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DesignerCon 2018 – Weird, But Cool

Photos & Words: Justin P.

We’ve become very familiar with the inner walls of the Anaheim Convention Center, for events like SpoCom or TunerEvo. And here we are again walking the same floor, but this time with a whole new perspective. Welcome to DesignerCon!

You might be used to our automotive content, but rest assure, we try to branch out to other forms of art whenever possible. Hello Kitty Con or Star Wars Legion Art Show to name a few. (Yea, it’s been a while). Car shows and art conventions aren’t too different if you think about it. Because when it comes down to it, the heart of each event is all about the people – their passion projects and their creativity.

Here are some highlights from this year’s DesignerCon:

Car Cars Cars!

We can’t help it, we’re addicted. You know when we see something with wheels we’re going to gravitate to it.

Old School Toyota Corona at the Lifted Laces x HYPERCHASERS booth

Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! Ectoxo’s ECTO-1 complete with matching Ghostbusters

Streets closed pizza boy! (oh wait, wrong movie). You’ve probably seen them at SEMA and other shows. Yes, Leen Customs Pin Garage is here too – this time featuring the Pizza Planet Truck!

Jurassic 25

Okay, time to address the T-Rex in the room. One of the big nostalgic attractions at DesignerCon is the celebration of the 25th anniversary since the release of the original Jurassic Park movie. Replica Jeeps and creative pieces of work from various artists surrounded this mighty beast.

Art Works

As I mentioned above, what makes any event is the creativity, uniqueness and passion put into the work at every booth. Vinyl figures, custom pins, canvas, prints and much, much more. It’s quite overwhelming with everything you might see and find at DesignerCon.

Hip Hop Culture

Live and direct! From spinning 1s-and-2s to spray cans, the many art forms that express Hip Hop culture is representing strong at DesignerCon! Also, aloha to the homies, Kavet and Spel, from Lightsleepers who made the trip all the way from Hawaii. (So happy I was finally able to get myself a Mickey x MF Doom Tee!)

Vinyl is BIG

Last, by not least, vinyl collectibles are a major fixture in events like this and are probably way bigger than you and I may ever understand. They have seen many, many shapes and forms, with Funko POP!, Kidrobot, Toy Tokyo among the heavy hitters in the game. But my personal favorite at DesignerCon is the epic MEDICOM Toy booth featuring a time capsule of Be@rbrick vinyl collectibles. Be@arbrick has done collaborations of all kinds, from streetwear brands to Nike, from superheros to Disney and a whole lot more over the years.

Definitely a fun adventure and a nice change from the daily gear grinding of the automotive world. We’re always looking for new avenues to explore; let us know what you thought about this lifestyle pieces and other potentials like it!

See more below from DesignerCon 2018:

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Hello Kitty Con 2014


Hello Kitty has officially turned 40 years old this year and to celebrate, LA introduced the first Hello Kitty Con which took place in the Little Tokyo Area. There was lots of Hello Kitty related festivities to be experienced and I’ll walk you guys through a few of the things I did for the one day I went. There was a Media Preview night but I had forgotten to apply for media for the event so I wasn’t able to check out everything the night before but to start the experience you had to go pick up your color-coded badge for the different days as seen above.

Everything was conveniently located at the Japanese American History Museum in Los Angeles so that made things a bit easier to navigate around to look for things.

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People lined up early to be the first ones into the  convention, and even there was a person who camped out the night before at like 2 AM to be the very first. She received a gift basket from the convention organizers which I’m not familiar of the contents within.

Once the floodgates opened, I made a beeline for the Friendship Station Pop-up Shop to pick up the 40th anniversary exclusives and there was plenty of Hello Kitty items for sale as well as things on display.

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The convention featured a lot of art decor to pose and photograph, a concert stage, a tattoo parlor giving FREE hello kitty tattoos, a vintage mini product museum, a live DJ spinning music and various classes and shoppes to feed your addiction for Hello Kitty.

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One of the featured things to do at the convention was actually the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt, which was a 4-5 week long scavenger hunt of restaurants in various parts of LA, West Hollywood and Sawtelle districts of Los Angeles that had featured menu items that included a limited edition Hello Kitty Pin (1000 pcs of each made).

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The above were the featured items at Dulce Cafe in the Little Tokyo Village


That Hello Kitty Spam Musubi


Fetured Toy from Jada Toys I believe

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Lego Hello Kitty Display

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So for this statue the clothing elements were actually made from Fruit Roll-Ups.  Pretty impressive.

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Chan Luu x Hello Kitty Jewelry


The Hello Kitty Food truck sold Hello Kitty themed Macarons, Donuts, Mini-Cakes even Hello Kitty Themed water bottles.

And I’ll wrap this up with some of the Hello Kitty Fashion displays they had. All in all, if you’re a real fan, you’d love the experience here. Especially if you’re a collector of the rare hello kitty merchandise. I had actually picked up some stuff which I plan to shoot some Dayuum Hunnies with so be on the lookout for that.

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Star Wars Legion Art Show

This not the car feature you are looking for…


Art features on DaYUUM have been too few and far between, but even with such a packed show schedule this season it’s always refreshing to step back and take in something different.


In a city far, far (well not really that far) away, Disney, Lucas Films, and Neff Headwear teamed up to present the Star Wars Legion exhibition at the Robert Vargas Gallery in downtown Los Angeles this weekend in honor of May the Fourth (be with you) a.k.a. Star Wars Day.


Disney and Neff handed out mini Stormtropper helmets to some of their own talented artists, animators, and product designers – as well as some street artists selected by Neff – to transform these popular helmets into out of this world creations. Over 250 helmets were distributed and each one crazier than the next, below are some of the artworks that really stood out to me. Whether your a Star Wars freak or an art junkie or neither, you have to admit these are pretty cool either way.


Some artist literally transformed the helmets into completely something different.

StarWarsLegion_005Chisato Kashima Kim’s Storm “Usage” Tropper, from Imperial Soldier to Pink Bunny

StarWarsLegion_006Jessica Kim’s Trooppy Bank

StarWarsLegion_007This untitled piece by Ryan Terry turned the Stromtrooper into space transporation

StarWarsLegion_008Imperial Bling by Elena Timman

StarWarsLegion_009I’m a sucker for wood textures. Aradhana Modi’s Wooden Soldier

StarWarsLegion_010Check out Neff’s own C3P-BRO, dude!

You know we couldn’t go completely through a DaYUUM! article without something automotive related, which is what really drew me into this one.

StarWarsLegion_011 StarWarsLegion_012Alex Jaeger’s Imperial Racing helmet

StarWarsLegion_013 StarWarsLegion_014The artwork on this one is just amazing, I think this one is my clear personal favorite. Jay Lee’s Doodletropper

Some artists decided to keep it in the galaxy with Star Wars themed helmets, with a personal twist of course.

StarWarsLegion_015Kevin Deters’ fanboy collage titled A Long Time Ago in a Kid’s Room Far, Far Away

StarWarsLegion_016Irene Lee’s Stormtrooper Playground

StarWarsLegion_017I’d party with Iris Goudjabidae’s Spring Break Chewie, wouldn’t you?

StarWarsLegion_018George McClements’ Yub Nub is a mean looking Ewok

Crossing over into another universe (still owned by Disney) there were some cool Marvel themed troopers

StarWarsLegion_019 StarWarsLegion_020Susan Fang’s Supertrooper

StarWarsLegion_021Nathan Sawyer’s Iron Trooper

StarWarsLegion_022The symbiote came from space, what if a it came across a Stromtrooper? The Darker Side by Adam Cichowski

Even the foodie game was on point at this gallery


StarWarsLegion_024Nontra Null’s Fallen Scooper Trooper

StarWarsLegion_025Kim Porter’s Scooper Trooper – Available in “66” Flavors

StarWarsLegion_026Alex Riegert-Waters’ Do You Want Ants? Because This Is How You Get Ants

StarWarsLegion_027This one is Dark Side Graded. Marvin Lao’s Hard Boiled

StarWarsLegion_028 StarWarsLegion_029Taste the Darkside at Tacos Imperial by Eric Acasio

StarWarsLegion_030Mmmm…..Jeffrey Zikzy’s S’more Trooper

StarWarsLegion_031 StarWarsLegion_032A complete meal, Jackie Ma’s Trooper Trooper w/Cheese, Vaders Taders, R2T2 Sweet Tea

What’s a Disney sponsored exhibit without Disney themed designs?

StarWarsLegion_033Oh boy! Robert Farrell’s TKI-1928

StarWarsLegion_034 StarWarsLegion_035So much fine detail in Barry Atkinson and Fred Warter’s Mickey’s Empire

StarWarsLegion_036Rocketeer is one of my all time favorite classics. How do you think Pete Ferk’s helmet looks like? A hood ornament? Yup, I agree 🙂

StarWarsLegion_037Ka-Chow! Randal Ouye’s Lightening Stormtrooper

StarWarsLegion_038Vince Wang’s Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

StarWarsLegion_039Ricky De Los Angeles’ Enchanted Stormtrooper looks like it just came out of the Tiki-tiki, Tiki Room

StarWarsLegion_040 StarWarsLegion_041Some Disney artists are just plain crazy, Enrique Pita’s Runaway Brain Stormtrooper

The exhibit wasn’t only helmets. The gallery had a few other unique stormtroopers out on display.

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StarWarsLegion_045Hope you enjoyed our little art feature on this May 4th. If you’re reading this early enough you can still catch the last day of the exhibit today from noon to 4:00 P.M. at the Robert Vargas Gallery (620 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA).

-Just (@justdayuum)

LACMA: Launch that Artist in you

We get daily doses of automotive snippets, articles, anything funny, cool and seksi on various social networks.  Yet, it has been a few months now since an artsy feature graced our web blog.  There are instances where a break from the usual may seem appropriate to rejuvenate the creative juices – to be inspired as well as to strengthen the imagination.  Often than not during these spontaneous artsy visits, a person catches sight of something that “more than meets the eye.”  It forces one’s self to understand what he/she set eyes on.  A person often tends to ask questions about a particular piece -sculpture or painting; wanting to experience the underlying meaning the artist wants to share.  Time and again, even observing the characters or reactions of people around you tells a story that makes you wonder. Since I’ve written automotive features lately, to slightly change it up I’d share a visit to LACMA.

Sometime in 2011, I had a chance to visit Eric Haze’s “New Mathematics” exhibition held at Known Gallery in LA.  Not too far from Known is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – or more commonly known as “LACMA.”  Established in 1910; located on Wilshire Boulevard – Los Angeles, California, LACMA is one of the largest art museum in western United States.  It is highly recognized internationally where approximately one million guests show up and accommodated yearly.  LACMA has an array of exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract visitors around the world.  The exhibitions, collection and the campus of LACMA have considerably grown during the decade.  At least a day of touring the seven-building campus need to be put aside to completely immerse yourself from tons of artistic perspective from various artists.



The “Urban Light” by Chris Burden is one of the most popular spot at LACMA. The simplicity of the 2008 large-scale assemblage sculpture welcomes many especially when the lights are lit. There are 17 styles of cast iron street lamps that Chris Burden collected starting from December of 2000.  The two hundred and two street lamp collection are solar powered that turn-on at dusk.  The lamps mostly came from Southern California – Hollywood, Glendale and Anaheim while others were purchased from Portland, Oregon.  The Urban Light is fast becoming a popular landmark and favorite for commercials and movies.


One of the highlight exhibitions during the visit was “In Wonderland: The Surrealist adventures of women artists in Mexico and the United States.”  The exhibition was dedicated to female Surrealists that explored the expression of their subconscious – unusual visual images.  Influenced by Surrealism, artists regard their work as an expression of the feminist movement.  It demonstrated how women are often times boxed and portrayed in certain cultures or sometimes by men. The exhibition featured iconic figures such as Louise Bourgeois, Leonara Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo and newly discovered practitioners.





In another area, a hall was filled by the voice and hands of artist, Bruce Nauman.  Two video image displays of Nauman’s hands performing the combinations of the four fingers and thumb – extended and retracted.  Bruce Nauman said it best as he described his creation, “If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art.  At this point art became more of an activity and less of a product.” The ghostly nature felt while hearing Nauman’s voice as it reverberated the hall created an eerie atmosphere; when providing verbal instructions of the different combinations.  Nauman used the simplest gestures that we often take for granted to connect with his observers – a play of words and actions, the physical and the mental; moreover time and space.



The “Metropolis II” is another assemblage put together by Chris Burden. This piece showed a completely different vibe from the “Urban Light”.  While the “Urban Light” assemblage felt more serene and warm, the “Metropolis II” demonstrated chaos and complexity.  This display depicted living in the modern city where there were various roadways, interconnecting freeways as well as train tracks.  Miniature cars travel around the Metropolis at 240 scale miles per hour, every hour.  Burden explained that, “The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars produce in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st century city.


Here are other galleries that can be found at LACMA –

The Jane and Marc Nathanson Gallery




Abstract Expressionism Gallery


Ancient Artifacts





LACMA has definitely put together an amazing collection of the creative minds – known and upcoming.  From sculptures to paintings to ancient artifacts – the vast collection opens the imagination to new horizons. Some people may find a gallery or museum un-enticing and continue to confine their thoughts with the usual.  On the other hand, a few will seek to exercise their wits to new levels – And a place like LACMA may just inspire and launch that “Artist” in you.

Until the next one… Peace!


Jon Sibal – Up Close and Personal – JONSIBAL DESIGNWORKS


About a week ago, we were lucky enough to get some seat time with the talented Jon Sibal. Some of you may have never seen his face, but you have most likely seen some of his work. He’s a bit of a mystery.

Jon has done several comic books and automotive renderings for companies such as, DC, Meguiar’s, LeftLaneNews, RWB, and many more.

You will also find Jon’s creative designs in many automotive publications.

Jon is humble, friendly, and prefers to stay behind-the-scenes rather than in front of it as his work speaks for itself.



DaYUUM: Hi Jon, thank you for your time. Tell us a little bit about JONSIBAL Designworks
Jon Siball: Thanks Denny. JONSIBAL Designworks focuses on Automotive designs and Illustrations. We design concept renderings, liveries, to full body kits for clients all over the world.

DaYUUM: How did you get into automotive designs and illustrations? We hear you also do some dabbling with comics, do you care to  elaborate on that?
Jon Sibal: Drawing cars has always been something that I enjoyed since I was young. When I was finally able to afford my own car, it became the subject of my many artworks. Being in the import scene here in So. Cal, it was crucial for me personally to have a unique ride. I liked a lot of different body kits in the market but at that time, nothing really stood out. So I started mixing up different body parts and combining it with my own designs. It would be very expensive to just fork out the money to buy these parts without knowing if it will look good or not so I went and learned Photoshop so I can create a photo-realtistic rendering of what my car would look like. I also learned that this helped tremendously with conveying my vision to my body shop. This worked out well and started to do more automotive designs from there.

I’m a comic book artist by trade, since 1992. I started with Image Comics working with Top Cow and Extreme Studios. Then later went freelance and worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

List of titles that I’ve worked on are:-MARVEL COMICS-
Uncanny X-Men
Fantastic Four
Supreme Squadron
Supreme Power
The Avengers

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Wonder Woman

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Tomb Raider
Midnight Nation

The last book I worked on was the graphic novel BATMAN Earth One with Gary Frank written by Geoff Johns. Although currently, most of my work is Automotive-related, I still love working on Comics as much as drawing cars. It’s truly a blessing to do both.



(INKS Courtesy of Jon Sibal)

DaYUUM: Impressive resume! Were you the type of student that doodled on your book covers and folders? And did you ever think as a kid you were going to illustrate as a career?
Jon Sibal: Yeah def got in trouble as my notebooks were filled with “Voltes V” drawings.

I never really thought this is what I would be doing as a career. If you’re Filipino, you pursue Nursing lol j/k. I probably should’ve have as it’s better pay and benefits. But in all seriousness, although there are plenty of challenges, I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

DaYUUM: What inspirations did you have growing up? Personally I loved Voltron, Transformers, and Spiderman.
Jon Sibal: My biggest influences and inspirations came from the Japanese Anime in the late ’70s to the early ’80s. From Voltes V to Mazinger Z , you name it, I was captivated by them.

DaYUUM: Let me Google on who those are and maybe I can produce amazing art… haha… You’re big into the automotive scene and you currently produce a ton of renderings for clients. Tell us a little bit on how you start your latest projects.
Jon Sibal: Haha, yeah, if you’re pinoy and you grew up there during that time, those were you’re heroes no doubt! Every project requires a different approach but most starts with a lot of research and studying about the subject matter.

DaYUUM: Let’s talk about your Challenger, how do you start the project and how do you decide what parts are installed on it.
Jon Sibal: Pretty much the same way actually. I’d like to do a lot of reading and researching before I move forward with any upgrades/ mods. This part of the process gives me a basic knowledge of my options. Then it’s a matter of figuring out the proper combination of parts for cohesiveness.





DaYUUM: You seem pretty in tune with fit and finish. The colors on your challenger is a  nice matte black with gloss stripes on them. Is that a wrap? Also, tell us a little about your wheel and suspension combination.
Jon Sibal: It is a wrap courtesy of WRAPTIVO from Meguiar’s. It’s a 3M Matte Black with DINOC film on the roof of the car. To break it up a bit, I had Josh Daley from Daley Visual apply a Gloss Black racing stripe across the front and rear end of the car.

The wheels are SSR SP1 Professor 3-pc wheels specifically made for this application. They were powder coated in Vintage Matte Gold to give the car that retro look. The suspension is from Air Runner air suspension with a capability of adjusting ride height via iPhone.




DaYUUM: Awesome, JDM parts on a domestic car must ruffle some feathers with the purists. What do you have as power adders for engine?
Jon Sibal: Yeah I got some heat from those who didn’t like the idea of Japanese wheels on Domestics but the SSR SP1 5-spoke designs combined with a step lip barrels were exactly what I wanted. I’m just glad that they made it in 20″ and in 5×115 bolt pattern.

The added power comes via Vortech Supercharger, certainly one of the mods that made me fall in love with this car again.






DaYUUM: How much boost are you running? And, how did it change the drivability of it?
Jon Sibal: The system is set at 7psi. The drivability when off-boost didn’t change much actually. Very civil on the streets until you stomp on the gas pedal and boost kicks in. Then the size of your grin becomes proportion to the RPM and Speed lol.

DaYUUM: Vroom vroom… haha.. One last question, what new build can we see from JonSibal in the near future? Any personal builds in the pipeline?
Jon Sibal: There are plenty of builds I wanna do but then reality kicks in and I realized I’m broke so I think I’m just gonna try to get my E36 back up and running someday.

DaYUUM: Is there anyone you would like to thank? A mentor? Anyone?
Jon Sibal: I wanna thank everyone that had supported me, my family, friends, my car crew and to all my sponsors that believed in my vision. And above all, I thank God for all of it.

Thanks Jon, we appreciate your time and good luck to you on all your future projects. To browse Jon’s work, you can find him on his social outlets.  FACEBOOK , Twitter and Instagram at @jonsibal, or at

Thank you!








For some dynamic visual stimulation check out the works of Mikey Dang

Beats ‘n Pieces – LA

During the summer, we had the opportunity to visit an art show called Beats ‘n Pieces (bts ‘n pcs), a production put on by Faded. It was a collaboration between many street artists with music, notably Rhettmatic of the world famous Beat Junkies.

I met Scott of Faded in February of this year when we took a stroll to their previous show called Pins ‘n Pieces, which was a fund raiser for Rob Strawder. Anyways, Scott was kind enough to contact me and opened their doors to us with open arms. At, the same time, a few guys from NASA contacted Nilo to inform him of the event as well.

The event consisted of many artists such as Czer, Just195, and Rich One from the NASA Crew. Montana Colors was on hand and supplied the cans. This venue was much bigger than Pins ‘n Pieces since it was held at Lucky Strike previously, so there was definitely more elbow room.

The focus was a live painting which spanned a good 30ft by 10ft tall and around the venue there were large canvases with other artists painting live as well.

The event included a bar, a dance area, live painting, and an art exhibition section.

Take a look at what we experienced, it took a little while for us to get this feature up and we apologize for that. We can’t wait for the next event. It was great seeing Scott from Faded, and meeting up with the crew at NASA.

Much love…


Pins N Pieces by Faded and NASA Crew

Although there are other projects that need attention, I wanted to move this entry up just a little before everyone else’s.

The DaYUUM crew is a diverse group of individuals with a centric bond that revolves around the automotive scene. When we set to start DaYUUM, we wanted to bring our readers – people, things, and places that inspires our ideas, thoughts, and passion – Art being one of them.

During the week  we got tipped from the NASA Crew of an event that was being held at Lucky Strike in Orange, California. It’s called, Pins•N•Pieces by Faded.

We pushed this entry up because this event is also a fundraiser and charity event for Rob Strawder. We don’t know Rob Strawder personally, but a simple URL directed us to his page. Rob was unfortunately caught in a house fire that severely burned his body and is currently in critical condition. He has about 2 to 3 months left in the hospital and a long recovery ahead. Pins•N•Pieces is a fundraiser to help with his recovery.

We wanted to cover this event to show our support and pay our contribution to humanity. Everyone needs a little help from time to time, so a little support goes a long way, and DaYUUM was happy to be there. Plus any show backed by the NASA Crew has our support.  Why? You see, NASA Crew was and still is the sickest crew in our town. They shined during the 80’s and 90’s, and since then, they are still throwing up pieces with world-wide recognition.

At the event, there were several art pieces surrounding the private section of Lucky Strike.

NASA had a large 16’x5′ canvas piece in the lane area of the alley, along with several other pieces on small tables.

Other artists also had their work on display as well, like Just195 and TIny.

There were several techniques used such as watercolors, acrylic on canvas, wood, bowling pins – it was a diverse mixture of different mediums.

In the patio area there was live screen printing for shirts made-to-order. They were cranking those out all night long.

While waiting for my shirt I was approached by a gentlemen, Scott. At first I thought he was going to kick me out because I was being a loner and snapping photos all willy-nilly, but he introduced himself and handed me his card to send him photos. He turned out to be a cool dude. Scott is part of Faded , the company that organized and collaborated with NASA on this event. He explained to me how they organize many events around L.A. and their events are a way to give back to the community. At the same time, help artists display an art form that is typically frowned upon. We both happened to grow up in the same hometown and had a lot of commonality regarding graffiti art, so you know, there will be more of these exhibits we will be attending.

It was good times and I look forward to future events with Faded and NASA Crew.

PS – I need to get my hands on that dope Faded Beat n’Pieces T.



I’m DJ Skitz

I started DJ’n when I was about 10 years old, playing music for family parties using 2 tape-decks and a realistic mixer from Radio Shack. Then when I was a freshman in high school I started practicing with my buddy Eronic. He had 2 belt-drive technics and we went through a lot of mixers (Realistic, Numark, Gemini, etc.). We then eventually moved up to using 1200’s. I’ve been collecting vinyl since the 90’s (even before i had my very own turntables) and I would easily drop my whole pay check at record shops sometimes. I had to have 2 of the same vinyls for every track (one to throw in the instrumental, the other to throw in the vocals) IT WASN’T CHEAP.

Technology is designed to make our lives easier. I probably wouldn’t be DJ’n today if it wasn’t for a program called Serato. It’s basically a program that allows me to play my music on my laptop using my mixer and turntables. So instead of bringing milk crates of records to parties, I would just bring a laptop/mixer/2 turntables with me. The program basically extended my DJ’n career. There is no way I would carry crates of records to a gig these days (unless it’s a strictly vinyl event like “beat swapmeet”). Serato is being used by same DJ’s i grew up listening to like Mixmaster Mike, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and The Beatjunkies just to name a few. If you think a person on Serato isn’t a real DJ, then you have it all twisted and I encourage you to do some homework before you decide to judge. But, nothing can replace buying and collecting records (which is why i still buy records every now and then).

Here is a sample of my work.


Eric Haze’s – New Mathematics

Dodging L.A. Traffic on a Sunday afternoon (Yup, there was traffic), I headed over to Known Gallery to check out Eric Haze’s 2nd one-man exhibit.  Driving on L.A. surface streets, you can’t help but notice graffiti stricken walls that could be interpreted in different ways by tourists, bystanders, locals… I’m sure some love them, and some would hate them which bring us to the majestic nature of Graffiti as a form of Art. Nowadays, these pieces are starting to get noticed and appreciated not only by the new but older generations as well.

Eric Haze has carved his niche in the art, product and graphic design world for more than 30 years.  It all started in New York during the 1980’s where he set himself to be at the forefront of the art scene.  He was one of the frontrunners in defining the look and graphic definitions of Hip-Hop during its grandeur years.  Working with the likes of Public Enemy, EPMD, LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys identified him as one of the best in his craft.  This led Haze to establish his own urban clothing line in ‘93 as well as opening the doors to collab with industry leaders such as Nike, Casio, Honda, MTV, Scion and Stussy.

After the numerous rounds around Fairfax looking for parking, I was lucky enough to find a spot at last and walked over to Haze’s exhibit.  Revealing his graffiti roots, Haze exemplified his style by using repetitive geometric patterns and shapes as well as just working with various shades of gray, black and white.  He teased his audience in his play of positive and negative space which for me had a modernized yin-yang effect.  In my years of studying engineering and commonly seeing triangles, squares, deriving areas under the curve, bell curves and distributions, I could not have imagined that common engineering shapes and patterns captured my attention.  Haze’s compositions gave my day to day common a surprisingly uncommon perspective.

Up to this day, I can’t help but admire the consistency of his freehand strokes and patterns.  It takes a lot of practice and work to get to the level that he’s at.  Eric Haze’s exhibit, gave me a fresh twist and meaning to abstraction.  Haze wasn’t afraid to change up and explore his style and recall his graffiti roots.  The New Mathematics exhibition truly exemplified – Simplicity at its best…  Until the next one… Peace!  -JP.

Art in the Streets – Banksy


Over the spring and summer, L.A. hosted an art show at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, MOCA for short. The controversy show was called Art in the Streets. It comprised of 50 prolific graffiti and street artists from around the globe, each had their own exhibit. Keith Herring, Mr. Cartoon, Risk, and Retna were among a few artists that were in the show.

Banksy was one of my favorites at this show. I enjoy his work for his messages, his humor, and his attention to detail. Banksy is probably one of the most famous street artists that had gone mainstream, but unlike Shepard Fairey, Banksy remains anonymous (supposedly). Patrons have been nabbing up Banksy art from auctions for as much as 1.870 million dollars. Many high profile figures have purchased his work, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. His artwork all depict a message, often times political, which are meticulous executed on his canvas of choice. Banksy has a great history of stenciling rats, elephants, and monkeys, some symbolically pertaining to a position of the government and often painting them in hypocritical situations. But, it’s not solely the artwork itself but what the artwork is painted on.

He has criticized patrons for hyping street art, thus increasing the value of anything street at auctions. Which explains this next piece exactly. Notice the “STOP” sign tagged up and a frame around a tag with a well-suited individual staring at it in an intrigued fashion? Well executed, it sends a powerful message to stop viewing every bit of street work as art. I especially love the framed tag. It’s such a wonderful display of white space and balance. The body posture of the suited man was so intricate as well.

To the left of the Stop piece there was this large piece replicating a home video. Some of you may remember the beating of Rodney King, as 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the beating. The not guilty verdict of the officers involved resulted in an all city riot through L.A. to protest and exhaust frustration of the justice system. This event would forever change the way people think about law enforcement.  Anyways, this piece is an excerpt of that same videotape, except there was no Rodney; instead a party piñata was replaced. Another powerful message showing a helpless being getting the guts beat out of it, much like what happened to Rodney.

Much like music lyrics, there can be many interpretation of art, and those are my interpretations.

Others on display were some of his stencils, a few art installations, and brush paintings, all laid out in observable fashion.

This piece was awesome as well, it’s feeding time and the mother was feeding her chicks, but instead of chicks they were cameras. Probably displaying the fact that big brother is watching you in a growing rate. This animated install had the cameras moving about making bird noise.

Banksy has one of the most powerful messages in his pieces, which makes him such a popular artist. And, the ones I have shown were my favorite. What do you guys think about Banksy?


The Beat Goes On…

“And the beat goes on, and the beat goes on”……a classic in my eyes. But will any of today’s music ever be classified as a “classic?” Or should we be asking, “Is today’s music, really music?” Most of today’s music sounds like, well, it doesn’t sound like anything. You have some artists who you can’t even understand and then you have some artist who use voice manipulation devices. Most of the music lyrics now either don’t make any sense or you just say “WHAT?” You can tune into 4 different stations and hear the same song playing on each station. Are the music labels controlling what we listen to and are they somehow brainwashing us? As a DJ I ask this question A LOT!!

One of the few things that today’s music does have are really good beats. The producers are the ones who are really doing all the work. All they need is an artist who looks the part to the song. I will admit that some songs do have it all, and I do stress “SOME.” Is music like fashion where trends repeat themselves but slightly modified? I believe so, and we are in the Electro, House, Trance movement right now. Don’t get me wrong this music makes for great dancing and easy  mixing. I know when I say that the guys don’t mind when the girls are on the dance floor doing their thing.

Now of course I am speaking generically for all music. On the other hand some genres have it more together than others. I believe that country music has changed to keep up with the mainstream movement, but they still keep it real. This genre will have some upbeat/uptempo songs, but the majority of this music will and always have story telling. I love it when you hear how someone lost their wife, car, house, and even their dog all in one song! Kudos to country for keeping to their roots!!

As for rap/hip hop what happened to the typical money and cars. Now it’s about the most random things ever. It seems like every other song has a specific dance you need to do to go along with it. “Teach me how to Dougie”. What’s a Dougie and how did you even come up with that name. “Teach me how to Jerk”. We all know what a jerk is but why would you want to name your dance after it?One thing that I am not a big fan of is AUTO-TUNE. I just don’t get it. I was hoping after Jay-Z had dropped his song “Death of Autotune” it would go away, I guess not.

There are so many different genres now. It’s kind of hard to determine which songs falls under what genre. I mean there is pop, hip hop/rap, country, house, trance, metal, death metal, indie, etc. Music should be simple and easy to listen to. I hope one day this becomes reality!!

What do you think? How do you feel about today’s music?

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