Workin’ out the neck label art for the tees… It’s crazy how long this takes for me to get right. But since it’s goin’ on every tee, I gotta get it right.
I’ll be on the BBQ Show tonight with Q & Joe Sav at 7pm! On the Village Voices segment I’ll be talking about my recent and upcoming projects. Q & Joe Sav are longtime friends of mine and think they could get their clown on with me… Ha! Don’t slip fellas… You might get thrown on the Grill!!!
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This was a re-design for a non-profit organization, APIOPA. The client wanted an image that represented both Asian and Pacific Islander peoples, encouraged healthy eating, living and growth. Note the main feature of the logo, a bok choy leaf on the left, and a taro leaf to the right. Both are a primary and healthy food source for Asian and Pacific Island cultures respectively. This supports the CSA effort of APIOPA in partnering with Asian and Pacific Islander farmers. The heart intertwined in the roots symbolize the importance of taking care of it, and from there great results will grow and flourish as realized in the leaf logo above.
The Pacific Islander Festival of Orange County is an annual community event that I contribute my design efforts to since 2009. Each of the motifs shown above (in orange) represent Pacific Island cultures that participate in the festival. The design is used as the overall theme for the festival, and applied to marketing materials and signage throughout the event. Design work includes: flyers, t-shirts, banners, programs, certificates, parking lot signage, and large format electronic signage.
As part of a school beautification event on the last Saturday of April, I was asked to head up a team of students in painting a cultural mural at Carson High School in Carson, CA. This would be the first of it’s kind in the school and the city, a mural in a public space that was dedicated to the Samoan students and community in Carson.
The wall we chose was near the spot where a lot of islander students hang out, but because we wanted the most visible wall in the area, it was also the most difficult. It was a stucco wall with plenty of pipes, electrical boxes and support brackets attached to it. It was going to be a challenge to work around them, especially because some of the pipes would run right through the most intricate parts of the mural.
I did have some mural experience from mural class in junior high, and more recently several kid’s bedroom scenes with various themes and characters. But this would be the largest scale art piece I would ever take on up to this point, so many things we kinda figured out on the fly. In preparation for Saturday’s event, Thursday we primered the wall with the charcoal gray base color. The next afternoon, we returned and set up a projector to shoot the outline of the design onto the wall. This was not easy; to get the height and distance we needed, we had to mount boxes on top of a table onto my truck bed, and keep it absolutely still. We also had to wait until it was almost dark in order to see the image on the wall. Once the night sky set in, we started chalking the outline of the image that we saw on the wall. This was even harder, because the wall is stucco and the projector light was faint, so the rough surface would diffuse a lot of the line work within the design.
Seeing the chalk lines in the sunlight the next day was pretty awesome. We must’ve had about fifty students show up at our site that morning to help paint; they were all excited to see the outlines of the mural, and wanted to take part in it! Unfortunately students were not allowed to climb
on the ladders, so we were limited with the amount of wall space available to them. We decided to rotate the students in groups of five every thirty minutes. This was very hard to control by the way, as others would point out open spaces to paint and would immediately squeeze in! What
we didn’t realize was since our mural would cover the entire height of the wall, and with the students not being able to use the ladders, our work would come to a hault as the lower half of the mural neared completion. Another major problem was the stucco wall itself; it was very hard to
push the paint around because of it’s rough surface and all of it’s divets. My design was so graphic with it’s many hard lines and curves that it demanded a steady hand and clean paint lines. The design and the wall were not getting along – at all! Some of the students were having a hard
time, while others with a steady hand were helping out and touching up where ever they saw the need. We eventually started moving students to areas that suited their skill set. One beautiful thing I noticed was that we had a diverse group of students of different nationalities and
backgrounds just helping, painting and having fun in the experience of doing something creative.
As the day pressed on, our concern grew for the upper half of the mural. By this time, many folks had posted the progress of our project on Facebook, and word was spreading quickly! Our alumni were showing up and giving their support. Some jumped on the ladders to paint, some
brought pizza and coolers of drinks, while others just came out to watch, get a few brushstrokes in and take a picture. The two greatest forms of help came from alumni as well. The first was that a bunch of friends from my old junior high mural class showed up with their steady hands
and stayed on through to the finish. The second was a scaffold. One of the Samoan alum who heads his own scaffold business, caught word of our project needs and immediately brought a scaffold down and set it up for us to use until we finished the mural. This wasn’t a cheap, rickety
set up neither. This was a heavy duty metal apparatus, fairly new and very sturdy. With it we got the OK for the students to work on it.
Now on the scaffold, we were up close to the wall and could see many imperfections. Because of the stucco texture, there would be a lot of clean up and fine tuning to do, and that part would be a very slow process and require our best hands and eyes. Working through Sunday and
returning the following weekend, we wrapped up the project. Our team, mostly alumni and a couple students at that point, were happy with it. The mural still has a couple components left to finalize it, which I expect to do by this summer, 2013. We’ll be mounting panels on the sides of
the mural to display the dedication text on the left, and on the right side, we’ll add the roll call acknowledging the names of everyone who contributed their efforts to the mural. Special thanks to my TOA brother Genesis Leuta for all his help and dedication to this piece.