Exactly a month ago, the Guam Art Exhibit opened its fifth installment at the GAX Gallery Space with a more futuristic theme to close the end of the year. I asked my cousin, Gino, to check it out with a few of his friends and report back his sights and overall thoughts about the exhibit.
There were an abundant of artists who participated in this installment (about 53) and all artists showed off their styles through various art forms including street and graffiti art, surfing photography, “weird” sculptures, glass arts, and oversized acrylic paintings to name a few.
A few nights were reserved for special activities. Sex Karate, High Rise, and SGAL performed live, writers participated in a poetry slam and artists sat in for live paintings.
Visitors had the opportunity to leave their marks on a white SCION.
GAX is a great ongoing project for people on Guam to explore the realm of arts. It’s also an excellent way for people across the globe to know that we’re not limited to paintings of flowers or photographing pretty sunsets (among other things you may find typical under “island art”). I’m proud to say that contemporary art is quickly making a strong (and hopefully long-lasting) appearance on the island and I can’t wait to see what all these artists have in store for the next installments.
All photos courtesy of Sebastian Caliguia
Around this time last year, KICKS/HI and Converse collaborated to produce a beautiful Tiger Camo Chuck Taylor All Star. I had the pleasure of seeing these beauts on my feet this summer when I was back home.
At first I didn’t think they were for “me”, but having tried them on, I already knew what the hype was about. Unfortunately, I didn’t purchase them and I sort of regret that decision. But lo and behold, the brands are back at it again this winter with the Tiger Camo II – a pair in the same pattern but in a solid gray and black. You’d be crazy if you didn’t want these in your closet!
Shoes have really been on my mind lately! These will be available on November 10th at both KICKS/HI locations (Honolulu and Guam) and St. Alfred‘s in Chicago. Only 600 pairs will be sold – so grab a pair quick! Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself singing this Lil Ugly Mane song while wearing them?
After being locked up at home aka having no car, I finally went out and got a good dose of happiness! I spent the whole afternoon with Marco, a very close friend of mine. We had lunch at AjiSen Ramen – a little Japanese restaurant in Tamuning. I had the Karaage Curry Ramen and man, it was really good
We drove to Westin to check up on our other friend Nathan. He took us up to the top floor and we hung out inside the Presidential Suite (wow!). It was nice having the trio together for a bit. Laughs everywhere, man!
Helped Marco picked out his very first pair of Janoskis at Kicks/HI. Then we sauntered over to Stussy Guam and I bought this Tiger Camo S-Carabiner!
Tumon Tourist life
Ended the day with Mt. Lam Lam! A must to get the Shave Ice Surprise – Two/Three syrup flavours with Vanilla ice cream inside! I got Peach and Blue Raspberry syrup on mine.
Also, here is a new track from Little Dragon. A good summer tune!
Hello, everyone! I just arrived from Manila this morning and am back on Guam for the summer. I’m very excited to see my family and close friends. My week in the Philippines was very relaxing, but I was eager to fly home quick. I took a little nap this morning and then ran some errands with my mom. We, along with my sister, had dinner at one of my favourite restaurants – Capricciosa!
One of my favourite dishes – their classic lasagna. Gooey goodness~
Anyways, I hope you all are enjoying your first weeks of summer. If not, I wish you the best of luck during your final weeks of school!
Hello! My name is Lauren and I will be your Border correspondent today. I have known both Jireh and Via for a really long time and am completely honored to be The Border’s “lil intern.” I’ll be moving to California soon so hopefully you’ll all be seeing a lot more of me. 😉 I currently live in Guam so I was able to attend this year’s annual Guam Art Exhibit, more widely known as GAX. I have attended a few of the exhibits in the past, and I must agree with the year’s theme that it was indeed “Bigger and Better.” This year’s GAX took up the entire first floor of DNA Evolution as opposed to its former residence of meeting rooms and small clubs or scattered pieces around the building.
Here are a few shots that can be found on Instagram of the exhibit:
(Sources: @competidorbrand, @desbermudes, @francesj, @nikkicarr_, @danica_albert, @ziabc, @mattyvbamba, @mikameeks, @jaseinyoface, and @geebiscuit)
Within this little photo set above are shots from the different corners of GAX, including live art, stencils by Kayla Grover, a piece by Jeff Ejan, the Guam seal made out of cupcakes, and Jireh’s cousin, Gera Datuin! (and her new adorably fat baby)
Speaking of Jireh’s family… I also ran into Gera’s brother, Gino
Gino is standing in front of artworks by Nahono Tsuruga and Leslie Mafnas, enlarged below:
(Is it just me, or does this guy look like Joseph Gordon-Levitt?)
Here are some shots of Gera’s section, which you will enjoy if you, as she says, are “interested in unconventional paintings of nude women with psychedelic colors.”
Multiple artists were working on a large canvas throughout the night, including Ryan Shook of Matala, one of Guam’s most popular and successful local bands.
Ryan was working on drawing one of his good friends and bandmates, Jordan Hardy, who has been mentioned on The Border before! Ryan also had a personal section at GAX next to his dad, Jack Shook. Ryan is a teacher and he even included some of his students’ work!
Jordan was also featured in the exhibit, collaborating with Ashley Chua for Crystal Kids, which promotes “spreading good vibes and natural highs.”
Visitors took part in signing a “guestbook.”
A few more shots of the exhibit, featuring artists Joshua Agerstrand, Novem Gimoto, and photographers Patrick Camacho, John Padilla, and Patrick Padilla:
^ This was my personal favorite!
This year’s GAX was surely the best, and I can’t wait to see it evolve even more in the following years! Guam always has so much remarkable talent, and GAX is the best way to showcase their work to the entire island. Thanks for reading! I hope to be back very soon.
xx, Lauren the Intern
Last week, I met up with my friend Gabby to take pictures with her because she wanted to send some photos to her relatives in the states.
We met up at Two Lovers Point.
To make the long story short, there lived a beautiful Chamorro-Spanish girl and one day her father arranged for her to marry a Spanish Captain. She was so angry that she ran from Hagatna to Tumon (this is actually pretty far, unless she took a shortcut). While on the shore, she met a young Chamorro warrior and they fell in love. When her father heard about the two, he sent an army to look for them. The girl found her lover again and ran to a high point along the shore. As her father, the captain, and the soldiers were approaching the couple, they both stopped to look at each other for one last time. The lovers tied their long black hair into a single knot and jumped off the cliff.
AND THE MESSAGE OF THE LEGEND IS?
LOVE CAN MAKE YOU DO CRAZY THINGS
Babby at Outrigger
I had an impromptu hangout with Lauren today since we couldn’t plan a Tie-Dye Day. We went to Infusion, a cafe located in Upper Tumon and here are our orders.
Dropped her home and my family and I went to Submarina. Excellent subs and I got to see one of my friends, Steve, who works there!
I’ll end this post with something that happened this morning. So I woke up at around 830 am and decided to longboard in front of my house. Only 3 minutes in and I lost my balance and scraped my knee. It’s not that gnarly; come to think of it, it’s pretty embarrassing, but it does look sick (in a good and bad way)!