If you keep your head up you can’t get thrown

Haha, this was a funny photo from the CCSF Christmas party, 2018. I made those shirts. I made it for sensei. I remember that he said that once and I thought it was cool.

He might have been describing a specific situation, but I thought it also sounded cool figuratively.

Robert Mendoza and Sensei – If you keep your head up you can’t get thrown – CCSF judo

I made another and added it as a random gift in the party. I am happy that Robert chose it.

How I made it…

I did a drawing of sensei that I found on Facebook on a piece of poster board. Then I made a stencil and stenciled it with a fabric marker onto a T-shirt. It’s kind of low-tech and a bit wabi-sabi.

Not sure if he really liked it, but some people seemed to get a kick out of it.

Art shows

This is a resume of my art shows. It needs an update^^. It’s a little dated, but I wanted to put it somewhere before it vanishes.

I worked as an artist creating various pieces and projects for display in gallery exhibitions, juried exhibitions, magazine and newspaper publications.

You can see some of my art work here.

Solo Exhibitions

  • April 2001: “Exposure of Process”, Box Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
  • December 1998: Old Main Art Museum, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.

Group Exhibitions

  • March 2004: Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, VT
  • January 2001: Plan B Evolving Arts, Sante Fe, NM
  • September 2000: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • June 2000: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • August 1999: Patricia Cameron Gallery, Seattle, WA.
  • July 1999: Lead Gallery, Seattle, WA.
  • December 1998: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • August 1998: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • June 1998: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

Juried Exhibitions:

  • April 2005: Stock 20 Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C
  • March 1998: 1st place award, Beasley Gallery, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.

Publications

  • March 2001: “The Reporter”, Sante Fe, NM
  • April 2001: “The Reporter”, Sante Fe, NM
  • April 2001: “THE”, Sante Fe, NM

Magazine

  • June 2003: “Direct Art”, volume 8, New York, NY

The Crosswalk

Here’s the latest creative video that I made. I first did a little beatboxing, recorded it, looped it with my computer and then scratched over it with my turntables.

I also used a little sound sample from the crosswalk ticker and some footage around the neighborhood.

Lately I have been watching a lot of Jordan Peterson’s stuff. He is really interesting. I signed up for one of his courses online called self and future authoring.

Some of the questions that are asked in the future authoring course I added to the video. Something to think about.

THE HAGWON

This is my latest creative work that I posted on Youtube and on ESLinsider. It’s about teaching in Korea. If you are a first timer then to teach in Korea you basically have 2 options for schools to teach in.

You either teach in a hagwon or in a public school. Hagwons are private institutes. There are quite a few horror stories online about teaching in hagwons.

Yet they are not all bad, but I decided to make my own horror story to help promote one of the latest ebooks that I wrote.