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David Choe Inspiring A Generation Of Asian Kids To Ditch Pre-Med For Art

February 3rd, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

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!

[NYT: From Founders to Decorators, Facebook Riches]

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April 19th, 2010 | 11 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Mike Shinoda

Age: 33

Hails from: LA-ish

Occupation: Artist, musician, record producer

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

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February 23rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

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.

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