Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The very thought of you tearing my walls apart

Last year, I did the graphic design for The Lashes. You can now buy my t-shirt online! Go to http://www.myspace.com/lashesmerch! Only XS and S sizes left, unisex American Apparel tee. The story behind this is that it was created on Photoshop using all of the photos I took during their Spaceland residency back in March of 2006.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

But by Monday morning, my alarm clock knows how this story goes

There's something I do every Thanksgiving weekend. It's my tradition to clean. Throw away all the old things I have no space for anymore, and convince myself that I don't need or want them. Organize and clean everything so I can have space and clarity in my head to start new projects. But, among the many things I threw away, the above were all trashed as well. They are illustrations I did in the late 90s. All before college. I've grown as an artist and as a designer, that I just felt I didn't need these anymore. I literally have no space. Then I get mad that I don't have more space. But then I try to let myself down gently by saying to myself, I still would not need these even if I did have the space. Sometimes when I do this, I end up crying over things I threw away that can never come back. Must've been about 70 illustrations or more.

I also watched "I'm Not There" over the weekend. I highly recommend it. It was absolutely amazing and very very well done. Cate Blanchett is just wonderful as Bob Dylan.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

I can't stand I'm just no good for you

I've always loved stripes. The other day, I was thinking about my obsession with vertical striped blazers and pants. In junior high, I bought a pair of vertical striped pants from Contempo Casuals. Does anyone remember that store? So, nineties. But it was a slight bell shape, they were white jeans with painted distressed looking green and brown tone stripes. Yes, I actually wore them. Next, I bought a pair of vertical striped pants from Banana Republic when I was in my late teens. It was dark denim with maroon and white stripes. It was very sixties rock and roll. I loved them. I still have them, but I no longer fit into them. How embarrassing to admit so. Then, Trish Goff, one of my favorite models from the nineties, walked down the Balenciaga runway for Fall 2006 wearing these bold black and white vertical striped pants. Obviously, I cannot afford anything Balenciaga. But soon, to my delight, a lot of knock-offs were inspired. It took me a while, but I finally found less bold stripes, but totally flattering skinny pants at H&M. I bought it in two colorways: grey & black, cobalt blue & black. Vertical striped pants are a staple in my wardrobe. It's not trendy, it's just stylish. Then, it got me to thinking, maybe it all happened when I fell in love with Ringo when I was a kid, and when I watched Yellow Submarine when I was about ten or eleven. Pop art, Ringo, The Beatles music, and vertical stripes equals love love love.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Keep me in your thoughts, don't disappear

I drew this on Illustrator today! I know it's been a while since I've last drawn or made anything. Sadly, my studio is very dusty. I've been very busy. But I thought I'd draw a pretty lady for fall because after all, it is almost Thanksgiving.

The 3rd Paper Project LA was in town last week. I so wanted to go to the Thriller dance party, but as you know, that was the same day as The Hives, and The Hives reign supreme in my world. If it weren't for The Hives, I totally would've gone, though. My friend and I went to check out the 24hour store on Saturday. We hung out and people watched. Since she's also in the fashion industry, and she has major style, we were busy looking at people's fashion choices. Lindsay Lohan was shopping there when we were hanging out. My friend and I were like "she looks better as a deep redhead." But I was more thrilled to see artists like Fawn G, Kime B., Jeremy Scott, etc etc. Paper Project always inspires me. I went last year, too. One day, I will......

Wendy Yao, mastermind behind Ooga Booga, always inspires me

DJ Andrew, one-half of Andrew Andrew

Heartschallenger: reminds me of downtown warehouse parties on hot summer nights and they gave us free powerpuff girl ice cream. =)

Sunday morning, went with my friend to the Inpsiration Outreach day at Paper Project LA. It was so much fun. More inspiring and awesome than anything. I love being around creative people. It helps my soul to breathe. Sunday evening, I went to the Troubadour to see The Walkmen. First time we saw them was at Spaceland few years ago.

I know some of my pictures are blurry! My trusty Canon died on me at the Murakami exhibit. I bought a new Olympus because I needed a camera for the Hives show. I took about 200 pictures at the Hives show. Majority came out blurry. Made me really upset and depressed. I returned it. I'm without a camera now and I feel so lost. Well, my old Canon did take some amazing pictures and captured all the great shows I've been to. It's a few years old, and seeing that I take about 100plus pictures per rock show, and I usually attend 3 to 5 in a month.... well, you get the picture.

I told my friend that I'm a photographer, not a videographer. Because I have to dance. I can't stand still and hold a camera. I can focus and take quick shots. I can't do videos. But, we wanted to try out the video function on the new cam so here it is. Me trying to focus, then dancing while holding the cam. Someone said I look possessed when I dance to the Hives. I couldn't agree more.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Be ignored by the stiff and the bored because I'm gonna

Back in December 2004, I was really sick with the worst case of the flu. I missed 2 weeks of work because it was really bad (fever, vomit, couldn't eat, terrible). We had bought tickets to see The Hives at the Wiltern. I had never seen them before. There was no way I would miss the show despite my state. So we went. I realized that they were the best LIVE band EVER. THE best. And I also realized that when the Hives play, dancing is an involuntary action for me. I had no strength but I danced so hard that I left during the encore in fear of literally collapsing and causing a scene. I came out to the lounge area and I totally fell to the ground. I had no energy left. Yes, I can dance to the Hives even with a high fever. I'm so rock and roll.

Well, you see how much I love The Hives. How excited am I about their new album? I went to see them last Wednesday at the Avalon. Luckily, I got to stand front row but off to the side. Only way I could survive with all those crazy fellow dancing fans. It just reconfirmed how awesome they are, and that they are truly the BEST LIVE PERFORMERS EVER. Hands down. They're so special. If you've been to see them, I think you know what I'm talking about. Best dance session. Awesome energy within the crowd. It's their music. It's just that good. I had so much fun that night. Everything about that night was PERFECT! Their stage presence..... I swear, they really are out of your league. No one will ever pass them.

The Hives @ Avalon, Hollywood 11-07-07

Saturday, November 03, 2007


One year ago today, Youngest Indie the Blog came into the world wide web! Thanks to anyone who's ever stopped by just to take a look at what I post. Really big thanks. You see, sometimes I doubt anyone wants to see my things. I can't believe a year has gone by. It's actually really hard to make new things, but I always want to do it. So in a way, this blog is my motivation. Like, I must draw something new to post on my blog. I get so lost in the daily grind, I forget why being creative is so important to me sometimes. Here's to many more new posts to come, to prisma markers and Adobe Illustrator, to rock shows, to music that never ceases to inspire me, and to you for coming back to my blog.

P.S. I celebrated by going to the (C)Murakami exhibit at MOCA and then hanging out at Little Tokyo. It was great and truly inspiring. =)