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California Inspires Me

I’m a huge fan of the work of Jack Black, which hardly makes me unique. I’d struggle to think of a production he’s in which I didn’t enjoy tremendously. I met him in person briefly, once, years ago, at a gallery opening in Culver City. He spent about 5 minutes entertaining my then-infant daughter, much to everyone’s enjoyment. She was in one of those Baby Bjorn type things so he was aiming his performance at my torso, weirdly. He was every bit as funny in real life as on the big screen, which I thought was nice. It’s not as cool as Jeff Hamada’s Jack Black story, maybe, but that’s life.

Shop: Jeff Hamada “Money” Print

These great little “2 GET MONEY 4 GET MONEY” one-color risograph prints were given to attendees of the Imprint Presents Jeff Hamada talk here in LA last year. I got Jeff’s permission to offer the remainder here. He doesn’t usually make or sell products so these are something of an exclusive/rarity!

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Streetsnaps

Last week, talented photographer/architect Brandon Shigeta shot me in my old Jordan 1’s for this #OnFeet feature on fashion news outlet and online retailer Hypebeast. Seeing your feet online is kind of fun, and I figured that was the end of that. Yesterday more photos appeared in this Streetsnaps feature. I was just supporting my former employer Jeffstaple – the shirt is a collaboration between his clothing label Staple Pigeon and gifted artist Naturel.

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Badbadnotgood

Check out some Badbadnotgood for your Sunday listening. Often described as a jazz trio, the Toronto-based group are possibly best known for their interpretations of hip-hop jams. BBNG are signed to LA’s great Innovative Leisure label whose founder, Jamie Strong, I interviewed for Imprint Culture Lab a couple years back. This is the full stream of their 2014 LP Ill.

Agenda Recap

I didn’t really take many photos at Agenda this time, but really, there’s no need because Brandon Shigeta was on hand for the Hypebeast Agenda Recap. He takes some of the best photos on Earth, I’m pretty sure he can make almost anything look amazing. Great photos of what I think is one of the best trade shows going.

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Cowabunga Pizza Party

Tomorrow, Rose City Pizza in Rosemead are hosting a TMNT-themed art show in addition to the pizza, tater tots, and craft beer they typically offer. Work from over 50 artists will be on display, including Benjie Escobar who also handled the flyer design. 7-10pm. Tubular.

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New Year’s Revolution

Yesterday I spent a few hours at the Agenda Show in Long Beach, catching up with old friends and making new ones. One highlight was spotting myself and lots of friends and contacts on the booth for The Hundreds. They asked several talented photographers to contribute portraits of people in and I was lucky enough to be photographed by John Pangilinan, along with Jeffstaple, Julia Huang, and Brandon Shigeta. We were also asked to give our names, where we live, what we do, and goals for 2015. Check them all out here.

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