BBoy Monster: Heat Rock 2.0

BBoy Monsters: Heat – Pharaoh 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10   If you like this work, please consider making a donation to my indiegogo campaign!!! As of this morning we are 16% funded with 22 days left!! Heat Rock, the dancer I’m presenting to you today, is a master of many styles and is known far and wide for his fantastic musicality. I met Heat as a popper many years ago before he transitioned into a full fledged BBoy. He was one of the first BBoy Monsters I ever shot, but it always bothered me how …

BBoy Monsters: Jumanji - Pretzel. BBoy Jumanji with threading in a shoulder freeze with 4 legs and 3 arms

BBoy Monsters Indiegogo Launch

Exciting things are happening!! I’ve been awarded a solo show at Reed Space, a lifestyle boutique store in NYC’s Lower East Side, which also features an art gallery!!! I will be showing work from my BBoy Monsters series, half of which will be new work shot this year featuring local NYC dancers. The show opens Saturday, May 14, 2016 with an opening reception from 4-7:00pm. The show will be up for 4 weeks. I have also just launched a crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo to help relieve some of the production costs for the show. Please have a look by clicking …

BBoy Monsters: Jumanji - Iaido. BBoy Jumanji posing against a grey cement wall with 6 arms making gun gestures.

BBoy Monsters: Jumanji

BBoy Monsters – Jumanji, Iaido 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10   Introducing the latest addition to my BBoy Monsters: Jumanji, of Floor Obsessions Crew!! Jumanji is an up and coming BBoy in the NYC scene, and is really starting to hit his stride. While I am writing this, he is currently in Salzburg, Austria, competing in the international 2 vs 2 at Circle Industry 2016. This guy is a beast! I’ve known Jumanji for about half a decade, and have witnessed firsthand his impressive dedication to the dance. His aggressive and fluid style …

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Why the Colorful Shoes?

Excerpt from Invictus What’s with the colorful shoes? This is a question I get a lot when it comes to my self-portrait work. The short and simple answer, is that it’s an allusion to my youthful days as a competitive BBoy (break dancer). The long and complicated answer however, is that they’re there to represent the mysteries of life we have yet to solve. Sounds like art school bullshit, I know. But bare with me a little. The World of One is centered around the themes of dichotomy and paradox. I use the black and white suits as a metaphor …

A group of Asian gentleman standing in a circle on a hill, with a fall scene in the background. At the center of the circle is an Asian gentleman in white, floating in mid air on his back.

World of One: Memento Mori

Memento Mori 2015 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 47 1/8 inches | edition of 5   When our friends pass away, they take a piece of us with them. Their absence leaves a void in our lives, directly proportional to the impact they made in them. Memento Mori was created with this concept in mind, and was meant to be a tribute to my friends who’ve passed away. But I wouldn’t exactly consider this a successful image (not striking enough), so it’ll have to remain in the “almost good” pile for the time being. What bothers me …

Two images, both of an asian guy in a suit doing a headstand on a natural background. One on the left shot using digital, one on the right using film.

Why I Shoot Film

I often make it a big deal that I’ve shot the nearly the entirety of my World of One photo series on film. I prefer to shoot on film because it adds to the craft of the image, and also adds to the viewer’s appreciation of the piece. A smarter person might not choose to work in this way, as it is not an efficient or cost-effective method to make work, but I am passionate about the visual and artistic integrity of my art, so I stand by my decision to shoot on film. While certainly there are artistic advantages to …

Group of women with brown hair and dark jackets reading and taking notes on the front steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One women in the background in red reading lazily on her side.

Lazy Work – Visualizing Work and Play Through Art

Lazy Work 2015 If you’re anything like me, trying to find the right balance between work and leisure is a daily struggle. When I’m too focused on work, all I can think about are the things I want to do when I finish (which typically include degenerate and self-destructive activities). However, even when I have free time on my hands, I find that it is no longer “free.” Instead, I start to stress out about the work I probably should be doing, but am too lazy to get started on it. This battle between my dedication to my work and …

Man dressed in a black T shirt with a championship belt on his shoulder, staring at himself in a white button-up with a different championship belt.

Conflictus – Shooting a Muay Thai Champion

Conflictus 2015   It’s been a tough year for me production wise, and I think much of this has probably been of my own doing. My insistence on shooting film and focusing solely on one project has stifled production and handicapped my creativity. Happily, in recent weeks, I have opened up to some new ideas and am now starting to finally make some new work. Specifically, I have been taking the skills I acquired from developing my self-portraiture, and I am applying them to making portraits of others. I’ve always believed that the use of my likeness in the World …

An Asian man on a domed stone stage in a white suit with Asian men in black suits reaching from below.

World of One: Fortuna

Fortuna 2015 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 41 1/4 inches | edition of 5   Growing up in the US through the mid 80’s and 90’s, I was raised in a culture obsessed with trying to convince everyone that they are winners. This is an unrealistic outlook, given the fact that in most competitions, more often than not, there can be only one winning party. So statistically speaking, myself and others often ended up on the losing end of things. For me, this near obsessive focus on being a winner has actually had a negative effect. Mostly …

Group of asian men in dark suits jumping straight into the air forming a circle, one asian man in a light colored suit standing on his head in the middle of the group, on a grassy hill.

World of One: Grounded Ambitions

Grounded Ambitions Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 41 1/4 inches | edition of 5   This image is about setting realistic goals for yourself. It is my way of illustrating the old adage: Reach for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground. Grounded Ambitions has been marinating in my brain pan for the last 2 years. I had originally imagined it very differently, with one figure sitting on the ground and the other figures jumping wildly in the air. But in my mind’s eye, I foresaw compositional problems with that arrangement. When it came to …