Sometimes I don’t get the pleasure of hanging out with some old friends. My good friend (brother from another mother) decided to come in town from Indianapolis to pay a visit. On a random day, you have to search for these things to do in Louisville. It’s best to stick to your guns and find something artistically creative. Gaining inspiration from some dope exhibits would certainly do the trick!


Sidebar: Cuong and I (along with my brother) both played saxophone in high school. Two video game geeks playing covers from our favorite RPG games in our spare time lol. Those were the good times because they were absolutely no worries and no fucks given. He has always talked about designing video games. Ironically, he obtained his degree in digital animation whereas he’s starting to do projects for independent video game companies. Dude is really trying to do his thing!


There is a trend about “no new friends” or whatnot, but sometimes you have to erase the old friends who hindering your progress. Fortunately, it is not the case with him. I admire his ambition and hustle towards his art. In reality, our friendship has grown on another level because we are searching beyond greatness!

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“Iron Will”

When the Integrity of Art battles Fame…

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This morning, I got the chance to watch a bio-film about Jean Michel Basquiat. I was already intrigued about his work as artist due to his affiliation with pop artist, Andy Warhol. Being an artist requires integrity. How can we stay true to ourselves when we can’t stay true to our art/craft/aesthetic. Whatever we do as art (in my case, martial arts and fashion) should be treated like a sanctuary. A utopia where negativity becomes positive or creative energy, Lines aren’t always straight, and coloring outside the lines, etc.

Despite his efforts to remain true, he was inevitably exploited from his talents whereas it destroyed himself and the very few people who supported him when he had nothing. As I watched this, I question the battle between fame vs integrity. Is this price of fame we all strive for? Do we confuse success with fame?  People constantly dissecting our lives like a scientist performing a genetic experiment? Will my integrity be altered in such circumstances? Some of the most artistic and influential people are often the most loneliest. A high cloud where the layman would not begin to comprehend. The only language that speaks to them is the art, not the artist.

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The truth of the matter lies he wanted the drug of fame but unaware of what side effects it could deliver. For example, he was a heavy drug addict. A man’s escape from reality has manifested into a tragic exit. From a series of unprecedented short comings, I became angry of the inability to become a top martial artist competitor, having my fashion label, and styling work. I resented the phrase, “in due time”. However, I reflected from my shortcomings and appreciated it. Experience added fuel to push forward in life. Moderation is key!! Excessive dosage of anything can plunge the individual. This is what I have learned from Basquiat. Seeing how people can treat you and how you treat others (Whether you in the elite or an underdog) is essential. No matter what we experience, must maintain that integrity. I will use his life as a lesson of awareness (minues the drugs; I am drug free). I hope my years of martial arts experience helps reinforces that.

“Iron Will”

Dazed and Confused – September Issue 2012

If there was a vision in my head where aesthetics have reached towards an entry towards a utopia before heaven, it would look like this! Christophe Lemaire’s latest collection, makes an appearance in the September 2012 issue of Dazed & Confused. Through the lens on Pierre Debusschere, the images are gives me an Aha! “Take on me” moment, which the comic world was fused into reality. I can honestly see how there can be some “smoke and mirrors” pertain to paint strokes interfere with the garments being present. Sometimes in life, people will always give the same impression whether its appealing or distasteful. Overall, I always “Dazed and Confused” approach to bringing multiple worlds together simultaneously.

“Iron Will”

Dinner at Ramsi’s

The other night I have received a message from an extraordinary artist/photographer/visionary, Bil Brown, who was hosting a meeting with some other great artistic individuals in the city. The meeting started at 7 o clock. I didn’t get off work until 8. One thing I have learned from many successful people is you would have to sacrifice to get to where you wanted to go.

Fortunately I got the chance to leave work early to attend the meeting. My day job is decent, but it is not something I see myself doing for the next 1-2 years. Time does not wait for no one when it comes to the hustle! Closed mouths don’t get fed, so I have been told…

The gathering was incredible! There were numerous models, photographers, artists and stylists (including myself) who were mingling in a harmonious manner. You can feel the connection of each individual, which was a liberating feeling. Besides a few people here, there is not that many people I would communicate about fashion. Sure its like 4 – 5 people, but not like everyone in the circle! Seeing people playing with their cameras taking snapshots as the models were posing while all were talking was great

2012 is going to be a major year for us fabulous people. Its very important for us to surround ourselves with the right group of people. Although we should be able to motivate ourselves, like minded individuals  ease your load (in a inspirational sense)

Last Stop to 21C

This weekend was a pretty decent. Nothing beats having my time to actually thinking and reflect about things. Sunday I happened to kick it with my cousin, Sambeast.

We stopped through this museum downtown Louisville, 21C. I heard about this place from a friend of mine. Apparently the contemporary museum is inside a hotel and an award winning restaurant!!  The great thing about it was free! This has to be one of Louisville’s best kept secret places. Although Sam and I have been focusing on other avenues (his is music and mine is martial arts and fashion), but one thing we can say which anchors your crafts is visual art.Being art lovers at an early age who truly gave us the insight the average person would not understand. Art is like another world where it subconsciously absorb through our daily lives.

Its lifeforce is expression. Martial arts is expression; Music is expression; Fashion is expression. Come to think of it, anything with an art form demonstrate expression. A quote I live by from Bruce Lee is “To live is to express and to express is to create”..

Art is something that consumes us everyday! Whether we want to believe it or not,  the situations in our lives mold specific expressions to release (this is the beginning process). This result equate an activity we perfect to make a living art form. Its subjective; therefore, there is no explanation for things to be methodical as the world make it out to be.

We all are works of art. It our objective to honestly express ourselves as artists. Sometimes this is hard to do because certain atmospheres don’t give us enough oxygen to function as artists! However, you must simultaneously adapt and alter your art.  Art is neverending marathon. Nevertheless, it should be genuine and never pretentious. Art is a safe haven for me and going to this place would be the same for everyone else!

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