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A while back I blogged about my good friend Andrew Morrison aka Staa aka ZIPLOK, read past blog here. He is a amazing Native American muralist based in Seattle, WA. made it on the front page of the Seattle Times. The headlines read “Beloved Native American murals at Wilson Pacific may disappear.” The Seattle School district said they would pay for the reproduction of the mural and put Andrew on the design committee for the new school. Sounds all good, but there’s more to the equation; enough for Andrew and others in community to loose confidence in the new proposal. Read the full article to see why. We support you Dru! Keep it Fresh!
One of the best thing about living in LA is getting out of the city for weekend getaways. There are so many great places only a few hours from the city, and it’s a great contrast traveling from the concrete jungle to the beautiful mountains that surround us! This past weekend we drove to Ojai, CA, and had an amazing and relaxing weekend in this cute little town. We definitely recommend taking the short hour and a half trek to Ojai from Los Angeles and want to highlight some things you must do while there.
Highlights from our trip:
Boat ride on lake Casitas
Wine tasting at a few local wineries
Barts outdoor bookstore
Beautiful lookout and hike at meditation mount
Shopping in downtown Ojai
Ojai has some great festivals too, check out the community calendar and pick a time to visit!
We are so happy to annouce that our song “Miserable” from our latest record Last Forest In The City will be featured on Showtimes SHAMELESS, Season 3, Ep. 3. It will air Sunday January 27th 2013 9pm ET/PT. We are really excited about this and want to give big shout out to our peeps at AngryMob Music/Happy People Music for helping us land this spot! Spread the news! Pass it on!
One night we came home late from a little date night of ice skating and coffee. We stopped at the store and found this flapjack and waffle mix we have never had before, and nothing is better than eating breakfast food late at night, right? Well this mix made flapjacks from heaven! If manna tasted like anything I image it like Kodiak Cakes. I (Roman) cant stop eating them, I’ve even tried other liquids to mix when making the batter instead of just water (as what it calls for), such as vanilla coconut milk and even Samuel Adams Winter Lager. A spiced beer with this mix is by far the best. To top it off we used some real Canadian maple syrup, Alaina is proud Canadian, she doesn’t mess around. Just thought I’d let you all know. Next time you need some comfort food get some Kodiak Cakes mix. Makes you want to go to camping in Canada ay buddy?
This Thanksgiving weekend we took a trip out to Joshua Tree, and stayed in The Bonita Domes just on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park. The domes are dwelling spaces made out of local sand filled earth bags. The architecture of the site was pretty amazing, and although the domes look small from the outside, inside they are roomy and cozy. Gabe and Lisa (the project leaders) told us about the construction of the site, and mentioned that they had the domes tested to be earthquake proof. Not only did they check out, they broke the testing equipment! They told us it is because of the sphere like design that makes it so tough, like trying to crush a egg in the palm of your hand. Any pressure or hits on the dome gets distributed all around the dome and into the ground, making it incredibly strong, far stronger than traditional building frames. It also stayed cool in the daytime and warm during the night when the temperature drastically drops!
If you love ancient un-orthodox architecture, beautiful desert hiking, boulder climbing and breathtaking star gazing then go check out Bonita Domes. You can rent a pod for a few days and even sign up to volunteer with the building. CLICK to make reservations! or CLICK here to find ways to support!
I would like to dedicate this blog to a really good and old friend of mine from Seattle, Andrew Morrison. I met Andrew back in 6th grade, our families had a lot in common in regards to values, spirituality, native Indian culture, and athletics. Andrew and I connected at school over graffiti and Hip-hop. I remember Andrew’s older brother James had spotted my school binder all tagged up and loaded with graffiti artwork, he told me that I had to meet his brother because he’s an artist too, I met Andrew later that day and it was on.
Andrew and I were always doing pieces in class and exchanging them back and forth, critiquing and sharpening our skills like iron on iron. We later started a crew called The Burn Unit, and although we were rookies we brought fire to the walls of Seattle. I went by the name “Romeo GT”, and Andrew took the name “Ziplok” because he was known to keep it fresh. When High School came along, we both began to dive into the fine arts, seeking to add a whole new dimension to our craft. This was the point when Andrew’s skills went through the roof.
The unique thing about Andrew’s style is that he brings Native American life to the table and paints the uncensored heart of American History. Andrew is full blooded Native Indian, Apache/Haida. I can recall a charcoal drawing that he did of an elderly Native woman crying that was put on display in the school art gallery. The message was clear to many people, and it penetrated the toughest hearts, bringing people to tears. The pain in the woman’s face was real, and you witnessed through this piece of art the painful history of a nation through the tears of one woman, it was amazing. Andrew took his art to the streets and pursued to paint huge murals around town, he became an overnight success. I have had the privilege to assist him in some of these amazing productions.
Andrew is a warrior, if you know him personally then you know what I’m talking about. He paints his victories and defeats, his strengths and his weaknesses, and burning on the canvases lay messages we all can identify with. Andrew is of the few who has a boldness to be transparent and true to his roots, and his art has no fear, which is a trait we all aspire to have as artists. You can find his work all over the beautiful Northwest and abroad.
Check out his website HERE. Much love Dru, keep on keeping it fresh bro.
I don’t know about you, but math was my worse nightmare growing up. Passing math in high school was mostly due to my awesome hippy teachers that wanted to see me focus on spreading my artsy fartsy wings and paint the world.
Recently I’ve decided to go back to school to tie up some loose ends in education and get into design again. At the school doors stood a old bully whom I hated with a passion, Rudy Frickin Mathface. I made a choice to knock him out cold, or worse case blow us both up trying. I recently ran across this Indian guy who swore he had a 3000 year old method that anybody could learn, and look like a math genius. I needed all the help I could get, so I watched him bust out some Indian ninja math moves that were mind boggling. I watched him do several problems and I was sold. I’ve been learning this new method and so far Rudy Frickin Mathface is buying me lunch, changing strings on my guitars when they break, and referring to me as Sir lord boss man.
Thank you Mr. GLAD2TEACH for showing me how to be a math boss.
There are so many unique and interesting museums in LA that our list of places we want to visit is really piling up! This Sunday we decided it was time visit The Craft And Folk Art Museum which we have driven past a thousand times and said to each other “we need to check that place out!” The museum is held in an adorable two story building on Wilshire Blvd. I admit, what caught my attention was the museum’s store that you can see through their front window (I am always a sucker for museum stores) and the crochet light post outside their building made me wonder what the inside was like.
On Sunday when we went to visit, the top floor was a an exhibit called L.A skin & INK which showcased Los Angeles tattoo culture over the past 60 years. The bottom floor was an exhibit of glass sculptures by Californian artist Steve Klein. After the exhibits we looked around the store and picked up a calendar of events offered at the museum. They have some really cool activities like printmaking sessions, Etsy craft nights, bazaars, book signings, even a Tamale making classes!
A visit for non-members is $7 a person but it would be a good idea to become a member if interested in all the classes they offer. Definitely worth a visit on a Sunday afternoon!
Check out the website for more information and directions.
Wanted this basket made out of an old garden hose, but for $120 I resisted. Also thought it might be a fun craft to try at home…and what I really mean is Roman to try at home! Lol
We just signed onto our first music placement and licensing group called Happy People Music, which is a branch of Angry Mob Music based out of Santa Monica. The artists in Happy People Music share a strong independent spirit. This musical and creative independence defines the emerging Happy People artist. We are really excited to be working with them, they are one of those few music companies that are extremely supportive of the artist and their artistry. If you are looking to license music for any of your projects or films you must check them out, there is some great new artist with a amazing variety of musical flavors!