Sunday, December 31, 2006

It's just another new year's eve

Hope you all have an awesome new year's eve bash whether it's at the Roosevelt Hotel with The Sounds, Paramount Studios with the Killers, or (my fav venue) Little Radio Warehouse! Oh, and, if you're like me this year and you're at home, who says you can't have fun? I made cupcakes and my secret recipe dip. Thank you for reading my blog. I just want to say I have a LOT of exciting things in works for the new year especially for the YOUNGEST INDIE blog. So stay tuned and until then I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Well, I'm a punk rocker. Yes, I am.

I love street blogs and street style photos. If you do too, I suggest you pick up a copy of "Street: The Nylon Book of Global Style" and also check out FACEHUNTER on blogspot. It's so inspiring to see people dress up. That was the great thing about my last job. Everybody dressed up and had their own unique style. This past summer, I was driving down Wilshire and I saw this girl crossing the street when I was stopped at a red light. She was a petite Asian girl. Her hair was a short blonde bob! And she was wearing a black Casualties tee with black skinny pants and red chucks. That was it. Very simple, but so rockin'! I decided to draw her. The background photos above are pics I took. I don't know much about it but I think street art is awesome. I took the pictures this summer driving home after the Banksy show. Andre is the only one left at that site. And it's fun to see what new art will appear. Well, today I have the day off and I'm gonna go do something fun. Remember, there are way too many beautiful clothes out there to be dressing in boring apparel.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Don't ask me how I've been

OK Go @ The Roxy. December 2005

It's the Holidays! I have been busy, sick, and stressed. Just like all of you! Therefore I had no time to work on any new artwork. So here is my gift to you! Tons of pictures of OK GO! Below is a mix of shows I've been to (two Troubadour shows and the most recent show at Safari Sam's!) I must say the show this past Tuesday at Safari Sam's was amazing! I think one of Damian's most energetic and wild performance ever. I really enjoyed it. It was a bit of a dejavu for me since I saw Damian last year in December and he was wearing the same shirt. I love that shirt. Blame my job, but I want to measure the width of his cuff. Just by eyeballing it, I think it must be around 6 inches. It was one of the best shows ever! I was very happy. Oh, Damian, why must you be so perfect?

Last week, my boss sent me out to run errands: buying patches and some fabric. I hadn't been out to the fabric and trim stores in Downtown in so long. It felt really nice to leave work extra early and walk around Downtown by myself. It was just like during my school days when I used to go there every weekend. I ended up buying charms and trims for myself. I've been making bracelets as gifts lately.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Le Petit Prince

Oh, play-doh. Such a familiar media, isn't it? I loved Michel Gondry's "Science of Sleep". I know a lot of people compare it to his other works and say it wasn't as great. Great or not, I loved it. I think it was because I related so much to the main character. That is how I am. Maybe not as creative, but just as crazy. Sometimes, my dreams get the best of me. Anyways, after I watched the movie, I was feeling so inspired that I went out the next day to Target and bought a 24-color pack of Play-Doh. I think I was more creative when I was a kid playing with legos and play doh.

The Little Prince is very special to me. I re-read it recently and I literally bawled. My favorite character is the fox, hands down. So, I decided to make the characters out of play-doh. Then I painted a backdrop for them.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

You tried so hard to be someone, that you forgot who you are

*Illustration from March 2005

Sunday, I went to see JET at Spaceland! They became one of my favorite bands ever since I saw them live at the House of Blues two years ago. One of the best live bands. No gimmicks, just pure rock and roll, but so energetic and fun! I saw them twice a few months ago (Fonda and Kimmel). I wondered when I would be able to see them again. God must've heard my prayers, because they came to play at Spaceland! I thought it would be just another great JET show, but, boy, was I wrong. It was beyond amazing, and I'll never forget that night. They sang songs they normally don't sing. They brought along secret surprise guests: Slash, Chris Robinson, and Steve Jones! As soon as Chris R took the stage, they started with "Eleanor" (love that one) and then they transitioned into "Be My Baby". I freaked out. That is one of my all time favorite songs growing up. I literally freaked out when he sang the first line. Needless to say, definitely one unforgettable night.

Monday, December 04, 2006

But I'll give you Panavision pictures, 'cause you give me technicolor dreams

I love color. Growing up with Rainbow Brite and My Little Pony must've influenced me a lot. I'm a huge fan of pop art/mod like Peter Max and Andy Warhol. Color master designers like Christian Lacroix and Castelbajac. Anyways, these girls have been driving me nuts, but even after a long long Monday, I managed to finish it! I had to! I was inspired by the all-over print colorful hoodies out these days (see CLH, Artful Dodger, Bathing Ape). And the even more bold and happy kicks by Reebok, Puma, and Greedy Genius. I love them! I don't think I could personally pull off the look, but I do appreciate the style. Also, check out label Cassette Playa out of London. Their spring/summer 2007 is beyond inspiring for all techno/electro/rave fans. Let's just say Sonic the Hedgehog made an appearance at the show. Listened to mostly: The Presets, Lily Allen, Fergie, Gwen, and BYOP while drawing these girls on Illustrator. <3

Thursday, November 30, 2006

He's just a sadistic sodomist who gave you that bastard kid

How good is that line? "Thumbelina" is a masterpiece, so good that it's taking a while for the masses to realize how ridiculously genius it is. I love this song. No, the whole album is amazing, actually. Last year, my friend told me about this band called "Nightmare of You" and they just so happened to be in the lineup at the Intl Noise Conspiracy show I was going to. On Monday, I saw them at the Troubadour. Best performance so far! This was my third time seeing them! Second time at the Troub, so it was a dejavu moment for me. Like I said, I love the whole album so it wouldn't be fair to start naming favorites, but "Why Am I Always Right" is also genius. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if I heard that Brandon was an English major. His lyrics are poetry. The finest.

Here are some pictures I took at the show:

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Count In Fives

A lot of the bands these days seem to be channeling the 70s. One of the many reasons I love The Horrors is because they're very 60s. And honestly, I love both eras, but when I was a little kid and didn't know much, I was listening to whatever my dad was listening to, and that was the music of the sixties. I grew up loving doowop and sixties music. I would like to draw an illustrated story of the "Leader of the Pack" with characters based on the members of The Horrors. And this is a taste of where it would go. I couldn't decide which version I liked better. I drew this all yesterday! I was super bored, and broke, so I just stayed in and worked away. Sheena is a Parasite is a great video I agree but, I am also addicted to the video for Count In Fives. I try to watch that at least once a day for inspiration. On another note, I LOVE the new issue of Nylon. Mine came in the mail Friday. The joys of magazine subscription.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Paint me violet and shake the red out

I finished this last night. I did the first rough sketch several months ago. I've been wanting to work on stuff but my studio desk was such a mess and I didn't want to touch it. I was busy cooking. I made the most delicious home-made stuffing (and I'm not talking about no StoveTop). This one was difficult. It actually started out as a girl that was more bubbly and fun. She was wearing a completely different outfit. But lately, I've been listening to "Small Parts" by The Oohlas and I loved that song so much, I tried to create the mood through this girl. I have a habit of listening to one song on repeat when I am inspired by the song and I think it captures to mood of what I want to get out onto the paper.

My mashed potatoes and stuffing were excellent if I do say so myself. But my hands still smell like onions.

Here is my second "WHAT I WORE" all started because of someone's comment to me that I dress very "hot topic" and I absolutely don't. Not that there's anything wrong with Hot Topic, I do buy things there, but no, my wardrobe isn't all from there at all. This one is for Friday. I am obsessed with the trailer for Factory Girl so I thought I'd try to channel Edie.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

If I should call you up, invest a dime

When is the last time you've used a payphone? Remember collect calls? I remember when I was about 8 years old, during vacation, I would follow my dad to work in the evening. I basically grew up listening to oldies, doowop, motown. My dad especially loved music. The oldies radio station didn't play "Wishing and Hoping" that much. When my dad was working, I would go to the nearest pay phone booth and call the radio station to request Dusty Springfield's "Wishing and Hoping", If I was lucky, I'd hear it on the drive home. And I was able to call the radio station because it was a toll free number. I didn't need a dime to have the radio station play my favorite song when I was a kid. Sure, some payphones are really gross and dirty, but I think most are charming and slowly becoming extinct.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

I Heart The Horrors

The Horrors played their first LA show on Tuesday at Safari Sam's. Of course I had to be there. I've been interested in them ever since reading about them in I-D and Nylon. After seeing them live, I'm officially obsessed. I can just keep going on and on about how awesome they are and why I love them so much, but I won't. They're beyond amazing. Here are some pictures I took.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

You Gotta Fight for your Right to...

Hello all Californians. Tuesday is Election Day! I don't have much to say about all those other politicians playing musical chairs, but I do want everyone to vote for these three very important propositions. See flyer. Spread the word. Go out and vote! Because I think people who vote are cool and people who don't are too lame so don't talk to me. Voting is rock and roll.

Random Factoid: When I was in elementary, I wanted to be the U.S. President when I grew up. My goal was to attend Georgetown University. When I was that young, I honestly thought it was possible.

Peace Love and Rock&Roll.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Are you ready to rock and roll?

I have been working on this illustration little by little every night this week. Finished it tonight because it's Friday. The new mod. This girl has been singing in my head and these two have been hanging out in my head for a while. She was supposed to wear moccassins but we changed our minds last minute to give her some fur ankle boots with stripes. Thought I'd give them some life. This is my blog. I will make this my artist blog. I work full time in the fashion industry which makes it hard for me to do anything else, but I must push myself to create. And now I get to share it with my fellow internet nerds. Nerd is a compliment.