THANKFUL THURSDAY: FREE WEEKLY PHONE WALLPAPER - WEEK 5

Round 5 is up for my Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper series. 

Quote: "No rain, no flowers"

See previous versions here.

*Wallpaper is free for personal use. Please credit me when sharing. Not available to distribute for commercial purposes without prior permission.

Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper - Week 4

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Round 4 is up for my Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper series. 

Quote: "Start somewhere."

See previous versions here.

*Wallpaper is free for personal use. Please credit me when sharing. Not available to distribute for commercial purposes without prior permission.

LA Guide: Free Art - MOCA PDC

A few weeks ago, I was wanting to get my culture on but didn’t want to blow my budget so I decided to check out MOCA at Pacific Design Center for free. It’s a small museum with a few rotating installations from different artists. It is also next to the Pacific Design Center which is an interesting piece of architecture in itself, while being surrounded by various sculptures planted around the area. If you’re in the West Hollywood vicinity it wouldn’t hurt to stop by and check it out.

All photos taken by me via iPhone 6.

Secret Message: Morse Code Design

I had a little inspiration for a new design project that incorporated my love for typography, but using it in an unconventional form. I came up with a visual morse code design that you could express an inside joke to yourself or to someone else. Each letter is represented by the dot or dash combination to create the word. Now those who know morse code could potentially read it, but wouldn't necessarily think of it in visual form at first, hence the secrecy of it all. 

When the words are repeated, it creates an amazing visual melody, great for a pattern with a hidden message. Check out my initial offerings below, in the form of "Love" and "Savage" (in the urban dictionary sense). They are available in a singular, minimalist word version and in a repetitive pattern on all sorts of art prints, apparel and homeware items in my Society6 shop.

Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper - Week 3

Round 3 is up for my Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper series. 

Quote: "There are seven days in a week and someday isn't one of them."

*Wallpaper is free for personal use. Please credit me when sharing. Not available to distribute for commercial purposes without prior permission.

Visual Music

My taste in music runs the gamut depending on my mood - from old school gangster hip hop, to metal, to ethereal ambient sounds and pretty much everything in between. Lately, my play button has been worn out by music of the electronic persuasion. 

One insomnia fueled night, I went down a YouTube rabbit hole of suggested videos, and it ended in discovering arresting (new to me) electronic/indie artists both musically and visually. 

First up is Lorn, an American electronic musician who initially signed with the label that represented Flying Lotus. Talk about being in good company! I like the juxtaposition of aggressive dance moves coupled with the quite haunting track, which I guess goes well with the theme of the car accident. This video also had a bit of critical acclaim to it, winning the UK MVA award for Best Dance Video.

On the suggested list on the side of the previous video, I happened upon this band, Concorde. They are a "indie post punk pop" band hailing from Paris. The visuals actually lured me in first and I was so distracted by the great storytelling like many in the comments stated below, that I didn't really hear the music the first time around. 

From a great monochrome animation to another great monochrome animation, this time, it's from Rone, a French electronic artist. Here's where the music syncs perfectly with its visuals, to me I interpret it as the basis from where all religions sprang to the Big Bang and beyond. What do you think it means?

Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper - Week 2

Here is round two of Thursday's free* weekly phone wallpaper, a little motivational inspiration to keep you going till the weekend! 

Quote: "The best way out is through." - Robert Frost

Check out the previous wallpapers here.

*Wallpaper is free for personal use. Please credit me when sharing. Not available to distribute for commercial purposes without prior permission.

Travel Diary: Seattle Day 2 - Seattle Public Library & The Pink Door

January 16, 2016 (Continued): Due to the heavy downpour that ensued after visiting Bruce Lee’s gravesite, and my hesitance to walk around in the freezing rain to tour the Lake Union area, I decided to head back into town and visit the Seattle Public Library.

Now, why would you visit a library when visiting another city? The Central branch of this library is known for it’s stunning glass and steel built architecture, and was voted #108 of 150 on the American Institute of Architects’ list of Americans’ 150 favorite structures in the US. It is free to visit as it’s a public library and there’s even a cafe inside to enjoy a little hot beverage while you read.

The structure was definitely impressive in person and the huge diamond cross windows give you 360 views of the city. You can go to the top floor and get a little vertigo when you see the ant-size people walking around below. It’s a good place to check out if you’re in the area, or if you need a little shelter from the rain. I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it, but it was interesting view to take a break in.

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Hunger struck, so I headed back to my hotel room nearby to change for dinner. I was greeted with pretty, leftover Christmas lights adorning the trees as I walked.

For dinner, I decided to go to “The Pink Door”, a highly coveted Italian - American restaurant located in the Post Alley near Pike Place Market. Reservations were already booked out, so I took a chance to see if I could get a walk in. When I got there, there were no signs, only a literal “pink door” to signal you’ve arrived at your destination and a line of people hanging out front. I guess exclusivity is the best advertisement! I made my way through the crowd of people inside towards the hostess and turns out flying solo has its perks as they had an open space at the bar, where they served the full menu.

I love handmade pasta and will try it any chance I get, so I decided to go with the PAPPARDELLE AL RAGÙ BOLOGNESE slow simmered meat sauce, fresh pasta. The pasta was perfectly al dente and the sauce was rich but clean, I was satisfied although it came in a somewhat small portion. 

For dessert I opted for the fresh made bombolone with custard dipping sauce - basically a fried doughnut deconstructed. The bombolone was perfectly cooked, crunchy on the outside, soft in the inside. The dipping sauce was nice because you could control how much sweetness you wanted.

Another perk of solo travel, and being seating side by side at the bar is you notice things that you normally wouldn’t being with other people (though it was hard not to due to their yelling because the room was packed). This particular night was a group of former Microsoft employees griping on how things have changed within the company over the years and it just wasn’t the same. It was an interesting inside scoop on the mega-corporation.

Filled to the brim as the carbs expanded in my belly, I made my way back for the night, since it was too chilly and rainy to explore further.

All photos taken by me via Canon 70D and iPhone 6.

Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I've decided to show how thankful I am for everyone who takes their time to check out my work, by giving you a FREE* weekly wallpaper for your phone. I'll be making these for as long as I'm still interested in creating them. Each one will have a simple reminder when you glance at your phone that will hopefully inspire, motivate or like this weeks one, a moment of zen in a world full of chaos. You can either screenshot my Snapchat or Instagram Story if you see this within 24 hours or download a high res version on that button above! Wallpaper is currently specified for the latest iPhones, but if there's a big enough demand I may make those for Android as well.

Hope every one has a safe, happy Thanksgiving and surrounded by those you love!

*Wallpaper is free for personal use. Please credit me when sharing. Not available to distribute for commercial purposes without prior permission.

New Beginnings

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While my back bears a striking resemblance to Quasimodo's right now - hopefully it was all worth it, since I can finally show you my new website!

My plan is to be back posting on my blog daily, Monday - Friday about my new adventures here in Los Angeles, travels, work and inspiration. I'm hoping you'll come along and join me! 

I'd love to hear in the comments down below of any new beginnings you've had this year since 2016 seems to be the year of fresh starts for people.