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This is the archive for January 2010

Tempty pointed me to this video of his homies from F.A.T. Labs collaborating with some peeps from the Carnegie Mellon University's Digital Fabrication Lab on developing the next generation of tagbangers.

Howard Zinn, author of the must-read A People's History of the United States, passed away today. This is an MIT World video featuring Zinn breaking it down in a talk titled "The Myth of American Exceptionalism."

Typical scene at Macondo, circa 1996.

I finally found a bunch of old Macondo hardcore flyers I thought I had lost when my old blog expired. I'll be organizing them by year, annotating them as much as possible, and reposting them here.


May 31, 1992
Social Justice | Strife | Bottom Line | Knowledge Threat
(If I recall correctly, this show actually got cancelled.)

June 13, 1992
Social Justice | Strife | Interlocked | Outright
(This the first hardcore show at Macondo. Top flyer by me, bottom flyer by Heric Patchwork.)

July 12, 1992
Downcast | One Step Ahead | Strife | Diesel | Interlocked
(We raised the price from $3 to the less-punk $5 as of this show.)

July 26, 1992
Ressurection | Lifetime | Strife | Unbroken
(Fucked up and spelled Ressurection's name incorrectly on this one.)

August 15, 1992
One Step Ahead | Social Justice | Gameface | Ice | Knowledge Threat
(I jacked this image of Mafalda from a book I had as a kid.)

August 23, 1992
Outspoken | Face Value | Pitbull | Unbroken | Interlocked
(If my memory serves me well, Face Value's singer began their set by declaring that the mayhem was about to be brung a year before the Wu brought the ruckus... )

September 13, 1992
Still Life | Diesel | Honeywell | Evergeen | Driftwood | Casperspook
(I dig Doraemon the robot cat so much I recycled this idea later on!)

October 4, 1992
Sparkmarker | Diesel | Honeywell | Interlocked | Bikini Kill

(Bikini Kill ranked it on this one and didn't show up.)

October 11, 1992
Samiam | Sensefield | Still Life | One Step Ahead
(Three different flyers for the same show!)

October 18, 1992
Green Day | Beekeeper | Canopy | Driftwood | Rugburn
(Green Day's drummer broke his foot that weekend and they cancelled. They coincidentally signed to the big leagues that same weekend.)

November 1, 1992
Chorus of Disapproval | Strife | Social Justice | Mean Season | Ice
(It had become de rigeur to feature Calvin on hardcore flyers; Oscar Macondo flipped it and used Calvin's nemesis on this flyer.)

November 18, 1992
Sensefield | Evergreen | Driftwood
(The first flyer I designed using a computer. Im not proud of that fact...)

December 4, 1992
(This was the first in a series of shows we put together at USC. Flyer not by me.)



What was Macondo Espacio Cultural, you ask? Here's a brief introduction from an archived page on Work is a Four-letter Word webzine:

"Macondo Espacio Cultural was a non-profit, volunteer-run, community-based cultural organization dedicated to providing a space for art forms that are often overlooked and ignored [by mainstream institutions and media.]

Over the course of Macondo's existence, it presented a kaleidoscope of events such as performances by musicians from the Latin American new song movement; traditional and experimental musicians from diverse cultures; independent films; hardcore, punk, and rock shows; arts and crafts workshops; readings; photography and painting exhibitions; graffiti exhibitions and workshops; political and social conferences; and open discussions.

In 1992, Macondo expanded its activities to include hardcore music, as it was an independent and positive force in the lives of those involved."

(And yes, we were located in the now-renown neighborhood known as Hel-Mel or the Bike District in East Hollywood slash Los Angeles. I'll post flicks from the walls I've painted there in the post-cool years soon. Go figure...)

I finally got around to recovering most of my long-gone image posts dealing with typography and related things. These are some oldies but goldies.

This is part one of a documentary spear-headed by Stephen Hawking dealing with the fundamentals of our universe. A must-watch if you're into those things.

This is a selection of some Japanese character art and design that caught my eye whilst in Tokyo a few months ago...

Not quite. The Mars Reconaissance Orbiter snapped this flick a couple of years ago (waaaaay back in April 2008) of dark sand leaving mean streaks on the surface of Martian sand dunes. (Too bad, I was secretly hoping the photo proved the Ents had moved to Mars from Middle Earth...)

A better explanation can be found here.

The homie Andrew Hem is having a solo exhibit opening this Saturday at LeBASSE Projects. Info below.

Andrew Hem: One Leads to Another
Opening: Saturday, January 16, 2010 | 7-10 PM

LeBASSE Projects
6023 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-0200 |

I hit up the Beautiful Science: Ideas That Changed The World exhibit at the Huntington Library over the weekend and was blown away by the materials on display (Thomas Edison lightbulbs! Letters from Albert Einstein!)

Definitely worth a few visits (if you can overlook the decidedly North American/European bias of the materials presented,) especially on Free Day. I came away with the lesson to never trust a cell phone camera under low-light conditions, but you get the idea...

From the Huntington's website: ""Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World" highlights four areas for visitors to explore: astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light. A gallery on each focuses on the changing role of science over time, particularly the astonishing leaps in imagination made by scientists over the years and the importance of written works in communicating those ideas."

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
626.405.2100 |

More info here.

The homie Tempt One has been collaborating with the dope peeps at F.A.T. (Free Art and Technology), the Graffiti Research Lab, OpenFrameworks, and The Ebeling Group on the development of some awe-inspiring technology that allows people suffering from paralysis (in this case brought on by ALS) to draw using the movement of their eyes. The website is the central hub for the EyeWriter Initiative.

“Art is a tool of empowerment and social change, and I consider myself blessed to be able to create and and use my work to promote health reform, bring awareness about ALS and help others”
– Tempt One

Dust and the Helix Nebula

From APOD: "Dust makes this cosmic eye look red. The eerie Spitzer Space Telescope image shows infrared radiation from the well-studied Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) a mere 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius.

The two light-year diameter shroud of dust and gas around a central white dwarf has long been considered an excellent example of a planetary nebula, representing the final stages in the evolution of a sun-like star."

More info on the APOD site here.

Kofie, Cache, and Eye hooked up to paint this wall on Sunset Boulevard a few months ago. Timelapse video courtesy of Kofie at

First finished sketch of 2010... West side!!!