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Hue Rhodes Eats, Cooks and Talks to The Retrospective

January 20th, 2010 by

st john of las vegasPhotos Courtesy of Hue Rhodes & Frank Publicity

I met Hue Rhodes, director of Saint John of Las Vegas, in the lobby of NYC’s Ace Hotel. Previously Rhodes had confessed to living in coffee shops throughout the city as a means of getting work done, and the Ace boasts a similarly relaxed environment for doing just that. When I approached, he was already set up with his laptop, iPhone and cup of joe, prepared to conduct business. Within moments of our introduction, he’d brought up his daughter and flashed me a photo. See, that’s the thing about Hue Rhodes: he is extremely down to earth and real, so real, in fact, that The Retrospective was able to contact him for our NYC rendezvous through Twitter. Read on as Rhodes waxes prophetic about social media’s effect on the movie biz, tells all about his film school experience, tips his hat to Dante and divulges his plans for 2010.

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Audrey Kawasaki: “Hajimari – a prelude”

January 6th, 2010 by

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Audrey Kawasaki’s first solo exhibition in New York City has been a much anticipated event for many. If you’re into Manga, Art Nouveau, sexy & mysterious women or the ethereal, then her work is right up your alley. In this installation, Kawasaki articulates her heritage by creating hauntingly beautiful characters through a combination of strong line work and sparingly used color.

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Wired Magazine & TckTckTck Campaign: An Event of Global Proportions

December 15th, 2009 by

Wired Popup Store Event

Located in New York City’s infamous Meat Packing District, the Wired’s pop up shop has been attracting many visitors due to the hot items it is hosting for 2010. While it has been continuously impressive, Friday night had a plethora of unique stuff on offer: video games (Mario Wii and Tony Hawk Ride ), plush couches to kick back on, an eco-friendly open bar, free 10 minute massages from townhouse spa ( and music from talented artists. The line-up for the night consisted of a large range of musical talent starting with English DJ Mark Ronson, English alternative by Dan Black, heavy rock by Delilah featuring Jamie Burke and hip hop electronica fusion by Theophilus London with DJ Treats.

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Hustle for Blood or Money? The Designer’s Dilemma

February 20th, 2009 by

“If you are good at something, never do it for free, ” opines the Joker in a memorable scene from the  The Dark Knight. That kind of freelance gravitas is easy to throw around when you have differentiated yourself from the marketplace with a niche skillset: killing, terror, and cackling. What about the rest of us hustlers? I’m talking about the ones who bring joy and hope into the world–the ones where villain isn’t in our job description. I’m talking about graphic designers. Just ’cause we don’t kill fools, does that mean we should give away our services for free?

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“Art is also a friend of mine. A Mexican guy…nice guy.”

March 9th, 2008 by


In my office at home I have a small TV and unfortunately it’s not hooked to cable or a DVD player. It’s sole use is to watch videos, which I don’t own many of to begin with. But going through my small collection I stumbled upon a gem: Nick Park of Aardman Animation’sWallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers”. The insane range of expressions Park is able to convey through these goofy lovable characters is amazing. Wallace’s dog, Gromit, for instance, doesn’t even speak but we know exactly how he feels in each scene.

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