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iPopCultura!

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“Mid-Century can be an ambiguous term whether it be 1850s or 1950s and my home is surrounded by those things of the past. A child of the ’60s, teenager of the ’70s, twenty-something of the ’80s—well you get the point, has provided me a wealth of influences that I pull from to create AND design for the 21st Century.” —Brian Torres

 

¡Pop Cultura! is the pseudonym for the individual Brian Torres. But, it is more than that. It is an aesthetic, an attitude and a vehicle to showcase creativity—whether it be Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, Fashion, Cinema, Interior Design, Wine Making, or Craft Beer Brewing, it’s wherever your imagination takes you. 

With its many cultural aspects and influences, California has long been ground zero for American Popular Culture. There is so much going on, many of those creating awe- inspiring and thought-provoking work fall through the cracks. It is the mission of this entity to seek out and find artists and craftsmen who embody the spirit that YOU EXIST,  talent is abundant and endless, and there is so much to share. The spirit of ¡PopCultura!

You know those people in your life who genuinely care about your well being, the ones who always hope the best for you, are happy when you’re happy and sad when you’re sad? My friend Brian Torres is sincerely one of those friends, and I’m blessed to have him (and his beautiful wife) in my life. Not only is he a huge encouragement to me (and never holds back the brutal truth about men and their motives), he’s a brilliant creative and a walking art and pop culture dictionary. He even knows the obscure stuff. (I knew we’d be friends forever when I challenged his knowledge on one of my favorite movies, Phantom of the Paradise. He not only knew the soundtrack, he had seen it at The Fox Theatre when the venue still played films.) Anyway, as an artist himself with impeccable taste, and an avid collector, his recent venture in creating one-of-a-kind, luxury pillows for the home makes perfect sense.

Each piece is hand made with love from pristine, vintage Pendleton wools and branded with old-school car emblems and metal toys like airplanes and cars from the ’50s.    Roadkill Ranch & Boutique is proud to present his iPopCultura! decorative accessory collection during Fullerton’s next Art Walk on Friday, October 7th.

I hope if you live in the area, you’ll stop by and meet Brian. Perhaps you’ll find a pillow that belongs in your space, or perhaps you’ll strike up a cult film conversation. Just don’t talk about The Exorcist, it still haunts him. I’ve promised to hold his hand through the movie this year so he can have a breakthrough and realize how campy it is. In return, he’s promised to walk me down the aisle if I ever get married again. Such a true blue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Universe

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Saturday  was the opening night of “California: The Center of the Universe” exhibit at The Fullerton Museum Center. It was an incredible, cosmic display of NASA pictures, sketches and early drawings and works of astronomers and scientists.

I’ve always been intrigued with the Universe, and all of its mighty elements.  I wish on shooting stars, I find images in cloud formations, and I know deep down in my heart, there’s a Divine Intelligence that’s beyond our human capacity to understand.

I was a little frazzled upon arrival. An hour before the show, I received  a call to come back to Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. There was an interesting fellow stirring up trouble, disturbing the customers, and galloping around the store displaying obscene body gestures while wearing one of our horse masks. He wasn’t too thrilled when I showed up on  the scene and ruined his fun. So, after I dealt with that problem, I realized I had an even bigger problem, I had forgotten my earrings at home. And, well, they were part of my “exhibit” outfit (I always try to dress accordingly). Good thing I literally live above The Museum Center and without a moment to spare, I was able to get back to my place, grab my Tarina Tarantino moon earrings and meet my friend Karen just in time for the opening reception.

All calmed down when I began to lose myself in the photos from outer space. I felt peaceful while looking into infinity, and my problems and worries seemed so small compared to the vast Universe.

There’s a big cosmos trend happening in the fashion industry, and I’ve been buying a lot of planetary-related merchandise for the store. We even have glow-in-the-dark moon leggings on order.  I think the Universe is trying to speak to me, and I’m pretty sure it’s saying, “Don’t let guys in horse masks keep you from living a peaceful life.”  Or, maybe it’s trying to show me how to trust in the mystery of my journey and give me the peace to know everything is going to be fine in its time.

 

The first three pics are pics of pics I took on my phone. Original photos on display by NASA’s Hubble space telescope.

The last pic is of my man-in-the-moon earrings, available at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

 

 

 

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Lia Mercado

We are proud supporters of Fullerton’s Art Walk, and this month marks our 61st art exhibit. Wow! Where does the time go? Art Walk takes place on the first Friday of every month and tonight we are pleased to present the amazing works of local artist Lia Mercado.

This morning we will begin to rearrange the store for the exhibit, take down permanent art, pull out the tea cart (for sips and sweets), and get ready for the artist and her needs. It’s a fun night. We keep the store open until 10pm, and our faithful in-house musician, Guy Nelson, is always outside strumming away for your musical pleasure.

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About the artist:

Lia Jocelin Mercado is a creative professional working in the art industry for over 20 years. She has worked with multiple industries creating and facilitating art production. Throughout the years she has enjoyed learning, teaching art, art production and now looks to expand marketing and creativity through various media.
Currently, as a co owner of Invisible Industries she administers a business that markets and produces media through varied mediums and platforms. She also freelances art design and continues to paint and illustrate to share her fondness of the art form at leisure.
Lia Jocelin Mercado’s previous work experience has created a platform that allows her to focus on what matters most, a human connection. Art is made and can be available to all of us in infinite environments. It is a tool that allows to us grow and connect with others. She looks forward to sharing art in new settings and assisting in its introduction to people as a different way to communicate.

Meet her tonight in person. See you soon.

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Hey Cupcake!

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Hey Cupcake,

Did you miss me?

I missed you.

I just got back from a buy trip in Las Vegas and I’m so excited about all of the fabulous fall merchandise that’s slated to hit Roadkill Ranch & Boutique over the next month. From gorgeous holiday dresses, to glow-in-the-dark leggings, to western boots, I’m confident our eclectic mix will be more than stellar.

Aside from my crazy-busy daily routine (and distractions) of store stuff, web stuff, phone stuff, and boy stuff, I love to break for photo shoots. Wait! Did I say boy stuff? I meant business stuff.

It all started a few days ago when we received a splendid new dress from Heart of Haute. The beautiful design engraved with rich color combinations of lavenders and mints and etched with gold, took our breath away as we all fell into a swoon. (Just kidding, we all didn’t fall into a swoon, but it sounded really romantic.) As we were admiring our fancy frock, one of the girls said it resembled a cake. Our creative juices began to flow, and the rest is history. We ended up at Hapa Cupcakes in Fullerton the next morning for a photo shoot.

Hapa Cupcakes is the cutest, little cupcakery in town, and the owners are really sweet (pun intended). They were also featured on Cake Wars last June and won 3rd place, so they’re kind of a big deal. Luckily, we know a gal who knows a gal who knows another gal, and we were able to set up a shoot along with a custom-colored cupcake to match the dress.

Isn’t it amazing how one pretty dress can offer so much delicious energy? I hope you enjoy our mid-week blurb on dresses and desserts. So, the next time you get overwhelmed with “stuff”, just take a little sugar break (Did I mention all of their cupcakes are alcohol-infused?). Then, visit  Roadkill Ranch & Boutique to see more of our creative curation.

Stay Stylish,

Jules

 

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Photo Credit: Savannah Kaefer

 

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