Student Converts School Bus into Mobile Home and Drives Around Country

For his final project, graduate architecture student Hank Butitta bought an old school bus on Craigslist for $3,000. 15 weeks and $6,000 of improvements later, Hank and his two friends were ready to embark on a 5,000 mile (8,046 km) journey across the United States.

The 225 sq. ft mobile home features reclaimed gym flooring and dimmable LED lighting. Using the 28 inch wide windows as a modular guide (the aisle is also 28 in. wide), the bus is divided into four primary zones: bathroom, kitchen, seating, and sleeping. The space can be configured in a variety of combinations, depending on need.

At 10 miles per gallon, the school bus is not the most efficient vehicle, but it’s an unforgettable way to travel and one that is sure to bring Hank and the team experiences for a lifetime. Below you will find images of the bus and additional information on the design.

For all additional details, be sure to check out to track their journey, donate and stay in touch with the crew.

[via ArchDaily]


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Envisioned with a nod to the tiny house movement, the project was a way to show how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood.

The primary goals during the design phase was to develop a living space in 225 sq ft that was as open and unrestricted as possible. To accomplish this, Hank set self-imposed guidelines that eliminated any furniture or structure above the bottom edge of the window. This allows the space to remain continuous, and maintains clear sight-lines from one end of the space to the other, even while seated.


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In order to help remove the inhabitant from the reminders and connotations of its former life as a school bus, entry into the space is reoriented to the rear. Upon entering the space, the occupant first encounters the bathroom. In this zone, one side of the aisle is walled off to enclose the toilet.


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The kitchen occupies two window bays and currently features a foot-pump sink as its only true utility. There are plans for one of the bays to become a chest fridge, and for a gas cooktop to be installed, but for now they are surviving using a cooler and a portable propane stove.


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The seating space is the most versatile. It occupies four bays so is also the largest. In its neutral state, the zone features four large seats on either side of the aisle. The two seats nearest the kitchen occupy the space over the wheel wells so they have no storage underneath. The faces of these seats fold out into the aisle to create a platform that can be covered with neighboring cushions to create a queen-sized sleeping area.

The next seat down on either side of the aisle can be raised or lowered to create a table surface for eating or working. This allows for up to four people to have table space without having to climb over each other. The final seat features a large lockable storage bay underneath. The flexibility of this zone allows it to accommodate a large number of conditions and situations.


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Original article from Twisted Sifter.

The Artist Process 3 at 5 Pointz


The Artist Process 3 at 5ptz


1A documentary and a public family event hosted by Marthalicia.

Throughout the summer of 2013, cameras followed four New York City artists as they joined others at 5 Pointz,

a well-known quarter in Queens, NY, where artists from all over come out to create art and celebrate freedom of expression by showcasing their art across building walls.

The artists took to the famed brick canvas to paint the phrase “The Artist Process” captured it all on film.

Acclaimed New York City “live art performer”

“We all live in NYC, so we all have a rhythm…These are just

layers, you can say, of all the art that has been expressed here…

I hope this event can show and tell people there is a lot of love

for the creating and hopefully this love can equal positive energy.”


The Artist Process,

*The mission for this documentary, is to help non visual artist and artist alike to share their skills to the public.

*The mission of the mural is to work collectively with others, with the sounds provided by the musical performers and poets, as the b-boys and b-girls dance to the rhythm of both the spoken and harmony of the sounds/beats.

Hopefully the public can witness the love we have for what we do, and in return appreciate the struggles of the artist to help understand our need to keep the arts thriving and living, if not for our life time, but for our children’s life time.

“The Artist Process”is a documentary in the lives of New York City artist. The purpose of creating these documentaries or such event is to educate those that are unaware and unfamiliar to the many artist that we have present in our life time, that are utilizing their talents for the betterment of today’s youth. Those that participated in the 2009 summer “T.A.P.”that was held in 5 POINTZ, Queens, can tell you how of a great impact it was for them and others to unite together and perform to the public.This time around, a new twist and idea came about to better help bring a closer view to how the artist see themselves and their art.Meet the ARTIST for the 2013 visual Showcase: 2

1. T = Host

2. H = Jorge Matarrita

3. E = Anthony T. Morton

4. A = Carlos Javier Gemelo Ramos

5. R = Crystal Clarity

6. T= Paulie Nassar

7. I = Giannina Gutierrez

8. S = Siende

9. T = Andre Trenier

10. P = Ralph Serrano

11. R = Rico Tomas < Mas Paz >

12. O = RIMX

13. C = Christian Cortes

14. E= MINX

15. S = Sek 3

16. S = Antonio KEL

17. ! = Baja Ukweli 2a

Together we can show the POWER of ART through our Love and devotion , by demonstrating our sense of Community through the arts ! 3

My Mr.Minx dropped me off in Queens and hurried along to work, trying not to be late.

The heat was unbearable and I know I wasn’t the only one feeling it.

When I got there everyone was working their butt off, spray paint everywhere and the music blasting.

I dressed as comfy as I possibly could, knowing I was gonna stain all my clothes anyway.

I decided to work with spray paint and acrylic.

Just to get a bit more detailed in my work.4

My main focus most of the time was the hair….

oh maaaaan, it took me fooooorever!

and in that heat I was cranky, not to mention that I didn’t eat before I got there.4a

Everyone was so nice, networking and cracking jokes.

This Artist Process was part 3, and my second to date. I attended and painted on the first one and not the second one. You can see that post here.

There was so many little kids running around, dancing, breaking, painting and “borrowing” our supplies.

It was so cute to see these kids grasp onto their environment and replicate it so easily.5b

I had the pleasure of meeting and painting alongside (in between) both very talented artists, Cortes and Sek3.


Cortes had the letter C, in blue and grey skulls, with red ones in the background… he made it look so simple and finished it so quickly, 1-2-3.

His shadows and highlights were great.


Sek 3 was pretty damn dope and broke out in a very patriotic piece in red and blue with stars and polka dots….

oooooo…..polka dots ♥

But I have to admit, my favorite part of his piece was the use of burgundy shadows. 7My friend Randy came through to show some support and I pout him to work really quick.

I handed him my camera and he got snapping.7b

He was pretty good to, I was impressed.

Since I was so busy painting,I knew I wasn’t going to have to much time to get all the shots of this event like I wanted to.

Let alone, pics of me at work.8

The bestfriend Misha came through and I know she was pretty upset she forgot her SD memory card at home and wasn’t able to take any pics at all.


After everyone was done painting, and yes.. I was one of the last ones to actually finish painting, due to the fact that I was working with brushes.

But it was all for the better, since all eyes were on me!9

It’s funny though, because we were all required to submit in a sketch for the respective letter that was given to us, and yes I submitted mine in..

but what I painted was completely different from what I ended up painting.

A few steps away the music was blasting and many were dancing.

There was a Bboy, Bgirl competition  hosted by Chief 69 going on, and everyone was going in .

Winner, $200.


On the side  there was ArtistNameLong getting his juices flowing and painting the mural DURING the time it’s actually getting painted.

That must be so difficult.

Not only painting what’s not finished, blocked by everyone in the way, but have to duplicate everyone’s work in the process.

I can’t wait to see the end result!

(He’ll be mailing me the end result, so you guys better stay tuned for that)


After all the commotion, Philartiste, Misha, Randy and I went to a diner to catch up and talk silliness.

I ended up ordering a Philly cheese steak that was way too small, but delicious.

Our waitress was super rude which gave us more ammo to start cracking up.11

We walked back to 5 ptz, since the sun went down and was actually better weather… ( so much for that storm that was supposed to happen)

and went inside to see an exhibit, a very sexual exhibit might I add.


The canvases, prints and displays all were incorporated with sex.

Sex tools.

The female and male body.



the list goes on and on…..

It was actually pretty cool.


The day was great.


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Q’s First Slushie



Q’s First Slushie

2Can you believe this grown ass man never had a slushie/icee in his life?

After a long day of traveling back and forth in the Bronx… this is how we ended the night.

But let me start at the beginning.

I rushed all the way from Brooklyn, to the Bronx to drop off a canvas for a customer (which you guys will see soon enough) then off to a BBQ to say hi to friends really quick, to then go to Q’s sister’s Nandi’s baby shower… well, welcoming… since she popped early.

Whew… just typing that was exhausting,

Hence, why my hair looks like a crazy mess….not to mention the humidity.

I promise I looked somewhat cute before leaving my apartment.

(excuses)3After all the craziness and getting lost a couple of times, we decided to end the night with ending up at a gas station, 1am, hungry…

a hotdog and begging him to try a slushie, he fell inlove.


Mind you, trying to steal my cup too!


I guess someone is no longer a slushie virgin.

(Cherry pop)5

High-line with the Mr.



Lately I’ve been telling myself that I need to take my camera with me EVERYWHERE and start taking random shots, capture the beautiful moments.

So what better day and excuse than to start off with my own Mr.Minx.

I wanted to surprise Q and go to the High Line, since he’s mentioned how much he loves it.


I the horrible New Yorker that I am have never been there. I read an article online once, how it was the  best place to go to if there was a zombie Apocalypse,

due to the fact that you can grow your own food and if the exits are gated it would be tougher for them to climb,

anyway, never mind my rambling about zombies, but I was sold! DSC01556

This day I told Q to meet me at work so I can take him on a little walk, not mentioning where we were headed.

As soon as we got off on 14th he guessed exactly where we were going.

What a buzzkill.

You suck Q.


He insisted on leading the way since he knew where he was at, and I had massive printout maps in my purse.

I pouted but let him do his work.


We headed to the Chelsea market, which I have never been to.

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We had sushi, and Q the pro that he is, laughed at my lack of chopstick skills.

Can I get a fork please!

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Our walk was cute, and much needed.

Lately, I’ve been stuck at work all the time, and I wanted to let him know I was thankful for his working around my hectic work schedule.

He’s a trooper and I’m so lucky.

Well… I hope you guys enjoy my pictures, since I finally got some decent shots and put my camera to use.




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Subway Hustle

There seems to be a hidden rule in the underground world in the MTA in NYC. Though many fail to notice, its just naturally respected. When soliciting and you know what I mean, the peddlers.. those who stand in the middle of the cart, begging for money, selling candy, singing, dancing, asking for help. So here I am to state the obvious.

Once one has the floor, if another walks in, you respect and don’t interrupt.

I’m on the F train headed towards Brooklyn. I’m in my own little corner and there’s a guy with a small keyboard, a Christmas hat playing some tunes. Everything from jingle bells to the Adams Family theme song. Another man walks in on 21st, clearly with a rolling suitcase, a not so shiny or even decent jacket and a few holes in his sneakers. Instead of speaking over the music that is being played by the man in red, this guy instead pushes his cart, walks next to the man playing.. takes out his metal can, reaches for the few coins he does happen to have in them and places then in the music man’s hat. Music man gives him a nod and a suitcase guy makes his way into the next cart.

New Yorkers get a bit of a bad reputation, loud, talk fast,
 always in a rush.. the stares in the train and the judgment
of someone else’s shoes seem to stand and probably wont
fade. But one thing we do seem to understand is, we all know times are tough, we all
have our hustle no matter what it may be. You’re not alone and others do care.

Fright Fest

My awesome coworkers and  I were ready for Six Flag’s Fright Fest. We were meeting in front of the Yankee Stadium… and because of my recent move, I had the longest journey to get there. 2 hours on the train.

I have no idea how I still managed to get there first. I was so relieved once I finally saw Leeee’s face, which meant  I longer had to wait alone.

Kevin was in driving mode, which made me feel a bit sad for him, especially bc we all had it set in our minds to get completely trashed.

Not to mention the fact that this was a mini going away get together for Tone ( above ) who was leaving us and going back to Detroit 😦

Once we finally arrived to Jersey we had a bit of trouble with our tickets, but that didn’t stop us from being dedicated to getting in. Once inside we met up with the rest of our team and got ready to hit the rides.

Ariana was such a drama queen like always,  I loved it!

Talking about she has a concussion…  🙂

Which means it was more hilarious for me, so  I kept having her next to me on most of the rides!

The blood fountain was so cute, we couldn’t resist having our own little paparazzi moment.

Look how handsome the fellas look.

The only downfall about our night had to be 2 things…

1. Since our group was so large, we were constantly stopping for bathroom breaks, or looking for a lost one, or even hunting for a hidden spot we could just  light up.

2. While Fright Fest officially started once it got dark, we decided to walk through the misty fog. Yes, we all know that path where the zombies come out to attack.

Q, Dre, Leee and  I were all holding hands, grabbing on to each other… and Ariana the trooper that she thinks she is, lol  decided to walk in front all by herself.  Which meant only one thing…

While we were busy laughing n the back, she’s getting chased and is screaming, hilarious as ever…

Once we’re out of the dark path and rid of all zombies, we realize Ariana’s car keys are gone 😦

We tried not to panic, but in the back of our heads we were wondering how we were going to find keys, in Six Flags, in the dark, in fog, with hundreds of people walking around.

Lucky for us, a cute little teen employer by the name of Dominick rescued our night and found Ariana’s keys.

Ariana was so relieved, gave him a tight hug and mentioned how she was willing to de-virginize him

oooooh, boy!