Friday, June 19, 2009

Exotica Pics

I was finally able to get clear pictures of Exotica Mas Band which launched last Friday. As I said before, this band does not skimp on beads, stones or feathers. I personally think that some of the colors are repetitive, which confused me in the beginning. Now that someone on another website (**Vincy –Soca-Diva**), explained the different sections I have a better understanding of some of the costumes and what they are depicting. Some of the costumes would have looked better without the gloves or the feathers on the arm or leg pieces. Sometimes less is more.

Overall, there are some very intricate and creative designs in this band, some which may have never been seen before (like actual cards used on a costume).There’s always a costume out there for someone; what I might not like someone else might love. Congrats to this new band. I wish them the best of luck!

My fav out of the bunch is still Taj Mahal ( I loved those foot pieces in Kiskadee and I love them in this costume also.)

Deck of Cards


Sin City


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

With or without?

Anyone that knows me, knows that I always try to satisfy all of my masqueraders. Which can sometimes become an impossible task. This can be a good or bad thing, but I can't change who I am. I do this because I love and respect my culture, this is my passion. It is not solely based on money, so I will always cater to my customers.

With that said, I was told that some preferred the costume without the cape. What's your take?

Which one do you prefer?
With the cape.
Without the cape.
Depends on the person. free polls

Monday, June 15, 2009

NY Update

NY Bands are launching like crazy, with GEM PRODUCTIONS first out of the gate right after Trinidad carnival. First impression of this band was not good, but after a couple of months and a few revamps, things are looking okay for them. Wasn't "Tiger Eye” Jason Benn's section? So why am I seeing flyer's promoting him having a section in Sesame Flyers ? Hmmmmmmmm.

Anyways, next out of the gate was NY newest all- inclusive band RAMAJAY which lifted the bar on NY mas. As most of the sections were designed and produced by NY costume designers, I am proud to be apart of this band. We are bringing back mas to Eastern Parkway. People complained time and time again about NY mas not being up to par, well that has changed.

Following behind was another new band EXOTICA, this band has already caused quite a stir when they recently displayed their costumes on a morning news show. I guess even bad publicity is still good when people know the name of your band, and is interested in seeing what you have to offer. This band does not skimp of beads and feathers; I will reserve my comment until I see the costume up close or professional pics.

This weekend we have 3 bands launching and I will try to make it to all three. On Saturday KARMA (another new band) will launch their presentation "Celebrations", along with my company's band 1199 and they present "Meso Americans". (Yes, my employer has their own Carnival Band). This Sunday HAWKS INTERNATIONAL will present “Neptune Cries", I designed a couple of pieces in this band.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Savage Unleashed

Here are a few pictures of the newest section in Ramajay "Savage".

After seeing the feather arm pieces in Caged Canary and ANTM (America's Next Top Model) Finale this year, I decided that I wanted to design a costume with feathered arm pieces. So far a lot of people loves the illusion of wearing a large costume and still feel free to get on wassy on the road for carnival.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

D' Amazons

Here's a few pics of my section D' Amazons from Ramajay's Band Launch on Sunday.

I also Designed this costume for Team GB along with Harry Designs. This is a Teen only section.

*To view photos of all 11 sections from band launch please go to

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