Hatch x 13luckymonkey

Hatch, the regional ECD of Publicis in the Mena region.

He wanted a custom skull with filigreed patterns surrounding a  medieval cross. 

We brainstormed on the design and followed the same process as making a piece for advertising.

A few snapshots of the process and the finished product.

Randall Dagooc of Mango Red sent us a photo set featuring an interesting vintage Ducati in Batanes. Batanes is one of the farthest tips of the Philippines -- remote and usually battered by the elements. There are only two cars in the whole island, if I'm not mistaken.

I was walking in the backwoods of Batanes looking for vantage points as establishing shots for the wedding venue when this ratty motorcycle parked caught my eyes. The stance looked different so I checked it out.

The owner approached me. His name is Bob. He offered a bottle of Red Horse, a local beer, which I gladly accepted. He's a mechanic and he told me the bike was an heirloom from his grandfather in Mahatao, Batanes. He was incessantly raving about it (the alcohol has already kicked in!) He told me only a rich man could afford such a Ducati, especially in Batanes.

He told me the other islanders rarely checked his bike out since Japanese bikes were more famous.
He used old jeepney parts and adapted modern mototrycle parts to keep the old bike running.

Anyway, I had a wedding to shoot, so he drove me back to the venue. I headed out to work lest I'd be a tipsy shutterbug snapping away!




Hobo coins

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term hobo nickel is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations.
Due to its low cost and portability, this medium was particularly popular among hobos, hence the name.

First read on these at 4q.
Amazing contemporary hobo coins at http://hand-engraver.com/hobo_nickel_gallery.shtml

Amazing stuff

Sitting on a Bird's Back

Sitting on a Bird's Back

Renato Barja jr.

Blanc Gallery Peninsula Manila

A one man show in diffrent shades of gray.

Each canvas is accompanied by a corresponding sculpture.

His layers of color and texture are replicated on these little maquettes 

detailed and made with so much soul and gloom they make you want to sit with them and talk or smoke 

a cigarette with them. The landlord, the sepluturero and the promodizer.

All these people we see everyday or rather not see.

See them in their grey flesh at blanc 

Wave ring

Gian surfs and is based in La union.

A simple cylinder ring sculpted with waves and a surfboard pattern.

The words live, love, laugh , surf are etched inside  as a constant reminder.