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To the bone

Posted on February 4, 2013

To the bone

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."

— Victor Hugo —


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Posted on January 27, 2013


"They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country.
But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying.
You will die like a dog for no good reason. "

— Ernest Hemingway —

Fragments — Wiki-commons and Manuel Orazi:


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Posted on January 20, 2013

Bite of the cold…

Nevermore, ©MMXIII

"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

— Edgar Allan Poe —

Featuring the majestic Merle Oberon.


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‡ inducted into the Society6 Shop - 1/23/2013

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Ouroboros – Battle Angel Alita

Posted on January 14, 2013

Regarding my work, many people have asked about the significance of the eye markings/ war paint I give my subjects.

Alita is the answer:


Battle Angel Alita

( 銃夢, literally  "gun" mu "dream", creatively read as ガンム ganmu )

This tale remains my favorite manga and, in my opinion, one of the greatest stories of all time. It's themes dance between fairy tale and existentialism, cyberpunk and bildungsroman. For all of the motorball races, brutal cyborg battles and gallons of spilled blood, there are these quiet soulful moments that read after read bring a quivering smile and tears to my eyes.

The heroin is Alita/Gally/#99/Yoko - amnesiac elite warrior cyborg pulled from the scrapyard after falling from Mars. She is destined to fight, as each victory unlocks more of her forgotten past. As a broken judo player and sensei who chooses to continue fighting to discover myself, I have only grown to enjoy Alita's story ever more.

Battle Angel Alita - Timeline

"Now I know that nothing in this life is without meaning, and Death hides the Angels it makes in blue sky…"



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Sword of Doom – Kill Bill

Posted on December 17, 2012

Sword of Doom, ©MMXII

"What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel
should be trained to murder one another in cold blood."

- Aldous Huxley -



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Chasing Smoke – Princess Mononoke Nouveau

Posted on December 6, 2012

"Chasing Smoke", ©MMXII

I first saw Princess Mononoke as part of an outing with the Anime Club in high-school. The Art Institue of Chicago was holding a special screening at a time when anime had never seen major distribution in America. In the late 90s, if you wanted anime or manga, you were going to have to work for it. The lights went out and Yo-yo Ma's strings set every otaku's teeth on edge. Equal parts history and legend, the story captured the hearts of audiences around the world.

Featured on Tokyo Pop:

"Princess Perfection - Writing about this Princess Mononoke print by David Tanimura is a difficult proposition because it's so freakin' mesmerizing that we keep staring at it instead of finishing our senten- seriously, would you just look at it already? Tanimura perfectly captures the essence of the film and the nouveau aesthetic suits the Studio Ghibli eco-epic surprisingly well. Now if you'll excuse us, we need to go re-watch Princess Mononoke because reasons."

Miyazaki's epic masterpiece remains my favorite films of all time.

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Original advertisment for JOB rolling papers, Manuel Orazi:


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