Tuesday, November 13, 2018

My first box from Japan Candy Box!

So, I like anime and manga, but I'm not a fanatic. I have tried and enjoyed Japanese candy and snacks from time to time as well. With that in my background, I took the plunge and gave Japan Candy Box a try. My first box arrived in today's mail!

I unpacked it, and found 10 treats inside. These are all snack sized packages, like what you might buy at a convenience store. There are chips, crackers, gummis, and candies. For the price I paid, I'm happy with the assortment. (You get $5 off your first box purchase! Check it out! https://www.japancandybox.com?raf=ref5654295) I think I'd be happy with the box at regular price too, but maybe not every month. I'll have to get back to you on that.

I've only tried a couple of things so far, so that's what I will discuss.

Kanro Pure Gummy Mixed Berry: This is my favourite so far. So addictive! It has a slightly sour berry flavor. Not too sour, thankfully! I'm not the biggest gummi fan, but I really enjoyed these. I'm having to control myself from eating the entire bag!

Meiji Gochi Sour Plum Gummies: I didn't like this as much as the first gummi, but it's still a tasty treat! Is that cinnamon I'm tasting? There's a spice flavor that makes this an interesting gummi to eat.

Bonchi Ponsuke Arare Crackers: I wasn't sure about these. They are crackers made from glutenous rice, according the information sheet. Yum! They remind me of caramel popcorn a bit!

Kit Kat Cranberry Almond Minibar: Now, I will say that this one was disappointing. While it's still a good candy, I was disappointed in 1) That there is only one minibar. Why not include four or five? It would feel like more of a value. 2) I didn't taste any cranberry. Almond was detected, but more as a texture and not a flavor. The dark chocolate overpowered anything else. I like dark chocolate, so it was still good.

And that's it for the moment. I have only tried four items as of this writing. I want to take my time, and enjoy the box (thus extending the value). In all, this is a nice box for the price. If you're intrigued enough, go check out their site and get a box of your own! https://www.japancandybox.com?raf=ref5654295

Monday, October 8, 2018

Support Artists!

I've got a deviantArt fan asking that I post nudes of one of my models. I have directed this person to my eBid site, where there are plenty of photos of the model in question. Said fan wants the nude posted here. I don't post many nudes here. dA is wonky when it comes to male nudity.

Now, that said, I'm a working artist. I use deviantArt as a tool to help promote my art and photography. If I can sell a few prints or downloads here, that's great, but this site doesn't do enough for me in the way of sales. Like many on this site, I consider abandoning it from time to time. However, I stick it out here.

I often provide links to my eBay and eBid sites. In fact, here they are:

http://stores.ebay.com/korokstudios and http://www.ebid.net/us/users/dynakor/listings/

Please consider checking this sites out. I have photo prints for sale, with eBid having the largest selection. If you like my work, consider spending $10 on a print or two. It would help a lot! Without sales, I cannot continue to photograph models and offer prints, zines, product, etc...

You might also try searching Amazon for Korok Studios. I have 14 or 15 e-zines available in the Kindle store, and a few print versions available on CreateSpace. Now, these are beefcake only (no nudity, but then not all my models pose nude anyway). You can also find me in places like RedBubble, Zazzle, and Society6. If my photography isn't your cup of tea, I have comic book sketch cards and abstract paintings available on Etsy. I have blogs about my work too. I'm easy to find online. Google search Korok Studios. I'm considering Patreon again, so I may be on there soon.

The point I'm trying to make is: Support the artists you like. Many of us are struggling. Any sale helps. Hell - sharing our links helps too. Maybe you don't have the money to buy something, but maybe someone in your circle does. Every little bit helps.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Five Points Pride Block Party

Well... I went to the Five Points Pride Block Party. Annnnd, I was bored to tears! I was expecting some food trucks, and some artists and vendors... The vendors were in the adjacent park, and were fairly lackluster in my opinion. I didn't see the food trucks (I only spotted three) until I was leaving. At Five Points, there were plenty of drinking options, but I don't drink... I didn't see anyone I knew, but I'm not very social in the gay community anymore. I've always been part of the gay community, but apart from it. I haven't been to a gay bar in over 15 years, and the last bar I did go to was a sports bar because my ex liked karaoke. I'm more at home with comic book nerds/geeks - most of whom are heterosexual. >sigh< I did not stay for the parade. I'm sure that the party will liven up a bit after dark, and that there are plenty of people who will have a good time even now. I'm just not one of them. However, I went instead of sitting at home telling myself that I should go check it out.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Good Beat t-shirt

My latest t-shirt design, Good Beat, is up for voting at:

Please take a minute to go vote for my shirt. Thank You!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

My Tie-Dye Experiment

So, I've been thinking about doing some tie-dye shirts for some time now. I picked up a small kit and some white t-shirts, as well as a couple of my old handkerchiefs. The results...?

To be honest, I'm both pleased, and not pleased. I do like the basics on how the shirts came out. I did not like that when I washed them after, the dye ran and turned the shirts pale pink. I feel like these don't look good enough to sell... Yet! I do plan to pick up some more dye, and give these another once over. This time, I won't use a tie-dye kit, but will head for the fabric dyes. Hopefully the results will be improved.

That said, if someone wants one of these, just shoot me an email. I think 2 are M, 1 L, and 1 XL. 

I'll keep you updated on the progress of my tie-dye adventures.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Objets de Culte

Objets de Culte was created in March of 2018. I used the "pour" method of creating this piece. I wanted to create something to represent the things we worship in life, from religious totems, to cell phones, to weapons, to computers, to anything else you can think of. I do not wish to create controversy, but I do want us to look at the fact that we place certain items above all else, including other people. We should remember that people come first. We don't all have to agree, or even like each other, but it would be nice if we set aside material things for just a moment and considered each other.
I have also created a t-shirt design with this painting, which is currently up for voting at: https://www.threadless.com/designs/objets-de-culte#_=_
Please vote for my tee, and help it get put into production. Thanks!