, it's time to get comfortable, grab some snacks, pour yourself a drink. Maybe dim the lights because you are in for a good time. You are about to listen to an amazing band called Alt-J.


      Not a day goes by that someone doesn't confuse the amazing and beautiful Richard Simmons with the artist Rich Simmons. The similarities don't just end with the name, it's the attitude, the wardrobe, the talent. If it weren't for the hair they could be identical twins.

      To help you figure this out, we will be talking about the Rich Simmons on the left. Rich is a very talented and very social-minded artist, with his Art is the Cure movement that was set up to promote the use of creative therapy and inspire people to find the strength to find a cure in art.

      Rich has a gallery show called the Inner Outsider coming up on June 14th at the Intimate Gallery in London. The show runs from the 14th to July 13th, Where you can see amazing pieces like the ones in this video:


      You'll be hearing and seeing more from our friend, Rich Simmons, not Richard Simmons, very soon at HMNIM.


      This is about a modern-day treasure hunt. There are certain things that everyone loves to read about, monsters from the deep, stories of courage, and lost treasure. These three are pretty universal in their appeal. This treasure isn't lost by any means. It was hidden by an 82-year-old, named Forrest Fenn. Years earlier, Forrest was diagnosed with cancer and given only a few years to live. It was this life-changing ordeal that gave him the idea of leaving a legacy of hidden treasure. He loaded up a chest filled with the treasure that takes a lifetime to amass, hundreds of rare gold coins, rubies, emeralds, carved jade, nuggets of gold and more. Enough to fill a 40lb chest (tipping the scales at roughly 2 million dollars). And then one night, Forrest took his treasure chest into the Santa Fe, New Mexico mountains to hide.

      The location of the treasure can be deciphered through a poem Forrest wrote in his autobiography called "Thrill Of The Chase". The man has lived an incredible life, did a bunch of crazy stuff and lived to write it all down. The buried treasure was supposed to be the closing chapter of his book, with cancer being the final word. Turns out Forrest, like most things in his life, overcame the odds and beat the cancer the first time around but as fate would have it, the cancer is back and Forrest has been given only limited reprieve from death, but the legacy of his treasure will live on...until someone finds it. 

      The Poem:

      As I have gone alone in there
      And with my treasures bold,
      I can keep my secret where,
      And hint of riches new and old.

      Begin it where warm waters halt
      And take it in the canyon down,
      Not far, but too far to walk.
      Put in below the home of Brown.

      From there it's no place for the meek,
      The end is ever drawing nigh;
      There'll be no paddle up your creek,
      Just heavy loads and water high.

      If you've been wise and found the blaze,
      Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
      But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
      Just take the chest and go in peace.

      So why is it that I must go
      And leave my trove for all to seek?
      The answers I already know,
      I've done it tired, and now I'm weak.

      So hear me all and listen good,
      Your effort will be worth the cold.
      If you are brave and in the wood
      I give you title to the gold.


      There are some movie characters out there whose presence transcends time and space. Sloth, from the movie The Goonies, is one of those characters. You could show a picture of Sloth to someone in their 50's or a 5-year-old and they will know that beautiful Baby Ruth-eating face. The movie was a huge success, and two of the Goonies cast, Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings ) and Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men ) went on to big Hollywood careers. But if it weren't for his untimely death in 1989 from being too awesome (aka, his heart couldn't keep up with his awesomeness) Sloth actor John Matuszak would have out shined them all. 

      They don't give out internet memes to just anyone.You have to really earn that prize with hard work and dedication to your craft, whatever that may be. With that said, I give you "Slothing" or as it's known in the graphic artist circles: "Intro to Photoshop". First, you take a good long hard look at Sloth.

      Have you got it? Have you burned that beautiful visage into your brain? Ok, good. Now find any photo you want and drop it into Photoshop. The last step, you mash that face up really good. I suggest the "liquify tool". Done! You are now part of the cool kids meme of Slothing.


      People tend to think that art is out of their reach, that art is something for wealthy celebrities like Leo DiCaprio, who by the way has one of the most impressive art collections you've ever seen. There are the posh art galleries that are "Invite Only" and by the time the doors open, the shows are entirely sold out. That's great for the artists, but not for everyone else. But there is hope. Almost every town has it's lonely artists striving to make it. But people forget that before artists hit it big, they are just like us, trying to make a living. If you want to see art or own art you are going to have to seek it out and you will be glad you did. The big art collectors only buy art when the artist has made it onto the public's radar, but that can be years in the making. If you make a point to go to small galleries and school art shows, you may discover the next big thing all on your own.


      You may be asking yourself what's the point of this post? Our friend Mike Mitchell is curating an art show and you should go. There will be loads of different artists there, a regular buffet of talent.

      You may not be able to buy an original, but you can probably afford a print. Prints are awesome, they are usually pretty inexpensive, come in standard sizes so you can buy a frame no problem, and then Voila! You now have real art on your wall. People will look at you with all new respect and admiration as a person with fine taste. Do yourself a favor, support the arts where you live or online, bottom line is just get involved. Art is awesome.