Purple Root Collective is a publication exploring the multi-faceted lives of inspirational and creative individuals in the Filipino community. Each issue is a collection of interviews, written pieces, art and first-hand experiences about and by the featured Muse, his or her colleagues, friends and loved ones. The Collective is powered, not only by the Muses featured in each issue, but by students of the Arts and of Life. As a whole, Purple Root Collective is a community of growth, creativity and possibilities.

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MUSE #1 – ALEKS FIGUEROA LAUNCHES TODAY!!!

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We are honored to have Aleks Figueroa, a well-known tribal tattoo artist at Dream Jungle Tattoo in Long Beach, the Bay Area and Beyond, talk story with us in our first issue here at Purple Root Collective. He was awesome enough to also have a few peeps from his circle of comrades share their insights and stories in this collection. Props and mahalos go to:

 
Jessica Hagedorn
Sean San Jose
Samnang Xen
Joshua Hernandez
Todd Morris
Todd Honma
Claudine del Rosario
 

And of course a 123487938247928 thanks to the team who’s worked so hard on our premiere issue!!! Much love to you all!

Preview the issue here and purchase the issue here:

Measurements: 8.5″x11″

Number pages: 88, full color

Orders are shipped out Thurs-Fri and Saturdays before 1pm




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GIVEAWAY EXTENDED!

Issue 1 Launch Announcement

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DREAM JUNGLE ARTIFACTS GIVEAWAY

EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 15!

 

Featuring Aleks Figueroa , Master Tattooist at Dream Jungle Tattoo in Long Beach. It’s been a long time coming and to commemorate this launch, we’re giving away a Dream Jungle Package to our Instagram and/or Facebook followers.

To enter: 1) Follow us on IG and FB 2) Like this image 3) Repost this image & instructions 4) For IG Hashtag #PRCAleks 5) For FB leave email in the comments section Winners will be chosen Dec. 15 @ 12am PST. PLEASE MAKE ACCOUNTS PUBLIC AT THAT TIME! Good luck!!

You can bypass the contest and straight to purchasing the issue here.

Check out Issue 1′s behind-the-scenes shenanigans here.

–Love’n’light, PRC

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PRC Issue 1 Dream Jungle GIVEAWAY!!!

Issue 1 Giveaway Contest

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PRC ISSUE 1 HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED!!!

Featuring Aleks Figueroa , Master Tattooist at Dream Jungle Tattoo in Long Beach. It’s been a long time coming and to commemorate this launch, we’re giving away a Dream Jungle Package to our Instagram and/or Facebook followers.

To enter: 1) Follow us on IG and FB 2) Like this image 3) Repost this image & instructions 4) For IG Hashtag #PRCAleks 5) For FB leave email in the comments section Winners will be chosen Dec. 1 @ 12am PST. PLEASE MAKE ACCOUNTS PUBLIC AT THAT TIME! Good luck!!

You can bypass the contest and straight to purchasing the issue here.

Check out Issue 1′s behind-the-scenes shenanigans here.

–Love’n'light, PRC

 

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Preview Muse #1 – Aleks Figueroa

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FINALLY! Muse #1 is on its way!!! Click on the image above to preview the first issue and look out for giveaways to launch its arrival!!!!

–Love’n'light, PRC





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Workin’ Woman Blues

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We’re back from the grave! Found a new love and her name is Valerie June. She has dreads like old-school Erykah, skills on the gitz like R.L. Burnside and a voice like no other. Her words roll off her tongue like an aged bottle of whiskey polishing the rails, and I know she gets me when I play this song as I trudge through the tedious nightmare that is publishing. But mark my words, it’ll be droppin’ like it’s hot… – love’n'light, Amee

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»¤« where sunshine spits bullets »¤«

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SpellGypsy_Cowgirl 2_February 14 2012

MotherEarthFatherSky_Bull Skulls_May 2013

Landscape

SailOnSilverGirl_Men Truck_June 2012

NeilKrug_Highway Signs_On the Road II

SpellFollowgram_Gas Pump_October 2012

RaptureMuses_Woman Banjo_October 2012

RaptureMuses_Guitars_February 2012

SailOnSilverGirl_Women Canyons Collage_December 2010

ThreeArrowsLeatherIG_Woman Bird_October 18 2012

SuninScorpio_Stove Oven_February 2012

DaughteroftheSun_Corn_June 10 2012

LusttforLife_Trading Post_December 31 2012

Iwansuwandy_Tinguian Women

SailonSilverGirl_Andy Warhol_July 2011

SailonSilverGirl_Long Branch Saloon_July 2012

NeilKrug_Woman Car Gun_Pulp Art Book V1

SpellTumblr_Horse Road_May 2012

SpellGypsy_Bull Skull Wall_December 28 2012

SailonSilverGirl_Woman_October 2011

PrismofThreads_Horse_December 31 2011

MotherEarthFatherSky_Free to Be_April 2013

SpellGypsy_Women Pickup_November 30 2012

EarthAge_Men_November 9 2011

SpellTumblr_Belt Fur Knife_August 2012

ThreeArrowsLeatherIG_Woman Bird_May 27 2012

SuninScorpio_Horse Stampede_February 2012

SpellTumblr_Hanging Laundry_August 2012

Outsapop_Woman Mountains_December 12 2012

Title: GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, THE ¥ Year: 1966 ¥ Dir: LEONE, SERGIO ¥ Ref: GOO018AA ¥ Credit: [ UNITED ARTISTS / THE KOBAL COLLECTION ]

ThreeArrowsLeatherIG_Truck Peace Flag_April 9 2012

TheSelby_Hitoshi Uchida_October 31 2011

SpellGypsy_Woman 2_February 14 2012

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 ”Gentleman by day

Philosopher by night

Pervert by choice

Rebel by fate”

 –  A Recovering Desert Madman

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The love affair with open roads and homes on the range continues. Them dusty roads keep calling. And with a rise in temperature, my wanderlust follows suit. It’s hard to stay focused when the heat is on. – Love’n'light, Amee

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some otherness shit…

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Of course we are intergalactic fans of Mizz EB here at Purple Root Collective, so I feel the need to re-post an excerpt from her interview of Kendrick Lamar in this month’s Interview Magazine. She is a rad interviewer, doesn’t pull any punches. I love her frank balls-to-the-walls attitude toward gender and how she badgers Lamar about sexual identity. Just own up, man! It’s all good. –Love’n'light, Amee

BADU: Because I have no memory of my past lives, I don’t know what it feels like to be a man. I think I would like to experience it, though. I mean, I’m happy that I am who I am, but being a woman in her forties ain’t no joke, man. I’m tellin’ you . . . This is some other-ness shit. There’s a hormone that gets released called “I don’t give a fuck”—it is heavy. [laughs] But I would love to experience being a guy. Would you ever let a girl paint your toenails, just for fun? 

LAMAR: Paint my toenails for fun? I don’t know—I’d have to be in that type of moment . . . But I don’t think so. [laughs] 

BADU: Even if she promised to take it off right afterwards? After she took a picture . . . 

LAMAR: After she took the picture? No. She’s gonna leak the picture. [laughs] 

BADU: Would you not do it because you’re afraid that it would give people the wrong idea about your sexuality? Or is it because you just don’t like those kinds of chemicals on your body? 

LAMAR: I don’t think it has anything to do with worrying about how anyone would think about my sexuality—I just couldn’t see it, you know? That’s just me. 

BADU: What if Jay-Z did it first? 

LAMAR: Well, if Jay-Z did it first . . . I still probably wouldn’t.

 
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I Dubb

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Itchin’ for some rootsy vibes. Wayne had this song on repeat at one point. I only wish there was a better video. Buuut…tiny club, intimate crowd, gettin’ down with New Zealand love –what better way than this?? It’s keepin’ it real! It reminds me of one night when we saw Lifted Roots covering a bunch of Katchafire tracks in a SF club with half the city crammed in there. We knew like, 50% of the audience. Plus the band. Hey! You guys stall jammin’ o’ wot? – Love’n'light, Amee

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DSCN4041_phixr(1) Psychedelic Mellow Shredder Mixtape COLLAGE_phixr

Clockwise from bottom L: Jimi Hendrix, Maggot Brain, Erykah Badu, Patti Smith, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Steve Miller Band

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Finally updating the Mixtape on the sidebar! If you’ve listened to it already, you can tell I had a hard time deciding if I was in a bluesy or psychedelic mood. Either way, all these songs put me sleep which is what I imagine would happen if I ended up getting stoned. Let me break it down:

  1. Born Under A Bad Sign” – I would be remiss to actually dub any sign of the zodiac as “bad” (as in bad), but when Jimi says so, then it’s probably bad as in good! It was actually a hip-hop track by DJ Erb that mixed Jurassic 5 and Jimi Hendrix that got me and Wayne hooked on the album this song originally came from, Blues. It’s just a matter of time before it finally drops in our lap and onto our record player. Interesting note: this song also got mah man thinking of taking up electric guitar. I think he fantasizes about chillin’ and getting lost in the moment as much as I do! Fantastic realization if I do say so myself.
  2. Incense” – I had to put in some R&B flavah, it’d be illegal not to. And Erykah is ridiculous at merging blues with funk and psychedelic. With a name like “Incense,” how could it not?
  3. Funkadelic” – if it’s possible, this song make me fall asleep faster than Jimi’s does, but in the best way possible.
  4. Kashmir” – this is by far probably one of my most favorite songs ever, it’s a classic, best of the best. I sail away on the best 8 minute trip of my life.
  5. Fever Dog” – I know I posted the vid for this not too long ago, but seriously. Best 8 minute trip continued by best fake rock band. Are you seeing a theme here?
  6. Dream On” – Aerosmith. Need I say more? It’s Crazy being seduced by more Crazy. And giant screaming lips. But he saves that for the end. *wink*
  7. Smells Like Teen Spirit” – No, it’s not Nirvana, the band, but when sung by Patti Smith, it could quite possibly be Nirvana, the state of eternal euphoria. Okay, not quite. It’s more like yodeling folk singer-slash-spoken word. But it’s okay, because it’s Patti. I read “Just Kids” not too long ago and found a heroine in her awkward brilliance.
  8. Fly Like An Eagle” – Only because I love the lyrics “I want to fly like an eagle/ To the sea/ Fly like an eagle/ Let my spirit carry me.” Words to live by.

Overall, stoner album, I’m not gonna lie. But no matter your poison (or lack thereof), rock on. We’ll see you in the vortex.

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…waking the flower child…

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It’s the season of Daisies! I injected a little bit of hippie love into the website’s sidebar in honor of all things peace, love and happiness. Gen owns this amazingly nostalgic tome called simply “Hippie,” which we’ve also referred to when putting together the first issue. It’s on my agenda to snag myself a copy! And I watched this crazy interesting documentary called “A Lion Called Christian” about these 2 dudes from London who decided to buy a lion cub together. I guess this was the swinging 60′s when humans and wildlife could peacefully coexist in the urban jungles of Europe. The film follows the duo’s journey as they raise a lion in the city, give him up to the wild and reunify with him some time later. So inspiring! Makes me wanna get down with my wild side, haha! Hope these recommendations inspire your free-lovin’ spirit today! –love’n'light, Amee

 

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»♦« desert sand dreaming »♦«

 

And her heart is full and hollow
Like a cactus tree
While she’s so busy being free
Like a cactus tree
Being free

 

“Cactus Tree,” Joni Mitchell

 

Purplegram, yo

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Instadump! Just a little love letter to my desert heart’s fantasies. Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego, Highland Park, San Gabriel Trails, Paris, and Ramona: all places where I’ve tried to capture some essence of desert love.

Peep us on Instagram at “purplerootcollective” for continued updates on PRC in chill mode. And for those who don’t have Instagram, we’re at: http://statigr.am/purplerootcollective. See you there…

– love’n'light, Amee

 
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