Ivan5252 | artist & photographer: Blog https://www.ivan5252.com/blog en-us (C) Ivan5252 | artist & photographer [email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:28:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:28:00 GMT https://www.ivan5252.com/img/s/v-12/u859655297-o24087769-50.jpg Ivan5252 | artist & photographer: Blog https://www.ivan5252.com/blog 80 120 As the night progressed. https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2019/6/as-the-night-progressed It's one of those nights I look forward to. I introduce relevant people to other relevant people in my life.

She was visiting from Austin. She left Vegas last year and as shocked and impressed as I was, I applauded her. She invited her musically inclined cousin Sindy and somehow she perfected the atmosphere. She always finds a way to move to a beat and I love passionate people.

I was consuming alcohol and evidently faster than I was aware of. Everyone was having a fantastic time though and all I had left to do was capture the times everyone was happy.

It felt like a family gathering was happening. I was also holding onto my sobriety with the tips of my fingers so I was holding a lot together.

For whatever biological reason, I blacked out soon after. Still, one of the coolest nights in a while.

Here are the rest of the photos from that night:

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Remezcla: Latin Billboards 2018 https://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 https://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. 

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Latin Grammys with Remezcla, 2017 https://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. :)

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Sevenstock 2017 https://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

[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) brap california cars cosmo dorito fc fd fontana racing rotary rx7 wankel https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/11/sevenstock-2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:21:02 GMT
Comic Con AfterParty @ The Nerd https://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.

[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) 2017 bar comic con downtown las vegas music the nerd video games https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2017/7/comic-con-afterparty-the-nerd Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:08:01 GMT
Neon Reverb @ Bunkhouse https://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 :)

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Cox Business Mixer: June 2016 @ Commonwealth https://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.


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Cox Business Mixer: May 2016 @ Commonwealth https://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!




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Velveteen Rabbit's Three Year Anniversary Party https://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!

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BTS: Death of False Hipsters https://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)

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BTS: La Kat's Documentary https://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.

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Life is Beautiful 2015 https://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 https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/8/exafest-2015 Amazing time with great people!


[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) 2015 club collective concert country exafest fremont las live music nortec vegas https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/8/exafest-2015 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:41:17 GMT
Las Vegas Comic Con 2015 https://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 https://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 https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/oliverbday Good times with good friends! Happy birthday to Oliver!

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

[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) catch dog mo slow slowmo https://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! https://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!


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Shine: Behind the Scenes https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/shine-BTS I had an amazing time doing probably the funnest shoot I've had the privilege of shooting. Everyone is awesome to work with and exceptionally talented. Thank you to everyone that was a part of it! I look forward to doing more shoots with the group. :)

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Perhaps the most long awaited message to Kanye from Anonymous https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/perhaps-the-most-long-awaited-message-to-kanye-from-anonymous Gotta say, I don't think anyone could've said it any better. Well said Anonymous, with much vebal precision I applaud you for this especially.


[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) anonymous kanye kardashian kim rant target west https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/perhaps-the-most-long-awaited-message-to-kanye-from-anonymous Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:09:34 GMT
China builds a 57-story building in record time: 19 days https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/china-builds-a-57-story-building-in-record-time-19-days With population and pollution problems at their scale, they almost have no choice but to innovate. One such innovation is their new standard for construction reaching 3 stories per day. o_o

Check out this video on the construction of this 57 story building where a factory prefabricated much of it offsite and essentially put together on site like legos. Freaking amazing!

The crazy part? The company that is doing this is still constructing faster and faster!

[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) broad building china construction green innovation innovative j57 sustainable https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/china-builds-a-57-story-building-in-record-time-19-days Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:25:40 GMT
Homeless Child Social Experiment https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/homeless-child-experiment I see these sorts of social experiments now and then but this one really got to me. I won't ruin it for anyone that watches it but the between the lines of what happens here is applicable to many real world scenarios, sadly. *sigh*

[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) child experiment homeless social https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/homeless-child-experiment Sun, 08 Mar 2015 22:10:48 GMT
Even in an accident, Australians are courteous https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2015/3/even-in-an-accident-australians-are-courteous This is interesting and even refreshing. Unfortunate, yes, but could have easily been much worse.

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Koroks at Fremont Country Club https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2014/6/koroks-at-fremont-country-club Although I was there to primarily cover the Koroks, I did manage to get some shots from other bands. The first band up was a 3-band member band called Party Talk. This was my first time ever hearing about them and I must say they put on a show. Unfortunately, by the time they performed there were still not a lot of people there so not many people got to hear them.

When the Koroks went up I just had to go backstage to get some behind the scenes shots. I personally like their style and use of a synthesizer; very catchy. 

Check out the pictures from the event! :)

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Sonidero: Cinco de Mayo Featuring Los Master Plus! https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2014/5/sonidero-5demayo Sonidero's Cinco de Mayo celebration with very special guests all the way from Guadalajara, Mexico: Los Master Plus! We also got the chance to dance to local sounds from our Latin rock band Gravedad and listen to DJ sets by Dolores Flores and Bad Beat. Although Los Master Plus did not perform their song set, they did play/perform during a DJ set full of energy telling us that they definitely know how to hype a party! The Sonidero team has great plans for bringing you more artists and more fun every month specializing in underground Latin subcultures and music.

Stay tuned for our next event at The Beauty Bar! Be sure to like their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/soniderolasvegas ; Instagram @soniderolv

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Sonidero: Bottomless Thursday Edition (Feb 20, 2014) https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2014/2/sonidero Sonidero does it again this time with a Bottomless Thursday Edition at Beauty Bar. Thanks to DJs Dolores Flores, Tiger Blood Yeah! Yeah!, and special guest DJ of Panteon Rococo Ali Masare all the way from Mexico City for keeping the dance floor alive and The Koroks for their awesome live performance. Thank you all for coming out can't wait to do it again!

Stay tuned for next month's event on March 21st! 

(Feel free to download your image)

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NYE 2013 https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2014/1/nye-2013 Happy 2014 to everyone! and thank you all that showed up to the party. Here are the pictures :D


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Latin Grammys: Heineken House (3 days) https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2013/11/grammys So this wasn't the official after party of the Latin Grammys but it was one of the many. This party happened at Eye Candy @Mandalay Bay and I must say it was definitely a success. I had never seen this little place so packed and yet everyone is still having a great time. Some of the people that performed were Gaby Moreno, Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, DJ Afro of Los Amigos Invisibles, Fito Blanko, Bomba Estereo, and Hello Seahorse among others.. It was quite a blast ^_^.

These are all out of order so if you're looking for your picture, it may be anywhere in this gallery, hehe.


[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) 2013 afterparty grammys heineken heineken house latin https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2013/11/grammys Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:31:54 GMT
SEMA https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2013/11/2013-sema SEMA: The porn convention for gearheads. It was freakin' awesome. All kinds of cars, trucks, bikes, in between, and most of them strutting a fat turbo or supercharger. All the [porn stars] were there like Shelby, AMG, GReddy and of courses plenty of Supras, 'Vettes, Bimmers, Muscle cars... Then again this was my first time so it is possible I'm overly excited about it :D 

Anywho, here are some pictures I snapped from SEMA. I didn't quite get to see everything because of school projects and gigs but I saw enough to satisfy me. :)


[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) 2013 SEMA car convention https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2013/11/2013-sema Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:51:14 GMT
Life is Beautiful Festival https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2013/11/LIB Of all the things Vegas has to offer, there hasn't quite been anything like what it's pulled out of its sleeves this year. Personally I thought the Life is Beautiful Festival was not going to be such a big deal. And then I managed to score a ticket for the second day (Thanks Kat!).

The musicians/artists line up was reasonable for what you paid but what I did not expect was the atmosphere that it created: the people were all awesome and friendly, the whole place was plastered with artwork, and the food--oh my god the food. It was a unique experience that felt like much more than a festival and I cannot wait to do it again. 

There were hardly any down sides to the whole event. One of them was cell phone communication; in fact, it was often delayed by up to a half hour. If I wanted to meet with friends I had to tell them to meet me at certain location with at least a 30 minute notice. The other thing that really bugged me (and probably 90% of the crowd) is that they had Empire of the Sun perform at the same time as The Killers. Since I thought Empire of the Sun was harder to catch live, I decided to see The Killers open and 2 songs later I walked over to see the rest of Empire of the Sun. Quite frankly I think that worked out very well because (sorry Killers) they put on a hell of a show! 

At any rate, here are some pictures from the festival. Enjoy!

[email protected] (Ivan5252 | artist & photographer) 2013 LIB art downtown empire of the sun festival las vegas life is beautiful live photography vegas https://www.ivan5252.com/blog/2013/11/LIB Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:33:29 GMT