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#imprintpresents Koichi Suzuno (Torafu Architects) at the Downtown Independent

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interTrend’s sister company Imprint Culture Lab is proud to present a speaking engagement with Koichi Suzuno, co-founder of the award-winning Torafu Architects and contributor to the Architecture for Dogs project. The #ImprintPresents event will take place on Monday, May 5 at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles.

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The Torafu team applies its architectural approach to thinking not only in the field of construction but also interior design, exhibition space, product design, spatial installations, and filmmaking. This rare L.A. appearance by Suzuno is sure to both interest and inspire creative problem solvers in all fields.

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Hope to see you there, and feel free to spread the word to like-minded colleagues and friends. For ticketing and more information, visit imprintculturelab.eventbrite.com.

Ask him to sign the Architecture for Dogs book or Wanmock!

The Missing Picture event at the Art Theatre

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By now you might already know that the Academy Award-nominated The Missing Picture is making its theatrical debut at Long Beach’s Art Theatre. It’s a very big deal and an honor that Rithy Panh’s masterful reimagining of his experience surviving the Khmer Rouge is premiering so close to the city’s Little Cambodia community, and perhaps you even attended the red carpet screening on Saturday night. How cool was that?

While every viewing of the surreal, stylish, and powerful documentary is a visual treat and emotional journey, another special event will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. The director will be in town and on hand to present the movie and participate in a post-screening panel with producer Catherine Dussart, French narrator Randal Douc, and composer Marc Marder.

Guests providing extra perspective on Panh’s groundbreaking film will include singer Chhom Nimol from Dengue Fever, rapper/filmmaker Prach Ly, Hawaii International Film Festival’s Creative Director Anderson Le, and Giant Robot magazine co-founder Martin Wong. Moderation will be supplied by interTrend’s own Julia Huang.

As if that weren’t enough, there will be a short dance performance by the Khmer Arts Academy and a casual reception afterward. And, oh yeah, the movie is blowing away audiences and racking up awards around the world. Check out gushing coverage from The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The BBC, and The Long Beach Post.

There is no extra cost for this special screening, so I suggest purchasing tickets in advance at the Art Theatre site. See you there!

Save the date: Love for Leni in L.A.

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Love for Leni is an art auction that takes place next Wednesday, February 19. Proceeds go toward helping 8-month-old Leni fight Leukemia. Leni’s dad Jerry is part of the interTrend/Imprint family, and we consider her to belong to of our family as well. Participating artists include Gary Baseman, Deanne Cheuk, David Choe, Faile, Shepard Fairey, James Jean, Geoff McFetridge, and many more. Items to be auctioned from Adidas, Girl Skateboards, Warby Parker, and others.

Check out the event from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Slow Culture Gallery, 5906 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042 on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Get the latest at loveforleni.com or the event’s Facebook page.

See you there!

Architecture for Dogs book now available in the U.S.

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In case you didn’t make it to Imprint Culture Lab’s Architecture For Dogs installations in Miami, Long Beach, or Tokyo, this handsome book features gorgeous photos and detailed descriptions of the species-specific pieces curated by MUJI’s Kenya Hara. The world-class designers and architects include the following:

Atelier Bow-Wow x DACHSHUND SMOOTH
Toyo ITO X SHIBA MVRDV X BEAGLE
Kengo KUMA X PUG
Konstantin GRCIC X TOY POODLE
Kazuyo SEJIMA X BICHON FRISE
TORAFU ARCHITECTS X JACK RUSSELL TERRIER
Hiroshi NAITO X SPITZ
Shigeru BAN X PAPILLON
Sou FUJIMOTO X BOSTON TERRIER
Reiser + Umemoto X CHIHUAHUA
Hara Design Institute X JAPANESE TERRIER
Kenya HARA X TEACUP POODLE

And if you did manage to visit the exhibit in person, this publication includes photos from each of the cities and also features essays, interviews, blueprints, and other original material that will blow your mind. Its text is in Japanese and English and its design is as elegant as the structures that it showcases.

Architecture for Dogs was released in conjunction with last year’s Tokyo stop, and is only being released in America now. Dog lovers, fans of architecture, and design freaks, find out more about the book HERE.

Architecture for Dogs goes to New York

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Fresh off a successful launch in Tokyo, Architecture for Dogs is about to receive the spotlight once again, this time in New York City at Purina’s Better with Pets Summit on Tuesday, November 19. After packing her bags, AFD co-founder Julia Huang answered some questions about it for us.

What do you know about the conference that you’ll be presenting at in New York?
Not a whole lot, aside from the fact that there are so many subject matter experts with Dr. before their names. But the premise of this Purina-facilitated conference about how our lives are #betterwithpets resonates strongly with me.

In Japan you were involved in a few group discussions. How are you approaching this solo gig?

The good news is the time slot is shorter than the two-hour panel discussion in Japan. The bad news is I don’t know if there is going to be enough time to share the best of Architecture for Dogs: how it came about, what’s happening even as we speak, and what we have in store for the future. But I am going to try to communicate as much as possible Kenya Hara’s vision, how world class architects responded to the challenge, and how the world is responding.
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Were there any surprising moments or new realizations in Japan that you can share with us?
More like a strong reinforcement of what we knew all along. A lot of people respond strongly to all things dogs and all things architecture.  Combine the two and we basically have a powerful platform for people to communicate with each other.

Any interesting fans of the project that you’ve come across ?
A hip-hop rapper with his dog’s named tatooed on his arm.


Is Renzei going to make the trip to New York?
No, I really wish he could but I don’t think he would take 6-hour cross-country trip very well.

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For more information, visit architecturefordogs.com and imprintculturelab.com.

October Roundup: Take Your Shot, Aziatix/Corolla Ready, Architecture for Dogs, Love Is Changing History

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Yesterday was interTrend’s monthly agency meeting, in which the different departments (and sister companies) share projects, updates, information, and inspiration. It was also Halloween, so there were costumes! I can’t possibly run down all the great outfits that were present in the office–or even show photos of everyone–but here are four campaigns that we are very proud of.

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The three Take Your Shot contest winners have completed their short films under the tutelage of Wong Fu Productions, Jon M. Chu, and Freddie Wong. You can not only watch them at takeyourshotfilms.com but also vote on them, see behind-the-scenes footage, and enter to win a Nokia Lumia 1020.

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On the heels of last week’s Aziatix/Corolla “Baby, Let’s Go” premiere and launch event, more details have been released regarding the campaign. In addition to the online effort and Asian print and television outlets, the song and videos will be featured at Boiling Crab locations, select boba shops, and many karaoke studios beginning next week.

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Imprint Culture Lab’s Architecture for Dogs exhibit debuted in Tokyo at the TOTO Gallery•Ma, and has enjoyed tremendous media coverage. Next week I’ll share photos from the opening and other special events that took place, as well as provide a peek into the accompanying book that is available all over Japan (and will hopefully be distributed in the United States).
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Finally, interTrend was proud to develop AT&T’s Love Is Changing History Project. The site launched in October but it isn’t too late visit it, see two powerful short films, and help raise money for the nation’s leading non-profit providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, The Trevor Project.

Imprint Presents David Choe Recap

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Yesterday interTrend’s sister company Imprint presented a rare lunchtime talk by artist David Choe at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. In case you didn’t secure a ticket to the sold-out event, here’s a brief and not completely SFW recap.

The event started off with intros by DVDASA crew Bobby Trivia and Critter, followed by walk-in music of Burzum. You’re familiar with the infamous Norwegian black metal of Varg Vikernes, murderer of Euronymous Aarseth and the arsonist of three churches, right?
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The highest-paid living artist started off by saying that many consider him to be lucky because Sean Parker famously commissioned murals in the Facebook office in exchange for some ownership. But Dave points out that Parker had been stalking him and inquiring about art since Napster days. It wasn’t luck; Dave was a hard-working, awesome artist. The talk would outline some rules to follow to become awesome, couched in trash talk, insults, and seemingly random stories.

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The first rule: “Do whatever the fuck you want.” Dave has Irritible Bowel Syndrome but doesn’t let that stop him from eating lasagne, grilled cheese, and other Western foods that mess with his Asian digestive system. Rather than let I.B.S. rule him, he wears tighty whities and sits on the toilet often.

The second rule: “Persistence.” Dave cited having lunch with our mutual friend Bill, who said that he was leaving the friend zone of a female acquaintance. When Dave informed Bill that isn’t a choice guys get to make, he responded that it was possible because he’s been hanging out with her, listening to her rebound stories, and servicing her ego for 20 years. Bill’s friend’s years as a hot young thing are over and so is her leverage. That’s persistence.

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Dave began mixing up the rule numbering after this, but other points included taking “never” out of your vocab (whether it refers to unsavory food or unhygienic intercourse), being miserable (on purpose to fuel your creativity, which is why he stopped living in luxury and moved into his parents’ garage), and not giving up.

For the final point, he introduced an audience member who was visiting from Utah. Just a few weeks ago, the young artist had suicidal thoughts stemming from girl problems and was wandering around Salt Lake City when he stumbled upon Korean Jesus himself (who was looking for hot Mormon chicks). The K Person’s advice? Don’t kill yourself with pills now, wait a year and then do it in a way that makes a statement.

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Before the Q&A interTrend’s own Julia Huang told some revealing stories about Choe’s parents and his recent art show in Mexico City, and the first question was one of his high school classmate asking him to paint a portrait of his infant son. Dave kindly declined, citing that babies are hard to paint. One wrong stroke and he looks too old.

Other audience questions and requests included trivia regarding his appearance in the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video (Dave got a flyer, ditched school, and went), why he doesn’t date K People (his mom is already enough in that department), how far he’s gone with transvestites or transsexuals (not very, but he’s open to the idea), and what happened earlier in the talk (Dave told the late-comer to “fuck off” and never be late again). As a wild animal’s turd might have a fruit seed buried in the middle, each of Dave’s insults offered an opportunity for growth. It was strangely and honestly inspiring.

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Thanks to Dave for waking up early and dragging his hard-working DVDASA crew to Little Tokyo for the talk. And extra thanks to the Imprint family who made this event possible. John and Flo had their hands full but that’s Tanya and Julia on either end of this group shot below, along with Imprint alums/friends of interTrend Paul Kwon and Stella Lai. I was there to enjoy hearing my old friend talk and share it with you!

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Keep an eye on the Imprint website and Imprint Facebook page for future events. The list of future speakers that’s building up is quite impressive, and you won’t want to miss any of them.

 

Imprint presents David Choe in Downtown L.A. (October 17, 2013)

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How did David Choe survive as a hitchhiking and zine-making kleptomaniac, tagger, and art school dropout? What enabled the rejected comic book artist and struggling artist to go from jailbird in Japan to massively successful fine artist, bad influence on Mark Zuckerberg, guest of Anthony Bourdain and Howard Stern, and out-of-control podcast host with comedians, musicians, and porn stars? Why does he bring together the likes of Roy Choi, Jim Lee, and John Cusack, and has he ever gotten over his gambling addiction? In the midst of all this, how does he pull off jaw-dropping art shows such as his recent triumph, Snowman Monkey BBQ, in Mexico City?

Although there’s a chance that the Los Angeles-based artist may address a few burning questions at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, we can’t say for sure. David is freakishly talented but is also a guy who does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, which makes him extra loved and admired. (It doesn’t hurt that the trash-talking rabble-rouser is a softie at heart, not to mention longtime friend of interTrend.)

So we’re excited about Imprint presenting a rare chance to see the street art powerhouse in a live speaking engagement at noon on Thursday, October 17 in Downtown L.A. Click imprintculturelab.eventbrite.com for more information about ticketing, but those who are weak at heart or easily offended might want to stay home. That’s the official, approved-by-all-parties announcement above. His is below…

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See you there!

Levi Maestro and jeffstaple at the Art Theatre

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This afternoon, Imprint Culture Lab presented a conversation with Levi Maestro at the Art Theatre in Long Beach. Moderated by Imprint’s own jeffstaple and speaking to an intimate crowd of 100, Levi described how he came to realize the dream of making an influential online video show about the culture that he loves.

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While the Arizona transplant’s story is couched in the new media and streetwear trends of Los Angeles, its themes are quite traditional: staying focused, making sacrifices, believing in one’s self.

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Following the talk, Levi and jeffstaple stuck around to speak to provide a unique mentorship clinic for five attendees. Very cool.

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Long Beach: Work in Progress videos are up

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The third and final video from Imprint’s Long Beach: Work in Progress conference was posted last week. We’re very proud of the event’s stellar lineup of friends (from a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer to a banned-in-Japan, Canada, etc. musician) who came out to both dig into our home base’s unique history and subcultures and help cultivate them. These shorts were made to carry their message beyond the historic Edison Theatre and into the streets, as well as convey it to all folks regarding their own towns.

Check out the short film below:

And don’t forget the first two videos with self-explanatory tites, Teaser and A Statement. Please watch, share, and grow your own culture!