:: 3 Valuable Resources for Creative Professionals ::

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For my professional creatives these are the things that have proven valuable to me, hopefully they can be of help to you.

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1. The Win without Pitching Manifesto – If you’re a creative professional navigating the business side of things with clients and prospects then this book is the one. It gives you guidance on how to avoid all the bullshit while staying the course of being a valuable creative and not just a service.

2. The Futur – An amazing and in depth YouTube channel that focuses on education for creative entrepreneurs. The client vs designer role play videos are hella helpful. It covers everything from education, design, business, and learning.

3. Designspiration – A high level resource of great design inspiration from all around the world. They make it super easy and quick to search any keyword.


:: Contract Gig at Apple for iTunes Music Store ::

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Today I added some more weight on the bar. On top of keeping FlavorInnovator my main source of income and pushing murals as Illuminaries, I started a contract at Apple designing graphics for the iTunes Music Store. Took this on not out of necessity, but to be challenged, learn, and pow wow. #noexcuses

:: The Life & Times ::

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Playing around with some lettering. Inspired by our Little Wonton.

:: (INSPIRATION) The Artwork of Romali HGB ::

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World, meet Romali. Aside from being a raw painter/illustrator/hiphop head he’s one of the most humble artists I’ve met. He truly let’s his work speak for him, not the other way around. Keep your eyes out for my Homegrown Brethren.

More of his work: Facebook, Homegrown Blends


:: Our Little Wonton is Born ::

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The best present ever was given to us on Sunday, May 13, 2012. Mother’s Day as a matter of fact.  Sofie aka “Little Wonton” was born at 10:02am weighing 6lbs 1oz and measuring 19.5inches. Mommy was determined and gave birth without the epidural. Amazing! Can’t even describe how much we love this girl. If I could say it in words then it’s probably like being a kid unwrapping that Xmas present you’ve always wanted. Or having your mom surprise you with a newborn puppy. Except we get to relive that experience every day … until she becomes a teenager. Haha. Truly blessed.

:: Volunteering to Read to Children ::

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On my list of goals this year is to do more volunteer work and find creative ways to give back. So to kick things off, I am volunteering to read to a 2nd Grade class this Friday at San Antonio Elementary in San Jose. This is made possible by United Way Silicon Valley. I’m not a fan of public speaking either so let’s see how this goes. Wish me luck!

:: Dream but Don’t Sleep ::

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Rest In Power Mike “Dream” Francisco. A legendary graffiti artist, pioneer, and style messiah. It’s been 12 years since he passed but the dream lives on. Teach Dem Kulture!


:: Giving It My All (Wallpaper) ::

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I was going to go write a long monologue about putting in 110% regardless of money, likes on FB, and how many flights you take a year, but this song below started playing. Crazy coincidence.  So I’ll let the music do the talking. Side note, the tent was drawn using a Wacom Tablet and Photoshop and the background is a blend of stock imagery.  If you can vibe with this then I ride with you. Passion Stays Permanent.

Download Hi-Res WallpaperGiving It My All wallpaper (zip file)


Exile ft. Blu When Nothing’s Left


:: My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011 ::

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1. Honeymoon Videos – Video recap of our honeymoon in Thailand
2. DIY Blank Walls for Cheap – Decorate your home for cheap
3. Time Management – Learn how to manage your time more efficiently
4. Calligraphy Process Video – A new style is born live on screen
5. Help Japan Print – An effort to help those affected by the Tsunami
6. Money Management – Easily set up your money to work for you
7. Honeydipped Series Unveiled – My biggest personal project this year
8. SJ City Lettering Series – An ode to the city of San Jose
9. Give Thanks Free PSD – Download one of my photoshop files for free
10. 5 Natural Ways to Avoid Getting Sick – A personal guide to avoid getting sick