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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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Three Day Weekend

 

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I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter celebrating the day Jesus rose from the dead by decorating eggs, hiding them, then lying to children everywhere about a human-sized rabbit who sneaks into their house and leaves behind an insane amount of candy in a basket.  I’m not trying to offend anyone or come across as blasphemous, it’s just that I’ve started to question a lot more now that I’m getting older. And another thing, I think it’s totally suspicious how no one has ever actually seen the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Where am I going with this? I’ve come to the conclusion, the only real thing that matters to me in life, aside from family and friends (and unicorns), is art and music (and fashion of course, cuz that’s an art form). And this next weekend at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique, we have a fun-filled, three day weekend full of art, music and fashion planned just for you.

Starting on Friday, April 1st, from 6pm to 10pm, it’s Fullerton’s Art Walk! (This is our 57th time hosting Art Walk, so I’m just exercising some bragging rights.) We are proud to present the amazing, music-inspired work of local artist and musician Kevin Dutton. Plus, Marlena Loren (of The Nesting Dolls) will be entertaining us with her ukulele and singing act. If you’ve never seen “Ukulena”, make it a point to stop by on Friday night.

Saturday, April 2nd, is our sixth annual, pre-Viva Las Vegas shopping party! The biggest Rockabilly show in the world takes place every year in Las Vegas with around the clock bands, pin up model contests, car shows and more. Get fired up at Roadkill Ranch on Saturday and pick out your Viva outfits before you head out to “Sin City”.  Tres Noir Sunglasses will be hosting a trunk show with an assortment of new styles and glasses we don’t normally stock, and Nicholle Saccione, the designer and proprietor of Nic CoCo Creations, will also grace us with her presence and her fabulous, one-of-kind, hair accessories. And, to get you into the Rockabilly mood, we’ve got live entertainment by the Marlena Loren Band (they didn’t want to say Nesting Dolls because Mikayla the drummer is MIA, but the other members will  rock the socks off of ya). Treats, sweets and Steady Clothing, Tres Noir and Nic CoCo Creations contests and giveaways await.

Sunday, April 3rd, is our second annual Day of Music fundraiser. This is my favorite event! Most of you know I serve on the Board of Directors for The Day of Music Fullerton, and it takes a ton of money to bring free concerts to the city. (Last year it took over $25,000.00.) From 12pm to 5pm,  Roadkill Ranch & Boutique  will donate 20% of the total sales directly to Day of Music. What a beautiful thing, shopping in the name of music! Guy Nelson will be performing live acoustic sets from 2pm to 5pm, so please join us! (The wine bar next door will also be giving back, so have a sip at Vino Nostra too.)

I’m sorry about my sarcasm and lack of faith in the Easter Bunny. I never meant to hurt anyone. For what it’s worth, I still believe in miracles, leprechauns, and the magical effect art and music can have on your soul!

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True Colors

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This year I’ve had the privilege of serving on the board of directors for The Day of Music Fullerton, a  city-wide musical celebration in conjunction with Fête de la Musique. It was a fun time and I really enjoyed serving the community, making new friends, and creating bonds that will last a lifetime.

As most of you know, Leo Fender (inventor of the Fender guitar) lived and worked in Fullerton for the majority of his life. His widow Phyllis Fender is still an integral part of Fullerton’s culture and is active in the community. Not only is she a docent at The Fullerton Museum for the Leo Fender Gallery, she was also our “Queen of the Day” on June 21st (the official Day of Music). And, yours truly had the honor of crowning her.

Fast forward a few weeks. I was getting a much needed mani-pedi when Phyllis Fender walked into the salon. We hugged, chatted about how wonderful Day of Music was, and discussed nail colors. (She was going for a French manicure and I was in a black and blue mood.) She began sharing with me about her latest hobby. “I’m really enjoying adult coloring books.” She said. “And when I say adult, I don’t mean nasty.”

She went on to tell me how adult coloring books are the latest rage and she finds peace and tranquility in coloring. The whole time I was thinking what a sweet little lady, as I envisioned her at home with her crayons. I didn’t think too much of it until the very next day when I had buying appointments with my book publishers. And guess what? Adult coloring books are the latest craze! Every publisher was pushing them and showing recent write-ups from The Wall Street Journal to local publications on how coloring reduces stress and promotes well being. Since I was already in-the-know (thanks to my Fender muse), I bought a few for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

The coloring books hit the store last month greeted with positive responses. I should have posted this story weeks ago, but you know how life gets in the way? Days turn into weeks, how quick they pass (I think that’s a song). Anyway, good thing I have people in my life who keep me accountable. My friend Brent (who also serves on the board of directors for the Day of Music Fullerton) keeps me in check on my blogging. And since he rode my ass to start writing again, I’m dedicating tomorrow’s blog to his “Diva-licious” shoe collection. So stay tuned!

The first photo is Phyllis Fender being crowned on June 21st during the Day of Music Fullerton.

The second photo is our lovely “Queen of the Day” Phyllis Fender.

The last two photos are the adult coloring books available at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

Photo credit: Joel Maus Studio EMP and Julie Rasmussen.

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