Archive for November, 2008

Cookin’ Up Summer In The Winter

I promised that I was going to post up pictures of some new shirts we just recieved and here they are. Sorry for not being ‘professional‘ with the snap-shots but this is far from being a look-book of any sort. We have a lot cookin’ up before this year comes to a dead-end so please stay tuned. Some surprises. Some exclusive pieces. Who knows?

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And I wanted to expand on one of my personal works…

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This is a piece I did some time ago and there has been a number of different renditions of it. Originally, I didn’t plan on releasing this as a shirt design because the first few roughs weren’t up to par but a number of people were really wanting me to give the green-light on it, so I succumbed to the pressures…but NOT without doing hours of retouching first. This illustration was derived from a poem I wrote years ago and I wanted to relay the feeling of a woman scorned and create a visual metaphorization of it in terms of the nitty-gritty lifestyle we’ve all been acquainted with in Los Angeles. The road-rages, rush-hour traffic, skid-row, gang affiliations, and every sinful deterioration in between…but the irony is that the struggles are what makes the city beautiful, in a sense. I’ve done a few other pieces in the same light of the subject which might be in production in the near future.

This artwork holds a personal weight to me, in that I kinda nurtured it from my raggedy book of poems and turned it into a whole new realm. The poem is called ‘Lost Angels..An Ode To The City’.

she was beautiful once
with wings which spanned farther than condors
she flew through the skies
high as a hawk which knew nothing short of the heavens
she was a blessing
who’s blessed us with her presence
but she flew too close to this world
and he shot
her
down
with bullets flaming like a bat out of hell
fires scorched her
she cried
but no one listened
because all angels will lose their halos
they clipped her wings
until her feathers scattered on the grounds of defeat
she was beautiful once
i swear
now she’s just another notch on his belt
you’ve probably felt
the poundings in your heart
everytime you fall in love
another angel dies
in disgust
because love is nothing
in a world where lust is everything
how can a man love
when it was men who held her down
down! on the broken-spring mattress
in the alley where she screamed
HELP!
but even the passerbys couldn’t swallow up enough pride
to be a Samaritan
now she’s scared of him
now she’s scared of men
now she’s just like one of them
the angel with wings broken like the springs of that mattress
strips and sleeps with men as a way to live
in the apartment where she survives on bags of Ramen
she refuses to sleep on her bed
because it reminds her too much of how much it hurts
to be taken away from her heavens
she dreamt of seeing her wings again
grown from her backbones
she can almost see herself flying back home
but her feet are in shackles
balled and chained
as she balls up in pain
in the stall
by the toilet
she vomits a part of her conscience
everytime she finds a bottle of some kinda alcohol
the angel lost
polluted
yea i knew her
i swear
she was beautiful once
she used to pave ways for many to be free
but nowadays
it seems every road is smoked up in high ways
she’s saddened by the fact she will never be the same again
& her tears are so contagious
the buildings create down towns
ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
and her bill withers
away from walls stamped “Post No Bills”
i know,
i know,
i know,
i know,
i know,
i know,
somewhere over the rainbow
she’ll fly again
away from this slum village
but until then,
i’ll make sweet love to the sounds of her sirens
and go deep inside her
feeling her screams on Sunset
as she strips
bare elegance against the cold hard pole
which holds a sign in bold red
NO PARKING
explaining this ticket in my hand
i’m tricked by the tricks of her plans
she sells sex by the seashore
and i bought into her sins
she’s gonna make me pay
for coming inside of her
Welcome to Los Angeles
Land of the Lost Angels

–dinoxsketchpad

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Drop It Like It’s HOT!

We’re dropping some new products come Saturday, December 6th at the Street Culture Fair, so make it an appointment on your calendars, Myspaces, Blackberries, IPhones, pagers, or just keep repeating it over and over again in your head. A great way to start your holiday shopping early AND you have the oppurtunity to own some exclusive pieces that will never see the light of day again once it’s sold out. I will be posting some of our new shirts up later so keep checking the blog.

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–dinoxsketchpad

Dear America…A Letter To Lady Liberty

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dear America,
they say
change came
as a crane made of paper
to fly as high as skyscrapers
surprise!
we’ve survived the naysayers
we’ve brought life into prayers

they say
sons and daughters have bled
enough blood to wash the red
off of your flag
no longer a star-sprangled rag
dragged into flames
no more names
added to the grains
of sand where parents bury babies

they say
change is braving slavery
but maybe,
just maybe
change is good enough
after waiting so patiently

dear America,
you’ve led many to believe
not to believe you any more
our belief is you’d leave us again
as you’ve left us before
strangled and dangling in dangerous shores
you let them force us onto our fours
so our children are forced to fight wars
we never understood what for
you loved us when we’re rich
and ditched us when we’re poor

America,
your citizens have given in to the chores
what more,
before you transform this horde of yours pure
we don’t even need to even the score

America,
we’re no longer your whores
we’ve risen
educating our young to never, no more
be stored in your courts
so if you don’t answer our letters
we will become better
with
or without you
America

they say
change came
as refreshing as November rain
but we will always remember
the pain
America,
you should be ashamed

sincerely yours.

–dinoxsketchpad

24HOURS

Paper Magazine’s 24HR Pop-Up Department Store opened Friday night at 6PM and stayed open until Saturday @ 6PM. There were a lot of high-end boutiques present as vendors in the small flea-marketish store including Undefeated, Supreme, Fruition, Estevan Oriol, Strange Co., RVCA, and so many more. There were also 24 bands playing for 24 hours so you know the party was forever going on. We arrived to the store at around 3AM so it wasn’t as crazy crowded AND parking wasn’t as bad as I’m sure it was earlier Friday evening. As we were leaving, we came across the booth close to the exit, L.A. Record, and grabbed a lot of stickers from the booth. Definitely check out Ash Kahn and his Don’t STOP Studio. I threw some of his VERY eye-catching ‘brocolli’ stickers on the poles coming out of the store and still have a couple to keep.

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The Levi’s couch looked really dope but the copper-button pillows look a lot like nipples, eh?
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We got back home at around 6AM and decided not to sleep…soooooo…we played seven straight games of Monopoly. We were up until around 11AM when Adam and I finally took a quick nap which really made the whole day pretty crappy. We took a trip out to Costco for a late lunch and after a little bit of rest, we were at it again. This time, Alpha Cult here in Long Beach. The toy-store hosted the “This Is Gonna Hurt” art exhibit of Brandon Sopinsky. As we got there, there were a lot of commotion going on that we weren’t aware of earlier so parking was very hectic. ArtWalk LB was going on so they shut down Linden between 1st & Broadway for the art-festival event. There was also a lot going on at the opening of one of the art-districts newest stores, Long Beach Fixed Gears, which attracted a huge horde of bicyclists onto the streets. As we were leaving, we found another great art exhibit going on which was hosted by A Village Community. The theme of the gallery was ‘TwentyFour’ — a collection of photos taken by Long Beach’s finest photographers of the city within each hour spanning a twenty-four hour period. A great little show to end such a busy and tiring day.

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These ‘lip-pieces’ were done by Debra Sopinsky for the Alpha Cult show
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Across the street at the Academy store which is filled with vintage record players and vinyls that are much older than I am…
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FREE!
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Finally, outside…
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And TWENTYFOUR…

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What did YOU do on YOUR Saturday?

–dinoxsketchpad

Street Fighter : The Legend of Chun-Li

I know the first Street Fighter movie was a big disappointment but I’m actually really psyched about this new production. I really hope they do the game justice because most video-game adaptations haven’t delivered. I’ve read up on a lot of the news regarding this movie and it sounds promising. Kristen Kruek as Chun-Li? Interesting choice. Blue eyes though? Hmmmmm…Check the teaser poster.

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And the casts are:
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Kristen Kruek as Chun-Li
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Neal McDonough as M. Bison
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Chris Klein as Nash
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Michael Clark-Duncan as Balrog
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Moon Bloodgood as Maya
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Edmund Chen as Huang
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Josie Ho as Cantana
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Taboo as Vega
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Cheng Pei Pei as Zhilan

And some storyboards:

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Maya is new to the Street Fighter universe whose role is a Bangkok Gangland Homocide cop.

So, Ken and Ryu will not be in this film only because this movie is solely focusing on the origin of Chun-Li. The directorial decision was to not cram all the characters in Street Fighter into one movie but give each of them a deserving introduction in a probable sequel. Sucks, I really wanted to see a HADUKEN!

info via StreetFighterMovie.net
–dinoxsketchpad

Made In The USA

We attended a non-profit art show at the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles on Sunday which held a politically-charged theme in time for the election season. The building in itself was an art-piece because it was an old 1800s building which held lofts on a few stories. We went up to the top loft for the exhibition and it looked like it would be very spooky if it were any darker. There were many interesting pieces of work on display and the catering was done by Crops & Rawbers who served raw vegan snacks. I had the BBQ pizza and macaroons dipped in chocolate. The first bites were a bit interesting at first, but it wasn’t a bad experience. I can’t say I can ever be a vegan but it’s a nice change once in a while.

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This piece was done in its entirety with masking tape. The details on the plane was amazing. The curator of the event mentioned that the artist is sponsored by the masking tape company and they’ll make tape in any color he needed for his projects.
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Here’s another one of his pieces. The Ten Commandments Now.
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Each of those windows are a small piece of tape so he uses a tweezer to place each one.
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Stairs going up to and down from the top loft.
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Look at the shirt Kuizzy Effin’ Baby is wearing. *TEASER*
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So we got home, worked on some paintings, played Monopoly. Simple enough? Nope. We stayed up all night and made popcorn on a stove for the lack of a microwave at 3AM. THEN we made cornbread half an hour later using flour that was labeled to be ‘Best Used By 10/08/08’. The aftertaste was so bitter, we used condensed milk to make it more palatable, which failed miserably as the bitterness lingered worse when we tried to wash it down with soda. We made a lot of noise going through all the troubles trying to get some snacks together as we continued playing Monopoly into the early morning.

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That popcorn-covered butter on a whisk was disgustingly delicious.
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The food networks or MTV should give us our own reality cooking show.

–dinoxsketchpad