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So here are a few examples of my 15 year old face adorning the bodies of a few people out there in the world… Over the last few years, as tattoos have become apart of our generation’s way of expressing ourselves, I’ve been stopped a few times by people that recognize me to point out that someone they know has my face tattooed on their body.

How does that make me feel?

Well, being a person with tattoos myself, I know what each one means to me and how I spent many hours contemplating exactly what I wanted to be on my body for the rest of my life. So quite honestly, I’m flattered that a role I’ve played means so much to some people that choose to carry my mug around with them for the rest of their lives. I understand that character, that movie, means something to all the Lost Boys and Girls out there. With all that being said, it is a bit weird to see your own face on someone’s arm or leg or wherever… Of course you take in the fact that this is an artist’s rendition of how you look, or how I looked over 20 years ago… Rufio, in all his glory, red tri-hawks and all.

And then there’s the realization that I am officially a part of pop culture. Growing up, the tattoos I saw were Playboy bunnies and Mickey Mouse or actors like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining,” tattooed in indelible ink on some bad ass’s body letting the world know a little something about themselves, now here I am staring at my face etched into someone’s body… I don’t know what it all means, I’m not sure if it means anything at all, but I have to admit it’s kind of cool.

To some people I’m a hero… or anti-hero, but to all those who are rockin that Rufio tatt, we all know its BANGARANG!





End of Summer…

Posted: August 31, 2014 in Blog
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Every year after my birthday I always get that feeling, somber, almost melancholy feeling in the pit of my gut, like the weather is still warm, but the day slows down and as I walk around the town I reminded it’s the end of Summer. Makes me think of all the fun we had at the beach and the carefree days we spent doing… well, actually doing nothing and loving every moment.
Well, it’s been busy Summer this year, traveling around the country, even got to Australia (shout out to Melbourne, even though it was winter when I was down there) working, making appearances, speaking at colleges and even got to see my close friends get married, this year’s was a good one.
See, Summer is my favorite time of the year, born in the Summer and always been a Summer baby and as the Summer ends, I can’t lie and say that it doesn’t leave me with a little sadness.
But there is always things to look forward to, like the Fall, I mean, as sexy as Summer is, I’ve always thought of Fall as being romantic, so I say bring it on… Plus there’s football. Guess I’m just an optimist, always looking on the bright side, or maybe it’s my constant Summer State of mind… Hope you guys had a good one too.
Farewell Summer.


So this last month I gave myself a challenge to vlog everyday for the month of August. First, why did I do this? Well, lately I’ve been doing a lot of media online, collaborating with some great artist from the new digital world, the likes of KevJumba, AJ Rafael, the Elder Statesmen, Mike Capes from “Hacks of Life.” And this whole new world became open for me, recently signed up with Maker Studios and I’ve decided to stop dabbling in this new digital world and really jump in and start to create some new content for any and all out there watching…

Challenging myself to vlog for a month was scary. The Hollywood I grew up in valued their anonymity and exclusivity, the new world is a world of more openness and has a way of seeing celebrities as real three dimensional people instead of the deities that I grew up, the Michaels and Madonnas who were larger than life and even in death, seem to be beyond this world… And in the middle of my month of vlogging, one of the legends in my life happened to pass, it’s weird to have gone through that while doing this. RIP Robin.

More than anything, it reminded me of the journal I used to keep in my teens and twenties, a self scribed documentary of sorts that capsulized the world and the way I saw it at that very moment.

So thank you for all that watched, it will stand as a record of my August 2014. I’ve just spent a half hour going through some of the videos because I lost a pair of glasses and I was looking to see when the last time I wore them. (Tortoise Shell Ray Ban’s if you want to help) & please subscribe to my youtube channel, “thedantebasco” for new web series, poems & yes vlogs… not everyday, but at least every month, maybe every week!

Life At 30,000 Feet

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Blog
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So if you follow me on any of the social media, including this one, you can see (or read…however it goes) that I’ve been traveling a lot lately… Like a lot, a lot! I’ve been pretty much out of town (town for me is LA!) every week for the last few months. Look, I’ve traveled my fair share in life, but as of late, it’s been kinda ridiculous! I feel like a traveling salesman or like George Clooney in “Up in the Air.”
Anyhow, I’m on the plane alone for another 5 hour flight, instead of my regular travel to the East Coast, I happen to be flying west, Hawaii to be exact, Maui to be even more exact. Traveling for business as usual. Now flying as much as I have been lately, turns out that I’ve watched nearly every movie offered, at least the ones I have any interest in and I look around and have a few observations… First of which, if you travel this much, it’s kinda lonely in its own way. You spend all these hours in transit next to strangers, strangers whom you have to get used to their body scents and sometimes intense perfumes. Now sometimes I can fly first class or business, but many times, the people who fly me out don’t have that in the budget, so I’m not above flying in coach. Now in LA, we’re not accustomed to using public transit on the whole, so some rules I’m not quite sure. That awkward moment of when a piece of there body is resting or touching your body for a long period of time, like if they’re sleeping or unaware. Do you quickly move or remove their body from touching yours. Or do you simply leave it and roll with it. Furthermore, I prefer the window seat… Always the window seat. 1. I enjoy the view and being in pseudo in control of the light coming in and out of my aisle, but also, I think I have a much better handle on my bladder than most and thus can usually get through a whole 6 hour flight without having to get up and thus I don’t have to repeatedly have to get up for others to use the bathroom when I’m in the aisle.
Now, I say it’s lonely up here because ultimately you’re traveling alone. I look around the plane as we’re about to take off and everyone puts on their headphones, me included (I have the nice Bose earbuds that has noise cancellation as to insure an even more solitude trip) and people kind of zone out in their thoughts or books or video games or what not.
It’s funny how we all resort back to grade school again when the meal comes out. It’s always some substandard meal, compactly assembled in little compartments. All of us are like kids at a lunch break, huddled over our shitty little lunches, racing through the “food” to get to the desert (being a hawaii flight its chocolate covered macadamia nuts), great thing about being an adult is you can now have that accompanied with an alcoholic beverage of your choice, for some reason, when I’m on planes, I always like to have a Bloody Mary… why? I’m not sure, I rarely drink them in real life, but up here… It usually seems like a good idea.
Also, on this particular flight I opted for the row with access to the emergency exit, pretty much for the extra leg room and early access to the plane. Before we take off, the chipper stewardess gives me all the instructions incase of an emergency, emergency pretty much meaning we crash or have a crash landing, yet she’ll never say the word crash. Like everyone who sits in these seats, I nod, half listening to her… I follow her hands and actions to see the levers that need to be pulled in case of an “emergency.” This lady did give me some extra info you don’t usually get, like the door weighs like 60lbs. when you unhinge it and she wondered if I could handle that. Of course I nodded like any man and was like, “No problem…” So you know, in case of an emergency, I’m down to help get as many people to safety as possible, including myself, but you know pretty much try to get those thoughts out of my mind immediately, because if you think about all that too long while sitting on this plane, 30,000 feet in the air, you can go into a pretty dark place. I wonder how many people have sat in these emergency exit seats and then some emergency happened and they got totally shell shocked and couldn’t perform any of the duties they promised they would do…
Well, now I’m rambling… See I’m sitting in this emergency row with all my extra leg room and lucky enough to have no one sitting next to me, so I can really spread out, however, now there is definitely no chance for any conversation on this long bus ride in the sky. The movies are not an option for me. Being that we’re flying over the Pacific Ocean, there’s no wifi, so no mindless web surfing. I go back and forth from reading my book (still reading “Ready Player 1” and it’s awesome, but I have to put it down every half hour or so) and speaking of people sitting next to you, that whole Hollywood concept of a hot chick sitting next to you on your plane flights, it doesn’t happen to me much and I fly a lot… I wonder what the actual statistics of all that is.
So instead of all that… I’m talking to you guys. I’m writing this blog offline to be posted when I land. It reminds me I have to write more, mostly because I enjoy it… I mean, I think a lot about a lot of things, I talk a fair amount with a bunch of different people, but to sit and just write it out for one reason or another is enjoyable to me.
If you’re reading this, thank you for reading, maybe someday we’ll sit in seats next to each other on a plane and keep each other company while in transit.

Thoughts While Traveling… New York.

Posted: March 12, 2014 in Blog

So as I travel around this country… and this world, I always get this feeling, or have this thought… that I’m walking around some Hollywood set filled with extras and store fronts filled with props and what not of life going on. It’s always amazing for me to see a whole city of people… millions upon millions of people… who don’t give one second of thought about what’s going on in LA.
See, I’m from LA, and well, you may be from whatever city you’re from, but sometimes, being where we’re from, we sometimes get caught up that our city and our world, or just us, as individuals are the center of the universe… There’s nothing like traveling and getting lost in the sea of people, a new surrounding, landscape, not comfortable to you and witnessing people, literally not giving a shit about any of the happenings of where you call home.
Refreshing really… Sometimes I get caught up so much in what I’m trying to accomplish for myself and my family and friends, its great sometimes to just see some people in the middle of the night, laughing, in the lower East Side, Village, laughing, randomly dribbling a basketball somebody pulled out of someones trunk of the car and others exclaiming what they go to do next time they get on the court. Laughs and smiles… Wearing winter coats and scarves they actually need to use to keep warm, not just some accessory some Los Angelino, like myself would wear to accentuate an outfit, but an actual necessary article of clothing to protect them from the harsh wind that cuts through thin collars.
Traveling… Sometimes it’s good to be introspective and take stock of who you are and other times it’s good to get out of your space to see the world move and breathe on its own… at least it’s good for me.

So this is my first blog of the 2014 and I want to use this as a way to introduce you this new idea called “#the8th”. It’s really a simple idea I’ve been developing with a great group of Asian American artist as a way for us to help cultivate and spread the word of Asian media in America and help us create this genre.

I’ve become one of the leaders in the Asian American community as it pertains to the arts due to my body of work over the last 25 years in this industry and although I’ve been able to find success in the mainstream world… films and television. I would be remiss not to acknowledge the fact the amount of roles for Asians and even the kind of rules there are for Asian to play in “Hollywood” projects are for the most part minimal and sometimes not even desirable to play, in some cases, downright detrimental to the image of Asians and not very fair in depicting who we are.  

Now I don’t waste time investing in the conspiracy of some underground racist agenda, I’ve been around too long and understand that it’s all business and up to now, us as a community haven’t been in the business of cultivating our voices in the fabric of American pop culture. Even though we are one of the most affluent communities in America and thus some of the biggest consumers of mainstream media, we somehow assimilated so well, we lost our voice and became somewhat invisible when it comes to film and television. I instead choose do something about it… And along with a conglomerate of amazing artist from both the online/digital world and the traditional film making world, we came up with this simple idea.


The idea is basically to take over one day a month, the 8th of every month, to release and promote brand new Asian projects. As a group we plan to release a calendar of events to let people know what’s being released and what to look forward to in the upcoming months. I’m talking new movies every month, online and in theaters, new songs and videos released by recording artist, web series premiering episodes, authors releasing books. I’m talking about taking the 8th of the month as our opening weekend. My greatest hope is to galvanize the Asian American community and anyone interested in Asian media to seek out and purchase new media every month on the 8th. Now this is an open source project. The Hollywood production companies and YouTube stars supporting this and joining this calendar of events are really here to help promote the campaign of #the8th, but it’s really open to all artist around the world. So, the Chinese kid in Texas or Japanese girl in Portland can make a movie and by simply using #the8th to promote and release their film on the 8th of the month and us as a community tracking that hashtag, we can find the newest artist and freshest material.

The whole goal in this is for us, the Asian community to establish our own genre in media and tell our stories and cultivate our voice in America on our own terms.

I know it’s a big idea and it’s not going to happen overnight… but for it start, it has to start somewhere, I guess right here, right now is as good of place as any.

I urge you to repost this and pass it on… If you’re an artist, join in this idea and release new content for everyone on the 8th and hopefully we can start a movement!


checkout my YouTube for the We Own #the8th video!  



It’s Fall and I decided to write a new Fashion Sense Blog and today I’m talking about the “Pocket Knife.” I’m sure there are a bunch of you out there that are thinking, what exactly does pocket knives, or any knives for that matter, have to do with fashion! Well, as I am a guy, and I dedicate this part of my blog to “guy” fashion, the pocket knife is actually something that can fall in the realm of what we (or at least I) deem as fashion. First, as I’ve said before, as men’s fashion doesn’t have all the levels of what women fashion has, I tend to find myself always playing in the accessory world, it’s a place that we as guys can be more expressive of who we are. And like watches can be seen as functional jewelry to us, as can pocket knives be seen as functional accessories…

Now maybe it’s because I ride motorcycles and bicycles or just because I’m a boy! But I’ve always liked pocket knives and tools, I think it’s just in our DNA. It’s always great to know you have some tools with you just in case something goes down… even if it’s just having a handy bottle opener on you. (Truthfully, probably what I’ve use most with mine.)

Now the above pictures are some from my personnel collection, but let’s talk about brands. First and foremost, I love Leatherman. I grew up on television and movie sets and crew members who I would hang out with always had a Leatherman on their hip. They are kinda like the Swiss Army knives we all grew up with. I actually have grown fond of those again, recently. Swiss Army opened a store in the Beverly Center and I found myself in there a few times browsing to see what pocketable pieces of coolness they have to offer. They have a bunch of new things that cross into the tech world, like pocket knives with jump drives or mp3 players. But as far as a great tool, I still love my Leatherman.

What makes these knives fashionable is the fact that you can wear them. If you catch me around LA, I’ll almost always have a knife on me. I love the way it looks popping it’s head out my denim pocket, I use the Leatherman Skeletool. Or if I don’t want to roll with a full size knife, I’ll have my Leatherman Squirt hanging of my carabiner. Don’t sleep on the size of that mini Leatherman, a guy told me he hiked all the way to Canada and back with that being the only tool he brought with him and there wasn’t anything he encountered that the Squirt couldn’t handle.

So… that’s my take, I love them, an accessory that every guy should have, either on him or at least in the car. If you find a cool one, you can show it off by wearing it. But sooner or later, something is going to happen and you and the people you’re with, will be glad that you’re “that guy” who was carrying a pocket knife.

It's my party & I can COSPLAY if I want to!!!

If you’re in LA, you’re invited to my birthday this weekend! Come and rep your fandom!

So I haven’t posted a fashion blog in awhile but we’re in the middle of summer and I had to post this. Recently I fell in love with packable jacket, it the ideal hoodie or jacket for these summer months. I bought my first one this year at the Columbia store (shout out to Lori! thanks for hooking me up!) The great thing about jackets like this are they are light weight, all you really need for summer, as I’ve been traveling around in places like Tampa, a little rain may fall and they’re perfect for a light rain coat too. Now the other great thing is when you’re not using them it folds down into its one pocket! If you see me walking around LA, you’ll probably catch me with one of my jackets hooked on the carabiner on my hip, ready to come out when the times right. Just a little piece of cool, functional fashion…

Just a little fashion tip for the fellas…

from my vine…




Comic Con 2013

Posted: July 21, 2013 in Blog
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So I’m fresh back from my Comic Con experience this year and I just wanted to share some photos and thoughts for everyone that couldn’t make it this year. First and foremost, it was amazing, like every year, it’s just crazy! The amount of things going on and all the things to see, there is no possible way to see everything.

I came out early this year, Wednesday is preview night and the passes I get let us in to preview night. My friend Shihan, my partner in “Da Poetry Lounge,” is also a big toy collector and he got me hyped up to go getting exclusive toys only available at Comic Con. Now I don’t know anything about the whole “toy” game, but one thing about me is, I love learning new things and especially when people are knowledgable and passion about something, I’m totally fascinated by it. So, Shihan is telling me all about these exclusive toys and just like that… We’re off early to San Diego hit up Comic Con. Now, I do cons all over the country and different parts of the world actually and usually I’m there to do some panels, signings and “meet & greets” but this was totally different. This is the first time I got to really experience a con like this. I’m there early in the lines, just hanging out with every one, just geekin out… Finding out who likes what and why. I’d be hanging out for awhile and then the person next to me would be like, you look so familiar, they’d finally figure out who I wam and then we’d all have a mini photo shoot with others in line around me… Met some really cool people. You know, some people think that nerds are weird for geekin out over fandom stuff, but everyone geeks out over something. I mean, every sunday when all us guys are filled up in some sport bar screaming and cheering, what do you think we’re doing? Just geekin out over some NFL…

I love to just roll around the con and check out the sights, the displays are just amazing, really…

I did get to do an Avatar panel this year. (Shout out to Avatar Mom, thanks for throwing another great panel… like always, I wish we had more time) It was great to hang with Jack and Mae… Sifu Kisu was in the house as well as Dee Bradley. Also, after the panel we took a picture with all the great cosplayers.

Another great thing about Comic Con is being able to bump into friends and catching up… Actors and agents and directors and producers. Just fun seeing people outside of LA, grabbing a bite or drink and promising to make plans to hang more in the city…

I was lucky to connect with my boy, Mike Capes, who host stuff for “The Walking Dead,” online and I got to hang with that whole crew. I got talked into joining Mike on a run through the Zombie Apocalypse Escape, I was not ready for all that. I thought it was just going to be some haunted house of some sort, next thing I know, I have a camera strapped to my head, full on running through Pet Co. stadium chased by zombies, crawling over and under all kinds of traps and broken down cars and obstacles… Yo, it was crazy! I was in fully drenched in sweat breathing hard. It was pretty out of control…

I also got to do a quick hang out with some fans at a spot called Nerd HQ. A friend of mine, Steph, who use to intern for me, working this event. I wanted to see her and thought it was a cool place to meet. It was great to take a break from the madness and head to this off shoot of Comic Con that’s totally free to go to and was created by Zachary Levi (the actor who played “Chuck” on the show Chuck) Anyway, I was hanging with a handful of peeps (shout out to Mave for finding me first) We literally hung out, I bought a round of drinks and just got to know some new folks. I guess the people throwing the event found out I was there because a cute girl named Shekinah found me, she later told me, she throws the event and is Zach’s sister and that they were Rufio fans since they were young. I was whisked away to meet Zach. He was really cool and I told him how impressed I was to see what they created… Just another cool experience this year at the con.

Now another great part of Comic Con is the parties at night… I was lucky to be invited to a few. My highlight was watching Weezer perform at the Walking Dead party. The party was fun, very much in the Hollywood fashion… plenty of food, open bar, celebrities walking around… everything is free… Then great entertainment… Weezer! When they played my favorites, “Beverly Hills” and “Island In the Sun” I was elated.

So now as I’m writing this… I’m still exhausted from the last few days but tickled by all the fun we had… See you next year, Comic Con…