December 31, 2009

All Black And White Everything

It's the end of 2009.

Enter 2010.

In the entrance of a new decade , the things that inspire me remain to be black and white, clear as ice. It's seeing the simplicity in the lack of color that you see a much deeper spirit in the things you want to do.

The lack of color here is also looking at the end result where the picture is final. Nothing more to add, nothing more to erase...This is what keeps me going. Never be distracted by what is right in front of you. Instead, look straight through to the end where you should see the colored picture.

Thank you for all the support...

Happy New Year!


December 29, 2009

This one's for the beach.

Unleash The Black Mamba - Too Legit To Quit!

SBTG x Crate Sneaker Release Party!







Come over this Wednesday, 7PM onwards to the 2nd floor of the LRI Design Plaza to witness the launch of the Black Mamba, a collaboration sneaker between Crate and Singapore-based shoe customizer SBTG.

Exclusively made for the store, its only appropriate that we punctuated the momentous occasion with something as equally awesome, cases and cases of subzero beer. Head over, hang out, chill drink up, whatever.

We'll also be raffling off ROYALEFAM, KIKSTYO merchandise and possibly some sneakers off too, who knows?

Celebrate the launch of the Crate sneaker, and get a headstart on the New Year's inebriation with us. See you there!


There are points in time as momentous as this one, where in the culture is pushed in such a way that even the people are uplifted... And then a spark in the eye says, there is hope for us.

The Philippine Sneaker game has just upped it's ante thanks to Crate Manila and it's collaboration with legendary shoe customizer, SBTG. The sneaker is a remake of the black mamba created by SBTG but givrn that simple Manila vibration, on the tongue says Crate Manila and the box it comes in is just a relic.

Come and join Crate as we all celebrate in this triumph.

And you thought you've quit collecting sneakers? Well let me tell you;

"It's too legit!!! Too legit to quit!!! "

December 25, 2009

IronlaK Pilipinas

Do you see what I see?

Yes Ladies and Germs... Ironlak is finally here! It's right in my living room. Meaning it's in the Philippines! After a long while of negotiations and adjustments and meetings, decisions and in-decisions the paint we've all been waiting for is here

I provided the color chart so you can order easily.

Email: for your inquiries... PEACE! And once again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Leah Dizon x Chi Chi

Color in the muse is an idea i had to weed out the best illustrator painters out there... I provide the image, you provide the colors... It's a free for all. You can use photo shop , illustrator , water color... whatever way you want! Just do it!

Here's a drawing of half Japanese , half Filipina model Leah Dizon.
I made out of boredom last night.

This was made with pure pen and ink, If any body wants to color it in, feel free to do so... the competition lasts for about a month.

I will announce the winner second week of January!


the winner gets a free SUPLADO shirt!

Merry Christmas Folks

- Chi

December 24, 2009

Alice In Wonderland

Trailers are one of my favorite things about watching a new movie. And Alice In Wonderland's new trailer was shown as I was wearing 3D glasses sitting n that dark cold theatre the other day. I must say , I've never been so excited to see a movie again.

Yes , before Disney came out with an animated version of Alice In Wonderland, but in this new version... it's much more interactive, it takes you inside the world more so now with the 3D glasses and the CGI which is top notch. When you see the trailer in 3D or at least, if you noticed it here... Johnny Depp's face looks like a hallucination on mushrooms.. his skin moves and exaggerates all his emotions and his eyes constantly dilate. In perspective shots, the levels of depth are played upon and you will really feel as if a prop is being thrown at you.. or in the first part with the Cheshire Cat, it seemed as if his mist is going towards you.

In this film adaptation, Helena Bonham Carter plays the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway plays the white queen and Johnny Depp plays the mad hatter. Pretty damn good casting.

Alice In Wonderland shows March 5th. 2010, I got to catch some more zzz's to make time seem faster before this shows.

December 21, 2009


Saddo is a creative artist hailing from Berlin, Germany. Focusing on character design and applying it usually with spray paint or wheat pasting. He also draws and illustrates his own stuff. I saw some works of his with layers of plastic to color them with, when I see the article again i will post it.

There is a very subnconcious theme with his works and a somewhat 90's punk rock and metal aesthetic. I like the aggression mixed with humor in his pieces.

Saddo has recently collaborated with east pack back packs and is now continuing work as a freelancer..

Do you have any idea how old school Pinoy hip hop was before?

I was surfing through the net and stumbled upon this gem, Masta Plann dropping it on The Cure's Close to me. Genius.

Ladies and gentlemen, the legendary Masta Plann.

Experimental Psychology - Change Blindness

In visual perception, change blindness is the phenomenon that occurs when a person viewing a visual scene apparently fails to detect large changes in the scene. For change blindness to occur, the change in the scene typically has to coincide with some visual disruption such as a saccade (eye movement) or a brief obscuration of the observed scene or image. When looking at still images, a viewer can experience change blindness if part of the image changes.

Keep sharp people.

December 20, 2009

James Cameron's AVATAR

You have to see this film. not only do you have to see it, you have to see it in 3D. It was seriously a life changing impact on my visual senses. Avatar made me see colours i did not even knew existed. I don't believe i had ever been happier to see an artificial world stimulated by 3d glasses compared to my first time taking LSD. Actually it was a lot better than LSD. Maybe for some, the combo would be the best thing ever.

At first, I admit to have been skeptical about the whole 3d experience, thinking that the glasses would have been resembling that of the classic red and blue 3d glasses found only in cereal boxes. But no, the glasses themselves were actually quality stuff. Not only that.. It did it's job good. Realizing as how i was at the edge of my seat with my back firmly on the back rest, i looked around me and saw almost everyone in my immediate vicinity with jaws ajar and just in awe.

In Avatar, James Cameron has pulled a Tolkien in this one, creating a whole world deep into detail, backed by scientific research and fact and fused with endless imagination. The result is a mind blowing alien planet of beauty called Pandora, which made me wish it were real just in case , we humans really fuck planet earth and mother nature up. Pandora is inhabited by people called the Na:Vi who are connected literally to their planet. You could feel in the movie that the natives really love their planet...they know the benefits they get with just taking what they need. At the same time they give back by praising their planet as their mother. The Na vi were forever grateful people to nature, and that was very obvious. In terms of their human colonizers, you would see the exact opposite; industrial , greedy , almost on edge from greed. But not all of them.. some still had their heads out of their pockets.

So in line with this, Avatar was well thought of, from the character design , where in basically each character was a stereo of how humans would naturally react to a setting such as Pandora's. The set design (deeply rooted to nature's imagination, and the story was rich , full, and relate - able...actually, very relate- able. The main character Jack Sully was groomed to be somewhat of the observer character (like the audience) in relation to the movie. Initially, curious and excited to explore the horizons of what he was to experience, assumed he was going to get rid of the natives but ultimately gets involved and drawn in to the action and the passion and ends up being the hero.

Yes, Avatar was awesome. Period. There was a movie when I was a child about a logger who was magically transformed into a thumb sized man. He initially wanted to destroy the forest until he fell in love with a fairy and as he wanted to get into the faerie's world, he fell in love with the world as he ended up protecting the land he fell in love with. This movie was Fern Gully. Avatar is a modern rendition of this classic. Avatar reminded me of Fern Gully. Fern Gully on steroids.

December 18, 2009

THE - Unofficial Xmas Party

I am loving the direction in design in this new THE shirt plus the poster is just attractive to my eyes. Minimal with some of that THE twist.






Success After The Stress

photos by Adoborat and leanne Tan

Thank you to all the friends , and loved ones who supported the launch and experiment. We appreciate it dearly.

Special thank you to Mr. MilkRiddles

Picoy Cruz of Beat Box Philippines

Jerik Robleza THE

and to all those who bought for themselves and their friends who's got friends that got friends.



"All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, Wake in the morning to find that it was vanity... But, the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, For they dream their dreams with open eyes, And make them come true."