Don’t even get me started on Hawaiian prints. It really curious how human psychology works collectively in the fashion industry. Last spring, I had taken a good friend thrifting for the first time. For whatever reason, I’d been hell-bent on finding the perfect button down Hawaiian printed shirt – a difficult task, if you think about it. There are so many variations of the print that instantly reel you back into the original stereotype of the tourist. One must tread carefully. Yet take a look at the Hawaiian print I’ve posted above. Look at the contrast between the black background and the orange foreground. Isn’t it beautiful? Perhaps it’s the black that gives the print that chic edge – after all, black is always in, no? To back track to my original story, the friend that I had been thrifting with was absolutely aghast. Why on earth would I want that kind of print? You’re never going to wear it, she said. I went right back and told her – give it a season or two. Watch it be on trend. Lo and behold, there have been several designers who have already gone in that direction. Take Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer RTW collection, for example. He uses the print in an unconventional way, mixing it a sort of chic sportswear kind of vibe. On the same note, Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2011 RTW collection bore prints that told tales of a distant tropical jungle, with Hawaiian-like graphics on their textiles.


Left; Alexander Wang. Right; Givenchy


Left; Alberta Ferretti. Right; Versace Spring 2012

When done right, what’s not to love about this print? 
It’s fun, it’s chic, and I’ve been utterly inspired by this trend.  
Below are two illustrations I did recently inspired by Alexander Wang and Givenchy.


Blog Entry for AAU Fashion Business. Seeing that I enjoyed writing this assignment so much, I thought I’d share on my wordpress. Ai



Every time I physically write down the date at my job, I can literally feel the days rushing past me. My last full month in New Jersey (for awhile) has been slipping by faster than I can imagine. I’m not so sure how well this sits with me. On one hand, I’m extremely ecstatic to be moving across the country to San Francisco – where, mind you, I hardly know anyone – and yet I feel those obligatory pangs of homesickness already.

Though I regretted the repetitive schedule into which my life has slipped into this past year, I’ve gotten used to it. Wake up, work, go home, do classwork, go to sleep, get up, start again. By the end of January, I’ll be uprooting myself and adjusting to a completely new environment. I’m looking forward to the flood of inspiration I’ll surely be getting, the new people I’ll be meeting (the new places I’ll be eating!). Until then, I’m going to make the best of the time I have left at home and get a few collaborations with a fellow New Jersey creatives under my belt. Cheers. Ai

2011.  Micron Inking Pen.
In my middle school – early high school years, I had been absolutely smitten with anime and manga. I spent much of my time drawing in the style of manga and reading the graphic novels. One of the series that I was absolutely inspired by was Hana Kimi. Now, if you had ever cared to flip through a manga book, you’d come to a realization that the styles are pretty much glorified and dramatized cartoons. This particular series was so elegant and, even now, I still can’t seem to shake some of the influences I’ve picked up from that phase of my life.

Below is an example of artwork from Hana-Kimi by Hisaya Nakajo.

2011. Micron Inking Pens, Copic Marker.
This is a light, fun doodle I did earlier this year that caused quite a bit of an uproar.
A “hipster” can be defined in quite a few ways. Most people associate them with things that are “underground” and “anti-mainstream”. Stereotypical hipsters might be plaid-wearing, rayban-wearing, beard-bearing, stuck up snobs (or so they say). On the other hand, there are those categorized as “hype beasts”, which, in this illustration, I tweaked to become the term “hypester”. These people tend to gravitate towards label-only clothing. Supposedly, they wear something just because everyone else is doing it. Not that any of these are my actual opinions, but learned observations I’ve picked up from hanging around the internet.

Although I would regret to be categorized beneath either of the two, I’ve been labelled a “hipster” by others on more than one occasion. Honestly, I find the whole thing to be quite amusing, which is why I happened to draw this silly illustration. People criticize one or the other, but in the end, don’t they sound just the same? Well, to each his or her own. Hipster, hypester, who cares, really? Do what you want, that’s that.