Musashi Mix Inq

Palliativity 161: The Armageddon Letters

Posted on August 30, 2012

Counting to none…

"Have you ever gotten something that you didn't want?"

The Armageddon Letters


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Lady of the Lake

Posted on August 27, 2012

Lady of the Lake, ©MMXII

Destiny in the Mist


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Coyote Fest 2012

Posted on August 23, 2012

For the third year I will be showing my latest work at the Coyote Arts Fest!

Come on out and celebrate Chicago art at its finest 😀

Flat Iron Arts Building - Room: 321
Suggested donation - $10

FRIDAY, 9.28 • 6-10 PM
SATURDAY, 9.29 • 1-10 PM
SUNDAY, 9.30 • 1-5 PM

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"The Coyote is back and howling in Wicker Park Bucktown. The Coyote Art Festival, starting at the Flat Iron Arts Building, celebrates the tradition of art and artists in Wicker Park. Artists of all makes will be displaying their works, performing and entertaining. This is a unique Chicago art festival."

Flat Iron Arts Building
1579 North Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL • 312-550-4166

Coyote Map 2012


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Posted on August 20, 2012

This is my 100th piece and marks the second anniversary of Musashi Mix Inq!

Ironworks, ©MMXII

City on a River

The Dog-days of Summer


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Loyola University Digest – Featured Cover

Posted on August 16, 2012

Loyola Weekly Digest: Inter/Transnational World - July 2012

I was honored to be featured on the cover of Loyola University's feminist magazine The Weekly Digest.

Download the full issue -

Just another place that I never thought that my art would take me : )

My next show is coming up soon: Coyote Fest 2012!


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Palliativity 160: Confessions of a Mask

Posted on August 13, 2012

Bane — the Liberator of Gotham.

A mysterious, methodical mastermind of terror.

In Christopher Nolan's third and final installment in the Dark Knight Trilogy, Bane smashes his way to the top of the criminal food-chain.

Ra's al Ghul believed in Order

The Scarecrow's tool was Fear

The Joker thrived on Chaos

Two-face's obsession was Fairness

Bane's weapon is Pain

Bain's backstory is fairly fleshed-out compared to his predecessors. He was beaten and broken in prison after sacrificing himself in order to save Ra's al Ghul's daughter, Talia. The irreparable trauma and damage to his body causes Bain constant, crippling pain. When I heard this in the theater, I got chills. Bane's demon mask feeds him a continuous supply of painkillers. Without the Mask, he is nothing.

Rise, ©MMXII

Like Bane, I don't look weak or disabled. I wish there was an armband for chronic pain; some signal to show that it takes all my effort to just keep going. Without my drugs, the relentless demon inside lashes out. I wish I had a mask full of magic. Instead I have my go-bag full of needles, serum, ointments and pills. My calendar is full of doctor appointments, prescription refills and pick-ups. I have to be vigilant and methodical about everything I do. Without structure, I would completely collapse.

Everyday, I wake-up and am immediately
reminded that I am still in Saigon.

On the bad days, pain is the filter thru which I see the world.


I fight to remain true to myself and see things as they are.

More than any other comic-book villain or hero,
Bane is the one I can empathize with the most.


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