Los Angeles Times


Hooked on ‘Rent’

LOS ANGELES TIMES

November 7, 2002

By James Verini

“Seasons of Love.” “Another Day.” “One Song Glory.” “Take Me or Leave Me.”

To most people, these are just a series of sentence fragments, or possibly the names of Elton John’s cats. But to a young woman named Kimi Sasaki, and to a cadre of devoted musical fans like her, these are the passwords to bliss. They are gospel.
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More than skin deep; Rappers covet Mister Cartoon’s tattoos

LOS ANGELES TIMES

October 17, 2002

By James Verini

At almost 9 on a recent Saturday night, the normally placid face of Mister Cartoon, tattoo artist, was showing signs of impatience. He’d been waiting all evening in his studio, on the edge of this gritty warehouse district behind Staples Center, for the arrival of a young rapper named Fate-Al, who was stuck somewhere between Las Vegas and downtown L.A.
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