The gallery spot! by Justin Foster


Let me dust this off here. My bad. Hey, blog. How you doing?

So it’s been a long time (as usual) since I posted in this, and a lot has changed. I went to the Long Beach Grand Prix, this time with a photo pass and got some amazing photos. Some of those have been added to this portfolio. And now you can purchase them in print form from SmugMug following the links in the nav bar of this website now. Most importantly, I should probably mention that I’m in a gallery! I’ve got a half-wall space at The Artlands Gallery in Redlands, CA. There, you can find 4 metal prints and a selection of poster boards from the Grand Prix. I’m located right above my dad’s artwork, so it’s a little bit of a family affair. I’ll admit, race cars do seem a little out of place for an art gallery, but The Artlands is a cool spot trying new things. Check them out some time if you’re ever in Redlands.

That’s all. Catch you next year, blog.

5 Years of GoPro Videos by Justin Foster

Over the weekend, I posted this video up on YouTube, showcasing about 5 years of using a GoPro. Featuring Dragonboat racing, hiking with a husky, go-carting, and a ton of driving, these are some of the best clips I've taken with my little GoPro Hero3 and Hero Session. You can see this video in the portfolio section, as well as on my YouTube channel. Enjoy!

What's wrong with Long Beach's customer service!? by Justin Foster

I went to the Long Beach Grand Prix. It's almost beginning to become an annual thing for. I mean, I like cars, and motorsports, and road racing. And the Grand Prix has all of that. There are cars. There's several motorsports. And it's all raced on a road. And this year all that was good, except… 

Pretty good view of Turn 1, right? Nope. Can't watch from here.

Pretty good view of Turn 1, right? Nope. Can't watch from here.

The customer service. The shitty customer service. The shockingly bad customer service. And not just the restaurants. The whole shebang. All of it. Food, hotels, and especially the venue staff. Each one of them were rude, disrespectful, and absolutely unhelpful. 

From the ticket booths, which you'd think would have gone easily since all they do is scan the ticket you'd print at home (even that resulted in an argument) , to just walking around the track, those useless blue/yellow shirts seemed hellbent on ruining each race fans' weekend. And in my particular experience, they succeeded.

Nope. This is strictly disallowed.

Nope. This is strictly disallowed.

And that's why I'm so bummed out about it. You see, the race portion of the whole weekend was fine. It was the last ever Pro/Celebrity race, and that was filled with entertainment and perilous antics (a track worker was hit by one of the cars, but quickly bounced back up). You can thank race controls weird decision to not give the drivers a full course caution on that one. The IndyCar race actually had no full course yellows, which was an amazing testament to the drivers' skills. And there was motorsports drama to boot! But will I tell all my friends that when I remember this weekend? No.

Right up to Turn 9? Probably not.

Right up to Turn 9? Probably not.

No, I'll probably just bitch and complain about how terribly I was treated by the staff. And if this is still fresh in my memory next year, will I want to go back to the Grand Prix? Will other people? Probably not. And yes, this is a slippery road speculation, but that could spell disaster for the Long Beach Grand Prix in the future. If shit customer service is going to be a regular thing for Long Beach, then quiet possibly no one will want to go. Ticket sales will suffer. Sponsors will drop out. Then no more Grand Prix. And that's something I don't want to happen.

This wasn't a spectacular place to watch the race, but it was apparently also illegal.

This wasn't a spectacular place to watch the race, but it was apparently also illegal.

Anyways, here's a picture of my dad with a T-rex:

There. That put me in a better mood.

There. That put me in a better mood.

Foggy Vlog by Justin Foster

Hey! It's 2 guys and a Jeep time again!

So you'll notice that the audio in this video really sucks. Sorry about that... I'll invest in some quality audio devices when YouTube actually gives me money. Anyways, I'll still eat a ghost pepper if my GoFundMe makes $1,000. I'll also take suggestions for other challenges for different milestones. I'm thinking of doing "lighter" challenges for smaller milestones, like "do a sing-along" or something like that.

So that's that. Send me to racing school!

Go Speed Racer! by Justin Foster

Hey! Here's this blog I keep forgetting I have!

So about a month ago, I started a GoFundMe for something pretty ambitious. I'm going to racing school in March and need money for that. That's right, I'm switching from graphic design to motorsports. Read the GoFundMe description for the full story. Go check it out! I'm offering some incentives for donors like a bumper sticker and a limited edition t-shirt (which I haven't designed yet, but will soon!). So yeah! There's that. As to what that means for this portfolio site, uh… I think I'll keep it. Put up racing updates and personal things.

Design-wise, I'll probably stick the limited edition t-shirt design into the portfolio and some "conceptual" race car liveries I've made in video games like Forza Motorsport 6 (I think they look pretty awesome).

Donate to my racing school fund here!

The Blog That Never Updates... by Justin Foster

So I just update my personal website to embed this blog. This being the first time I’ve opened up Tumblr in a while, I realize I haven’t update this blog in almost 2 years. I guess now that it’s related to my website, I should update it more…

2012 LA Auto Show (Thoughts on it) by Justin Foster

This is kind of an annual thing I do. Mostly because I love cars and not for the reason the auto show exists, to sell cars to the masses. I’ve never (considering that I’ve been going to these since I was 13 years old) once thought to myself, “oh yes, this booth convinced me to buy this car as soon as I leave this convention center.” Simply put, I don’t have the money for that. I just go there to see/feel what car companies are doing these days.

Last year I tried filming the 2011 LA Auto Show with a Handy Cam. It didn’t work out. But I do remember most of what was there, and with that memory in mind had points of comparison. 2011’s auto show saw a very lackluster showing from Chevrolet, which was especially harsh because it was a company at the center of economic collapse and politics at the time. This year, however, not one company’s showroom was all that disappointing. In fact this year, it’d be hard to pick a winner. Chevy definitely improved, showing more cars, even including more Camaros for people to toy with. In 2011, I would’ve said Ford’s floor won the show, and this year was pretty much the same. But Chrysler, with all it’s “new” sub-brands (Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat, Jeep) was also pretty high on my enjoyable scale. I should point out that I am a Jeep owner and over the last year I really wanted a new Ford Mustang, so there is some bias there, but it was definitely a good overall showing from Chrysler, especially with SRT and Fiat. If I had to pick a loser of the bunch, Honda could’ve done better, but that’s not saying much. Some of their models on the floor seemed a little dated compared to the rest, but overall well done, Auto Industry. Looks like you’re going to be okay.

Honda had the unfortunate luck to park their concept vehicle next to this guy, the SRT Viper.

In 2011, a lot of car companies were pushing their sub-compact brands. It was the first time Fiat was at the LA Auto Show (at least since I’ve been there) with their new 500. At the time we (my dad and I) thought it’d be funny to cram the two of us 6-foot giants into the sub-compact’s back seat. Our legs and our heads didn’t fit, but what we didn’t realize at the time is there was comfortable room between our shoulders, and that’s why this year’s Fiat 500 showcase was all the more enjoyable. The shocker from 2011 was the Scion iQ, which we didn’t even bother getting in. Just from looking into the back, you could see the front seats, when fully extended, pushed into the excuse for a back seat, thereby eliminating all leg room. Sadly, this year the iQ did not improve. I tried to fit into the back seat, and that apparently got the attention of the rep, who tried to prove me wrong. Little did he know his height was lacking, and that even if he was comfortable in the front seat with a 6-foot male in the back, that 6-foot male’s father would have no place in that car with them. But I won that argument, when I said just get one of the other Scions if you’re really trying to cram into the back. So the sub-compact battle goes to the Fiat 500. Again.

This guy is enjoying the Abarth.

As far as favorites go, again I have to warn you with my bias towards Jeep and Ford. Jeep had a fully-customized Wrangler rig, with a huge lift, that they were taking pictures for everyone of. Everyone else had trouble climbing into that beast. Which even I understand, it was missing rock sliders or any kind of step into it. But I was able to mantle into the driver seat in one motion, without having to adjust the steering wheel or seat. I was the most comfortable in that car, simply because it was a car I’m attuned to. As far as sports cars, I again sat in a Shelby GT500 and was impressed. But for the most part, all but one car was comfortable. That car was the Cadillac CTS-V. And I thought that was strange. You see, it lacked some room in the back, and no matter how I adjusted the driver seat, it still had me arching my back into an awkward position. And that’s what’s strange. That car had the most leather out of all the cars I tried, and it was the most uncomfortable experience I had at the show. I didn’t get to try the ATS. Maybe I should’ve.

Me and my Shelby bias.

All things considered, it was a very enjoyable experience. The cars for the most part were great. The models out on the floor were great. I’d say this 2012 auto show shows the auto industry is back on top of it.

First post by Justin Foster

I started using Tumblr about a month ago and didn’t know what I was doing, or what to use it for. Then just today I started up my Tumblr blog. And I still don’t know what I’m doing or what to use this for. Either way, here’s my first blog entry, so that I may look back on in the future and laugh at my inability to form a decision based on blogging.

Oh, I’ve also been trying to figure out some way to get it to function with my personal website (you know, because I pay money for that one and would love an easy blog/wall posting app), but couldn’t find one. Doesn’t matter, all I need that site for is to look pretty. I’ll post my changing opinions about that here.