Representing co.lab, I attended AJ Dimarucot’s talk at the Ayala Museum. It was also a great sibling date with my brother :)
We walked in the Ayala Museum from the second floor and were immediately intrigued with the glass box we saw that encased Ninoy’s blood-stained bulletproof vest. It was actually pretty eerie looking at it and at the same time I was fighting tears. We later found out there was an exhibit going on - The Diorama Experience - which showcases dioramas (you surprised?) of Philippine history up until the People Power Revolution. Extremely curious but wanting to get good seats for AJ’s talk, we looked at each other and said we’d check it out when the talk was finished. (We did! But we want to go back with someone who could break everything down!!)
When we got to the ground level where AJ’s talk was, we got our tickets and waited patiently. Actually, we entertained ourselves by making up subtitles for the images of Manga Realities that were flashing on a screen near us.
I first met AJ at co.lab. I forget how we got to talking but I remember offering to pack up some pichi-pichi for his wife and kids since there was so much left over from Graphika Manila’s lunch that day :P Then I saw him at Graphika Manila. Off bat, he’s just a real nice guy. Seems outgoing. To be honest, I don’t know him very well but the fact that he’s helping with #DesignParaSaLahat makes him cool in my book. When he asked us co.lab girls to come to his talk there was no way I’d say no - I’m new to the design world but I’m willing to learn! So there I was, with no clue about his work aside from designing Pacquiao Nike shirts. Needless to say, I’m really glad I attended his talk. What inspires his creativity is what amazes me most - emotions and expressions. His t-shirt designs of 1000 Cranes (which I swear I’ve seen before but can’t put my finger on) and his Jamaican Zombie (which in actuality was Kevin Garnett) are truly expressive pieces of art. They meant something - if not to him, someone. And somehow, even if the thought of a design doesn’t start off as having much emotion - like his design inspired by aurora - he ends up saying that he hopes to one day experience seeing it… that really shows how passionate he is about his work.
All I really have to say about this guy aside from being extremely talented is… he is truly an artist. I was very glad to attend and the fact that he had us laughing too was the icing on the cake!
KEEP IT UP AJ! Best of luck with your current and future endeavors!
You can find AJ:
(sorry for the crap quality of photos but these are shots I took of his presentation)
1000 Cranes - inspired by his friend who took the Japanese Proverb literally and folded 1000 cranes to hopefully get a girl.
Kevin Garnett - which he presented to Adidas but after months with no response, sold it to a Jamaican company interested in it because to them it was a zombie! Lol
So this artist in NY took his image of When Pandas Attack and put it in his exhibit!! Sadly, AJ’s work wasn’t copyrighted so there wasn’t much he could really do. Wackness, right?
He’s also teamed up with Caliph8 - another truly amazing individual! From exhibits together to working with Nike Philippines
His ring mat design for the Manny-Cotto fight. INCREDIBLE!
The end :)