Cyberpunk Quinceañera

I recently had another great purikura session with the one and only professor Maya Chinchilla. We both donned animal headpieces purchased on 23rd street in the Mission and let loose of our inhibitions for a decolonial-post-Central-American-American-in exotic-exodus photo throwdown. Evidence of said hijinks are below:

Peace n’ Purikura,



Purikura Protest

A couple of days ago I joined up with my purikura partner in crime Maya Chinchilla to have lunch and get into some more trouble at Pikapika in Japantown. We enjoyed crepes and bought a couple of new pairs of sunglasses for the occasion. Maya suggested that we bring some social justice struggles into our concepts and decorations for the photos we were about to take.

Arriving at Pikapika we walked around to check out the new and recently repaired purikura booths they had on hand. We came across the image above of a purikura girl with digitally adorned indigenous trappings. I was surprised to see the semiotic plight of my indigenous brothers and sisters had already made its way to the art of purikura. I wonder what’s next?

Maya and I shot photos using two of our favorite booths, Viseei and Love Joker (Shiny Madonna theme, natch). Always the visionary, Maya came well prepared with props of sunglasses, books, and even stuffed animals. When it came time to decorate our photos Maya and I focused on the struggles taking place in Arizona but managed to work in a few other themes as well. Some highlights are below:

Peace and purikura y’all,


プリクラ Jumpoff

It seems like I have been hustling on graphic design work 24/7 so today I took a break in the morning for an outing to Japantown with my homegirl Maya Chinchilla. We had one goal in mind: hit up pikapika and take some crazy-ass pictures. This was my second trip to pikapika and Maya’s first. Once again the guy who works there was super-friendly and helpful in helping us navigate the menus of the machines we used.

We used the Minna booth (below) and once again I was drawn to the Love Joker booth (above). This time around we used Love Joker’s Shiny Madonna theme. Love Joker has 3 aesthetic themes that you choose from before taking your photos and each theme has a different assortment of backgrounds and suggested poses. The Minna booth had an amazing array of color foil backgrounds that my scanner does not do justice to. Seen in person, they jump off each print.

I am more determined than ever to curate a Purikura exhibit. I can only imagine what kind of images artists and performers can create together with these magical photo booths. If anyone out there is interested in exhibiting or participating in such a show let me know.

Peace and プリクラ,


Meeting with Maya (and new Animation!)

Maya Chinchilla and I met up yesterday at Phat Philly to make solid plans for two projects we want to collaborate on. Short of going to Pinks (*cough**cough* Cindylu) in Los Angeles, a Phat Philly cheesesteak is the most filling meal you can have. I ordered the mushroom cheesesteak and got the huge feast documented below.

After our productive meeting we decided to undertake a photo sequence animation test around the Mission. I’m trying to develop my rough techniques in creating them and took some big steps forward working with Maya. Check it out!

I really like our results but I need to get new editing software because imovie won’t let me have frames shorter than .3 seconds long. Any free/cheap suggestions of OSX software that can do this?



Ps. Shouts to the lovely Michelle Wallace who wrote up my work on her blog Art on Both Sides of the Wall. Thanks Michelle, this is the second write-up of my work thus far and I’m really excited about it.