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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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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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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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Damion Lloyd

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Happy Monday! I’m a little slow this morning, I spent all day yesterday on a photo shoot for our up coming website and then stayed up all night looking through the awesome pics. Since our photographer is so passionate about cool projects, he had the pics to me within hours of the shoot. Such a pro!I

It wasn’t your normal fashion shoot. The location was amazing, our models were amazing and our photographer Damion Lloyd was (IS) amazing!

When I had told him about my idea a few weeks ago, he thought it was crazy-cool. He said, “Julie, I’m going to show up with some cool gels, an open mind and I’ll be ready to feed off your energy.” And that’s exactly what happened, we were all on a creative high, to say the least! I love working with creatively open people and Damion Lloyd is one of my faves!!!

I’m so excited to share the pics, but I have to wait a few more weeks until our site launches. Until then, you can get a hint of the vibe and a glimpse of Damion’s personality in the above pic. And just know, we’re finally making progress on our web store.

I’m so blessed to have such awesome people in my life. I believe in divine appointment and Candace Magoski is Divine! (For reals, that’s her Burningman name.) She allowed us to shoot in her cool studio and as with Damion too, our roots go deep! Thanks to the both of them for living a passionately artistic life and for helping me achieve my creative goals. I’m forever grateful.

Support those who support you and forget about those who forget abut you. Plain and simple.

Have a great week, keep your dreams alive, and surround yourself with people who believe in you.

xo

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Origami Originals

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A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to see a friend’s band play at The Continental Room in Fullerton. When we arrived, some of our friends were sitting at a table making origami cranes for an art installation. We met Anna Hansen who was working on a tribute to Zen master Alan Watts, and her goal was to cover the Magoski Art Colony’s ceiling with origami creations. We immediately joined in as Anna taught us all how to fold and crease.

I had never done origami before, so it was a bit challenging at first and I was worried that my creations weren’t good enough. Anna assured us all they’d be fine when hung with the rest.

After Deep Sea Madness (our friend’s band) played, we all stayed at the table folding and laughing. Then a Punk band came on stage and it was hilarious how we were able to keep creating Zen art while listening to Punk. Talk about contrast.

Anyway, I wasn’t able to make the opening night reception, but thanks to Steve Baxter, I was able to make (barely) the very last night of the show. When I got there the gallery doors were closed, but luckily Bax opened for me so I could see the exhibit and take pics.

The amount of time and effort that went into this is truly amazing. And even though my husband and I only made a few cranes, it was rewarding to see the group effort come to fruition. The birds and boats alone may not be perfect, but when hanging together with 3,000 others, they look incredible.

The first set of red pics were taken on my crappy phone (umm…no filter, just need a new iPhone) the night we learned origami by our wonderful instructor Anna Hansen.

The next set of pictures is the actual exhibit. UH-MAY-ZING!

What a testimony to all. With everyone contributing a small amount of time (and learning a new craft), the overall result was fascinating. I’m so glad to have been a small part of a big thing.

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Brainiac

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week, a skull cap. Whoever the brain child is behind this creation, gets 2 thumbs up for brilliantly recreating the traditional skull cap. Although this is rather freaky, I find it rather humorous as well.

I love the pink, fresh look of  a healthy brain, but I do think there should be some options. Next, they need to make one that’s black and burned with a touch of green to resemble a brain on crack. It could be a good campaign for drug abuse awareness. I’m just sayin’.

T.G.I.F.

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Awesome Artists

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As a boutique owner, I tend to wear many hats. From  buyer to book keeper to merchandiser, the work never ends. One of my favorite hats to wear is Art Walk host. It’s that one time a month where we join with the community to support local artists. We keep the store open late on a Friday night and have an “Art Party” with the coolest peeps around.

This month we have the amazing John Sollom. His character speaks for itself through the above photos. His show is all about “Classic Cool Skaters” and it’s going to be awesome.

Also showing her unique,  one-of-a-kind jewelry designs is the lovely Susan Hancock.

And, our faithful friend and house musician Mr. Guy Nelson will be playing live.

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join us for a fun night of Art within the community. Stop by and say hi before I have to switch my hat to “cleaning lady”.

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Art and Soul

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You’ve heard me promote Art Walk, artists, and musicians for the past 3 years. It’s something we love to be involved with at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique and feel a real sense of purpose. Last Friday was the 3rd annual Art Walk celebration and assembly woman Sharon Quirk presented Fullerton Art Walk and the sponsors with an official certificate of recognition. We were all so happy!

Brian Prince and Jesse La Tour (the two guys on the right) founded the  Art Walk back in 2010 and since then it has grown to more than 30 venues in Fullerton. Heidi and I (the two girls on the left) were proud to be a part of the planning this year and were so stoked when our local newspaper, The Fullerton Observer pressed this front page picture yesterday!

The giant, cut-out, walking men around town signifies an official venue. The Roadkill Girls came up with “Style Junkie”. It took weeks (and a lot of glue) to put to use our collection of heirlooms, broken jewelry and random crap all in the name of “ART”. (A BIG thanks to Barbara Vornholt for her dedication to the project!)

So when you spy this masterpiece outside of the shop, stop in and get your fix of art and fun!

Stay Creative!!!

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Fullerton’s Art Walk

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I love my job!

I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by awesome and talented people. Since I’m on the committee for the 3rd annual Art Walk celebration in Fullerton, I’m excited to see the fruits of our labor come to fruition tomorrow. Representing my store (Roadkill Ranch & Boutique) is one of the most amazing artists I’ve ever met, Mr. Tom Vadakan. Aside from numerous works and exhibits,  he was recently commissioned to do an illustration character by the crew on the set of the upcoming Star Trek movie. It was a gift to their director J.J. Abrams.

Also representing Roadkill Ranch is the super talented Dano Forte. He is a one man band with a huge following. His act “The Juke Joint Freak Show” is so incredible that he recently opened for Social Distortion three nights in a row at The House of Blues in Anaheim.

If you live in the area, I hope you will stop by the Museum Center in Fullerton tomorrow night from 6pm to 10pm and check out all of the incredible artists and musicians that will be performing.

“Part of the art of living is learning to live with art.” – Unknown

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Pot Head

Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week. This masterpiece was created  by a budding designer fresh out of the London College of Fashion. I don’t know what I’d do if I spent $20,000 a year on tuition for my child and they produced this after 4 years.

I guess I shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Maybe the instructor took them all to the 99c Store and told them to “cook up” something different.

OK, I better sign off now before I  say something snarky. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Stay stylish!

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