Tiffany Golden: Filmmaker, Author

Tiffany Goldenphoto by Tuffgyal808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Tiffany: I am originally from Seaside, CA (Monterey) and have been living in Oakland for 20+ years. (dang, I’m gettin’ up there!)

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Tiffany: I have always loved making things and being busy with my hands. I really started writing seriously in college. That is also when I got involved with filmmaking and theater. I started writing the Midnight stories out of a dream. There’s something powerful about pulling life from other realms.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Tiffany: I find inspiration in many places; sometimes a flower growing, sometimes a hug from my Dad, and mainly from seeing passionate expressions from people–especially the greats. I find inspiration in children, and mostly just when I see love being shown to others. I’m pretty sentimental. (Water sign for real)

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Tiffany: The first piece of vinyl I ever purchased was an old “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis. I fell in love with it.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote? Tiffany:My favorite quote has always been “love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching”. I appreciate life helping me stay open-hearted after painful things…believe me, it was a choice, lol.

Miguel “Bounce” Perez: Muralist

“Peace”  by TuffGyal 808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay?

Miguel: Born and raised in Berkeley. Moved to Brooklyn, NY in 98. Did some bicoastal vagabonding. Spent some time in Guadalajara, Mexico and Los Angeles. I’m half way sorta semi-permanently back in Berkeley now…

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on?

Miguel: I start a new creative path everyday.
But more specifically, I’ve been doing art full-time for a living since about 2005 and I’ve been running Pueblo Nuevo Gallery with my boy Plinio Hernandez since 2007.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration?

Miguel: I have no bias when looking for inspiration… I find it everywhere.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased?

Miguel: I think it was some underground hip hop from the early 90’s that I would never listen to now.  I started buying vinyl mostly in the dollar section at Amoeba: lots of Sade, Roger and Zapp type stuff. The first CD I bought with my own money was “2pacalypse Now”.  I also remember my mom buying me AMG’s “bitch betta have my money”.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote?

Miguel: my boy Brian’s grandmother would tell him… “if you get bored, that means you’re stupid.” words to live by.

and check out the flickr account for pueblo nuevo. I got hundred of galleries to put up… collective)

Mini Interview with dj fflood


photo by Tuffgyal808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Richard: I am a Jamaican New Yorker that loves living in Oakland. I moved from The Bronx to Oakland in 2002 (8 years ago).

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Richard: Wow. Well, I grew up with lots of vinyl in the house, my parents had albums by reggae, calypso and soul greats, as well as classical Spanish guitar and West African music. As a 6-year-old growing up in the 70’s, I think the big Grundig stereo console in the living room became my favorite “toy” besides robots, books and building blocks. I loved the feel, the look, and sound of records. I would put records on, and me and my younger sister Ghenete would dance, and my parents would sometimes watch. I may have to credit Donna Summer’s “Once Upon A Time… Happily Ever After” as the tipping point for me as a young music lover transforming into a DJ. Produced in 1977, the album is a romantic Cinderella-esque fairy tale about a woman struggling to make ends meet, and struggling to find love. The songs flow into each other as a continuous narrative, starting with the song “Once Upon A Time”, and ending with “Happily Ever After”. Emotionally, it travels into dark places of despair (“Now I Need You”– also a blueprint for deep techno– WAY ahead of its time in 1977!) and moments of elation and triumph (“Happily Ever After”). It was the first time I experienced the concept of music being arranged to take the listener on a journey, one that could evoke dancing AND an emotional response. I can see how i apply this to my flow as a DJ today.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Richard:There are many answers to that, I will mention a few… I find inspiration from spirit and ancestors, and can experience deejaying as an homage to musical ancestors such as Michael Jackson, Alice Coltrane, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Tupac, Guru, Biggie and more. When I play their music, their vibration fills the room, and I see it as powerful ritual for community. What else inspires me… The spirit and vibration in the music itself, moving me, and telling me what song needs to come on next to raise the collective vibration. The crowd, the dancers, and their openness, their willingness to complete the circuit necessary for us to all flow and embark on a journey together, also inspires me. Innovative music that dares the stretch past formulaic musical expressions inspire me. Music that doesn’t have oppressive messages inspires me. Love inspires me. Justice inspires me. Community inspires me.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Richard: That’s hard to say. I know that the first records I owned were gifts from family. Those first albums were Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In The Key Of Life”, Jackson 5 “Anthology”, Earth Wind & Fire “I Am”, and the soundtrack for my favorite Broadway musical, “The Wiz” featuring Stephanie Mills as Dorothy. The first Jamaican album I enjoyed was the “Harder They Come” soundtrack. The first records that I bought for myself? They would have been disco 45’s that I bought with my allowance in the 70’s. It could have been “Enjoy Yourself” by the Jacksons, “Keep It Comin’ Love” by KC & The Sunshine Band, or “Car Wash” by Rose Royce. It was when I was 15 when the person who is now my brother-in-law (David Muir) and I got some barely working turntables and a mixer and taught ourselves to DJ. That was 25 years ago, almost to the day.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote?
Richard: Over the years, I feel that deejaying has taught me many life lessons. One is about making choices. When I select a record and put it on, I am in an intuitive and creative flow, but also committing to a choice. The result of that choice may be wonderful, or not so wonderful. Whatever the response, I have to own the choice, take in the situation, and make another choice to follow-up from that point, with the intention to create a positive situation for all involved. In short, selecting records has become a metaphor for making, owning and optimizing the choices one makes in life, and I apply this to my everyday choices.

Rachel Konte: clothing designer, owner of Owl n Wood

Rachelphoto by Tuffgyal808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Rachel: No I am born and raised in Denmark Copenhagen (Danish mom, african dad). Came to the Bay Area/San Francisco in 1993. I was working as a Designer for Levi Strauss & Co in Helsingborg Sweden and got the opportunity to transfer to Levis Design office in SF. Moved to Berkeley in 1997 and Oakland in 2001.

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Rachel: After High school 1984 (in Denmark we call it GYMNASIUM), I signed up for a 10-month Sewing school, then a 10-month ART School and the summer of 1986 I was accepted into the Danish School of Design that is a 4-5 year Bachelor education in Fashion design. I didn’t expect to work in the denim industry so many years, but when i got my first design job at Levi’s there was no return. It was a dream job and I was ready to get the most of it.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Rachel: I love things of the past. I guess I am romantic about the 1960-70-80’s. I love vintage and people who know how to take the small nuances from an era and in cooperate it into their style. I love furniture and things from this same time era. Somehow the quality of the designs and the materials they used back then are very intriguing to me. I can at times get inspired from the “undesired” fashion and designs of that time too…things that represent the 1960-70-80’s in the worst possible way, make me very happy and nostalgic. Right now I am inspired by the simplicity and beauty of functional things. I am working on my first own denim line for my store OwlNwood ( The store concept is to mix good quality vintage with local design and small international and American brands. My little denim line is ultra basic, but will be a great foundation for the other products I carry in my store. I hope I can get it all made locally in the bay Area. The line is call O.N.W. by OwlNWood.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Rachel: I actually refused to convert to CD’s in the late 80’s and early 90’s…So I have all my vinyl’s saved before I gave in to the pressure of CD’s. I think my first LP was when I was was a funny European Rock Band that had used a group of Chimpanzees posing on the cover in place of them. Have no clue on their name. But later as a young Teenager my first LP’s that I would buy for my own money would be Boney M. A black German/African group from the early 80’s. They were always doing cover songs, but had some great hits in Europe at the time..Don’t judge them from their cover’s..ha ha they were pretty out there. “Baby do you want to Bump” was a big Hit.

Q#5:Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote?
Rachel: Believe in the “Power of Love” is my mantra….it works.

Robert Trujillo: Artist, Writer, Father

photo by Tuffgyal808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Robert: I’m from the Bay Area, born and raised in Oakland, but I’ve lived all across the East Bay, and had a whole lot of family in SF. My momma and my uncles/aunties grew up there. My dad’s from LA tho.

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Robert: I’ve been drawing since I was a little one. I started getting obsessed with painting and drawing Graffiti Letters/Characters around the early 90’s and kept doing that until I graduated from High School. My momma actually bought me “Spray Can Art” when I was a kid. Then, I went through a period of experimentation with new mediums, styles around the late 90’s, early 2000’s. I started doing things as a member of Trust Your Struggle in 2003. Been rocking with those lovely people since then. I call myself a baby Muralist now cause I’m still learning. I’m now also an illustrator as well-working on my first children’s book, and my first Comic Book.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Robert: I find a lot of inspiration in the social justice movement. The work organizers do, the campaigns they lead. I study a lot of political movements, tactics, etc. I love music, so I often listen to, look for, and cherish good music of any genre. I look to a lot of Comic Book, Concept Artists lately. Lots of Blogs about Design, Fashion, Culture, Art. I like to read too! Octavia Butler and Paulo Coehlo give me lots of imagery to think about. But biggest of all is my family! Without their encouragement, support, and kicks in the butt, I wouldn’t be a professional artist.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Robert: Vinyl? Wow, they’re gonna know how old I am now! Uh, it’s a toss-up between “The Nonce-Bus Stops (LA)” and “Liquid Swords-The GZA (NY)”.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote? Robert: Um, do “you”! If you paint, draw, sing, dance, speak, write what you really feel. you will be surprised at how many other people feel the same way across borders nationally and internationally. No fakers please! What else? Promote yourself! Don’t be scared to let em know “who u are”. If you let someone else define you, they’ll probably miss spell your name or something.
Peace, love, and light to all the dreamers out there! It’s just begun!