My First Fine Art Prints [F]

•December 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I am a strong believer in following one’s own intuition, and this was love at first sight. One of my favourite shops along K-road is Retro City. It’s like a high quality second-hand store but the owners have sick taste in artwork, vintage and collectible items. I want so much stuff from there, but so far I have only purchased Bic Rung’s Drive album (1997), a book written by Russel Hoban (Amaryllis Night and Day), and as of today, my first art prints. They just stood out as unique, like they belonged in a gallery or should have already been in someone’s possession and not hidden away from view in an Auckland boutique of all places.

I lost track of time while examining their pleasing aesthetic. Watercolour on parchment paper. Edges singed by a naked flame. Traditional (maybe original) Chinese character design. Eye-catching composition. The artist’s use of negative space and lighter shades of colour to depict depth of field. What I held in my hands was illustrated with devotion, and I wanted to keep them.

Retro City told me they had imported 13 others like it, and although they could not tell me who their supplier was or the name of the artist, I did manage to find some concept looking drafts online (8 though, not 13). Some stock image website and still no artist information or link to any supplemental page.

The stock website only said; “Tradition Chinese painting on Chinese temple wall”. If they were on a wall somewhere, they are missing several tiny details that are not present in the pictures I have, such as the tiger and the background colour work, which are exquisite. So, whether original or not, what I have was made by a fastidious artist.

Happy with my purchase and on my way back along K-road, I met a man painting Betty Boop in her birthday suit on a barber shop window. It is that kinda neighbourhood. Funky, thrifty, expensive, sleazy. All of that.

I just remembered something… The first piece of art that I ever claimed as my own actually, I got when I was 12 years old. Aotea Center in the city held an art exhibit just for children, so adults had to wait in the foyer as their kids roamed the gallery. If the children saw something they liked, they would remember its number and tell their parents who would then take it on good faith that their kid had taste, and then make a bid for the piece. All the artwork was made exclusively for the exhibit too. This is the picture/print that stood out to me as a kid — Kaikoura by John Reynolds — and that I still have wrapped in it’s original plastic:

I’ll open it when I own my own home or decent apartment, don’t you worry, and the same goes for my watercolour goddesses, of course.


Hey You Homo Sapiens

•December 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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“HOSTILES ON THE HILL” — A Bad Lip Reading of The Empire Strikes Back [♬]

•December 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

港劇女人掌摑戲 Slaptacular Drama Supercut

•December 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Chinese soap operas look intense (damn I’ve been binging the wrong shows):

…I am honestly surprised at how diverse that was. Like, it wasn’t a case of ‘once you’ve seen one slap you’ve seen them all’ — there were counterattacks, reversals, a freaking 10 HIT COMBO, and I even saw an interception, for goodness sake! And sorry if any part of that video depicts your actual life lol. I suspect a small few of my friends are laughing at that but from an ironic point of view. Ouch (lol).

Artificial Coral Reef Made in the Shape of an 80-Foot Steel Sea Monster

•December 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I hope this starts a trend — Back in April a massive 80-foot steel Kraken was purposefully sunk into the Caribbean Sea on top of a decorated WW2 ship:

The former Navy fuel barge and its monstrous passenger were placed underwater in order to jumpstart a new coral ecosystem, while also serving as a cutting-edge education center for marine researchers and local students from the surrounding British Virgin Islands. The project is titled the BVI Art Reef, and aims to use sculptures like the porous kraken as a base to grow transplanted coral.

The Kodiak Queen, formerly a Navy fuel barge named the YO-44, was discovered by British photographer Owen Buggy approximately two and a half years ago on the island of Tortola. Instead of letting the historic vessel get picked apart for scrap metal, Buggy approached former boss Sir Richard Branson about collaborating on a restorative art installation. Together with nonprofit Unite B.V.I., artist group Secret Samurai Productions, social justice entrepreneurial group Maverick1000, and ocean education nonprofit Beneath the Waves, the project was established as both an eco-friendly art installation, and a philanthropic measure to rehabilitate native marine species.

“It’s envisioned that within just a short space of time the ship and artwork will attract a myriad of sea creatures,” said Clive Petrovic who consults on the environmental impact of the BVI Art Reef. “Everything from corals to sea sponges, sharks and turtles will live on, in, and around the wreck. The ship will become valuable for future research by scientists and local students alike.”

To sink the massive ship, the project sought the help of the Commercial Dive Services who safely submerged the vessel off the coast of the island Virgin Gorda. It was the first time the ship had been in the water for nearly 17 years, and was lead to its final resting place by a bevy of boats and helicopters.

Filmmaker Rob Sorrenti filmed both the construction and sinking of the kraken and its ship. The full-length documentary is currently in post-production, with an estimated release early next year. You can watch a clip from the upcoming film below. For information on visiting the BVI Art Reef, and to learn more about its educational programs, visit the project’s website and Facebook.

For more photos, check out:

US Navy Apologizes After One Of Its Pilots Drew A Penis In The Sky

•December 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Wow, that took balls. Seen over Okanogan, Washington, the Navy said there was “zero training value in that maneuver.” The crew has since been grounded.

“The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act,” said Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Hubbell. “The American people rightfully expect that those who wear the Wings of Gold exhibit a level of maturity commensurate with the missions and aircraft with which they’ve been entrusted,” he said. “Naval aviation continually strives to foster an environment of dignity and respect. Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today.” …Giant penis cloud to the contrary.


•December 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

In the world of Altered Carbon, death is trivial — human minds are digitzed and downloaded from body to body, meaning that those who pass only pass through, not on.

Based on the award-winning novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon takes place in a future where the human mind can now be digitized and downloaded into a “cortical stack” and placed into new bodies, called sleeves. Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), is brought back to life centuries later to investigate the attempted murder of Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), the wealthiest man on Earth. As the investigation progresses, Kovacs comes to learn that his past isn’t nearly as buried as he thought.

Altered Carbon debuts on Netflix February 2, 2018.

Forgotten Scheduled Posts [F]

•November 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

SHIT!!! Forgot about a scheduled post I had written 5 years ago (Transmitted Me [F]) and I just read it and I am fucking cringing. I don’t remember what state I was in but it seemed honest. Articulate. I liked it (and myself for writing it), up until the point where I started to mention names, and for predicting my own year of death — ahhhhhh cringe, Finn. It’s funny because it was my birthday yesterday and I suppose I truly believed I would not be happy and strong enough to go on after I reach the age I am at. So yeah, eat that younger version of myself! (I have rescheduled that post to reappear in 2021 though lol). I don’t think I can write that vulnerable again, about that specific topic (for those of you who have the email version—fuuuccckkkk—please don’t ever bring it up). I will not edit it or delete the post outright because it came from a place of truth and it deserves to be read, someday, plus looming death thoughts still ruminate somewhere in the back of the dome.

Birthday Happiness Without Cake [F]

•November 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Today is my birthday (thank you). I decided to spend it at work of all places, because it was a co-worker’s last day there — someone lovely who can make me laugh. To have spent the day anywhere else would have been a less than beneficial use of my time. I might never see her again, you know (she leaves for Japan on Tuesday). NO ONE was meant to know it was my birthday either, but word got out (thanks Maddy) and I had to endure the well wishes from every staff member working the morning and afternoon shifts. I have never been one for attention, truly, and I can say with complete certainty that for years only five people have known when my birthday is. I really am that private and OK with it. But today was surprisingly alright. Stoicism losing out to the normality of people’s kindness, and for that on this auspicious date, I am grateful for my weakness and flaws (celebrating growing ain’t so bad). I never expect anyone to understand my need/predisposition to be reserved, not even family, but I know there has got to be a reason for it, for my personality. Maybe I could be someone’s lovely co-worker one day, hehe.

26 November; today I worked, said farewell to a new friend, and watched the first quarter Moon set over Manukau Harbour as warm tears rolled down cold cheeks. If I was a painter it would have been a moment to capture. The soft glow of diffused moon shine behind misty clouds. Hardly an eventful day to someone with a healthy social life, to be sure. But for a guy like me, this may just have been the most significant birthday I have experienced since my childhood days. Still reserved, of course, but… I fall asleep tonight, hopeful.

Stellar* [throwback] [♬]

•November 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

While walking along Ponsonby Road during my break today, I came across a jewellery store called Boh Runga. I went inside, said hi to the women sitting behind the counter and her friend, then told her how much I loved her band, Stellar*. Boh Runga, older sister of acclaimed recording artist Bic Runga, had a pop/rock band in the 90’s that turned out some neat hits. I had no idea Boh has been making jewellery now for 10 years. You can view her range here —

And here are those sweet, throwback Kiwi tunes (you’re welcome 😉):

We sure turnout some great singer-songwriters here in New Zealand. I only wish these were higher quality uploads.

Kill the Lights by Darren Pearson

•November 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Visit to purchase paintings and see more light-art projects.

Halloween Movie Night Pick: 976-EVIL (1988)

•October 31, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I am not big on scary movies, there are of course exceptions and I do make an effort to watch some during this hallowed season of the year. So when I learnt about 976-EVIL I had to dial it in:

It stars that quirky kid who was in the classic FRIGHT NIGHT (1985), Stephen Geoffreys, and it is the title to one of my all time favourite Deftones songs of the same name: