Category Archives: Social Media

Ride Bikes And Listen To Metal Mixtape

Every Monday night for the past year and a half I’ve been teaching an indoor cycling class to metal music, I call it Metal Monday. The class is at the yoga and cycling studio Breathe Denver at 5:45pm and is an hour of strength & endurance building drills for cyclists of all levels (think lower intensity, longer efforts). You can read more about my class and my reasoning behind choosing metal in this interview on Team Beer’d.

See Breathe’s full cycling schedule, make sure you sign up for cycling classes in advance. I also teach a beginner’s class on Wednesday!

Enough about the class, I want to give you some music!!! Click on the image below to download the free mixtape.

Mastadon – Iron Tusk
Russian Circles – Death Rides A Horse
Ludicra – Path Of Ash
Baroness – Coeur
Sweet Cobra – Levithan
3 Inches Of Blood – Demon’s Blade
Skeletonwitch – Baptized In Flames
The Sword – The Sundering
Raise The Red Lantern – Wings Of Fury
Pelican – Lost In The Headlights
Black Cobra – Frozen Night
Saviours – Apocalypse World Split
Red Sparowes – Like The Howling Glory…

RIDE SAFE,
Jen

Smiles From Miami

I had a lot of fun handing out my Operation Smile pins, it was great because it’s so simple! Here are the rest of the awesome, rad, smiling hustlers I hung out with in Miami last weekend during Art Basel.


Julia Kaganskiy, Editor of The Creators Project and other new media stuff
Julia doesn’t smile in pictures, so I gave her a smile pin to act as a reminder. Julia and I met a while back through Matt Scobey and we made a point to hang out in Miami which worked out perfectly because we both didn’t have bikes or money for cabs. I gave her a ride on the back of my scooter one night and I think she thought she was going to die.


David Feinberg, Video Editor for Vice, VBS, and more
This guy is awesome. We met David through Julia at a sweet Vice rooftop party and our crews ended up hanging out together all night. He was incredibly dry and random which I loved, for that I gave him the “THE” pin, because it too is random. (From this he introduced me to the gallery The Hole) Turns out, dude’s from Denver so hopefully we’ll be seeing more of him!


David B. Smith, Owner of David B. Smith Gallery
David was surprisingly the only Denver gallerist that I saw! He was showing Minnesotan artist Gregory Euclide at the Pulse Art Fair. David routinely brings in big name artists like Josh Keyes, AJ Fossik and more, for all his hard work in giving Denver a name in the art scene he received a HUSTLE pin.


Thalia and Adri, More Vice/VBS kids
Obvs I would give pins to the girls who were spinning new wave with a satan sticker on their Mac, duh. These ladies kicked ass and were wonderful partners in a 2am jaunt for falafel. Will def look them up on my next NYC trip. They got AWESOME and RAD pins.

Overall I think the project was a success, I got people to smile! I didn’t get as many photos as I thought I would, but I guess that’s because I was focusing on the art (go figure). I still have a few pins left over, so if you’d like one let me know!

What project would you do if you had the opportunity to go to Art Basel?

Smiles,
JEN

ABMB Project: Operation Smile

Operation Smile is a social experiment while I’m at Art Basel Miami Beach. Typically when you meet someone you get their business card, right? Well, where does that end up? In a drawer somewhere with a bunch of other cards, never to see the light of day again? They’re a great tool, yes, but still, I want to try something different. That’s where Operation Smile comes in.

I am going to Miami with a goal to find new artists and meet new people. Simple. And I don’t mean I want to meet lots of people, I want to meet quality people that I will stay in touch with. The pin is more than a card, it’s a gift! Everyone has cards, but who has pins? Especially pins that say “RAD” and “HUSTLE”? If I think someone is special I’ll give them one of my 50 pins, then I’ll snap a pic of them and post it to twitter along with their twitter handle and the hashtag #OPsmile. Now, they have my info and I have theirs, I have a photo and they have the pin. We’re connected!

Operation Smile is about making friends and giving people a reason to smile.

Make sure you’re following @BRIGHT_ALLEY on twitter to follow #OPsmile.

I want to know, what makes you smile?

I’ll Be At Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States”, with the best galleries showcasing their most amazing artists. It’s kind of a big deal. I’m very excited to experience this influential event by day and spend my nights partying on the beach.

Since I don’t know how to sit still, I will be running a little project throughout all this madness via @BRIGHT_ALLEY. That’s all I’ll tell you for now, you’ll just have to follow to find out. (Hint: You can cheat by reading the widget on the right.)

Here’s a little preview:

I’m going down there with my friends Matt, Tony & Tuyet AKA Bored Of Directors. They will be sharing their projects as well, so make sure you follow them too: @bored_of.

Smiles,
JEN