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Jane Nakagawa on the Huffington Post

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Today the Huffington Post posted an essay by interTrend’s own Jane Nakagawa. In the piece, Jane not only shows insight gained through her expansive experience in the auto industry but demonstrates why her newest effort, Portia Consulting, will be so valuable to clients. Read the complete article at huffingtonpost.com.

 

Architecture for Dogs opens in Japan

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Imprint Lab‘s Architecture for Dogs crew recently returned from Japan and their photos of the installation and opening events are very cool. Doors opened on October 25 at Toto Gallery•Ma in Tokyo.

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The display of species-specific doghouses curated by Kenya Hara had previously shown in Miami and Long Beach. The Asian debut included new pieces, including 12 explorations of Hara’s D-Tunnel concept.

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The gallery also invites visitors to submit their own doghouse designs. The sketches, which are updated daily at architecturefordogs.com, are wonderful. So is the new book.

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There was also talk at Design Hub in Tokyo Midtown, featuring Hara along with contributors Atelier Wan, Torafu Architects, Sou Fujimoto, and Elien Deceuninck of MVRDV.

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Imprint and interTrend’s own Julia Huang participated in the opening events, too, and was documented by several Instagram accounts.

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Check out coverage from The Japan Times and Wallpaper* and, better yet, visit yourself before the exhibit closes on December 21.

Toto Gallery•Ma
Toto Nogizaka Bldg. 3F
1-24-3 Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo
03-3402-1010

11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Friday until 7 p.m.)
Closed Sunday, Monday, and holidays

Free admission

 

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.

 

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.

levi3For more engagements and opportunities, follow Imprint at www.facebook.com/imprintculturelab.

Architecture for Dogs opens in Miami next week

You’ve read about it in The New York Times, Wallpaper, and Dwell. Next week, you’ll be able to see the Architecture for Dogs project in person in the Miami Design District. The collaboration between Imprint Venture Lab and the Kenya Hara Design Institute invites some of the world’s most innovative and artful architects to reimagine the doghouse. But these are not ivory towers for elite pups; anyone can download the plans and construct the pieces for their four-legged friends.

The designs range from whimsical to conceptual, and are rated by difficulty. Those who actually build the breed-specific pieces are invited to share photos of their constructions (and canines) on the site. Below, clockwise from top left: Kenya Hara (for Teacup Poodle), Reiser + Umemoto (for Chihuahua)Atelier Bow-Wow (for Dachshund Smooth), MVRDV (for Beagle).

The exhibition is free and located at 180 NE 39th St. Unit 112 (at the corner of NE 2nd Avenue) in Miami, Florida. Doors will be open for five days only, from Wednesday, December 5 through Sunday, December 9. You can check hours on the site, but it’s worth noting that dogs are welcome between 3:00 and 5:00 from December 7-9. See you there!

Presenting the Psychic Temple

If you follow the Psychic Temple blog, I apologize in advance for the cross-posting. But I don’t want friends, colleagues, clients, and anyone else who might be interested in Downtown Long Beach’s past or present to miss this.

On Monday, November 19, interTrend will be presenting its future home, The Psychic Temple, at 10 a.m. You are invited to check out the second-oldest commercial building in the city and get a sneak preview of its renovation. And then get some macarons across the street at DoLy’s Delectables...

The scoop:
Monday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m
224 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA

See you there!