Week 11 – Classmate Convo – Ryan Bravo

This week, I had the pleasure of running into Ryan Bravo, who I had last semester in my Criminal Justice 101 class. Ryan is half Mexican and half Puerto Rican, and has lived in Santa Ana, California for all of his life. Ryan is the youngest of four and in his second year as a criminal justice major/psychology minor at CSULB. Ryan’s hobbies include surfing, snowboarding, going to the gym, watching sports and spending time with his family. Ryan’s favorite color is blue and his favorite sports are football, baseball and basketball. Ryan believes that tattooing is an art and believes that designing or picking a tattoo does not make a difference. Ryan has a tattoo of his mothers name, which is surrounded by roses, and he is thinking of getting an aztec warrior tattoo done as part of his culture. Below is a picture of Ryan:



Week 10 – Artist Convo – Thomas Cressman

For this week’s artist conversation I had the pleasure of viewing Thomas Cressman’s art inside of the Gatov-East gallery, as well as being able to interview him. Thomas is in his 5th year at CSULB and has lived in Southern California for all of his life. After graduation, Thomas plans on creating more of his art and selling it. For Thomas, it all started in high school after taking art class and falling in love with the subject. Currently, Thomas lives in Seal Beach and commutes a short distance to CSULB.


Thomas obtains his motivation from the ocean and the animals that live in it. In specific, the octopus is his favorite animal and one that he finds to be incredibly interesting. Thomas likes to relate his pieces to the ocean, stating that there is so much to be seen in the ocean and practically a brand new world. His main goal when creating art is to give off a feeling of being at the ocean. Out of this gallery, his favorite work of art is the blue clam which is made out of metal. Thomas was feeling skeptical about using the color blue on any of his pieces, but after the success of the clam, he is very excited to incorporate more of the color that relates so much to the ocean.


The material that Thomas mainly works with is metal. In specific, Thomas thrives on using silver, steel and copper. Thomas discussed the specific process by which he creates his pieces, and it involves a couple simple, yet complex steps. Thomas starts out with a fat sheet of metal and proceeds to mold whatever he wants to make with a sheet of paper. Afterward, Thomas molds the metal sheet so that it resembles the sheet of paper. After the metal sheet is molded to his liking, Thomas adds any details and modifications that he pleases.


Overall, the work that Thomas does is very modern in my opinion, and very nice. I could definitely see myself purchasing some of his work and placing it into my house. Being a person that loves the beach and lives in Newport Beach, the work that Thomas does is probably some of my favorite thus far. Not only is his work something that I would definitely place in my home, but it is art that I believe would enhance the appearance of any home interior. I definitely recommend that you check out more of Thomas Cressman’s work on his Instagram page: @thom_cress6

Thomas is pictured below in the middle:

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Week 10 Activity – Geocacheing – Mark Flores

For this week’s activity, we were assigned to find a geocache, as well as to plant a geocache. A geocache, for all of those who do not know, is a hidden “treasure” that one person hides and another person finds. Personally, I thought that this assignment was really cool, as it took me outdoors and gave an interesting challenge to complete. Firstly, I will be talking about the geocache that I hid.

In my Altoid container, I placed a London magnet that I bought while in London (don’t worry I have extras), a beer bottle cap of a Red Stripe Jamaican Lager and a frost bites card that doubles as a logging book. However, I could not find a pencil small enough to fit, or any regular pencil that I could break down and put inside (I only use mechanical pencils, lol!). I was able to find this cool hiding place on a pole behind a staircase. The magnet was very convenient in hiding the container. Here is the link to the page where I published my geocache: https://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC66HTJ&title=altoid Below is a picture of the geocache that I had. By the way, in the description I told people to bring their own pencil, lol.

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Next, I will be talking about the geocache that I looked for and found. I picked a geocache that was close to the area that I live in and there was actually a variety to choose from. The listing that I picked didn’t describe what was inside of the geocache, but the location was quite easy. It was hidden in a park, on the ground and it was surrounded by plants. It was hidden well enough to where someone wouldn’t stumble upon it, but it was an easy find using the geocache app. When I actually found the geocache, it had just candy inside. Most of the candy was just standard candy, but one was very unique and I will post pictures of it below:


Overall, this was a fun experience that took me outdoors and ultimately provided for a fun adventure… I also got candy!

Classmate Convo – Week 10 – Jennifer Hernandez

Jennifer, who goes by Christa (her middle name) is a very outgoing and social person. I had the pleasure of meeting her after running into her at the galleries. Ironically enough, I had Christa last semester for my Criminal Justice 101 class. She has lived most of her life in Huntington Park, located in South Los Angeles, but she recently moved to Patio Gardens with three of her friends. Christa is a sophomore at CSULB and she is half Mexican and Salvadorian. In high school, Christa played basketball as a big, which is a reference to the power forward (4) and the center (5) positions. The funny part to the fact that she played as a big is the fact that she is actually quite short, but she is strong! Her hobbies include hanging out with her roommates, reading books, spending time with her family and working out. Her new major is social work, after switching from her originally chosen major of criminal justice– one less competitor in my field! Overall, it was very nice running into Christa again and getting to know each other, as we didn’t have the opportunity to do so last semester. Christ believes that tattoos are art, but she is not a big fan of tattoos at all. She believes that creating a tattoo adds originality and meaning, whereas picking an already made tattoo is simply following the hype. She stated that if she had the opportunity, she would still not get a tattoo. Below is a picture of Christa:


Week 9 – Classmate Conversation – Rosario Fino

This week, I had the pleasure of running into Rosario Fino and getting to know her. I say running into, because I knew Rosario from a philosophy class that we both had last semester. However, I had never taken the opportunity to actually get to know Rosario. She is twenty years old and in her 3rd year at CSULB. Her plan after school is to pursue social work, mainly on the topic of children. Rosario loves anything that gives her a sense of adventure and she really enjoys going to the beach. Another hobby of Rosario is to binge watch her favorite T.V. shows and movies on Netlix, all Netlix, no chilling. Also, Rosario loves to dine out and always attempts to try new foods. She is from Palm Springs and has lived there for her entire life. The only places that Rosario has been to besides Palm Springs, is Mexico, which she calls her home away from home. When I asked her the question of the week “if you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go and why?” she responded with “I would go to Germany because of the history that takes/took place there. I specifically would want to go to the auschwitz because I want to see the concentration camp that’s there.” Rosario’s dream is coming true, as she is traveling to Germany this upcoming summer! Overall, Rosario is a very down to earth person and it was a pleasure re-meeting her! Below is a picture of Rosario.


Week 9 – Transmedia Storytelling – Mark Flores

This week’s activity brought us back to social media. Our assignment was to begin our journey as a made up character online and essentially tell a story. My group partner was Jonathan Pua, also known by @hoth_the_sloth for this social media assignment. The story line that my group and I went with, was that we were each an animal that met each other at the San Diego animal convention. Since then, we became best friends and the story went on from there. My animal is a snail and his name is Dale, @dale_the_snail on Twitter and @dale.the.snail on Instagram. My snail, Dale, works hard everyday at trying to do things in a faster fashion, as he is very slow. Dale often races with his best friend, @hoth_the_sloth in order to find out who is faster. Dale the snail’s favorite food is any type of berries and he has a super cool dorm inside of an iguanas mouth! Not only did Dale the Snail meet his best friend Hoth the Sloth at the convention, but he also met Bonnie the Bunny, Larry the Llama and Gina the Guinea Pig. Overall, this assignment was pretty cool in the sense that it brought myself and a couple of other people together. Not only was it fun to interact with others in the class, but it was also fun to pretend to be someone, or something else. Through the character of Dale the Snail, I was able to poke fun at whatever I wanted. Furthermore, it was a fun challenge in figuring out what snails ate, what they did, etc. Below are pictures from Dale the Snails Instagram and Twitter posts. Enjoy!




Week 9 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley

For my artist conversation this week, I had the pleasure of meeting and viewing Maccabee Shelley’s art gallery in the Gatov-West gallery. Maccabee is not only a great artist, but he is also a very interesting and great person. Maccabee stopped by one of my Visual Art 110 classes a couple of days prior to this gallery. In our classroom, Maccabee displayed such fantastic communication skills that our professor suggested that he be a public speaker. Regardless of the fact that he he is a great speaker, the meaning underlying what Maccabee was talking about was the best part.


Maccabee is originally from the Los Angeles area, but has lived in San Diego, as well as Humboldt State University. He received his degree in Studio Art and minored in Art History. Early on, he was interested in science and reading, but began to take art seriously around five years ago. A little later in life, Maccabee began taking seriously the art of ceramics. This gallery at CSULB was his third gallery at our school. The reason behind Maccabee’s great art is the fact that he is very open minded while collecting pieces and creating.


When it comes tot he actual process of creating his artworks, Maccabee bears a very open mind and positive attitude. Firstly, Maccabee is very unique in the sense that he uses various random items that other artists would simply not even consider using. Some of those items include: suitcases, books, stereos, street caution posts, etc. As for how these objects are put together and included as art pieces, they are molded together by glass or plastic.


Overall, Maccabee is a very unique artist that uses materials which individuals would not even consider. This particular gallery by Maccabee is titled ‘Fragile Future’ and makes sense due to his heavy usage of glass. Maccabee has traveled abroad for three months and is working on learning new languages. Not only does Maccabee provide very interesting and helpful philosophies on life, but his artwork is also amazing and unique. I highly recommend that you follow and checkout more of Maccabee’s work at http://www.Maccabeeshelley.com