On January 26th, Mike Shinoda released his Post Traumatic EP, a collection of three songs which illustrate his grief after the loss of his bandmate, Chester Bennington. I wrote a review shortly after I heard these songs, which I've linked here: Review: Mike Shinoda’s EP, “Post Traumatic” is a Game Changer More recently, on March 29th, … Continue reading Mike Shinoda’s Upcoming “Post Traumatic” Album: The Reasons I Relate to His New Music
First go to my Soundcloud page to listen to the instrumental version of Take It Back: https://soundcloud.com/ay_en/take-it-back-instrumental From April 1st, until May 15th 2018, you're invited to participate in the Take It Back Lyrics Contest. Between May 15th and August 14th, I will be judging every single submission, then I will announce the winner on Soundcloud, … Continue reading Take It Back Contest – WIN a piece of ART made by me!
I wanted to take a day or so to absorb these songs before reviewing them. Every time I've done a review of any music, or other art forms, I always like to let things sink in. When it comes to an EP like Post Traumatic, this is especially important for me to do. There's so … Continue reading Review: Mike Shinoda’s EP, “Post Traumatic” is a Game Changer
There are many myths, misconceptions and downright bizarre attitudes and behaviors that many people have about martial arts. The purpose of this blog entry, is to dispel that nonsense and at the same time, be educational. Let's start with the weird behaviors: Don't laugh. While people who study martial arts typically enjoy it, we also … Continue reading What You Should Know About Martial Arts
Chris and I didn't get along perfectly. It would have been nice if things turned out differently, but one thing I've learned in my 30 years of life, is that the world throws a lot of things at us that we cannot change after they happen. All we can do is accept our mistakes, decide … Continue reading Hypnotic Eyes
I won't sit here and say that geisha were not, at times, exploited, because women have been exploited in every corner of the globe. But I won't sit here and act like geisha are somehow worse-off than American women, or any other woman in any other part of the world. It's been my experience that if a cultural behavior is different than what we've grown up with, we label it as wrong. Well it's not wrong for a woman to be a geisha, who lives, eats, breathes and performs art. By your logic, the starving artist down the street would also be a prostitute because he sells his paintings. If you think selling your body and selling your paintings are not the same thing, there are thousands of artists lines up around the block to tell you otherwise. Art is, and always will be, an extension of the human form.
I am horrifyingly bad at updating folks on this book. That's partly due to the writing process not being much of a process... it's in my head mostly, then I write, then I think some more, then I write some more... you get the idea. I did a huge amount of writing over the summer, … Continue reading So Remember That Book I’ve been Working On?
I dove into art, specifically painting, sculpting and drawing when I was three years old. I am 27 now, which means I have been studying art on my own time and in school for 24 years. I picked up oils when I was 16. I don't believe I am the best, but I do know … Continue reading Frustrated Painter
Every artist no doubt has their preference, but some things are just mandatory, and others should never be used. Let's talk about paint bases first. Egg tempura: Don't go with the cheap tempura that they give preschoolers. Egg tempura is a combination of egg yolk (white discarded), pigment, and vinegar. The amount of pigment used … Continue reading Art Supplies – The Best and the Worst
I am a student at Southern CT State University. In the time I've spent in their art program, I've met some wonderful people and made friends who I think are the types of people I want to surround myself with. I've also formed great professional relationships to many professors, teachers of art and other subjects. … Continue reading Artists are Ruthless