Archive for August, 2010

The Artwork of Juan Francisco

Artist Juan Francisco has the ability to create incredibly large, detailed, and almost photo-realistic portraits.  The only reason they may not be totally photo-realistic is because all his work is done in the same color… Bic blue.  His entire collection is crafted entirely with ballpoint Bic pens.  Check the method below.

1, 2, Here’s What We’re Gunna Do.

Its a pretty well known fact that I’ve worked with KRS-1 on a program to educate inner city children on the importance of non-violence, and since then I’ve had much more appreciation for his work as an artist, and his influence as a driving force in hip hop.  When I heard he released a collab with Rza, I had to throw it up and represent.  Click the pic below to hear “1, 2, Here’s What We’re Gunna Do”.  (courtesy of

KRS-1 and DJ Storm

Who Said Taking BART Was Boring?

Recently somebody decided to make the world just a little bit more interesting, and three red swings appeared on the BART Public Transit System in San Francisco for the public to enjoy.  The photos below were taken by Audrey Penven.

Lloyd Banks, Fabolous, and Joe Buddens Mix It Up.

Lloyd Banks And Fabolous Talk Possible Collabo On Joe Budden’s mixtape “Mood Muzik 4”

Melina Pitra

Melina started her modelling career at the age of 20. During summer of 2005, a rumour said that she was having an affair with argentinian producer Adrian Suar. But shortly after,  the rumour was dismissed, but that was enough to launch her to fame.  She appeared in the most important argentinian magazines, such as Hombre, Claro, Paparazzi, Gente and Caras.  Until 2007 Melina hosted the television show “Planeta Moda” (Planet Fashion), wich started in 2005 on an America TV channel.  The show dealed with topics like current trends, campaigns and interviews with fashion designers In 2007, she made a stop in her modelling and hosting activities, and participated in the “Gran Hermano Famosos” show (Big Brother: Celebrities), replacing Pachu Peña. After two weeks of competition, she self-nominated and was eliminated by the audience vote.  In 2008, Melina established a relationship with Big Brother 5’s winner, Esteban Morais, wich continued and ended in the media.

Cipher, The Phychic Drinking Glass.

An empty glass resembles a meaningless colorful mosaic, until a liquid is poured into it, revealing its name. Each side of the glass is reserved for a specific drink. The dekrypt glass though complex in appearance in fact runs on a very simple idea. Differently colored shapes are scattered across the glass surface in a seemingly random pattern, however their position is hardly accidental. The true purpose of the glass mosaic is revealed when colored liquid is poured into it (orange juice, milk, Nescafe or coke) The pattern of shapes and empty spaces on the glass combined with the color of the liquid inside the glass end up forming a textual sign, revealing what exact drink or refreshment you are having, with each side of the glass reserved for a specific drink. Besides being a novelty item with entertainment value it can also serve as a marketing item for beverage companies as it has a promotional potential.

Attack of the Shadow People

I recently got the chance to peep some insane artwork from the very talented Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita.  Kumi uses small metal objects and the percise positioning of light to create her pieces.

 “Since I was a child I had always been drawn to the beauty in nature. It is complete yet ephemeral and does not require an explanation. Like a warm yellow afternoon light or magnolia flowers glowing under the moonlight. I drew and painted light and shadow that I saw in nature until one day I realized that I could use a real light instead.”

“In my work I find shadow to be the essence of human being and of everything else in the world that most of us don’t recognize. Once at my exhibition an old man stood in front of one of the artwork for a long time. Suddenly he jumped back in shock as he recognized the silhouette of a woman that he didn’t see until now. It made me laugh but at same time I realized how oblivious we all can be. How much we are missing in our lives because of that. In my work object and shadow are equally important. They reveal many faces of reality. Separated objects can be connected in shadow. It shows me that we all are connected and share the same essence. But mostly, I’m drawn to its ephemeral beauty.”Kumi Yamashita

Studio Footage of Jim Jones

Here’s a clip of some studio footage of Jim Jones courtesy of which he discusses in the video, as well as previewing a collab joint with Raekwon.

An Apartment That Changes With The Seasons.

The archetics Tham and Videgard Hansson have a custom apartemnt at the Humlegarden in Stockholm, Germany.  Departing from the traditional swedish interior use of color and patterns that were developed by artists and architects like carl larsson and josef frank, this apartment relates directly to the settings at the humlegården park where the greenery outside changes with the season.  From winter grey and black, to summertime bright and deep green, to orange, red and yellow in autumn, the different rooms of the apartment reflect the change in seasons.  Check the method below.

Wale – Hold Yuh (Freestyle)

Even though, as of now the original song is quite dated, ‘Hold Yuh’ from Gyptian is one of my personal favorite tracks of the year.  Seeing as how Wale is many people’s favorite artist of the last few years, when he put up a freestyle to ‘Hold Yuh’, I only felt it correct to post it up.  Click the pic below to download.

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Sophie Black Absolut Vodka.

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Not too long ago, I posted up about Absolut Vodka doing a special fathers day bottle, but once again, they’ve outdone themselves.  Absolut recently put out the “Absolut Sophie” mirror – a limited edition collectible designed by Singapore-based illustrator Sokkuan.  Sokkuan was the winner of “In an Absolut World, Every Drink is an Exceptional Experience” installation during Singapore Design Festival 2009.  The dark beauty is executed as a multifaceted mirror boxed in a matching package.  Sokkuan was inspired by the Bloody Mary legend of chanting into a mirror to summon her dark spirit; creating an alter ego Sophie Black (pictured above).

“I adore people and things in harmonious contradictions. Sophie Black, my alter ego who exists in a world of pseudo reality, is the epitome of such paradox.  Playing on the well-known Bloody Mary legend, my design of this multifaceted handheld mirror reflects my fascinations with dark, quirky, mysterious yet beautiful essences exuded by both Bloody Mary and Sophie Black.”

This collaborative piece sparks Absolut’s path to encourage cocktail culture in Singapore and celebrates the opening of a new playing field within the cocktail and creative community.  Exclusively designed and distributed only at selected outlets in Singapore, this limited edition limited quantity handheld mirror is a gift item with every 2 bottles purchase of Absolut Vodka.

Ex Girlfriends = Videogames?

I was skimming the web recently, and I came across a post, and I had to throw it up here.  Any guy from the ages of 22 to 25 will totally appreciate the humor and the irony of this, because when you really think about it, it’s totally true.

7 Girls You’ve Dated And Their Videogame Console Equivalents

Super N.E.S.

You never forget your first time. Back then, you didn’t care how “edgy” or “cool” a girl was, you just wanted to have fun. Pure, sweet, innocent fun. Sure, she wasn’t the hottest girl you’d ever date, but she had personality. Like all first loves, you thought it would last forever, which is why it was such a surprise when you dumped her for…


Look, you were young. It was seventh grade, and she had all the things you loved in your old girlfriend, but with more… depth. Hoping for a nostalgia trip, you looked her up recently. Big mistake – how did someone so devastatingly attractive end up looking so ugly? Maybe you should give SNES a call – I hear she’s as cute and fun as ever.


She looked different than any girl you’d ever dated. Not prettier, but more exciting. A mutual friend talked her up for months, telling you how much you were going to like her. She had a septum piercing, dyed hair, and a neck tattoo. You thought hooking up with her would blow your mind. You ended up with a headache and a whole lot of regret. The novelty wore off REAL quick.

Xbox 360

The first few months of your relationship were amazing. You spent every waking hour together and ditched out on family and friends just so you could be with her. She got you into all the coolest parties and you met a lot of interesting people (though some of them were total dicks). Then, out of nowhere, things just stopped working. You’re still not entirely sure what you did wrong. Maybe she just wasn’t made for a long-term relationship.

The Wii

On a whim, instead of going for the sexiest girl in the room, you decided to take home the quirky art school chick. It was fun at first, but now, whenever you ask for something new, she reminds you she’s different from everyone else, and, damn it, you should appreciate her for that. And you do. You really do. Sometimes, though, a guy just wants something a little more, um…

Playstation 3

Hot. Oh God, she’s so hot. Sometimes you think you could just sit and watch her talk all day. (Which is good, because often you’ll be doing just that.) Sure, she has expensive tastes, and doesn’t really like to do that many different things, and you’ll definitely have to buy her some accessories if you want to make the relationship work, but, um… we mentioned the hot part, right?


You dated her when you were young and stupid. Even though you had fun together, you broke up so you could try new things. Secretly, you always thought she’d be there when you were finally ready to settle down. But by the time you wised up and realized that she was the girl for you, she was already off the market. You’ve dated a lot since then, but you’ll occasionally catch yourself thinking about her and what could have been. Plus, her boobs were awesome. Like Jet Grind Radio.

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Does This Girl Deserve To Be In The Magazine?

Naturally when you think of DJ Storm, there are three things that come to most peoples minds… Teen Vouge is NOT one of them.  But when my good friend, Kelsey Ferguson told me she was in a snap shot competition in Teen Vouge to win a personal shoot in New York, I knew I wanted to help out.  Kelsey is one of the people who worked on Reginald Sylvester’s ‘Subtle Detail’ line in previous seasons, so everyone wearing SD apparel, or any fan reading this blog should take a quick second to vote for Kelsey on the website. Click the pic below to see more.

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“I tend to lean towards things that are versatile and that I can see going with many different outfits and styles. I am moving to London this fall to attend Central St. Martins for fashion design, and in the process I have begun to lean towards statement pieces. I do not follow trends- I stick to what I like, what fits my style, and what I know I can keep in my closet multiple seasons. I like to mix and match- Classic things with a punk or retro twist are key looks in my style. Fashion changes, style remains, so it is important that when shopping and dressing we stick to what we know works for us.” – Kelsey Ferguson

3D TV Without Those “Stylish” Glasses

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba plans to market the world’s first 3D television that does not need special glasses later this year, a report said on Tuesday.  Toshiba will unveil three models of the television, which will cost several thousand dollars, before Christmas, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.  The company has developed a new system that emits a number of rays of light with various angles from the screen so that viewers can see stereoscopic images without glasses, the daily said.

“People can enjoy images in three dimensions from various positions and suffer less stress,” it said.  Japan’s major electronics makers launched 3D television this year, but sales have not been as strong as expected while many customers have complained of being irritated by the glasses.

Ninja Umbrella

I’ve seen this unique umbrella in passing multiple times, but when one of my best friends freaked about how dope he thought it was, I knew it was time to post it up.  Check the method below.

L 39.15" x W 2.85" x H 2.85"

Piercing Fetish.

I personally am much of a tattoo person, as opposed to piercings, (I’ve got 2 piercings, and 13 tattoos) but when I caught some of the pics different styles of piercings, I was intrigued.  The style of back peircings with weaved ribbons caught my attention the most.  (I love a woman in a coursette).  Photos courtesy of Prick Magazine.

Wearable Keyboard

This unusual wearable gadget is built into a pair of fashionable designer jeans by Erik De Nijs. It has a built-in keyboard, mouse, and computer speakers that play audio.  It can be connected to any computer wirelessly, and they look awesome.  I’m just not sure how you would wash them though.

The Rapping Weatherman

There haven’t been too many news casts that have been totally hilarious (on purpose), but when I heard about the rapping weatherman on Fox News, I had to take a look.  I have no way of knowing who wrote his lyrics, but although his delivery is a bit hap-hazzard at times, there are some points where he does spit some impressive lines.  Check the method, and keep in mind this is all totally real.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk.

I’ve done some charity work throughout the course of my career, and generally tried to support as many different causes as I can.  I feel that people in the entertainment business have to have the ability to help rally others to a cause, be it for personal gain, or otherwise, and there for have a responsibility to spread awareness about issues that plague our society.  When my older sister told me about her participation in the Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk, I volunteered to help spread the word, and do what I could to get more people involved in her cause.  Below is a letter from her, to you.  Please read it, and help out if you can.

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I have taken on an incredible challenge. On October 15th, I’ll be walking 60 miles over the course of three days in Philadelphia, camping out at night with thousands of other people taking this journey with me.

It’s for an event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™. Net proceeds from the Komen 3-Day for the Cure are invested in community-based breast health programs and breast cancer research.

I’ve agreed to raise at least $2,300 in donations. I’ve set my personal goal at $3,000. So I need your help. Would you please consider making a donation of as little as $25? These are mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives just like yours that you are saving with your donation.

My aunt is a breast cancer survivor and this walk is for her. My friend and I are walking together and keeping each other company as we are both first time walkers. However, I highly doubt, with all the love and support that I have received so far in this process, this walk will be tough. One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. My aunt was one and that’s why I’m walking in the 3-Day for the Cure. “Because everyone deserves a lifetime.”

To make a donation, go to If you don’t want to donate online, please fill out the enclosed donation form and mail it to the address on the form. You can call 800-996-3DAY to donate over the phone. I would like to reach my fundraising goal by September 30th, so don’t delay!

Thank you for taking the time to read this e-mail and thank you for your support.


Christine Martinez

P.S. Don’t wait – donate today! Remember, donations are tax deductible

Tokyo Genso

Tsūtenkaku Tower in Osaka

The illustrations of TokyoGenso (a.k.a. Tokyo Fantasy) depict a post-apocalyptic Tokyo devoid of people and overtaken by nature.  I was blown away by the level of detail in each illustration, and the design of each individual picture.  Check the method.

Tokyo Big Sight

The Tokyo Skyline

Kabuki-za Theater, Ginza

Mode Hal Iko Building, Shinjuku

Sofmap Akihabara

Haneda Airport

Akihabara Bridge

"Manneken Pis" statue at Hamamatsuchō station

Shinjuku station, Tokyo

Angelica Carrera

Angelica Carerra

Miss Angelica Carrera is a model in her early 20’s who is of a very exotic mix of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Hawaiian.  She moved out to LA to pursue her career as a model, actress, singer and dancing.  Angelica had the privileged of dancing for the golden state warriors, right after finishing high school from 2004 to 2006.  Thanks to Marqus Crawford for the bringing her to my attention.  You can also see some videos of her dancing on youtube, that have begun to gain some major popularity.

Lupe Fiasco – Go To Sleep

Lupe recently released the track “Go To Sleep”, click the pic to download.

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Gucci Guilty

The guys over at Gucci have hired Frank Miller (Sin City, 300, The Spirit) to helm a new television commercial to promote Gucci Guilty — apparently the new fragrance for her.  The Frank Miller spot stars Chris Evans of the Fantastic Four films and Evan Rachel Wood from HBO’s True Blood with music provided by Friendly Fires.  This is just a tease but the Frank Miller aesthetic, seen onscreen in “Sin City” and “Spirit,” is on full display here.

Yanko Earphones.

It’s quite apparent that all ladies will have a soft corner for the Accessories MP3 Player. Honestly, how many MP3 players can be as subtle and discreet as this! Fashion statement, jewelry, bling…you name it, and it’s there! I adore the little loop earring that goes into the ear as headphones, now only if Cartier or Tiffany can get a whiff of this…

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