Lock Picking Party

Last weekend, Atlas Obscura hosted a Lock Picking Party at the amazingly beautiful General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in Manhattan. It was one of our biggest parties yet, and dare I say, one of our best. 

Guests were greeted with their own personal take-home lock picking kits, and over the course of the night, were promptly boozed up, taught how to pick locks, and sent back out into the world tipsy, and with their new scandalous skills.

I was tasked with the job of creating all of the print materials for the party - instructions for how to pick locks, descriptions of the new tools, cocktail menus, informative cards, and yes, I did hand stamp 300 bags all by myself. I may have mentioned this before, but any chance I have to get away from the computer and perform some repetitive task, I take. I love the zen-like state it puts me in.

This was probably one of the most fun things I've gotten to design for Atlas Obscura, and, bonus, when I was done, I knew how to pick locks!


I have been waiting a very long time to talk about Arthropoda, the educational insect show for kids that I'm directing with my pal Jessica Oreck. The series will live on the Children's Documentary Network, an online, interactive site comprised of global, non-fiction content for kids. While the site will launch sometime later this year, the first three episodes of Arthropoda are showing for the next few weeks at the IFC Center as part of their Short Attention Span Cinema series.

The first three episodes feature a Rosehair Tarantula, an Annam Stick Insect, and a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. The above is a still from the Tarantula episode, in which we use a picnic blanket to illustrate how tarantulas use their webs.

Here is a little behind the scenes shot; I am gently coaxing a stick insect onto a bed of kale. I can't wait for CDN to go live so that this show, which I am so incredibly proud of, can be seen by all - but in the meantime, head over to the IFC Center March 21-April 10, an Arthropoda is playing before each of their regular features.

Aatsinki Film Poster

Jessica Oreck's otherworldly documentary on Lappish reindeer herders, Aatsinki, is coming to theaters! It opens here in NYC at IFC on January 24, and plays through the 30th. I'm very proud to have lent a helping hand to the design of the film's poster. I spent some time in Lapland with Jessica and the Aatsinkis back in 2012, and the landscape, wildlife and hospitality of that trip I will not soon forget. Jessica's film does a beautiful job capturing the natural beauty and the day to day of a wild reindeer herder; full of quiet contemplation, punctuated by moments of fierce and sudden activity. Take it from someone who has: it's best viewed again and again.