Saturday, February 24, 2007


1. One of my favorite albums is "Damaged" by Black Flag.

2. I like drinking coffee that's been sitting in the pot for a while — strong and cruddy.

3. I like eating Ocean Spray jellied cranberry out of the can.

4. I have strange taste in men.

5. I've never been on a trolley car and I live one street over from the Powell Street Trolley Line.

To learn, read.
To know, write.
To master, teach.


Eating chocolate chip cookies with (soy) milk and listening to some's the only way to do homework ;)

Monday, February 19, 2007


These are some illustrations I did for my TYPE 3 book project. These are all first run sketches that were "rejected"...I still dig them. I'm excited to see what I come up with for the next run.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


...But it's never this deep:

THE BRIDGE - Trailer

...I want to see this.

Is that morbid?

The Hundreds are keeping a close eye on things at
Magic (Fashion and Apparel Trade Show).

They caught a glimpse of some upcoming MAMA gear:

I worked (long and damn hard) on the top two along with two others that are not pictured. I'll be getting mine when they get back from the trade show. More pictures soon.

Check The Feed.

Here's a picture of MAMA's Magic Booth.

Fel (Freelance Make-Up Artist & fellow MAMA Intern), Dree (Office Tramp & MAMA Intern) and Gabriella (Head MAMA in Charge) at Magic.

More Magic pictures on Gabriella's blog: The Glamorous Life

Monday, February 12, 2007


The first All-African Amputee Football Tournament is taking place in Sierra Leone.

Read more about it HERE.

Info & Image: BBC

Sunday, February 11, 2007


1. The Miles Davis Story (DVD) by George Avakian, Ian Carr, Don Carter (II), and Ron Carter

2. Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield.

3. Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe.

(This is a customer image from it was too beautiful not to share.)

4. Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century by Alex Steffen (Author), Al Gore (Foreword), Bruce Sterling (Introduction).

5. Colors: Tibor Kalman, Issues 1-13 by Tibor Kalman (Author), Maira Kalman (Author).

*sigh*...I really need a bookcase.


Friday, February 09, 2007


Contrary to popular belief I do dig on more than just hip hop, jazz, funk and soul...

A few months ago I came across a track by Silver Apples(a psychedelic electronic music duo from NYC) called "Oscillations". The first time I heard this track was also the first time I had heard of the band. I thought the track was beautiful and so amazing and months later it still blows my mind. I was surprised (I mean SURPRISED!) to learn that the track came out in 1968! This track was way ahead of it's time! It sounds like something Aphex Twin would have composed.

"Oscillations" was made on a primitive synthesizer and sounds like an urgent driving beat pulsating through time. The drums dance distantly in the back and sound almost tribal. The voice sounds like it's unraveling and being pushed by an undervalued drone in obscurity.

Yea. Trip the hell out. That's what I did.

If you ever come across Silver Apples...don't sleep! I'll try uploading the track sometime soon. If you can't wait, hit me and I'll email it to you. I'd love to discuss it with someone!

Thursday, February 08, 2007


"Remember Rappin' Duke, duh-ha, duh-ha/You never thought that hip hop would take it this far "

Holy Crap-Nugget! This made me "BWAHAHA"!!


WHAT: Wilson, Purdie and Green @ Mojito
WHEN: Friday & Saturday February 9-10 | Doors 6pm | Show 9pm
WHERE: Mojito | 1337 Grant Ave, @ Vallejo, North Beach, San Francisco | 415-398-1120
TICKETS: Very limited capacity – advance purchase recommended
$15 advance available at

In the ongoing quest to bring jazz back to North Beach, Sunset Promotions and North Beach Jazz Fest present an exclusive 2-night run with three masters of acid jazz. B3 legend Reuben Wilson, the world’s most recorded drummer Bernard Purdie and guitar wizard Grant Green Jr will play two sets/night at Sunset’s intimate North Beach venue, Mojito.

Reuben Wilson, one of the great B3 Hammond organ players of all time, has been playing with Bernard Purdie and Grant Green Jr, almost exclusively for more than 5 years. Having faded from the funk and jazz scene, Wilson regained notoriety in the early 90s when producers snagged his organ vamps for classic hip-hop tracks by Nas and A Tribe Called Quest. With a rollicking, freewheeling sound, Wilson's style is often compared to Jimmy Smith. But because he recorded with such legendary funkmeisters as Melvin Sparks and Earl Turbinton, he is among a select few 70's jazz artists who worked just as easily on the dance club as in the jazz club. He is best known for seminal Blue note acid jazz pieces “Bus Ride” and “Hot Rod”

Bernard Purdie has appeared on over 200 albums in his lengthy 40-year career; making him the most recorded drummer of all-time. A who’s-who of funk, jazz and pop stars, including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Louis Armstrong, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Teddy Pendergrass, Hank Crawford, Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Gil Scott Heron, Steely Dan, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Lou Donaldson, Roy Ayers, Gato Barbieri and Mongo Santamaria and Grant Green Jr have called on Purdie’s unique talent to beautify their cuts. It has also been widely reported, including by Purdie himself, that he was hired to overdub drums on more than 17 early Beatles cuts, making him perhaps the legendary “5th Beatle” as well.

Grant Green Jr., the son of the legendary Blue Note jazz guitarist, channels his father's extraordinary legacy into a redefinition of jazz guitar. While influenced by the classic jazz funk guitarists, like his father and Melvin Sparks, Green Jr. tends to get a bit harder and dirtier than both of them. Working with Wilson on on a variety of recent records, the two are after a complete redefinition and modernization of that classic jazz-funk feel.


I'm working on a series of book jackets for my Print 1 class and have been looking for style inspirations.

I learned about Alvin Lustig in a 2004 issue of Print Magazine. It was mainly about his interior design but even that intrigued me.

A few days ago, I found 2 old issues of Graphis ('60/'61 & '64), an international journal of visual communication, and came across a few of Alvin Lustig's book designs. I headed to his website and I was really surprised at how thorough the site is! It's absolutely complete and does his beautiful work justice! I was going to take a few screen shots of my favorite pieces but this post would be pages long!

Here's a link to the site instead: Alvin Lustig :)


Monday, February 05, 2007



My best friends (aka My Parents) came up to see me this past weekend and surprised me by bringing my nephews, Chito (age 8) and Noe (age 6), with them! Here's a few pictures from our adventures:

I took the train out to Salinas (where my Dad's side of the family lives) and my parents picked me up from there. This shot is from inside the Amtrak station at Jack London Square in Oakland.

We went to eat at Phil's Fish Market in Moss Landing. I could never fully be a vegetarian because of the cioppino (seafood stew) they serve at this place. It's one of my favorite dishes ever! I was too busy eating to take a picture of it, haha. After we ate, we went for a walk on the beach.

My dad's a big kid. My nephews asked him to chuck a log into the water...and he did, haha. We all had fun playing at the edge of the water.

I have a thing for odd looking vans.

We stopped by my grandfather's (Papa Chago) grave. My nephews helped my dad put flowers on the headstone...I hadn't been there in a while. He passed away in 2003, right before I came out to SF.
After this, we went out to see my grandma (Mama Carmen) and my aunts and uncles.

Sunday we made our way out to Santa Cruz. My nephews had memorized Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" and were singing it to me...and then we saw one! "A 1965..."

We went to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and went nuts in the arcade. Here's my Mom playing ski ball. She loves it!

We were all tired at the end of the day but they still had to drive me up to SF. They brought me oranges from their backyard and a bunch of other treats...and a new coffee maker! My parents are too damn awesome. Thanks for the boost of energy before the semester dudes! Love you ("times infinity")!

"Where fashion and funk meet, and everyone comes to eat." -- Gourmet magazine

I love me some Fillmore Street. That quote above is damn right!

Here are a few of my FAVORITE spots on one of my favorite streets:

Upper Playground, 220 Fillmore Street
Contemporary Urban Wear. T-shirts and accessories by world famous artists, designers and graffiti legends.

Bekka's official...rockin' her Sam Flores shirt from Upper Playground (my present to her on her 26th Bday a few weeks ago).

The Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore Street
Live Groove Nightly
Don't have a picture of/at this spot...but trust me it's THE spot for live music!

La Mediterranee, 2210 Fillmore Street

The atmosphere at this spot is nice. Great for a date...and very inexpensive! The service gets a 7...

...but the food gets a 10!!!!

Paper Source, 1925 Fillmore Street
Do Something Creative Every Day

This is a candy store if you're crafty...and a Yeti in the window(?!?!)...only makes it better!

Bekka had a moment with him...they exchanged an intimate look...and quite possibly phone numbers ;)

Those are just my top 4 places...but that whole street has so much to offer. If you're in SF, spend an afternoon...or better yet, a whole day there if you can. If you're looking for inspiration it won't disappoint!

Need more convincing? Check the site: Fillmore Street.

Friday, February 02, 2007



Miles Davis (on shuffle)


Peet's Coffee (aka crack)- Colombia Caracol blend (very appropriate when your dad's name is Juan Valdez)


Homework, watching 20/20's story on Revenge and THE SOUP ("Chicks, Man" "Oprah Girlfriend" "So Meaty")!

Yes, I know...I'm a big yawn, haha.


For my Print 1 class this semester we're starting off with a book jacket project. It's going to be for a series of 3 books so I've been looking around for a series or collection of book covers that I'd like to redesign. I came across this Flickr set a while back and it's perfect to use as inspiration for this project.

After buying the book "Penguin By Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005," Joe Kral (click on his name to check out his other sets. He's a design nut! I love it!) started collecting Penguin & Pelican books and was kind enough to share his collection with the world!

Check it here: PENGUIN BOOKS.

Thursday, February 01, 2007


I can't believe next week will be a year that J Dilla passed. I remember where I was...what I was doing..who I heard it from...everything. It was a tough day filled with heartache and disbelief. I still have the ticket to the Donuts release party at the Mezzanine that ended up being a Tribute Show.

Here's a message I found encoded out of 10 track titles (out of 31) off of the "Donuts" album.

"Hi." "People"
"Stop" "Don't Cry" "Dilla Says Go" "Geek Down" "U-Love" "Glazed" "Donuts"

Yea, ok. I'm strange. Sorry...he's my Tupac (James Brown is my Elvis).

This year I plan to rock my Dilla shirt both on his birthday (Feb. 7th) and the day of his passing (Feb. 10th). I'm also planning to have some donuts from Bob's Donuts (on Polk St.) while listening to some Dilla goodness. You're welcome to join me.

Thank You Jay Dee, Act 2 Mixed by J Rocc

coming to next week

Ruff Draft drops March 20.

I was listening to Budos Band (Daptone Records) about an hour ago and thought to myself, "When's Budos coming to SF, damnit!" and about 10 minutes ago I go to Myspace and there's a bulletin about them coming to the Boom Boom Room (one of my favorite spots in the city)! After getting a little vaklempt and almost schmutzing myself (yea, I know..very lady-like) I check my calendar for the 16th & 17th - CLEAR (yea, I'm not that popular, haha)!

Check the info below!


West Coast Tour
Two Dates in SF!
Friday, February 16th 10:00pm
Saturday February 17th 10:00pm

Boom Boom Room
1601 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Price: $15

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.“ Hippocrates

(Yea, sorry dudes, Ramen & Cheese Burgers – not really medicine)

Before I tell ya'll about my first week of school let me just tell you that I have the best roommate/friend/partner in crime/Doobie Sister around! I open the fridge yesterday afternoon to find fresh APPLE-CARROT-GINGER JUICE GOODNESS! I love this stuff! I took a little drink...but when she gets home she tells me I have a whole 32 oz container to myself!!! I got a little vaklempt and almost schmutzed myself (yea, I know..very lady-like)...Anyway, I'm at work right now drinking the stuff uo and had to give her a shout! Thanks again, B.Wrekka! OPRAH GIRLFRIEND!

Anyway...I started Spring semester this week and so far I'm super-excited about this semester. I definitely think it'll be less stressful than last fall.

This is what I have going on:

Trend Forecasting – I'm hoping this class will help me with my internship/job in street wear. Also, having a non-graphic design class may keep me sane this semester. Sounds fun so far. I cringed at the thought of being in a room full of fashion design girly-girls...but they're alright and there's another graphic design cat in there.

The Power of Myth & Symbol – One of the best teacher at the Academy teaches this class. He's uncensored and the word 'taboo' is not in his vocabulary. He's amazing (more about him later). I took The Power of Signs (aka Semiotics) with him a few semesters back. His classes always blow my mind. My third eye is wide open!

Typography3 - We'll be making a book for this class. The subject is up to us. We looked at the books previous classes have made and they're mad intimidating...but I'm excited to make this book! It'll look good in my portfolio. I have to present 3 concepts next week for this project.

Print1 - I was dreading this class...I have this instructor who I've had for 3 semesters in a row (including this semester) but she's got some exciting stuff lined up for us to do (book jackets, posters for a cause, and a sustainable design project). There's only 6 people in that class, too. I walked out of there feeling inspired and creative. I wasn't expecting that...maybe it was just the St. John's Wort I took, haha.

Hope you're all Happy & Healthy!

"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living." Gail Sheehy


"The Grandfather of Soul" is a short by Keytoon Animation Studio and some what of a tribute to the late James Brown. This made me giggle...oh, and the animation is BEAUTIFUL!