Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Nancy Chan in San Francisco (Friday the 3rd)

Yeah, it's the same night as this group show in Oakland my friends put together, but if you're in the City you should go see Nancy Chan's show on Russian Hill.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Marci's Exhibition Cards Came In

Marci's exhibition card came in the mail

dark mirror card back

She's been working on this show for the past year and the show is in 2 Thursdays. The cards are fucking huge. About 5"x8".

Saturday, March 28, 2009


I bought gouache while dicking around at an art store with my studiomate. I've been trying to do some work on paper but then something would come up and yeah. When you have to do a show and there's a deadline, it's probably not the best time to try a new medium. But then something else would come up.

This particular brand of gouache is a mixture of acrylic and gouache. It's from Japan, so walking pass it was like noticing all the colors I use pre-mixed and in tube form. Marci uses Winsor&Newton and before every so often I'd buy those, but then Marci would run out of a Jet Black, and I'd be like, "I have Jet Black", cause then it saves her from going to the store, and then I'm back to, "I have some tubes of gouache but I can't start on something but I don't have black or white". Also W&N is from England, and all their colors are a bit "East Coast" for me. I'd have to mix it a lot, and there would be troubles in trying to keep things consistent.

But yeah. Marci and Zach use W&N, but our friend Evah uses this brand. Marci and Zach advise me against using Acryli-gouache, but yeah. I don't paint like Marci and Zach. I was also at The Monster Drawing Rally and noticed the painters that have the colors and paint texture I like were using that brand. Good thing I took photos.

Oh, yes. I'm sorry if this is a really boring post.

Uh, I picked up Cold Press watercolor paper cause Marci told me it was the most popular and easiest to use. Marci doesn't use cold press. She uses Hot Press when she uses watercolors, cause it's "hella smooth" and the paint pools on top of it instead of soaking in. But I'm using gouache and not watercolors. Or I'm going to. Once everything settles down. In the summer hopefully.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In a Group Show in Oakland, Friday April 3rd

Heroes & Villians

My friend, Teppei put together this show that opens in two Fridays. It's at RPS down near the Korean Grocery Store and The Stork Club. The opening is from 6-9. I'll have 3 new pieces, as well as some smaller older work.

Rock Paper Scissors Collective
2278 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

The show features the work of David Ball, Derek Wood, Mark Todd, Deth P. Sun, Jonah Olson, An Nguyen, Obi Kaufman, Matt Hewitt, Mark Hart, Mary Cook, Ben Catmull, Graham Annable, Teppei Ando, Arnell Ando and more.

Facebook Page.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rambutan Flavor Hi-Chew

I was looking for Lychee flavor Hi-Chew but found Rambutan instead. Up until a few weeks ago I thought Rambutan, Longan, and Lychee were the same fruit, but they're just from the same family. When I was littler I thought Rambutan and Longan were brand names, but they weren't. I don't know, they all just sort of tasted the same, only that Rambutan was slightly smaller.

I got these from an asian market on Clement St. while running errands in the City. They taste like lychee flavor candy.

Yes, yes. If you're ever in a SE Asian Restaurant and you see "Lychee Drink", don't fucking get it. It's just Lychee from a can with the syrup that comes with it.

RW Knudson Mango Nectar

Mango Nectar

I got this across the street at the Liquor store. The first domestic mango juice I found without Hi-Fructose Corn Syrup.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Too Much to Do

When there's too much to do all I want to do is go to sleep.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Teppei Ando

My friend Teppei made this video of his comic that he illustrated, made the music for and did the voices for. It's actually autobiographical. Cause he's just illustrating what actually happened to him when he had to find a place to live and he moved in with the neighborhood con-man and then I guess these other guys moved in.

The neighborhood con-man was this Israeli guy who bought shitty cars, "fixed" them up and sold them. He was being investigated by ABC 7, where he rammed a news van while trying to get away. I know, you can't make this shit up. He parks in our neighborhood and leaves shitty cars here for weeks. One day he was stealing Marci's parking spot while she was backing into the space and Marci went off on him and told him to, "Fuck off".

If you want to read the comics you can go to Teppei's website. It's very poorly organized but most people can figure it out. Yeah.I think it's actually better in this format. Mostly cause it's kind of funny that Teppei's doing all the voices. BTW they're all miss-pronouncing his name, It' Teppei like Taipei only not, cause it's Teppei. Teppei's also organizing a group show I'm in that's in Oakland. I'll put more information up. That's like first Friday in Oakland.

This Day Last Year

GRSF GAME OVER, Friday the 27th


Game Over/Continue? at GRSF, March 27, 2009-April 15, 2009
Reception: Friday, March 27, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm

618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Giant Robot is proud to present Game Over/Continue?, a group show that pays homage to the massive influence and continuous evolution of videogames. The impact and inspiration of videogames will be represented through a wide assortment of styles and genres provided by top artists in the fields of illustration, painting, sewing, and indie comics. Contributors are scheduled to include the following:

APAK, Robert Bellm, Christopher Bettig, Bigfoot, Blinky, Sean Boyles, William Buzzell, Scott Carl, Ako Castuera, Ethan Hayes-Chute, CUPCO, Liam Devowski, Elayne Dixon, Everybody Get Up, Matt Furie, Pete Glover, Tim Gough, Jay Howell, Yellena James, Jeremyville, Chris Kline, Matt Lock, Aaron Martinez, Bill McRight, Mike Perry, PCP, Sidney Pink, Albert Reyes, Brian Ralph, RONDO, Brian Rush, Johnny Ryan, Robert Sato, Scrappers, Caleb Sheridan, Snaggs, Jim Stoten, Kaz Strzepek, Team Macho, Joe To, Lawrence Yang

In addition, the Artxgame collective, a collaboration of Attract Mode and Giant Robot, is developing four custom videogames. These exclusive games will be available for play at the show's opening, and the pairings include the following:

Hellen Jo and Derek Yu
Saelee Oh and Anna Anthropy
Souther Salazar and Petri Purho
Deth P. Sun and Jonatan "Cactus" Soderstrom

A reception featuring many of the artists will be held from 6:30-10:00 on Friday, March 27. For more information about the show, GRSF, Attract Mode, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

Sunday, March 15, 2009



I caught up with Dennis and we went to go see a movie. We had enough time to get just get something quick so we went to the Jollibee's near the Metreon. Jollibee's is a fast food chain from the Philippines. It "defeated" McDonalds on it's home turf. You can get fried chicken with gravy over rice and a side. Their side dishes are pretty limited at mash, corn and fries (so potato, corn, potato). Uh, their Peach Mango Pie is pretty decent.

Peach Mango Pie

I picked up the menu and taped it on the wall in the bathroom of our studio. There's more stuff on the other side. You can get a small bucket of chicken wings. Everyone in the restaurant was Filipino. It actually wasn't that bad, and if I were to go again I'd try the Aloha Burger.

Jonathan Runcio at Ratio 3, Friday March 20th

We bumped into Jonathan Runcio the other night. He's having a show at Ratio 3 in the City on Friday the 20th.

Ratio 3
1447 Stevenson St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Eddie Murphy's Head

from Carolline's blog.

I was telling someone about this the other day and they wanted me to find the picture for them. I forgot who, so I'm putting it here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

All Citizens

While looking for bookstores I found this one in Bruno, Saskatchewan. Wikipedia says it's population is about 500, and the Median Age is 54. I like the photo a lot.

I've been into books for the past few years and every so often I fantasize about moving to some random off the tracks town and just opening up a bookstore, buying and selling used books online. It's funny cause I don't really read a lot. I just like having them around. And I mostly buy art books, and I don't think people in remote places would go for that sort of stuff.

Before and After Shots:

San Francisco

Looked up "illustrated map of San Francisco" and found this image of the aftermath of the 1905 Earthquake.

Found this website on old Cemeteries of San Francisco. If you're not from the Bay Area then you probably don't know that they dug up all the graves in the City and the re-interred them in Colma. Colma is the referred to as the City of the dead, with 100,000 living to 1 million dead. When Jesus comes back to raise and reanimate his Army of the Dead he'd probably head off to Colma first. There's actually still dead people underneath a lot of places in San Francisco in unmarked graves, cause no one wanted to dig up the paupers' graves. There's a bunch underneath the Legion of Honor, some golf course in the Presidio, and Civic Center.

Thanks to Stacy we've gotten in this podcast of San Francisco history. Marci has to finish her show, and I need to do research for this show we're in. The show is about trace elements of the past. I actually don't know if what I'm researching is going towards the show I'm in. I don't know if my mind is capable of wrapping itself around a concept like that. I just broke it down to hidden history of the City, then I took it to hidden history of San Francisco. I'm making a large illustrated map of San Francisco detail certain things of San Francisco that most people don't know about. It's kind of funny cause there are some things that I though everyone knows about SF but they don't. Like Marci didn't know who Emperor Norton was, and I assumed everyone knew who that guy was.

Haeckel Chiroptera

Alex Lukas at White Walls on Saturday

Alex Lukas at White Walls on Saturday.

The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

I got this book a few months ago. I've seen it in Finnish and in Japanese but couldn't find it in English. I bought it used for under $2, cause this book came with a tear and a dent in the corner. I don't think Tove Jansson did many color things, cause most of the images I've already seen in Postcard or Poster form. It's strange seeing them in some sort of real context of a story.

New Sticker

I ordered stickers
I got new stickers made. I'm running out of the older design. I made 500 as opposed to 3000, so I have to come up with something else to make into a sticker sometime in July or August. I just need something flat to throw into with orders.

Yeah. That's it.

"Vampire" unearthed in Venice plague grave

Ferris sent Marci this link.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Brendan Monroe's Book Release Thursday, March 12

Our friend, Brendan released a book and is having a book signing Today from 7-10 in San Francisco at Park Life. If you're no where near the bay area then you can get it here or just from his site.

"Please join us for a Brendan Monroe Book Signing and Reception at Park Life on Thursday March 12, 2009. The special Limited Edition Book (edition of 50) will be available to purchase. Brendan will also have original works of art available for sale. 7pm. Please contact us for more info or to reserve a special edition."

"one week solo show featuring Brendan Monroe, beginning the 12th and ending March 18th. "

Park Life
220 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Brendan Monroe

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Year of the OX GR2

I made these two paintings for this themed show in LA.

Year of the OX

The Year of the Ox show at GR2 opens this saturday.

March 14 - April 15, 2009
Reception: Saturday, March 14, 6:30 - 10:00

2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to host Year of the Ox, a group art show celebrating year 4707 on the lunar calendar. Pieces will include illustration, oils, pencils, prints, watercolor, sculpture, and other media— all dedicated to the hardest-working animal of the Chinese zodiac cycle.

Contributors will include (but are not limited to) the following:

Apak!, Andrice Arp, Charlie Becker, Robert Bellm, Christopher Bettig, Bigfoot, Aaron Brown, Buff Monster, Shawn Cheng, Catia Chien, Luke Chueh, Eleanor Davis, Dutch Door Press, Katherine Guillen, Clement Hanami, Brent Harada, Lizz Hickey, David Horvath, Michael Hsiung, Levon Jihanian, Kaori Kasai, Dan-Ah Kim, Le Merde, Benjamin Lee, Daniel Lim, Little Friends of Printmaking, Justin Morrison, Joel Nakamura, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Tom Neely, Mylan Nguyen, Martin Ontiveros, John Pham, Silvio Poretta, Jesse Reklaw, Albert Reyes, Brian Rush, Shizu Saldamando, Emilio Santoyo, Ryan J. Smith, Deth P. Sun, Ryohei Tanaka, Daria Tessler, Elisabeth Timpone, Joe To, Edwin Ushiro, Michelle Valigura, Amanda Visell

A reception for the show will take place from 6:30 - 10:00 on Saturday, March 14.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Dark Mirror Preview

Marci's made a preview set of the work so far for her show at Rena Bransten in April. You can see it here. She just got her paintings back from the photographer and then she had to go to the framers in Marin. That means means we get to go to Phyllis' and get monster burgers.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Food Maps

I mapped out restaurants I like to eat at. They're here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Neither Up Nor Down at 111 Minna on Thursday

Neither Up Nor Down | March 2009
111 Minna Gallery

March 5-28 2009

An art exhibition curated by Mr. Gabe Scott Gallery and Associate curator Jay Howell.

Featured new works by:
Jason Jagel, Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch, Zachary Rossman, Aiyana Udesen, Matthew Palladino, Cody Cochrane, James Blagden

Opening Night: Thursday, March 5
6pm-LATE / Must be 21+

111 Minna Gallery is proud to present “Neither Up Nor Down”, an exhibition showcasing both well-established and emerging talents. The gallery will be hosting an ARTIST-ATTENDED opening reception on Thursday, March 5, 2009, 6pm-late.

The opening is free and open to members of the public 21 and over. The exhibition will run from March 5-28, 2009. The collection has been assembled by 111 Minna Gallery Curator Gabe Scott and 111 Minna Associate Curator Jay Howell.

Consisting of a provocative collection of new works by:

Jason Jagel (San Francisco, CA)
Zachary Rossman (Berkeley, CA)
Cody Cochrane (Toronto, ON)
Matthew Palladino (San Francisco, CA)
Aiyana Udesen (San Francisco, CA
James Blagden (Brooklyn, NY)
Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch (San Francisco, CA)


I went to Wondercon with a friend on Sunday cause he didn't have anyone else to go with. I got to eat at the mall Food Court and got my picture taken with a short storm trooper and a very enthusiastic Darth Vader. I wonder if they're friends in real life.

Monster Drawing Rally

We did the Monster Drawing Rally last Friday. It was at the Verdi Club in San Francisco. All proceeds went to Southern Exposure, a non-profit arts organization and their quest to raise enough money to move into a new location. They've been around for 34 years and the Monster Drawing Rally has been going on for 9 years. I drew in the first one, and the last two with Marci along with 128 other artists. Uh, we're not required to draw monsters, which is a stupid joke you have to overhear at least a hundred fucking times whenever you go to one of these things.

Made Ferris and Michelle drink this
Ferris came by the studio to prep for the rally with us (I suckered him and Michelle to drink this can of grass jelly drink). Marci, Michelle, Ferris and I were all in the Drawing Rally.

This Omega is Fully Operational
We piled into the Omega and made our way over.

Marci and Amanda
Marci's sister Amanda was already there.

Crowd Trickling In.
Crowd Trickling In.

Us at the Monster Drawing Rally
We put ourselves down for the 6-7 time slot, cause the last time we did this Marci got into a fight with some hippy lady and it gave me a panic attack and I spilled my beer. Against Marci's advice I brought my headphones, which I'm so glad I brought. As usual I forgot something really important, and that was bringing black paint. But I got Michelle to find Ferris who let me borrow his.

I made a small painting, it took the full hour of my slot. They upped the price to $60 per piece, so it's like, "I got to make something in 60 minutes worth $60" and for me a drawing wouldn't cut it, just cause I don't make drawings that good. So I sold one piece for $60. But last year I made 4 drawings for $40 and sold them all, so I made them $100 more last year. But yeah. Whatever.

Marci's Drawing
Marci made two pieces I think. This was her first piece. I would have taken a picture of it not in a poly-bag but I was preoccupied. Marci likes watching her stuff get sold. There were a bunch of hands that got up. There is no bidding. It's $60 flat, and they draw playing cards. It's highest card wins, and in case of a tie, they just redraw cards.

Paul Urich
Michelle won this Paul Urich piece.

Zachary Rossman
Zach showed up 5 minutes before he was suppose to draw. He pounded a beer and started drawing. We hid all our stuff near his feet.

Kelly and MichelleKelly and Michelle had the 8-9 slot. Kelly showed up without anything. I set my ipod to "The Smiths" and let her borrow my headphones, pencils, paper, brushes and paint and she some how pulled it through.

Still Drawing
Michelle of course was her little painting machine self.

David and JosephineDavid and Josephine were volunteering. They're our neighbors. David's pretty good at scrabble.

Here's a photo from our first game together. He used "O" and "X" for "No" and "Oxy" for a triple word score. I just got back into Scrabble, and have been trying to find folks to play with.

Kelly and Ferris
Kelly and Ferris at 9-10.

Aiyana Udesen and Matt Furie
Aiyana Udesen and Matt Furie.

Bumped into Omid, who I hadn't seen in years. I think the last time I saw him was at our going away party, in 2004.

Crowd Shot
The crowd was centered around the bidding. Every time a piece went up there was a big push, and no one could see the piece except for the folks up front. Some folks in the back couldn't see what was up for bid, and there were handlers who could barely get through the crowd to the artwork up on the wall. I avoided that side of the room. There was also a lounge area and they hired a taco truck to sell stuff outside. Most likely tacos.

Crowd Shot
It got really hot.

Jess, Amanda, MarciHere's a photo of Jess, Amanda, and Marci outside near the end of it all. Jess who goes to CCA used to get mistaken for Marci and Marci used to get mistaken for Jess, but Marci thinks she bears a closer resemblance to Amanda.

Yeah, that was pretty much it. We went to El Farolito afterwards.