Friday, February 26, 2010

BRANDSTUDIOPRESS.COM TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE



I came back home to dreadful weather and a bit of unpleasant news, it seems our beloved online store Brandstudiopressdotcom has succumbed to a virus and it will be out of commission for a few days until we fix this issue.

So I beg you to please be patient until this required work is done and you can once again be able to access the store without any fear of malware or russian viruses.

The virus that infected our site is a variation of the Gumblar Trojan. It's main purpose appears to be to infect webservers and use them to spread viruses and trojans to other computers, not to steal user data. We're in the process of cleaning the server and preventing further infections and we'll let you know as soon as the site is back to normal.

As always, thanks for your support. I will post again as soon as we are healthy and open for business.

Abrazos,
—Alberto

Btw: If you wish to order any books in the time being, email me personally at: brandstudiopressATgmail.com and We'll do it 'old school' plus a 10% discount or something.

Thanks again and sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

BACK FROM BRAZIL



This is a sketch I started in São Paulo on my last day there, I re-drew it here for another friend, I cleaned it and 'colored' it in Photoshop.




Brazil: Disneyland For The Soul
Our trip to Brazil was intense and at the same time it was pretty mellow; I'm back home more relaxed and laid back than ever, so far I haven't yelled at the kids and I haven't kicked the neighbor's cat (but I will eventually). I went to the bank this afternoon to contest some hidden fees in my account and I didn't blow my top, that's what a visit to Brazil can do for you.

Usually when people come back from a great vacation in a foreign land, I've heard them say things like: "I was treated like a special guest" or like a "king" even. For me, personally, the beauty about Brazil is that my wife and I were not treated like royalty, we were treated like old friends. That in itself is the most poignant and beautiful thing about Brazilians, friendship is a very, very big thing. Not that in other countries friends are not important, it's just that in Brazil it's really intensified to the max.

You can really feel the passion Brazilians have for life, for art and for friendship but all of that passion can only be matched by their gentle and kind demeanor. Everyone we encountered was affable and eager to help. It's easy to understand why, when Americans or Europeans go there, a lot of them want to stay or move there. I was right, the weather there is warm and the people are warmer.

Our main hosts, Ricardo Antunes, Luiz Rosso and Montalvo Machado who joined us on our second day, were artists I've known through Ilustrar Magazine, in fact, Ricardo was the only person I had met in person before the trip—when himself and Hiro Kawahara visited my studio here in New York last summer— so in essence, we really didn't know anyone there. That fact didn't seem to matter at all because after but a couple of hours of having met, we felt like we knew these folks for a lifetime and they knew us. We were just two long time friends they haven't seen in years, what a simple and wonderful notion.

I can't speak for my Brazilian friends but as far as I'm concerned, I brought home with me some of the fondest memories ever.

I wanted to visit both São Paulo and Rio but there was so much to see and do in SP, we really needed (at least) another two weeks. We will be back and next time the stay will be longer for sure. Rio requires more than just a day or two.

Many thanks to our magnanimous hosts and all of our friends, included but not limited to: Ricardo Antunes, Luiz Rosso and his lovely wife Ana, Montalvo Machado and Mónica, Hiro Kawahara, Katia Kinue Massuda, Marcelo Braga, Weberson Santiago, Fernanda Guedes, Sabrina Eras, Amanda Grazini, Amilcar Pinna, Zé Otavio, Kako D'Angelo, Carla Ikeda, Eduardo Schaal and Manoella, Gustavo Rinaldi, Rosana Urbes, Spaca, Eduardo Belga, Mosca, Augusto Minighitti, Ana Zugaib, Gil Tokyo, Fweno, Mawa, Marcus "The 3-D guy" Penna and everyone else whose names escape my mind at the moment.

I've already posted most of these pictures on Facebook, sorry if you've seen them already but for those who don't have a FB account. here are some of the key moments of our visit.







I'll see you next year!
Abrazos,
—Alberto