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Yesterday marked the passing of one of the forefathers of hip hop, Adam Yauch. I'm still in a bit of shock over it, and my heart just aches. Celebrity deaths usually don't get to me, but this loss has hit home.

The Beastie Boys have been my go-to for music over the past 25 years, to lift my spirits, to celebrate and to just get moving. You seriously can't not like them.

Licensed to Ill was the straight-up soundtrack in high school for me. I was lucky enough to see them live, they were amazing. And he was always my favorite in the band.

It was all about his voice, and all the ways he used it. Low and rough calling out the craziest rhymes, but also loud and strong in his humanitarian efforts, calling attention to the Tibetan struggle.

It is sad to know such a talented and thoughtful voice is now silenced. Too damn soon. Whenever someone that big in one's youth passes, part of your own youth dies too. It just never gets easier.

I will try to pay tribute by cherishing the music, use it to celebrate life, and keep one's own voice strong.

And play his voice. LOUD.

Much love to his family and friends, and the two brothers left behind.


New Sketch, Light Years

Worked on this sketch on Saturday afternoon. Hadn't thought of anything in particular when I drew it, but it definitely fits with the song, "Light Years". That song has taken on deeper meaning to me as I cope with loss.

"Your light's reflected now,... reflected from afar...
We were but stones,... your light made us stars"


A closer detail...

I am sharing this as prints using two color combinations - with a white background and gray. 

Links for photo prints - white background: 8x10  |  5x7  |  4x6
and gray background: 8x10  |  5x7  |  4x6


Pixar Exhibit, December 31, 2010

Was fortunate to finally check out the PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation exhibit at the Oakland Museum this morning with my sister and dear friends. What an experience! The museum does not allow photography in the exhibit, so I can only share images that I found on the web (credited accordingly).

Seeing the storyboards in pastels, collages and ink/pencil drawings were amazing. It was cool seeing the many iterations of characters from "Toy Story" and "Monsters Inc." What intrigued me even more was seeing the notes from the artists on the studies. A study of underwater plant life for "Finding Nemo" would have a note indicating which plant shape should be used for an upbeat part of the story, and another shape for a darker scene.

This was a collage done for a superhero study for "The Incredibles". Awesome!


Witnessing a conglomeration of talent like that was almost overwhelming, in a wonderful way. You can see in every line of lead or ink, the true passion these artists possess.

The Toy Story Zoetrope is quite the experience!

This thing had a ton of sculptures, all slightly different from each other to show movement. The entire disc would spin around really fast and a strobe light would come on, which would create the "animation" before you. Woody riding the horse, the soldiers was so neat to see. Watched it twice, emerging with fuzzy eyes and brain!

I have some goals for my artwork for the new year, and this was a beautiful and inspiring way to send 2010 out. Everyone in the Bay Area should definitely check it out. The exhibition ends on January 9th. I'm tempted to go back again!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my artwork, whether it be following my blog or being a wonderful customer at my Etsy shop. I also thank my loved ones who have been a great source of strength and inspiration to me.

Here is hoping everyone has a fantastic 2011! I have a couple of drawings I've done this past week that I will share this weekend :)


20 years ago...

...Pearl Jam took to the stage for the very first time.

It is incredible to think it has been that long. It wasn't until 1992 that my love affair with the band began. A classmate letting me listen to "Ten" during class. Watching the MTV Unplugged the time it was finished, the die was cast, and it was all over.

Eighteen years later, their music still speaks to me, moves me. Inspires me.  Their energy in concert is electrifying and contagious. After 35+ shows, I always walk away from each show with a new memory, perhaps a song speaking to me in a different way, depending on where I am in my life the moment I hear it.

As an artist, I find inspiration in many things - art, music, sculpture, architecture, nature, the love of family and friends that surrounds me. All these things feed my creativity. This band's music has been a solid source of inspiration, and has helped bring some light when things have been dark.

I know it is hard to explain to people why I make a point of seeing them as often as I do, or why they mean so much. It's beyond having a favorite album or particular performance. I've gotten to meet some amazing people thanks to this band, traveled to interesting places, had incredible experiences. Hell, I would have never gotten into the shirt business if it wasn't for the 10c contest!

The winning shirt design was inspired by "Release" and that one line...."I'll ride the wave, where it takes me". It means a lot to me, to keep strong, get through the bad times and relish the good.

I look forward to more years of beautiful music, artistic conviction and sweet inspiration...and to Bridge School this weekend to celebrate it all :)  I look forward to seeing familiar and new faces, and hopefully some folks sporting my shirts!

Have a beautiful weekend everyone, and feel inspired by whatever moves you deeply.


Shirt & tank tops pre-orders offering Wave hoodies!


Now taking pre-orders for the Wave and 5 Against 1 designs on shirts, tank tops and hoodies. They are available in black, brown and navy.

Also, for the first time I am now offering the design on the back of hoodies. Perfect for cool autumn evenings!

I was lucky to receive the blessing of the Ten Club to sell my wave design! This design was submitted to a contest last year which ended up being the winner. You can read more about it here, and on the Pearl Jam website.

Please note that the name of the band and the lyrics are NOT available on this shirt. It is only the wave design as shown to the left and below.

I am accepting orders until FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st.

These are American Apparel shirts, 100% fine jersey cotton, and made in the USA. I work with a local silkscreener to make the shirts - feels good to support local small business!

(click for larger view. Examples shown on mens' shirts, and ladies' shirts, tank tops and hoodies)
Example of design on back of hoodie

Shirts: $20 USD ($2 extra for 2XL and 3XL)
Tank tops: $18 USD
Hoodies: $40 USD
Shipping: $5 US priority shipping and first class to Canada, $10 for international first class (1-2 pieces). Add $1 for each additional piece.

Mens shirt: S - 3XL - size chart
Ladies shirt: S - 2XL - size chart
Tank tops: S - 2XL - size chart
Hoodies: S - 2XL - size chart
Please note that the shirts run a little small. Tank tops will shrink an average of one size when put in the dryer. There are no refunds or exchanges.

If you would like to place an order, please send me an email with the following information:

- Name
- Email address for Paypal invoice
- Design and style (mens or ladies shirt, tank top or hoodie), color (black, brown or navy) and size
- US/Canada or International (to determine shipping cost)
- Would you like to be added to my mailing list, for updates on future designs & shirts?

I will send you a Paypal invoice for payment.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for your order, upon receipt of payment. I will send an email when your order has been shipped.

* Pre-order deadline is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st*

If you have any questions or need any additional information, drop me a line. I also have an Etsy shop where I sell prints of these designs and more! Stop by and visit sometime.

Thanks so much to everyone for your continued support, and for taking a look! :)