The campaign that started it all.
From the agency that introduced millions to the Geico Gecko, and the minds behind the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign, the Martin Agency is one of Richmond’s most well known exports. Quietly located at the end of a cobblestone round-about in Shockoe Bottom, the award winning agency is housed in a space that evokes creativity. The notorious firm opened its doors for a rare glimpse inside.
Come back to Dirty Richmond tomorrow to watch Bree Davis’ video of the Martin Agency visit.
Next Week: a look inside one of Richmond’s most well known advertising agencies.
Nate’s return to taco-slinging at Don’t Look Back
FREE VINYL GIVEAWAY: After a successful Kickstarter campaign, and thoughtful months of production, Nelly Kate’s album Ish Ish is finally here! When listening to the album it becomes apparent that a great deal of sincerity was put into the this project: Nelly Kate’s lyrics, textures in instrumentation, and packaging.
A winner will be chosen at random, good luck and visit nellykate.net.
Last week’s open model call for this year’s annual VCU Fashion Department show attracted many runway hopefuls. The aspiring models checked in and then went through various stations of the call facilitated by students of the fashion department such as taking measurements, head shots, and then finally walking in front a panel of judges including scouts from Richmond’s own Modelogic Wilhelmina modeling agency.
Returning to the basics of fashion, this year’s show titled “RAW,” will be held May 6th at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Mission Statement for Dreams
The Cowboy Prince
Each morning we awake from dreams and rub our eyes and say “Damn that was swell!” and then we get dressed and we put the dreams behind us and get on our way. But what if we refused to wake up? What if instead of rubbing our eyes, we grabbed a net and captured those dreams and then spent the rest of our day getting to know them better? What if we spent our days in the active pursuit of dream realization and dream cultivation? What if we lived each day with that purpose in mind of bringing the dreams and worlds inside of us into realities? Imagine how great that world would be!
“My true vocation, all though I am a tailor and folk artist by trade, is the pursuit of life.” -The Cowboy Prince. Antique sheep wool sheers from sometime during the early 1900’s.
Perched on a hill top apartment overlooking the statues of Monument Avenue resides the Cowboy Prince. Offering a hospitable invitation into his Walden-esque refuge and freshly made biscuits, the Cowboy Prince is a costume designer by trade and a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Bringing elements of a past time into modernity, the apartment serves as a greater extension of the personal outlook of the artist; encouraging others to live in pursuit of the heights of their wildest dreams and become the kings and queens of their own worlds.
"I am not that unique in my values, and interests - hell I know many people who wish they lived in another time period. What makes me different from the norm is that I embrace those inner most wild dreams and live my life in the pursuit of their realization. My true vocation, all though I am a tailor and folk artist by trade, is the pursuit of life. I want my life to be my message, and that message is for other people. My weird dressing style, art, home and interactions in the world are invitations for others to join in to a life of intentionality." -Cowboy Prince
Visit Dirty Richmond tomorrow to read an open letter from the Cowboy Prince.
Rooster Cart chorizo and avocado tacos
Words by Sabrina Barekzai:
Having an outdoor lunch at one of Richmond’s many food carts seemed like the perfect way to take advantage of this year’s spring-like winter afternoons. Brian, Devon, and I decided to try Rooster Cart. The all-vegetarian cart was the creation of siblings Luke and Jen Mindell, who previously lent their culinary flair at the now closed Cafe Gutenberg.
The cart plans to have a rotating menu of things like Oysterish Po Boy, vegan mac and cheese, and tofu banh mi to name a few. The creativity and unique flavors offered on their menu is worth checking out alone. All three of us opted for the soy chorizo tacos, made on corn tortillas with avocados, greens, and a flavorful jade, parsley and sesame sauce.
One of the reasons food carts must be so popular is that it’s essentially gourmet food on-the-go. The best part has to be passionate chefs, like Jen, who love to talk about what they’re making for you as they’re making it. The Rooster Cart is currently located at 2906 Patterson Ave, just behind Bandito’s. Follow the cart on Twitter for updates.