Friday, May 30, 2008

Julia Stegner: Going Green

(Julia Stenger, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

From encouraging others to "Go Green" by frequently riding a bicycle to work to modeling for Ralph Lauren, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, Julia Stenger's career is continually cycling to new frontiers.

I enjoyed creating Stenger's stylized portrait that conveys three different sides of her vibrant personality. I wish her the best with her endeavors.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thank You Perez

Thank you Perez for the email the other day. I look forward to creating your portrait on canvas.

Free Hitch

Last night, via Facebook I learned about the deportation of Hitch Yezza, "who has a been resident in the U.K. for 13 years, during which time he has studied for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Nottingham" (facebook group info, 2008).

It's amazing that over two thousand Facebook members quickly joined The Global Support to Stop The Deporation of Hicham Yezza group and are rallying in support of Hitch. The situation is a reflection of our times, as political messages and protests are quickly spread via Web 2.0 media. (I'm in Southern California and learning about the deportation of this UK student, as the news is breaking).

My thoughts are for a peaceful and democratic resolution to this matter.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Perez Hilton: Forward Thinking

From providing daily celebrity gossip to freely speaking his mind, Perez Hilton aka Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. is constantly accelerating Internet traffic and probably stirring up your workplace conversation. His daily blog entries provide an insight into the strife and struggles of the rich and famous. Regardless of your opinion, it's amazing that according to Alexa his blog is the 142 most visited website in America (as of today). The put that ranking into perspective, lets look at other entertainment/celebrity affiliated websites:

The Hollywood Reporter's website is ranked 2015 in the United States.

Entertainment Tonight Online's website is ranked 2640 in the United States.

E Online's website is ranked 541 in the United States.

...And one man's blog is still ranked higher. Perez demonstrates that with enough forward thinking, determination, persistence and a little drama (although it's normally a lot), anyone can become well known and establish themselves as a popular figure in their field or industry.

Kudos to Perez for embracing the first amendment and utilizing the power of Web 2.0 to establish himself.

Angelina Jolie: Paying it Forward

(Angelina Jolie, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

"I don't believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don't judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free." -Angelina Jolie, quote

From promoting humanitarian causes throughout the world, adopting children to staring in blockbuster films, Angelina Jolie is inspiring the next generation to pay it forward and follow their dreams. I wish her the best as she moves forward with her career.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Generation Y's Web 2.0 Hierarchy of Communication Model

(Generation Y's Web 2.0 Hierarchy of Communication Model (C) Tiner)

"Did you get my text message?" "How about my email?" ..."Why didn't you respond to my facebook message?" "...She opened my B2B message, but she did not respond. :( "

"Simply put, we live in an era of hyper connectivity. From aim, facebook messaging, text messaging and emailing, digital communication and Web 2.0 media continually erode traditional barriers of communication. It's difficult at times to comprehend the speed at which our thoughts and actions are communicated to our peers. Entire conversations are digitally transmitted for convenience, but at the sacrifice of personal connection. (I really doubt our predecessors sent entire conversations continually back and forth via the Morse Code.)

Inspired by Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Model, I created a Web 2.0 version that prioritizes the level of Generation Y's communication. I believe the highest form of communication is face to face (top of the pyramid) and the less personal are at the bottom (aim, poking, facebook/gmail chatting). Yes, digital communication is convenient at times, but it can also dilute the meaning of interaction."
-(Excerpt from my thesis: Thinking Beyond Web 2.0: Leveraging the Ego of Generation-Y to Build Business)

A day in the life of Anthony Tashnick

From winning the prestigious Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Contest at the age of 20 to constantly pursuing bigger waves, Anthony Tashnick is catching epic swells. After spending time with Tashnick in Northern California and Pipeline, I enjoyed his courageous and lowkey mentality.

From a young gun perspective, it's fun to watch how his talent is appreciated by big wave surfing legends, including Pete Mel and Tom Carroll.

I wish Tashnick the best and hope to see him compete this year at The Malibu Invitation.

(Anthony Tashnick (C) Tiner)

(Anthony Tashnick joking around with Mo Daddy (C) Tiner)

(Anthony Tashnick & Big Wave Legends (C) Tiner)

Memorial Day

(Memorial Day Editorial ('05))

Four years ago my world was thrown upside down. After leading Brown University in water polo my first two years, I blew out my shoulder and returned home to California to rehabilitate my injury over the summer. A few days latter my brother and his best friend past away in an automobile accident. I went from enjoying the pinnacle's of youth's pleasures (athletics, parties, academics) to searching for purpose and meaning in life.

I once naively believed that death was reserved for people as they declined into wheel chairs. I watched both my grandparents pass away and although it was really sad, it did not deeply impact me ...because I had the opportunity to say goodbye. They both lived prosperous and complete lives ...and it was their time. My brother's death deeply impacted me, because he was simply (in my mind) too young. ...Only 17.

It has taken me years to learn that we have no control over the randomnesses in our lives. I've often heard that "everything happens for a reason." ...well when randomness happens (like tragic automobile accidents), it's the community's responsibility to ensure that these random acts develop into meaningful testaments.

It's Memorial Day today, so I thought it is timely to revisit some old words. "William Faulkner once noted, 'the man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.' The communities compassion has assisted my family with the process of carrying away the stones from our mountain of grief. These stones of sorrow are now forming positive remembrances of Max and Mark. Their lives rest as a testament for the positive impact that two young men can make in the community. Their spontaneous, cheerful, and compassionate attitudes will forever be remembered." -Sean Tiner '05.

I've learned that the excitements of youth (parties, sex, athletics, alcohol, rock & roll, drugs, social trends, "coolness" and acquaintances) change at a moment's notice and wan with time. My brother's accident forced me to grow up and aged my soul. It's been my spiritual pursuit that has provided an anchor to remain stable through the insecurities of youth. Consequentially, I've learned that it's the lasting impact of our actions that remain over time and continue in perpetuity. They build the foundation of our remembrance (no matter how short or long our lives may be).

Although, it's four years latter and I still miss my brother, I'm glad that his actions are remembered as "small stones" that have constructed a lasting educational foundation. It's exciting to see his memory continue through the lives of others.

I have moved forward and I am glad that now I focus on remembering the joy of my brother's life and not his end result. I'm enjoying diverse interests in life again and my creative energy as returned even stronger.

We have not control over our time on Earth, it's how we live each day that will allow others and history to remember us. I enjoy living each day to the fullest and trying to pay it forward to the best of my ability. ...Hopefully you do as well.

My thoughts go out to anyone else remembering the loss of a loved one today. You are not alone.

ADC Young Guns Competition

Last week, I entered The Art Director's Club International Young Guns Competition that is open to creative individuals under the age of 30 (I'm only 24).

The annual competition "exists to identify the vanguard of creative professionals who let loose their imaginations, shattering conventions and breaking boundaries with a dash of brilliance and personal flair. Those of you who’ve set your minds to making a name for yourself, raising new standards from within cubicles, conference rooms, cramped apartments, and studios across the world—this is your chance to put those battle cries in action. If you’re age thirty or under and have two years of the working life under your belt, we’d like you to show us what it’s all about."

I included in my entry some of my recent national photo publications, upcoming 2009 calendar, surfboard designs, epic art public installations and a few stylized portraits. I look forward to the competition results that will be announced in a few months.

Candice Swanepoel: Enjoying Life

(Candice Swanepoel, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

From being South Africa's first Victoria's Secret model to walking to catwalk for Diane von Furstenberg, Candice Swanepoel is enjoying life.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Coastal Livin'

(Fiji (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Dana Point, CA (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Main Beach, CA (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

Feed The Pig

“We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear.” –Tyler Durden, Fight Club

Hate them or love them. The recent "Feed the Pig," television commercials serve as a reminder about our current debt crisis. According to, the average American credit card debt is over $4,000 and approximately 24% of a worker's salary goes towards paying of debt payments. "The latest and greatest" is a la mode this year, but it's always replaced by something bigger, better or cooler. Yeah, it's cool to raise eyebrows with new products, but it's a continual cycle that has us increasing the average debt. In the parting words of Tyler Durden, "advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy stuff don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't."

Saturday, May 24, 2008


(Fijian Mosaic (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

A relaxing mosaic for a relaxing long weekend. The mosaic features several lifestyle images that I recently captured in Fiji. Enjoy!

....More Exploding Randomness Inevitable

More favorites, added by members:

More randomness added by members of, Exploding Randomness Inevitable.

America the Beautiful

(America: reflection of the times, by Tiner)

A reflection of contemporary American political issues.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Gentlemen prefer....

(Lauren Conrad, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

(Kristen Cavalleri, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

...Blonds or Brunettes? ...Well I prefer both.

...It's amazing how much my small beach community changed in four years after MTV's Laguna Beach TV Show. From a resident's perspective it accelerated our town's annual tourism and solidified the town's brand equity. From a marketing perspective, it put "LC," "Kristen," "Stephen" and "Laguna Beach" on the talking tongues of Gen-Y, a consumer base of over 20 million.

During my freshman year at Brown, when a Gen-Y would ask me where I was from and I responded with Laguna Beach. ...They would say ...Where's that? ...My response ...A small beach community between LA and San Diego.

...Three years latter ...The responses were much different. "....No way, that's where you are from?" "...You went to school with them?" "...Is it like that in real life?" ...The popularity pendulum swing was all thanks to blonds, brunettes and Zanjoc's mere exposure theory.

Zanjoc’s (1968) mere exposure theory states that the more a person is exposed to something the more he or she is inclined to like it, assuming they have a neutral first impression (value of first impressions). The visual content exhibited to Generation-Y through television shows (like Laguna Beach), Internet sites and in person through advertisements, store displays and promotional materials, must engage the viewer from the moment he or she is exposed to it. The more exposure a company has to a potential consumer base, the more he or she is inclined to like it.

Exposure can work for individuals looking to create awareness for a business or social issue. For example (Haralambous, 2007), although The Burman Government censored information internally in the country, Burman activists protested the doctorial regime through blogs, a Web 2.0 media, and created international awareness for their hardships. Individuals and businesses can connect through Web 2.0 platforms to create advocates for their brand, business or social cause. In particular, the ability to connect to Generation-Y through company websites and social networking profiles is rapid as new information is posted 24/7 and Gen-Y is constantly spending more time online. Internet visitors are quickly “thin-slicing” information and making their decisions if they dislike or like a product in a matter of seconds (Gladwell, 2007). The message must be carefully presented in order to ensure a good first impression and maximum likability.

So whether you prefer blonds, brunettes or just a little "Laguna drama," the more you are exposed to it ...the more you will like it, assuming you have a neutral first impression.

I wish Lauren the best with her endeavors, especially as she moves forward with her clothing line. I also wish Kristen the best, as she is completing two movies this year.


D < A < N < C < E

(Self-Portrait w/my artwork, photo credit: Faye Chapman)

(Self-Portrait w/my artwork, photo credit: Faye Chapman)

It's Friday and the start of a long weekend I thought I would post some fun self-portraits with my artwork captured by Faye Chapman, author and photographer of Faces of the Shadows.

The photos were captured for last week's local Laguna newspaper article.

Thank you Annenberg!

(Recognition from USC's Annnenberg School For Communication
for being featured in a Brandweek Magazine article)

Thank you USC. Fight on!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thank You USC! :)

(Recognition from USC's public relations for being featured in Brandweek Magazine)

(Recognition from USC's public relations for being featured in Brandweek Magazine)

A special thanks to The University of Southern California for including my recent feature in Brandweek Magazine on the university's yearly public relations spotlight. Cheers!

Elizabeth Currid: Creative Thinking

(Elizabeth Currid, Portrait by Tiner).

From lecturing in the classrooms of USC to writing manuscripts in New York City, Elizabeth Currid is creatively inspiring others. Currid shares with the world her unique talent to objectively critique the creative economy, consisting of artists, fashion designers and musicians. Currid's paintbrush are the words she uses to describe these creative individuals and the colorful impact they leave on the world.

Inspired by Currid's first published book, The Warhol Economy, I enjoyed creating this stylized portrait of her in a "Warhol" manner, consisting of multiple images. As a tribute to Andy, I included his portrait in the bottom right corner.

As one of my friends and fellow creative, I wish Currid the best with her endeavors, especially as she is preparing her second book.

Coming Soon: Newport Coast Community Center Permanent Display

(Artist Rendering of The Newport Coast Community Center,
photo courtesy of The City of
Newport Beach, CA)

(Beaches House, Crystal Cove, CA
(C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Pacific Ocean Sunrise, Southern California, CA
(C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

Today, I'm excited that The City of Newport Beach approved my proposal to purchase artwork for the Newport Coast Community Center. They approved both phases of my proposal, including the Pacific Ocean Sunrise (image above) which will be created on three large panels, each measuring approximately 2.5 x 5ft. It will be the largest piece that I have created to date.

The iconic artwork will be reflective of Crystal Cove's nostalgic beach community.

The artwork will be created and installed in the next couple of months. I look forward to sharing the images of the installation, when it is complete.

The Newport Coast Community Center is located at:
6401 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Paradise Found

(Secret Location (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

"Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake, just shake it!"

(Metro Station Band, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

Inspired by their hit song "Shake It," I enjoyed creating this stylized portrait of Sony BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT's Metro Station.

I tried to convey their individual personalities and high energy level.

Enjoy! ...Or should I say shake it? ....just shake it. ;)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Lets Fly! ....over Newport Beach, CA

(Newport Beach, CA aerial photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Newport Beach, CA aerial photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Newport Beach, CA aerial photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Newport Beach, CA aerial photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Newport Beach, CA aerial photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Corona Del Mar, CA aerial photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Newport Beach, CA aerial photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

Renee Bargh: Loving Life

(Renee Bargh, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

From walking the catwalk to providing commentary on the boardwalk, Renee Bargh is loving life. I met Renee earlier this year in Fiji while she was filming a surf adventure documentary. I enjoyed her energetic personality and humble outlook.

I wish this native Australian the best with her future endeavors. Cheers!


(Switzerland, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Switzerland, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

Two photographs from the descent of Pilatus Mountain in Lucerne, Switzerland, which I captured on a trip with my parents after graduating from Brown. I feel they provide an interesting juxtaposition to my recent coastal landscape focus.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Michelle Williams: Moving Forward

(Huntington Beach, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

"Dear God, make me a bird.
So I can fly far.
Far far away from here."

-Forest Gump The Movie

Escape! Immediately after my brother passed away, I wanted to fly far far way. I wanted to escape the immediate pain of his memory and daily reminder of absence. For awhile, I did fly way. I ran, painted and continued going to college 3000 miles away from home ....all as a method to be a bird and fly away from the pain. ...far far away.

Slowly, I learned that you cannot escape the pain of grief. ...Even with 6'5" wings ;). ...Eventually, your wings get tired and you cannot fly away forever. Overtime, I slowed down and allowed myself to grieve the loss of Mark. As painful as it was made me more of a complete person and now the pain of his death is replaced by remembering the happiness of his life and continuing his memory through others.

In the same way that I grieved the loss of my brother, Michelle Williams is coping with the loss of her boyfriend, Keath Ledger. Despite the constant memory of his absence via the media, Williams is moving forward and recently opened the movie, Deception. I enjoyed her performance in the movie and am glad that she is continuing Keath's memory and also moving forward with her life.

(Michelle Williams, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

Although each loss is different ..It's the community's responsibility to help nurture the injured wings and allow people to heal properly. ...Sometimes it's with a phone call, sharing a meal, a prayer or simply giving the other person space and allowing them to feel "normal" again.

My thoughts are with Michelle Williams, the Ledger family and anyone else enduring the loss of a loved one.

Chris Berman: Paying It Forward

(Chris Berman, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

From the dormitories of Brown University to anchoring ESPN, Chris Berman has one of the best seats to sports. In 1976, during Berman's senior year at Brown University, the football team won the Ivy League Championship. Ironically during my senior year at Brown, the football team also won the Ivies. To commemorate the event and surprise Berman, I had the team sign a football and sent it to him (with the special help of Tim Cotter, my freshman year roommate).

The football genuinely surprised Berman and to return the favor he mailed me a football signed by the entire ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown crew, including, Michael Irving, Chris Mortensen, Steve Young and Tom Jackson. What makes this football extremely special to me is that he signed it in honor of my brother, similar to the football signed by Pete Carroll.

Berman thank you for paying it forward and for providing the world with insightful and humorous commentary. I wish you and your family the best.

Go Bruno!

Gisele Bündchen: Loving Life

(Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

From making Forbes list as one of the richest women in the entertainment world to encouraging others to give it back, Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen is walking the runway with her own vogue. Bündchen has appeared in several print publications for companies including Louis Vuitton, Victoria's Secret, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace ...and even finds time to endorse Apple's computers.

What separates Gisele apart is her ability to publicly voice her opinion, even if it at times contradicts her religious upbringing. For example, Gisele did not agree with the comments regarding condom use made by Pope Benedict XVI after his official visit to Brazil. She remarked, "to prohibit condoms is ridiculous, just think of all the diseases transmitted without them."

Gisele's dynamic and playful personality is what inspired her stylized portrait. I enjoyed conveying different playful expressions and using a color palette that complimented this Brazilian's vibrant energy.

I wish her the best in her future endeavors and look forward to watching her performance in next year's Austin Powers 4.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

All life is an experiment

(Fiji, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

"All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Experimenting allow us to explore, develop and mature. It comfortably allow us to swing for the fences and help control the amount of times we strike out. Inevitably, not every idea will work out, but experimenting allow us to think, prepare and react to new and developing ideas. Ultimately, experimenting also allows us to hit a home run.

According to Pareto's Principle or the 80/20 rule, 80% of your business comes from 20% of your clients, ideas or product line. Not every business idea works. In fact, most do not. However, experimenting allows to discover that precious 20%, which will generate 80% of your business' revenue stream. Everyone has a business idea at one time, either it was for a lemonade stand or the next get rich quick scheme. Realizing that a very few percentage of these ideas actually create a large revenue stream will allow future business "experiments" to be more concrete, help ensure profitably and (hopefully) create that illusive 80% revenue stream.

Recently, Tim Ferriss "experimented" with a thesis stating that companies should fire 80% of their customers and focus their efforts on the 20% that create 80% of their business. In The 4 Hour Workweek, Ferriss radically suggests that concentrating on this top 20% will allow you to "escape 9-5, live anywhere and join the rich." This model may more applicable to established business, but Ferriss' theory allows us to think differently about our current business endeavors, practices and ultimately experiment with new ideas.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Facebook Desktop FBML

Summer time...

...and the livin' is easy! :)

(Fiji, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Fiji, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Fiji, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Fiji, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Fiji, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

(Fiji, photograph (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

“The love you take is equal to the love you make.” -The Beatles