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Weekday Warrior

June 21, 2017     Like This Post!

This year, I’ve been trying to expand outside of my 9-6 job and do some freelance work/side project fun. One thing that is a “practice what you preach” for me involves sending out emails to people and/or companies and inquire about any sort of freelance or submissions. At the end of the day, what do you have to lose? It never hurts asking even if these people and companies aren’t looking for extra or outside help.

So I came across a “help wanted” Insta post for a pin company and I thought, “hey, yolo”. After some back and forth and some test designs, it ended up being a bust which is a bummer, but these things happen. Companies knows their aesthetic and what their customer wants. I guess I was right at the border but couldn’t fully cross over the line to what they were looking for.

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Typography

It’s Not Lady Luck

May 26, 2017     Like This Post!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about motivation and what drives people to try and be go-getters. I have some friends currently browsing for new jobs; some notice how miserable they are in their current situation and are actively applying for new jobs, and some know they’re miserable but can’t seem to find the motivation to apply to job postings they come across. This makes me wonder what the latter can do to find the will to send their resumes out to change their situation. Not everyone is a go-getter. Hell, I’m not either, but I try my best to change my situation if I find it’s not working for me. Adapting for the better can really make a huge difference in your outlook on life.

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Crafted

Pom Pom Pillow

May 18, 2017     Like This Post!

A few months ago, I decided to embark on a frustrating journey to make a pillow with one side covered in pom poms. I had the fabric, I had the yarn, but I didn’t have the pom poms pre-made, so I had to spend the time to make them.

I wanted to make a generously large pillow, so I knew that it would need a big chunk of fabric and ton of pom poms.

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Typography

Buzzkill

May 17, 2017     Like This Post!

Instagram is a useful source of inspiration if you use it to your advantage. I follow a lot of artists and illustrators, and when I come across their t-shirt designs, I am both in awe and envious of what they can spit out.

I’ve tried to do the “screenprinted t-shirt” thing on Etsy but it’s too much work for what I want to put into it, and really just doesn’t seem worth it. You gotta love it enough to do it because screenprinting can be quite a hassle. This is why I like sites like Redbubble and Society6. They do the work for you and all you have to do is to create the content. I love doing fan art, and people love buying fan art. The down side is that the corporations and top guys think they own the rights to people faces (mostly artists and entertainers), and as a result I’ve had three original pieces taken down.

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Playlist

Mother’s Day Playlist

May 13, 2017     Like This Post!
  1. All For One [Feat. Sting & Rod Stewart] Bryan Adams 4:47
  2. Desert Rose Sting 4:46
  3. November Rain Guns N' Roses 8:58
  4. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman Bryan Adams 4:52
  5. Kiss From A Rose Seal 4:50
  6. Love Song For A Vampire Annie Lennox 4:16
  7. Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant 3:31
  8. Rio Duran Duran 4:45
  9. Rocket Man Elton John 4:46
  10. Just Another Day [Without You] Jon Secada 5:28
  11. What You Wont Do For Love Bobby Caldwell 4:47
  12. Right Here Waiting Richard Marx 4:24
  13. I Dont Wanna Miss A Thing Aerosmith 4:57
  14. It's My Life Bon Jovi 3:45
  15. Brand New Key Melanie 2:25

Years ago, probably back in high school, I began making a playlist for my mom full of her favorite songs. She didn’t know about this, but I made note of the songs she said she loved, which made it a bit of a long process for me to put this list together. I never quite finished it, and to be honest, I was working off of memory when I made this specific playlist today. I have the original list written somewhere at my parent’s house which I plan on searching for, but I’m secretly hoping I included all the songs from that list.

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Illustration

This Is Jamaica, Queens

April 29, 2017     Like This Post!

Back in December, I was commissioned to do artwork for a local magazine called Edible Queens for their Winter 2017 issue.

My artwork was featured on this piece called “This Is My Queens” which was written about Melinda Katz. She’s currently the Queens Borough President, and is working hard to fix up Jamaica, Queens. She grew up in Jamaica and knows of the potential it has to become a great neighborhood. The piece was written about her experience and thoughts about Jamaica.

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Playlist

Playlist // Kaleidoscope

April 21, 2017     Like This Post!
  1. Secrets Silver Swans 2:57
  2. Tomorrow Comes Today Gorillaz 3:13
  3. Trigger Hippie Morcheeba 5:31
  4. 6 Underground Sneaker Pimps 4:06
  5. Wake Me Up The Raveonettes 2:42
  6. Don't Move Phantogram 4:18
  7. I Miss You [Remix LP] Björk 5:35
  8. Porcelain Moby 4:03
  9. Peacock Tail Boards Of Canada 5:24
  10. Standing Outside A Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand Primitive Radio Gods 4:32
  11. You Are The Way [Re-Ravishing Mix] The Primitives 6:23
  12. Tom's Diner [feat. Suzanne Vega] DNA 3:50
  13. Razor Sharp Collide 4:52
  14. Heavy As My Dreams Totemo 3:21
  15. Fokionos Negri Street Keep Shelly In Athens 3:44
  16. Talk Show Host Radiohead 4:41
  17. Milk Garbage 3:53
  18. Go It Alone Beck 4:11

The 90s was a great era for music. Emerging genres, movements, new voices, etc. It will always be my favorite music period. That’s for sure.

One of my favorite underground genres was trip hop. Never heard of it? I don’t blame ya, not many people have. Think of the House theme song. Massive Attack is a major contributor to trip hop.

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