it dawned on me that all of my favorite anime characters have the same traits in common. although they are the main heroes of the show, they sleep a lot, eat too much, and have their mouths wide open yelling obnoxious things to annoy all those around them. I admire them all. probably because they inspire me–I can relate to being lazy, hungry and loud… but I want to work on being a hero too.
I decided to make a tribute of my idols and wear my fan art to Seoul Fashion Week. I was coming out as a geek in the most fabulous way I knew how. cameras and watching eyes everywhere in the middle of fashion week… and hopefully some secret stylish nerds that might come out to me. I was a geek peacock, trying to attract like-minded and attractive people. I was so happy to be wearing my favorite things I was passionate about! loud and proud, just like my anime heroes. I am an otaku and it’s not a secret! I wear my heart and my art on my sleeve! it was also the most fun I’ve had drawing in a long time. permanent marker on soft leather was a feel-good match.
I found the jacket at a vintage market in Seoul called gwang-jwang. the market was full of booths crammed with musty cheap clothes and a surprising array of cute boys closing up shop. I spotted this long, white jacket hanging from a ceiling. the boy of the shop was speaking all the excitable english he knew how, and insisted I try it on. it fit like a glove and I knew immediately this was it. but I took my time prancing around in it so I could spend a little longer talking with the boys of the booth. I originally imagined a cropped jacket but I realized I needed to go large to fit my vision. it was overwhelming since I hadn’t drawn in months. 2 days before fashion week began, I finally put pen to leather, laying out across my friend’s heated floors till 5 am, skipping dance parties to create my masterpiece. I MADE THIS! ah~ I’m so happy~
starring Spike Spiegel, Usagi (aka Serena), Vash the Stampede, Ryo Saeba, Luffy and Goku. I drew hidden things all over the jacket like the awkward crow from city hunter under the collar and sailor moon eyes on the cuffs. several cute boys have wanted to wear and steal my jacket. most people don’t believe I drew it myself. 5 out of 6 Japanese people don’t know what Cowboy Bebop is, and that is a strange problem.
the best week of my life and the second best week of my life both revolved around a bi-yearly event. fashion week in seoul. for 5 days I am whisked away to another plane of existence, a glimpse into what it would be like to be a sought-after celebrity.
When I was younger I wanted desperately to be famous. I wanted to grow up and be a pop star. While day dreaming at dinner, lolling peas about with my fork, I told my parents I would be famous one day. I would buy them Cadillacs, mansions and trips to exotic beaches. they always laughed and incredulously asked how I would go about doing that. I simply said “I’m going to be discovered”. more uproarious laughter. they probably thought their daughter was just dreaming out her butt, head in the clouds with zero work ethic. well, not too much has changed from when I was 10, but I am working a lot harder at these goals (before the looks run out). 15 years later, I was discovered during a hair show and signed to a modeling agency the following week.
in this outfit, I am an unpopular 12 year old boy. but I am the type of 12 year old middle school boy who doesn’t give a shit, and wears what he likes. I probably read comics during math class and skip after school sports by riding my skateboard down to the pizza joint to play arcade games. girls probably like me, but I am too busy with my paper route and saving up for action figures to notice them. girls are gross anyway.
eat my shorts.
1980s Tokyo, the sun has just set and the giant neon lights begin to buzz. A turn off the avenue leads to a maze of backstreets. the alleys grow darker and damper as you leave the main drag behind. less people, more trash cans. the sound of traffic and feet shuffling die down and a faint music grows louder. turning one last corner, a glow illuminates a dead end. it’s an underground music club. you wouldn’t have known it’s existence, unless you had been there before. it’s CITY HUNTER, a thriving soulful joint that has somehow sidestepped the flow of time.
Our J-pop/K-pop dance night has come so far in 6 months! from Alibi basement room to … Barboza basement room. ok, so we’re still in a basement bar, but now our night is on Capitol Hill which is the only place that matters (to people on Capitol Hill)! JK POP! is getting lots of press and making headlines! it’s really exciting. I get to dress up and pretend I’m a K-pop star. I used to dream about dancing in a club to K-pop while dancing in my bedroom. I never thought I’d ever get to help RUN the event! our last one, July 5th was pretty good considering the July 4th holiday hangover.
a year ago today, I was in Tokyo. My life was great, although a challenge. I made my biggest dream come true of all time, I was living in Japan. Devin and I were only there a measly 6 weeks when the Sendai earthquake hit. we meant to stay at least 6 months. after the earthquake, explosions, tsunami, radiation, black-outs, food hoarding and general uncertainty, we had to leave the dream behind. a week later we left tokyo. 30 hours at the airport–the last place I ever wanted to be–and then back to Seattle.
I had a long list of things I wanted to accomplish while I was there. I barely knew Japanese, but was just thrilled to wake up everyday and just BE in JAPAN. It was a very difficult route to get to Japan in the first place. I didn’t have a job, and I couldn’t teach English without a university degree. I found out I was allergic to tatami mats and we didn’t have very much money to spend on things like “heat” and “food”. I had a hot water bottle to put in my futon at night to try to stay warm. I ate triangle rice balls every day from the convenience stores. I was poor, cold, with limited funds to ride the subway and hustlin er’ry day to try and find work. but as far as I was concerned, I was living the dream! I was the happiest girl on the planet, in my mind!
I have never felt connected to a huge disaster before, even when they happened to America. I’m not sure why, I have plenty of empathy to go around. I’m not even sure just by me being there the day of the 9.0 earthquake, connected me in a way, because it was on another level I felt so heartbroken over what happened. I felt like an outsider (which I literally was) but I felt there was nothing we could do but get out of the way, I suppose.
every day after the earthquake was hundreds of aftershocks. some over 6.0 more than once a day. It was an adventure, to say the least. I saw the infamous Shibuya Crossing look like a ghost town. no one was at the crossing and all the giant skyscraper video screens were turned off. I am pretty sure very few people will ever see it look like that in their lifetime. bizarro land.
I can’t believe it’s been a year. it’s always interesting to think where you were a year ago today. or 2, or 3. time and life is linear, but I’m rarely ever thinking of the present. I’m always being nostalgic or thinking of the possibilities of the future. I think things are going pretty well right now, but all I want in life is to get back to Japan!
I don’t own a black light because I do not color fuzzy posters, but apparently this turquoise polish I bought has the ability to glow. I painted my nails inspired by the teeth from the aliens in the movie Attack the Block. best aliens of the year, hands (nails?) down.
uncanny, I know.
Back in November 2010 I was in a hair plan rut, sticking to short and blonde for awhile. Then I finally watched the infamous Urotsukidoji anime. If you don’t know what that is, don’t go and find out. If you do, then you know the sister, Megumi, has awesome hair. I went a similar route, but due to hairshows and what not, I couldn’t grow my hair out to her length. but I like the color!
Don’t tell my agency! in two weeks I’ll have my hair done by a talented dresser from Vidal Sassoon, so it will be fixed and back to blonde soon enough. I just really hadn’t be in control of my own hair for months and it was getting to me. I mixed Special Effects Dye Fishbowl with Limelight and some conditioner to lighten it. whew, got that out of my system. now to take some awesome pics before it’s changed back!
It is already June. It’s hard to tell, since the weather hasn’t really changed in 6 months, but the days are flying by in 2011. I am technically unemployed since we got back from Japan, end of March. Although I really have 5 jobs, just none are paying me right away… One thing I have been lucky enough to stumble upon is doing HAIR SHOWS! My first in April was a lot of fun, and paid pretty well for just sitting and getting my hair did for free on stage! I did one in Mid-May for Ed Wyse who hosted some international Super Stylists (I just made that name up, I doubt that is official) from London!! They were all super cute and of course had adorable accents. swoon.
This was the stage in the Seattle Hyatt. over 400 people were there who paid $150 a TICKET to see these guys show off the new line of looks from London. it was pretty cool. All the models were dressed up and did a runway show, where they talked about their cuts. the other part of the show was live demonstration, of which I was part of twice! Cut for the first one and color for the second round! pretty exciting.
It was a fun opportunity, although it is still a lot of work. I didn’t get paid for this job, but I met a lot of cool people ANNNDDD!!! I got SCOUTED to be a model for SMG! I will be getting my test shots done today, nervous and excited. especially since I might have the opportunity to go to Japan on a visa and model through SMG! THAT IS MY (CURRENT/MOST URGENT) DREAM GOAL!! I hope to work hard and get a good portfolio so I can get back to my adopted Homeland ASAP!
Jen Moore took all these pics of me on stage. I could see her out of the corner of my eye, crawling around and getting really into taking photos. I tried so hard not to laugh. I was so thrilled she was there with me, experiencing this event! She took so many great photos, too!! I felt famous! One day when I really am famous, I can’t wait to take all my best friends around the world on trips with me. that is the real dream! This photo is of me on the monitors and after the haircut Anthony (pronounced AN-TON-ee, thank you) gave me a sweet mod undercut.
After the show was over, here is me with the color done by Jayson! He was so cool, I adored him. he wore the most stylish outfits. These shows are so inspiring when I meet jetsetting rich talented artists, I want to be on their level. I want that life. best way to get what you want is to surround yourself with people who have it, and work hard. the second part is a little tricky but I think I can pull it off.
“If you want something enough and your heart is pure, wondrous things can happen!” – Joey, Friends
(yeah I know, but it’s relevant)
I have another audition tomorrow for a hair show this weekend! it’s for Bumble2Bumble, I auditioned for them once in 2007 when I was recruited on myspace. They were nice and promised they would call but never did. I was recruited again through model mayhem–I hope they pick me this time… it’s a paying gig!