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BIG NEWS: As for this upcoming Friday, we’ll be squaring off against David Nakamoto of Multifresh in Coudal’s Layer Tennis! Serious shit. A battle that has been in the making for some time. Gonna get ugly.

I used to work with Dave at Cinco, and as Senior Designers, there was no shortage of bravado or posturing in our savage pursuit of the coveted “highest spot on the food chain, just under the principles.”
I went for the title many times and left David in tears behind me. Still don’t feel bad about it. On the screen and on the ping pong table, I took that man down. Claiming it.

You fuck with the bull, and you get the horns every now and again.

Nakamoto is a photoshop man. He’s known in these parts for his masterful collage work and colorful layouts. Lots of random little lines and stuff that don’t make sense to me, but work beautifully. That’s his thing.

Me, well, you know the deal. Lots of thick type and shit, old stuff, weiner dogs, America, etc. No big whup. A broken record.

A Message to my adversary, Nakamoto: It’s on, man. Don’t contact me all week. I don’t got the time, nor do I want to lose focus in my training.

Over the weekend, I practiced my key commands. Simple enough. Fucking lethal.

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SOME DIRTY LAUNDRY BETWEEN US: One time, Dave was all huffy about something or the other with clients and “wasn’t having” my iTunes selection of John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Cherry Bomb” playing on the Cinco community player. I mean, I had to listen to Kool Keith every other song, and whatever “cool,” painfully-appropriate “IDM/Air/Whatever” designery office music that was fashionable at the time. So I put the Coug on and Dave lost his shit. I didn’t back down and he went nuts and we didn’t talk for a month.

I can hold a grudge. But hell if I wasn’t gonna stand up for my right to play my song on our player, nor matter how bad.

At day 31 of our cold war, he finally caved in and apologized. I won that one, and will win this one this Friday! Or my name isn’t Aaron James Draplin.

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ALL THIS TOUGH TALK, AND SUDDENLY, WE GO SOFT: My favorite guy to listen to when it rains in town: Nick Drake.

Here’s the A Skin Too Few documentary on YouTube,

A Skin Too Few - Part 1
A Skin Too Few - Part 2
A Skin Too Few - Part 3
A Skin Too Few - Part 4
A Skin Too Few - Part 5

I mean, c’mon, just how many musicians in yer life will move you like Nick Drake does? I remember being so thankful when I finally got around to discovering it for myself. Still am.

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oh man, i’m watching for sure. DOE is pulling for the DDC. One giant Helvetica cap T to the heart right out of the gate, slap that bitch hard.

Posted by: styk on 11/12/07 at 6:28 PM

the whole story: we each get a small stipend for this thing and i told him to put his $ where his big mouth is and make it winner take all. he wont do it.// one word for ya, scared.

draplin this coming friday

mellencamp, so wack. keep that shit in the headphones.
keep practicing those keyboard commands, little buddy. youll figure them out someday.

Posted by: david nakamoto on 11/12/07 at 6:37 PM

Dave’s getting a heaping helping of weiner dog upside the head, come Friday.

I think Heller will help steer the tide in the direction of your solid type chops. He won’t be easily dazzled by any two bit channel operator.

Go get ‘im, Drap.

Posted by: eric on 11/12/07 at 6:42 PM

Aww man, this is going to be a sweet one. Looking forward to it Draplin! I think David vs. you is going to be an interesting match-up.

Posted by: Naz Hamid on 11/12/07 at 6:45 PM


Posted by: Tim Lahan on 11/12/07 at 8:08 PM

Take no prisoners Draplin! Show’um what true key-stroking mastery is all about!!!

Posted by: Jamie on 11/14/07 at 11:37 AM

You’re either first or your last.
Here’s to you being the former.


Posted by: Oswald on 11/14/07 at 4:54 PM

This will be the first Layer Tennis match that our ENTIRE art department shuts down over. Both of us are very excited. In those immortal words, “Get the bitch, Leatherface.”

Posted by: ChrisFromOhio on 11/15/07 at 7:49 AM
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