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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!

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 Tokyo

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Imprint Culture Lab’s wildly successful collaboration with Japanese designer Kenya Hara, Architecture for Dogs, will open in Tokyo opens this Friday, October 25 at TOTO Gallery·Ma in Tokyo. For the Asian debut of the species-specific doghouses designed by world class architects and designers, most of the Japanese contributors will be in attendance, as will Elien Deceuninck from MVRDV (Netherlands).

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The third stop of the show (which follows Miami and Long Beach) will also feature more than 10 new variations of Hara’s D-TUNNEL, expanding upon the MUJI creative director’s notion of “a device that mediates between the scale of the human and the scale of the dog.” Hara will also take part in a symposium with architect Kengo Kuma and Imprint/interTrend’s own Julia Huang on Saturday, November 2.

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While the museum has stopped issuing lottery applications to attend the symposium (winners will be announced on Thursday), the exhibit will be open and free to attendees from Friday, October 25 through Saturday, December 21.

TOTO GALLERY·MA
TOTO Nogizaka Bldg.
3F1-24-3 Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
www.toto.co.jp/gallerma

Sorry, no dogs allowed but all are invited to download free blueprints and build doghouses for his or her pooch!

See you there!

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!

Long Beach: Work in Progress videos

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To follow up on Imprint’s Long Beach: Work in Progress conference, we’ve been making videos to help spread the message. Not just the culture and upside of our home town but taking the roots of wherever you may live and using them to grow and develop a community with authenticity and originality.

The first video is a teaser of sorts:

The second focuses on the Imprint team and its objective:

Please view, enjoy, let us know what you think, and share. Then keep an eye out for the third and final installment.

Long Beach: Work in Progress

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interTrend’s sister company Imprint always explores the most interesting topics: next-level media, up-and-coming technology, the origins of streetwear, architecture for humans and pets. Its upcoming conference will address a topic that is very near and dear and pertinent to both of the businesses.

Anyone who follows our Psychic Temple blog, which details the history, construction, and surrounding culture of interTrend and Imprint’s future creative space, knows that the companies will be moving from a corporate high rise to Downtown Long Beach’s second oldest commercial building. We are not only investing in the neighborhood but visibly changing the landscape and driving local business and accelerating the culture as well.

Long Beach: Work in Progress is part of our efforts to not only be present in the community that we have set our roots in but celebrate and grow it. The conference will revisit the city through the lenses of architecture (authors Cara Mullio and Jennifer M. Volland on Case Study House architect Edward A. Killingsworth), food (Los Angeles Times writer Jonathan Gold), music (members of T.S.O.L., The Vandals, and Dengue Fever), and skateboarding (pro Chad Tim Tim, ex-pro Justin Reynolds, cinematographer Ricki Bedenbaugh, and shoe designer Paul Kwon) and discuss ways that individuals, businesses, and artists can nurture genuine culture, share it, and benefit everyone.

The event will take place one week from today (Friday, April 26) at the historic Edison Theatre and interest not only Long Beach residents but anyone who wants to celebrate and grow their hometowns. Check out the Imprint 2013 webpage for more information as well as a link for ticketing. We hope to see you there.