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David Choe 9/21/07

David Choe
Copied and pasted from my mixi:
Wieden Kennedyでグラフィティーショーです。その後私たち5人で晩御飯を食べに行って色々なことを喋ります。デーブの性格はマジで面白い!なんだろう…ここには言えないw

David Choe is one of the most diverse and prolific artists working today. He is one of the youngest artists to ever have solo show at the MOCA. An internationally reknown graffiti artist and cultural icon, he has had his art shown on every surface from canvases to human bodies to third world ,war torn walls, it can be found in every facet of society, from fancy galleries, museums, t-shirts, shoes, movies, billboards, cars, murals, buildings, from New York City to the Congo, Africa to everywhere in between. He’s traveled, train hopped and hitchhiked all over the world many times over spreading his art. Hefs been homeless, he still sells art out of his parents’ garage and his beat up mini van david choe art can be found here

We went to a David Choe and Saber graffiti art show at the Rotture last Wednesday. Things are sometimes best described in pictures, of course in this case, so expect heavy loading. >_<

David Choe and Saber

It was packed… but it felt like a lot of people were there because they knew it was gonna be the cool thing to do. We overheard these guys talking behind us somewhere midway the show, “Hey dude. Do you want to go to Aura now? I got our shirts in the trunk.”

Angry big toe


Monica, Dave, and some girl

Went to the warehouse next to Rotture for a more private tag session.
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So Dave carries around ninja stars that he got somewhere from his travels. Ninja stars I was throwing at the walls.

It was a long night, but to cut things short, when Kevin went back to his car to drop off his gift for Dave, he found that his car was broken into from the trunk and his mp3 player and my backpack (along with my purse and laptop inside) was jacked. Kevin started making phone calls, to friends, cops, etc…

When Dave heard about this, he came by to me and asked, “Hey I heard what happened and it sounds like you’ve been having a bad day… does this sort of thing happen to you a lot?…
shakes head
“Look, we get premiums for doing these events and I got $200 just to spend and do whatever. I want you to have it.”
“No, no… I can’t take this.”
“I was gonna spend it on strippers anyways…don’t worry.”
Still resisting.
Dave hands it to my friend Monica and asks her to give it me.
She jumps over and stasheÄ it in my belt bag.

A couple text messages later, Kevin texted, “Thank you portland police. Found him” They tracked him down crossing the Morrison bridge. It was the same guy that asked Dave for bus fare money at the gas station right before Kevin called Dave about the break-in. I feel so lucky… how often do you get your stuff stolen and returned?

The funny thing is that I thought lost $200 earlier that day… but then it showed up again when dad found it dropped on the side of the car. And my backpack/laptop/purse came back to me again. And now I have Dave’s $200 stripper money. Dave had another show the next day at Weiden Kennedy. I wanted to go and watch, and to return the money. I’ll write more tomorrow, I’m gonna sleep for a bit now… I think I caught cold. :(

David Choe 2 – 9/24/07

David Choe pt. 2 – at Wieden Kennedy
Wieden Kennedy is one of the largest-independently owned advertising agencies in the world. Founded in Portland, they’re best known for their advert campaigns for Nike (i.e. they came up the tagline “Just Do It”). With offices in Shanghai, Tokyo, New York, London, Amsterdam, it’s one of those things that at one point I was asking about internship for W+K. In 2003, their Tokyo office created W+K Tokyolab, a record label/creative workshop. HIFANA is signed with them (and had a show in Portland 1.5 years ago). I hope HIFANA will come back soon…

Anyways, sorry for the tangent on tangent… David and Saber at Wieden+Kennedy


Done. And success, they both got a deal with W+K.

The bird nest lounge on top. The couches up there are shaped as white, riverbed rocks.


This was the last drawing he made in my sketchbook. And will be the last ever, even though there are 20 pages left in there… Dave Choe hocked a loogie in my sketchbook and I had to watch it get smeared all over while he was shading.

This is the guy, that to find colors during solitary confinement in Japan, he saved morning urine (when it has the deepest color) so he could add yellow to his drawings. As a health person, I wouldn’t like to go near that book. But the art-side of me knew better, he would do that sorta thing so I’m not surprised.

I asked him to use my favorite pen that creates fine, clean lines (mitsubishi UMR-1 if curious). He agreed and at the first stroke, “Woah, it’s just like a pencil. This is really nice!”
“Yea, take it. I have a lot more at home and knew you would like it.”
“Really? Thanks! I was gonna steal it you know.”< smiles>
“Yea, I know.”

I haven’t slept at all… I look homely…


After the show we hung out in the Nike room at Wieden Kennedy. Dave talked about his trips to the Congo, hiking in Arctic Circle and how his friends wussed out.

“Why, what’s waiting for you at home? Your girlfriend is there today and she’ll be there tomorrow. < mock friends> ‘But David, people die on these trips!’ Then let’s just do it and die later, might as well die now anyways.”
David, being in-your-face, either a lot of people like him or hate him. He is full-on ADD and never know what’s going on with that guy, but being homeless, hitchhiking, jumping trains and traveling the world spreading his art – is intriguing because a part of me wanted to do that, and did.

Somewhere along the drawing/conversation/hacking loogies Dave decided to add Kevin and my phone numbers to his cell before he forgets. I don’t know if it was another ADD moment or he’s planning to hit us up next time he’s in town, but he treated Kevin and I to dinner at Montage. He wouldn’t let us pay, or let me pay back even (“Don’t worry, we’re rich!”) but at least I got him and Saber Moonstruck chocolates to show my appreciation, because it was a weird past 2 days, and tomorrow is pirate festival day. We’re gonna be pirates! Yay, more pictures…