Postahs, Speakahs & Other Good Idears
Ahrens Advice: Keep Your Eyes on the Road Ahead
This year Neenah Paper is happy to for populist poster makers who are speaking to the revolutionary crowds at HOW Design LIVE. Each will sign poster for one hour at the Neenah Paper station inside the HOW Design Resource Center beginning with Von Glitschka, then Justin Ahrens, then, in order, Mikey Burton, Kody Chamberlain and Aaron Draplin. See schedule below for specific times.
You cannot go to Boston without stumbling over the site of a Revolutionary event, the ghost American Revolutionary Hero or a pub with a collection of pewter mugs behind the bar. But who studies history anymore? We put our speaker’s knowledge to the test. But we also wanted to know if they could help us translate if we get lost or confused. Can they direct back to Copley from Bunker Hill or down to a good pub near Fenway? Will we get beat up for saying “Y’all sure are a cute as the Dickens for Yankee boys but where are your r’s?”
We start with Justin Ahrens. More than half a score ago, Mr. Ahrens launched Rule29, because he wanted to make his life and his work his Life’s Work — complementary and fulfilling. The man is living that dream—and he is sharing his secrets with anyone willing to listen to the Rule 29 credo “making creative matter” through intelligent professional collaboration and a commitment to social well being and justice. Justin’s book Life Kerning: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life (featured on this blog) is an extended reflection over this. Don’t miss his break out session at HOW (look for # 36 Matters of Wonder in your program guide).
Boston Primer Professor: Which historic water hole is highest up on your list of What To Do When Ahm Blow’n Off Justin Ahwen’s Happy Talk?
Ahrens: The bar from Goodwill Hunting – L Street Tavern (How about them apples you wiseacre?)
Boston Primer Professor: Did you know about Boston’s tourist clogged Freedom Trail? Where does Freedom start and end in Boston?
Ahrens: Freedom starts in Boston the second my plane touches Logan’s runway and Von Glitschka pries open his Costanza wallet and buys a round.
Boston Primer Professor: Did you grow up enjoying the sermons of Cotton Mather or his fun loving pop, Increase Mather? When do you feel like a Puritan?
Ahrens: I feel most like a Puritan the morning after a night out with Von or Chip Kidd. One of the two: late at night, they look quite a bit alike.
Boston Primer Professor: Who is your favorite Boston born world action hero? Choose anyone between William Bradford and Matt Damon but not Ben Affleck because I cannot stand him and I will not call positive attention to his name.
Ahrens: Jack Kerouac – come on think about it…. and of course Nancy Kerrigan as she lay grabbing her shin.
Boston Primer Professor: If some guy walked up to you in Boston and said, ‘you look like a good coxswain. Care to get inside my scull and take a ride?’ Would you slug them?
Ahrens: No… I would kick them in their coxswain…then tweet about it.
Boston Primer Professor: How many lanterns were hung in the North Church steeple on the famous night of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere?
Ahrens: Siri said she doesn’t know…
Boston Primer Professor: Will get arrested giving John Harvard a lap dance while visiting the city?
Ahrens: If everyone’s answer here is not Emily Potts then I’m not sure what they are thinking.
Boston Primer Professor: Did you know the Glitschka is a South Boston term used in popular game of Westie tag? Well… Ghoulstickah is and Von’s ancestors came over on the Mayflower. So? If you can guess the meaning of at least three of the following expressions, Neenah will buy you a hoodsie at the packie on the Fenway. (For accurate translations, go to this scholarly guide from the biggest Eagle, Boston University).
Ahrens: a.) Ghoulstickah: A famous Boston Punk Band; b.) Stylene: A mesh tank top emblazoned with a Boston sports team; c.) Take a Dudley: When you take the Boston subway; d.) Dungahs/Dungies: When you have dirty drawers; e.) Bubbla: A homerun at Fenway; f.) Potty platta: Local ladies; g.) Triple Eagle: A great night in Boston for President Kennedy