Sunday, April 15, 2007


Beautiful...beyond words...

“In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.”
—Gregory Colbert, Creator of Ashes and Snow

The photographic artworks of Gregory Colbert explore the poetic sensibilities of animals in their natural habitat as they interact with human beings. No longer shown as merely a member of the family of man, humans are seen as a member of the family of animals.

More: Ashes and Snow

Saturday, April 14, 2007


Elle Girl just featured our "Lichtenstein" tee (a shirt I worked on! yay!) in their "Get In Toon" story. Here's a lil' sneak peak of what's to come as far as our spring tees go . . . they'll be dropping in May.

God Listens to John Coltrane
and Thelonious Monk
every day and Charlie Parker
and Miles Davis every night,
which is why, despite his age,
he remains so cool and
admirably inimitable.

-Taken from "Beat Culture and the New America: 1950-1965"
(Whitney Museum of American Art)

Friday, April 13, 2007


I'm diggin' how simple this little commercial for People Tree is. It's also informative, cute and jammin' with a Lee "Scratch" Perry tune!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


More goodness to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (J.A.M.)!

Koop is an electronic jazz duo from Sweden that consists of Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson. You've probably heard at least one of the numerous remix projects they've been involved with. A favorite is the remix for Astrud Gilberto's "Here's That Rainy Day" for the Verve Remixed project.

Their album "Waltz for Koop" is short with only 9 tracks...but man, this quickly became one of my favorite album. It's on my list of "Entire Albums to Share with People" :)

Download & Enjoy: KOOP In A Heartbeat.mp3

Check out: KOOP on MySpace

...of a Miles Davis book I'm working on in my Type 3 class. 100+ pages. It'll be perfect bound and I'll be getting 3-5 made (depending on how much i dig it ;))

What do you think? Don't say nice things just to say nice things either!

Finally, the time is here. "La Dolce Vita" Spring cut & sew collection has dropped. Check out the Mama website for updated photos and detailed shots of the new pieces. I also own most of these pieces so hit me if you want to see any.

The full collection is available for purchase on the Mama website.

Select pieces are available at these retailers:
5 & A Dime - San Diego
El Mercado - LA
The Orphinage - Chula Vista
Eagle Rock Underground - LA
All The Right - Corona, NY
Brooklyn Projects Melrose & Echo Park- LA
Cap City - West New York, NJ
Bodega - Boston
Connoisseur 533 - San Jose
True - San Francisco
True East - Walnut Creek
Winner's Circle - Seattle
Fresh - Berkeley
The Avenue - Fountain Valley, CA
Subterrain - Santa Clarita
Thoroughbredz - Las Vegas
Groundid - Singal Hill, CA
Our Fly Lives - Miami
Attic - Paramount, CA

Props to Photographer Ben Mayorga & Stylist Liz "Busy Lady" Baca for their awesome work on the photo shoot for the collection.

Monday, April 09, 2007


I just wanted to share this article the Indianapolis InTake (like the SF Weekly or Guardian) did on my amigo Nick Saligoe aka DJ Metrognome. This cat's doing big things out in Indy and I'm so happy that he's getting recognized in the community.

Check the article here: Hip Congressman

DJ Metrognome's Myspace Music Page & (an online Hip Hop magazine he runs).

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Spanish Lesson for the Day: Tia = Aunt :)

ALYSSA ISABELLA VALDEZ was born to my younger brother Johnny and sister-in-law Monique on March 31, 2007.

In celebration of my new niece, here's a download: Darlin' Ukelele by Jolie Holland...a lullaby-esque song for little Alyssa.

Monday, April 02, 2007


Just a quick post: I'll be posting up some of my favorite Jazz tracks this month in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. I don't have time for a write up on tracks today so I'm posting up two audio files with info on Blue Note Records and The Science of Jazz instruments. Thanks to the good sir Madlib for both.

Now, go on and DIG IT!



Jazz is love — in my book. It's hard to go a day without indulging myself in the intense sounds of Miles Davis and sultry lyrics of Billie Holiday. So this month I'm excited to have an excuse to celebrate one of my greatest inspirations.

Jazz Appreciation Month, created to be observed every April, is a celebration that encourages people to attend jazz concerts, listen to jazz recordings, support jazz programs, and simply enjoy the music's verve, pulse, and power.

In 1942, Viola Smith, a veteran drummer with 17 years of professional paradiddles under her belt, sent shock waves through the readership of Down Beat by extolling the existence of "hep girls," female jazz musicians "who could sit in any jam session and hold their own." A firestorm of letters-to-the-editor ensued, passionately debating the topic: Can women play jazz?

So pour yourselves a glass of wine or brew a cup of tea, sit back, relax (you deserve it!) and celebrate Women in Jazz.

Don't know where to start? How about HERE!

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