From The Fashionunderground

Subversion, liberation or sinking into a mass of black and grey. Kiss The FROG and the Eight Limbs of Yoga, a Manifest of sorts



It’s only rock’n roll print on long sleeve, worn printing


We always make a statement when we dress, consciously or or not. Do we want to show ourselves, state what tribe we belong to, dressed for success or not to wanting to be seen, sinking into a mass of I don’t have time, money or I don’t care at all. As the inside so the outside, everything is an expression of our relationship to ourselves just as much as our relationship to everyone else. As long as one woman is not treated equally, can’t get an education or is sexually harassed or mutilated, WE ARE FEMINISTS.


It takes courage to be just a bit stylish or to fully state: look at me, here I am, I am taking care about what I express. How you dress can be a great conversation starter, it can indeed attract people to you. Here I am, I am irresistibly charming. You can express your individuality or you can show that you are part of a tribe.

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Angie Weihs in custom Rebelle denim jacket and coffe mug

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…and her custom Rebelle jeans

No matter what, there are fewer and fewer places where we can run around freely in the buff, so most of the time we have to throw on something or we can dress with consciousness going for high vibes. All new things come from the street up, from the fashion underground, which we are. We like to express the JOY in our lives, and to create more joy.

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JOY T The name of the model is Joy and that’s the truth


” Counter-cultural fashion has been marked by its ability to uncover taboo practices and mess with normative gender or class coding, in a sense bringing taboo practices like sad-masochism and explicit nudity, or the infusion of working class designs, to the surface of clothing.” Gil Allison, ‘Deconstruction Fashion: the making of unfinished, decomposing and re-assembled clothes’, Fashion Theory (March 1998) vol.1,p.33.

Draw your brakes


And yes, we love to dance and take it with the writer and anarchist Emma Goodman, if the revolution doesn’t make me dance, I want no part of it:


Painting on leather is quite exciting. Painting on black is backward of sorts. You want to keep the original black of the jacket, and you are painting on skin, although dead.


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3 x oil on leather. Contemporary Museum 2009/10

My background as a punk and rock’n roll musician, manager of the legendary rock’n roll clothing store Trash & Vaudeville, combined with a masters in fine arts, a strong printmaking practice and living in Hawaii, allows me to pull from all these different fields and be a driver of the ever changing fashion underground.

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Red denim jacket, green denim jeans

Influenced by punk, rock’n roll, yoga, meditation, living in Hawaii, these irreverent and experimental pieces of wearable art will sure catch your eyes and those of many.

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Kiss The Frog is a special feature of our current collection, that demonstrates how we transform traditional thinking and connect to our collective psyche through the study of mythology, meditation, art and music. The frog, the princess, or the prince and the frog, there are many different versions around, it doesn’t matter.  What it stands for from our point of view, is that we are all on a quest for true love, or unconditional love, the state of the cosmos and who we truly are, when we are connected. Yet, we all have a dark side. In many versions of the tale the princess or the frog have done something or are doing something bad and are looking for redemption.

The fairy tale makes us believe that we are dealing with different persons, that one liberates the other. That is not the full truth. We are all one and the same and only through facing our demons, when we Kiss The Frog, can we be free. That is the true meaning and it is the intend of this art/fashionunderground, complete internal freedom and nothing less.

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Kiss The Frog print on inside of denim jeans


The Kiss The Frog block is printed upside down inside one of the legs of every one of our denim jeans that we are working on. If you wear the pants and feel like pulling up a leg, Kiss The Frog  is visible for all to see right side up. It is a secret code, a commitment that we are in acceptance of our dark sides, that we shine a light on it, that we are indeed facing our demons.

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Lady Day, oil on black motorcycle jacket, Model Suzanne Pridoehl

Some art prints can be turned into t-shirts. Here is an example. The original photo for the pair of “Celebrating Olena” W & K, was taken at exactly the spot where the photo of the t-shirt took place. As with every piece we produced so far this is one of a kind, but we consider a run, for which we need investors. This truly is the fashion underground. For more on the original print.

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“Celebrating Olena W,” model Jessica Talbot

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the author in Olena dyed shirt with ‘Celebrating Olena’ print and denim jeans.

A billion $ industry, there is still lots of confusion about Yoga. The West has come to associate asanas, the exercise part of yoga for yoga itself. It is just one of 8 legs of classical yoga as set forth in Patanjali’s philosophy of yoga. They are:

  1. yama, our attitudes towards our environment.
  2. niyama, our attitudes toward ourselves.
  3. asana, the practice of body exercises
  4. pranayama, the practice of breathing exercises.
  5. pratyahara, the restraint of our senses.
  6. dharana, the ability to direct our minds.
  7. dhyana, the ability to develop interactions with what we seek to understand.
  8. samadhi, complete integration with the object to be understood.

The 8 limbs move from the external to more and more refined states of introspection. There is no prescribed sequence, no set rules for practice, yet it is clear that yoga is more interested in our ability to turn inward, which is achieved through a practice of meditation towards which basically legs 4-8 point. But everybody has to find their own path. To clarify, we took a pair of Levi’s 501s, with button fly to show you the 8 limbs of yoga on denim. And just in case you like to learn more, here is my article: Pranayama is the Bomb.

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8 limbs of yoga at the spot where I practice


When we create we are connected, we experience joy, there is no hierarchy. We are feminists and we encourage equality of all genders, fluid, we are inspired by the so called mentally afflicted, by their unique insights that inspires us to learn from them. We believe that a society that that doesn’t care of their weak, has much to improve. Yes, we believe in art, music and dance, and justice for all.


……. and laughter from the depth of our soul that make our bellies shake, rattle and roll.

Na’ilima M Ahuna in block printed dress

Ok, so what do we want from you? Collaborators, interns, models, apprentices, advice, investors, artists, social media experts, computer – web skills, photographers and friends of course.

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Block printed silk



Mo’o, In Celebration of the Hawaiian Lizard Goddess

“We are all Goddess in drag,” Ram Dass

A contribution to the male gaze discourse, mythology, and art from a personal perspective of love.

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A postcard I made to hand out in the upcoming gallery show for people who are interested in the whole story and the genesis of the painting. 100 postcards, 5″ x 7″, dieter runge, 2017

… and I am still on that journey.

In August 2016 a woman suddenly stepped into my life in Kailua beach park after I came off a kitesurfing session. We recognized that we had known each other 20 years ago. Over the next 6 month we fell in love cooking, gardening, making art, playing and practicing yoga together. Knowing that this would be an almost impossible love by all  standards we allowed it to happen in the awareness that we shared a spiritual path, which created a strong bond. Our relationship led me to experience bliss that I did not expected to experience at this time in my life and I loved the difficult moments just as much as the sweet ones. Every time we had a challenging situation we were able to talk and cry and felt that we came out the other end on a higher level of understanding and love for each other.


The Lizard Goddess  brought many beautiful things into my life. Amongst them she taught me how to love and cultivate ti leaves.

Then, as suddenly as she appeared she was gone. I tumbled into the deepest pain and sadness that I can remember, tearing open the core of my being. It caused a deep fear of abandonment and loneliness, that I realized, went far beyond what happened between us and was buried in my psyche to create patterns that I was repeating. Now I was finally facing my own archetypical trauma of abandonment.

I realized that a door had swung open and that stepping through it would offer the gift of healing at the deepest level, so I could leave this pattern behind once and for all. This is what I am doing now. Since the trauma is so deep I have to let the healing happen no matter how long  it might take. Yet, already I have become a much expanded being and especially as a man, I am much more capable of real love. Still, in her absence, the goddess is teaching me and giving me gifts every day. 


Pratapaditya Pal, The Sensuous Immortals, Los Angeles County Museum, LA, 1977. Exhibition catalog of ancient sacred sculptures. I took the name for my current band and music projects. See below.

We had often  made art, playing off each other’s ideas and taken photos for a series that we called ‘Contemporary Goddess.’  We talked about the male gaze in art and were fully conscious of the ambivalence in these kind of poses. When I started this particular painting, I choose this pose from the many shots we had done because of the power in her stance, not the submission. Then, when the painting started to take shape, the Myth of the Mo’o, that I had never known before,  appeared to me. The Hawaiian Lizard Goddess has the ability to shapeshift, to mix with humans. She appears and disappears without warning. These qualities fit perfectly to the character of my lost love, who could be erratic at times, resulting from her own traumas and the following afflictions, she was suffering from. Stepping into my life without any forewarning, creating magic, only to disappear just as suddenly, fits the Mo’o. As an artist I aim to manifest divine consciousness trough my work. I listen to my intuition,  mixed with ego desires of course, but I have to let the work unfold and see where it wants to go. When I first was alone after the goddess left, the lyrics for a song appeared to me during morning meditation for several days and I had to stop and write them down. I recorded the song and it is about to be released. Even Keith Richard acknowledges that he is ‘just an antenna who receives songs.’ (The song has been released on ‘Penny For The Guy’ records and you can hear it on Soundcloud).


This is a view from my Lanai. I live on top of an old fishpond part of which was filled in. You can see the remnants of the wall and where the gate was. Mo’o like to live in fishponds and this particular one is protected by a benevolent spirit, I was told by a local woman.

One evening a friend of mine who is able to get communication from other realms visited me and as we were getting ready to have dinner she said: “(Name) was your mother in a previous life, she was a beautiful independent woman and abandoned you as a baby.” True or not, this is now part of my story and helps me to be ok with the  intensity of my feelings. After all, we do live in a quantum universe (or multiverse) where everything is connected and everything is indeed possible.



The beginning of the Mo’o painting. oil on canvas, 42″ x 50″, dieter runge, 2017/18. The finished painting is on view at Iolani Gallery at Oahu’s Windward Community College from February 2nd  – March 2nd, 2018

When I started the painting I knew it could be criticized as a ‘male gaze’ digression and it has already been fiercely slammed by an art professor friend of mine, and as I am writing this, the Manchester Art Gallery has taken down John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs to “provoke debate, not to censor.” Wouldn’t it be better to create a dialogue with the painting still present? Coming from a country that blacklisted artists and burned books I don’t feel comfortable to just take paintings down. To counter the prevalence of male painters in museums we should exhibit more art by women.

The continuous suppression of women lies at the heart of what is “wrong with the world” I seek nothing more than our true and complete liberation and welcome a new emerging creative matriarchy. The Mo’o painting aims to celebrate the ‘divine feminine.’ It is an expression by the Goddess, realized through me. 

PS: I am writing a much longer, detailed account of my experiences with the Lizard Goddess, but it is neither finished nor am I sure if it is for publication. We’ll see where this is going and how the spirit moves me.


Sources for further explorations:

Carl Jung, The Red Book, Norton & Company, NY, 2009,

Carl Jung created the concepts of the ‘collective unconscious’ and that of the ‘archetypes.’ In the Red Book Jung describes his  journey into his subconscious to face and deal with his own demons. It is all in his own beautiful handwriting and paintings and took him 17 years to complete.

Jude Currivan, The 8th Chakra, Hay House, 2006

Here Currivan, a planetary healer with a masters in Cosmology and Quantum Physics and a Phd in the archeology of ancient cultures uses the the concept of ‘Archetypical Traumas’ and how to heal them.

Jude Currivan, The Cosmic Hologram, Inner Traditions, Vermont, 2017

Currivan, connects Quantum Physics, Relativity Theorie, Information and Consciousness.

Christine R. Page, The Healing Power of The Sacred Woman, Bear & Company, Vermont, 2013

The Sensuous Immortals, Happy When The Winter Comes, 2017, to be released and minute now (it is). This is a song we recorded this fall and is about this story. The Lizard Goddess appears on the recording in her own words and curtesy of a phone recording. Stay Tuned.

Coda: This is an e-mail I received this morning from my New York friend who I know for 40 years now. She is an artist and a therapist and she has helps me during this difficult time. We meet on Skype and when I am in New York I stay with her.

You know our friendship is eternal and I am always close by – Surrender is the way across to the other side of the mirror, where projection is no longer and deep healing can do its work at the cellular level.  In surrender we sit with the sadness and the longing, and also the joy.  It is not anymore a world in black and white but a world in rainbow.  Crying comes easy to the ones who enter this world with an open heart, isn’t it? But with the open heart comes both vulnerability and the greatest resilience.…I think this wounded/trauma part of your psyche manifested in (Name of Mo’o) and it is so hard to let it go free – How could it not be as you have lived with her/it all your life and probably some of it is ancestral as well.  And you have already done most of the letting go, really.  I can sense your pain but please do not despair.  You have avoided the trap of hating (Name of Mo’o) and that is the most beautiful thing in the world.  You can be at peace now.  Maybe the good food and the yoga practice precipitated this cleansing through her manifestation.  Then back to Earth level, this flesh and blood woman, you love her with all her pieces… So it is.

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The Lizard Goddess celebrates our Olena harvest on her last visit. She is standing on what was once an ancient fishpond.



ALLOW – CREATE – LOVE – exhibition

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and other inspirational prints at Blue Bar, Honolulu, July-September 2017

Inspiration everywhere – review of the exhibit in the Honolulu Staradvertiser 8.25.17

Dieter Runge’s art exhibit aims to motivate with a bit of humor – by Nina Wu

Art, Rock’n Roll music, Ayurveda, tai chi, yoga and cooking – are all part of Honolulu Printmakers artist Dieter Runge’s identity.

     And all are the impetus behind his latest exhibit “ALLOW – CREATE – LOVE and other inspirational prints,” up through Sept. 29 at the Blue Bar on Merchant St in in downtown Honolulu.

     Since early July, his colorful woodblock prints on cards with inspirational messages such as “B Kind,” “Courage,” “4Give” and “This Too Will Pass” have been on display on the walls around the coffee shop. Runge says they were created with “consciousness and love” in his art studio in Kaneohe.

     “Those cards come, really out of my daily, spiritual practice,” he said. “Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, and then reading and thinking about all these things over many years.”

     Runge grew up in Germany and lived in New York City, where he recorded and produced several vinyl records before moving to Hawaii in 1990. He holds a master’s of fine art in painting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and goes kitesurfing when the conditions are ideal.

     The idea behind this exhibit is to offer uplifting messages with some elements of humor and references to music. The word “ALLOW” for instance, reminds us that “sometimes all we have to do is step back, relax and allow the good things in life to come to us,” he said.

     The prints come from a multilayered block printing process, with the words originally carved in reverse on a quarter-inch-thick plywood, printed on top of a test print that was cut up and combined to create the images. They are available on 5-by-7-inch folded cards at Blue Bar for $10 each.


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Press release:
HONOLULU, HI – Popular Downtown coffee spot Brue Bar will host a reception for the opening of Allow – Create – Love and other inspirational prints, a new exhibit by O‘ahu based artist, Dieter Runge. The reception will be held on First Friday, July 7th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brue Bar, 119 Merchant Street. This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Light pupus and refreshments will be served.

Allow – Create – Love and other inspirational prints features unique woodblock prints with inspirational messages. These prints are mounted on folded cardstock, with envelopes in clear folio. Some are scanned at 3200 dpi and digitally printed and enlarged, revealing entirely new dimensions of detail.

Dieter’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions across Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, and Hong Kong. This is his second exhibit of work at Brue Bar. His previous show was the well-received Rock n’ Roll Revelation in 2014.

Allow – Create – Love and other inspirational prints will be on display through September at Brue Bar’s Merchant Street location.

Brue Bar has been serving hand-crafted coffee beverages within the iconic Stangenwald Building since its launch in 2013. The cosmopolitan Downtown setting and unique design sensibility makes it the ideal location for work, study and conversation. Brue Bar’s distinctive character and array of teas and coffees can also be found at 1164 Bishop Street, and will soon make its return to Kaka‘ako. Brue Bar is part of the HONBLUE family of companies, who have been delivering innovative solutions to Hawaii’s creative design community for 50 years.

Honolulu Printmakers is a non-profit organization which promotes the appreciation and understanding of printmaking and print production. Established in 1928, we are supported by our members, corporations in our community, and state and private foundations. Honolulu Printmakers provides the community with a variety of programs and services including exhibits, studio space, and education.

Below: Invitation card to exhibit and installation views.





4GIVE woodcut 4″ x 6″ dieter runge 2017

For more cards and  a look into the production of them.

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My Polynesian Voyaging Pt 2

This covers the Spring 1998 semester of my yearlong Polynesian Voyaging class. We still sailed the E’ala but worked more and more on the Hokule’a, rigging the canoe after it was put back into the water, test sailing it over several weekends all around Oahu’s South Shore and eventually sailing it to Molokai and back. We worked together with a Hawaiian Studies class from the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus. We also got to work and sail with Nanoa Thompson, who was the first Hawaiian to re-learn traditional navigation from the Micronesian master Mau Pialug and is still a major leader and inspiration in the Hawaiian Renaissance and environmental education. Showing up every morning at 5;00 AM at Nainoa’s house for the Molokai sail for several days in a row only to be denied by strong winds and high seas, we eventually made, still having solid wind and seas, which made for an exciting adventure. I feel blessed to have had this experience and am very thankful for all the great teaching I received. Aloha!

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The masts and rigging of the Hawailoa at Sand Island


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Sailing on the E’ala on Kaneohe Bay


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Celebration with native Alaskans – Kaneohe Bay near Kulaoa

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The Hokule’a being towed in Maunalua Bay

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The Hokule’a in the Molokai Channel



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Ka’au McKenney and Nainoa Thompson at work on the Hokule’a

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The Hokule’a off Le’ahi (Diamond Head)

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Watershed in Kaneohe town


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Hokule’a off Kuala, woodcut, 15″ x 18 1/2″, dieter runge, 2017

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The steering paddle of the Hokule’a in action.


My Polynesian Voyaging – Part 1

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Sailing on the E’ala on Kaneohe Bay

This post is dedicated to the Hokule’a’s voyage and Hawaiian Renaissance from 1976 to now that culminates in its return from the 3 year voyage around the world that will bring the canoe home in less than two weeks. It is also dedicated to my late teacher, windsurfing and kitesurfing friend Ka’au McKenney.

Germany and Europe was a dark place in the mid/late 70’s. The urban guerrilla and the state’s response created a paranoid society with limited perspectives for the young and adventurous, not unlike the US after 9.11.  I dropped out of college, joined one of the first German punk rock bands and landed at JFK with a one way ticket on May 5th 1978 and immersed my self in New York’s burgeoning new rock’n roll scene. After 10 years in New York, two years in the USVI and 7 years on Oahu teaching windsurfing and Taiji, I decided to go back to school. My first class at Windward Community College was the two semester course on Polynesian Voyaging. During the Tues/Thur class we learned about celestial navigation, marine biology, geology, biology and Hawaiian studies. The Saturday labs involved working on the Hokule’a and lots of sailing, ultimately to Molokai and back. Here is my lab report from fall 1997. The spring semester will be covered in the next blog. Enjoy!

All photos taken by the author except the one he is in. From top to bottom: 1. Swimming under the E’ala with view of the lashings. 2. Jean Young working on the Hokule’a while she was in dry dock. 3. Sailing on the E’ala on Kaneohe Bay, the largest bay in the Hawaiian islands protected by a barrier reef. 4. Junior a Micronesian specialist lashing the Hokule’a. 5. The Ea’ala heading towards Kualoa. 6. The Hawai’iloa and all wood double hull sailing canoe build after and with the experience of the Hokule’a. 7. 8. The E’ala on Kaneohe Bay. 9. Leimomi Dirks and Jean Young on the steering paddle of the E’ala. 10. Ka’au McKenney on the left and yours truly on the main sheet. 11. Sailing into the sunset.

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“The Hokule’a at Sea” woodcut, 13″ X 14″, dieter runge, 2017 in commemoration of the Hokule’a’s 3 year voyage around the world Malama Honua – Take care of the Earth



Energetics of Food and Eating Part 1

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The author in the kitchen

Energetics of Food and Eating

This essay is partially a translation from Pollozek/Behringer’s excellent book “The Timeless Ayurvedic Kitchen – Healing Power of Our Food,” (in German) combined with my own experience of ayurvedic cooking and yogic lifestyle. After I left my parents house and lived in communes during the time of the 70’s counterculture, I had become aware of macrobiotics, brown rice and growing your own food and even during my rock’n roll years in New York I shopped mostly at farmer’s markets, yet only when I began my studies of yoga and ayurveda with Myra Lewin, have I learned about the deep healing powers of our food and how we handle and eat it. Ayurveda is the oldest medicine system that we know of, comparable to the better known Traditional Chinese Medicine in its completeness. It is not an abstract concept but is applied differently to each person taking in account their unique combination of the elements of air, water, earth, fire and ether in a particular time and space called the doshas.

Ayurveda defines health as:

The three energetic doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha are in balance.

The metabolism/digestion functions well.

The tissues are healthy and well developed and the waste is adequately moved out.

The sense and touch organs work properly.

The soul and spirit are in a state of permanent happiness.

Sushruta Samahita, 15.38, 1 Century BC

  1. How much should we eat?  Honor the burb.

Only when our stomach is empty, when our previous meal is digested and we have a natural feeling of hunger should we eat. The stomach should only be filled half with food, one quarter with liquids from the juices of the food or some water (at least room temperature), the last quarter should remain empty. If you don’t eat too fast and pay attention you will notice a small burb forming in your stomach. This is a sign that anything you eat after this signal is not digestable, turns into toxins and eventually disease. After a while you will feel this even before the burb forms. Later you will intuitively put just the right amount of food on your plate. You feel satisfied, neither hungry nor tired.

The signs of adequate amounts of food are:

No pressure, pain in your stomach, sides or heart area;

No feelings of hunger or thirst;

No feeling of heaviness or tiredness;

The senses and the spirit are relaxed, strengthened and satisfied;

A light and pleasant feeling. The German word is “Sättigungsgefühl”. There is no direct translation that I could find. It is a feeling of satisfaction specific to eating.

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  1. What foods are inadequate?

Avoid foods that have little or no energy (Prana, Mana, Chi)

De-naturalised foods, reheated leftovers (It is best to take leftovers out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature naturally. 24 hrs is the experation date. Frozen, microwaved, canned, fast food or foods with added chemicals, refined foods like sugar ionized salts, too much animal proteins, refined sweets, white flower, zero fat products, too much caffeine or alcohol.

Healthy foods are oily, warm, fresh and easily digested. Raw food is very popular today, but is very difficult or impossible to digest for most people. There is much literature on the ayurvedic perspective on raw food.

It is preferable to eat organic produce that is grown in the region you live. Especially grains, milk and everything that grows in the earth should be organic. Support small farms and cooperatives or grow some of your own food, which is especially satisfying. Every time food is cooled or reheated it loses energy that the body needs in order to digest it.

The food should fit your specific constitution (your dosha), your digestive fire and your preferences. Each person has a different metabolism, the ability to digest varies depending on appetite, time of year, mood, intuition and age.

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Lunch at the author’s place with Kylie Kumalae Ota and Miks De Los Santos

  1. Where? The right place.

Eat in a place that has a calm  and clean atmosphere without too much distraction. Avoid TV, electronics, driving or too much talk. A golden rule is: everything you do with consciousness and joy is good; everything you do with resistance and unconsciousness will create problems. When we eat with consciousness our taste receptors send out specific enzymes fitting what we eat. The meal becomes satisfying. Unconscious eating leads to a loss in digestive activity. As a result we develop cravings, excessive eating and ama, waste products in our digestive tracts, which eventually leads to disease.

Eat with people who are sympathetic to you. The food should be prepared with love. Restaurants are especially difficult. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? I have for many years and now chose carefully. A meal that is prepared with love and attention will satisfy your body and soul.

4. What is important before you eat?

Wash your hands and ideally face and feet. Only eat when you are hungry.

Pay attention to your right nostril. It shows how strong your agni, digestive fire, is. If it is blocked breathe deeply for a minute through your right nostril only. A great digestive help is a slice or small pyramid of chopped ginger with some salt and lime. It starts the digestive fire, agni.

If Kapha is out of balance or if you are overweight it is ok to drink something before and during a meal. It is best not to drink for 45 min to an hour after a meal in order not to weaken your agni.

Take a moment to slow down and go inward, bless the food, the farmers, the company or anything else you like. Loosen the relationship between your ego and the food as object that you own.

5. What is important after eating?

It is best not to sleep, study, have sex, a deep bath for two hours after eating, don’t engage in sports or heavy physical work for one hour. All these activities lead to undigested food, ama. A short silent acknowledgment of the meal is helpful. It is ok to eat a few fennel seeds or clean your mouth with your tongue or a toothpick but brushing your teeth immediately after a meal is not recommended. Urinating is good – to provoke elimination is not.

Vata and Pitta types can rest a little while Kapha types should walk “1 000” steps to help their more sluggish digestion.





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One of the author’s ayurvedic bentos with the ginger appetizer on a leaf of shiso

6. How should we eat?

Keep the food hot for only three to four hours. That is better than reheating. It is ok to leave leftover that you cooked for lunch at room temperature  and eat it for dinner. This does not apply to fish or meat.

Every meal should stimulate all senses. Eating with your hands involves the sense of taste and leads to slower and less eating.

A disturbed, tense or tired mind affects  appetite and agni. Chew each bite with consciousness and as much as possible. It is ok to drink small sips of warm water. Ice water is not recommended.

7. Avoid certain combinations of food. They can be toxic.

This topic affords an entire chapter of its own, to follow.

8. When should we eat?

It is best to eat at regular times. Then your digestive system will work like clockwork. The appetite as well as the digestion will be right there for you. Too short or too long a time between meals are not good. 4-5 hours is ok, but 6 is too long. It leads to digestive disturbances and indigestion.


Cooked ripe bananas with ghee, raisins and cinnamon make a great breakfast.

Breakfast is best between 7:00 and 8:30 AM

Regular intervals are important:
Vata: 3-4 hrs/depending on work/activity a small snack is ok.

Pitta: 4-5 hrs/depending on work/activity one small snack is ok.

Kapha: 5-6 hrs/ no snack

Lunch should be the main meal between 11:00 and 2:00

The strength of the sun matches the strength of the digestion. The body is ready to take in a larger amount of food and to metabolize it. Do not miss lunch. It will ruin your health in the long run. Raw food, fish, meat, eggs are best eaten at this time and not for dinner.

Dinner is best eaten before sunset 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Best foods are cooked vegetables, soups, stews, grains, legumes. These foods enhance digestion and longevity. To eat at night challenges the liver, blood and colon. Dinner should be eaten 2-3 hrs befor bed time.

Generally do not eat before the last meal is digested.


Mashed Purple Sweet PotatoesHow should meals be prepared?

9. How should meals be prepared?

All six tastes steer our psyche. Enough oil stimulates the gallbladder. If all six tastes are present eating disorders and binging attacks are rare. The food should be natural and balanced, if it is not balanced spices are used to enhance, balance and add energy. Specific ways of cooking can make cool ingredients warmer, lighter foods heavier and vice versa. The doshas, age and time of year should be considered. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent.

10. Who eats how? The consciousness of eating.

The eater is more important than the food. Recognize and learn about your specific constitution. Then you know what is good for you and what not. Use your intuition, but be able to discriminate between intuition and craving. We often follow our cravings and ignore our intuition. Eat only what you like and what you can digest.

Never eat when you are too emotional or not hungry. In these states your body is in flight or fight mode and not able to  eat or digest. Never eat when you are angry, depressed, sad, too excited, bored or to swallow stacked up emotions. Even the best food, eaten during emotional stress turns into ama.

Eat with respect and consciousness of what nature provides you with, then even a badly prepared meal can be good.


Alexander Pollozek & Dominik Behringer, Die Zeitlose Ayurvedische Küche – Heilkraft unserer Nahrung, 2012 Narayana Verlag, 3rd Edition 2013

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What Goes On – The Amazing – The Pathetic and The Opportunity

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a recent morning view from my lanai

What goes on in your heart – what goes on in your mind (Lou Reed)? the spiritual and the mundane live right next to each other and can be one and the same. I have written about the spiritual aspect of the Velvet Underground elsewhere, but here is what goes on in my heart and mind now. This year I have taught 5 or 6 classes on Ayurvedic cooking using principles that go back 5 000 years to the Vedas, and are designed to create the food that is healthy, great tasting and helps create balance in specific ways tailored for you now. Most of these classes were held at my humble semi-out-door kitchen on the beautiful shores of Kaneohe Bay. Ayurveda is not an abstract concept, but adjusts to your singular daily needs. Recently I cooked a variation of the basic ayurvedic rice, beans and vegetable stew called kitchadi for a family every day for a week.  The result of a greatly improved digestive system especially for the person who was suffering the most from digestive problems before.

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Brown basmati rice, mung beans, pumkin, broccoli, goat cheese, ayurvedic ginger appetizer on a leaf of shiso.

Last month, I had the pleasure of teaching an Ayurvedic cooking class at the Honolulu Down to Earth.  The class was held in DTE’s community room kitchen and fully equipped with cameras and projection of the cooking process.  The attendees were genuinely curious and open minded group which made for a fun and interesting class.  A great break through came when I taught a two day class on Maui organized by Ayurvedic doctor Sylvia Welchel.  The Maui classes consisted of 15 women that were highly motivated and familiar with concepts of holistic medicine, one of them being a chef.  I was very excited with the high vibration of the class.

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Ti Leaves collected and arranged by Na’ilima Ahuna

I had asked a women, whom I’ll call Suzanne, to help steer a mix of ghee and spices. I noticed something in her eyes which will remain unspoken. Later I noticed that Suzanne was missing and thought that she had gone to the bathroom.  Upon her return, I noticed a different glimmer in her eyes but didn’t think much more about it, being that I was quite busy teaching and cooking, while engaging in dialogue with everyone.

After class Sylvia, my collaborator and I sat down and she asked me if I knew what had happened to Suzanne. This is her story. Suzanne had lost her sense of smell as a child, caused by her mother’s incessant smoking. She never cooked and had developed a heavy eating disorder. During the cooking, Suzanne had had a breakdown and breakthrough. Sylvia took her into her treatment room. Suzanne was able to “feel the smell of the cooking food.” Indeed, a major breakthrough. My answer was, “if this is the only outcome of the whole weekend, all the prep, shopping, flying to Maui, etc it would still be more than amazing. If that would be the only thing I ever did, it would be ok.

My next cooking class will be held on EARTH day April 22 9 AM-12 PM. Location TBA.

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living, working, eating, yoga all right here

Now, my landlord, who studied to be a doctor and then had a heart attack likes to get his rent check on time. He is not of the belief that I should live for free in his house because I do such good things and get him the newspaper most days. He is in a wheelchair. Living in Hawaii has its price. My rent is $ 1590.-, which after living here for eight years, I can almost consider a bargain. This is what I had to do to pay rent this month. Get as much cash advance from my second credit card, the first one is already maxed out, put in the cash I had made the day before for a private cooking class, and use my $ 500 ‘covercheck’ that covers bounced  checks. All this creates more interest and puts me deeper into depth. I have applied for social security and will get about $ 500 monthly, once it gets through and I will probably get Medicaid 2, and I might have health insurance for the first time in 17 years. For those of you who don’t know, I make my living through selling art, teaching art, yoga, taiji and ayurvedic cooking, house painting and occasionally I sell one of the NYN 7′ re-issue. Recently a gallery has sold a painting of mine on layaway. That is great. Really? Layaway? I didn’t know that existed still and I have no idea when I get paid. Another gallery has more than $ 20 000 worth of my paintings. I also have a good amount of paintings and prints at my house. Needless to say, this is the last month I can pull this off, because now everything is maxed out. Pathetic, ridiculous and stressful. I am not asking for charity. So how do you help an artist? Buy her/his art.

Here is your opportunity and here is some affordable art that is guaranteed to inspire your soul.

  1. Sri Yantra, woodcuts at $50 a piece for you yogis and meditators. for more on the Yantras. Yantra, Mandala, Pop-up        Sri
  2. Inspirational woodcut cards. Each one a unique print.10 for $ 90. Some of the cards are scanned at 3 200 DPI and can be printed at pretty much any size. They look amazing blown up. Allow.DR.72dpi.jpg
  3. NYN vinyl 7′ re-issue limited hand numbered 1…/250. On the record and other multiples.
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  4. “100 Views of Taiji” Archival print of 100 paintings,                                                      hand signed and numbered, $ 100        FA
  5. “Gold Waves” giclee of an oil painting 50″ x 64″, or any smaller size. on request, I’ll paint over the giclee. When I Paint my Masterpiece and more paintings. Earth – Water – Sky

DieterRunge GoldWavesBottom 50×64 200, 6/18/15, 5:22 PM, 8C, 10918×14081 (162+720), 150%, Custom, 1/8 s, R39.3, G30.5, B49.7

Of course there is much more. Check out the rest of the site and contact me directly at

If you like to know more about What Goes On, here is a heartfelt version of one of my favorite VU tunes recorded at my house a couple of years ago.  I think I might play this song as long as I can hold a guitar:

We have used Alice Neel as band name for a few years. When Will Williams II Stephen Niles and I formed the band, being all painters the name fell into our laps via Stephen’s great mind. Here is a clip with the real Alice: Inside New York’s Art World: Alice Neel. Music is on hiatus for the moment. When I start a new band there will be a new name.

As always, with much love and Aloha, dieter

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at a recent wedding – polaroids are popular again.




Inspirational woodcuts – cards to walls

Unique woodblock prints with inspirational messages 4” x 6” mounted on folded card-stock 5” x 7”, with mail envelopes in clear folio. Some are scanned at 3 200 dpi and can be digitally printed to large size.

Each of these handmade cards is unique, created with consciousness and love in my studio at the shore of beautiful Kaneohe Bay. Check for new cards. The carved blocks are printed on prepared BFK paper, cut-up ghost or test prints from previous projects.


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                                  GIVE. wood cut. 4″ x 6″ and 4″ x 6″ with 18″ x 24″ digital print.


This post is a continuation of my Allow Surrender Courage Ease entry. The content of the cards reflect my spiritual practice.

At the current moment there are about 30 words or sentences with more coming on. You’ll find a list below. Each print consists of two layers. The first layers derives from test and ghost prints that are cut to size and then printed with the word(s) on top. So, each print is unique.

The word(s) are carved into 1/4″ plywood, then printed on top of the ghost or test print. After drying the 4×6 cards are mounted on 7×10 card stock, which is folded in half to achieve the standard 5×7 folded cards. Finally, each card is put into a clear envelope together with a mailing envelope.


Cutting the 4″ x 6″ block of 1/4″ plywood

There are a fe steps before carving or cutting the block. Once you have a design you transfer it to the block or draw it on directly. One has to consider the block has to be carved as the reverse or backwards image of what one wants to see in the print.


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Printing on the small press in the background

Printing is fun and messy if one doesn’t watch out. The ink has a tendency to travel from block to hand to apron to paper or in any other possibility that you can imagine and some you can’t.

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mounting the cards on the 7″ x 10 1/2″ card stock and folding the cards in half

During the gluing and folding everything has to be clean again.


3 cards  run though the press to clean up the fold

High Vibrations is the aim.

  1. ALLOW – Sometimes all we have to do is step back, relax and allow the good things in life come to us
  2. ALIGN – Align your body, align your intentions and most of all align with your true self,  and everything comes easy to you.
  3. B KIND – There is always room for more kindness.
  4. COURAGE – Do not despair you have a lot of courage, often it is just hidden.
  5. CREATE – Express your self. Don’t face reality. Crate your own reality.
  6. DANCE – Turn up the music, turn on the disco ball and dance.
  7. (I) FEEL GOOD – We can’t control all circumstances, but we have the power about how we feel. Find something that makes you feel good and build momentum. Good Times will come. I feel good.
  8. FAITH – It is good to have faith, in someone, something, best to have faith in your true self.
  9. 12. FUN – Fun, Fun, Fun and don’t stop when daddy takes the T-bird away (for the younger readers, check the Beach Boys, FUN FUN FUN.
  10. 4 GIVE – Give and forgive. It is essential to forgive in order for liberation to take place. Most of all forgive your self.
  11. EASE – Ease up. When we do things with EASE, we are most successful.
  12. JOY – Especially in trying times it serves us well to express joy. Joy is our essential nature.
  13. LOVE – Be love, love more, love passionately, love life.
  14. MAKE IT FUNKY – What can I say? Bring some funk into your life, like you just don’t care. Make it Funky
  15. THINGS ALWAYS WORK OUT… Make it your mantra. Think about it.
  16. PLAY – God is happiest when the children are at play.
  17. SURRENDER – Surrender to what you can’t control – Create what you can. Surrender to LOVE.
  18. TRUST – Trust someone or something, best: “Trust your self”
  19. YES – Say yes to life.
  20. BLISS – Follow your bliss.
  21. Inspire – Inspire someone. Lead by example.
  22. Free – We are all meant to be free in body and mind.
  23. IMAGINE – Imagine the impossible, the unthinkable.
  24. Dream – Hang on to your dreams. Hang on to Your Self.
  25. GRACE – Isn’t that what we all aim for, doing things gracefully, reaching a state of grace?        dieter runge linkedin


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Allow Surrender Courage Ease

Greeting cards to inspire you.


“Allow”, woodcut, 4″ x 6″, dieter runge, 2017


“Surrender”, woodcut, dieter runge, 2017


“Courage”, woodcut, 4″ x 6″, dieter runge, 2017


“Ease”, woodcut, dieter runge, 2017

When humans express their awe of creation, or the human spirit, in caves, on rocks, carving wood or stone, drawing, painting dancing, music or theatre we end up calling it art. Art and spirituality have always been tightly linked. Matisse called all art spiritual. Over the years, I have realized that much of my art comes straight from my daily practice of self realization.


“Sun”, (3 layer woodcut, 2 plates), printed image 24″ x 24″, dieter runge, 2017

Here is an evolving set of post- and greeting cards to inspire you and your family and friends. They are carved in wood and printed on BFK printing paper using a pile of test prints,  cut up to size and printed with the new image on top, unplanned collaboration between the old cut-up image and the new block. This leads to surprising images, each one unique.


“LOVE” wood cut, 4″x 6″, dieter runge, 2017

As flowing as the images came into being as difficult it is to develop these into sellable commodities. The hand carved and printed process takes time, card stock in the desired size was not available so far, so I had to cut up each card to the desired 10″ x 7″ then fold to reach 5″ x 7″ for which envelopes are commercially available. You can imagine, that each card should fetch ca $ 30 to make it financially viable. What do you suggest?


Woodcut greeting cards in author’s studio.

One way would be to scan them and print them digitally, and I might do that if I can connect to a business that sells them en masse. Meanwhile, I am willing to sell packages of 5 or 10. At what price? What comes to your mind?  What would make you a happy customer?


“YES”, woodcut, 4″ x 6″, dieter runge, 2017


30 cards, woodcut.

The Risograph Rocks

On Black Friday as part of our annual printsale, I had the opportunity to pull some prints, with the help of Tiny Splendor’s …….. on the newly purchased Risograph printer, which the Honolulu Printmakers now owns. The aesthetic of the Risograph is somewhere between a silkscreen and a photocopy, so I used some of my 80’s band posters to test the machine, especially since I am considering to create a limited edition artist book on my first two years in New York (78-80), planning to print it on this machine.


A rare group poster for a show at A7, a small club on the corner of Ave A and 7th st. The Beastie Boys used to play here when they were a hardcore band, before they switched to hip hop. Single color risograph reproduction from original flyer. Ca 82-82. 

“The Risograph is a high-speed digital printing system manufactured by the Riso Kagaku Corporation and was designed mainly for high-volume photocopyingand printing. It was released in Japan in August 1986. It is sometimes called a digital duplicator or printer-duplicator, as newer models can be used as a network printer as well as a stand-alone duplicator. When printing or copying many duplicates (generally more than 20)[attribution needed] of the same content, it is typically far less expensive per page than a conventional photocopier, laser printer, or inkjet printer. Printing historian Rick O’Connor has debated that the original, and thus correct, name for the device is RISSO and not RISO. This debate spawns from the notion that an extra ‘S’ is added because the inventor’s wife found it more pleasing to the ears.” Wipikedia


2 color Risograph reproduction of NADA poster ca 82-83. Notice the registration of the two layers is far from perfect, which creates an interesting affect.

“The underlying technology is very similar to a mimeograph. It brings together several processes which were previously carried out manually, for example using the Riso Print Gocco system or the Gestetner system.

The original is scanned through the machine and a master is created, by means of tiny heat spots on a thermal plate burning voids (corresponding to image areas) in a master sheet. This master is then wrapped around a drum and ink is forced through the voids in the master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to create each image on the paper.” Wipikedia


Another ABC No Rio show, this time with the short lived Festival of Patience, ca 81-82. This might have been the only show we did, besides recording a new wave pop song demo. 2 color risograph reproduction. I re-used the festival of patience theme for my MFA thesis exhibition at the University of Hawaii in 2008.

These band posters were done between 1981 and 1985 for my bands Festival of Patience (81-82), NADA (82-83) and East of Eden (84-87) as cut and paste photocopies. Typically a risograph comes with several color drums and one can print two colors at the same time. The registration is not perfect in these prints. At the present time I do not know if that can be achieved. The effect is something like a drop shadow and gives it a little excitement. It works less well with fine details.


East of Eden at Danceteria, ca 1985. Notice the start time. 2 color risograph reproduction. East of Eden was my overall most productive band and lasted all the way from January 1984 to 87/88 with different lineups. I wrote all the songs and did the lead singing. We produced a 7″ single and an 12″ full LP on Moon Records and realized several videos. This is one of my favorite posters. I love the attitude of the angel, a gargoyle at Notre Dame, and the moniker Rock’n Roll Revelation expresses the spiritual element of Rock’n Roll that I see as the driver of much of my work. The poster remerges in my rock’n roll wood block prints.

The risograph has fallen out of favor in commercial applications, but is popular with small independent presses, fanzines, artists who publish limited edition artist books, etc. You can scan an image and create a master or you can print from a digital file. It is contemporary with a cool look that reminds us of the punk DIY philosophy, just like a simple rock’n roll song.


Two-color risograph reproduction of the Chuck Berry flyer, as I call it. All the original flyers are in 8 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ and the risographs are printed on 11 1/2 by 17″. The colored paper matches the colors the original flyers were printed on.


The Scarecrows at the Jazzkeller, Hannover, Germany, ca mid 60’s. The author playing drums.