Sunday, March 21, 2010

Look at this Fucking Hipster - The book. Yes folks, I'm a published photog

Okay - so we all know about the craze that's been sweeping the blog-o-sphere, right? The whole "blog to book" story? This Is Why You're Fat, Dear Old Love and my personal fave: Look At This Fucking Hipster - just to name a few.
When I joined Tumblr not too long ago, I never would have thought there would be so many blogs that were open to submissions! It was awesome! I was hoping that whatever content I submitted would be chosen to be looked at by millions of viewers - if it was good enough.
I started combing through all my party photos - looking for just the right submission to LATFH and I'd found it: a photo from 8/2/08 - the night that Sloppy Seconds got moved from the flooded MJQ to above sea level Graveyard.  It was rainy, crowded and unusually crazy.  There was this guy in attendance who was kind of hamming it up for the camera - any camera, so I clicked away at him to see what kind of ridiculousness I could get and it was enough ridiculousness for LATFH - the book!
I'm very proud of myself, I must say.  Some of the other photos are awesome and x100000 way more out there than mine!  And even though it may be a silly thing to be excited over, I still am.  It's fucking awesome to see my photo in a book!  Technically, I'm a published photographer!  Hell yes!  And it's all thanks to Joe Mande and Look At This Fucking Hipster. Oh and also the hipsters.
Look for the book in bookstores on March 30!  I got an advanced copy because I'm awesome like that.
Here's the photo in all it's book glory:

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Here's a link to the FB album from where it came.
And, apparently, the guy in the photo is Cory Enemy - a DJ / producer from LA.  Exposure?  I think so - but I would like a confirmation, just to make sure the right person is getting credit.
Be sure to check out the book and laugh at the good times had by all!

Love and kisses,

Monday, March 15, 2010

Trying to explain why I need a Jean-Paul Gaultier for Target garment to the old man is pointless

My bf and I made our usual weekend trip to Target. We hadn't been in awhile so it was only natural to wander off by ourselves and enjoy the new stuff.
Our first trip to Target (yes, there was another later on) took us to the new Super Target by our house. I browsed through the awesome Liberty of London printed dresses and tops and made my way to the home section. Our quest is to find black and white items for our newly redone bathroom. I found some really awesome birds for the walls and, to my surprise, the old man agreed!
I immediately put them up in the bathroom but it felt a little off, so we went on another quest for more birds!
For our second trip, we ended up at the Target by the mall. We looked for more birds but couldn't find any so we separated and I ended up in the clothing - of course. I browsed through the awesome Liberty of London printed dresses and tops (again) and meandered through the bathing suits (that will never fit me) and so on until I made my way back to the old man. Where was he? In the electronics section, of course! I looked up at one of the many TVs and there was Jean-Paul Gaultier. But what was he doing on Target TVs? He was talking about his Jean-Paul Gaultier for Target collection.

Wait - what?!

I walked right by it and didn't even notice?! What kind of person am I?! Of course I run back to see if it was featured at this Target and there it was - the Jean-Paul Gaultier for Target display. My eyes literally watered with joy. The last time I had anything Gaultier was when I was, like, 14 or 15 and didn't even know who that was (until Ab Fab) and I grew out of it. When was the next time I could ever own a Gaultier?! NOW. The time is NOW! So I rummage through the small collection and find 2 things: a striped shirt with an anchor cut and tied into it (which wasn't really me but I could totally make it me) and a striped dress. I showed them to the old man and (surprise, surprise) he HATED both of them. Actually, he hated the whole JPG collection but he especially hated the anchor shirt. I told him to pick the "lesser of two evils" and he refused. He kept asking why I had to have some ugly clothing but he's a guy. He wouldn't understand.
He would never understand why the 14 y/o in me wants something by Gaultier and why the 29 y/o actual me NEEDS something by Gualtier. It's mother fucking Jean-Paul Gaultier. At Target for Christ's sake!! When would I ever be able to afford anything by Jean-Paul Gaultier?!
So there it was. I picked the dress. Of course I wore it out when we went to the grocery store. And the funniest part - the old man is utterly confused by the sash. He hates it even more because of the sash. I love it. It makes it interesting. Which is fashion. But he's a guy. And he would never get it.

Here's me, the birds and the dress:

Me, my birds + my Gaultier dress

So hurry into Target, ladies, and get your Jean-Paul Gaultier!!

Love and kisses,

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Big Hipstamatic Show!

I updated my fave app in all the land (my Hipstamatic, of course) and I noticed a new feature - if you flipped your photo over, there was a new icon: a little shield looking thing. What is it, you ask? Why, it's The Big Hipstamatic Show contest entry button!
The contest I have entered is Overindulgence - "Excess and Decadence" and my contest entry resides here. But looking at it won't get me votes - tweeting about it will!

Just tweet the following text:

'Saturn Chandelier' by @_katzi_ #hipstamatic

And that's it! That's all you have to do to get me votes! I will be ever so grateful if you did! I know they'll have more contests and I'll probably enter most of them (if not all of them) but I would appreciate all the Twitter love if you could be so kind. I mean, check out this effing Saturn Chandelier
Saturn Chandelier (Hipstamatic Contest Entry)

How could you NOT vote for it?? so please, dedicate at least 1 tweet to me. Thank you!!

Love and kisses,

Live blogging the Oscars unintentionally

I wasn't planning on live-tweeting/tumbling the Oscars last night but I couldn't help it - there was too much good stuff happening that I just kept thinking "How could I not?!"
The Oscars has always been a huge thing for me ever since I started getting interested in film and video forever ago and even though it kind of has deteriorated into a popularity contest of sorts, I still love it and what it means getting one.
On that note, I would like to say that Sandy Jerkface, who won for Costume Design, was very unladylike. Her speech truly hurt my feelings. 'I already have two of these'. This bitch... But Tom Ford was rather dashing.
Everything else was pretty good after that one little thing. Quentin didn't get any Oscars (if you know me, you know that I am NOT his biggest fan), Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were hilarious, NPH was fierce as hell, Ben Stiller cracked me up, everyone's outfits were amazing but what was up with George Clooney? And what was up with the Love Letters to all the Best Actor / Best Actress nominees?
Did anyone else notice all the awkward moments throughout the broadcast as well? Like, the Director couldn't really tell when someone was done talking but he/she didn't want to start the music just yet because he/she didn't want to look like an asshole but he/she did anyway because the show was 30 minutes behind schedule? It was a little weird but not too off-putting.
The best part? Kathyrn Bigelow winning Best Director, of course! Also: The featurette on the importance of Short Films and the coolest speech from Michael Giacchino when he won for Best Original Score for Up:
When I was nine, I asked my Dad, ‘Can I have your movie camera? That old, wind-up 8-millimeter movie camera that’s in your drawer?’ And he goes, ‘Sure, take it.’ And I took it, and I started making movies with it, and I started being as creative as I could, and never once in my life did my parents ever say, ’ What you’re doing is a waste of time.’ Never….. I know there are kids out there that don’t have that support system. So, if you’re out there and you’re listening, listen to me: If you wanna be creative, get out there and do it. It’s not a waste of time.
I wanted to cry when I heard that! I was thinking of all the times I used to pester my aunt for her Hi-8 to make silly movies with my doll collection and thought of all the kids who never get that opportunity. I was also full of such gratitude for all the opportunities I have been given to pursue my passion for film and video. What a truly inspiring speech!
The Oscars really inspired me last night. With all its glitz, grandeur and silliness, it really reminded me that film making has evolved into this crazy platform that is constantly pushing the boundaries. And if you're an aspiring filmmaker, remember that collaboration is the key. Movies have giant crews of people who work tirelessly towards one common goal: to bring a story to life. You can't make movies alone. Cherish the crews you work with and when you find the right collaborative group, don't let go. Treat each other with respect and gratitude because one day, you may be able to share the Oscar with them.

Love and kisses,