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Yesterday– Busy at work. Happy hour lunch. Sushi next to a Roloff! Haha. Photoshoot. Guitar Hero. TB amazing drumming. Taco Bell run!

Today– No work. 4 hrs sleep. Kunikuniya shopping. “Comic book” Shop (actually a game shop full of little models that people paint), Baker & Spice (yummy focaccia and flatbread + Rhubarb pastry), Starbucks, WINDY, OHSU tram (scary), Everyday Music, NW 23rd, Wunderland, Rock Band best buy, home!
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Excitement

I am excited that in abouts a month my mum will be visiting me!!!!! After she gets here we will soon be departing for New York where we will spend 4 days adventuring, eating, and walking our way through the famous sights of the city that never sleeps. I have never been there before and it will be my first major traveling experience in a couple years. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Insanely Awesome


I’ve been more and more surprised with our Netflix service recently. I found that there are some really great art/design documentaries that I never imagined Netflix would offer.

One of the first I watched was called:
1. POPaganda: The Art & Crimes of Ron English
and 2. Helvetica (yes, the font)!
 For those of you who don’t know, Ron English is a vigilante artist! This movie/documentary illustrated that even more by being filmed in a guerilla art style, which made this even more fascinating and eye gluing for me. “The film also serves as a biography, chronicling English’s evolution from a simple painter to an activist-instigator who skewers just about everything from Ronald McDonald to the war in Iraq.” POPaganda: The Art & Crimes of RonEnglish went behind the scenes of his daily life and showed just how he goes about getting away with his billboard repainting 😛
Moving on. Helvetica is one of the most popular fonts in the world due to its infinite readability. The documentary offered interviews with designers and artists who were insightful as to the development, use and universal acceptance of Helvetica. It goes briefly into the history of typefaces, and font making while showing how Helvetica has become the typeface of choice for everything. Whether you are writing a letter or creating a corporate logo.
Another interesting documentary I watched (while not really related to art, but one of my other passions [Japan]) is called The Great Happiness Placewhich goes into the seemingly messed up culture of Japan. This compelling film explores the rarely seen world of Japanese host boys, men who are paid to entertain wealthy women in exclusive nightclubs. Almost but not quite gigolos, more akin to male geishas, the host boys of Cafe Rakkyo share their secrets. The narrative focuses on Issei, Osaka’s top host boy, but all the characters in this unique subculture are fascinating.
I would recommend all these movies with * * * * * 5 starz!!!
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what up

 

Haha. I just recently checked a bunch of things off my “To Buy” list. That included a bunch of frames and matting for artwork, prismacolor markers, marker paper, and more! So each day I’ve been starting a new piece, and trying different techniques with my pens! Thus far I have 3 pieces, but I am definitely liking these pens. Oh oh, I want more colors already! 😛
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Awww

Yesterday morning my bf brought home these two pieces of cardboard for me, that he had cut out of some shipment boxes from Japan. He said the other guys laughed but I couldn’t help but feel it was a sweet gesture. 

Anywho, being half Japanese, and completely fascinated with the art of Japan and the difference of expression/communication between our culture and theres’ I fell truly in love with these two hand drawn comics.
In the meantime, I am going to figure out how to display these two odd pieces 🙂

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Finally

Some good art.

It’s really interesting to see the kinds of artwork that comes through the frame shop. I mean all kinds of memorabilia, to original art by kids/friends/, famous cliche prints, and personal photography.

The funny thing is that people seem to spend a 300% markup more on their frames than the art. I’ve seen it too many times. People go on vacation to Europe and buy cheap prints or canvas art from local vendors and come back to the states to pay $350 to frame the thing. Somehow that doesn’t seem right to me, but whatever.

Today, a buyer/reseller of art came in with an original Joan Miro lithograph.  A breath of fresh air although it wasn’t my favorite of his. Apparently, it could fetch $30k.

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Interesting

You shouldn’t mess with graffiti writers.

The longest recorded piece of graffiti was painted by a
student in the toilets of his college at Changsha, China
in 1915. It consisted of over 4000 characters criticising
his teachers and the state of Chinese society.

After completing this masterpiece the student handed
himself in and was paraded in front of the school and
threatened with expulsion. The student was a 22 year
old Chairman Mao. A graffiti artist who later founded
the People’s Republic of China and was responsible
for the deaths of over 30 million people.

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