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Hardass Asian Parents, take note.
You can be an artist, and still rule at the maths. That’s true, at least, in the case of Korean American graffiti artist David Choe, who painted the walls of Facebook’s first corporate headquarters back in 2005. Instead of taking cash for his work, Choe chose to be paid in Facebook stock, even though he thought Facebook was “ridiculous and pointless” at the time. (This was his right brain talking. His left brain, meanwhile, was ignoring the right brain as it crunched the numbers.) As Facebook prepares to go public at a valuation between $75 and $100 billion, Choe’s stock will reportedly be worth $200 million.
Now that Choe no longer has to rely on art to pay the bills, he’s free to pursue his real dream…of becoming a doctor!
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Name: Mike Shinoda
Hails from: LA-ish
Known for: Staying busy. Shinoda is beloved by some for his decade of rockstardom with rock-hop (hip-rock?) band Linkin Park and side project Fort Minor. Others hail him for his music producing achievements, which include tracks and albums with the likes of Busta Rhymes and X-Ecutioners, and a slate of remixes from Depeche Mode to Metric.
Still others gasp at Shinoda’s art (he’s an Illustration grad of Pasadena’s Art Center, and created a scholarship there five years ago), which is integral to LP’s visual identity. Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Mike Shinoda
Filed under: Art Center, Artists, Asian American Artists, Awesome Dudes, Busta Rhymes, Californiasians, Depeche Mode, East West Players, East West Players 44th Anniversary, Eric Nakamura, Fort Minor, Giant Robot, Illustrasian, JANM, Japanese American National Museum, Japanese-Americans, Linkin Park, Metric, Mike Shinoda, Musicians, Record Producers, Scholarships, Solo Exhibits, Visionaries, X-Ecutioners
Name: Ely Kim
Occupation: Yale MFA graduate student and dancer
Known for: The viral video “Boombox,” featuring Ely dancing to 100 songs in 100 locations over 100 days. It’s pure joie de vivre, set to some of your favorite pop and indie tunes. All we can say is we’re hooked. And we’d like to swap clothes and jewelry with him (Jen covets the gold lamé jacket he’s wearing at the 2:38 mark of the video), pull an all-nighter watching the Freaks and Geeks box set together, take him out to the Short Stop to go dancing, and make him our new BFF. Whaddya say, Ely?
Visit Ely Kim’s personal website, We Like Him, here.