New Site

7 08 2010

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sd appreciation 101

25 03 2010

san diego is a very fickle city. this troubles me as an up-and-coming artist, and as a born and raised san diegan. there is such a lack of culture here. let me take that back, because there is tons of culture here. there is a definite lack of appreciation for what san diego has to offer. this may have to do with the fact that a good amount of our residents are out-of-towners stopping by on leave, for school, for the summer, or stationed here and will soon be gone in a few years. so there is no time to look around because the focus is on getting fucked up by the beach in between classes. or maybe, because we are so close to los angeles, our fair city doesn’t measure up according to popular media. whatever the reason i think it is a time for change. (how obama of me!) and this can be a change that will benefit everyone.

local businesses: when it comes to mom and pops shops, local restaurants etc, san diego has some of the best. we should spread the love when we go do this and go try that. how many of you can say you drove 20 minutes to saigon restaurant in city heights because they quite possibly have the best pho in town? or to the armory in downtown to buy clothes made by local artists?

music: there are a ton of talented musicians and dj’s in san diego. but be careful because there are a lot of terrible one’s out there too. some of my favorite shows have been the smaller ones. i am by no means telling you to stop listening to popular music. but rather, broaden your horizons and give the lil guy a chance. you might like it. and there is no better feeling to a musician or dj than to see a full crowd. your support helps fuel their dream.

night-life: you can throw a rock in any direction from anywhere in san diego and hit a great bar. instead of going to the same ol place, try somewhere new in another part of town. i’ve been to bars all over this city and i can honestly say you don’t need to go to the swankiest place to have a good time. to be fair, we all like a night out at a posh venue every once and awhile. yes, even me. but i can’t afford $15 drinks every night. i’m poor son!! plus, a good time is measured by the company you keep. not who sees you out and about.

arts: there is a great amount of talent hidden here. hidden very well. a little to well. we need to start bringing it to the forefront. everybody loves art. and the styles, subject matter, mediums and artists run the gamut. we need to support our local artists as best we can. we can do this by buying work, hiring for projects, attending openings and events, referring to others and so on. and i’m not only saying this because i fancy myself a painter either.

street fairs & walks: there is always something happening on the streets. art walks, mini fairs, farmers markets, cultural festivals etc. remember, san diego is a melting pot. experiencing new cultures can be very exciting and a great way to break out of the norm.

i hope i am not sounding preachy or anything because that is definitely not my intent. i have no room to be because i frequent some of the trendiest places around town myself. but what i do have is an appreciation for everything else san diego has to offer. again, this is my city and i love every part of it. now, you are not going to love every place you go, every band you see, every opening you attend or every street you cross. but you also will never know what else is out there if you don’t leave p.b. cheers.

shows shows and more shows

27 11 2009

so i have been doing a good amount of live art shows these past months. two and sometimes three a week. i like it, it keeps me on my toes. and it forces me to create a new piece as fast as i can. now is that a good thing or a bad thing? i’m a little torn. it does get the mind going but i sometimes feel rushed. does that hinder or improve my work. whatever, this is a good thing. if you give me a chance to slack off i have the tendency to take it too far. then nothing would get done. so fuck it, i’m gonna keep doing what i’m doing. anywho… there are many more shows in the works for these next coming months. i also have a few new ideas for some new works. i have voyeur tonight. i like this place a lot. and they seem to be very receptive to my work, so thats a plus. well, time to make that money. cheers.

its been a while

20 10 2009

ok, it is entirely my fault that i haven’t posted anything in quite a few months. i’ll admit that. but it is for good reason though. i have been extremely busy these days. i am definitely not used to wearing this many hats, but i kinda like it. the shows have kept coming and coming, and the response from everybody has been overwhelming. but i do need to start fine tuning all of the other aspects of what i do. this site for example. how can i hand out a business card with this site on it and not update my shit? it’s only gonna hurt my over all goal. so from this point on things are gonna change. i hope.

so there are a lot of new works in the works. i definitely feel i am evolving as an “artist.” more thought, emotion, stories, experiences, fears and such have been making their way into my work. but still, a lot of my pieces are focused around the opposite sex. probably because women are a big part of who i am and why i am. anyways, keep an eye out for me. i’ll be around. cheers.

elemental experience

6 05 2009

p10206003and an experience it was. especially for my first time ever displaying my  art anywhere. i have to admit i was pretty apprehensive about the whole thing at first. i didn’t feel ready. i didn’t feel good enough. i almost didn’t do it. but i am all sorts of happy i did. when brian and i arrived, it was a little intimidating. movers and shakers speeding by you with arms full of amazing talent. everybody quietly sizing each other up. luckily we had a game plan and executed it flawlessly. the set-up was perfect, the paintings hung, the music roaring, the supplies ready. all  that was left were the people. my worst nightmare, a crowd of people quietly judging my work therefore judging me. i prepared myself for the  barrage of negative criticism i thought was coming. but in fact, it was  quite the opposite. with the event slowly getting underway, the workers and volunteers were the first to peruse the artist village. to my surprise i received nothing but compliments of my work. and the trend continued throughout the day. i can’t say enough about the community and their kind words. i am forever grateful to everyone that stopped by my booth, the family and friends that came to give their support, and to stay classy for giving me this opportunity. the support and professionalism they showed quickly cemented them as an organization i will always want to work with. with the day winding down, we start to pack up our things. it is almost over. at least i thought it was. schugar comes to my tent and tells me the good news. my piece won the contest. yes, the contest piece that was getting praised throughout the day. the contest piece that got me a couple of interviews. my first show, my first contest, and i come out the victor. it felt good. we walk my 4′ x 8′ painting through a sea of people, trying to make my way backstage. i get back there and am given some instructions. i go up on stage after the fashion show. great, my second worst nightmare. public speaking. the longer i wait in back the more nervous i get. i start to pace. even the line of beautiful women making their way to the catwalk can’t get my mind off the fact that i have to speak in front of all these people. i’m up, here we go. we take my piece on stage. the dj announces me as the winner of the contest. the crowd roars.  probably cheering because drunk people like to cheer. i take it anyways. i walk off the stage relieved. and that’s it. after i load my things the night is over for me. i say my goodbyes to my new found friends from the other booths and head home. i’ve got work at 6am.