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I recently made a trip out to LA to visit two friends, who over the past decade have really become family to me, Mr. & Mrs. Adam & Kate Amengual. It was a really great trip, the best of all worlds; I enjoyed several days with my nearest and dearest, beautiful weather, the Art In The Streets exhibit at MOCA (more on this later), yogurt land, and last but certainly not least, I got a sneak peek at Adam’s most recent works.

As usual, Adam’s photography blew me away, I’ve been waiting for him to finish and post his latest project on his website so that I could write about it here.

Adam spent 6 months putting together his Homeboy Industries portrait project & I think that his time and dedication to his craft is extremely evident in these bold, telling photographs.

Please take a look at both Adam’s blog & website. I’m sure you will quickly see why he is such an inspiration to me.


I positively love these works by swedish artist Johan Thörnqvist.


thanks WTF,

I’ve always been drawn to art & artists who really pay attention to the negative space in their work & whose work is strengthened by what they’ve chosen to leave out. Gabriel Moreno, I like it.

Edina Tokodi via acidolatte

Lou Ros– I like it.

Raphael is a self taught illustrator from Brussels. I’m digging his mesh of fashion and text.

take pleasure in the small thing, true words.

I love how her hair is here.

Clearly his model was not a Unicorn Skull.

a Kim find.

Kate MacDowell
freshly plucked from acidolatte

I spent a lot of time over the holidays, rifling through old family photos and thinking about my own family’s art history. I grew up in an art-centric household and was heavily encouraged to pursue a career in the arts, while many of my peers where dissuaded.

I very clearly remember discussing with my parents, the idea of applying to liberal arts schools, and minoring in art instead of majoring, so that I’d have a better chance of being “successful”. My parents basically crushed that idea and suggested I focus on what I was passionate about; rather than a back up plan that might give me a chance at being monetarily accomplished. I’m very thankful for their encouragement and don’t think I could have grown up in a better environment.

Both of my parents went to art school; my father in Switzerland & my mother, just around the corner from where I live now, Pratt. Each of them come from families with creative backgrounds and were similarly encouraged to focus on their interests.

Here are the fruits of my riflings; a small tour of my personal art history.

My father’s parents, Aurelio & Ida.

Ida was an amazing seamstress. I have lots of fond memories of watching her sew and sewing with her. Her daughter, my Aunt Vanna studied Fashion in Switzerland. When I was younger I remember stumbling across her fashion sketches in my nona’s apartment. They were amazing and definitely inspired me to want to know more about fashion and fashion illustration.

This is a cubist portrait of my nono, painted by Libico Maraja.

Another portrait by Libico, of a close friend of my grandparents.

My maternal grandfather, Bennett, my mother, Wendy, her sisters Kim & Pam & my nana, Eleanor.

My grandmother, was & still is quite the fashionista. I remember helping her into this fabulous sailor-halter-jumpsuit when she was in her 60’s. She was stunning.

My nana also encouraged me as far as painting, drawing & cultural arts were concerned. Her house is full of art and very interesting art books. She also paints though more as a hobby.

My mother majored in photography. I found this etching of Woody Allen on top of some of her slides while I was snooping. I though it was cool.

I love this photo she took of my father.

This is a photograph taken by our close family friend, Sandy Rosenberg, she and my mother met while my mom was in school. My mother’s Pratt friends were a huge creative influence during my childhood.

This is one of my mother’s photographs from her school days. I love the kid sitting on ped/cross light. I’ll do a post of her photos soon, when I have time to scan them properly. She is very talented.

I previously posted my father’s wood work, but wanted to share a few shots of his amulets. Growing up these were referred to as “No Touch Things”.

This photo of my mom’s jade tree might seem slightly off topic, but I think it’s a work of art and another testament to my mother’s ability to nurture.
Finally, here’s me, barely walking and already being encouraged to draw.

Last weekend, I traveled to Boston to visit with friends & celebrate my cousin Bennett’s 30th birthday. I’m pretty familiar with the city as I went to MASS ART and spent my college years there.

I made a lot of good friends at Mass Art and since quite a lot of us relocated to NYC, those friends are still some of my closest almost a decade later. However, there are still a few I have to travel to see. 2 fellow illustration majors, Ben Pease & Kurt Brown stayed in Boston and are both fiercely championing the art of tattoo at very creative shop in
Cambridge, Pino Bros Ink . I usually pay the place a visit every time I’m in town.

Here’s a little tour.

Benny & Kurt at work in the shop.

One of Kurts paintings.
Sketching out a new tattoo. Wonder who will be wearing it?
the office.
One of Ben’s watercolors.

hard at work.