Art / Design / Photo
Come join the Bitchcraft family Saturday, June 8th at Bedrock Studios in Echo Park for another epic Summer Fair! Celebrate Summer Solstice early — eat, drink, and support local artists! We will have over 30 local artisans with goods for everyone. Every year, Pearl & I, under the name Fight To The Death, release a limited print for the event as well as t-shirts, zines, and more! For more information on the event, check out and join the Bitchcraft Trading Post Summer Fair Event Page. Here’s our new collaborative drawing titled The Left-Eyed Path, which is an allusion to Eastern/Tantric interpretations of left-handedness. . . but we see it as more of a spirit of creativity as well. Enjoy!
Tantra is a set of esoteric Indian traditions with roots in Hinduism and later Buddhism (an outgrowth Dharmic tradition). Tantra is often divided by its practitioners into two different paths: dakshinachara and vamachara, translated as Right-Hand Path and Left-Hand Path respectively. Dakshinachara consists of traditional Hindu practices such as asceticism and meditation, while vamachara also includes ritual practices that conflict with mainstream Hinduism, such as sexual rituals, consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants, animal sacrifice, and flesh-eating. The two paths are viewed by Tantrists as equally valid approaches to enlightenment. Vamachara, however, is considered to be the faster and more dangerous of the two paths, and is not suitable for all practitioners. The usage of the terms Left-Hand Path and Right-Hand Path is still current in modern Indian and Buddhist Tantra.
The Human Pyramids Artist Collective recently started a video series called Fly On The Wall (FOTW)to introduce some new shirts we’re making. I was lucky enough to do episode where we hung out for a day, silk screened some shirts, and had fun. The Party Dudes shirt are available on the Human Pyramids shop page. Check out the FOTW Episode 1: Michael C. Hsiung on Vimeo.
I recently donated this custom painted board (entitled Ghosts Returning) to the Montana Skatepark Organization’s On Deck VIII art auction and fundraiser. The auction takes place Friday May 3 at the Brink Gallery in Missoula – however, for those like me who can’t make it out to Big Sky Country, you can still bid on this deck (as well as 40 others) here online. There are some super sick and creative pieces this year from Haroshi, Matthew Curry, Dylan Goldberger, Matthew Paris, Travis Smith & Randy Laybourne among others. Take a browse, place a bid and help build some new skate spots in Montana.
About the Montana Skatepark Association:
The Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) is a growing organization of people who have recognized the value that free skateparks provide to communities in the state of Montana. We feel that skateboarding is a healthy, recreational activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages both as participants and as spectators. Skateboarding equipment is inexpensive and the facilities, once built, require very little maintenance.
Since 2000, the MSA has grown into a professional, experienced and committed organization providing support, consulting and grant-based financing for Montana communities who are looking to expand their recreational opportunities. We are 100% volunteer based and every dollar that comes into our organization is spent on building skateparks and skateboarding communities.
For more information, please visit montanaskatepark.org
The amigos at Amigos Skateboards teamed up Skate Sauce to bring you Stangland’s Stache Wax skate wax for your curb waxing needs. Remember, it’s not for your actual mustache . . . yes, I asked. Screen printed boxes and assembled by hand. In stores and online now so check Amigos Skateboards Online Shop.
London, UK: The folks at WeAreLookingSideways.com presents Looking Sideways London, a group art show, featuring Ben Allen, Will Barras, Pete Fowler, French, Michael C. Hsiung, Tim Karpinski, Phil Morgan, Schoph, Corey Smith, and Owen Tozer opens at 71A Leonard St. April 25th – 28th. I’m really stoked to be involved with this show, and we’ll be releasing a new print as well!!
I’ll be participating in an upcoming group show, Out Of Towners, which features myself, Jason Arnold, and Andrew Mecum, at Seeing Things Gallery. Show opens Saturday, April 20th from 7 pm to 11 pm. We all at some point lived in San Jose and moved away, but this show nicely brings us all back. Also, check out the Q&A I did with Seeing Things Gallery find out how the hell I ended up in SJ and why I left, and what am I doing now.
Bay Area based Tea Shack Project, an artist collective, comprised of several rotating artists who design specifically for Tea Shack Project, specializing in handmade, hand drawn art, recently contacted me about doing a shirt for them, which is available on their online shop page now! Other artists that are a part of Tea Shack include Jason Adams, Ron Whaley, and Sid Enck Jr.