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“Takarazuka”


So this one’s a pretty different style for me. This piece was inspired by Japanese Takarazuka theatre, in which every role is played by women. I find such androgyny interesting, so with my model Katie’s help (she plays both the guy and the girl), and the very talented makeup artist Aiko, I wanted to try my hand at the aesthetic.

 

Takarazuka

I’ve included some examples of Takarazuka Revue posters, so you can see how the real thing looks:

 

Takarazuka inspiration

original shots



“Tree”


TreeI just finished a new illustrated-photo work, called “Tree”.  It’s pretty NSFW (lots of nakedness), so if you want to see the actual piece, click here, or on the preview pic.

 

I’ve been wanting to do this idea for a couple of years now, but never quite had the right logistics.  I’ve always liked the look you get when you blow ink around with a straw, and one day, my mind started wandering, and I thought “what if a human grew like that?”  I’ve also had mutants on my mind a lot lately, since I’ve been playing so much Fallout 3. haha…

 

Probably won’t have much new art here for a little bit.  I’m scurrying like crazy on stuff in preparation for my move back to California, but I will see you soon!

 

PS: Ryan started a blog for Electric Ant recently, and I post some fun art there occasionally.



“Metal”


Just finished a new illustrated-photo piece, and this one marks the return of the Robot Army series…

 

Metal

This piece features my friend Dawon, as a chromed-up android.  The previous series featured a military theme, with very rough & tumble, gritty looking machines, loaded down with gadgets.  For this piece, I wanted to channel a little of my fondness for Hajime Sorayama, and go with a smoother, more shiny aesthetic. Since Dawon is my longtime muse, and a natural model, I was lucky to have many good shots from that afternoon, but unfortunately, those all went when my hard drive died this past fall.  Luckily I had a few left over – enough to make one piece.  This year should bring many more robots!



C-Pop pix from Metromix


Sleeeepy… about to go to bed, but I thought I’d mention that Detroit Free Press / Metromix photographer Tracey Nawrot documented the CPOPpor2nity show on Metromix. See the pictures here. (It’s funny, I’m actually on the front page of the gallery, and the site. *egostroke*)

 

coverboy

The show was a lot of fun. I saw a nice selection of art from some talented people, and met some cool folks.

 

Still wading through pics from my road trip – I took many photos en route – but the documentary work has kept me a bit busy since I got to Michigan. I’ll have more fashion stuff for you kids to check out soon, and then some new illustrated-photography!



“©POPpor2nity” art show


So I’m back in Michigan,and I’ve been busy. Doing photography for a documentary about a car designer / fine artist, and also getting ready for a show…

 

©POPpor2nity

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13th, 7pm  at C-Pop Gallery  (4160 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI)

 

I have three pieces in C-Pop Gallery’s show, “©POPpor2nity”.  This is an honor for me, as I used to frequent C-Pop as a high schooler / college student, and it inspired me quite a bit, growing up. It was thanks to C-Pop, that I got into Yumiko Kayukawa, Shepard Fairey, Niagara, AWOL, Mark Ryden, and many others.

 

The opening is on December 13th, but the show itself goes on until January 31st, so be sure to check it out if you’re in the area!

 

Anyway, more later. busy busy busy…



shoots with Annie and Mirela in Berkeley


So I’m still on the road. Had some more bad luck en route. Within 24 hours after the rear-ending incident, I got a flat tire when shooting near the Salt Flats. Things got worse late that night on the highway… A coyote ran out in front of my car and met its unfortunate end. I couldn’t stop in time :-(  The front of my car also met a mangled fate… So now my barely-a-year-old car is pretty messed-up looking. I taped the front bumper together and cut off dragging bits of plastic, and the car seems to be able to limp along, but it will need some extensive body work when I get to Michigan. After all this, I stayed and my uncle’s place in Denver, relaxed a bunch, played GTA IV and John Carpenter movies huge via a digital projector, ate yummy food, and did another shoot while there, all of which lifted my spirits a bit.

 

Anyway, I’ve just posted shots from working with two very awesome models in Berkeley CA, as I left town:

 

AnnieMirela

I’ve been focusing on getting more commercial fashion stuff in my portfolio, and these two add quite a bit to that. I hope to work with both of them again, once I get back to California. To see more pics from these shots, click the above previews.



road trip!


road trip!

So thing have definitely changed since my last post.  The place I was going to stay at in LA fell through, and I also ran into money problems. All this happened in the last week. Yayyyy… Thus, I have to put off the LA move for a couple months. My lease is up in SF though, so I’m moving back to Michigan probably until February ‘09… to save up some cash and help my parents get their house ready to sell.

 

I’m pretty bummed about it, so I gave myself a consolation prize. Instead of heading straight back to MI, I’m going on a leisurely road trip, visiting friends and family, and doing a bunch of photo shoots on the way. So far, I’ve hit up Ventura CA, Los Angeles CA, Las Vegas NV and Salt Lake City UT. Tomorrow – after a shoot in the salt flats – I’m heading to Denver CO to visit my uncle, then on to Omaha NE, then Chicago IL, then finally Michigan.  I’ve already done 5 photo shoots since I left, and have a few more scheduled, so I’ll have a bunch of new stuff to showcase over the next few weeks…

 

sneak preview!

The trip has been fun… two bad things happened though…. First, I got a call from the data recovery lab. They can’t salvage anything on my hard drive. Thus, I’m basically going to have to start over. I can recover some of my work through friends, and through hi-res scanning of prints, but some is lost forever, except for the small-size images you can see on this site. Thus, I’m going to have to put off the “buy prints” section of my site a little longer, until I get new stuff to sell.  I had a couple weeks now to prepare myself for this outcome, but I thought they’d be able to recover at least some of the data, since the hard drive was at least responding somewhat. Shows me to put too much trust in a hard drive (even though it was only a year old).

 

The other bad thing that happened was tonight in Salt Lake City, some guy came up too fast behind me at a stop light and rear-ended me…

 

Yay!! / NOT yay.

This picture doesn’t quite do it justice. I’m going to have to get a new rear bumper and hatch door. Sucks man… I just got the car last year, and it’s my baby.  This picture pretty much sums up the trip so far.

 

Anyway, off to sleep. I have a very bizarre, interesting shoot in the flats tomorrow, which will later be turning into an illustrated-photo piece. It’s an idea I’ve been wanting to shoot for two years now… More updates later!



GO (to) APE!!


Hey everybody. Things have been very hectic with packing up for the LA move, but there’s a big event you should attend this weekend if you’re in the Bay Area… Alternative Press Expo (APE, for short)

 

SATURDAY November 1st 11am – 7pm
SUNDAY November 2nd
11am – 6pm
The Concourse  – 620 7th Street, San Francisco  (Directions here)
More info here.

 

This will be my third year tabling at the show, with my usual gang of comic-making buddies…  Ryan Sands, Hellen Jo, Anthony Wu, Derek Yu, and Calvin Wong.  We will be at table #415, listed in the program as “The Bang Gang”. That’s in the back-left corner of the main exhibition floor (here’s a map). Ryan and I will be showcasing our two recent big projects:

Electric Ant #1 / Tokyo Zombie

Electric Ant issue 1: Our baby. A collection of comics, short stories, nonfiction, art, lists, etc. Some of the many awesome contributors include Hellen Jo, Aaron K, MC Lars, Gea, Derek Kirk Kim, Anthony Wu, Michaela Collette, Derek Yu, Eric Nakamura, Julia Wertz, and many more.  Ryan created, edited and published it. I did much of the layout and illustrations. Also edited by Alice Kim. The official launch date is November 1st.

 

Tokyo Zombie: Yusaku Hanakuma’s slapstick zombie judo bonanza that we adapted into English.  Ryan was editor and translator. I did lettering, touch-up art, and book design.

 

Also, I will be selling prints of my illustrated-photography.

 

buy some illustrated-photography!

Hope to see you there! Come on by and say hi :-)

 

EDIT (from the fuuuuuture!): Click this photo of my buddies and I to see a ton of photos from APE 2008!

APE 2008 pictures!



ch-ch-changes…


Hi kids.  First off, I wanted to highlight some shots I did of the lovely Kristine. Click the image below, or click here to see more…

Kristine

There’s a lot of things going on right now…. some good some bad.  The bad first.  My hard drive decided to die last week, and I hadn’t backed up to DVD in a long time (argh).  Took it to a computer wizard but he wasn’t able to extract any data from it, so now I’m going to take it to one of San Francisco’s expensive data recovery specialists… Not sure which one yet, but I definitely need to get that data back (all my recent art).

 

In good  / stressful news, I am moving soon.  I’ve been in San Francisco for almost four years now, and it’s been great, and if I had my way, I’d stay here for a lot longer, and make my career happen here.  Problem is, it seems like SF is not the best place to make a photography career happen. Also, since I intend to do more commercial work in the world of automotive photography, it seems clear to me that LA is the place to go. So with a heavy heart, I am leaving SF on the 3rd or 4th of November, and heading to the city of (fallen) angels. It just seems like a better place for me to be, career-wise… so if you are looking for a good photographer, hit me up!  Make this move worth all the stress! (jk)