Archive for August, 2008

Big Thangs Poppin’

After we had lunch at the BCD Tofu House and ran some errands, it was off to Proper where we all picked up some goodies. The whole day really revolved around the party we were heading to at the ALIFE store in LA. They were celebrating their one-year anniversary of the West-coast store. The turnout was amazing as Alchemist came through to keep the party going strong all night with the good music. Belvedere Vodka kept all of us really chill with the open-bar. I must say this was one of the best nights I’ve had in a while and we hung out with some good people in the industry. This is just a sign of more good things to come from the SKETCHPAD brand.

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Dennis from Crooks & Castles came through and hung out for the night.
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Alchemist kept the party going in the booth.
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Of course, had to take a couple of pictures with Scotty and Tony from The Hundreds.

It was nice to be able to hang out with everyone and meeting new people and we capped the week off on a really good note. Who’d have thought partying and art-exhibit hopping could become such a full-time job? UGH! Fun is work. Keep checking the blog for some more updates on our tee-shirt releases coming very soon. Thank you for reading. I have a bad headache from all those drinks and I’m done for the night.

–dinoxsketchpad

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RESERVED.

We headed over to Reserve LA Friday night to check out the Edward Colver photographic exhibition. I took a few pictures of the pictures but as always, that does it no kind of justice. You really have to get close to the pictures to see the full details and technicality of it all. The attention to detail on each portrait is just amazing and you can sorta feel how powerful each pieces are. A lot of the moments captured on film were thematically from the early punk-era and the struggles America went through during that decade but what makes these pictures timeless are how easily it resonates to our generation and what we’re going through as Americans now. War. Famine. Social and economical depressions. And how we overcome it all through music and the freedom of expression. If you didn’t make it out to this event, there’s really no way I can describe how beautifully the photographs were orchestrated.
And the open-bar really didn’t hurt either.
After we left the exhibition, we stumbled upon an art gallery a few doors down. Every inch of the walls were covered with oil paintings that dated as far back as 1975 — though there may be some that are older than that. We conversed with the man behind the amazing experience — Harry Blitzstein — who is an artist in every sense of the word. You can see the passion he has for the craft the moment you walk in. He’s literally filled the place with his hard work from the ‘floor’ up as he’s hand-drawn art pieces on the floor you walk on from the entrance all the way to the back of the gallery. As if that’s not enough, he has a little balcony upstairs as you walk up the old stairway which are also filled with hand-crafted arts and more oil paintings.
All in all, we ended up experiencing more than we expected and it was all well worth it.

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These are just some of the wonderful works at Harry Blitzstein’s Museum of Art.

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This was my favorite piece and I would LOVE to one day have it displayed on my walls but unfortunately, this one’s not for sale.
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These are some of the artworks which litters itself all over the floors. By the looks of it, these drawings must have been done quite a long time ago.
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I LOVE THOSE PENCILS!
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As you can see from the previous few blogs, I’ve posted a gajillion pictures so I apologize to anyone who still runs on the ancient but not yet deceased 56K modems. I know there are still some of you out there and it pains me to hear of it. Time to upgrade — if not for the SUPER fast speed, then just so you don’t have to hear that annoying dial-tone connecting you to the cyber world. UGH! I hated that sound as much as old drunk people karaoke-ing. UGGGHHH!!!

–dinoxsketchpad

Edward Colver @ Reserve LA

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Originally obtaining notoriety for documenting the early Los Angeles Punk scene and culture, Edward Colver has captured some of the most iconic photos ever shot. But this was just the beginning. Edward, with his discerning eye, has over the years captured photographic images that stand alone as art beyond the realm of the L.A. punk days.

On August 29, Freshjive and the Reserve store will be exhibiting some of Ed’s more obscure but equally powerful photos, some of which have never been seen before.

Limited edition Edward Colver T shirts, will be available at the opening.

Photographs by Edward Colver
Friday August 29
7-10 PM

Reserve
420 N. Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323 651 0131

Info via FRESHJIVE.

–dinoxsketchpad

Round 02 – Dino Vs. TopLess Nik

Shortly after my battle versus Kuizzy F. Baby, Nik started talking a lot of trash and obviously he couldn’t back his talk up. We battled with the Oatmeal Creme Pies and after only three of those, he gave up. I ate six total, and that was right after the Fig Bar battle. This time around, I won five-dollars and a box of cigarrettes (which was bogus because I don’t even smoke). At the end of the night, this was one of those times when even though I was the winner, I really didn’t feel like one. My stomach was hurting bad after all those sweets.

Of course, with both recorded battles, don’t mind all the vulgar language. We did state before the battle, for everyone to watch their languages for the blog’s sake, but it obviously went unheard. UGHHH!!!

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–dinoxsketchpad

Round 01 – Dino Vs. Kuizzy

So more on what happened at Will’s crib. When we arrived, we saw boxes and boxes of junk food piled up and decided to battle each other on who can eat the most fig bars. If you’ve ever had one of those Little Debbie Fig Bars, you know how thick and dry it is. Well, Kuizzy F. Baby and I decided to go at it with NO water to wash it down. The result was a bad stomach-ache and winning nothing more than bragging rights. Of course, I won.

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–dinoxsketchpad

Just One Of Those Days

Friday, we had one of our meetings and eatings at Kim Tar BBQ at Cerritos. Just a warning : Don’t ever order the Singapore-Style Fried Rice Stick. I tried to be ‘adventurous’ and it was just a bad dish. Not only was it bad, it wasn’t even a ‘rice stick’ (whatever that is..). Anyways, we had a productive meeting and afterwards, we went stickerbombing despite the police cars rolling deep everywhere we went. We ended up at Will’s crib to end the night and did a whole lot of nonsense.

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Please help Adam out with this agenda.
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Ever had Penis wind hit you in the face? This is what cools Adam down every night.
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Home security system.
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The most pathetic excuse for a refrigerator ever. Everything in there has a history and some of those items have been in there since Adam first moved in a LONG time ago.
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This fly-swatter has to be illegal in all 50 states. It pretty much electricutes anything that it touches and if you touch it with your bare hands, you get a pretty bad shock.
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Adam’s workstation.
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And now to Will’s house…

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Will looks like he’s from the Chinese gymnastics Olympic team. Or he works at a sweatshop in Beijing.
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–dinoxsketchpad

Pho!

On our last day in San Diego, everyone regrouped to eat at Convoy Pho — where they don’t add food coloring to their shakes because it’s ALL REAL FRUITS. That’s the only thing I really remembered about the place. After we fattened up, I headed back home with Angela and all I remembered from that was hearing her talking about every random thing you don’t even think of, and then there’s the singing. I dozed off for a while and when I woke up, she was still talking and singing. I’m not complaining though, because I guess I’d prefer that over a two-hour silent ride home any day.

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For the record, Sna’s kiss was premeditated for the camera’s sake.

–dinoxsketchpad