Earlier this month, I went to APE (Alternative Press Expo). Which is my first ever show outside of the NYC area shows I exhibit at. I was hesitant at first because of the travel costs, but it ultimately paid off.
Prior to this show, I was trying to get as much new silkscreen stuff I could complete. I had the X-men, and What the Baku?! accordian books to show off. And also, my Tribal Masks mini silkscreen print set. Which was awesome!
Once in San Francisco, getting to and from the hotel to and from Fort Mason (the place the event was held) was a bit of a challenge when you don't know how to use the public transportation and WITH luggage and traversing the very steep streets of San Francisco. The walk was tiring, but thank god for the free shuttle buses APE provided after the festival! Those cut down the walking time.
The actual show was AWESOME. I met some amazing artists and did really well. All my hesitations were quelled by the first day. My silkscreen stuff were well received and inspired me to really do more. Thank you, Thank you, Bay Area folks!!! You made my trip!!! I appreciate and grateful to everyone who stopped by my table, chatted, and got my stuff. I definitely would love to come back and maybe do more shows out west! For the first time, I felt like I really reached the type of audience I had been hoping for.
During the downtime and after the fest, I finally go to explore San Francisco and took a lot pictures. I didn't want to go back home without seeing the Bay Area. I got to see and enjoy the majestic fog that covered the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of the Arts, the beautiful town of Sausalito, walked around Fisherman's Wharf, climbed Coit Tower, visited many local shops, and really enjoyed the lights of the night. These happy moments, in addition to being able to show my work, really made the trip.
It was during this trip that I really confirmed for myself that being positive and avoiding the presence of negativity is the way to go. Being around like-minded people who appreciates you and accommodates you the same way you appreciate and accommodate them is the key to, not only being happy, but also in building strong relationships.
I look forward to the future!!!