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I am a professional graphic designer and right now I am moon lighting as a toy customizer. Every waking minute outside of work I commit to painting and sculpting custom toys.

Monday, July 30, 2012


These are from the 2nd half of the trip. The 1st half including the wedding are on my computer which I stupidly sent home with my inlaws to Kentucky and will not get back until next month.

The view from the house we rented in Kona, Big Island.

View from the pier, Waikiki Beach, Oahu.

Crazy huge tree in downtown Honolulu. The beach in Waikiki literally butts up directly to the sidewalk and across the street is the highest end shopping imaginable. 

USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Oahu.

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu. You could go out where the furthest people are and it would still only be about 6 ft deep.

View from part of the way up Diamond Head, an extinct volcano just South of Waikiki, Oahu. There is a marked trail and took about 45 minutes to get to the top. The view was insane. You can see the rim of the crater going all around here. The buildings were built right in the middle of the volcano. 

Higher up on Diamond Head. 

Very top of Diamond Head. There was a 360 degree view.

Top of Diamond Head. That is Honolulu. That little Pink hotel down there on the coast can be seen in a previous picture to give you an idea of where Waikiki is compared to Diamond Head.

View of a rocky shore on the North Shore, Oahu.

North Shore, Oahu. This was a place called Sharks Cove which is part of the Pupukea Beach Park. There were no sharks.

Sharks cove is a highly touted snorkeling destination but we didn't know that. We just drove up on it and saw it looked cool and went and checked it out. There were tons of people snorkeling. I explored the rocks and jumped off one into the water and swam around for a while. I did NOT have a snorkel yet, and bought one about 30 minutes later.

Pupukea Beach Park. The darkness in the water are rocks and coral. I swam out over all that to the rocky islands just out there…it was very cool.

This is a view from the other side of the last picture, and where those kids are standing is where I jumped in from. They copied me cause when I did it none was up there.

This was probably my favorite beach that we went to. This is Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. Kids were jumping off both sides go these rocks and of course I had to do it too. The water is probably around 10 ft deep on either side. It was awesome. 

Same place, Waimea Bay.

View of the North Western point of Oahu from the central part of the North Shore called Haleiwa.

Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu.

Wailua Valley, Kaua'i.

Same, Wailua Valley, Kaua'i.

Really cool cave on the way to Ke'e Beach, North Shore Kaua'i.

Ke'e Beach, North Shore Kaua'i. This is the last beach you can drive to on the North Shore. It goes right up against the Na'Poli Coast which is an amazing 14 mile or so stretch of sheer cliffs and ravines that are absolutely spectacular. 

Ke'e Beach and the Na'Poli Coast in the background.

A super deep cave on the side of the road, North Shore, Kaua'i.

Opakae Falls, Easter Kaua'i near Wailua.

This is the Wailua River, Wailua, Kaua'i. We took a Kayak tour on the last day and paddled right past this point.

Poipu Beach, South side of Kaua'i.

Wailua Falls, Eastern Kaua'i near Lehu'e and Wailua.

Up 2.5 miles on the Wailua River. We paddled up and got out and hiked another mile to a secret waterfall.

End of the line. The water here was really cold but I still went swimming. 

This is a screen shot of the Na Pali Coast from the video that I shot of the entire helicopter tour. I'm gonna edit it and post it when I can.

(Screenshot) This is an overhead shot of Ke'e Beach. The picture 2 back is from the left side of this picture looking towards the mountains. Because of that reef that encompasses the beach and the fact that it dips in a bit it creates a natural barrier from the wind and made a sandy bottom lagoon. 

(Screenshot) The beginning of the Na Pali Coast from the other end as Ke'e Beach. You cannot even see it as it is far around that point in the background.

(Screenshot) This is the waterfall that was featured in the movie Jurassic Park.The only way to see it is by air.

I'm Back

I'm back and am jumping right into the groove of things...customs and commissions hard core people....and pics of Hawai'i. Soon to come.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

From Kaua'i

So I'm officially married now and we've been in Hawaii now since the 13th. We had spent alot of time on the Big Island last time we were here and got to see even more this time but we also got to see Oahu and now we're on Kaua'i drinking coffee at this amazing little place on the eastern side near Lihu'e named Small Town Coffee. It's a collection of little buildings retrofitted to be a coffee shop and has great personality. Has a bunch of local things for sale, local art and is a nice change from the corporate feel of what I'm used to in Atlanta and even back in Honolulumwhich is just like any other city except the beach butts right up to the city sidewalk. We stayed in Waikiki and right across from the beach you could find shopping that reminded me of Las Vegas and the high end malls back home. We stayed at this modern little hotel named Stay which used to be student housing but has been renovated into a hotel. Inexpensive and very close to the beach, Amanda did not care for it much because of the thin walls we all remember from college and as it is our honeymoon she wanted something more posh... But it was just right for me. The highlight for me on Oahu was the North Shore. It was much more like the Big Island that I love but unlike the Big Island where it takes forever to drive anywhere, the North Shore was only an hour from Honolulu. The water was crystal clear, great snorkeling annnnd, at Waimea Bay there was a huge rock cropping that breached the beach and all kinds of kids were climbing it and jumping into the water... And of course I had to do it too. It was about 20 ft high and the water was probably 10 ft deep...it was awesome. And the water was probably the clearest I've seen so far. It was so cool. We just booked out helicopter tour of Kaua'i for tomorrow, and today we're checking out the beaches of the North Shore. Pics and more to come later today...time to head out.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Here is the poster that I printed this past Saturday. 2 color print, and the blue is Glow in the Dark.
Now all I have let to make are the cake toppers and hopefully the Dunny's that are gonna hold the place cards for the dinner following the wedding.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I finished Cyberman last night and shipped him to San Diego this morning. Here are a bunch of pics of him. I also finished the N3rdLink shirts and shipped those to San Diego this morning as well. Got a few things I need to finish for the wedding now. We leave on Friday.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Last Week before the Wedding and Comic Con

So comic con starts on Wednesday and I leave for my wedding on Friday and I'm just about finished with everything I need to finish. The Cyberman box suit is so close to being complete but I need an hour or 2 more tonight to completely finish everything then I need to break him down flat and ship to Geoffs hotel in San Diego. Same with the N3rd Link t-shirts... they're just about done, but I have to print the Link sleeve print and the web address on the back on all of them and then ship to San Diego for John and the rest of the N3rd Link crew. There was another Jacks show this past Sat and I somehow found a few hours Saturday to design a quick 2 color print and produce it. It turned out pretty sweet and I'll get a pic up of that at lunch. Despite having a ton of work to do Amanda convinced me to take a break and go see Savages Saturday night. Let me tell you, I dropped off the posters at Jacks and we had 25 minutes til the movie started. We got there with 10 minutes to spare and I thought we were good until we got to the ticket booth and there were 75 people in line. I thought we were screwed...EXCEPT, I ordered our tickets online and we squeezed past everyone and walked up to the customer service desk, showed them our confirmation number and got our tickets right away...bypassing the gigantic line. It was awesome! And the movie was awesome... although I was hoping to catch a glimpse of Blake Lively's boob or 2...but it never came. Still a really great film. Lots of drama, action, violence, and beautiful California scenery. Won my soccer game Sunday morning. Goddamn is it hot here, then Amanda dragged me out to get a bunch of stuff for our trip. Though she did buy me a new set of head phones — Studios from beats by Dre — they rule and I really wanted a new pair of really nice head phones for the plane and for work. They were my wedding present.

So this week I need to start and finish our cake toppers which are gonna be Tofu Dunny's painted like our box hero characters — Thor and Scarlet Witch, and the place card holder Dunny's which are gonna be generically painted green Dunny's with some floral sprays on them like our invitations. So I have 4 days to finish all that. Never enough time.

I'll have more pics up in a bit but here's one of the nearly complete Cyberman and a before pic of him blank.