12 miles hike

I love hiking, it's a great way to exercise and very inspirational.  I was accompanied by two awesome artists, Kozyndan. We hiked on Echo mountain all the way up to the inspiration point. What a fun 12 miles hike. Although I stayed in bed the next day because my body was in pain the whole morning... 

First time seeing a circled rainbow, is there a name for this beautiful sight? Sunbow? 

First time seeing a circled rainbow, is there a name for this beautiful sight? Sunbow? 

A couple years behind my technology feed, I found out my phone can shoot panorama! 
Right the way I tested it out for the first time.  I was excited like a kid learned to ride a bicycle for the first time.

After 6 miles hike we've arrived to Inspiration Point.

Hammer Museum Visit

Recently I visited Hammer Museum and met with the wonderful staffs to discuss about the Hammer Kids artist workshop in January 2015. The Event is called "Dino Laboratory." We'll be exploring art by Francis Upritchard then create a dinosaur sculpture of your own based on the guide we created for the event. 
The workshop is on Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 11-1pm.
Save the day and visit the museum for some fun. 
 

David Choe's commission work in progress Part 1

In 2012, I participated in a group exhibition, Giant Robot Biennale 3, at the Japanese American National Museum. On the opening night, I met an interesting elderly lady. She dressed bright and colorful like a peacock that stood out in the crowd of people. She came to me and showed so much interest in my work. We talked briefly, but eventually got distracted by the crowd of people. 15 minutes later she brought her son David Choe to see my work again. I knew David, but not very well. I knew he is a rock star in the art scene but didn’t really know much about him. I was very excited to meet him but we talked only briefly.

David and I met again at the closing party a few months later. This time we got to talk more. He showed interest in buying my work, but I was just informed by Eric Nakamura (curator and GR founder) that the Cat Robot was sold. David decided to commission a work from me. The idea of the work is simple, instead of the cat themed piece I made; he wanted a piece with a dog. David said he hates people getting away with the things he wanted, so the commission has to be 10 times better than the Cat Robot. There is no deadline so go crazy with it. Since then I started listening to his podcast and tried to get to know him better. 

The commissioned piece, "Loyal Friend" is influenced by David's podcast "DVDASA." The show is hosted by David and the adult film superstar Asa Akira (Best Female Performer of the Year 2012 & 2013), thus DVDASA. It also stands for Double Vaginal Double Anal Sensitive Artist. The show is extremely sexual and quite disgusting sometimes. However, it was the No. 1 Health podcast on iTunes at some point.

DVDASA is almost like a reality show but in podcast form and YouTube.  It's definitely not for everyone and it could be tough to assimilate, but once you get passed all the dirty jokes it's actually quite entertaining and inspirational. Pretty soon I started listening to it religiously. On the show they invited their friends as special guests. They talked about all kinds of topics; sex, money, life experiences, stories with fiction or nonfiction. The word 'allegedly' is used in many occasions. Sometimes, it’s just a group of friends talking nonsense and having fun. Sometimes, David will make motivational speeches about life for all the struggling souls out there listening. Eventually I became a fan of his work, the podcast is the extension of his art. It's dirty but sensational. 

The podcast is known for putting people's career and life at risk after going on the show. The fact that I'm actually making child friendly art for Disney, I probably shouldn't be associating with them. Oh well, I love the show and will always support it… allegedly!

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Designer Con - 'Chill Bear' & 'Pug Rub'

'Chill Bear' & 'Pug Rub' exclusively at Designer Con Giant Robot booth #814, November 8th & 9th (Sat & Sun) Come early!

Chill Bear

Pug Rub

With awesome Dean at GR Booth

With awesome Dean at GR Booth

My works next to the giants, David Choe and James Jean.

My works next to the giants, David Choe and James Jean.

Dirty Dean and his new art collection by Mr. Yukinori Dehara 

Dirty Dean and his new art collection by Mr. Yukinori Dehara 

Are you a workaholic? 

Are you a workaholic? 

Book signing by artist friend Edwin Ushiro 

Book signing by artist friend Edwin Ushiro 

Here is an article by Giant Robot founder Eric Nakamura Ten Reasons Why Designer Con is the Best Convention