The Top 5 Quotes from TribeCon 2013

New Orleans’ tech-networking community held its annual TribeCon gathering at the City Park Peristyle yesterday.

Despite a glowering sky, insane wind, and the allure of Halloween pre-gaming, the Tribe managed to kill a giant pot of jambalaya, drain a keg of beer and share some interesting ideas on the intersection of technology and art.

city park peristyle
Algae party! JK, tech conference.

Here are the top five quotes from TribeCon 2013:

  1.  On the creative process and the necessity of creating bad work:

“When I see someone with an immaculate sketchbook, I don’t trust that person.”

Kody Chamberlain

2. On the idea of “digital homogenization”:

“The Internet is really good at telling you what everyone cares about, but it’s really bad at telling you what you care about.”

Ron Goldin

3. On asking for help:

“Everyone wants to be part of something great.”

CJ Hunt

4. On following your passion:

“The type of work you do is the type of work you get.”

Ron Domingue

5. On listening to the voice of your customer:

“It’s not about: ‘How can we get more likes?’ It’s about: ‘How can we get more people to like us?'”

Thomas Knoll

Other highlights: Time-killing jokes from highly bearded emcee Chris Trew, “Workaholics”-inspired bear coats made by Colin Grussing and an introduction to Quintron’s Drum Buddy.

What was your favorite part of TribeCon? Share it in the comments.

FASHION FRIDAY: Miniature Masterpieces

Fashion Friday #fashionfriday

When was the last time you put needle to tiny palette and created a Scrabble tile-sized painting? Exactly. Today on Fashion Friday, we pay homage to the little things–the really little things.

Your neck-st vacation.
Your neck-st vacation.

Little like this necklace from seller ARTDORA, painted with acrylic on a 1.2″ wooden disc. It’s like a tiny meadowlands escape around your neck. An itty bitty $40 getaway!*

*Imagination not included.

“Trash? No, this is art.”

If acrylic isn’t your medium of choice, try these elegant lariat earrings from seller EmilyJeffords. Jeffords makes a miniscule ink painting, then mounts it on a brass pendant and wraps it with silver wire, effectively turning your ears into portable art museums. Make sure to clean behind them in the shower before you put these on, because people will be up close and personal all day.

Go Ask Alice meets Alice in Wonderland.
Go Ask Alice meets Alice in Wonderland.

Just kidding–I know elegance isn’t your thing, you filthy animal. Me neither! That’s why I really like this weird ring from seller rins. It’s a reproduction of his tiny painting “Cigarette Break,” which inexplicably features a girl in a bunny hat giving you serious side-eye. Plus she has a rolling horse toy. I love her.

What's that? I can't ear you.
What’s that? I can’t ear you.

To cap things off on an even stranger note, I offer you this portrait pendant from seller ChronoMachina. You may recognize its occupant as the inimitable Vincent van Gogh, who here displays his good side. As in, the side that still has an ear.

Bet you didn’t expect to go there!