These Taiwan news animators are too amazing.
In the last few days, two names have emerged as the biggest news makers of Asian America – perhaps of the year, and it’s only early February. Our friend, David Choe (below right) made huge news because of a Facebook mural, the right choice, and reportedly $200 million dollars. No, he didn’t build Facebook, but he decorated it and chose stocks over a decent sum of money for his labor in 2005. Years later, he has more than a winning lotto ticket or even Kobe Bryant. He’s been on Howard Stern, Nightline tomorrow, and there’s plenty of media he’s turning down. He’s been in the forefront of the news.
Then there’s Jeremy Lin, two games 58 points, a lot of assists and he’s playing in New York City. From the dumps to one of the biggest stages in sports. Who knows what kind of contract he has and what will happen in the next game or when the other guards heal up, but he’s doing the Jackie Robinson type of thing in the NBA for Asian America, although it’s only 2 games.
Surely, the Jeremy Lin story might be more important although it’s a mere two games and not an annual All Star candidate, but he’s pushing Asian America in the most traditional ways. From high school stand out to Harvard to the NBA, getting cut a few times then sent to the D League, and now “starring.” Yet, the Choe story is something that’s akin to a new Asian America and new world. Social media riches isn’t the same as the age old NBA, yet for an outspoken Asian American, it’s a great medium and in the case of David Choe, he chose free speeching Howard Stern as his first interview over all of traditional media and was interviewed by Barbara Walters doing graffiti.
Since the title of the post has a vs… who’s news is more important? It’s hard to tell just yet. David Choe has potential energy to do a lot more and go to the billionaire mark and be the biggest artist period. Jeremy Lin can be a great basketball player. An All Star if he keep playing like he is, at the moment, Jeremy Lin has the edge but it can die out. Choe on the other hand is like Richard Pryor in Brewster’s Millions. Who knows what he’ll do.
Gambler Choe, $60k or Facebook stock. What would you do? The reported few thousand was actually 60k.
Some people have dreams of fame and fortune, and others want to sit next to Baba Booey and a short man with bugged out teeth named Beetlejuice. David Choe is living his dream. Tomorrow, Tuesday February 7, 2012, David Choe will be in NYC making an experience on the Howard Stern radio show, discussing all things Facebook, art, gambling, porn, and perhaps Dave will get naked. If Howard asks, of course. Stay tuned at UpperPlayground.com for an entire week of news of David’s week in NYC, as well as information on his drumming position in South African musical group, Die Antwoord.
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He was beaten, bloodied, but still standing. David Choe made a tribute to the kid with the red backpack.
This is getting to be like a Kim Jong Il pointing at fruit tumblr!
David Choe’s been painting murals in the new offices of Facebook. In case you didn’t know, he painted the original Facebook offices years and years ago, and has funny stories to tell about that experience. But now years later, he’s painting all again. Here’s some photos pre-paint job at Facebook. Congrats David, or should we say, congrats Mark? (Upperplayground – Choe x Facebook)
This isn’t a Top Ten list like “Best Concert, Best Movie, or Best Toy”. It’s a list that’s as important and there are highlights in them all, but by no means is it a Top Ten of anything. They’re just important as everything else – family, friends, and so on. Maybe I’ll try and turn out a list that’s more like that…
We painted the mural on the wall. That alone was an 11 hour project.
Zen Garage – The year started off great with the Zen Garage art opening just a few days before the new year. Yet, the actual New Year’s Day kicked off with the Oshogatsu program at JANM. It was motor vehicles including the Giant Robot Scion Car I designed but also custom motorcycles and the now vintage David Choe Scion. Thanks to Len Higa and Shinya Kimura for jumping on board. The year began with a GR show in a museum – it’s a great start with you get to do a project with friends, new friends, and a place like JANM. Collaboration can be more fun than doing something alone.
It’s great when artists install their own work.
James Jean Art Show – Aside from it being one of the greater or even greatest art shows of the year, it also indelibly marked the night that the earthquake struck Japan. I recall, it was at the after party, the twitter messages were beginning. An 8.9 quake? The thought of a giant quake was one thing, yes there would be lives lost and yes a lot of damage, but less than an hour later, the Tsunami hit the shores and that’s when the things got real, it became internet news for days straight.
As it was for a lot of you out there, this wasn’t the easiest year for me and my family. Following Giant Robot’s print magazine going on hiatus at the tail end of 2010, I was unemployed with no job leads or responses to my queries for the first six months. Then, after I got an awesome job out of nowhere, the company my wife worked for was purchased by a competitor and shut down. Fortunately, we’ve managed to get by through frugal habits, a rock-solid support system of family and friends, and the PMA. And yes, there have been highlights. Here are ten of them–some of which has been written about in the blog, others merely alluded to, and a couple of odds and ends–in no particular order. (more…)
Since a lot of you saw it here, we’ll post what he said about the entries: “Hey Kids thanks for playing! It’s 5am in new York I just got a call from Bobby Namba saying We got over a thousand submissions all around the Same time , I gotta be honest even though everyone loves free shit (and let’s be honest this wasn’t entirely free i did ask for a tiny piece of your soul ) I didn’t think so many people would come through with my requests, and actually alot of you didn’t , all the ones that didn’t follow instructions or wrote me “hey dave choi I love your art dude I’m Your biggest fan send my free print to …” without completing any of the redemptive good deed tasks, were thrown out … if you did what I asked and got it in with the quickness to the first 111 people, you will get something nice from me soon (if you bitch or complain about anything to me or Bobby, your print is getting reneged remember that some stranger did something nice for you and spread the love assholes
Fairy is one of David Choe’s greatest paintings. Filled with texture and colors, this might be an image that goes down in his history of art. Executed in 2009, we have it in his hardcover book which will come especially signed and on his GR collaborative skate deck which is quite limited and getting scarce. We just thought you should know
The day began with Harry Kim holding his own by charming a few and being the pitbull of a director he is. David Choe showed up a bit later and they signed away. Those who came did see some mini events. The arm wrestling of Harry vs a visitor lasting a lot longer than one would think.
The challenge was put out. Harry Kim vs anyone.
The anyone won. Look at his chompers! More photos below!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DVD Signing at Giant Robot 2
Dirty Hands The Art and Crimes of David Choe DVD Signing at Giant Robot 2
SUNDAY September 18 2-4pm
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Giant Robot will host a DVD signing of Dirty Hands The Art and Crimes of David Choe with director Harry Kim. David Choe is scheduled to be there as well.
You probably know of the artist David Choe – and this is his life story. From his early days, to his Japan prison stint, to the current day excitement, you’ll traverse the jagged story line of his life. The film is an original portrayal filmed over nearly a decade of time and it’s now available with extra commentary of Choe’s own mother to a bonus disc of footage. Director Harry Kim began this project as a USC film student and has travelled the world with Choe with both the film and with their web series “Thumbs Up”.
DVD’s will be available for sale.
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