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Thrash Lab X Giant Robot Profiles Trailer and Schedule




Tuesday, March 5th – Rob Sato

Tuesday, March 12th – Luke Chueh

Tuesday March 26th – Sean Chao

Tuesday, April 2nd – Edwin Ushiro

Tuesday, April 9th – David Horvath

Tuesday, April 16th – Shizu Saldamando


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Game Night 13 March 9, 6-10pm Hotline Miami and Tuning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Game Night 13 at Giant Robot 2

Game Night 13 – Hotline Miami and Tuning
Saturday, March 9th 2013, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 445-9276

In conjunction with Meat Bun Apparel, Angry Bananas, Attract Mode and Giant Robot, we are proud to host Game Night 13, an event that takes place at GR2 about every two months. This episode of Game Night will feature two indie games.

Three games, including an appearance by Spelunky creator Derek Yu . We’ll also have his figures!

The Games: Hotline Miami and Tuning both games created by Jonatan Cactus Soderstrom.

Hotline Miami – Hotline Miami is a retro style 2d top-down action shooter game developed by Dennation games. Its fast paced, has weapons of all varieties for you to use, a lucid trippy art style, and an amazing original soundtrack.

Tuning – Tuning is a platformer in which the levels are gradually presented weirder and weirder, creating visual puzzles where the player has to figure out how what he sees relates to his own actions in the game.

Special Events:

Cosplay in a Hotline Miami outfit and you’ll get a free download code for Hotline Miami (limited)

The Game Night Raffle – always a hit

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based publication about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles.

Game Night 13 will take place on Saturday, March 9th 2012, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

For more information about Game Night, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 479-7311


GR2: Luke Rook is Grody Reception Photos

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Los Angeles Nista Episode 11 – Revisiting my time with Giant Robot and a link

I haven’t done any public speaking about Giant Robot magazine since it bit the dust in November 2010. So I was surprised and flattered when my friend Eddie Solis (from the band It’s Casual) asked me to be on his radio show which has featured the likes of Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag), Keith Morris (OFF!, Black Flag), Dimitri Coats (OFF!), pro skater and musician Mike Vallely (Elephant Skateboards, Good for You), and Rick Kosick (Big Brother magazine, Jackass).

My particular episode streamed live on Monday night, and I was indeed a good fit since the magazine that Eric and I started was definitely a product of Los Angeles, punk rock, and even skateboarding. Eddie and I talked about all of those things and how they factored into the stapled-and-folded zine that became a mini-art and culture empire. I’ve had a lot of thoughts and emotions bottled up since moving on, and it felt good to let some of it out. Hopefully that came through.

I also got to play some music: J Church, Cringer, Clive Chin, Santic, Dirty Beaches, Romanes, Guitar Wolf, Paranmaum. Eddie played some track from the upcoming Good for You LP, too, featuring Mike V and Greg Ginn. Cranking and sharing your favorite music is the best.

Driving home, I began thinking about how great it felt to talk about the work I did, especially since the magazines are basically out of circulation and its memory is fading like a fart in the wind. Yet Giant Robot’s impact and spirit are still being felt, not only through the work that Eric is still doing in the world of indie art but also through readers who have gone on to to rad things, like Eddie.

Check out the podcast HERE or on iTunes and let me know what you think.


GR2: Year of the Snake Art

The work from Year of the Snake is now available here.

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Top 5 for January 2013: New Punk (and Lounge), Mike Atta from The Middle Class, Mix Tapes, Black Flag/Scam, Los Angeles Nista on Monday, February 4

In the old print magazine, Eric and I used to give our Top 10s about everything that we had been checking out or into during the production of each issue. The lists could be random, ranging from what was on Eric’s thoughts on business to me being a new parent, with art, music, cinema, and other things in between. This was always done at the last minute, and it turned out to be one of the magazine’s most popular sections. It allowed readers to get to know our personal interests, habits, and happenings and, in turn, get to know us pretty well–even more than the articles which were pretty transparent anyway. On the same page, we’d ask friends and contributors to provide more highly edited Top 5s within a specific theme (favorite vegetarian restaurants, must-have art supplies, best starting five basketball players, etc.).

This is kind of in-between the self-indulgent Top 10s and the tighter Top 5s, mixed with music reviews. (more…)

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JANM GR Biennale 3 Closing Night Event Photos

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Giant Robot Time: 1.18.13 – Project Remix Panel Sat. 1.19 / Biennale 3 closes Sun. 1.20

giant robot time: 1.18.13 | artwork by: maiko kanno



JANUARY 12 – JANUARY 30, 2013

A group art exhibition featuring, Jay Horinouchi, Kwanchai Moriya, Sarah Lee, Elliot Brown, Shawn Cheng, Maiko Kanno, and Wayne Johnson.




This panel will discuss Project Remix. Curated by Eric Nakamura, Project Remix is a custom vinyl show that features figures designed by Uglydoll creator David Horvath and customized by over 80 artists from seven countries—including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists. Artists Luke Cheuh, David Horvath, Scott Tolleson, and Yoskay Yamamoto will be participating in the panel.





Each is an offset lithograph, edition of 300. They are signed and numbered in the bottom corner.



Internet sensation Nyan Cat is now a plush toy!



Check out our full selection of cool video game inspired tees from Meat Bun.







“The whole process of painting to me is a push and pull between building up detail and then destroying what isn’t necessary to the story or composition of the painting.” >>



Thank you to all the attendees of last weekend’s opening reception. >>

2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025



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GR2 Living Depictions Art Reception Photos

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GR2: Living Depictions: Elliot Brown Interview

GR: You paint in oil, can you talk about the difference vs painting in acrylic and why you choose to paint in oil?

EB: I paint in oil because it is the best way to finish a painting for me. I typically start my paintings with graphite and move to acrylic washes before moving to oil.  This works well for me because I can quickly establish my values and basic color structure.  The whole process of painting to me is a push and pull between building up detail and then destroying what isn’t necessary to the story or composition of the painting.  The reason that I constantly obscure, break down, scrape down my paintings is because I want to avoid any part of my painting feeling too precious.  My process of painting is just as important as the content and I believe that they should complement each other.  Oil is my weapon of choice because it allows me to create depth and the build up of layers that acrylic cannot.

GR: Your subject matter seems to pose a lot of people hanging out. Can you talk about what you’re thinking and feeling with some of the images?

EB: My subject matter is a mix between documenting moments in my life, fabricated or candid, and painting people I find interesting that through the act of painting I can create a sense of emotion and sometimes romanticized life style.  Though a painting of mine may contain elements of beauty or nature, it is through the lens of chaos and destruction.  I want to recreate the sense of nihilism in my paintings that I see in life.  Everything must be destroyed in order to obtain the kind of knowingly distructive lives we live.  People I paint may drink, smoke, do some drugs, ride motorcycles, skateboard, play in rock and roll bands, and make questionable decisions.  These are often the most creative and inspiring people that I know because they are authentic.  Painting for me is relative to that balance of destruction and altered perceptions.  I want to create paintings that build up layers in a way that invoke an altered state and sense of derelict freedom that I see in my subjects.

GR: Your work has a traditional element to it. Can you talk about your influences? Are any from centuries ago?

EB: My influences are mainly contemporary painters like John Currin, Nicolas Uribe and Kent Williams, and like them I have ultimate respect for the classics like Lucian Freud, Sargent, Sorrolla, and Goya.

GR: I know you’re into music, rock, etc, just through your attire, can you talk about that, and if it touches your art?

EB: Although I don’t play any instruments, music is a big passion of mine.  I love going to shows, and many of my friends play is totally rad bands.  I am mostly into heavy metal and good rock and roll, and lately I have been mostly into bands with psychedelic and folk influences. In some ways I relate the layers of instruments, progressions, and heavy build ups(especially in psychedelic rock) to the way I build up my paintings.  There are ascending levels of paint and crescendos of texture that reverberate under dirty glazes.  The music that I listen to has definitely been an influence in my life, and I suppose that my work is a bit more aggressive because of it.

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JANM Oshogatsu 2013 New Years

Photos by Kat Rivera. It was an amazing day. Thanks to the JANM staff for the effort that made so many people smile.

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GR2: Jawbreaker Day Adam Pfahler Photos

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GR2 Printed Matter Art Gallery




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GR Biennale: LA Magazine: Remix Panel

It’s coming. Announced here. Project Remix Panel. Fine Art? Not Quite? What the… check it out. It’s fine art.

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GR2 1/12/13 – 1/30/13 Living Depictions Art Exhibition

Living Depictions

January 12 – 30th, 2013

A group art exhibition featuring, Jay Horinouchi, Kwanchai Moriya, Sarah Lee, Elliot Brown, Shawn Cheng, and Maiko Kanno.

The commonality of the first exhibition of 2013 will feature six artists who’ll be exhibiting works ranging in subjects, yet most or all with be paintings. Each artist approaches their works in their own materials and ways. A few have recently graduated Art Center College of Design (Kwanchai Moriya, Elliot Brown and Sarah Lee) two currently live in Japan (Jay Horinouchi and Maiko Kanno), and one (Shawn Cheng) is currently living in New York City.

For any other information, contact Eric Nakamura at Giant Robot.

January 12 – 30th, 2013

Opening Reception:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
6:30 – 10:00 PM
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025

eric (at)
310 445.9276


GR2 Printed Matter Opening Photos

What to do on a cold night that’s close to XMas and it’s still an art opening? It’s Printed Matter which isn’t just 2d prints, but also things made in multiples, but at the same time, it’s also Holidays, so that means, Gingerbread house making. Yes, our guests were invited to make cute homes that they could eat later! Some ate them on the spot! Thanks for the visit so close to XMas!

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2012 Roundup with It’s Casual (playing Alex’s Bar on December 27)

After my pal Bradley (Flattbush) asked me if I’d be interested in setting up a show at Alex’s Bar, it’s fitting that It’s Casual would headline. I first saw the band earlier this year when they played with DYS and Negative Approach. Man, they were great and I became not only a fan but a friend of singer/guitarist Eddie Solis. How could I not like a guy who channels the work ethic of SST and modern heaviness of Southern Lord (he’s worked for both labels) and sings exclusively about our hometown of Los Angeles both critically and caringly while never forgetting to deliver genuine punk power and head-banging metal riffs.

That the duo would agree to play a small show with little promotion or planning for a buddy says a lot about It’s Casual being cool dudes but also how much they live to rip it up and share their brutal yet positive message. Hope to see you in front on Thursday, December 27. (more…)

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Holy crap, I put together a show with It’s Casual, Bongoloidz, and Sandy Yang at Alex’s Bar — THIS THURSDAY!

I’ve had a chance to do some pretty rad things in 2012. In addition to getting to share awesome stuff that my friends do via this Giant Robot blog, I was able to have my filmmaker friends show their skate shorts in Chicago, Honolulu, and Hawaii. That was really cool. Now my friend Brad (from Flattbush) has asked me to  help to put together a show at Alex’s Bar. And why not get some of my friends’ awesome bands to play one of my favorite venues?

It’s coming together at the last minute but it’s also a very cool lineup, and I hope that a lot you will make it. Here’s what the lineup looks like:

IT’S CASUAL – The SST-informed metal duo has been on a huge roll in 2012, first releasing the ripping  split 7″ with Early Man and then a bitchin’ new LP, The New Los Angeles II. They recently packed The Troubadour, so I am really honored that Eddie would take his ear-crushing act back to the dive bar where I first saw him opening for Negative Approach. You’ve seen Rick Kosick’s amazing video for “The Red Line,” right?

BONGOLOIDZ – I’ve seen Fredo Ortiz play in a variety of combos with the likes of Money Mark, Tommy Guerrero, and Ray Barbee at places likethe HUF warehouse and the Giant Robot Biennale 3. I’ve also seen him at the Beastie Boys, Los Lobos, and The Bronx shows, and he’s probably played in a bunch of other bands that you love. I’m stoked to hear him play his own songs, perhaps giving a preview of the album successfully funded by a recent Kickstarter campaign that I backed.

SANDY YANG – Hardcore Giant Robot readers will know that Sandy Yang and I  go way back, and that she has actually appeared in the pages of Giant Robot magazine 10 and 12. But she has also contributed to a number of arty and noisy groups, the biggest being The Red Krayola. Although she has written solo material all along, she has just begun to start playing it out and getting a recording together. Her show at The Smell was great, and I’m stoked that the guys in HowardAmb will be backing her up once more.

See you in front!


Uglydoll in the WSJ and CNBC

Uglydoll in the WSJ. That photo was shot at GR! (WSJ)

Also on CNBC How I Made My Millions. GR appearance!


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