Updates On The Haus

I had lunch with my parents for Father’s day on Sunday and I had nothing to do after that. I hate being bored and unproductive so I went to Home Depot and bought some paint and spent about 6 hours painting the house with the help from my little cousin Devin.

I still need to buy more paint to finish the rest. The original plan was to spray the paint but that cost more and time to prep. I wanted to start small and paint what I can when I can. Looking good so far! I can’t wait to get home from work and paint some more!

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Click Click: Stillo

Stillo rocking the new Rottweiler shirt in collaboration with YHG Pnut for this show tomorrow at Arts-Rec. I love that Snoop’s recreation there, old school.

Shot with my Canon AE1 with my brother holding the reflector.

Shot with my Canon AE1 with my brother holding the reflector.

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My Goal

I’d really like to release some photo books, so I’ve been adding graphics to fantasize how it’d look.

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Not Your City

Ever since City Bass aka Sebastian laced with me this shirt I’ve been wearing it 3 days straight now.

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I Experienced The Crafted 08

I didn’t know much about Crafted till recently when I ran into Chef Phil at Young Hickory coffee shop and sitting across from him was Erwin. We’ve said hello and chopped it up for a little bit so they can get on with their meeting and before I left I asked Erwin if he was interested in modeling for me for Food Porn Volume 3. I didn’t know Erwin till that day, and a few weeks later I got a DM from Crafted inviting me to a dinner, and it said “The experience is 100% Free..” First thought was “whats the catch?”

I accepted the invitation still unsure what Crafted was all about it. I didn’t look too much into it at the time, I wanted to get more information on the night of the dinner. It could’ve been one of those “pyramid” schemes (yall remember that?) or some group meet about throwing money into an account, I don’t know. I’ve been to one of those and I can’t even explain it cuz I just got up and left. Crafted caught my attention when they mentioned they exist to foster empathy through conversations. Each month they bring l2-15 people to dinner, to share transcendent stories and experiences (took those words right out of their invitation lol).

Upon arrival I was still unsure what I was doing there, why was I invited? What made me the lucky one? I didn’t know a single person there except Erwin and Jam, who invited me to this dinner. And then a familiar face approached me, Mariah, instagram handle fruitsofherlablorco. We’ve been following each other for a minute now, met once through her boyfriend Nico (a great photographer that I look up to). I started to feel more comfortable being surrounded by strangers from that point.

When it was time to take our seats, Jam recommended we sit next to people we didn’t know. It was basically everyone but I sat next to Mariah for a little bit of comfort. Jam gave the intro to why we’re there and who Crafted are, and had us introduce ourselves with a short story of ourselves and what impact have we experienced recently. Or was it what impact have me made recently? Well as the introduction went on, as I was trying to listen to their stories I kept thinking what impact have I made to be here. And I’m not comfortable with public speaking (I got used to it as the evening went on). When it was my turn, it became clear to me and shared my story that I don’t get to share often because people rarely ask. It also became clear to me why I’m here, why we’re all here together. The impact I can remember was getting a message from a friend from LA telling me my Food Porn photos are empowering. I thought she was fucking with me because I was in the middle of dealing with accusation of objectifying women and that my Food Porn is offensive. She explained to me that she has a lot of friends who has eating disorder and my photos empowers them. It was never my intention but that message touched my heart deeply and made me comfortable to be who I am, and do what I do.

Crafted gave us a sense of purpose and gathered all of us to celebrate the impact we all have, in culture and society. Personally, Crafted gave me the opportunity to share my story, to get shit off my chest because being an artist you face a lot of obstacles that either forces me to retreat and give up, or continue to be strong and fight back and carry on. At the end of the event I didn’t feel alone anymore, and its funny, they even said that in the beginning of the dinner, that we’re not alone. So thank you Erwin, Jam, Crafted for such an amazing experience.

Erwin.

Erwin.

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First photo I took of the evening, this took my breath away.

First photo I took of the evening, this took my breath away.

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The amazing Chef Merlin Mendoza, and beside him is Mike (I believe).

The amazing Chef Merlin Mendoza, and beside him is Mike (I believe).

Jam and Chef Merlin.

Jam and Chef Merlin.

1st course was Maitake, and 2nd course was the Squash (to the right). I’ve never had Squashed taste so good!

1st course was Maitake, and 2nd course was the Squash (to the right). I’ve never had Squashed taste so good!

3rd course: Flatbread.

3rd course: Flatbread.

4th course: Salmon | Umeboshi Dashi. The broth is a synagogue soup, fucking delicious dish. I hate peas but I murdered these peas cuz they were so good! By the way, that’s a Kinome leaf on top and hard to get. It’s from Japan, the flavor was great but the experience from eating it was something I was not prepared for. It leaves your mouth tingling and the sensation dances on your tongue for quite a while. Almost a sense of orgasm to be honest. FUCK! I wanted to flip the table and bear hug the chef for such an experience.

4th course: Salmon | Umeboshi Dashi. The broth is a synagogue soup, fucking delicious dish. I hate peas but I murdered these peas cuz they were so good! By the way, that’s a Kinome leaf on top and hard to get. It’s from Japan, the flavor was great but the experience from eating it was something I was not prepared for. It leaves your mouth tingling and the sensation dances on your tongue for quite a while. Almost a sense of orgasm to be honest. FUCK! I wanted to flip the table and bear hug the chef for such an experience.

5th course: Eggplant.

5th course: Eggplant.

6th course: Coconut Sponge cake. Coconut tiramisu, not to crazy about dessert but this was really good.

6th course: Coconut Sponge cake. Coconut tiramisu, not to crazy about dessert but this was really good.

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Observations: By Doneliz

I’ve known Doneliz for a while now, back to the S2Ki days (car club). Made some really good friends, but ultimately a lot of us grew apart. Doneliz and I got reacquainted at our old kick it spot, Pho Fusion. We’ve all grown up so much since then, new perspectives, new life, and some how we came back full circle. The universe definitely brought us back together for a reason. Don got a wife now, a few sport cars, still got a good job, but one thing about him that surprised me the most was his photography.

Homeboy was into photography and I had no idea he even thought about taking pictures. Before I’ve seen any of his work I’ve always seen him at every Low Rider event or art shows with a camera by his side. He never left the house without his camera. Doneliz’s style of photography is…. I guess you can call it “street photography” because I really don’t know what people call anything these days. I don’t even know what my style is, we just shoot I guess. But to get a better understanding, Don has a pure form of Street Photography. Wanders the street sometimes without speaking to anyone and sometimes he goes unnoticed and snaps a quick picture and boom, he’s gone.

Don captures the real time, raw emotions, no time for anyone or anything to pose or fake a smile, he captures life the way it is at that moment. I know some people don’t like their photos taken, some may feel some type of way, but Don is a true artist when it comes to “freezing time” (it’s what I call photography).

Doneliz had his first solo photo show yesterday at Safe Light Lab and I have to admit, I doubted my boy. I wasn’t sure who the photos were going to look. I imagined it was going to be blurry, bland, pointless because there will be “random” pictures, but boy Doneliz really showed me. I walked in and saw all the black and white on the walls and it was powerful to me. The images really spoke to me, It was like a history lesson that we didn’t know we needed. I bet later in the future these photos will even have a bigger impact. I’m truly happy and proud of Doneliz with what he accomplished and captured. I’m not sure who people digest his work but as I was looking at his photos I felt as if I had a full access to his memory bank and see glimpses of his memories. Congratulation on your first solo show Don, I know there will definitely be more.

Observations

Photo Show By Doneliz

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I believe this is his second photo zine.

I believe this is his second photo zine.

Don develops his own film, scans them himself, and prints them at his home. These are digitally printed.

Don develops his own film, scans them himself, and prints them at his home. These are digitally printed.

The photos on this wall is special because these are printed in the dark room at Safe Light Labs.

The photos on this wall is special because these are printed in the dark room at Safe Light Labs.

I’ve had my eyes on this photo for a while, I want to cop this from him but I’d have to wait till pay day.

I’ve had my eyes on this photo for a while, I want to cop this from him but I’d have to wait till pay day.

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Hahah this one is good, “look back at it.”

Hahah this one is good, “look back at it.”

Spotted the homegirl OT Trilly on the wall. She asked me how do I even know it was her since her face was chopped off. I replied, “I recognize those personalities anywhere.” Haha.

Spotted the homegirl OT Trilly on the wall. She asked me how do I even know it was her since her face was chopped off. I replied, “I recognize those personalities anywhere.” Haha.

Spoon S2K Brothers

Hung out at the Encinitas classic car night with my brother and Jeff. Jeff who was known as Fat Kid photography just bought a new digital camera and shot pics for the first time in many years! He still got it. These pics were straight from his camera, no edit. It’s amazing!

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Rossi Meets Rostrum Records with 24Hrs

To be a rapper or some kind of artist, or even a photographer (like me) is tough since its a grind, a daily hustle. You don’t get a steady pay check from what we love to do, I for one have a regular job to support all that. Not a lot of people know I work a regular job on the weekdays and juggle with blogging and photo shoots after work and sometimes during work (I’d have to request the day off). Having friends who is an aspire artist with a lot of potential requires a lot of support and sacrifice as well. Being a team you have to make time to support each other.

Rossi doesn’t have a job like I do, he’s a full time father and a rapper, so much respect to Rossi for managing life by its horn. Yesterday was a big day for Rossi, we had a meeting with Benji of Rostrum Records (who signed Wiz and Mac Miller) and 24Hrs in Los Angeles. I got the call from Rossi that he wants me present and I know calling out of work is highly frowned upon in the corporate office but damn, this is a huge opportunity so I took the risk and called it off to make it to this meeting. We plan on making it big together! Can’t get into too much details but keeping my fingers crossed to see whats going to happen this year for Rossi Rock and the whole damn SUAV.

Morning coffee run to Project Reo Cafe.

Morning coffee run to Project Reo Cafe.

We arrived to the parking garage of Rostrum Records and had to hop out to take this picture.

We arrived to the parking garage of Rostrum Records and had to hop out to take this picture.

Watching Benjy bobbing his head hard to Rossi’s music was a very very proud moment.

Watching Benjy bobbing his head hard to Rossi’s music was a very very proud moment.

Benji actually contacted Rossi on his own after hearing “ARCO” on Spotify not knowing Rossi was already signed to 24Hrs, and here we are, meeting together and watching the new video to “Back Seat.” They genuinely enjoyed it.

Benji actually contacted Rossi on his own after hearing “ARCO” on Spotify not knowing Rossi was already signed to 24Hrs, and here we are, meeting together and watching the new video to “Back Seat.” They genuinely enjoyed it.

Rossi meets with 24Hrs in his office after the meeting.

Rossi meets with 24Hrs in his office after the meeting.