“Thank You” Goes A Long Way

This blog entry is not Art-related.

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So LaVar Ball’s middle son LiAngelo and 2 other UCLA basketball players were caught shoplifting in China and were on the verge of serving a long-term sentence. UCLA Men’s Basketball were doing a tour there, played exhibition games without them, and later left them in China while they were still under house arrest. Trump sat down with China President Xi Jinpeng (a prior arrangement) and got those 3 players to come back to the states safely. They all issued statements of apology and thanked Trump, and all seemed fine. Maybe a little too fine.

Enter LaVar Ball, who goes to say that Trump hardly had anything to do with the players’ releases, some sources even claimed it was collegiate officials and the NCAA. And that’s why he didn’t say Thank You. Trump fired back on Twitter and here we are. LaVar made to CNN. As someone who’s been following the Ball family for the past couple years I had to stop what I was doing and watch “Ungrateful” LaVar Ball’s appearance on CNN Tonight with “Chained Lunatic” Chris Cuomo.

Apparently everything comes in 3’s. Within the past year LaVar has made appearances on sports networks (ESPN’s First Take & Fox Sports Undisputed), a late-night talk show (ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!), and now a television news channel. From saying how he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one to saying how his oldest son Lonzo (at the time undrafted) is better than 2-time NBA MVP Steph Curry, LaVar has made headline after headline. And last night was no different.

And it did not disappoint. However I’m going to have to disagree with Lavar on this one. All he had to do was say Thank You and everybody would have moved on as there are much more important things to talk about in the political arena. But LaVar, a man with nothing to lose, wins again.

I think the funniest thing here is that these are grown men bickering about something we were taught to do as babies.

Thank you.

The bigger picture is that we are watching 2 master class marketers go at each other. Its like Donald Trump has finally found a dance partner that can hang with him in terms of self-promotion.

  • Mike Shields , CNN Political Commentator

Asking For Free Stuff

A cartoon artist walks into different public businesses and asks them for free stuff, the same way all creatives get approached to do free work. Hilarious!

Designs for free? How many times have you been asked to design a free logo in return for “credit” or “exposure”. As designers we’ve been there many times! what would happen if we were to apply this tactic to the real world? how would people react?


Josiah Brooks is an artist from Melbourne, Australia and he has created an eye opening video that would help people understand the plight that we as designers go through.


3:44 – “It diminishes the value of our product if we offer things for free, when we know that we can build rapport, and have great experiences, and get people giving word of mouth experiences, and still conduct a business.” – The Travel Agent Guy

Graphic Artists make appearance on The Simpsons

“Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart” is the fifteenth episode of the twenty-third season of the American animated television sitcom The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 4, 2012. In the episode, Bart is punished by Homer after letting a rabbit loose in the house. He gets revenge on his father by spray-painting images of him with the word “dope” all over Springfield. Street artist Shepard Fairey encounters Bart one night and offers him a gallery show of Bart’s artworks. However, Chief Wiggum suddenly appears during the show and arrests Bart for covering the town in graffiti. It turns out that Fairey is an undercover officer working for Wiggum.

The episode references the 2010 street art documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop by graffiti artist Banksy, and features guest appearances from street artists Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal as themselves. Fairey, who is a long-time fan of The Simpsons, also guest starred in the episode as himself. Around 5.09 million Americans tuned in to watch “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart” during its original broadcast. Since then, the episode has received praise from television critics for its opening sequence, which parodies the opening sequence of the medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones.

Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl? – Eddie Huang

This blog entry is not Art-related.

How many rounds of approval did this go through? Steve Harvey’s just a comedian right? Yeah. But people will still rely on popular culture to shape popular opinion, something that will probably never go away.

I’m gonna level with you a bit. These Uncle Chan’s in Hollywood helped make this possible. Some recall Long Duck Dong. Growing up I had Bobby Lee. This generation has Dr. Ken. It’s the roles they agree to do that’s had a great hand in making Asian guys a joke in the dating world. They were never laughing with you.

The butt of the joke: Asian males (all 2 billion of us). The point of the joke: The idea that they could possibly be attractive is hilarious. Have a white guy say the same thing about black men dating white women and he would get crucified. So here we are with Fresh Off The Boat author Eddie Huang as the biggest thing going for the Asian American community, and best of all – He’s not an Uncle Chan. Huang responds to Harvey, one who attempts to uplift the black community, doesn’t seem to have a problem perpetuating stereotypes of another community:

That doesn’t mean we give up. Steve goes to the gym; Joe buys every piece of Supreme clothing he can afford; and I’ve got jokes. They’re the cultural modifications we see as antidotes to our issues with masculinity. But no matter how successful I was, how much self-improvement was made, or how aware I was that stereotypes are not facts, there were times I thoroughly believed that no one wanted anything to do with me. I told myself that it was all a lie, but the structural emasculation of Asian men in all forms of media became a self-fulfilling prophecy that produced an actual abhorrence to Asian men in the real world.

That’s why this Steve Harvey episode is so upsetting. He speaks openly about issues facing the black community, he is a man of God, and he has a huge platform to speak from. Unfortunately, he’s also the type of guy who orders Krug champagne for himself and Cook’s for every one else. For his own personal profit, he’s willing to perpetuate the emasculation of Asian men regardless of how hypocritical it is. He isn’t the only one doing this in 2017, but as I told myself on New Year’s, I’m not drinking anymore of this Cook’s they’re trying to pour, and neither should you.

And I no longer believe in yellow fever, or fever of any kind. It’s not a compliment and it’s different from saying one has a preference. Treating any human person like a thing with no personal agency that exists for your gratification is horrific, but so is stomping on normal healthy sexual expressions of desire and appreciation. There’s an uncomfortable line between those things that can be difficult to tread. But still, there I was, sitting across from a white girl, capitalizing off the K-Pop wave that took over the USA in the early 2010’s. I caught one there (lol) but after picking her brain apart I saw it wasn’t anything more than my ethnicity. She wasn’t feeling my rap playlists or my basketballisms. It’s a very shallow attraction, and any Asian guy could’ve probably did it for her. These type of people are out there, with very narrow scopes.

Are you in love with them, or are you in love with the mirage of them?

Everybody deals with their identity their own way. If someone’s not loving their partner for the right reasons, it’ll rear its head eventually, and they’re gonna deal with it. And it’s not my job to be judging all these yellow shorties with white dudes.

It’s been a rough week for Steve Harvey.