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Las Vegas: Brennan’s B-day Tie-dye project finale 2015-09-25

He really likes tie-dye, what can I say? 🙂
Once the shirts were soaked overnight, we rinsed them off thoroughly and dried them. 
I took these photos the very next afternoon! They faded a bit, but that’s to be expected as the shirts are going to look a lot darker when still wet anyway. 


My black and orange shirt.

Brennan’s bluesy and orange toned creation!
Antho made this striking fly-head design…well, it’s open to interpretation, but I think it looks like a fly’s head. ^_~
Dalton’s bright bull’s-eye and our group creation!

My icy design and Antho rocking his harness shirt.

Antho graciously modeling with the towel I made. 
We used only left-over packets of dyes that we had lying around from previous projects, but it ended up being a perfect amount for the materials we had to work with! I’m also quite pleased with how the color combinations came out. These have been some of our more popular shirts when I shared them to Facebook! Looks like we have a good excuse to do some more tie-dye in the future. 😉
What do you think? 
Do you like any of the designs?
Why or why not?
^_^
Feel free to comment! I love hearing from our readers!

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Las Vegas: Brennan’s B-day tie-dye shindig 2015-09-2

Antho and I tend to have a colorful cast of friends, so it’s always a lot of fun to pool our social resources for collaborative events, and as it so happened, our friend Brennan happened to have a birthday coming up! He’s a big fan of tie-dye so when he wanted to spend some time with us on his birthday it was a natural choice! There were four of us altogether with Brennan, Dalton, Antho and I and 6 shirts between us. I also had an old boring towel that I contributed. 🙂 Dalton only wanted to do one shirt as it was his first go at tie-dye, his was the pink and black bull’s eye! Isn’t it pretty? He did a great job! Brennan also opted to only dye one shirt this time around, too. The boys brought Star Wars Monopoly (YES it’s real and it’s really fun!) so when the shirts were all tied off and well-saturated we retreated indoors to let them cure overnight. They came out great! 
More photos below!

A productive party!

I did this black and orange swirl. 🙂

This one was birthday boy Brennan’s!

Dalton’s came out really well! 
The blue and black one on the far left was my second shirt while the two next to it were Antho’s designs! The spiral design was done with everyone contributing a color to the spiral. 🙂 Brennan gets to keep that one for his birthday since everyone in attendance for the tie-dye shindig contributed to the shirt, so we thought it was a cool souvenir. 

We threw Drag me to Hell on while we played Star Wars Monopoly.
We let Brennan choose a tie-dye shirt from our collection, he chose the mushroom design that Antho made! I think he was happy with his decision. 🙂

Since the shirts need to soak overnight for the dyes to really penetrate the fabric, we promised the boys to take care of their shirts until they’re ready to pick them up and washed them the next day! ^_^

Photos of the finished shirts to come tomorrow!

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Japan: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 2012-08-16

Not everything is quite what it seems…

One fine summer day I decided to embark upon a quest to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art  Tokyo, or MoT, an art gallery in the Miyoshi district of Tokyo.

It’s a lovely art museum nestled into a quieter neighborhood of Tokyo, one not particularly bustling with tourists. Walking there ended up being something of a mission all in it’s own, as my gps signal was unreliable and I found myself exploring wonderful little pockets of the town I hadn’t expected to encounter!

Beautiful flowers like this were prone to popping up in the most unexpected of corners, and they always made me smile. 🙂

I happened upon Tomioka Hachiman Shrine temple tucked away in a residential neighborhood, for one, was a fun surprise to stumble upon!

A lone man walks along the pathway.

Paying his respects. 

Gates framing the city beyond.

A couple of cicada shells clinging to a leaf. 
I was so excited to capture this shot!
I love the hum of the cicadas during the summers, as they’re abundant both throughout the mojave desert and Japan. Their song will always remind me of warm, happy summer days.
I know many people find them creepy, but they’re harmless! 
I think they’re kind of cute in their own goofy way.

This guy, though? 
Well…maybe if he saw a dentist…
^^;
Do you recognize this creature?
It’s a recreation of one of the angels/Giant God Warriors from Nausicaa!!
In a true stroke of coincidental luck, I had watched Kaze no Tani ni Nausicaa the night prior, so I was fresh up to date on my references for the exhibition. I had semi-mistakenly believed it to be an Evangelion related exhibit- which, it kind of is, but isn’t? 
See, one of the brilliant minds behind the phenomenal anime Neon Genesis Evangelion worked together with one of the minds behind studio Ghibli to contribute to and create a stop motion/live action film that debuted in this museum called “God Warrior Appears in Tokyo”
The museum was doing an entire exhibit dedicated to the tokusatsu (giant monster) movie genre, with one of Gojira’s full-skins (costume) on display! 

There was also a fashion oriented exhibit that was interesting, though fashion is not so much my forte. 

Not a bad view of Skytree, either, eh?
Oh no! Attack of the giant grumpy onii-san! X3

Miniature models of the city that had been used in the stop-motion film were available for visitors to photograph or pose with. 

The view of the courtyard was also lovely to take in while waiting in line. 

All the extras and cut-out figures!

So much detail went into all the props!
All the miniatures of Tokyo were really fun. 🙂

Such cute little tanks!

These cars were cool!
I’d love to decorate a car like that.
Would it become a traffic hazard? ^^;
Then there’s this guy.

A lounge area was available for resting your legs between exhibits.

Just another normal view of Tokyo town.

The exterior was beautiful during the sunset.

This building was being demolished or had deteriorated or something?
Whatever the case, it was interesting to see.

I stopped in Ginza for some takoyaki, then headed out towards Shibuya to check out the world famous Womb…

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San Francisco Haight Street

Haight Street is a haven of art and culture overflowing with colors and eclectic creations. Famous landmarks include the Grateful Dead house on 710 Ashbury, which we made a pilgrimage to on July 10th (7/10) at 7:10pm, but I digress, this post is about the rest of Haight street!
The area is known for being a bit “hippie-dippie”, which is perfectly fine by us. 
Personally, I LOVED all the murals and street art adorning the buildings in the area.
I think every city really should have an area where they let the creativity flow freely…
Places for artists of all varieties to commune.
That was more or less the vibe I got on Haight street, so check out the photos below !

Stone bowl+ was a restaurant that we passed several times and it caught my interest… I would certainly hope that their menu revolves around bibimbap and other hot stone pot dishes! Mmm.

A lot of the shops along Haight street play off the pronunciation of “Haight”, as it sounds like “hate” rather than “height”. Love n’ haight pictured above, for example!

Haight to wash, a laundry. Fun!

Random kitty! 

This guy!

The Himalaya Playa. 

O’Looney’s market. I dig the hand painted sign along with all the art on the building itself!

Oh, mushrooms! How unexpected to find shroomy imagery in an area full of hippies. 😉

Succulentpants. There seems to be a theme of succulents in unusual containers here…

And this was just someone’s small sidewalk garden! You go, urban gardeners. I support this whole-heartedly. 

If you’re going to tag something, do it right. 😉 These guys know what they’re doing.

Pow! Pretty truck. 

Random minions!

We only rode the bus for a couple of blocks…we actually ended up walking quite extensively that day. 
For the record, if you’re planning on crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, plan for the return trip as well. We didn’t realize Sausalito was so far from the bridge itself! Once we’d crossed the bridge we asked some cops for advice on the best way to make our return trip and they told us we were better off walking back rather than trying to catch the ferry from Sausalito. As our legs grew heavier we kinda wished we had utilized our bus passes more but we would have missed out on a lot of the fun we had exploring by foot. The route we walked was almost completely devoid of people but offered stunning views, so I’m glad we endured.
But I digress, back to Haight street!

Deadhead Country… because the people are Grateful. 

Cool Genie jutting out from the side of the building!

The Pork Store, under a perfectly pinky ham colored building.

 I just liked the whale cruising by on a bus.

Puff Puff Pass. Fun name for a smoke shop! Cool space art on the sign, too.

Pretty green and red awning with the goldish-toned gatework.

We watched this cop make a U-turn in the middle of the street. XD

Adios, officer! She took off after that. Off to do important cop things, surely!

Gypsy men fashion, where even the mannequins are too cool for you. There’s a reflection of Antho in the window. 😛

Ben & Jerry’s 🙂

Ridiculously cool street art along the side of the building. 

For your little hippie.

Tie-dye was well represented, naturally.

I don’t even know which one I like best, they’re ALL adorable! 

One of those little DIY models, except that one’s not so little.

A hidden Janis tucked in there. 

Rainbow steampunk?

Fun flask. 

Distractions!

Pretty purple and green decorated building next to the “liquid experience”. 

Do you feel the Burger Urge?

The Love of Ganesha looks like an interesting place. I always appreciate when there are flowers or greenery of any variety added to the urban cityscape. It’s important for “civilized humans” to remember that we’re still biological beings depending upon the planet and it’s ecosystems. Being surrounded by concrete, glass and asphalt can desensitize people to that reality but foliage can help us reconnect. Besides, it’s been shown that exposure to natural scenes and plants can help reduce stress, and who wouldn’t want to enjoy a more stress-free city?!

Elephant, monkey, bunny, bird on a door? Sure!

The lady who owned or worked for this shop liked us, told us that she could feel that we were good people. She ate her breakfast (avocado toast) while Antho and I perused. Always nice to be told you give off good vibes. I mean, people actually like us? Whoa. Weird. 😛

SOCKS! 
Nothing BUT socks!
If only I were rich. I would have cleaned these guys out. 
I love socks.
Just, you know, for the record.

It’s a DINOSAWR!!

Rawr! Socks with faces!

Pretty pretty door.

Break free from the herd!

I love the detail in the octopus drawing!

Triceratops riding tricycles. 
And yes, CORGI socks!!!

Another psychedelic sign.

Listen to this wall.
It has important wall secrets to share with you.

I wish my work’s parking lot were half this cool. Grumble.

A LOT of detail in there.

Amoeba music! Huge store. 

Adorable little thing. 

So, what do you think?
Seem like an area you’d want to visit?
We had a lot of fun wandering along Haight!
Some guy even shouted across the street that he loved our hair. D’aww. 
We felt quite comfortable and welcomed there.
From here, we walked to the Golden Gate Park where we explored the Conservatory of Flowers!
Check back for details! 

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Vegas: Light art show @ the Velveteen Rabbit for Diego’s b-day!

Our friend Diego recently celebrated another successful rotation around the sun at the swanky Velveteen Rabbit in Downtown Vegas. There was a DJ, festivities, libations, cool cats and cake!
That’s right.
The cake was not a lie.
Anyway, as our visual act 710Visuals we did a live light art performance testing some excellent new equipment. The end results were a lot of fun, check it out after the cut!

Rose in the Velveteen’s outdoor garden area.

Neat looking Buddha beer chandelier.

Some of the wall art.

Very nice.
Fun wall designs, too.

From early in our show 🙂

The wall we had to project onto at the Velveteen had some excellent textures to work with already.

I dig these long exposures. 

That’s right, kids… Betterblocks. 

Hard at work playing with blocks! 😉

Dance, dance~! ダンスーダンスー!

It was an all around great evening and as always we were honored to be performing and sharing our colorful creations with others!
Thanks for having us, Velveteen Rabbit, 
and thanks for inviting us to participate in your celebration Diego!