Ivan5252 | artist & photographer: Blog http://www.ivan5252.com/blog en-us (C) Ivan5252 | artist & photographer ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) Thu, 31 May 2018 20:49:00 GMT Thu, 31 May 2018 20:49:00 GMT http://www.ivan5252.com/img/s/v-5/u67532536-o24087769-50.jpg Ivan5252 | artist & photographer: Blog http://www.ivan5252.com/blog 120 80 Poetry Sessions: Sunset at the Sunrise http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2018/5/literary-sessions-sunset-at-the-sunrise My mind is out of reach

My feelings are out of ink

In search of meaning I found mundane

In desperation I created blame


My thoughts are soaked in bleach

My everything fights to think

In search of calm I found obscene

A desolation I had never before seen


I'm undecided as far as how much I want to explain about this poem. I'm curious to know what other people might interpret this to mean or relate to. Perhaps I may elaborate on a per-person basis as I start to hear people's interpretations. 

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Literary Sessions: Text me how you feel. http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2018/5/literary-sessions When I text with friends, I tend to fully spell out my words and utilize punctuation. There are some times though where I still use abbreviations such as "lol", "lmao", or "wyd". Actually, come to think of it, that's pretty much it, lmao. Other less common abbreviations such as "omw" (on my way) have been added to my phone's autocorrect and automatically spell out the whole phrase. I even entered "tmrw" to automatically correct itself to "tomorrow" since it's among the most commonly used and most easily misspelled. I guess something like "lol" now seems to have outgrown it's actual phrase. 


A while ago I started to see memes/articles ranting about people that abbreviated or shorthanded everything. Among them was the idea that it was somehow making people dumber. I would absolutely agree even if it almost made me laugh but then I realized I still abbreviated here n there. (See what I did there? Hehe.) I amended my opinion and now mostly agree: 


I didn't think it made people dumber. It couldn't. Didn't make sense to me because I know some really smart people that used many said abbreviations. I can only imagine how many more people use it for the younger generation and I see some of them accomplishing great things. It occurred to me that not only is it not, but that, perhaps, it's actually evolving us.


See, I figure, if in time (albeit millions of years) we grew entirely new abilities such as walking on land, standing upright, and forming languages, something has to be changing little by little, between the finer time of centuries, decades, or less. World War I and II represented a war for the industrial age and I think the information age has been under the new kind of war: information. It shares many characteristics of war such as death, aggression, and destruction. The internet was a blessing when it provided any kind of information anywhere, any time, until it cursed us with just those characteristics as well. 


So, abbreviations, memes, hashtags: the information age.

We created a relatively universal connotative thought bubble and called them hashtags. We collectively built an informal library of visuals for specific feelings and called them memes. And, of course we want to be more efficient communicators by using abbreviations. Everything I just said is about making communication faster or more efficient. 


On the other hand, when we think of communicating with someone, texting has been so normalized that I wonder if its altered how our brains work. If human beings wanted to talk and, in time, formed languages, it seems like the idea of texting someone might evolve into the ability to send people thoughts.

Or maybe some people out there already have? With hit n miss results? #mkultra. 


ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) blog downtown ivan5252 las vegas rant text texting thoughts vegas vlog http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2018/5/literary-sessions Mon, 28 May 2018 11:43:18 GMT
Remezcla: Latin Billboards 2018 http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2018/5/remezcla-latin-billboards-2018 Once again got a chance to work with Remezcla. As usual, nice working with the crew and decided to take some pictures along the way.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there was also a barber (@lxvestudios) sponsored by Buchanan. They gave everyone a free cleanup/fade and I was in need of some cleaning up :D


Tacos are in.

I still remember Bad Bunny saying "This is how I sleep" in this picture, lmao. 

I seriously thought this photographer that came with Bad Bunny looked so much like McLuvin. I'm pretty sure people have told him that so he probably doesn't care, haha.

Of course, the big toast to the Latin Billboards with J. Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Here's a gallery of the rest of the pictures:

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Boudoir Session: Leaving Singapore http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2018/4/boudoir-session-leaving-singapore

There is a rawness to her character that it is refreshing.

This is Winnie. She is from Singapore, always in pursuit of leaving Singapore to go after her dreams. She has done much more than most people her age but I'm not sure she realizes it. It did not take me very long to see that she had a very good heart. 

After all the circus performances, business deals, books, fitness competitions, fire breathing, gains, losses, and literal cuts and bruises from life, this is her. She is confident to enjoy being naked and brave to be emotionally bare as well. 

ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) boudoir downtown femme fitness hotel las vegas model photography sexy vegas http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2018/4/boudoir-session-leaving-singapore Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:05:00 GMT
Latin Grammys with Remezcla, 2017 http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/11/latin-grammys-with-remezcla-2017 Last week I had the pleasure of working with Remezcla doing interviews for the Latin Grammys. I must say that I had a great time working with everyone and being a part of the crew. It's not often that I get to do production assistance or even less with such a client. 

Itzel, pictured, editing photos she just shot, keeping the flow going to get them published as soon as possible. 

Interviews went back to back and it was sometimes a challenge to keep everything going smoothly. Here, Isabelia is at work.

These guys were the crew I was a part of. Rodrigo, Rafael, and Juan, sitting in the room where I think we spent the most time at.

Most artists preferred to have a drink before or after their interviews. This guy had the good job title of "tequila shot giver". Okay, maybe not officially but he did offer me one too, which I had to decline since I still had other interviews to help with.

Upstairs, a recording studio was made in the shower. I personally thought it was genious! I can't wait to see the final product from here. 

My friend Sindy is seen here demonstrating her abilities to sing. I honestly think she could easily do great. She has already built up her talent to perform, so singing--I don't think--is very far from her to excel at.

"El Pio", as they nicknamed him. This guy is hilarious! Only regret is that I didn't really get to know him that well in the time I was there.

Some snaps of other interviews that probably speak for themselves :).

The rest of the crew, post work, rightfully celebrating! The moment I got to have a beer with them too. Very satisfying moment with great people :)

Here's one of the few pictures taken of me. This was at the Buchanan afterparty at the Delano.

The guy on the right is my buddy, Edwin, but I do not recall who his friend is. Nonetheless, awesome time at the afterparty!

Here's a slideshow of the complete album from this event. Mostly BTS. :)

ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) 2017 bomba estereo bts grammys interviews latin latin grammys mgm music prince royce http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/11/latin-grammys-with-remezcla-2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:48:44 GMT
Sevenstock 2017 http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/11/sevenstock-2017 By no means am I a Mazda expert but I do love cars and friends have influenced me enough lately to attend Sevenstock a 2nd time now. As someone that appreciates cars, I highly recommend anyone else to check out Sevenstock. As far as I know, it's the largest annual gathering of rotary powered vehicles in the world. Although most are RX7s, there are plenty of other unique vehicles or sometimes motorcycles that are rotary-powered. Prior to being such a fan of rotary engines, I was huge fan of classic BMWs. I've owned two E30s and one E34 but, of those, currently only own the 1989 E30 convertible that I've longed to restore. As you can already guess, I've now been planning to do a 13B engine swap on the E30 but that's another story, for another blog :)

Anyway, here's a video I put together from this year's Sevenstock along with some pictures. Cheers!

Beer?Dan busting out the first brew of the night after arriving at the hotel.
Dan Busting out the first beer after arriving at the hotel.


Most of the Vegas crew here having dinner before the big day on Saturday.


Dan (grey chucks) trying to comfort Oun (racing suit) after he realized that there is no spoon. I mean spool. I mean, just kidding, they were just chatting and I thought this was a cool shot open to interpretation. :D

ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) brap california cars cosmo dorito fc fd fontana racing rotary rx7 wankel http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/11/sevenstock-2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:21:02 GMT
Comic Con AfterParty @ The Nerd http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/7/comic-con-afterparty-the-nerd The Las Vegas Comic Con is that one time of year when anyone and everyone can dress up as their favorite alter ego super hero. It really brings out the nerd in anyone that didn't even identify themselves as a nerd before, which is awesome for people like myself being I'm already a nerd.

What better place than The Nerd to host the after party. They have a host of things game consoles, pool tables, bowling, and even hookah. I can't decide if I like the games more or the DJ mixing video-game-inspired jams. Anyone that hasn't been there should at least stop by and check it out sometime.

ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) 2017 bar comic con downtown las vegas music the nerd video games http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/7/comic-con-afterparty-the-nerd Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:08:01 GMT
Neon Reverb @ Bunkhouse http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/3/neon-reverb-bunkhouse Awesome time with some local bands! I was there to support a local band and friends, the Kurumpaw, followed by We Are Pancakes and the Acid Sisters. 

Cover charge was only $15, which I think is very fair considering you're also supporting local artists. I would definitely go to this type of event again.

Kurumpaw has an interesting sound. They have a very catchy cumbia song while the other songs are a mix of indie and and alternative--at least, those are my thoughts. As much as I am a fan of their current style, I can't wait to see what their style will evolve into. 


Unfortunately I didn't get to see much of We Are Pancakes although I did hear that their lead singer is in the hospital. I don't know what condition he's in or if it's something life-threatening, but they played on anyway. I sure hope he recovers soon though, whatever he's going through.


The Acid Sisters were also very good. All their members seem to play like veterans and play very well together. The keyboardist, Liz, is an old friend of mine that I hadn't seen in a long while, before she got into the band so it was great to see what she had been up to on her downtime. 


Here's a slideshow of the rest of the pictures :)

ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) acid are bar concert kurumpaw live music neon pancakes reverb sisters we http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/3/neon-reverb-bunkhouse Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:02:55 GMT
Cox Business Mixer: June 2016 @ Commonwealth http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2016/6/cox-business-mixer-june-2016-commonwealth It was a pleasure to attend another eventful evening at the Cox Tuesday Mixer.  Located in the heart of downtown, and held inside of the beautifully chandelier filled room of Commonwealth, businesses and the people behind them come together again to connect and build relationships with other businesses.  Cox Business and it's main host, Francisco Oros also graciously provide food, drinks, and raffles to create an atmosphere that is both enjoyable, yet professional. Thank you again for allowing me to attend, and be a part of capturing the moments of business professionals coming together with the opportunity to work together.


ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) artists business commonwealth cox crossfit entrepreneurs first friday gym mixers vegas http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2016/6/cox-business-mixer-june-2016-commonwealth Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:19:59 GMT
Cox Business Mixer: May 2016 @ Commonwealth http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2016/5/commonwealth-and-first-friday-mixers I had a fantastic time going to these mixers hosted by a variety of people from Cox Business, to business owners, to entrepreneurs. Special thanks to Cisco O. from Cox business for introducing me to so many amazing people!




ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) artists business commonwealth cox crossfit entrepreneurs first friday gym mixers vegas http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2016/5/commonwealth-and-first-friday-mixers Sat, 07 May 2016 21:04:38 GMT
Velveteen Rabbit's Three Year Anniversary Party http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2016/5/velveteen-rabbits-three-year-anniversary-party Last night I got to cover the three year birthday party of my favorite bar in Vegas. Last night, however, was particularly eccentric and strange.. more than usual at least--which of course meant that it was a lot more fun than usual. :)

If you like to have a good drink to savor and enjoy over good conversation, this is definitely a must. Highly recommend you check it out if you haven't already.

Here's the photographic documentation I captured from last night's shenanigans. Bonus points for you if you were there as well!

ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) arts bar district downtown drinks fun live music nice performance. rabbit speakeasy vegas velveteen http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2016/5/velveteen-rabbits-three-year-anniversary-party Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:11 GMT
BTS: Death of False Hipsters http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/10/bts-death-of-false-hipsters Always a pleasure working with the film crew. Feel free to download them at your own will :) and feel free to credit me as well :D

(if you'd like to view the gallery instead of the slideshow, click it)

ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) behind bts cinema comedy death of false hipsters film scenes the vegas http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/10/bts-death-of-false-hipsters Fri, 16 Oct 2015 23:58:02 GMT
BTS: La Kat's Documentary http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/10/bts-la-kats-documentary This is a documentary about Kat Lazo and her story. She has been diagnosed with terminal cancer as of spring of this year and it has inevitably transformed her life and how she views everything. Her film is set to come out sometime in the late October or early November.

ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) bts cinema documentary film kat la kat lazo stills http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/10/bts-la-kats-documentary Thu, 15 Oct 2015 00:38:08 GMT
Life is Beautiful 2015 http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/10/life-is-beautiful-2015 As always, a blast at Life is Beautiful music festival. I missed The Killers' surprise show but got to see Snoop, Imagine Dragons, London Souls, Saint Motel, and the usual shenanigans/art installations. Gotta say though, loved Stevie Wonder's performance. I feel I may have been a jazz player in my previous life. o_O

Special thanks to Claudia, Eddie, and Neb for helping me access the festival this year! :D


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EXAFEST 2015 http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/8/exafest-2015 Amazing time with great people!


ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) 2015 club collective concert country exafest fremont las live music nortec vegas http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/8/exafest-2015 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:41:17 GMT
Las Vegas Comic Con 2015 http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/4/las-vegas-comic-con-2015 Honestly I had no expectations for my first time at a Comic Convention. Gotta, say it's pretty badass! If you're into anything comic book related I strongly recommend you check it out one year! They have all kinds of things for sell unique to the convention. One of the vendors makes very amazing well built replicas of video game/comic weapons and sells them at very reasonable prices. But! he doesn't have a website or anything; he travels only with the convention. Oh and of course the cosplay :D

Anywho, here are some pictures I took.. :)

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Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Freedom Fry http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/4/lillywood I've created this short trailer from the bit of video I got. 

Gotta say, it was quite an adventure to drive to Cali and back the same day just to see Lilly Wood & the Prick but totally worth it! Hearing them live was what I expected and more. If you haven't heard of them, I at least suggest you check out their music.

Here's a slideshow of more pictures I took that night along with a short trailer of Freedom Fry--also a great band that I heard for the first time :)

I got lucky and got a picture taken with Lilly herself!! :D 

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Oliver's Dirty Thirty http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/oliverbday Good times with good friends! Happy birthday to Oliver!

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Dog cannot catch http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/dog-cannot-catch So wrong but so funny. I kind of just want to hug this dog now. 

ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) catch dog mo slow slowmo http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/dog-cannot-catch Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:40:33 GMT
Got an hour to kill? Sure you do! http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/got-an-hour-to-kill-sure-you-do You HAVE to check out this HTML5 drum machine! playing around with this can easily chew up an hour or more. I think I did well that I only spent 30 minutes before finally being able to do other things I had forgotten to do. Like eating. "Oohhh yeah... I'm hungry." :D

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!


ivan5252@gmail.com (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) drum html5 machine maker music http://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/got-an-hour-to-kill-sure-you-do Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:57:48 GMT