Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Joey Funk's Funkadelic Interview {Interview By Kristina Rodriguez}

beScene is here to bring you an exclusive interview with one of Miami's freshest new graphic artists & entrepreneurs, Joey Funk!

Check Out His Website here!

Check Out this poster he made for our new website coming soon.

Model: Aban Sonia 
Photography: Eddy Angel
Producer: Amliv Sotomayor
Vector Art: Joey Funk

Here is an Interview with Joey Funk brought to you by Kristina Rodriguez.

1.What makes you different from all the other artists in the Miami scene?

It's mostly the style, in recent years, graphic artists have been leaning towards that abstract grungy look, I've been trying to not fall into that hole by using precision with my lines for a cleaner, tighter look. It's easy for grunge artists to get away with more because of the messy nature of the grunge art. Also, there aren't many Cuban Americans that delve into psychedelic art. I grew up around that funky beauty salon 80's art with clean lines and white skin, you know the kind you can see in nearly every old school beauty salon in Miami, I always thought It was a great style because It was so iconic during that time, women hitting up the salons, transforming themselves for the weekend wars.

2. What artist can you most relate to?

Well, my modern heroes are all comic book artists, Joe Maduerira, the late Michael Turner, Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, they really know how do flesh out some serious art, but that's not the kind of art I make.

I watched Yellow Submarine the other night for the first time when I noticed what the animators were doing with the use of white space and colors... I was totally blown away that the animators of Yellow Submarine used the same white balance techniques that I use to make colors more vibrant . I couldn't believe that I had done this naturally over the years while the animators of Yellow Submarine did it decades ago. I can relate more to the hippies who worked on the great concert posters of the 60's more than my favorite modern comic book illustrators.

3. What message are you trying to send through your art work?

Each piece I work on is always different, there's never really a set message, its really up to you for interpretation. I've really been into the psychedelic overtone of repeating patterns lately, I think it's just a natural evolution of the way I see the [F]Artwork moving forward. Every piece I make gets more detailed and complicated, It's just me trying to outdo myself so the public always gets something that is progressive.

4. What fuels your creativity while your a work? bands? music type? etc.

Music is a huge influence on what I do, it helps 'lube' the creative flow. In my first artist themed piece "The Haunt Of Roulette Dares" I jammed to The Mars Volta for hours, letting the music flow through my consciousness as I worked. Hours go by and I didn't even care that I had two tracks on repeat, trying to capture the images in my mind's eye through sonic mayhem of "Roulette Dares" and "Eria Tarka." Same for the Thom Yorke/Eraser piece and the other artists themed [F]Artwork, just jamming and making it happen. For the beScene exclusive, I jammed to Does It Offend You, Yeah?

5. What do you find to be most challenging when your creating pieces of art?

Choosing the colors! Lately I've been making 'Variants' of all new [F]Artwork, I'm never happy with the final colors so I make the variants to cure my never ending appetite to see different color possibilities... and they look really trippy when you mess with the more rad color combos.

6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Honestly, I would love to have my own design studio with 3 or 4 other graphic designers working on smaller design projects while I handle the promo/marketing/advertising for the studio itself. I'd love to have a space at Art Basel as well, I'm really bad at keeping on top of registering for it, im always late due to running on Cuban time. I want to hit up San Fransisco for a few years to check out the west coast, then maybe Spain. During the Bush administration, I wanted to leave the states for good, I didn't have much faith in the States anymore. The situation has been getting better since talks of decriminalization and the legalization of medical marijuana have been floating around the country... I'd stick around for that.

7. What scares you most about the "creative community"? as in... any artists you disagree with on views, artistic abilities etc.

The thing about the creative community is that everyone always thinks they are the best at what they do, and no one will admit that. The thing is, when an artist works on something with their heart, they don't want to hear it when someone criticizes their work. I believe that egos should not have anything to do with artwork, if artists in the community collaborated more than they tried outdoing each other, we'd have some crazy awesome shit for everyone to enjoy.

I got my first piece of hate mail the other day, it was from a local Cuban artist and gallery owner from my parent's generation, which will remain nameless; It was in reference to a series of Cuban Postage Stamps designed to look like LSD Blotter art I had posted on Facebook. The woman was very heated about the "Che"
postage stamp, she went on about how ignorant I was, painting such a monster and glorifying evil for no reason. What she failed to understand was that the Cuban Postage series was more of a window to a world gone by, old Cuban postage stamps no longer in circulation, these were objects everyday people in Cuba touched and used to communicate with others. I had turned that into something more by making them appear as if they were infused with LSD, which helps free your mind of restrictions which normally bind us to reality.

I never heard from her again, which is sad because I would of loved to have read what she would of replied with.

8. Do you have an advise for anyone who wants to pursue a career in graphic design?

Yeah, stop asking me for free classes. lol but really, stick to it, don't give up! If you want to follow a career in art, do it! I told my parents in high school that I wanted to make art for a living, my aunts were pissed because they wanted a lawyer. I didn't care, I wanted to be happy with what I did... everyday. When you do what you love, you won't ever work a day in your life.

9. In the future, how do you want your art to be used for the greater good?

Greater good? I would love to help with a campaign to legalize marijuana, that's the greater good in my opinion. This lame 'war on drugs' has gone far enough, I know a lot of good people in trouble for marijuana related offenses that, honestly, do not deserve to be prosecuted because the government won't own up to another failed war.

roc on,

Check out Joey more of Joey Funk's art!!

Mirror Mirror {Photography by Nick Flash & Bobby Ray} Poem by Nick Flash

Photo's By Bobby Ray. Visit Bobby Ray Photo Art

Model: Jennifer Perez

Photo's by Nick Flash. Visit Nick Flash Photography

Model: Christina Haddad

Poem By Nick Flash:

Mirror Mirror, on the wall, show me my reflection.

Make me look as best I can, closest to perfection.

Mirror Mirror, tell the truth, It's you I will believe.

I know the only lies you tell, are in what I perceive.

Mirror Mirror, your so wise. You play up to my vanity.

When times get tough, you are the one, who helps me keep my sanity.

Mirror Mirror, your the one, who knows all of my secrets.

You know all of my flaws, but I trust quiet you shall keep it.

Mirror Mirror, it is you, who is my dearest friend.

Mirror Mirror, I look forward, to our times we spend.

You help me see just who I am, on the outside and the In.

It is you who knows that beauty lies, way beneath the skin.

Mirror Mirror, on the wall.


Dirty Hairy & the new era of nightclub video marketing

The next biggest Thing to Hit the Nightclub Scene is Party Videos.

If your party doesn't have a rad video or pictures to go with it, in this economy, consider yourself NO Competition.

Stian Roenning and Alexis Mincolla are paving the way for nightclubs everywhere with their spectacular video recaps of DIRTY HAIRY at LIV.

They are defiantly inspiring the shit out of me.

Tonight, I, Nick Flash will be filming a video for a club I'm spinning at called Mystique. It will be the first in a series of videos I will be making for almost every nightclub event I do.

Stay Tuned for more.

DIRTY HAIRY 4.22.08 from Alexis Mincolla on Vimeo.

DIRTY HAIRY- 2.25.09 KID SIS and FLOSS from Alexis Mincolla on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Circus Chic- Christina Haddad {Article and Styling by Kristina Rodriguez & Carla A.}

Styling by Carla A. & Kristina Rodriguez

Article by Kristina Rodriguez

Modeling Christina Haddad

Make-up by Monique Valdez

Head Piece by Monique Hernandez

Photography by Nick Flash

Optical Engineer- Bryan Russell

When Carla first came to me with the idea of a Circus shoot I was
ecstatic. Having just graduated from the University of Art and Design,
one of my final projects was a ready to wear Circus collection (post
Britney Spears.) I automatically thought of role playing, what makes a
circus? Clowns? Ring Masters? Lion Tamers? Magicians? It’s a world of
magic, dreams, and imagination. We decided to break the shoot up into
separate looks, playing on the roles of these circus professionals.

The first look Carla and I designed was for the leader of the pack, it
was this Ring Master look that set the whole circus theme off. We took
a black vintage dress and a handmade designer head piece, made by our
talented friend Monique Hernandez, and turned the Ring Master into the
epitome of fashion.

Next, we took the Lion Tamer inspiration and turned her electric chic.
To achieve this look I used high suede boots, high wasted black biker
shorts, and a black era descent tube top. What gave this look the pop
I was going for was the vintage sequin green blazer. This vintage
piece was worn by my grandmother long ago when she roamed the streets
of Cuba in the 1950’s.

For the third look I wanted to do something fun, something that some
of us as kids loved and some of us feared. We took one of the Circus
academies tie dyed jumpsuit a red belt and turned Cristy into our
modern day Clown.

Although the Circus has many faces, we couldn’t help but to choose to
finish up our shoot with the most entertaining act of all, The Trapeze
Artist in all her glory. What made Christy so glorious you may ask?
Well, it was in up-stairs room of the Academy that I found this
fabulous one piece lying on the heap of custom-made customs.

Now I’m left with wondering… When does The Ringley Brothers and Barnum
Bailey Circus come to town?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Misfit Fridays {Article By Nick Flash}

Attention Misfits! The Overthrow crew {Sam Baum & Alexis Mincola} are at it again! This time they are unleashing their fury of Rad upon Friday Nights. It is now apparent that your weekends will NEVER be the same.

As a dj & nightlife enthusiast, I am constantly searching for something new and innovative, but it seems that innovation is few and far between. Ever since I met Lex, {Alexis Mincola} I knew that this guy's twisted mind was eventually gonna set off a chain reaction of rad that would eventually span the entire country. When I heard about "Misfit Fridays" I must say, I was a bit mystified. I wanted to be a part of it from the moment I saw the flier.

Misfit Fridays takes place inside Louis @ The Gansevort south beach. Check out their website here...

One can only guess what kind of madness that the overthrow crew has in store for you each & every week, but please know that it will push the limits of what our imagination can even fathom. Sex, Mayhem, Debauchery, Booze , & Disco Magic will fill the air inside the grandiose venue of LOUIS.

The fashion and overall look of this party is sure to be something spectacular as well because it is getting a helping hand by the very talented artist Aban Sonia. Sonia's avant-garde eye for style is unlike any I have ever seen and will infuse this party with a certain level of panache that south beach has yet to experience.

Visit Aban Sonias websites here...

Dj Damaged Goods, Aka Obi Tawil will be djing the opening night of Misfit Fridays and will be providing the soundtrack of madness for you to shake your ass to.

As a dj myself, I am quite a Misfit. My unconventional style of mixing always keeps crowds rocking till the early morning. I love coming up with songs that set a vibe unlike any has felt inside a discotheque.

After hearing about this party, I created a playlist of about 1000 songs that I would mix if I was behind the decks of "Misfit Friday"
I will be making mixtapes called "Misfit Mixes" throughout the weeks in an attempt to get Lex to let me play there one night.

Here is a list of about 25 songs you might catch in my upcoming mixtapes in no particular order.
{All of the songs I play and collect by the way are all in .WAV or .MP3 and between 160- 320kps}

1. The Prodigy- Voodoo People (Pendulum Mix)
2. Judas Priest- Livin After Midnight
3. Rob Zombie- Dragula
4. The Classics VI- Spooky
5. Jay-Z- Lucifer
6. Simian Mobile Disco- I got this down
7. Ace Of Base- Living in Danger
8. The Crystal Method- Roll it Up
9. Duran Duran-White Lines
10. Weezer- Dope Nose
11. Marty McFly -Johnny B. Goode
12. Madcon- Beggin'
13. Cinderella- Shake Me
14. Curtis Mayfield- Pusherman
15. Pet Shop Boys- Always on my mind {12" mix}
16. The Misfits- Die, Die, My Darling
17. Soulwax- NY Excuse & Ny Lipps
18. DJ Mujava- Township Funk
19. A-Trak- Say Whoa
20. Asher Roth & Cee-Lo- Be By Myself
21. Billy Joel- The Stranger
22. Elvis Presley- Burnin' Love
23. Armand Van Helden- Full Moon (feat. Common)
24. Carl Carlton- She's A Bad Mama Jama
25. Herbie Hancock- Rockit

Check out the Commercial for this party!!

Misfit Fridays @ Louis from Alexis Mincolla on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

What the world needs is a little inspiration…

What this country needs is more people to inspire others with confidence, and fewer people to discourage any initiative in the right direction more to get into the thick of things, fewer to sit on the sidelines, merely finding fault more to point out what's right with the world, and fewer to keep harping on what's wrong with it and more who are interested in lighting candles, and fewer who blow them out.

-Father James Keller

...Food for thought

peace and love....Kristy

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Simain Mobile Disco Videos

Disco & Fashion.

Dj Nick Flash Here, and if you haven't yet heard of Simian Mobile Disco, let me change that.

I play them almost every set I spin, and I have even had old ladies dancing to their futuristic disco sound.

Caution!!! May cause Disco Fever!!

They have yet to make videos for my favorites like "Hot Dog" or "I Got this Down"

But I think I will take the initiative and do it myself... look out for those!!

2009 Luis Vuitton Ad Campain

These ads are really inspiring Nick Flash photography right now.

This ad campaign was done by Marc Jacobs for Luis Vuitton.

Look out for all of our original ad campaigns here at beScene

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Style Profile {Stian Petter Roenning at the "Adler Bertin Toublanc"}

Art, it is all around us. Anything we see, hear, feel, smell, touch, imagine or dream can be translated into an extraordinary work of art. It's only the truly creative mind that can look at something we normally take for granted, and transform it into something truly eye-catching.
Stian Petter Roenning is one of these remarkable minds.
Whether it's a brush & some paint, a camera and a lens, or a pad & a pencil, there are endless ways that the human mind can express their artistic vision. Stian's art seems to take profound shape when he is behind a camera.

Saturday, April 11th 2009 was an annual art walk held down the aesthetic city streets of the Wynward arts district in Miami. I made my way to "Adler Bertin Toublanc", a french art gallery that houses some of Stian Petter Roenning's works. I couldn't remember the last time I had ever been in an art gallery, but needless to say, "Adler Bertin Toublanc" surely opened my eyes to a staggering world that I had surely been missing. I was greeted by Stian at the door, and he quickly took me on a tour of the place and upped my knowlege of some very famous artists that I had ignorantly been missing out on.

Stian seems to have this creative aura that surrounds him, and when we toured the gallery, I felt as if I could leave there and create a masterpiece. He has two rooms in "Adler Bertin Toublanc" that house his most innovative of art collections. The first collection he showed me, part of his "voyeristic" collection, is a series of enlarged 35mm photographs of a subject in a swimming pool. His photo's hang on the wall and engulf you in an ocean of aqua as you gaze upon them and wonder what the heck he was thinking about when he snapped these. The first work in this collection, "Gordita", portrays a very large woman peacefully floating on her back in a large blue pool. Here, take a look.

Stian continued to tell me how he got his inspiration for "Gordita" and how the rest of his voyeuristic collection unfolded. He found himself high upon a 16th floor balcony in an apartment building overlooking a beautiful blue pool. He spotted a pleasantly plump woman just floating there peacefully. He knew he had to snap a picture of this but he didn't have a camera on him, so he asked the residents in the apt he was visiting, and they gave him a 35mm camera with a zoom lens that he used to capture this lady in her moment of nirvana. After Stian had this picture developed, he knew he was on to something, so he continued to go back to this apartment building and snapping pictures of interesting people swimming in this pool.

Have a look at the rest of this outstanding collection.

As we moved on through "Adler Bertin Toublanc", I continued to get lost in it's splendor. Artists like Liu Yujun, Lawrence Schiller, & Constanza Piaggio really stood out to me... check out more artists in the gallery here.. Adler Bertin Toublanc

We made our way upstairs to Stian's more obscure work, "Quadrupeds" in which he collaborated with fellow artist and purveyor of rad "Alexis Mincolla" Take a look...

"Quadrupeds", is a one of a kind photo expose which features two beautiful girls who are joined together at the waist, kind of like a Siamese twin. When Stain and Alexis's minds came together , there was an explosion of creativity which resulted in this unique gallery that now hangs in the "Adler Bertin Toublanc".

As creative partners however, Stian has failed to get alot of the credit he deserves for South Beaches' infamous "Black Sunday" party at Bella Rose.... if you have never heard of it check this out...

Anywayz... Since the start of these "Black Sunday" parties, Alexis Mincolla has been getting most of the recognition and praise for this parties innovativeness. In reality, Stian's stop motion video and photography has made these videos what they are today, and what they will continue to be in the future. It should be noted that most all of the murders that you see in these videos were all captured by Stian & Charis Kirchheimer and will continue to push the limits of radness in years to come.

All in all, Stian Petter Roenning's artistic mind will continue to mystify & inspire, and give people a different perspective on the world as they view it. He has many new projects that he is working on right now which I'll keep a secret untill later on. Untill then, stop into "Adler Bertin Toublanc" and get to see his work firsthand, along with all the other great artists that inhabit this gallery.

Be SURE to check out his website here


Nick Flash.

Ea Lingerie {Runway Coverage By Nick Flash}

Last Wednesday, April 8th 2009 was the 40th Anniversary of "The Forge" Miami. I was invited by "Mod Media" to get some exclusive shots of Ea Lingerie's new line. This line is chic, sexy, elegant and a perfect compliment to "the Forge's" fabulous cuisine and fine wine or champagne.

Check out Ea Lingerie online and surprise your lover with something sexy.

EA Lingerie