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JR #01: NEVER FAIL & PxHxT – Split 7″

Two different bands, the same record, 6 new tracks.

There was no better way to officialy start a record label intended to have no barriers, than with a record that mixes styles, sonorities and messages. NEVER FAIL and PxHxT prove in this record that what matters the most is people, leaving differences on the background and uniting themselves with Juicy to release a threesome record, but with a single idea. Crossover baby.



The Visual Dictionary of Graphic Design

This is a short and very synthetic index of contents related to graphic design. It covers not only the technical stuff, like typography, color groups, printing processes, CMYK, etc, but also gives brief introductions to artistic movements and external concepts that became a common ground in the work of graphic designers or designers in general.
It features one content per page, always illustrated with a graphic example and a brief text.

It is very minimalist, and some stuff is poorly explained or lacks some background details, but anyone starting on this area or just seeking for basic notions will be satisfied with the book.

I finished this book just in time for my attendance to a Graphic Production workshop with Conceição Barbosa, whose book I also read two years ago, and not only I’d suggest her future workshops, but her book is definitely an important reading for anyone seeking to develop work that will go into a serious production.
I dare to say that after reading Visual Dictionary of Graphic Design and Conceição’s book, anyone would be ready to talk business with any graphic designer or printing facility.



Juicy Records begins to leave its mark in 2010. Not to reinvent, nor to divide in worthless categories of genres and aesthetics, but to serve as a platform for projects that transport contents through music.

Music with content is music that transmits something. Values, messages, emotions, stories…all of these have been brought to us over many years by music, and now it’s time to gather some friends and give something back.

It’s official, JUICY RECORDS, my own record label, is out. Check the site for all the relevant info.

You may or may not have heard about it in the last couple of weeks, you may or may not have helped me in some way to put it together, but right now it feels good just to see it take form.

Some people have asked me why am I doing this, why drag my money, my time and my energies on something that can  be a total failure just by looking at the state of things nowadays…my answer: I’m just doing me, I’m just following an old dream and creating something to share with everyone.

All my life I have been inspired by music. Not only by the bands playing on stage, their words, but also by the  people standing on the backstages, working hard to make things happen. I have been on both sides, but most of the time I am just a kid in front of a stage waiting for that burst of sound that makes me feel alive…to all those kids, I bring JUICY RECORDS to life.

It’s kinda my way to say thank-you to hardcore and music in general. It was all a dream…but maybe it is finally coming true.




HRVST: Death

“HRVST is not a music magazine / book. It´s not about telling you how a new record sounds or how the tour of our favorite band went. Instead we “harvest“ experiences, ideas and stories of people from the DIY music and art scene and produce a book that focuses on their individual stories and experiences, shedding light on a very up, close and personal level, building on a bigger, more complex and truthful picture of who they really are and what makes them the persons they are. Beyond the stage, beyond the canvas, beyond what you seem to know about them already. And in the end uniting them in one single topic per issue.” @ Reflections Records: HRVST: Death. BOOK

166 pages of an interesting concept. Gathering people from hardcore, not to talk about what you regularly read on zines and interviews, but to allow them to share something personal. I don’t know if this concept has been done before in the hardcore scene, but I really gotta check this out. Pre-orders are already available on Reflections Records store, shipping starts on May 1st.

PREVIEW OF THE BOOK (PDF, first 10 pages)


And speaking about hardcore, and since I don’t wanna make a second post, please do yourself a favor and watch this two shows of Trapped Under Ice.


Hope for Haiti

It’s not much, but it’s what I can give for now.

I decided to give to this site firstly cause I saw it on TV the other night, but also mainly due to the fact that they have everything explained in terms of fund distribution and partnerships.
It was very easy to donate, I even payed with paypal, and I felt my money will go to the right place.

Donate here, or just choose another organization like AMI or Unicef, I will try to donate to them also in the upcoming months.
If you don’t have a credit card, a paypal account or any other way to donate online, get in touch with me and I’ll arrange a donation for you, with receipts and everything.


Juxtapoz Tattoo

After reading the Bushido book, I instantly felt the need to lay my eyes on this one I bought just last month. The idea was not to establish any connection between the 2 books, just follow my motivation to read on the theme.

Juxtapoz Tattoo brings us small portfolios of some known American tattoo artists, in an excellent edition in terms of quality. Printing is top finish, photos have great resolution and tones, and also the written content fulfills its intent.
Each artist is presented with a small one-page text followed by photos of his work. These texts are well written in their majority, not too repetitive, and the info ’bout each artist is well synthesized.

Despite the quality, there are some faults in terms of the artists chosen to be included in this edition.
The work portrayed lacks diversity. All tattooers have brilliant technical execution, but there is not a broad variety of styles and contents, no one breaking barriers or going at something more experimental.
In the end the book leaves me with the idea that the authors/editors went to half a dozen renowned shops from the West Coas/LA and NY areas and gathered the most notorious work from the artists working there (although some exceptions are made here and there).

There could have been much more international stuff on this book, and much more diversity, but still I consider it a nice buy and a great edition on the subject of tattooing, mainly due to the graphic/printing quality in it.


P.S.: Check out the work of Kore Flatmo, from Plurabella Tattoo Studio, the artist that most impressed me in the whole book.

Bushido: Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo

As usual, it took months for me to finish this book, weeks to write this review…but here it goes.

Bushido: Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo, is a well conducted and complete voyage to the world of Japanese tattoing traditions.
It starts with the idea of linking the connecting dots between the samurai and tattoo cultures, which it does, but more than that the book establishes connections between ancestral Japanese art and it’s iconic value in the world of tattoo. The bridges between ancient forms of art and the way they heavily influenced tattooing styles and crafts are well established, rooted in good bibliographic references, with illustrations and photos that accompany the sometimes dense but always interesting texts.

Concerning the Bushido code and its applications in the tattoo culture, the authors elaborate parallels between the tattooer/client, tattoo master/apprentice relationships and the Shogun feudal relations, always contextualized in the Japanese culture of course, and although it may seem a bit exaggerated, it’s well documented with first person reports and descriptions on the life of some of the great Japan tattoo masters. Reading Bushido really makes one understand that, more than anything, the Japanese respect tattooing in a spiritual way and take it very seriously as an art form and a craft.

The book finishes analyzing the actual state of things in Japan in what concerns tattooing, explaining the differences between tattooers that strictly follow tradition and others that have left some cultural changes take place. A comparison is made between American and Japanese tattoo cultures, the way they have connected and mutually influenced each other in the past and still do in the present, particularly mentioning that the American methods and crafts are slowly becoming more present in Japan, fact which will have a serious outcome in the future of Japanese tattoo traditions.

Bushido: Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo is quantic ages ahead of anything I had ever read about tattooing in terms of texts and explanations on the culture itself, and this is probably my third or forth book on the matter of tattoo in general. If you seek knowledge ’bout Japanese tattooing roots and traditions, this is the book for you. Oh, and by knowledge I mean texts, not just pretty pictures of great tattoo works.