I was never interested in baking till 2 years ago.

Been trying different recipes here and there on my free time and some special occasions to explore the baking world.
Have to say, it's been fun. Baking, well cooking in general, is science. It's been so much fun to combing different ingredients together to create different flavors. It's endless!

Anyways, it's two days away from Thanksgivings Day. Last year, I made apple tartlets for my family with homemade chai ice cream with my brother. This year, I am making two kinds of pies : Rosemary apple pie and pumpkin pie. Still trying to figure out the special recipe for the pumpkin pie (I want to put two kinds of pumpkin fillings....). Anyways, here is the apple pie I will be baking and made a recipe of it.

R o s e m a r y .
A p p l e .
P i e

i n g r e d i e n t s

Crust :
3 cups plain flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
250g worth of unsalted butter, cold and cubed
2 egg yolks
4 tablespoons of rosemary infused water*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary
Pinch of salt

* Boil rosemary and water together, then let it cool and sit together overnight.

Filling :
6 large Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon lemon

** This recipe will make about 9" pie

Shift flour, caster sugar and salt together. Add unsalted butter and mix them together using a bench scraper. Make a hole in the center. add egg yolk, vanilla extract, rosemary infused water, and fresh rosemary. Use folk or wooden spoon to wisk them together slowly. When the wet ingredient is some­-what together, use a bench scraper to mix them together, just make sure there are bits of butter still remaining and flour is sticking with the wet ingredients enough.

Make it it into a ball shape, cover the dough lightly with a plastic ziplock bag or saran wrap. Place it into a fridge for 15 ~ 20 minutes - so that when you roll it out, it won't stick to the rolling pin or the dough won't crack while you roll it out.

Cover the surface with flour. Take out 3/4 of dough, Roll it out evenly and create 10 ~ 11" diameter disk. Roll the rest of the dough as well but place them separately in separate plastic covers and stick them the fridge again. (I recommend placing them on baking sheets - it will be easier to take it out, when you are ready to place them into the pie plate.

Make the apple paste next.
Take 5 apples, cut them into cubes (1/2 to 1 inch cubes). Place chopped apples, butter, sugar, cinnamon and water in a saucepan. Let is slowly cook in low heat for 20 ~ 25 minutes, stir it occasionally so it won't burn.

While you are making the apple paste. Thinly slice the last apple, sprinkle cinnamon and lemon. Let it sit in the fridge. When the paste is mushy but still contains apple bits, turn off the heat, drain liquid/juice out, then add flour. Stir well.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Take out the crust out of the fridge. Grease the pie plate, place the 10 ~ 11" disk dough. Make sure 1~1 1/2" of dough is hanging out of the pie plate. Then roll out the other dough to around 1/8" thickness. Cut them into 3/8" wide strips. Place the paste into the pie crust, and then place the thinly sliced apple on the top neatly. Place the strips, weave them together, and then fold in the dough that's hanging off the plate. Brush the top of the pie with caster sugar diluted with water, place it in the oven, bake it for 45 minutes to an hour.

Let it cool and when you are going to have a piece, have it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.




R e c e n t
D r e ^ m s


1. I was standing in a desert/middle of no where. I saw landmines going off right next to me and people screaming and running pass me. I wanted to run away as well and told myself to "run, run, run" but both of my legs were stuck in the quicksand. Then I saw a giant black shadow over me and I look up ; it was an U.S solider. He approaches me slowly with M16 rifle and pointed the gun on my head. He told me with deep voice that I am going to die. The next 10-15 seconds, everything was in slow motion. As I heard the trigger going off, I woke up, sweating and felt numb.

2. My heart was pounding so much and the chest was in a massive pain. Then I was sitting in the doctor's office. The room was so bright, since I faced toward the windows and the sun was setting. I felt the warm kind wind blowing through my body and the white curtains danced along winds. The doctor's body was backed against the windows, so I couldn't see his face, all I saw was a grey-ish silhouette of a tiny man. Even-though I cannot see his facial features, I can hear his voice saying that I had few hours to live. Since I was in a major pain and felt like my chest caving in, the news felt nothing to me. It actually made a lot sense in my mind. I couldn't say anthing and I put both of my hands toward my chest. I could feel the heart beating louder and louder. I fell off the chair and curled my body into a fetus position. I don't know why but I remember smiling and really thought about what I really wanted to do for my last moment in life but all I could think about is how life is short. Somehow in the dream, I knew I wasn't going to live that long, so I felt like everything was alright as it is. I closed my eyes and waited for my time to come.

3. ( I keep having a dream about my old cat. He was so special to me.
The last time I saw him was when I was 9 years old. I couldn't say goodbye. He disappeared )

I was in my studio, drawing with my head against the desk surface. I heard meow. I looked up the window and saw a dark shadow, and it was my cat. He jumped down the window and rubbed his tiny body against my legs and purred. I rubbed behind his ears and chins, asked him where he has been all of this time. He got up on the desk and looked at me. He wiped his face with his paw, then slowly I saw something growing behind his back, it was 6 wings. It grew larger and larger, and when it got to the point the set of wings were double his size, he begun to float. I panicked and somehow all these emotions floated inside of me. I felt the sudden fear and it brought back the memory of "losing" him. I rushed out the room and grabbed a fruit knife from the kitchen. Then went back my studio, grabbed one of the wing and tore all his wings off using the knife. He fell down to the floor meowed over and over. I dropped the fruit knife and stared at my hands for a while- bloody and shaking from adrenaline. Then I cried out loud saying sorry to him over and over, and as his voice gets weaker and weaker... I felt awful and miserable from what I've done, though In my head, it made a perfect sense. I wanted him to stay with me and didn't want him to disappear again. He looked at me and his meow sounded like "why, why, why?" Then I woke up from myself crying.

4. I was having a ritual with you. You had a white veil on. I had a black veil on. You kneeled down, and put your hand out. You had a pair of leather gloves on, and I can hear the sound of gloves from every tremble that each fingers made. I couldn't hear your voice but I know you for sure you were asking for my hand. I put my right hand out and you kissed it through your white veil, then passed me a black arrow. A black bow appeared on my other hand and I pointed toward your heart. The beautiful sound of string and one simple sound of thump. Through tiny holes of veil, I saw the arrow landed to your heart. You didn't make any single sound, but I saw your body trembling. Then I see silver lead like slimy substance coming out from the wound. Then your fingers and arms, toes to legs, it slowly turned into a liquid. I could see you agonizing in pain, I reached my hand toward you, and when the tip of my fingers touches your head, your became comepletely shapeless. I took off my veil and wore your veil and ran my fingers against your remaining matter. I felt a sharp pain on my index finger. Quickly I remove my hand and I saw a blood. I look down on the silver substance, then I see the black arrow I shot you with. I saw my fingers falling apart and turning into liquid like him. I didn't feel any pain while turning into a liquid, but I rather felt relieved. Through a tiny holes of white veil, it sucked all the lights from the sun. Made my face all hot and it felt hard to breathe. But when I woke up, I felt really happy to see you in my dream.

I need to make all these dreams into comics / drawings.


I forgot to mention COUPLE things.

I made limited edition print with Swedish company called Arty People.
It was released in August but there are some prints left. If you are interested in my print, please get it. It is a very high quality print! Here are the details.

300 limited edition
50 cm x 70 cm
170g gold matte paper

ALSO, I made some shirts with Blood Is The New Black.
You can purchase them HERE

: )


I'm Sorry.

Terrible at updating these days.
Last update was 10 months ago. Horrible.

I've been mainly concentrating on my solo exhibitions next March/April in Thinkspace Gallery (LA)I'm almost almost done making 6 pieces! and 3 to 5 more to go! If you are interested to see some previews, I update them on my Instagram. Find me!

I would like to mention these are the publications I was included this year :

Juxtapoz Illustration Book 2 (Ginko-Press)
Slice Magazine
Ruby : Otherworldiness (Die-Gestalten)
Illustration NOW Portraits (Tachen)

I had several shows in past few months but obviously it's too late to mention about them. Also! If you are looking to get next year's calender, check out Taschen's Illustration NOW calender.





Dear friends!

Sorry for the last minute notice but I will be participating for this show that is opening this Thursday (1/27) at SHO Gallery.
As many people (might) know, SHO Gallery and Loading Dock will be closing after the amazing 2 years! But this is not the last of these amazing places, just for now...(read more about it on the information below). SO! For the farewell-for-now exhibition, my Permanent Vacation series drawing will be exhibiting along with several amazing artists!!!

Please join us !

F. the cold weather and let's eat tacos and burritos! We can do tacos-cheers.
I will give you the biggest 5 ft tall person hug of the world. Let's have fun!
& here is the information about the show :


Hi Everyone,

As you know, for the last two years, SHO Gallery has been exhibiting dynamic and innovative shows of established and emerging artists. We have put on over a dozen exhibitions showcasing works in all media, brought in collaborative guest curators, and focused our events on building community, networking relationships, and keeping the dialogue around new work flowing, all while having a damn good time.

As you may not know, the space we have been using for the majority of our shows is in a transition period. Accordingly, we're having a show to celebrate two incredibly successful years, and many more to come.

Join us this Thursday, Jan. 27th, as we celebrate the end of one era and the beginning of another, with some of the strongest work we've had yet.

Artwork by :
Grayson Cox
James Moore
Fumi Nakamura
David Pierce
Karolina Rojas
Albert Shelton
Chris Smith
Leah Wolff
Pete Watts

Tacos and more by Choncho's (of the Brooklyn Flea) will be on sale as usual, and this will be the VERY LAST TIME Choncho's will be here. Bring your appetite for stunning art, cheap beer, and (one final time!!!!) amazing taco's!

We hope to see you there! If you haven't made it to an opening yet, there's never been a better time to stop by, and if you're one of the many who have come out to support us so many times, thank you SO SO much!

Tony and Erik, SHO Gallery

Muertes Temporales
Opening this Thursday, Jan 27th, from 7-11pm
SHO Gallery
170 Tillary St.,
Brooklyn NY 11201
(774) 239 5681
close to every train (literally)
map: http://bit.ly/hODk36


Hope to see you there!
Thank you!



Don't get Your Hopes Up, Only Chin Up -- A4 sketchbook drawing

Hello guys!
Very short notice but my Permanent Vacation series drawings will be exhibiting at SHO Gallery in Brooklyn, New York! The opening is on Thursday, January 27. 7-10pm. The show is only going to be on for a week : 25th-31st. It will be the last show at SHO Gallery (hopefully not but till the new spot appears) AND the Loading Dock's taco truck will say bye bye to that spot.

Please join us for last taco/burrito fiesta!

SHO Gallery /The Loading Dock
170 Tillary St. in downtown Brooklyn NY


It's a bit late but,

2011 has been pretty exciting year so far.
I will be participating in two shows, one in Portland, Oregon and another in Los Angeles, California.
More information is to come and if you are in any of the cities I've mentioned, please check it out.
It is happening in mid-March.

Few publications will be coming out some point this year as well!
So exciting!!!!

Other than that, I am preparing a small print with 1 inch pins and sticker packs. Will be ready in couple month?
Hopefully, I will be able to make new mini book this year. It's all depends on my piggy bank this year.

for those of you follow this blog, thank you!
I will try to update more!