Merry Christmas

Hawthorne, NJ - December 2010 - Nikon FE - Fuji Pro 160S

Fridge Friday: 31st Street House

Check out this easy and fun magnet DIY by my girlfriends Kelly and Jen. Such a great way to customize your fridge and repurpose some bottle caps!

Before I Die mural - September & October 2011

San Diego, CA - September 2011 - Canon S90

Some of the entries read:

Get Married
Go 2 Paris
Belly Dance like Shakira
Learn To Swim
Consume a Baby
Have Sex on a Horse
Be Successful

San Diego, CA - October 2011 - Canon S90

San Diego, CA - October 2011 - Canon S90

Fun with Self-Timer and Long Exposures

San Diego, CA - October 2011 - Canon S90

The Handsome DJs

AKA Matthew Smith & Michael Turi

San Diego, CA - September 2011 - Canon S90

Like Mother, Like Daughter

My Mom, Claire, and my sister, Paula, in their stylin' sandals.

Los Angeles, CA - September 2011 - Canon S90

Feet Above the Fair

San Diego, CA - June 2011 - Nikon FE - Fuji Pro 160S

Visuals by Operation: Mindblow

Yowza- Been gone a long time. What better way to come back than with the psychedelic visual exploits of Operation: Mindblow who recently brought their colorful projections to Til Two Club to illuminate the equally mind-blowing sounds of Asteroid #4Strangers Family BandBrian Ellis Group and Trap Gold.

Asteroid #4

The fellas of Operation: Mindblow - Josh Bohannon and Ake Arndt - are reviving the art of liquid light shows using water, oil, dye and even sea monkeys on old school projectors rigged with custom fans (I spied one made with a show poster), layered dishes, frames and aquarium pumps. No computers here, kiddies.

Drip, drop, splashy

The amoebic rainbows and ever-shifting aqueous forms are the perfect visual complements to raucous sounds. Pictured here is Asteroid #4.


In an age of computer generated digital enhancement overkill, it's refreshing and badass to see artists getting their hands dirty in the name of rock 'n roll.

Like DJs who lug around heavy crates full of vinyl and photographers who still shoot film, Operation: Mindblow remind us that there is nothing like the warmth inherent in analog forms and the patience and passion that goes into making art outside of the digital realm.

More photos on Flickr. Black and white film shots of the show coming soon as well.

Feels so good to be back on the internets.


Art In The Streets: Invader

One of the artists featured in the Art In The Streets exhibit at MOCA, and one of my personal favorite street artists (because who doesn't love pixelated space creatures AND grout), is Invader.

According to the map provided by MOCA, there are 14 Invader pieces that went up surround the Art In The Streets Exhibit. These are the few I captured on my first visit. You can bet I'll be hunting the rest down shortly.

In lieu of doing his installation in one specific section of the gallery, Invader opted to utilize the entire building itself, inside and out, in order to engage with the visitor and the space. Half the fun of checking out his work is trying to find each piece.

Cheat Sheet

Incidentally, Invader was the first artist arrested in connection with Art In The Streets.

Too Much Fun

Los Angeles, CA - March 2011 - Canon S90

Give or take a few April showers, spring has come to LA and the warm weather has me out and about. Recent events include lots of Southern California travel, surprise birthdays, hanging with dogs, beach going, recording studios, fresh seafood, warehouse parties, museums, Neil Krug book signing, increased hearing impairment via shows and the beginning of festival season, serendipitous encounters with friends and much-needed time with the family.

All this fun has left my poor blog neglected. Not to mention I'm sitting on seven rolls of film patiently waiting to be developed and scanned. I can't help that I'd rather feel sunlight than the glow of the computer monitor. I'm working on that perfect balance of having fun, documenting it and rehashing it for the blog. How do you make it work?

More updates coming soon.


Dolores Park Truffle Guy

San Francisco, CA - February 2011 - Nikon FE - Agfa Pro 200N

This dapper gentleman named Trevor sells delicious chocolate cannabis truffles in flavors like coconut, rum, ginger and espresso. His presentation in copper pots with white umbrellas is eye-catching amidst the colorful crowd at Dolores Park. He is worth the find next time you are in SF.

TINI: This Is Not Ikea

This Is Not Ikea, or TINI for short, is a rad vintage shop in West Hollywood. Vases, clocks, busts, books, games and lamps are displayed on dressers and desks; mirrors and large frames are stored between coffee tables and stacks of luggage; and an enormous tangle of chairs reaches the ceiling. It can be a bit overwhelming but it's fun to get lost among the aisles of mid century furniture and random decor.

This is just a small fraction of all the awesome things you'll find at TINI. They even have one of those vintage spring rider things from the old school McDonalds playgrounds, Volume 1 of PeeWee's Playhouse on VHS, a life size cutout of Indiana Jones and Edie Sedgwick's giant head (unfortunately not for sale). You can also buy jewelry from my sister's company Double Hearts.

Visit This Is Not Ikea at 515 S. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Be sure to say hi to Desiree, the sweetie who will most likely be behind the counter. A lot of TINI's inventory can also be found on their site Happy thrifting!

Here I am messing around with some mirrors
(pardon the smudges :)