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So, it’s no secret among my friends and family that I absolutely loved Mad Max: Fury Road. The visuals of that movie completely blew me away, and inspired me like nothing has in a long time. I only got to see the movie once so far, but I find myself pouring over the art book, reading the comics, and clicking through all the screencaps I find online.

And then there’s Fallout 4. Confession time – I haven’t played the Fallout series…yet. Actually, as soon as I get my cosplays together for the next convention in a couple weeks, I plan on streaming my playthoughs of all of the currently released Fallout games on my Twitch channel over the next few months, hopefully finishing in time for the release of Fallout 4. It’s one of the franchises I always wanted to play, but never got around to it…until now!

However, in a creative collaboration of sorts with my husband, who was my official Fallout adviser for this project, I painted this Fallout 4 poster, inspired by the design aesthetics of Mad Max: Fury Road.


I’m pretty stoked with how it turned out! Now that I’m finally spending more time painting (rather than working on photography), it’s been awesome to try new things!

If you like this painting, I have it available with text and without text in my Society 6 shop.

Lantern Floating Hawaii



Every Memorial Day, Oahu’s residents and visitors alike begin to gather at Ala Moana Beach Park/Magic Island early in the morning. They spend the whole day in the sun barbecuing, swimming, and inscribing their memories on paper lanterns provided by Lantern Floating Hawaii.

From the website:

Lantern Floating Hawaii is a ceremony where all can come together for a personal and collective moment of remembrance, reflection, and offering gratitude to those who have gone before us. It is a chance to be surrounded by the love, understanding, and support of others – even strangers. We are strengthened as a community as we reach out to support others and build understanding of our common values and experiences.

I’ve attended the ceremony in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2014. Each year, it grows bigger and bigger, with the crowds growing to be more than 40,000 people.  While I’m skipping this year (2015), I always recommend that anyone who hasn’t gone should go at least once in their life to experience it.

Here’s a few of my favorite images from past years, but you can see my entire collection on my portfolio site.

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