Category Archives: pop culture

checking out art in the streets. imagining life as a street artist.

i get to keep some pretty cool company in my job at as your pop vp, and it’s my job to keep you in the know on up and coming pop culture events before they get all mainstream.

in los angeles, graffiti and street artists are getting their moment in the sun with a new exhibit. big names like shepard fairey, banksy and keith haring, as well as lesser known artists, get their chance in the spotlight through art in the streets at the geffen contemporary at moca. it is the first major historical exhibition to focus on street art by an american museum.

if you happen to be in la before august 8th, it is a must-see. as i went through the exhibit, i was struck by how everyone was encouraged to participate, whether sitting in on an impromptu jam session on the resident drum kit or letting your own creative juices run wild in the levi’s film lab. a full service, free space where you can create masterpieces in slow motion, stop motion, or with green screen effects, complete with full editing suites and a friendly, knowledgeable staff to help bring your visions to reality. did i mention that it’s free? super cool.

street art has been an influential part of popular culture for the past 40 years, and art in the streets definitely gives the artists their props.

if you’re not swinging through la before the exhibit closes, check out a quick video i took while i was there:

bruno mars tells all….

if you haven’t heard by now, popchips is on the road with bruno mars! (seriously, where have you been?)

one of the perks of rolling vice presidential/mars-style is that we scored an exclusive backstage interview to ask bruno the burning questions his fans wanna know…and he gave up the goods. like what body part he refers to as “the whomp and stomp”. wanna see a grown woman blush? he is one charming hooligan, but don’t just take my word for it…

so get on it! like www.facebook.com/popchips and you and your own band of hooligans could be rolling vip style to bruno’s show in vegas!!! good luck! go you!

it’s okay to feel like you are doing it wrong

pop culture mvp moms

usually when women look like they have it all — blazing hot career, husband, kids, money, great hair and shoes — you wanna hate them just a little bit.  but not tina fey.  no way.  she’s not writing cookbooks about vegan pizza-making.  in bossypants, she’s writing about everything that makes us love her.  star wars figures.  being an “achievement-oriented, obedient, drug-free, virgin adult.”  prayers that her daughter is  “…beautiful but not damaged, for it’s the damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the beauty.”

she’s a girls’ girl, a mom’s mom, who freely admits to feeling like she sucks at motherhood.  swoon.  we salute Tina for her many jobs making us laugh, all while incubating her second baby.  there’s a saying: “dying is easy. comedy is hard”.  true words, probably written by a man, because any mom knows that pregnancy/childbirth/motherhood can at times make comedy and death look like a cakewalk.  so big props to Tina, for creating some of our favorite pop culture gems, being her own boss, and a soon-to-be mother of 2.

pop mom mvp:  soleil moon frye

pop culture icon of the 80’s show Punky Brewster, mom of two, author, and entrepreneur. with moonfrye.com, she has harnessed the power of social media, giving moms a community to connect and share their messy truths.  recently named Target’s mommy ambassador, this hard-working mom has a book coming out soon, is incredibly down to earth and easily shares her own parenting follies; like how her kids take sharpies to the walls, or how her daughter wants to be a “hot tinkerbell” when she grows up,  or even her favorite indulgence…

what I love about these two moms is that as they appear to “have it all”, they don’t have an ounce of pretension.  they freely admit that it ain’t pretty and that they don’t get a lot of sleep.  they feel like they could be your best friends. they inspire us with their truth and humor and are living proof that being a mom doesn’t mean you have to stop kicking pop culture ass.

so tina, soleil, I’d like to invite you to a playdate at my house, bring the kids, and I’ll bring the popchips.

happy mothers’ day everyone!

we’re with the band

popchips has fallen under the spell of bruno mars. we’re over the moon and proud to announce that popchips will be hitting the road with bruno and crew, as part of his hooligans in wondaland tour. we’re with bruno snacking and stopping across the country making sure his fans have an all-access pass to popchips!

if you can’t make it to a live show (see tour stops below) we got you covered. like we said, we’re with the band- popchips will be tweeting from the tour bus, capturing exclusive video footage from the tour, and giving away epic prizes; the macdaddy prize – wing out to vegas, meet bruno, get the vip treatment and see him live at the palms on june 16 – and, of course, a year’s supply of popchips. you can win by “like”ing our facebook page. get your friends to be our friends so we can be friends – the more that enter the bigger your gang of hooligans in vegas baby!

running away with the hooligans…for a day

bruno mars is the real deal.

bruno mars is teaming up with popchips for his summer tour, and as your vp of pop culture, it’s my job to bring you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at life on mars. first up, i had the honor of seeing his new hooligans in wondaland show — a top secret closed rehearsal.

i can sum up the concert in one word: goosebumps. because bruno’s talent is unreal. not only does he write, produce, sing, dance, and play multiple instruments, he also drives the creative vision of his show; overseeing everything from lighting, to set design, wardrobe and (of course) the snacks.

in our interview, i didn’t just ask him the same questions that he’s heard a million times, because i wanted everyone to get a different view of his tastes and what makes him tick. i can’t wait for you to see our interview because he has a great sense of humor. he is insightful, down to earth and incredibly passionate about music.

i spoke with the hooligans (his band) as well, a highlight of which was the soft-spoken guitar player kenji who told me how happy he was that popchips contain no msg. the vibe of the whole band is mega-relaxed, talented and fun.

which makes me want to run away with the hooligan circus. heads up: there’s some big news coming soon about popchips’ collaboration with bruno mars. so stay tuned and follow @popvp for the latest.

i’m calling it now: after you see the hooligans in wondaland show and our exclusive interview video, and as bruno continues to catapult his career, i won’t be the only one saying that bruno could give the king of pop a run for his money…

in the meantime, i’m just gonna chill in my snuggie and be grateful that pop music has new royalty on the horizon…

my first meeting as vp of pop culture

got plaid?

did i ever think i’d have a revelation about pop culture while sitting under a grizzly bear’s junk? uh, that would be no. however…

after brief introductions, i took a seat under a giant bear painting in ashton’s office and then he asked me, “so, what is pop culture? what makes something pop?” whoa, hey guess we’re skipping the whole “where you from?” small talk and getting right to it. trying not to sound super-lame i aimed for something simultaneously witty, casual and insightful. failed. his energy was intense, even intimidating, as he spoke with passion about taking a stand in pop culture.

i had never analyzed what makes something pop, or what draws the public’s attention, i’ve focused on what i’ve needed to do to get and keep a job. small thinking predicated on necessity, but here was ashton kutcher asking me: “what are you passionate about?” and “what is it that you want to say?” whoa. a direct challenge to dream bigger, just like the sign outside his front door. this is the job.

he explained that he doesn’t want reporting on pop culture, but that he and popchips are interested in making pop culture. looking at it differently than what we’ve already seen. dude. that’s a real tall order. sweet. this year is going to be an adventure.

so, off we go…into the exploration of what pop culture is, and i’m happy to invite you along…just as soon as i get out from under this grizzly bear’s junk.