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Photographer Olaf Schuelke has collected some awesome images of young punx in Myanmar for Roads & Kingdoms. Myanmar has spent the last few years redefining itself, and reaching out to countries like Mongolia for neighborly advice on how to best weather a major economic and political transition. Last year’s host for the World Economic Forum on East Asia, Myanmar is on a fast-track to adapting to globalization, for better or for worse. These kids are doing alright though, even if they’ve latched on to Hot Topic on trucker speed. They’ll mellow out and start broadening their punk horizons soon enough. Burmese emo is right around the corner… Get the full scoop and see more great images here.
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The opening night for my exhibition, “B-Shots” was Sunday March 31st at Balconi Coffee in West LA. I imagined it would be myself and a few friends rolling through. It’s not an “art show”, as I imagine art shows. This is more of a document of a time period. The late 80s and early to mid 90s.

I was actually more impressed and thankful to the artists who came and lent support. Mari Inukai, Luke Chueh, Edwin Ushiro, Andrew Hem, Sean Chao, Rob Sato, Ako Castuera, Kris Chau, Leah Chun, and I know I’m forgetting some at this moment. There was so much talent in the room, it was overwhelming. It was also great to talk about the shows, the bands, and listen to some of them via a playlist. Also, I recognized Dee Plakas, the drummer of L7 in a group of folks who were checking it out. That was a holy shit moment! Although these photos are pulled from half of my negatives that I only recently found, I’m now bound to find the other half and compile an even larger collection some time soon.

That’s Kris Chau and Ako Castuera taking a look.

A note I wrote about the exhibition.

I made a zine for the exhibition, “From the Pit” along with a special display box made by Dirty Dean.

A group shot near the end. Thanks for coming through. I’ll add a bit more some time soon.

flicks by DJ Tony Jr.

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D22 the infamous club in Beijing which developed their “underground” scene is closing it’s doors. As a lot of indie clubs it was far on the edges of town, but that also leads to it’s mystique. Now it’s closing after being an integral part of the scene. The music is China still isn’t spread world wide, but that’ll come over time and venues like D-22 will always pop up. (WSJ – D22)
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