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I could kick myself.  But I won’t.

The truth is, I was sick, and I plopped right into bed after work instead of going out into the cold night to retrieve my computer from my car.  I even took a cab, which I only do in extreme situations of not wanting to ride my bike.  On this occasion, because I would rather not get sicker, I chose to travel the five-point-one-mile ride home from the warm, windless backseat of a cab and skip the night-air chill and uphill burn of my beach cruiser work-out.  By the time I got into bed and remembered my deadline, there was no getting me back outside to grab the computer I should have never forgotten.

So here I am, one day late on the second post of my first official Sunny Styles Series.  If anyone has an idea for some sort of self-ordered punishment for being a bad blogger, the comment box is waiting patiently.  To make up for my behavior, here is an old napkin doodle of what could very well be my subconscious eye…and how it might be looking at me this very moment.

Angry EYE Doodle


This week I saved some fallen plumeria flowers from an afterlife of browning compost.  Pressing plumerias is as pleasant as a  enjoying a morning of bird songs and butterfly wings.  Maybe I’ll do another flower press frame but first I’ll go flower-snipping and see which buds and blooms pair nicely together.  Can you tell how garden-fresh my mood is today?

 Lay clean white sheets down first, arrange the flowers so that they will lay flat.  It’s kind of easy to squish plumeria in a funny way so you may have to snip the end of the step off.  (If you’re curious, that book up top is an awesome collection of neon black-out posters from the sixties and seventies…  Hmm, I should post those.)

Make a plumeria sandwich with another clean sheet.  Paper towels leave textured indentations, just so you know.  Finally, set a big pile of books on top and wait a while – the longer the better.

When  it’s been a while, use something flat and pointy to peel the petals away carefully.  Very carefully.  They’re quite fragile.

I think it might be nice and three-dimensional if I glue some beads in the center to cover up the brown spots.  I’ll let you know how it goes.





What is your name?
Where are you from?

Melbourne, Australia

How old are you?
I am 17, turned it two days ago.
How is your day going?

Lovely. I just finished school, which was a breeze, and now I am kicking it at home listening to Bombay Bicycle Club about to tackle one of my many folios, which needs to be finished for Wednesday. I am nearly done which is a relief. It was also my birthday yesterday so I am pretty hyped on all my new food, films and art supplies on the table in front of me.

Are you an artist?
Yes, I would classify myself as an artist. Art in whatever form or medium is something that I will hopefully always pursue throughout my life and ideally turn into a career. So in my head I guess I would call myself an artist. Its probably one of the corniest things said but I do believe that everyone is an artist. Its whether you choose to express yourself creatively that defines you.
Whether or not you call yourself an artist, how do you describe what you create?
I have never really thought about this before. I guess I would describe my work as representations of ideas and feelings formed by inspiration and interests in my life. If I could make it sound any cheesier I would.
So you’re on Instagram.  What other applications do you use to edit your images?
When did you find out that art meant something in this world?
As I have gotten older my understanding about what art means has grown. I would say that my biggest breakthrough in discovering what art meant was when I really got into and explored film. I really felt that I understood how much art could effect and change a person’s life. Knowing how much art can and does do, there is nothing that I want more than to be a part of it.
Do you have a favorite color?
How do you support yourself these days?
With something that I hope never stops, pocket money.
As a creative individual, how do you fit into this world and what are your plans?
I would say that I fit into this world as a young skateboarder, filmmaker, graffiti artist, artist and student – trying to figure out what they want to do in life. At the moment I am striving towards film and cinematography, but you never know that could very well change. I definitely want to do something art related as a career.
Are you spiritual?  If so, how does your spirituality influence your art?
Not incredibly, but I do meditate. I find that centering myself makes it a lot easier to form and learn how to communicate ideas.  I meditate by crossing my legs and thinking about squares, there is a little more to it than that but I guess that is the best way to describe it. I have been doing it for a few years.
Are you involved in your art after its creation or do you leave it up to the observer/listener?
Often depends on the medium. With all my canvas work I never keep them, I usually give them away. I guess Instagram would count as being involved. My crew’s graffiti blog would count as well then. Always great to edit, share and collect comments on your work.
What is the point of what you do?
To enjoy expressing myself through my work, whilst challenging the possibilities of what I think I am capable of creating and showing a natural progression while doing it.
Why have you chosen this goal?
To make sure that I am pushing myself further and having fun doing it.
Are you achieving it?
I hope so.
What do you love the most?
My friends, family and skateboard.
What do you love the least?
Closing comments:
I am honored to have been a part of Insta-Gratest. I really enjoyed answering all of the questions especially the ones that I had never thought about before. Thanks for supporting art and its community. Keep up the good work.
Get inspired and go create.
More art and photography by my new friend can be found on Instagram, @Zeperhead, and on his crew’s Tumblr.  It was a pleasure working with such an engaging, polite, and excited artist.  Look out for a full-length profile in the future.


Introducing a new series from Sunny Styles – Insta-Greatests – featuring cool artists/photographers I find somewhere in Instagram. Eddie’s stylish symmetry and bold designs first caught my eye, but he is quite talented across several mediums. Find his work here and his Tumblr here.

SS: How are you today?

EJ: I’m having a pretty good day, running errands before I get to work on the Lake house design.

SS: Who are you and what do you do?

EJ: My name is Eduardo Juarez. I’m 19 years old currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’m a full-time student at the MATC Architectural program. An artist and a part-time photographer (not professional, just for fun).

SS: What do you think about art/artists? Are you one?

EJ: Art is amazing. I can’t imagine living life without [seeing] art daily. Artists/creative individuals are shaping the world as we know it; they inspire me to do greater things in life. I like to consider myself as one. Ever since I can remember, I loved art and design. [I’d] like to give thanks to my parents for letting me express myself and follow my dreams.

SS: Where do you find inspiration?

EJ: I like to take long walks and explore the streets, see the graffiti and street art surrounding me. I like to travel and see other parts of the country. I usually take my sketchbook with me just to note certain cool stuff throughout the way. I like listening to all sorts of music and discover new artists along the way. I usually go to tattoo shops or conventions and meet artists. I like [visiting] design blogs regularly to keep me up to date on who is doing what, etc. I get my inspiration in a lot of ways, which I find very enjoying.

SS: What are your fears?

EJ: I have [quite] a few. Most [have] to do with the fact that I’m scared of failure. I would hate to see how not only myself but how others would be affected if I fail in life.

SS: How do you visualize your future?

EJ: Working at an architectural firm, cranking out amazing designs for my clients, possibly even partnering and having the pleasure to work for myself. I think that would be a good life. Changing the planet one design at a time.

SS: Do you have anything else to say?

EJ: Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to do this, and I just want to give a big shout out to everyone that keeps art alive.