BBALL JUNKIES is hosting a one day exhibition showcasing the work of long time friend and toy photographer, Jax Navarro (aka @plasticaction). The event was put together to help raise funds for Hoops4Hope to support one of their events in Zimbabwe called “How is it Made?”. This event brings in different artists, business people, and basketball together at one of their courts to help inspire the children to think about their careers, and hear from those in their community who are working hard to sustain their families.

There are many opportunities to help Hoops4Hope during our event, here are some ways: Hoops4Hope Charity Raffle, BBJ x PlasticAction special collaboration t-shirt, or H4H Donation Link:

  • Hoops4Hope Charity Raffle – $15 each raffle (Buy 2 raffle tickets get 1 free) Note: Winners eligible to win only one of the prize packages:
    • 1st Place Raffle ($800 value) – Your Choice: 24×36 ChewMamba Acrylic Piece -or- 24×30 Thor Hammer Dunk Acrylic Piece / $100 BBJ Gift Card (Store Credit) / Protein Lab Merchandise
    • 2nd Place Raffle ($550 value) – Toy Photography Start-Up Kit including Diorama handcrafted by artist Roger Gaytan (@notorious_collector) / Bag of Action Figures / Joby 5K GorillaPod
    • 3rd Place Raffle ($100 value) – 8×10 Framed PlasticBallerz Piece / $50 BBJ Gift Card (Store Credit) / Protein Lab Merchandise
    • 4th Place Raffle ($80 value) – 8×10 Framed PlasticBallerz Piece / $25 BBJ Gift Card (Store Credit) / Protein Lab Merchandise
  • BBJ x PlasticAction Collaboration T-shirt – Limited Edition
    • “No-Wook Pass” T-shirt in Black (Adult Sizes: SM-2XL only) $35 – [click here]
  • Hoops4Hope Donation Link
    • Can’t make the event but would like to donate to the organization – [click here]

About Jax Navarro (@plasticaction):
Allen “Jax” Navarro is a Filipino-American photographer, self taught and based out of Valencia, California. Jax’s passion for photography began in 2012 with his dog and a mobile phone camera. His dog photography work has been featured in several books published in 2016 and in online publications such as Huffington Post, AdWeek, and Instagram’s Blog. Jax has also done freelance work for companies like Purina, Squarespace and Columbia Pictures. In 2016, Jax discovered the small world of Toy Photography where his passions quickly shifted from dogs to storytelling with toys. His work has been featured at San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, and Toy Fair New York, along with online publications from Marvel, ESPN, Nerdist, Gizmodo, Yahoo, and Entertainment Weekly. He is known for his PlasticBallerz series, where Jax creates pieces centered around the game of basketball. He is inspired through comedy, film, and pop culture, but ultimately credits his wife, Lora, for his success and passion for photography. For more info on Jax Navarro’s work, visit plasticactionjax.com.

About Hoops4Hope (@hoops4hopeglobal):
Hoops 4 Hope (H4H) is a non-profit organization that has been operating for the last 23 years in underserved communities throughout Zimbabwe and South Africa. Beginning in Zimbabwe in 1995, our organization committed itself to improving the lives of youth, ages 6 – 16, and their communities through the power of sport. Over time, H4H has expanded its influence to work in seven countries around the world, including South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lithuania, Canada, and the United States. Now, our programming directly reaches 10,000 children a year in more than 70 schools across Africa.

Using sport as our platform, Hoops4Hope is dedicated to giving children and young adults the tools needed to face the many challenges of growing up in disadvantaged communities. By training and empowering young leaders to work in their own communities, H4H programs provide the opportunity for kids to reach their full potential in a safe learning environment. H4H collaborates with other organizations to learn and share best practices with other cultures across the world. For more info visit: www.hoopsafrica.org / vimeo.com/hoops4hope

Contributors:
The Earl (@thespearl) – Music (All Vinyl Set)
Protein Lab at The Source (@thelab_bp) – Raffle Prizes & Acai Bowls
Roger Gaytan (@notorious_collector) – Raffle Prize
Rob Carlos(@_robcarlos) – Installation Support

Location: BBALL JUNKIES
Address: 3482 E Orangethorpe Ave Anaheim, California 92806
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 4PM-9PM
Music / Food & Refreshments / Acai Bowls by Protein Lab


I wrote a post on Instagram that read: I’m really excited to be able to support what my brother @iammikeswift is doing back in our homeland. What’s even awesome is being able to partner up with @projectbackboard to help support this and other future projects together. But the best part about all of this is being able to give back to a community in Ternate, Cavite where both my parents are from. A place they call home and a place that means so much to my entire family. This right here is what it’s all about. While this project was put together in a short timeline, it all happened because of one goal…to give back and inspire along the way. Check out the video showing the collaboration between @pinoyhoops x @projectbackboard x @bballjunkies!


From now until the end of 2017, we will continue to showcase Tim Kerr’s artwork at our shop. The basketball inspired collection was unveiled during our 10-year anniversary celebration and grand re-opening of the BBJ Locker Room. So for a limited time, all original artwork is now available for purchase on our website and in-store. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to purchase one…or two. If you would like to see the installation in person, head over to the BBJ Locker Room (3482 E. Orangethorpe Avenue Anaheim, CA 92806).

About Tim Kerr (@movetk):
Tim Kerr is an American musician, visual artist, and photographer based out of Austin, Texas. He earned a degree in painting and photography at the University of Texas in Austin and studied the latter with Garry Winogrand. Tim was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant while at UT. Kerr is a member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame. Some of Tim’s art from his early music years is now in books depicting that period. Tim’s art is included on album covers, posters, skateboard graphics, and advertisements. A book devoted to Tim’s art has been reissued through Monofonus Press. Tim now shows his artwork in the US and abroad from galleries in New York, London, Germany, Japan, Nashville, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He was honored to have been selceted as the first artist for the Arlington Transit’s Art On The Bus program in 2010. In the summer of 2015, TIm had a solo show at the Rosa Parks Museum. For more information on Tim Kerr, head over to www.timkerr.net.


BBALL JUNKIES is partnering up with Hoops4Hope for a one day exhibition called “Post Up: Basketball Photography Edition 1”. We’re showcasing photos from NBA, NCAA, Street, Playground, and Abstract works from 26 professional photographers from all over the world. There will be an opportunity to purchase framed photographs with proceeds going to Hoops4Hope. Also featured are Limited Edition T-shirts designed by Tim Kerr to commemorate this event with proceeds going to Hoops4Hope.

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I wanted to give a special shout out to our friend Tim Kerr (@movetk), whose artwork was commissioned by Nike for a new commercial starring the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Kevin Durant (@easymoneysniper). You can see his illustrations wheat pasted onto the side of a building of famous ABA basketball stars Connie Hawkins, David Thompson, Spencer Haywood, Artis Gilmore, and George Gervin. In case you missed it, check out the video below at the 0:06 mark (Don’t blink – it’s right at the beginning).  Here’s a link to Tim’s website to check out his bio: www.timkerr.net.  Great job, Tim!