Nov 15 2016

KUNSTVEREIN MUNCHEN

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Really proud of this book. Chris and Matt wrote this super long form essay about Hamburger Eyes that sums of everything awesomely well. The book has scans of back issues and photos from the latest issues. It was published by Roma Publications on occasion of our exhibit in Germany at Kunstverein Munchen. You should buy it.

Oct 30 2016

EXTRACTION

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HEALTH UPDATE: Okay, quick recap. A few weeks ago I had a bad tooth ache. I read a bunch of stuff online, I bought a bunch of natural products, and boom in 2 days tooth ache gone. I was feeling myself and started eating chocolate and sweets again. Not crazy, but 7-11 mission Kitkat or Reese’s every other day. While still flossing and scrubbing and alkalizing my mouth like a psycho.

And then boom, another tooth ache earlier this week. This one way more hard core then the first. I never felt anything like this. I went through 2 bottles of Advil in 2 days. I couldn’t sleep or eat. I was loading up on supplements hoping my immune system could handle it. But by the end of the week, the whole right side of my face swoll up. I should’ve gotten a selfie but was in too much pain to think to do anything.

I was using this set of natural products : tooth powder, mouthwash, and remineralizer from “Uncle Harry’s” that was the brand name. Super alkalizing for your mouth. Then I noticed my gums were receding crazy rapidly. And that this might be the cause of my pain. Maybe the gum line receded past the root of the tooth and there is just an exposed nerve? I was still studying a bunch and I came across info that your mouth can actually be too alkaline!? And that also you can be over brushing and over flossing?! I think both of these things led to my gums being all fucked up.

Anyways, my face got crazy. Here’s a weird thing, true story. My dentist office called me. They are like “Hey man, you are due for an appointment.” I actually answered the phone and was all, “Nah I’m good”. But within 24 hours of that phone call is when my face starting puffing out. So I called them back and was like “Guess what?”.

So I went in and she said that I have an infection. She didn’t say anything about receding gums or over flossing. She said, “We should’ve fixed this a year ago when I told you to.” The option is still the same, but now the time is more more crucial. I need to decide to extract it or root canal it. If I wait too long to decide, it will be past the point of root canal. But at that point, it will also make the extraction a lot harder to do because there will be less tooth to work with.

She gave me a prescription for antibiotics. I feel way better. It has been a few days. I also got a different herbal tooth powder that my mouth seems to like but is super messy.

According to this book I am reading, you can reverse tooth decay and the author is adamant about not getting extractions and not getting root canals at all. All the reviews are the same. People saying their dentist said “Extraction”, but they read the book and followed the directions perfectly and now the new xray says no extraction and the dentist is like, “Whaaaat”.

I think I can do it, but then I already had a couple sugary things yesterday and today. Not candy though. Rice pudding and some power bars. I been having massive sugar cravings. I thought it was maybe because I haven’t had any in about a week. I read that since I am on antibiotics, and that it is killing all the bad bacteria as well as all the good bacteria, the guys that are left like the yeast and the bugs have a free reign of terror on my body and they are the ones craving the sugar. They have hooked into my spine and are telling my brain to get them sugar. The cravings have been subsided with yogurt and apple cider vinegar but still yikes.

Anyways, for the most part I have stuck to the diet of no gluten, grains, or sugar. Lots of healthy fats. There is a very long list food protocol and it’s expensive and strict. I want to commit to it. Or should I just pull that tooth? I would just pull it because I have had 2 other root canals that both fell apart and led to pain and extraction anyways. But I want to keep the teeth I have. So… I will commit. And I want you to commit with me. Deal? Deal.

Oct 30 2016

TRASH CAN MAN

Last night this criminal was found hiding in trash can. K-9 unit be sniffing everything. Busted.

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Speaking of trash cans, I just deleted all the insta feed on this blog. The double dipping was confusing you and me both.

2 random old friends from way random eras in my life both told me within the last couple of days that I should work up this site and restart the podcast. All those 100s of other ideas I keep playing with, delete them all. Just work on this blog at night and Hamburger Eyes during the day. Go solo was the message I was getting. I started picking up what they were putting down. I started smelling what they were stepping in.

Stay tuned for more “reporting”.

Oct 22 2016

KICKING IT

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I kicked this box. It was not hollow.

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I still ride my bike everyday.

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Lurking here at night is chill.

Oct 19 2016

2 NU 1S

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I was sitting at my table at the SF Art Book Fair a few months ago when I overheard 2 photographers talking about another photographer. One of them asked, “When is he going to graduate from making zines?” and I am guessing that translates to something like, “When is he going to make an important book, or have an important gallery show, or do some important commercial work?..”

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This is what I am supposed to be doing is how I feel about it. If they had asked me.

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I have probably mentioned Daido’s quote on this blog already but here it is again. He said, “My work isn’t finished until it is on the printed page.” This wraps up the whole topic for me.

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I got 2 new zines and they will be free. Actually all my zines from now on will be free, edition of 50, and will ship with orders from – http://zinekong.com

Oct 16 2016

NUGGS

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I like riding my bike from my house to the beach via the LA River bike trail. 

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I hope my hair doesn’t come off like this. I don’t think it does. My mom wants me to cut it, but maybe she would like it more if it looked like this. I can’t grow a goatee though. Even if I could grow the hair, I just couldn’t get myself to cut out a goatee. Unless maybe I was doing some sort of costume but I can’t even think of a character that has this facial hair, it’s like I blanked them all out of my memory.

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This is right by my house. I see cars all the time, but I never see people.

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I wanted at least one of these basketballs. But then was feeling like what if this isn’t a pile of garbage and people are just waiting for the moving truck to pull up.

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This is from when I was in New York last month. I smoked a bunch of weed with my brother. I don’t know if you can tell in the photo but that’s a gigantic nug. I hardly smoked in my 30s and now 40s, maybe once or twice a year only, but in my 20s I was an addict. Recently I been having cravings, like maybe it is time to reunite with the plant allies. Everyone I know is holding, and I put the word out on the streets. No one has come through yet..

Oct 16 2016

STRUGGS

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I think I figured it out guys. I have been feeding my instagram into this blog but am realizing 1. that’s lazy blogging, 2. that’s double dipping, 3. instagram sucks. So now I’m thinking I will post everything here because it is more fun and insta is becoming too profesh. And then the insta will be like a best of this blog instead of the other way around as it has been kind of. That’s a much better idea yeah?

The above photo is from X-Men Apocalypse when Beast is getting got by Psylocke.

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Jason moved into a new studio.

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I like the penguin.

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The front part is retail, the rest is work space.

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I got a car now. I’m a driver again and going west during sunset is nice.

Sep 26 2016

REMINERALIZER

This is gross. This is my mouth. That is the roof of my mouth and my upper teeth. It’s hard to see exactly where in this photo are the problem areas because it such a mess in there. On my right side, I have a cracked tooth where pieces of teeth and pieces of filling broke off last week while I was in New York. Since then it has been hurting. You can see where a tooth has already been extracted. It’s next to that. A few months ago my dentist said I would be needing a root canal right there. She also said I have big cavity on my left side and if we don’t fix that one soon, it will be need a root canal as well. That one also had some pieces break off and it left really sharp edges.

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I used to joke with my friends and chew food with just my front teeth saying that’s how I have to learn to eat since all my other teeth will be gone. Why would I even joke about that because now look at me. I always had teeth problems and I always would neglect the problems till its too late.

The pain comes in waves. Mostly right side, but both sides. I have been through pretty much every kind of tooth pain before so my tolerance levels are high. I also know how to handle it. Keep it clean, floss that zone, swish with coconut oil to kill bacteria. Once the pain is gone, your chilling. Eventually the tooth will die and then you wont feel anything. Sometimes the tooth will just abort itself or you can go get it extracted which is way cheaper than fillings, root canal, implants, etc.

But last night it was hurting pretty bad. I bummed myself out. I can’t afford to go to the dentist right now and even if I could they would most likely extract those teeth and I can’t afford to lose any more teeth. You can’t see it that well here but I lost a bunch of teeth on the bottom row. I can go on and on about bad habits. But now is time for some big time power moves. Long term power moves. I wanted to post this photo for 1. accountability and 2. progress reports.

I stayed up late reading about reversing tooth decay and remineralizing teeth. I had heard of it before and the first time I researched I even switched to all natural products and started the coconut oil stuff. That was years ago though and very casual. This time I want to incorporate the diet and all the supplements. I ordered the book and some other things on amazon today. I went and got bone broth and probiotics today. Today is day 1 of no grains and supposed to be no sugar but I had some fruit. I had a salad for lunch and I chopped up a whole cucumber and threw it in there. And not even 24 hrs into it, my tooth feels better.

Anyways, this diet I think will help with another problem I got going on, an auto immune disease called lupus. I have a stack of books and have read a ton about healing but I have not fully committed even though I do believe it can help me a lot. It’s tough to change everything at once. And it’s tough doing it solo. This rotten tooth is motivating me more than ever though and it feels good just thinking about it. People have successfully cured their teeth problems and avoided extractions. People have also rid themselves of all symptoms of auto immune disease. All through diet and using food as medicine. I wont delete this post. And I will make more reports as we go. I need your support. Thanks in advance.

Sep 26 2016

NYC

I went to New York again for the annual New York Art Book Fair. It is always fun, stress, overwhelming, lucrative, and necessary. I love it. I posted most of the photos on the Hamburger Eyes insta (@hamburger_eyes) and my insta (@rays_reports) and I was going to repost them here but nah. Here’s just a few extras.

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This year we got a little piece of wall. I was psyched to hang up some of my laser pages. This is my favorite jam right now.

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Near the Moma there was a strike happening.

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We were coming home from a bar and my brother and I started snapping this bush. Some guy walking by was saying that these flowers are only open because of the full moon and that by morning time they will all be closed up. I didn’t believe him. These are just Morning Glory flowers right? They open regardless of full moon and some are day time and some are night time. Right?

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This is what it looks like from behind the table in a rare moment of not helping someone or answering questions.

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Dave is making breakfast.

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Sep 12 2016

FULL BLASTING

Not much going on lately. I was out of town for June and most of July and then spent this past month just trying to catch up. I am about to go to New York and it’s time to dump photos to clear space on my phone. Here are some highlights from August that didn’t make it to Insta or Snap.

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Tom Schmidt and Tobin. Big Brothers. Tobin had a barbeque. It was chill. My friend Keith used to say, “Come over we’re barbequeing, but we’re not having a barbeque.” Basically saying come over, but don’t tell anyone. I get it, that’s why we we’re friends. He also used to say, “I hate surfer girls, but I love girls who surf.” He also used to say he hated Eminem but you get in his car and he is full blasting Eminem.

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I actually started “running”. What helps a lot is that I got into audio books. If you speed up the speed, you can blast through 1 or even 2 books in a day. It has changed everything for me. Anyways, lately the running has turned into walking but I soak more of the book in this way and also can get some photos off. Triple tasking. * Notice the decline in my snaps though, it’s because the audio stops when I open the snapchat app and doesn’t start back up on its own. Bummer.

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I go on at least 2 or 3 walks a day. This includes post office, staples, groceries, etc. I hardly ride my bike anymore unless going to the beach. * Note that my car died in December, so yes my legs are getting buff.

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There’s a song called “Shattered Dreams” by a band called “Johnny Hates Jazz”. It ended up on 2 different playlists I made recently. I usually don’t like doing that, but it just has that multi dimensional multi situational vibe.

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This isn’t a Corgi, but makes me think of a Corgi I thought of named “Mr. Corgi.”

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Sandy and cucumber.

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Jamie came over for the Nate Diaz vs Conor Mcgregor fight. I would say one of the most exciting fights I have ever seen. Well worth the money and can’t wait for the 3rd match.

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Fake ass baby cop training.

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Crackhead campground.

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Electrical box camo.

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I like low to the ground couches but maybe this is too much. Nah, I take that back. I could chill here. * Note this park in the background is where Snoop got wrapped up in that murder case years ago. Sean Maung told me. Also, when I first moved to this neighborhood, a little over a year ago, my sister said she had read that this is the safest neighborhood in L.A. and then that same week a bunch of streets were shut down because 2 guys with guns were getting chased all over the hood and it ended with someone getting shot and killed here in this park.