I just went to the store to get some ice cream and beer (cuz that’s how I roll on a Saturday night) and within steps of leaving my building I got cat-called by three of the gayest men on planet Earth. They were literally doing runway walks, runway poses, and runway drops on the sidewalk in front of me.
I laughed and tried to walk around but then they started asking why I was walking away, why I was walking so fast, and where I was going with “all that ass”, which, lol no my ass is horrible.
"Hehehehehehehehehehe. Oh I’m just going to the store to get ice cream and beer" I said. (Why I admitted that piece of information is beyond me.)
Then they started to follow me! Lord Jesus it’s a fire. Luckily they got caught up in their own gayness (one of them did a splits drop) and I shook them.
So yeah. That’s my Saturday night.

I just went to the store to get some ice cream and beer (cuz that’s how I roll on a Saturday night) and within steps of leaving my building I got cat-called by three of the gayest men on planet Earth. They were literally doing runway walks, runway poses, and runway drops on the sidewalk in front of me.

I laughed and tried to walk around but then they started asking why I was walking away, why I was walking so fast, and where I was going with “all that ass”, which, lol no my ass is horrible.

"Hehehehehehehehehehe. Oh I’m just going to the store to get ice cream and beer" I said. (Why I admitted that piece of information is beyond me.)

Then they started to follow me! Lord Jesus it’s a fire. Luckily they got caught up in their own gayness (one of them did a splits drop) and I shook them.

So yeah. That’s my Saturday night.

AND SO IT COMES FULL CIRCLE. 
Remember that comment my friend’s mom left on a photo of dude and me? Well in light of that post, Kia made a comment on another photo I posted of dude and me… and this is what happened. 

AND SO IT COMES FULL CIRCLE. 

Remember that comment my friend’s mom left on a photo of dude and me? Well in light of that post, Kia made a comment on another photo I posted of dude and me… and this is what happened. 

SPRING JAMZ 2014 - POLLINATE

Warm weather is upon us: Spread that seed. :P

Enjoy. 

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Amerigo Gazaway: Yasiin Gaye: The Return (Side Two) 

I was already impressed by The Departure (Side One), but this second effort almost trumps his first by how creative he is when weaving the old and the new. The tail end is surprisingly light on vocals from both Gaye and Bey, but the blend somehow works perfectly with the top-notch production.

So good. 

Rude Mom

Last week, the guy I’m dating posted a picture of us on FB. One of my high school friend’s mom commented on the post saying, "Wow- wow- wow, Richard". 

I thought to myself uncomfortably, "Hehehehehe. Wait, what does she mean by that exactly?"

At the time the picture was taken my grill was messed up because I had temporary crowns on my two front teeth. So, I wondered if it was so jacked up that my friend’s mom had to call me out on Facebook. I sort of grew up with this woman so maybe she was just looking out. Either that or she thought the dude looked super hot. Or that we looked hot? IDK. Obviously, I had to find out. 

I messaged her, "Hi! Thanks for the comment! Though I’m not sure what you were wow-ing about, haha. Is it my crooked smile?"

Soon after, she clarified everything for me, "No. At the hot guy standing next to you. You look great, BUT HE IS WOW

Damn. 

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R.I.P. Massimo Vignelli, One Of The Greatest 20th Century Designers | Co.Design | business + innovation + design

Massimo Vignelli was one of my boss’ dear friends. Last Friday our office sent him a get well card because we heard from his son Luca that he was deathly ill.

In the card, I wrote to Massimo that his Stendig calendar watches over me everyday at the office, and that he has been a huge influence on me as a designer.

:-/

CDC : Start Talking. Stop HIV. : Steamy Chat

So the word is out, apparently: I’ve just been asked by two tumblrs if I was in a commercial for HIV. LOLOL. Maybe I was, perhaps. Possibly. 

I may have been a part of a CDC campaign that just launched called “Start Talking. Stop HIV." to promote HIV awareness, and they may have made me go shirtless for this particular spot. Perhaps you’ll recognize another Tumblr in the campaign videos and posters as well. ;) 

Scroll down to the bottom of the links to find me. I look like an idiot and it’s super embarrassing so have a nice laugh. 

Videos: 
http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/starttalking/materials/videos.html

Posters:
http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/starttalking/materials/posters.html

This will probably be my one and only foray in this line of work, but it was really enlightening to be a participant. I met some really inspiring people with the most heart-breaking stories about their experience with HIV. I also came to realize how much exhaustive work goes into photo/video shoots. For example, would you believe that this 30-second spot took about 7 hours to shoot? There was so much staging involved to get the right lighting, as well as figuring out a way to repeatedly and quickly get steam on the mirror. BTW, that “steam” on the mirror is actually spray fix. Any time we drew on the mirror with our fingers (I’m a righty and had to draw with my left!), the crew had to respray the whole thing again. That happened about 30 times. Also, the power went out; it took them about 2 hours to get it back up. Lawd have mercy. 

It was all worth it though. What a great message to gay and bi men to openly disclose a disease that continues to plague them. Did you know gay men account for HALF of all people living with HIV in the US? And that they account for 2/3 of new infections every year? Open them lips (the ones on your face) up: Know and talk about your status. 

It’s truly a terrific campaign that Brand+Aid Creative put together and it was a blast working with them. Ahem, especially the super hot creative partner Jeff. 

Spread the word if you can. There’s even a Facebook campaign page that you can “Like” to show support. It’s apparently getting some decent press on its own

Most importantly, please try not to laugh too hard as I make awkward flirty faces, or when you see Lay pretending to be an Azn gay cowboy. Wait’ll our moms see this! 

Hi Syleena. It’s been a minute since, “All Falls Down" with Kanye West. I love that song.
But I’m gonna need you to come correck and GET THAT HAIR OUT OF YOUR MOUTH AND EYE. You look like you just ate 30 strands of hair, or that you are growing some kind of funky beard. GIRL NO. 
*PHOOOOOO* BLOW THAT HAIR AWAY *PHOOOOOO*

Hi Syleena. It’s been a minute since, “All Falls Down" with Kanye West. I love that song.

But I’m gonna need you to come correck and GET THAT HAIR OUT OF YOUR MOUTH AND EYE. You look like you just ate 30 strands of hair, or that you are growing some kind of funky beard. GIRL NO. 

*PHOOOOOO* BLOW THAT HAIR AWAY *PHOOOOOO*

SMIZE FRIDAY
I’m getting new crowns on my two front teefs and as my luck would have it, the dental assistant did not take an impression of my old crowns before the dentist started sawing them out. She spent over an hour trying to recreate realistic looking temporary crowns that I’m supposed to wear for two weeks. Now when I smile I look like I have been drinking sewage for a lifetime. 
Thanks, life. 

SMIZE FRIDAY

I’m getting new crowns on my two front teefs and as my luck would have it, the dental assistant did not take an impression of my old crowns before the dentist started sawing them out. She spent over an hour trying to recreate realistic looking temporary crowns that I’m supposed to wear for two weeks. Now when I smile I look like I have been drinking sewage for a lifetime. 

Thanks, life.