Life with Shisei is one of the awesome shows running on VICE Japan’s Youtube channel which points a light on Horiyoshi III, a famous and enigmatic Japanese tattoo artist with a very serious philosophy about the art and his full-body tattoo suits.
While I can’t relate to his lifestyle of line of work, I find that some of his philosophies as applied to any art form are valid and worth listening to if only to make us think about what we do and why. Check it out.
So… I’m a recent Dragon Quest convert. I’m not ashamed to admit it. After years of evangelizing the gospel of Final Fantasy and Tetsuya Nomura and Hironobu Sakaguchi and all those other wonderful guys, I’ve gotten so disenfranchised with la Última Fantasía that I just said “fuck it, I’m gonna play something good”.
It’s super violent, it’s retro-looking, it has a badass soundtrack and a recently-released sequel, but when Hotline Miami first came out nobody knew these things right off the gate.
Three years later it’s still one of the best indie games I’ve ever played (I recently played it again a few months back before the sequel came out) and an advocate for quality in games made out of basements, in Sweden of all places. If you feel the same way (and also if you don’t) you should check out this short documentary by Complex.
This is the teaser for the stories in the northern side of mainland Philippines. It’s just a short video of the very first conversation I had after leaving the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, that is, after landing for the first time in proper Southeast Asia. Continue reading The Big Journey • Northern Philippines Teaser→