Oct 19 2018


My fantasies about being a blogger are starting to manifest themselves. I have been writing articles on the Hamburger Eyes site and have been getting good feedback. Not a lot of comments but some emails, texts, mentions, and DMs. I have been writing about photography and publishing. You could say that I have been blogging since 2003 with that site, but not until recently did I start “writing” “articles.” I feel like I have excavated not a new skill or talent but new pleasure? Does that sound pervy? I guess I am trying to say I have been enjoying it.

I would like to start writing articles on this site. Not sure what about yet. My Youtubes hover in the self-improvement/human potential category but I think that will be expanding soon as I start interviewing people and make a show out of it. I think from there I will be able to narrow focus.

For now, I will continue to shoot photos and philosophize out loud. Stay tuned for more.

Oct 17 2018


I was joking with Chelsea saying if I ever opened a restaurant, it would be for breakfast only and I would call it “Cool Eggs” or “Eggs N Things” or “Ray’s Eggs”. Then I thought I would steal the name of my seashell jewelry making company and just call it “Ray’s Creations”.

We fell in love with a Japanese rice ball spot near by and decided that we can probs just make this stuff at home. She made a soft boiled egg one. Super delish. I would serve these at my restaurant. One time we made a hotdog and egg and mayo one. With salt and pepper. I would serve that too.

Oct 11 2018


I got invited to be part of the Facebook Artist in Residence Program and hang my photos in the new Facebook offices in downtown SF. If you look up the program it is all painters using very bright colors, so for them to ask me to do black and white xerox photos seemed weird for them but super awesome for me. I was stoked.

The plan was to do a permanent installation wallpaper wheat paste style across 2 walls, a little corner nook, and a stairwell. I thought it would be easy and that if I hired BB to help, it would take us 1 day total. I probably don’t need to but I am going to tell you all the details of the ups and downs anyways.

Day 1. It was cool and trippy being in the Facebook/Instagram HQ. Billions of dollars was what I kept thinking. First thing that went south was the stairwell. We needed to glue photos down 3 walls of it. Just figuring out how to set up a ladder properly took a while. And after all that we decided it was too sketchy and might have to get a different ladder set up, probably multiple ladders, and a scaffold type thing. The lady that hired me wasn’t there, we were texting back and forth all day. We decided to scratch the stairwell.

I brought a giant stack of laser printed photos on regular copy paper. Over 300 photos. We pasted up the first 2 on the first wall and they came out super wrinkled. A couple people there were saying that that is just the way wheat paste works and it is part of the aesthetic, but we decided that it needs to be flat. I felt all fucked up about it and should’ve practiced more with different materials. I just researched on the internet beforehand and thought this would be chill.

So we ran to Office Max and bought the heaviest paper stock they have. Spent $50. Luckily I also brought digital back up of all the photos. The plan was to use the FB copy machine and output all the photos on this new paper. After a few hours of messing with it, the machine couldn’t accept the usb and the copies didn’t look good when copying off the prints I had already.

Last try was Fedex Kinko’s. Let’s make just a few copies on cardstock, glue them up and see if that works. It works. It works great! Let’s go back down there and make the rest of the copies before they close in 10 mins. Just a few copies in the machine breaks. Shiiit. Gotta go to a different Kinko’s. By this time it was already a long ass day, so I took BB back to his crib and I went to another Kinko’s and made the rest of the copies on cardstock successfully. We’ll go back to the office tomorrow.

All this would be fine but I had it in my head that we would be done in one day. And because of all the security and construction going on with the Transbay Terminal Park thing about to break in half, it takes at least 30 mins to enter and to exit the building. I knew we can’t work in the office on Monday. And I borrowed my girlfriend’s car that she needs on Tuesday. In LA. Time was against me.

Day 2. I forgot to mention the first printing attmepts. I have my trusty printer that has printed 10s of thousands of perfect prints. I have made an exhibition with over 500 prints with this printer. A few months later made over 1000 photos for a show in Munich. This thing handled it no problem. Printing a few hundred photos for this project will be easy. Wrong. I was getting crazy lines. I tried 10 different brand new toner cartridges, I replaced rollers and parts and took it apart multiple times. Still, lines. I went and bought a new printer off Craigslist, same model. LINES. I don’t know what is happening. 3 weeks of this. The day before I drove up to SF, I ended up just making all the photos at Kinko’s.

Anyways, Day 2. The cardstock testers from yesterday are super solid and glued dried flat to the wall perfectly. Let’s go. We pasted up maybe 30 photos real quick. Uh oh, they are slowly peeling up. What is happening. Prints are now aborting themselves off the wall. We check the glue and it doesn’t feel sticky at all. We add more powder mix to it. Still kinda watery. Could the glue de-activate itself over night in a bucket? This was the highest rated glue on Amazon.

We run over to Lowe’s and buy some big time contractor grade wallpaper glue. It works and it works good.

But by this time it is like 9pm and we can’t finish tonite or work tomorrow.

So after some beer and tacos at Isaac’s work and some sleep, I drove back to LA.

And a couple days later drove back.

Saw George’s new beaver tail.

I’m gonna call this Day 3. Again, not sure why I thought we could finish in one day.

We got to this point and I don’t know I was feeling burnt I thought I was done. I told the Facebook lady, Kristin, that I didn’t want to cut the photos to the edges. That it looks better like this. She was like, “Nah breh, wallpaper it to the edges. It’ll look better.”

She was right. It looked better. We got one wall finished. It was tricky cutting out the photos to fill in the edges. It was like 9pm.

We watched UFC and went to bed.

Day 4. No matter what we have to finish.

We ran out of photos a couple times. A Kinko’s run or just leaving the building for anything is at least 1 hour. So time just flies.

Looong day but we did it.

Isaac met us for a victory drink but we were too tired. We only had 1 and then got corndogs at the gas station and went to bed.

I went back in the morning to see if anything sucks or not.

Everything was perfect. Super psyched on it. Got some free snacks for the road and drove back to LA. Now I know how to wheatpaste super good and now I know I am not 25 years old and need more than 1 day to set up lol.

Sep 20 2018


Matt was visiting from the UK and making a documentary.

Dave made some chicken.

Venice Beach.

Not sure if you can see this dude chugging a beer.


Sep 10 2018


My Saturn got smashed.

The guy bounced off my car and then into the car parked in front of me.

Then he bounced off that car and into the parked car in front of that one. He ripped the front end off this one and then he hopped up the curb..

..and into this fence, tree, and brick wall.

He must’ve been going at least 80 mph because after hitting all that and destroying my entire block, he still went flying and flipping and landing across the street into this apartment building.

Anyways, the collision repair place said my car is totaled. If you are reading this and got a car you don’t need, lemme buy it off you.

Aug 28 2018


My brother got a gig testing recipes for another chef’s cookbook that is about to come out. I guess it is normal for chefs and restaurants to put out recipe books but never test the recipes and then when the customer tries to make a dish it turns out like shit and they leave a bad review. According to Dave this happens all the time. So all the legit recipe book people will pay cooks like my brother to actually cook the food as per directed and then give notes on what works and what doesn’t. Anyways, more free food for me. I went to go borrow a camera from him and ending up having a nice meal. He made a spaghetti with 3 types of nuts in the tomato sauce. It was trippy and delicious.

His girlfriend has a Tanuki statue. This is an old Japanese character that is a drunk raccoon with gigantic balls. I guess the bigger the balls, the more inviting and awesome he is. When I was in Japan for 2 weeks, I spent most of my time looking for these statues and couldn’t find them. Maybe they are banned? Dave lived in Japan when I was visiting, and after I left he said he searched everywhere in multiple cities for like 6 months and couldn’t find any for sale.

Aug 23 2018


Not sure why, and I know I have mentioned this before, but I think blogging or being a blogger is probably the coolest job. So when I am not updating my blog it feels like I am totally lagging on my dreams.

I know bloggers aren’t blogging about their day to day lives like this, but its practice for me just in case something goes down and I have to be a blogger all of a sudden.

I know bloggers are blogging about a specific niche or particular topic like hiking or bitcoin or some shit. For me I thought it would be cool to do camera reviews or even more recently maybe book reviews. It could still be. Did you think the name of this site is an accident?

Nowadays though the hype is being an “influencer” or “vlogger”. But you still have to have a website/blog to link to sell your services or merch or whatever. So in the end it’s still about blogging.

Sometimes you make mistakes. I thought I could do stuff without social media and deleted it all a couple months ago. But as I get older that laptop lifestyle is becoming more and more appealing. So if that means more internet marketing then more internet marketing coming right up. Stay tuned for more experimenting.