haiku + mural = ❤

california heights / fun bixby to wardlow lime / to gardenia map = haiku + mural by me w/ lots of painting help from the Tanakas Fun Fun Fun As a lil LB sprout I attended Cal Heights Preschool. For one summer I participated in the Cal Heights Summer Camp. After that I went to Hughes for three years. This neighborhood brings back many happy memories. I tried channeling some of them into this piece.  A huge grid of streets make up the International City . Few are pictured on the mural. What street do you live on? I've lived on Walnut, 3rd, Nieto, Caspian, Daisy, 9th, and Chestnut. My parents are from Japan. I am nisei, aka second generation. In Japanese, musubi = riceball & nagahama = Long Beach This mural is made possible by 7th District Councilmember, Roberto Uranga and California Heights Neighborhood Association . Thank you for allowing me this experience, I am forever grateful.  Tom-san aka @goodeyebadfinger  is an amazing photographer. Check out his legit docume

Long Beach Zine Fest

I ❤  Long Beach Zine  Fest  a great day put on by  friendly peeps who rock zines, zines, zines workshops | panels + talks | music | food trucks | Long Beach More info visit

Some Color Inspiration

Famous Places in Tokyo: True View of the Post Office at Edobashi | Kobayashi Ikuhide 1889  

Frank Bros. II

A store that changed L.A.'s ways  | August 15, 2009 | Martha Groves | Los Angeles Times You can learn more about the Frank Bros. Store in part 1 .

i heart LB ART

Long Beach, a City that supports the ARTS + ARTISTS, is a fantastic place to call home. Recently, the Arts Council for Long Beach  approached me to create some awards for the State of Arts - 2015 event. I was able to channel my love for this City, passion for the arts, and be inspired by all the wonderful awardees into this collection. The piece above was created with elements from each of the awards for FUN to commemorate the experience.  Framed versions were presented to the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Office of the Mayor as a, "thanks for including me." i heart Arts Council for Long Beach + i heart Mayor Robert . Learn more about each awardee by clicking on the award.

Fearless Fiona

I had tons of fun creating this  automata . Chipboard, sand, ink, plastics, and glue.  See Fiona perform today.  A video posted by @foam_kiwa on Sep 6, 2014 at 2:21pm PDT Created for the Relative Aperture group show curated by  Cory Bilicko .