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Not sure how this tradition started. I think just before the Christmas break, Nina accidentally printed out her boarding pass on an A3 sheet, and it just caught on. So a handful of us have been printing certain documents on massive A3 papers. At first it was just boarding passes, but it spread to train passes, term evaluations and directions to parties. Jay was asleep when I placed his massive A3 train passes on his belly. He briefly woke up to see what it is, and said "Stop ruining my life." The point is this is that it makes people... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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Gibson just got kicked off from his programme while he tried to outsmart the system. Although we're best friends who bond over making people uncomfortable out of perpetual boredom, I've somehow been pegged as the good girl, while he's been pegged as the troublemaker. But any day now, I'm expecting to be called into the Department Head's office. When I walk in, he'll tell me to sit down on the end of the long table. He'll gather his hands together and say, "Melissa, I'm gonna be straight with you. You've GOT to leave Joe alone." Joe's a tutor(adviser) at my... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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I found this image on Buzzfeed. It's a baby getting a chick to smell the flower. It's a BABY trying to get his CHICK to smell the FLOWER, because it smells awesome and the baby wants the... You get it. This picture made my day, but that night at a bar, I made the mistake of showing it to my (apparently soulless) dude friends who shrugged it off. Pfft, jerks. The only one who showed any response was Antonio, who waited like 5 minutes for me to pull it up on my phone. Since we usually talk about social issues,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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The Russian told me he hasn't moved his bike since I bead-attacked his bike last Christmas. Accomplice: Gibson & Nina Took us forever to find out which one is his bike in the bike racks. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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In school, I'm in this elective called "RDP (Research-Design-Publish)." Our assignment in the first term took place at the BT Archive. At one point, I noticed that everyone in the elective was a smoker except for me and Abbie. The classes always ended with people starting to roll their cigarettes. For Christmas, I made smoking papers made out of the letters R, D and P. I also added the BT logo, as if it was sponsored by BT. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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I used to make presentation decks for a living before I moved to London. Everyday, I would hand my bosses a stack of murdered trees. Sometimes, when the deck is particularly thick, we'd joke about how that's a "biggg deck." Sometimes, I'd e-mailed the PDFs when my bosses were away from the office. After Lindsey showed her kick-ass presentation design at the all-agency meeting, putting big type on top of full-bleed stock photos became the new standard around the office. I sent out these PDF decks to people at my old office during Christmas. One of my bosses got back... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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Andrey, the Russian kid who sits next to me in studio, has been windsurfing in the Atlantic Ocean for the last ten days. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on the philosophy of friendship, so although he looks like a freakin' Ken doll (he looks exactly like the picture below), he's a big softy when it comes to his friends. Also, his best friend in Moscow is a DJ, so he often associates success with attracting a crowd. As a way of saying "Welcome back" or "We totally tea-bagged your desk while you were gone," I took photos of our friends... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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My tutor was ill last week, so I gave him this then. http://thecannibalist.typepad.com/the-cannibalist/2013/02/eyelids.html Today, I figured he'd feel better, so I gave him this. Because he was so ill last week, he started rambling about the directions to his house. "Why are you telling me where you live?" "I DON'T KNOW!" So I chose the hospital that seemed to be the biggest one in his area. I made fun of his last confusing last name again on the address line, and then again when I address him by name. I think I should probably wait before I make another joke... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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I had a tutorial with one of my tutors yesterday. He was so terribly ill, and I had to repeatedly yell "Go home, man!" He was barely able to drag himself home, yet he still had freelance work to finish later at night. Plus, he was scheduled to sit through at least 4 hours of tutorials this morning. He's about my age and he's really sweet, so there are times when he looks like a helpless little boy. During the film seminar, soon after the lights went down, I quickly thought of something and drew this on my hand. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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David Gibson is "that guy." Everyone knows one. Everyone knows that guy from Superbad. Gibson is that guy who sees/draws penises in everything at every chance he gets. So for his birthday, we had to give him what he has always wanted in his mouth. Magical Julie made this cake. And I walked around all over Soho earlier in the week, so I can make this penis-shaped pasta with cream sauce, sausage and mushrooms. My grocery store was out of crabs, but fortunately, it turned out that British people don't know the expression. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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In the studio, I sit by this kid Andrey. 1. He studied math and philosophy, so the idea of bending time and space intrigues him. He's studying at an art school with me, so I think he's drawn to the idea of cheating the great laws of nature. He's been playing around with the idea of putting different materials into hourglasses to sculpt time in unconventional ways. 2. He's Russian and he can sometimes be hard-core disciplined. He keeps a bunch of hourglasses on his desk. One of them lasts for 20 mins and others last about 30 mins. When... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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The ongoing rumor (that I spreaded) is that Andreas and I are married. It started from the fact that I always seem to be the only one who knows where he is at all times, and it came to a point where I was telling people that I'll put them in his appointment book. Andreas is that he's always kind, super talented, semi-reserved (or "mature" since he's older than us) and pretty private. We all want his help. We all want his opinions. We all want to be more like him, but it's very hard, because he doesn't have a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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The tuition for my school is so outrageous that two of my friends decided to claim some cash by participating in medical trials. They were instructed to stay away from three things: alcohol, drugs and poppy seeds. The boys are super chill and don't have a disciplined bone in their bodies, but they couldn't be any more strict about these rules. We all stayed away from alcohol on New Year's Eve. Instead, we decided to get fucked up on sugar. Despite weeks of intense effort, Gibson somehow managed to test positive for poppy seeds. (Turns out that the test is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at The Cannibalist
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Jon Wozencroft at my school holds on a Sound Seminar every month. It's about more than a hundred people gathered in the luxurious "Senior Common Room." We dim the lights, sit on the floors or sink in the couches and enjoy the music that Jon puts on. Our first Sound Seminar of the term had a theme: Luxury. I felt awfully creative during it, and couldn't help myself. I left the room with this on my Photoshop screen. It's by far the baddest thing I've ever made. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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So the reason why I haven't been updating much recently is because I've been out-pranked by my new friend, David (a.k.a., David M Gibson or Gibson). #pistachios He's absolutely brilliant, and I'd rather stop making than to compete with his mischievous energy. You can see some of his illustration work here. You'll know what I mean. http://gibsonillustration.com http://gifson.tumblr.com http://tallinnandoutandshakeitallabout.tumblr.com Here's what he's been doing to my place whenever he sleeps over on my aerobed. http://instagram.com/p/Rkebo1NIde http://instagram.com/p/SuvcAVtIaP http://instagram.com/p/SsOlRLNIRs Not only that, he keeps leaving me shit like this on my studio desk. He's by far my "favorite disaster," who rants about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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I met Trace at work just a few weeks before I left for London. I firmly believed that it'd be more fun for him to know all of our peer 20-somethings around the office, so I used to drag him out to lunches and parties. In the process, I acted more animated and trouble-causing than I actually am. By the time I left the country, I concluded that Trace thinks I'm nuts. I sent him a postcard that has this inexplicable thing. And that was actually the revised version of this. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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My friend Tom likes ceiling-high bookcases. They indeed are beautiful, and whenever I see one, I approach one like I've spotted a deer in the woods. Tom also like old craftsmanship aesthetic, so I sent him this hand-made card. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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I don't have many friends in the social science field, but I do have one who happens to be the best in the field--Dylan. If he and I ever find ourselves in a zombie apocalypse, then I'm likely to sacrifice my life to save his, because his decision-making skills and compassion would give the mankind a better chance of survival. (But his impatience will get him killed sometime along the way anyway.) If it weren't for his interest in international relations, I wouldn't be studying in London to become more socially responsible designer. He just started law school at Berkeley... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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My tall friend Daniel has managed to get a viral infection and has been MIA for weeks. I made this for him when he briefly stopped by the studios last week. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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I just moved to London two weeks ago to attend the Royal College of Art. I'm utterly obsessed with my program, and because of its outrageous tuition, I'm going to make sure I get the most out of the school. However, since it's my second post-graduate degree, I have a fairly good idea of my next two years will look like, and it seems that I give less shit than others during workshops. At the methodology workshop last week, we went through this following chart. Yesterday, one of the tutors showed this chart again and beat our heads with it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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My friend Silas has a tendency to flake out. A lot. Strangely, this habit of being hugely inconsiderate doesn't align with the rest of his character. The mainland of his character is incredibly sweet and caring, but this one habit exists separately as an island off the coast of Commitment Phobia. About a year and a half ago, he was supposed to come over to make some Valentine's Day cards with me, and he even tweeted about how excited he was about it. I had bought us a bag of frozen sweet potato fries for some late night snack. An... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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This guy at work is a documentary filmmaker when he's off the clock. I like the idea of him, because being a documentary filmmaker probably implies that he is on a life-long scavenger hunt for precious stories around him. (I believe that there's no afterlife and that this is pretty much it, so I tend to admire people who make the best out of our lives by looking into the different layers of each moment.) He just came back from a 3-week-long shoot at the Falkland Islands, and gave me the link to see the first few episodes that's been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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I showed up to the Pride Parade today with this tank top I drew on with a sharpie. Laws are made to regulate our organizations to maximize the number of people that live happily, or at least comfortably, ever after with their loved ones. It is 2012. It is UNbelievable that gay marriages are still illegal in most states. I uploaded this picture to Facebook and told anyone who is against gay marriages to go ahead and de-friend me. These dearest boys know more about love than some straight men ever will. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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About a week ago, I sent an email to one of my bosses while we were on a plane. A couple days later, she told me she finally received it. I briefly pondered about the email's philosophical existence in the air. Today, I've declared "detox" week, where I'm trying to have my phone off until Sunday night. (I've been telling people that it's to drop the habit of checking my phone every 30 seconds, but it's mostly because I didn't like the texts I was getting last night and turning off my phone was an excellent way to run away... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at The Cannibalist
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Chris had gotten a nasal surgery and was telling me that he feels stuffed-up as if he has a cold. He lives too far and he already had an excellent friend/nurse, so instead of paying him a visit, I drew this and sent it to him. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at The Cannibalist