Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Street Hustler is Here...

Ya'll know the deal. It's finally here and it ships out Saturday Morning!(details, e-mail me at!) Thanks again for everyone's continued support!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Around the NBA Association continued...

I'm having a lot of fun working with the guys over at Golden State of Mind as we cover "Around the Association: 2009-2010" featuring all of the NBA's teams. Our crews insightful writing on our opponents headed into this coming season has me all excited. Who are we gonna spoil? Get shut out by? Did their trades make a difference? It's all hype and we're just about 6 weeks away from tip off! Here are 2 recent submissions to GSoM... "Knowing" (left) pokes fun at the Phoenix Suns current situation and who gets traded... and will it really be the "Year of the Yi" (right) over in New Jersey? Only time will tell!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Happy 4 Year Anniversary to My Wife, Gemmalyn

I know this is a day early but the last thing I think my wife wants to see me do on our 4 year Wedding Anniversary is be on the computer, LOL. This is 4 years of happiness I really can't describe, it just feels good having my wife Gemmelyn in my life. She makes me a stronger person and makes me believe there's a whole lot to live for in life! My wife and I got married 4 years ago today in Vallejo, CA, it seems like it was just yesterday this was all happening! Here's to a very special day, lets make the best of it (even if I have to work) and keep it going! I'm just so blessed to have Gemmalyn in my life!

Return of the DJ Vol. 6 coming Soon

Look who got to work on the album cover to Return of the DJ Volume 6...

Back in 1997-2000 (something) I used to buy as much stuff from Bomb Hip-Hop records that I could get my hands on. I was just so fed up with the radio, this was my escape to dopeness. Everything from the Return of the DJ series to solo projects from DJ Disk to Shortee or DJ Faust I supported to the fullest. I remember wanting to be a turntablist so bad, I couldn't fork up the money because I was buying computer equipment to be the graphic artist I am today, LOL. While friends were buying turntables and mixers, I was buying my first Apple G4 and software to make my dream happen. I think it paid off. Doin' what I get to do and contributing to labels like Bomb Hip-Hop is my way of giving back.

When Dave Paul hit me off asked me if I wanted to work on the new cover for Return of the DJ I was speechless. Growing up buying the series (at least the 1st 3 volumes, I was broke after that lol) and looking mainly at the cover art, I never thought I would have the chance to contribute. I had to think about it too, I didn't wanna fuck it up and turn in jibberish ya' know. My design route was the old school route to contribute taking a page out of Wild Style but flipping it for The Return of series. I wanted to use a mixture of rich bright colors and bold grafitti to get that point across. Return of the DJ volume 6 should be out in a few months... look for it!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Don't Be a Laker... Forgetting We Believe...

The expression on Ron Artests face alone... priceless!

I'm really having a good time participating alongside GSoM with "Around the Association: 2009-2010" featuring all of the NBA's teams. It gives me a chance to drop guest spots on what I've contributed to Golden State for other teams. The concepts can be tricky but getting the fun out is the best part. I've mentioned it before, I'm not a fan of cookie cutter photoshop jobs, for me- I try to make the whole experience worth while. Just flipping the title to "Don't be a Laker" (left) was more gratifying for me than to just lave the title to it's original. I wanna throw people off. The concept behind "Forgetting We Believe" was simply through my perception... Dirk hasn't been the same since their playoff elimination in 2007. I had a blast with these, Enjoy and Check us out on Golden State of Mind!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Only Built for Golden State PT 2

What can I say? I couldn't help it, LOL. Have you gotten Chef Raekwon's "Only built for Cuban Linx" Part 2 yet? You're in for a treat, it's a perfect compliment to the first album and bangs like its 1995 again. I couldn't help but tease Warrior fans with what we got. Hip-Hop's a big influence to my work, especially to these parody projects. I look for things that are familiar within our pop-culture and paint it with some Warriors flavor. Raekwons album is big... and so is Anthony Randolph of the Golden State Warriors. Enjoy!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Coming to New York?

I like to take pride in my Photoshop work. Yeah, the shits fake- but man, if you can get folks laughing at current news revolving someone like LeBron James, you've done your job. I ain't down with that cookie utter photoshop shit either. I want the total package of my concept to work. I want the skin tones matching, the quality of the presentation descent... if I need to change words around (and rubber stamp the old stuff out) to get my whole point across... so be it. I look at some of todays crazy topics revolving our favorite athletes and bundle it up with something familiar...

Take for example LeBron James, the media has been suggesting New York as his venue... how do you flip that? Make people look at it at a different perspective... Coming to America came to mind. I thought about Lebron and flipped the words around. Think of my photoshop stuff as a movie poster to current events... it could happen!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My first "Break Record" design

This brings back some serious memories. Shout out to Tape Master Steph for hooking me up with this wonderful pic! This is on some 1999 poorman's photoshop shit! I remember when I told Steph I was going to school to be a Graphic Artist and he hit me up for some work. I know it was a little 4-5 inch label but it was work! We got real imaginative on this one and didn't rely on Photoshop as much back than. The logo, title, and sub header were all done using a white out pen over black construction paper... we just scanned that in! (back when scanners cost a grip and were huge! Everyone came over, I was like the 1st dude on the block that owned one!) Placed it on a Photoshop template courtesy of Rainbow Records, (they're still around!) toyed around with the text and shipped it off.

Thanks for the memories Steph, it was just a small 12-inch label project but it was big thangs for both of us. The late nights moving things around, eating Costco ready pot stickers and messing around in between designs, I wouldn't trade any of that for the world. You were one of my first customers! 10 years in the making yo!

What's Andris up to this summer?

I googles pancakes and this idea came up...

Totally random Photoshop drops... Andris... In real life on that Pineapple Express, LOL?! In all fairness, I believe the guy is playing for his national team in Latvia. Word has it his team is squaring off against Turiafs team on the 7th of this month. All laughs aside, I'm lookin' forward to see Andris's numbers increase this season! Man... I sure am in the mood for some pancakes!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Design 5: "Street Hustler 2" pre-order

You are not a warrior, you're a beginner!

You know the drill... Design Number 5 drops September 21st. Guarantee your size by Friday the 4th. (of this month) Shirts are $20 each and shipping is $5 for 2-3 day priority shipping. This is one of my favorite designs, a total throwback to gamer heads and anybody wanting to represent that hustle. Times are hard! Any questions? Hit me up on the e-mail tip. Thanks again for your continued support!

Anything is Possible (with Photoshop)

"I'm sorry Miss Jackson... these Hawks are for real!" ...That thing... That thing... is possible!

Peep Golden State of Mind this entire month as we tour the NBA's 2009-2010 season with "Around the Association" I'm gonna try and do what I can and contribute to as many teams as I can with some parody-photoshop work. (as seen on GSoM) It's always a pleasure to represent GSoM with some entertaining .psd pieces and this gives me a chance to do some things for other teams along with our talented writers. Had to give it up to the Atlanta Hawks and their Outkast tribute. After listening to Lauryn Hill's debut solo album, KG's "Anything is possible" speech came to mind. You know the drill... enjoy!