Monday, April 26, 2010

KTY Projects: Creative Portfolio

VIDEO: "Kevin Yamazaki's KTY Box" 
For more info on the KTY Box project, click to my original post: Kevin Yamazaki's KTY Box

VIDEO: "Kevin Yamazaki's Dorm Room"
 A video of the five-day construction process of my 2-story dorm room at Pomona College.
 For more information on the 2-story Dorm Room project, read The Student Life newspaper article. To hide my identity from the administration, they used the pseudonym "Charles". Turns out, they already knew about it.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Projects from Fall Semester 2009

Here is a video of my dorm room for this year. The ceilings are high, Home Depot is close, and I like to build things, so....

More to come on this project; it's definitely one of my favorites. The whole room has evolved quite a bit since the pictures in the video were taken during the first month of school.

FALL SEMESTER ART: Portfolio for my Scripps class. Theme: Layering and Spray

Mostly paint, a little spray, and several layers. I think I changed my mind over 10 times on what I wanted to do with this.

It's me, thinking. sprayed and painted.

SNOWBOARD!!! I took my old snowboard, sanded it down (not fun at all), applied primer, painted, splattered, and sprayed it. I put several layers of gloss finish over the board. I still need to strap in my bindings and head to Mt High with this one.

This one is for my cousin Mariko, but it is still unfinished. I am going to finish it this semester, after I finish my other pieces.

Stacy, my sister, took this picture when I was back at the house to paint. Much better than being stuck in the studio at Scripps. I'll post the others when I find the pictures.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Random "Art" Projects

I was cleaning up my files and came across a lot of random art stuff I did. Thought I would just have one big post about a bunch of the random works I did this past academic year. Nothing special, just wanted to archive some of my hoodie designs and paintings:

Canvas Work (Paint):

Clothing Designs:

One of the old hoodies I made. I wish I still had some pictures of the dozens of hoodies I sold, I thought some of them were really cool.

The inside of Noel's hoodie (two layer spray)

Shirt I made for KD

The only low-quality, photo of the new, and unfinished, Spray Drop Hoodie designs. My initials "KTY" make random appearances on the back.
This is one of a series of hoodie designs based on a character I came up with. I have a few of these designs on a layout, but I got too lazy to print them, and I could never decide on the background pattern to lay this on.


The first real picture I took of my car

40 of the 60 records that I spray painted and did some splatter trails on for my room.

The black light bar in my room. I filled four of the larger clear handles with various UV reactive fluid to make the bar glow green, yellow, and blue with the black light I put behind the bar.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pop-up TV Cabinet (Video Clip)

Well, I bought an old vintage cabinet on Craigslist for about $30. I then took the whole thing apart, cut down the shelves to half length, re-enforced the bottom, sanded the whole thing it, painted it, and cut a huge hole in the top. I put the top of the cabinet on a hinge and started to build two sets of brackets. I attached a 48" linear actuator (w/ 50-pound capacity) to a metal bracket that I made, added two gas springs to smooth the motion and ease the weight of my 46" TV. I hooked the actuator leads to an automobile remote control/entry system and set the system to sustainable switches. I wired the limit sensors to the back end of the top cabinet swing hinge to detect when the actuator had extended to the edge of the cabinet. Most of the electronics were bought from Fergelli.

This video is of the first test-run, one of the shocks on the right wasn't lubricated enough, kinda scared me when it holds up an expensive TV. Unfortunately, this is video is the only footage I have of it, since I took it apart soon after realizing this was not at all necessary for a dorm room, was annoyingly loud with the weight load and brackets, and the fact that it would be incredibly difficult to transport.

Planned and finished the project in 3 days, took it apart 3 days later.

1 46" TV, 1 $30 vintage cabinet, 1 48" linear actuator, 2 gas springs, 4 sliding brackets, 1 gallon of paint, 1 car-remote system.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sporting News Magazine

(click on image for bigger version)

A recent "photoshoot" I did when I was working as a trading assistant on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. I am the one in the red trading coat, I was getting an autograph for my boss right before some of the NBA draft picks were going to ring the opening bell. I am guessing they took this picture to emphasize Anthony Randolph's height.... great.

Thanks to David Roy for showing this to me.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Remote Control Home Theater Projector Mount (R.C.H.T.P.M.)

School has been keeping me pretty busy, but I managed to do a spontaneous mini project last night. I am, of course, in the middle of finals week, but there is always time for random creative inspiration between the hours of 1:30am and 8:00am.

I still had a couple linear actuators and an old broken car remote system laying around, so I decided to build a mount for my projector. My room is already capable of using half of north campus' energy (That is, if I left everything on, but I don't), so I didn't want to put up the projector unless I was doing something original with it. Sooooo, I finally got the idea to build my own Remote Control Home Theater Projector Mount (R.C.H.T.P.M.)... trust me, the original name was a paragraph long. I also apologize for how delirious I am whilst writing this post. I pulled an all-nighter, to finish this thing.

It took a long time due to the fact that all the parts were bought at Walmart... My beloved Home Depot was closed at 1:30am. I probably should have waited, but the I thought it would actually be more fun to only use random walmart products and make them work. Kind of a throwback to my childhood, when that was all I had to build with (e.g. Mom's Hairdryer, VHS tape rewinder, Old Blenders, Broken R/C cars... etc). The parts cost under $32

PARTS: 1x Plastic Folder Organizer (cut in half) and Cover, 16x Wooden Art and Crafts Dowel Rods, 2x Navy Blue Cloth Napkins, Duct tape, 12x Elbow Joints, 12x Cord couplers, 2x Plastic Pulleys, 8x Rubber Bands, 1x Dining hall take-out box, 2x CD cases, 1x piece of 20' rope; TOOLS USED: Electric Drill, Hot Glue Gun, Ladder, Dremel, X-acto, Soldering iron, Duct tape...

Due to questions about the rest of my room and about the Multitouch computer;
Yes, the 3 monitors, the 46" TV, and the Projector are all hooked-up to my computer... Which used to, but can no longer, run my Multitouch (KTY Box... Look at older posts)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Claremont Village Van

This project started as a CRAZY idea that came to me in the middle of MicroTheory class. I was getting tired of being the only one of my friends with a car, so I decided I wanted to get a free one. I searched craigslist, found a cargo van for $850 and then proposed an advertising opportunity to the local Claremont businesses: $100 per a square foot of advertising space on my new van. Suprisingly, within the first week we had over $4,000 in comitments. Soon those commitments turned into checks which turned into the sweetest cargo van of all time. The extra money was given to the Claremont Rugby team to help fund their trip to China. We spent a good amount of the money on fixing up the inside of the van, paying for the vinyl stickers for the ads, and stashing a few bucks away for gas money.

Friday, May 16, 2008


I have recently researched, designed, and constructed an infrared FTIR (Frustrated Total Internal Reflection) Multitouch computer. If you have heard of the Microsoft Surface, then you probably know what this is. BUT, I added a little twist that Microsoft hasn't thought of yet... I think.

Here is the video I made:

Most people enjoy the part of the video that starts at around 3:24


Graffitti Art - Canvas Work

So, I enjoy art, but I have never taken any classes or done anything formal... I just dabble.

Here is my first big stencil piece ever done for a "client"... or just Kelly and Noel's mom. Anyways, she bought me these HUGE blank canvas and told me to do a family portrait. This thing took me almost all of winter break 2007-2008 to finish.

Here are some project stats -
74 hours of cutting,
39 layers of greyscale
26 hours of spraying
with 36 Cans of spray

Black on Black Photoshoot

Here is my only attempt at a photoshoot for the G35 coupe. Definitely one of my favorite pictures of the G.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Highschool Football

I guess these were my glory years back in high school and agruably the only reason I got into Pomona College. Entering D3 college level was suprisingly a little more difficult than Brentwood's beloved CIF Delphic league. I have been told that the best part is at the end... just kidding, that just what I think. Anyways, here is my first video production:

Some of the comments posted on the Youtube version are fairly ridiculous.
I believe that I am currently "being scouted by the Bengals". There are some other really good quotes.

Science Fair: Hovercraft

This is arguably the first independent project I ever attempted. It was a remote controlled, fully functional hovercraft. I will post pictures and videos when I find them. I won first place at the Los Angeles Science fair in 2003 for this.