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Art of the Marching Band

When I was in high school it was cool to be in marching band.  We competed statewide bringing home trophy after trophy. The crown jewel was an invitation to march at the Orange Bowl half-time show.  What could be better than a 36 hour bus ride with a bunch of teenagers.  I remember having canker sores from all of the oranges and grapefruit I ate.

This recent video by the University of Hawaii marching band  brought back some great memories of those marching days.  A pretty impressive routine from someone who is a tough critic of marching perfection.

Making Her Mark, Serbian Street Artist, Sashka

I am always curious about the work and process of  street artists.  Some of their work is quite beautiful and inventive. TKV is the artist name of Sashka (1988), a Serbian street artist, living in Belgrade. Doing stencil art is a basic need for her: she has to go out and leave her creative marks throughout the city. It’s as essential as eating or sleeping.

Since graffiti – like in most places – is prohibited in Serbia, TKV has to be very careful not to be caught by the police. That’s the reason why Pretty Cool People filmed her in a matter that makes her less recognizable.

Although TKV is extremely concerned with the social situation of her country, this doesn’t mean she loses herself in political slogans. On the contrary: she wants to add something beautiful to the world, she wants to surprise unsuspecting passerby’s and make her fellow citizens smile. Albeit for a moment.

Pretty Cool Crew: Commissioning Editor for SubmarineChannel: Geert van de Wetering, Interview & sound: Jessie van Vreden, Camera: Pierre Rezus, Editing: Jessie van Vreden, Axel Skovdal Roelofs.

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