DO YOU REMEMBER CAPTAIN EO?

I know all my Southern Cali 80s babies have distinct memories of going to Disneyland entering Tomorrow Land and viewing Micheal Jackson and Francis Ford Coppola's insane rendition of Star Wars. My pal Stella recently went to Disneyland and informed me that they brought it back!!!! No way Stella!! This alone may inspire a trip back to Cali. I've posted the YouTube version but it really must be seen in 3-D, and perhaps with the nostalgia of how amazing it was to you when you were 7. I showed it to a few of my born and bred East Coast pals and they thought I had lost my marbles.

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I USED TO SHOOT PEOPLE

Many moons ago I used to shoot people. I wasn't a crazy killer. I had a brief stint as an editorial photographer in Toronto. While digging through the archives I cam across some of my old work, fell into a wonderful world of nostalgia and thought I'd share a few shots. Mighty Mos Def: Shot for Urbanology Magazine 2005 Saul Williams: Shot for Peace Magazine 2005 Alicia Keys: Shot for Word magazine 2005
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BRAINSTORM MARCH 18TH: SELLING WORK ONLINE

Okay so this is event for all of yous who want to ask tons of questions but don't wanna flip the bill for the "Ask Chanel". I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be the main speaker for The Asian American Arts Alliance's 2010 Brainstorm! Workshops Series: Selling Work Online. I will be speaking along with three expert discussants, and  then there will be an extended open discussion and Q+A. Date: Thursday, March 18, 6.30pm Location: NYFA/Asian American Arts Alliance, 20 Jay St, Brooklyn Cost: Free and Open to the Public! Click for more info!
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Costa Rica: The Pictures

Here are some random pictures from the Trip, honestly I didn't shoot much because the camera does this place no justice, and why take a picture of the water when you could be in it...I'm just saying. Enjoy the pics! The Farm from chanel kennbebrew on Vimeo. FROM FARM TO BEACH from chanel kennbebrew on Vimeo. Meet Juan and the biting sand bugs from chanel kennbebrew on Vimeo. TERMITE ARMY from chanel kennbebrew on Vimeo. Nature 1 Humans 0 from chanel kennbebrew on Vimeo.
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Costa Rica: Lessons Learned

Hola Amigos! I'm safely back in Brooklyn and have never felt more alive in my life! Costa Rica was amazing. A month of solo traveling in a a country one has never been is like life boot camp. Through all the crazy experiences, It was alot of fun I came away with some valuable lessons. 1.Travel Light...I can't stress this enough. I don't just mean your tangible items, I'm also speaking figuratively. If your head is full off all kinds of crap you saw/heard it's almost impossible to absord what's happening in the moment. (what better occasion to make myself some junkprints bags) 2. Everything wants to grow UP! Costa Rica and New York are very similar in the fact that things will survive and often do so on the backs of others. The main difference is that in CR it's the plant life that's running the show and in New york it's the people (so they think).  Everything grows really fast in Costa Rica, a cocoa seed sprouted in my pocket in less than 2 days and I saw tomatoes go from seeds to vines in less than a week. Just like NY, you either adapt (start to sprout in a pocket) or die...that's just the way it goes. Stuff grows on top of things and just like some train lines, you have to get down to get up. There is nothing wrong with things vining on other things and often one helps the other reach the sun, just like people. The only thing to be aware of is that they aren't viruses or unwanted mold that drain your energy, but ultimately we all want to get up and will continue to lean towards the sun and often have different paths to get there. 3. Folks that travel solo and stay away from 'home' to long are just as crazy as folks who never leave home. 4. It's WAYYYYYYYYY bigger than hip hop 5. When it's time to move...you must move. 6. Me, farming in the rain forest is not a good look. After spending about 10 days on a (pseudo farm) planting things, helping build additions to some one's house, and paying to do so, yes )I'm a sucker), getting bit up by ants, stepping on a gecko, stepping into a spider web web the massive spider in it, having a toad jump across my foot and pooing/peeing in compost toilets I came to the conclusion that me planting some stuff in the most fertile place in the world is pretty stupid. I mean basically i was digging holes (getting exhausted to the inth degree) to plant things and taking breaks eating starfruit that were just growing on their own. Kinda silly. I realized that my interest is primarily in botany think that farming is fairly simple. Basically, come up with a crop plan that aligns it self with your conditions and pray that your plan was on point and that the conditions don't vary too much. Perhaps I just didn't think to highly of the folks I was staying with as 'farmers' They were nice people, but they were not in route to running a sustainable farm and seemed to be making there income off the paying volunteers, such as my self. Hey, can't knock the hustle, and I appreciate the lesson...in fact maybe I'll set up craigs listing that read 'live with a NY artists' and let folks (pay to) stay at my apartment in exchange for doing my laundry and cleaning my bathroom...just kidding 😉 7. Never stay at place with the term Paradise in the name, especially if it's the only place open...you may do better to sleep on the beach instead...I'm just saying. 8. Rushing in Costa Rica...is like like growing bananas in the Arctic...don't even try, you won't win.  I thought I could get some laundry done 'real fast' before I was leaving one location to go another. Guess I didn't understand that a 'dryer' doesn't necessary mean warm air and sometimes just means an extra spin cycle. So I  ended up sleeping in a bikini, getting bites everywhere including my butt crack, and packing a bag of wet laundry...I repeat don't rush especially in matters of drying things in tropical regions. 9. Hang with the locals...learn the freaking language and hang with the locals. 10. Just pretend that all snakes and spiders are poisonous, but don't let that stop you from swimming in the Rios 😉 To see The pics and videos check out this posting.
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Can They Dance?

We've all heard the saying, "white men can't dance, jump,etc" but is it true? Personally, I think it depends on where and how a person was raised to determine how well they dance. If you were raised in a dancing family then you probably picked up some steps over the years. Or, if you were raised in a community where a lot of people danced then maybe you danced too. Take for instance, Channing Tatum's character in Step Up. He was raised in an urban community and loved to dance, even his little sister in the film was a dancer. I do not think that we should look at a race and say "they can't dance". If you watch America's Best Dance Crew you should be able to notice that none of the teams that ever won the show were composed of only black people. They are usually made up of people from different cultures. That's why it's called "Americas"Best Dance Crew instead of "Only Black People Have Rhythm". The show represents America and the different forms of dance that people participate in. It's not just hip-hop, it can be clogging, or jump roping too. Let's keep it funky here, not all black people can dance. I don't care what anyone says about rhythm being in our bloodstreams. Some people just don't have it. Nowadays with all the bumping and grinding going on all a guy has to do is keep and strong standing position against a wall and let some over-zealous girl dance all over him. He doesn't have to move at all if he wants to. And, you call that dancing? Personally, I'm not a dancer. You will never see me dancing on America's Best Dance Crew. So do I think I can dance? Yes, but only because I have enough rhythm and a few key moves to get me by (barely). Why was he allowed to dance to the Ying Yang twins?
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Old School Style Should Be New School Style

Lately it seems that I either don’t watch television or I just watch old movies and television shows.  To me, there is just something about them. I think it’s because the story lines are better. There’s really nothing that we are doing now that hasn’t been done before. I also think that I watch because I like the way people used to dress. Not this, “I look like I just rolled out of bed, but I really spend two hours getting ready” look that is gaining popularity today. Back then people cared about looking neat and put-together, which I like. I was raised with old school discipline. My mother would never let me leave the house without a watch because, “a lady always wears a watch” and god forbid if I left wearing sweatpants and wasn’t heading to the gym. I still live by these principles and wish others did too because I’m tired of the pajama pants in boots look I’ve been noticing lately. Here is a link to the movie Mahogany (1975) starring Diana Ross. Now, this is a movie with style and panache (I love that word). Thank me later.

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UPDATES FROM COSTA RICA

It's hot. i love it. the bugs are big. There are alot of Gringo travelers. Farming is fun....but maybe not for me. Surfing is amazing. Monkeys masterbate on the beach. the water is clean. I miss NY already. I miss making stuff and I'm living in a tree house for the next few days. XoXo Chanel
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Nothing Lasts Forever

Maybe I should call this post "Nothing Lasts at Forever21", but I thought the other title sounded more profound. Maybe when read you would assume that I would write about how important it is to live life  to the fullest, to think positively, and yada yada yada. You should know that by now, right? Instead of talking about that I would like to discuss Forever21, more specifically why I will try to stop shopping there. Can I tell you a secret? Come closer to the screen this is for your eyes only. The secret is that I check the Forever21 website everyday. I can tell you what time new things are posted and when the new collections will come out. It's sad really. Now I'm not saying I shop there all the time and that my closet consist of items only from that store, but I will say that many of my hard earned dollars have contributed to the store's success. What's better than getting cute clothing at an affordable price?  One thing  I can think of that is better is getting quality clothing at an affordable price. Let's be honest, Forever21 clothing is not the best quality. They are good if you want to buy into a season trend, but not that great for the long haul. It's like dating a cute guy with no substance. He'll please you momentarily, but eventually the two of you will have to have an actual intelligent conversation. You see my problem here, right? I am not trying to start some anti-Forever21 revolution I'm just trying to build a better closet for myself. Nonetheless, here are some reasons that I will not shop at Forever21 anymore: 1. Everyone shops there. How can you express your creativity if all your friends own all the same pieces? 2. Think about the sweat shops. The people that work in Forever 21 make less than $2 a day. 3. Small cloest with quality clothing > Big closet with non-quality clothing. 4. I don't ever want to be a slave to fashion. I love fashion (mostly fashion history), but I'm not going to buy something just because a few editors tell me to. If I don't want to wear clogs this spring then I won't. Seriously, I won't be wearing clogs this spring (bleh). That's it for now. I'm sure you can think of other reasons. Now the question is: Will I throw away all my Forever21 merchandise? Answer: Hell no! That was some hard earned money and I don't waste. 21 doesn't last Forever so it's not like I'll be wearing a lot of those things five years from now, but until then I'll wear whatever is currently in my closest. I don't want to make it seem like Forever21 is the only store of it's nature, so just insert Charlotte Russe, Wetseal, and Topshop where ever you see fit because they are all essentially the same. Yes, I'll stop shopping at those places too, not that I go there as much as I did Forever 21. The great thing about not shopping at stores like that anymore is that it'll drive me to check out other shops and think of new ways to dress that will allow me to express myself better. The point is that it's better to think outside the box with style sometimes. Don't just buy for convenience, dig a little deeper and have fun shopping in different type of places. This is the official blog of Junkprints, so of course I'm going to encourage you to buy some junk here. Check out the show Blood Sweat and T-Shirts tonight at 10pm on Planet Green: Six shopaholics head to New Dehli to discover how it is working in a sweatshop. Sounds interesting to me so I'll be tuning in.
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Personal Style Sites…my opinion

It is pretty evident, if not obvious, that if you want your business, blog, or brand to thrive you must tap into as many online networks as possible. It's definitely cheaper than printing out flyers and you'll reach a lot more people when promoting yourself online. Everyday I check my blog roll on Google Reader, which allows me to quickly scan through my favorite sites. A lot of my favorite sites include personal style blogs where the blogger posts pictures of their style each day. I also like to check out sites like chictopia and lookbook.nu. I recently started a chictopia page in hopes to promote my personal blog. Chictopia is a site where you post your outfits and other members give you chic points if they approve. A good thing about sites like Chictopia is that you can find a lot of like minded people (in terms of fashion) who could be potential followers of your business, blog, or brand. Most people use it as a promotion method. I tried it for a while, but grew tired of it. While I love looking at other people's outfits, posting pictures of myself everyday made me feel a bit vain. Plus, I dislike posing for pictures in general. I began to feel that I needed to gain the approval of the other people on the site. As if I needed some reassurance that I am chic and have a cool personal style. One thing I dislike is seeking the approval of others and here I was posting my pictures and fishing for comments. No me gusta (I don't like). So, I've stopped posting pictures of my daily outfits online because I like the way I dress and don't need comments on it. Some people are intense and have daily photo-shoots scheduled, that's just not for me. I rather live in the moment than have to pray I have enough memory in my camera to capture it. I will continue to read daily style blogs, but as far as posting my outfits online...I'll pass.
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