Archive for July, 2011

4th Amendment Underclothes.


I’m always at the airport, and it never occurred to me that the 4th amendment is CONSTANTLY violated by the TSA, but the 4th Amendment clothing line is a little poke under the ribs at this intrusion.  Now there’s a way to protest those intrusive TSA X-ray scanners without saying a word.  But with the 4th metallic ink-printed undershirts and underwear, your saying everything you need to.  Assert your rights without saying a word.

Incredible Surreal Photography.


Surreal photography is something that can be seen, inspected, and appreciated just like any other type of photography, but with a casual glance, not too many realize the extreme amount of skill it takes to create a photo like the ones in this set.  I’ve seen tons of pictures of people jumping out of water glasses, or holding a city above their heads, but it wasn’t until I saw the work of Audrey Amelie that I realized what attention to detail, and having a great concept can do for a photo.  She (Audrey) and the photographers and photo editors that put these pictures together undoubtedly slaved away for hours and hours on end to come up with a photo, just to blow ones mind.

Meek Mills & Rick Ross Talk Music.


You have to admit that when certain artists start their careers, you never know what direction they’ll go in. In 05, I never really pictured Rick Ross having as stellar as a career as he’s undeniably having right now. But with hit after hit, he’s locked down a solid spot in Rap infamy. And with the advent of “Maybach Music” he’s bringing people like Meek Mills along for the ride with him. So when Rick and Mills got on the mic to speak about their ‘I’m A Boss’ remix, I was listening intently. Check the method.

The Anotomy Of A Mashup.


Mashups are all over the place, they come and go, and are part of the music entertainment world. But few people outside of the select few know what it takes to compile a solid mashup. Fortunately I was told that one of the incredible Daft Punk mashups I’ve acquired recently from Cameron Adams, came with a chart of all the songs it was blended with, and a real time map of the mixing. Click the pic below (or above) to see this intricate and interesting look about the making of a mashup.

Click the pic to hear the mashup.

Curren$y feat. Fiend – Televised.


I’ve said it many a time, that I’m enthralled with the behind the scenes aspect of creating music.  Luckily for me, I get to live in that world almost everyday, but seeing it through the eyes of other people and getting a chance to see how they work in the studio is still infinitely interesting.  Currensy and Fiend teamed up recently linked up to record and shoot the video for Televised.  Check the method below.

Tomas Kauneckas’ Laimos Stilius Shoot.


Tomas Kauneckas seems to have an affinity for stylistic beauty.   The photo series displayed in this post is a perfect example of what stylized photography should be.  The pics in the collection remind me of Napa Valley in the mid 20’th century (random, but that’s just what comes to mind), and are both warm, smooth, intricate, and show an great attention to every detail of the shot.  Kudos Mr Kauneckas.

Long Exposure Photos of Spinning Records.


Goldfinger.

Towards the end of every shift at work, there’s a time period named “Last Call”, where I ask my assistant to go grab me as many drinks as she can carry, so we have something to sip on while we break down our equipment and prepare to leave.  There have been a few times, where as a result in the sudden boost of alcohol, things get a little blurry… including the records I spin.  However, I was unaware that there are photographers out there that capture this effect and make stunning Chromatic RPM pictures using long exposure.  I stumbled across a series of said photos yesterday, and have been trying to decide which record I’d like to buy the most.  (Photos by Paul Octavious)

The Theme From Unforgiven

The Story Of Johnny Appleseed

The Beatles

The Versatile - Burl Ives

Lunasea - Fire Fall

The Tropical Island Paradise Superyacht.


This superyacht – dubbed the ‘Tropical island Paradise’ – has been designed by British boat builders Yacht Island Design.  The 90m Tropical Island Paradise design has a theme that is centred around a secluded island paradise, with elements inspired by the islands of the Caribbean.  The main exterior deck is a private beach “cove” with a voluminous ocean view swimming pool located forward that is fed by a stream emanating from a cascading waterfall on the volcano further aft.  The main deck is a secluded beach ‘cove’ of cabanas surrounding a massive ocean view swimming pool.  Behind these cabanas there is a bar area, communal seating area and an area for al fresco dining.  Inside the huge, towering volcano is a cinema, library, games room, gym, spa and VIP suites – including an owners pad spread over two decks.  The exterior of yacht was designed to give the impression of waves breaking around a volcanic island, whilst maintaining the look of a contemporary yacht design.  The lavish yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests – and can travel along at a top speed of 15 knots.

The Sickest Snowman Ever.


We may be in the middle of the summer, but that doesn’t mean one can’t be thinking about winter.  I came across this video of a slide in Tahoe build like a snowman that just blew my mind.  The entire project took over 80 hours of shoveling, and although I’m not sure how long it lasted, I’m sure there was many more than 80 hours of fun had on it.  Check the method.

An Invisible Battery?


For years people have seen totally transparent hand held devices in sci-fi movies, and although they look super cool, I never personally wondered how they would be powered.  My good friend Anna Novikov has a thing for a particular translucent cell phone I featured on the blog a while back, and the technology in this post is exactly what was supposed to power that concept. Researchers at Stanford University have just created a thin, flexible, totally transparent lithium-ion battery. It is about the size and shape of a Listerine breath mint strip, and as clear as Saran Wrap.  According to an article on the university’ website, researchers were inspired to make a see-through battery partially because they want transparent Apple products to be a reality in the future.  The challenge of making a battery see-through is that certain key materials that make a battery work are fundamentally not transparent, and no good transparent substitutes could be found. The Stanford scientists found a way around the hurdle by making the non-transparent parts of the battery so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye.

DJ Storm’s Interview with Miss Arie Rose.


Everyone has heard the saying “A day late, and a dollar short”… (luckily for me, with the success of my career, I’m never a dollar short) however, I was a day late with this post.  Hours of traveling to different editing studios, deliberating with my staff on what songs to mix for the background (ending up with 26 different pro-tools sessions all with different song combinations), waiting for graphic designers to create the appropriate text, all in combination with rendering and uploading times, I missed a few deadlines.  But hey, we’re perfectionists, sue us.  But when its all said and done, my first video interview starring Miss Arie Rose deserves nothing less than the pursuit of perfection.

Arie Rose has been doing her thing for quite some time.  I came across her when we worked on an episode of “Street Files” together a year or so ago, and was enthralled with the idea of sitting down to talk to her about all that she’s accomplished, all that she’s planning, and just her day to day life.  So that’s exactly what I did.  Ben Einhorn and his incredible video crew came through to Sugar Cafe in downtown San Francisco to meet with Arie and I to capture the action.  Check the method below to see how it all went.

Don’t forget to follow Arie on twitter @MissArieRose.

Thank You For The Birthday Wishes…


Yesterday (the 26th) was my birthday, and I just wanted to make a public announcement about the appreciation I have for all the birthday wishes I received from my family, friends, and fans.  I appreciate and love every single one of you.  And the last day of my birthday week is today, and I wanted recap the week, and shout out all the folks I chilled with.  From Bar None on Friday, (where we experienced some very unfortunate technical difficulties, and I couldn’t spin, but still had tons of fun) all the way to 1015 Folsom tonight for the Metrowize open bar, the entire week has been amazing.  I dropped the new Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci remix that’s been flying all over the web faster than that stupid video of the kitten playing the piano.  And I also released my interview with Yesenia Bustillo which hasn’t made Sports Illustrated (YET), but is still quite an interesting look into her life.  Other than that I’ve just been chillin with my closets friends, and had an amazing sushi dinner with all the ‘fixins’.  And a special thanks to Sabine Fischer, Mike Vegas, Rami R., Reggie Sylvester, Jared Lee, Ashley F., DJ Von, Yesenia Bustillo, Alba Chavez, DJ Rick Lee, the gorgeous Carlee M. (who blessed me with the photo above), and Miss Arie Rose, who’s video with me shall be dropping in just a little over an hour.  And I can’t say it enough times, but thank you for birthday wishes.

Don’t Throw Stones In This House…


Having just launched in the UK with their showroom on London’s Great Portland Street, Santambrogiomilano created a collaboration with founder Carlo Santambrogio and designer Ennio Arosio.  Their ‘Simplicity’ range features a series of iconic furniture pieces, beds, sofas and bookcases, along with architectural elements such as staircases and kitchens, all fashioned from ‘extraclear’ glass, that are elegant and distinctive, whilst perfectly complimenting their surroundings. The beauty of their work is perfectly showcased in their awe-inspiring concept home that the company are currently seeking a permanent location for…. whilst we may have one or two reservations about privacy, the idea of lying in bed watching the night sky is remarkably alluring… And people can watch you get down and dirty from outside.

Jenny Chu.


I always get questions about what it is that actually gets a woman on the blog.  Guys always suggest women, and women always assume its only about beauty.  That couldn’t be farther than the truth.  However, in very few cases, the team and I will agree on a girl before we see her resume just off the strength of her look.  The Southern California beauty Jenny Chu is one of those few.  ½ Chinese, ½ Vietnamese, she seems to have been all over the place, and had her hand in everything.  Miss Chu has done spreads in everything from Show Magazine to Cage Fighting Magazine(diversity.)  And one of the sexiest things to me personally is a woman that into cars.  Jenny’s been in videos for the Fast and the Furious 3, and in Import Tuner as well as Girls of Lowrider Spread.  As if that wasn’t dope enought, she’s shared the screen in videos with Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Young Dro, Chingy, Too $hort, Mario, and Slum Village.  Other gigs like a documentary on Vida Guerra, being on the Wild Card Poker Tour and Street Fury on G4TV just take her over the top.  Can’t wait to check her at an Hot Import Nights show.

The Artwork of Gene Guynn.


Gene Guynn is one of the most ridiculous skilled painters I’ve seen in quite some time.  (That’s probably because I studied at my old school, The Academy Of Art University.)  With a painter for a mother and a musician for a father, his world was always one of creativity and expression. Gene takes inspiration from the thriving urban, outsider, and lowbrow art culture of SF, LA, and NYC, and combines it with a fine art sophistication, especially taking influence from contemporary masters such as Jenny Saville and Lucian Freud. After graduating with a BFA in painting in 2008, Gene moved from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area, where he continues to paint and further evolve his personal style and exhibit in galleries all over the world.

Tony Yayo Goes Planking?


Fads, trends, and things people pick up off of YouTube all come and go.  I’m not really sure who’s aware of it, or who isn’t, but this “Planking” trend is something that probably fits into all 3 of those categories.  I’ve seen pictures of Jenna Shea planking nude, and even seen my model buddy Carmel Candy planking in the middle of New York.  So while I can’t really say it hasn’t spread, I NEVER expected it to reach ‘The Talk Of New York’ – Tony Yayo, or for him to have a good enough sense of humor to try it while XXL was filming.  But I guess I’ve been wrong before.

DJ Storm’s Interview With Yesenia Bustillo.


It’s been quite a while since I dropped an interview, so I figured my birthday was as good a time as any to get back on it.  The beauty in question this time around is SF’s own Yesenia Bustillo, and after the WILD reaction I got from my first post about her, I knew I had to catch up with her and find out a bit more.  From Show magazine, to mentions on Sports Illustrated and CNN, Miss Bustillo seems to be all over the board and rightfully so.  Gorgeous, articulate, intelligent, and a super hard worker, talking to her has been one of the funner projects I’ve done on the blog.  Oh and don’t worry guys… She’s got sisters.

DJ Storm: How’d you get into modeling?

Yesenia Bustillo: Modeling has been something I aspired doing for as long as I can remember. I absolutely idolized Cindy Crawford growing up and I wanted to be just like her!

With that being said – as soon as I was old enough I began my journey as an aspiring model. My first gig was about a year after High School, I landed the face for a Brazilian swimsuit line where I modeled all their swimsuits and dresses. I knew at that point it was everything I expected it to be. I fell in love with the camera and had a ton of fun shooting!

DJS: Aside from Show, what other magazines have you shot with?

YB: SHOW Magazine was the first magazine I shot for and landed the cover of the Latina issue. I was also the face for Lianidies, LLC.

DJS: I’m not sure if you know you were referenced on Sports Illustrated.com by a few people who wanted to see you up there. In terms of modeling alone, what are some of aspirations, or long term goals?

YB: Yes, I was so excited! I am big fan of Sports Illustrated models and the magazine so to be featured on their site was so amazing!!! This was just more motivation to work harder and allow my fans to see more of me . I have some exciting shoots coming up including a shoot with a very well known magazine and can’t wait to share my work with you all.  

DJS: I know you work at Vessel (one of my favorite clubs in the Bay Area), and you’ve also been a personal assistant. What other jobs/projects are you involved in, and how does that help or hinder your modeling?

YB: It’s all about networking! I’m a personal assistant and a bottle service host at Vessel in San Francisco and both jobs allow me to meet new people everyday. – Especially at Vessel, I’ve obtained some good contacts with different photographers/producers who’ve come in and have good connections in the industry and I plan to use them to my full advantage.

DJS: So aside from work what do you enjoy doing in your spare time (if you have any. You seem to always stay on the move.)

YB: Well I try to stay busy at all times but everyone needs some time off.  On my spare time I love to travel, spend time with my family and friends, I enjoy a cocktail in a social setting, shop, head to beach and most importantly I love to eat so my favorite thing has got to be trying new restaurants. Lucky for me San Francisco has the best ones!

DJS: SF does have some amazing spots to eat.  But whats your favorite home cooked meal?

YB: Yes, some of the best eats in the U.S. are in San Francisco but I do love a home cooked meal! I’m a big seafood person. I absolutely love shellfish so my favorite home cooked meal would be my dad’s crab and lobster with green peppers and onions! It’s a special sauce he makes so I can’t give up the recipe 🙂 — Okay, maybe if I knew how to make it I would reveal it. Lol

DJS: After all the comments I got about your first post on this blog, I’m sure there are tons of guys out there willing to cook that for you.  And as beautiful as you are, working at a nightclub has to come with some funny stories.  Whats the worst pick up line a guy has used on you in the club?

YB: Guys always have the cheesiest pick up lines while intoxicated.  I get so many a night but I recently got the nerdiest guy as one of my clients who said, “Do you have a map? I’m getting lost in your eyes!” Haha. I had to tell him to never use that on a woman, EVER AGAIN!  

DJS: What are your favorite types of music to listen to both when you’re in the club, and just when you’re out and about?

YB: I love all types of music except for country music! In the club I really like house music, I also like hip hop but only at the right club. In my car I love to listen to R&B and Latin music and sing as loud as possible, lol. While at home cleaning or cooking over a glass of wine, I love to listen to Sade, Norah Jones and Ryan Leslie. Their voices are so soothing and put me in such a relaxing, good mood.

DJS: And lastly, if you had any advice for ladies trying to get into the modeling scene, what would it be?

Maximize all your social networks especially Model Mayhem.  Every aspiring model should create and take advantage of this site. There are so many good photographers and models to network with on there. The internet is such a powerful outlet and you should use it to your full advantage.

DJS: If people want to get in touch with you for booking, where can they find you?

YB: For bookings you can contact bookyeseniabustillo@gmail.com
Twitter: twitter.com/yeseniabustillo
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bustilloyesenia

Porsche Is Resurrecting The 550 Spyder.


Porsche is mulling a reissue of the iconic 550 Spyder model owned by US actor James Dean, boss Matthias Mueller said on Thursday.  “I can well imagine that a modern version of James Dean’s famous Porsche would please our clients”. “I am fascinated by the idea of reviving this technical legend.”  The 550 Spyder was built between 1953 and 1957 and was the car Dean was driving at the time of his fatal crash in September 1955.  A remake, which Mueller said could be the 551 Spyder might “not be a retro car, but a two-seater convertible would suit us nicely.”  It would have to be priced to attract new customers, the Porsche head added.  The least expensive Porsche at present, the Boxster, has a minimum price of 50,000 euros ($71,000) according to the company’s website.  Long an exclusive auto for wealthy clients, Porsche is targeting annual sales of 200,000 vehicles by 2018, double the forecast for this year.  Mueller said the automaker’s budget for research and development would grow by 50 percent meanwhile, as Porsche sought to offer a total of seven models, compared with four at present.

The Future Computer.


This concept computer-of-the-future by designer Jakub Záhoř allows the user to operate the device anywhere they can find a glass surface. The user simply attaches the central unit to any glass surface like a window or coffee table, switches on the power, and watches their system light up before their eyes. The display appears as an interactive hologram on the glass that the user merely has to touch to operate. It also makes for an easy, take-anywhere way to project photos and presentations or stream movies. Windex not included.

The Linkong Economic Park.


Conceived as a meandering ribbon-like form, the design of the park aims to bind the facility together with the surrounding community.  Pinched in its appearance, the smooth and complex structure creates a series of dynamic spaces that seem to reflect the vibration and energy of the city. Iconic and bold, the mixed-use ‘park’ stands out from the retail context of its neighboring plots, possessing a highly visible identity that when complete, will become a destination in its own right.  Defined by its calligraphic gesture and distinctive metallic envelope, the mixed-use building features four twisting and elongated  volumes, each representing a distinct cluster of activities. Intimate courtyards sit in the negative space between the intersecting wings, and together with the green roof, integrate nature into the dense urban environment. Curvilinear forms and expansive interior volumes continue throughout the internal spaces, where the architecture begins to dictate how the facility is used and experienced.

Louis Vuitton’s CEO Gets His Own Rap Song.


Rappers’ fascination with luxury brands is far from dying down: following this summer’s surprise hit “Gucci Gucci” by Kreayshawn, it is Soulja Boy who is expressing his fashion love with an EP dedicated to Bernard Arnault.  Soulja Boy has turned his attention to Arnault’s signature brand Louis Vuitton, offering lyrics such as: “It don’t make no sense why they LV fake. But mine’s real!”  But while Soulja Boy manages to mention and correctly pronounce the label more than 60 times, Arnault likely won’t be pleased with being called Robert instead of Bernard several times as part of the new song.  “Louis Vuitton” is part of the rapper’s Bernard Arnault EP available for download at http://goo.gl/ZlBAc.

Cartier Time Art.


Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has collaborated with Cartier to bring a traveling exhibition called “Cartier Time Art”.  Cartier Time Art is an exhibition that will take visitors “on a journey to the heart of Cartier watchmaking.”  The exhibition unites the largest number of Cartier timepieces ever displayed in public, from its origins through to the present day.

The unique journey offered by the exhibition begins in 1874, displaying 158 vintage pieces from Cartier collection.  Introducing twelve movements and seventeen Fine Watchmaking timepieces, the journey finishes in the present day with the ID-One watch, a concept timepiece which offers a glimpse into the watchmaking future at Cartier.  It will be held at Bellerive Museum, Ein Haus des Museum für Gestaltung Zürich from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, November 6, 2011.

Rick Ross in Boston & P.A.


The ‘I Am Still Music’ tour has been a massive hit all over the country, and Rick Ross has been keeping a video blog of all his memorable locations since the beginning.  I found this particular “episode” a tad fascinating because there are a few segments of Rosay walking around Best Buy, and meeting up with Bam Margera.  (Random, but true.)  And I was very impressed with the fact that Ross was both well aware of the death of Ryan Dunn, and more than willing to help out with a charity being set up in his memory.  Check the method below.

People Are Awesome.


Professional athletes are some of the select few people who know what it means to push your body to the limit, but they aren’t the only ones.  People are capable of amazing things, and a video I saw recently online is proof of that.  Apparently the video has over 29 MILLION views already, so I don’t really think this classifies as ‘new’, however, it’s still incredibly impressive.  Check the method below.

Choi Xooang Sculptures.


Delicate yet nightmarish, these painted polymer clay figures by Seoul-based artist Choi Xooang are nothing short of remarkable. Try as I might it’s hard to find a definitive, trustworthy article to source information from, and even the spelling of his name seems to change from site to site. However it seems generally accepted that Xooang is attempting to draw attention to human rights abuses in Korea, and seeing these somewhat macabre, stunted figures unable to see or speak, it’s hard to dispute that. You can see much more of his work at Mu Um and Slash, though be warned it’s somewhat graphic (generally nudity). I admit the mushroom cloud sculpture is a bit of a one-off, but I saw it was just posted yesterday and couldn’t resist.