New Adventures

On Friday I ventured to the Metreon to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. My love for the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels is well documented and I wouldn’t have missed it for all of the world.

In all 30 years of my life I have never cosplayed before but I have such a strong identification with Scott Pilgrim that I took the plunge and ordered a Plumtree shirt from amazon a few weeks ago. Better late than never, right? I was glad to see that I wasn’t the only one dressed up as a character from the books at the screening:

After the movie I was approached by these two super friendly cosplayers. They asked to have their photo taken with me since I was rocking a Plumtree shirt (that’s Ramona on the left and Knives on the right).

So what did I think of it? I really enjoyed myself. It was a movie aimed straight at my teenage sensibilities. I wish all six volumes weren’t compressed into one single film but as a presentation of the entire story I thought it was amazing. I thought Ellen Wong as Knives Chau stole the show. Knives was the only character that really showed some complexity and subtlety in the film and I really appreciated that they made her such a large part of the ending. The resolution of Knives’ story was something the movie did better than the almost perfect and profound book did.

I’m going to get some sleep. Tomorrow I have another planned session of Homegirl Purikura with Mayra Ramirez.  Pikapika has a new purikura booth and it’s supposed to be really hi-tech. Mayra is bringing another loca to the shoot and I’m exited to see what kind of magic will unfold.

The photoshoot came about because I ran into Mayra the other night at a reception at the Mission Cultural Center. She was sporting a new tattoo that was only about 24 hours old and it was done by the infamous Dr. Lakra. I can’t wait to see how this adds to the visual mix. Stay tuned for the results!



Ps. If you want to see a video of me nerding out over Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6 look no further than this report I did for Mission Loc@l.


Denim Adventures

Hey everyone,

Things are officially crazy. I am busy and overwhelmed in the best way possible. I have a lot of projects coming to fruition in August and balancing my work for them has become a full time job for me.

Rene and I have been working with the printers and facilitators at the Levis Workshop on 580 Valencia Street. We are curating an exhibit titled Mission Icons in the Time of Change. The show opens Saturday, August 21st and 8pm. It’s a print show where artists present their vision of Mission District icons and all work in the exhibit will be produced and printed on-site at the workshop. Artists include: Rachel-Anne Palacios (above), Ana Teresa Fernandez (below), Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Ivan Lopez, Txutxo Perez, and Jos Sances. More info coming soon.