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The website of Linda Domingo: writer, editor, adventurer, storyteller, lover of good food and other cool things. Hope you find something that intrigues you here.

Tuesday Tunes

Capital Cities played as the sun went down on Sunday—one of the most enjoyable sets of the weekend. I’ll be the first to admit that “Safe and Sound” is my least favorite Capital Cities song, simply because it makes me think of too much fist pumping. But when in Rome (or at Coachella) … Here’s something different, though.

Capital Cities – “Nothing Compares 2 U” (originally performed by Sinead O’Connor)

I’m also mildly obsessed with the idea of picking up the trumpet again after seeing both Capital Cities and Rudimental live. All about that brass. Should I leave an apology note to my upstairs neighbor ahead of time?

Tuesday Tunes

Oh geez, it’s Tuesday! And I haven’t done this in a while. I know this album is old-ish and I posted “The Fall” a long time ago. But whatevs. I saw Rhye live this past weekend and wow. Simply blown away—I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. And Milosh was there to welcome me at the pearly gates.

Rhye – “Last Dance”

Coachella this weekend, and if I’m lucky, I’ll return 10x darker than I am currently.

On Mediums.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the processes of creativity lately. One thing I have to constantly remind myself of is to continue looking outside of magazines, newspapers and even the internet—outside of writing completely sometimes—out of fear that I may become stuck. As inspirational as it is to see others in your field doing amazing work and as important as it is to know what’s de rigueur, it’s so easy to get trapped in the realm of possibility, or what you believe to be possible, in your medium. Since I work primarily in magazines, it just blows my mind when a publication does something I’ve never seen before, or something completely out of the editorial norm. And I think the way to get there is to keep your mind malleable, flexible, elastic—through continuously consuming art of all types, whether it be film, sculpture, graphic design, music, etc., etc., etc.

I finally got the chance to see the James Turrell exhibition at LACMA (“James Turrell: A Retrospective”) this past weekend and even though his work would normally have nothing to do with mine, I felt so energized by it. I’ve read a bit about the Light and Space movement but I didn’t really understand it until I experienced it in person. Without getting too analytical about each piece, what fascinated me was the idea that Turrell and other artists that are a part of this movement manipulate light—something that’s seemingly intangible—to create sculptures and reinvent spaces, completely changing viewers’ perceptions of possibility. We should keep striving for that in our creative work, to evolve it in such a way that we continuously push boundaries outward, in all directions.

Of course, the harder we push, the more at risk we are of embarrassing ourselves, upsetting people or falling completely flat on our faces. And I’ve only recently learned to accept that these instances are inevitable. But if no one ever objects to anything you do, if no one ever laughs at you for doing it, it means you aren’t doing anything new. Let’s keep striving to go farther.

Off the Record

Everybody says they want to be a travel writer. What they really mean is they want to travel.

—From a conversation Feb. 13

Pow Wow Hawaii

I’ve honestly been feeling a little uninspired lately, so this trip to Oahu came at just the right time. Jasper Wong and the rest of the Pow Wow Hawaii team are helping to literally transform Honolulu’s cityscape by inviting artists from all over the world to beautify the walls of businesses, specifically in the Kakaako and downtown areas. It’s really amazing what a little paint and a lot of creativity can do.


Painted by Wonderlust and Rone of Everfresh Studios, Melbourne, for Pow Wow 2013, but it remains a great highlight in the neighborhood.

Seth Globepainter – this was a really awesome, colorful wall once completed. Here for the finished product.

James Jean


Ckaweeks and Beak



Buff Monster and Nychos

Remio and DmoteIMGP5724



Two paintings above – I can’t identify. Someone help!


Painting of girl in the foreground by the beautiful Remi Mead. Here for the finished product.


Jesse Velasquez (left). I don’t know who the guy on the right is, sorry! I didn’t want to bother him.



IMGP5747Caught Danny King at work on this gorgeous piece. Super nice guy.



Axis (left), Defer (center), Alina Kawaii x Zhi Hao Situ (right)

Andrew Schoultz


Kamea Hadar and Rone (left, another painting from 2013), Reach (right, from 2014)




Section of the facade painted by Gaia, Prime and Solomon Enos


Cope2, Indie 184, Buff Monster and 123Klan


Meggs and Bask

This is just Pow Wow Operations Director Jeff Gress’ dog, but she was so adorable and sweet I had to share. 


Nychos on the wall of Lana Lane Studios, also painted in 2013, but wow. (It’s a skinned cat.)


Lady Aiko


The building’s facade was painted by Katch in 2013, so dope to see it in person. Know Hope painting below, near the stairs/doorway.

No idea whose work this is, I just stumbled across it in an alley in Kakaako. Help?



Justin Park (flannel shirt) painting at the Honolulu Night Market


Vhils – wow, this was amazing. It’s a crappy photo, but this piece was actually engraved onto the building.


Dabs, Myla and Misery


Gaia, Prime and Solomon Enos

More Hawaii still to come.



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