Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friend of the Studio, Lea Vendetta

     I love it when a friend achieves success. Hard work and persistence paying off while doing something you truly enjoy is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
     Five years ago Lea came to Key West from Fort Lauderdale. I had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with her.

     Lea Vendetta is an accomplished painter, tattoo artist, & model. She has; been the featured artist in many galleries in Florida,  graced the cover of dozens of tattoo magazines worldwide for her skill with the needle, and last year starred in the opening season of SpikeTv's show "Ink Masters" This most recent accomplishment has gotten her name out there and since has been a sought after model. (featured in Maxim for her participation in Ink master) Just google her and you will be flooded with images.

     I havent seen her recently because of her busy schedule but as luck would have it this is bike weekend and the tattoo parlor where she worked at here in Key West hastily asked her to appear at their shop. It was good to see her again. We sat and talked about all the things she had been up to and I told her how happy i was for her success. We then looked at her latest entrepreneurial endeavor.
     Lea has a beautiful 12 month calendar shot by Robert Alvarado from for sale on her website. And as a friend of the studio I feel compelled to help her get some sold.  Even with the success she has achieved she, like all of us, is still a working artist. So buy one. Buy two. Hell, buy a box full and give em out as Christmas gifts. Everyone on your list will be glad you did. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What took you? (or: It's About Fucking Time!)

     Well here we go again. Since 1991 I have been constantly been playing catch-up. Not the 57 varieties type but the technology type. Since the digital revolution just about null and voided everything I had learned in various schools I (as I have stated in many posts) have had to re-educate myself. This really hasn't been too much of an issue. I consider myself a smart enough guy to be able to roll with the punches as long as I give a shit about what it is I am trying accomplish.
     In 2001 I bought my first computer. Some say I was late in the game on that one. It was a Dell Windows ME. Yes I know... I can hear the groans from here. Well I thought that was one of the best machines ever and I used most of my time trying to keep it alive. At one point in 2006 I was talking with my friend Mitch about replacing the motherboard and what not. He gave me a look and said I should just trash the piece of shit and buy a new one. I was hesitant because I saw that as wasteful. Long story shortened, in April of 06 I bought a new Acer Aspire Windows XP. This computer was a dream come true. To this day(or at least until these past 6 months) the Acer Aspire has been a workhorse. It has done countless jobs and without incident. I will still hold this model in highest regards but alas time moves forward and the XP OS, the processor, and the memory cannot handle the ever evolving technology.
     Cut to today. It seems that my computers last from 5-6 years before I have to re-outfit. Today is that day. What am I getting? Which model am I putting on the frontline of my arsenal? 
HP? Fuck no! 
Toshiba? Get the fuck out!
Gateway?  Who????
Acer? I would, in a heartbeat, buy another Acer. Like I said before I have respect for the Acer line. But alas I have had my fill with the Windows system.
What does that mean? Yes folks. You guessed it. I have purchased my first Mac. Today I bought an,
 iMac 21.5-inch 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5.  Here are the details on my new system;

Processor2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Cache6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
Memory4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 16GB
Hard drive1TB Serial ATA1; 7200 rpm
Optical driveSlot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Display21.5-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy 16:9 widescreen TFT active-matrix display; 1920 by 1080 pixels; millions of colors; IPS technology
VideoBuilt-in FaceTime HD camera; Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, dual-link DVI, and VGA video (requires adapters, sold separately); supports input from external DisplayPort sources (requires cables and adapters, sold separately)
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB of GDDR5 memory
Thunderbolt / FirewireOne Thunderbolt port and One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
USBFour USB 2.0 ports
SD CardSDXC card slot
AudioBuilt-in stereo speakers with two internal 20-watt high-efficiency amplifiers, built-in microphone, optical digital audio output/headphone out, optical digital audio input/audio line in
EthernetBuilt-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
WirelessBuilt-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking2; built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Included accessoriesApple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse
OtherBuilt-in IR receiver
     So good news from SCI today. I plan on doing a lot of things that my system had a hard time accomplishing. There are a lot of projects swimming around in my head that just might come to fruition.

Friday, February 10, 2012

On the winds of a Dreamweaver

Freelance work is sparing for me. Where I reside people seem to look for the cheapest or "barterable" (invented word) deals when it comes to hiring artists and there are more than enough people here working for free under the guise of "this will be good exposure for you". Well I don't subscribe to that philosophy. So, that being said, I try to accept every and all jobs offered.
I have been dabbling in web development for a while now but have no real training. I would love to be able to get into a classroom and learn more but alas have not found any down here, but like I said I try not to say no to a job. I have read that my createive style regarding websites is refered to as a "Designer" as opposed to a "Coder". So I start off with Photoshop creating the base template for all pages and finish off in Dreamweaver.

The past few months I have been working on two websites. Two charter boat companies in town hired me to create websites for them. Poledancer Charters & Conch West Inc (site name, Each company wanted a unique look. Something that separated them from the myriad of water related businesses here in the Keys. I rolled up my sleves and dove right in and here are the results so far.

Poledancer Charters

Poledancer is a family run business. Jammie Ward and his son Kyle offer full and half day trips for fishing, beach combing, snorkeling as well as sunset trips. The site is still under development pending copy from the client. It consists of a static background under a scrollable body with custom logo on the right side of the page. Custom photography from SkyCrab Images as well as client snapshots are included. Some images have rollover attributes sometimes indicating a click-able link. An announcement will be made once the site is live.

Conch West Inc: Sunset Sail Key West is the site of Seth Salzmann & Cassie Castillo. They run a 42ft. Island Trader and offer full and half day trips for sailing, snorkeling, and sunset cruises. They also offer a 24 hour "Overnight Adventure"
Their site consists of a scrollable body over a custom made static background. Although their site is live right now there are pages that need to be updated. Coming soon is a filled out FAQ page and photography will be shot to showcase the boat and it's crew. A logo for the company is also under works and will replace the orange/yellow placemarker at the top left of the page.