Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
This past weekend, a few of us were so lucky to have been invited to Blind Whino, a project by the G40 Art Summit, and backed by Heineken Mural Project. I can't stress how extremely happy I am that we decided to attend, and how grateful I am that we were invited by Art Whino to attend in VIP fashion. This party that Heineken so generously hosted, was the official Heineken Mural Project VIP Launch Party. As a venue for many events to come, it was pretty cool to be able to step foot inside Blind Whino a little sooner than some.
We stepped inside the Beer Garden area, after a bit of a wait in the line outside. Everyone was eager to enter, and the vibe was on-point. Music booming, people chatting, and of course beer flowing...we couldn't wait to get our wrist bands and become part of the buzz. Above is what you'll see as you step up to Blind Whino, which has been an on-going project lead up by the G40 Art Summit and Premiere Events Venue. The building, previously vacant for two decades, obviously was a very Gothic-esque church in its time.
Out in the beer garden, a large canvas sat upright for guests to leave their signature upon. Unfortunately by the time we got to it, it looked like most of the paint and ink had been used up.
Someone found some..
Inside the building was definitely more hectic and overwhelming than outside. Almost every inch of interior was covered in mural or painting, if not having some type of art from the exhibit being displayed.
There was a DJ set going on for folks on the first floor..
..while there was a live performance taking place upstairs.
Back on level one, each little corridor of a room displayed art pieces from several different artists. Some of these pieces might be recognized from Art Whino's gallery back at National Harbor. Some of the pieces were ones I hadn't seen before which was awesome. And of course, some Angry Woebots were present, so all was well!
The above landing shows the north stairwell leading to the second floor...
...while the above shows the south stairwell. With extremely different themes, both were very intriguing and lured you further up and up.
Wall murals on the second floor, which focused mainly around the performers' stage, had such emotional colors. I feel as though upstairs had some sort of living and breathing atmosphere with an aura about it, and made you feel a very specific way - in a good demeanor.
The mural literally extended from the floorboards, to the walls, onto the ceiling, and all the way to the back of the room. Like I said, you get very sucked-in to this environment. Above is an image of the art extending all the way from the stage and back to nearly the edge of the room on the ceiling.
A close-up of the colors, textures, and noise that the paint creates throughout the room.
And what would a D.C. event be without a food truck present?! The team inside this smaller cart were serving up food of the cheesesteak and gyro variety. I cannot tell you how happy this dude was to soon be eating his fresh cheesesteak with Old Bay sprinkled in. Sadly, as 11PM rolled around, we migrated our way back to the front gates, chatted and waited around a bit before eventually heading-out. I'm really stoked that we made it out to see Blind Whino, and just generally felt great about attending the event. Can't wait to head back for future events, which look like they will be taking place several times a week in the near future. To learn more about the Heineken Mural Project, check out the link below! Bushido!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Recently, I figured it was time to piece my personal Yokomo MR-4TCSD Drift Package back together, and get this thing running again. To be honest, all I was missing was a universal shaft to get the car back and running, but I used that as an excuse to completely tear the chassis down and re-build with my dream hop-up parts. I discovered that WELD, a Japanese wheel brand, had developed a division of their company specific to R/C drift chassis, that includes parts for Yokomo, Tamiya, and lots more. I couldn't believe all of the quality parts they had available, the caliber of the attention to detail and the specific parts developed for what is really needed.
So, I set-out to create an ultimate list of parts that I would love to install on my chassis. Of course blue-anodized aluminum everything. I used to shop with a store based out of Japan that some of you may know: Genki Dori Dori. But unfortunately, it seems that their company has gone under, and I was forced to search elsewhere. After coming across Banzai Hobby, another shop based out of Kanagawa, Japan, I chose to make my purchase with them. Their website houses a plethora of aftermarket and brand-stock R/C parts, as well as other hobby products including figurines, etc. I was able to purchase just about everything that I wanted (within my budget for that order), with the exception of just two part #'s which really weren't necessary for my immediate need anyway.
So I ordered all of my little precious blue aluminum bits, and gathered my other parts that I had already ordered and were waiting around to be installed, and prepared for my re-build. I have since, ordered again from Banzai Hobby, and definitely plan on going back to them for more orders. I love that they have everything that I was looking for in one simple place, and at a very reasonable price.
As you can see from the photos...I went a little ham with my list. I figured, I might as well just go ahead and order everything that I would eventually be buying anyways, and just get it all out of the way at one time. I couldn't wait to open all of these little packages and prepare everything to be bolted to the chassis.
Obviously, about 90% of the stuff I ordered was from WELD Overdose, and I couldn't be happier with that decision. I love that WELD brands a lot of their products by legit company endorsements. For example, I decided to pick up the above WORK Emotion CR Kiwami wheels, which were released not too much longer after the actual wheels were produced by WORK Wheels. These things are such amazing replicas, it's unreal. The white color that they used for the plastic is crazy realistic, and even the details that went into producing the miniaturized WORK logo on the edge of the inside lip blows my mind. And they indeed look at home in their place on the Yokomo chassis.
Here's a goody list of all the parts that came from this purchase, as well as what's on the car currently:
OD 1298 Overdose Aluminum C-Hub & Upright Set
OD 1300 Overdose Aluminum Rear Upright
OD 1244 Overdose Aluminum Front Shock Tower
OD 1246 Overdose Aluminum Rear Shock Tower
OD 1239 Overdose Aluminum Front Brace
OD 1240 Overdose Aluminum Front Tower Bar
OD 1194 Overdose Aluminum Front Gear Case Mount
OD 1195 Overdose Aluminum Rear Gear Case Mount
OD 1041 Overdose Aluminum Bumper Support
OD 1251 Overdose Aluminum Battery Support
OD 1250 Overdose Aluminum Motor Mount
OD 1211 Overdose Aluminum Type 3 Spur Gear Support
OD 1350 Overdose Aluminum Servo Saver Horn Type 2
OD 1178 Overdose More Angle Driveshaft Set
OD 1081 Overdose WORK Emotion CR Kiwami (+7 Offset)
D-001 Yokomo Aluminum Servo Mount
D-002 Yokomo Aluminum Rear Chassis Brace
D-021 Yokomo HP Front One Way Unit
D-024 Yokomo Aluminum Spur Gear Adapter
D-027 Yokomo Aluminum Suspension Mount Set
D-029 Yokomo Aluminum Steering Bell Crank Post
D-049 Yokomo FCD Standard Gear Set
D-058 Yokomo FCD Standard Solid Axle
SD-007DP Yokomo Titanium Turnbuckle Set
SD-644A Yokomo Aluminum Center Main Drive Cups
SD-644W Yokomo Graphite Main Drive Shaft
SD-Z33B Yokomo Drift Body Set For ORC Z33
SD-Z33L Yokomo Z33 Light Buckets
YS-6B Yokomo Aluminum Shock End Balls
YS-8B Yokomo Aluminum Shock Cap Balls
ZR-DR04 Yokomo ZERO-ONE R2 Super Drift Tires
TN-550 TN-Racing Input Shaft Set
The last few things that I'd like to purchase, then be done for AWHILE, would be the:
OD 1193 Overdose Aluminum Gear Case (x2 for Front/Rear)
OD 1252 Overdose Aluminum Steering Crank Set
And a whole bunch of Active Hobby Hex Screws, so that I can change out all of the black hardware to chrome hex-head hardware.
Now I can't wait to go get out and drive this thing with some buddies! Maybe some R/C drift events will start being organized and posted here...? We shall see! Bushido!
Monday, August 19, 2013
A few of us took the time to travel down to National Harbor this past Saturday night to visit Art Whino, an art gallery which houses tons of great work from local artists, as well as from some around the nation, and even around the globe. Specifically, they were hosting a show for the series of paintings by Lou Pimentel that night, named "Visual Notes." As always, there was an overwhelming amount of visual pleasure inside, and although the above work is not Lou's, there was plenty of his pieces to be seen.
When we first walked in, I was surprised by the abnormal amount of people that were inside and how packed it was. There was also a Crab and Beer fest that was held earlier in the day, which I think a lot of the traffic derived from. But with such an inviting atmosphere and storefront, it wasn't too much of a shock that so many people were drawn into the gallery.
To be honest, I really didn't get too many photos of Lou's featured art because there was so many other pieces to look at as well. But above are just a few of the paintings of his that were on display for the solo show. Check out his web page for more info:
One of my favorite aspects of Art Whino is their plethora of vinyl toys. Keep the above Ewok, and Star Wars theme in general, in mind while viewing the rest of the photos. Either Shane, the owner of Art Whino, really loves his Star Wars creatures or those of us from around the nation's capital have a thing for it.
Here's a piece from Caia Koopman, who has one of the coolest styles I've seen. It's very recognizable and I love her infusion of Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skull themes.
Some miniature pieces from Josh Taylor, that were hiding overhead through a walkway.
And tons of other artists' pieces extended onto the adjacent wall.
Some Boba Fett action for you. The long wall of the gallery had A LOT to take in. Displaying tons of work from several different artists, this has to be where most of visitors' time is spent.
Of course, what's an open show without some good tunes, and fine people to hang with? Art Whino so generously offered up free PBR's and some red and white wines for other folks.
Some of the Putrid Pals collection by Crazy Label in the background, with their little ice cream girlfriends.
Thanks to Josh Taylor, his "Daiku Gorou - Fabled Ronin of the Forbidden Forrest," had to be one of my favorite pieces on display within the gallery. Just something about his whole aura really appealed to and stuck with me; I think it has a lot to do with what he stands for connecting to what Bushido is all about anyway.
Some traditional style meets new age subject matter - This piece with Stormtroopers was somewhat comical.
A little Kid Robot: Dunny displayed in the casings.
More Dunny - 2013 Series 3-Inch version.
Even MORE from Kidrobot x Marvel.
The "signature" piece on the coffee table..
I know, I suck.
I'm telling you, they have more vinyl toys that you know what to do with.
Here's a shot of another casing with more rare toys. Also you can see that they have tons of tees for sale too. I didn't get a chance to really look at any, but from what I saw, they looked really cool!
Limited edition CrappyCat vinyls were atop one of the first displays you see when you walk in.
Some of the Angry Woebots series (look for pandas) by Aaron Martin is seen here. I might actually be looking into acquiring a piece from this collection for myself. They're so...sinister, but you just want to hug them!
And just one last look at the shop before we headed out - you can see how people might be attracted to this storefront like teenyboppers to the Apple store. If you ever find yourself in the D.C. area, be sure to stop by National Harbor and take a stroll through Art Whino! You won't be disappointed. Bushido!