Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

A quick word for all you ghouls and gals from yours truly:

Stay up,



Friday, October 30, 2009

Freaky Friday

It's that time of the year, once again, when people can dress up in ridiculous costumes and nobody would mind. Even though it seems to be that way all year around in front of Hollywood and Highland, for the rest of America (and participating countries), Halloween is usually their costume dress-up day of choice. Aside from joining the candy collection coalition or going to sexy Halloween parties, some people like to get a good fright off of a nice horror flick.

Personally, I've never gotten too much of a rise from horror flicks since I was 12. The only thing that really shocks me is when the movies have SUDDEN shock bits. So, I've been more prone to going to horror flicks to enjoy the gore. Though not all gore flicks are horror films, they seem to flirt (f*ck) with each other quite often. A favorite of mine is Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror...

So, continuing with my entire "What if Baybayin was still an active mainstream writing system?" campaign, I bring to you, the Philippine-release Planet Terror ad-poster, Planeta Ng Kilabot


Comparison to Original:


Honestly, I'm not even sure if "Planeta ng kilabot" is a correct translation, but I'm just making due with what tagalog-english dictionaries are telling me. The tagline reads "Walang kayong pagasa dito", or "You all shouldn't be here." Some of you may recognize that phrase as the first line from Bambu's song, Pull It Back. The model is my friend, brother in rhyme, fellow Wise Intellect, Stimey. He kinda got a zombie lookin thing going on while keepin it gangsta. Though I could EASILY make this as a poster and print, I think Trademark might be an issue? Unless I have some disambiguating fine print on the poster; that might work. If you're interested, let me know by either leaving a comment here, on twitter or facebook, and I'll consider sending some out.

Be safe, play safe, and stay up.



Thursday, October 29, 2009

Smokin' Mama

Since Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor album cover, the entire floating in black space with clouds/smoke/galaxies floating around thing has been done hundreds of times over, but still, some people continue to make it fresh and interesting.

I'm on a late pass.


That's the Ma symbol written in glowy light strips. Don't expect to see too many more of these however, but I'm still digging the general style and see potential. The little sprinkles are actually numbers, letters and general roman characters as if they're being derived from the Baybayin Ma character, and slowly settle down to comprise the MA roman characters. I'll probably end up turning this into a print, and if it sells well at a festival/booth, I'll consider adding it to the online shop.

Stay up,



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Accented Identity

Not too long ago, after posting up my video interview with, someone pointed out that I was pronouncing "Bathala" wrong as I was saying the "Th" sound in an English manner. Really, it's said as "bat-ha-la" (Soft a-). So, with this in mind, I give you, Ba-T-Ha-La: (click for full size)


Baybayin Modern Print font by Nordenx, expect to see more designs using his fonts in the near future, that is until I finally create my own. With this piece, it's just big, bold, modern design on Baybayin. Scattered about is my last name, written in Baybayin, as if to say that's me still trying to wrap my head around the big picture of "Bathala". My last name characters are a PS brush, which I first tested in this design:


Anyways, expect to see the BATHALA available as an 8x10 print in the shop very soon.

Stay up,



Sunday, October 25, 2009


Some recent non-Baybayin works...

Far East Movement DVD concept
FM concept dvd cover

I imagine this must feel nice


Put your face on
game face draft 1

Green monster

Stay up,



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Indiana Banga

A while back I submitted a design for IU's Filipino Student Association's shirts and jackets. Today, via the Indiana University Filipino Student Association's website (IU FSA):
Today Carlos and Marisa picked up the new Filipino Student Association t-shirts just in time for the Filipino Americans Coming Together (FACT) Conference at the University of Illinois!

A big thank you to
David Lazaro for creating the coat of armor design and X-Printwear for the great print job!

I'll be honest; yellow wasn't what I had in mind, as yellow and black are quite close to Purdue colors (gold and black), and IU being our rival school... well.. hehe. I designed the back of the shirt. The idea behind the shirt design was to make a graphic symbol that represented both an academic atmosphere, with some Filipino heritage. Coat of arms, as it seems, is a common theme amongst older universities, and using the shape of a Philippine warrior shield I thought would have some cultural resonance. On the left of the shield is a stylized form of "Pilipino" in Baybayin, on the right is IU's school logo. The griffin flourishes in the back pay tribute to ibong adarna and the Philippine eagle, both birds representative of Filipino culture and history. IU's traditional colors are cream and crimson, so here's how it would've looked like as so:


But perhaps the yellow is to help better represent this year's MAFA theme, the sun and stars of the Philippines, which are also yellow? Anyways... if you're a college student in the midwest and would like to check these shirts out in person, learn about Filipino culture, mingle and swerve with some fly pinoys and pinays, then be sure to come through the FACT Conference (FOR FREE!) It's at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Check out the article for more info!

Stay up,



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

P.O.W.E.R. Up

Sunday, I went to the P.O.W.E.R. event up in Fresno in support for the relief fund raising event for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. Together with different fil-am orgs from Fresno state and neighboring schools, alongside the local community, held in the FilAm community center, the whole event was full of love and support... I've never held central cali in any regard, but after last weekend, they truly burrowed a spot in my heart for them.

This short video shows the jist of my trip: Left Saturday night, crashed at my cousin's place in Bakersfield. Sunday morning left Bakersfield, rolled through some ridiculous fog, and arrived at the POWER event in Fresno. Saw performances, sold some prints, then blazed on back to angel city.

Pictures, on the other hand, tell detail. On the way up, saw this gnarly gas station called "Gas War"... looked kind of sketchy though.

Sunday morning, Bakersfield to Fresno.


Setting up shop


The homie Marc, who was my main connect and invited me up to the event. Much love, bruddah! Sick DJ too!


Saw big homie doing some spoken word... I was starting to get the ITCH. hahaha...





The set up committee were so accomodating, they even fed a brotha! And this... listen, I've never actually ate diniguan that I've cared for. However, after this weekend... I've a reason to crave the "chocolate meat". THIS RIGHT HERE? They actually USE MEAT! This was like, cubed meat and cartilage. FANCY!


The source

The claim. For the record, I would like to verify; it is true.


The host did a bang up job at keeping the party rockin and informed. Good job!

Oh, this girl... RIDICULOUSLY cute. When she saw my Bahaghari (Rainbow) piece, she was nagging her mom to buy it for her. This was toddler-level nagging, mind you, so you should only imagine what this little tyke was like! And with puppy dog eyes like hers, guess what she went home with?

UC Merced came through to represent and support!

When it was all said and done, the long drive home...


Thanks to Bakersfield, I am now aware that Texaco gas stations still exist

It was a great event, the group was so very accomodating, open and was on this level of "niceness" that I wasn't accustomed to... Next time I drive up to the Bay, I might actually slow down in the middle and catch some vibes...

Stay up,



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fresno Fresh

To all the peoples that attended the POWER event at the Fil Am community center in Fresno, thank you very much for your support! Pictures and videos coming soon, but after that long drive home, I'll leave it to the homie Murs to express how I'm feelin...

But Fresno is cool too I guess...

In the meantime as you wait for me to post up pictures, feel free to check the gallery, the youtube account, or hit me on facebook or twitter. I stay connected, bruddah.

Stay up,


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nothing Special...

Just messing around with my new butterfly and star brushes...


Stay up,


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

City Kids

Had the chance to interview Rommel and Pia of the Urban Bata art crew at the USC Mabuhay Festival 2009. Both are VERY talented visual artists, real cool peoples, so check out their interview and head on over to Urban Bata to peep the steez cause it's the bees knees.

CENTRAL CALI! I'll be in Fresno this weekend October 18th for the POWER (Pilipino Organizations Working for Emergency Relief) festival, slangin prints at my booth and giving out free Baybayin name tags. Fall through!

Stay up,


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Just because...

I can.

Stay up,


Sunday, October 11, 2009


First of all, SPOKEN WORD SUNDAY IS BACK! (for now that is) Check out The Aesthetics Crew doin their damn thing at the Tuesday Night Cafe open mic in downtown L.A.:

The Mabuhay Festival was pretty chill. And by chill, I mean I forgot to bring a jacket because I assumed that Fall season would arrive on Filipino Time. Pics:


The Boof'

Shared with these guys (Artist interview coming soon):
TMF2009_05 had a nice set up there too


M. Peezy

The Sammy army is growing!

Catchin swag:






Some cool performances. The one I caught on camera was the self proclaimed Freshest Filipino himself, Roscoe Umali:


Roscoe knows who runs it, so why don't you?

And of course, met up with the home Jonny Hustle (aka Jon de CashFlow aka Jon De Castro)


Later that night, stopped by the Bordello bar in downtown L.A. (which is in the middle of some dope graff yards!) and saw some cabaret burlesque for the first time in my life. To describe it, I will post a photo I took of one of the dancers shooting a fireball from her nipple:


The word, "awesome", never seemed so appropriate.

New projects, new ideas, new philosophies, new events. Next up I'll be finally stomping around central cali next weekend out in Fresno.