Dilla Day!
February 24, 2014

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February 7th marked the anniversary of the passing of legendary Hip-Hop producer J-Dilla. His life is celebrated internationally on this day throughout the Hip-Hop community. I was asked to design a T-shirt for Dilla day in Hawaii by the Lightsleepers crew. J-Dilla is responsible for so many of my favorite tracks in Hip-Hop, so I was super excited to jump into this tribute piece.

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All I needed was some reference and some Dilla beats to dictate the direction and mood.

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Once the line started taking form, I simply had to guide it. As a character designer who always has to stay within a said style, there is no greater pleasure then when I get free range to design something in my own style, without restriction of an animation production pipeline.

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Once I was happy with the design, I brought the image into Adobe Illustrator, vectorized it and did the color separations for the 3 color silk screen. The color scheme was inspired by those classic Rawkus records T-shirts that I wish I held on to.

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Emailed the file to the homies in Hawaii, and VIOLA! the shirts came out super fresh!!!

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The shirts where packaged with a “Donuts Are Forever” record tote bag and Free stickers. A portion of the proceeds went to the J-Dilla Foundation to help fight against Lupus. A huge shout out to Truest, sneaker and street wear boutique for holding down the event.

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Thank you to all the Dilla fans and to TRUEST for supported the release, I wish I could of been in town for it, but there’s always next year, Mahalos!!!

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Intergalactic Android.
September 20, 2012

Earlier this year I was invited to be part of the very popular Android series 3 blind box figures. I submitted 3 designs and the one above was chosen for production. I was secretly hoping they would pick this one, as I designed it to be an homage to one of my favorite rap groups of all time, The Beastie Boys! My Android design rocks the Japanese hazard suits that the Beasties wore in the Intergalactic Planetary video. Unfortunately, during production MCA of the Beastie Boys passed away, I was crushed and this piece took on a whole new meaning for me. I’m very proud of this figure and can’t wait to have 3 of them on display.
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