The last novel I read was Cormac McCarthy's "The Road." I think it was Tony Larson who recommended it. Said he tought of me when he read it... maybe the father/son dynamic? It's a really dark work by McCarthy and I imagine the movie will be as well. I hope to never have to go through anything like the story with my own son.
After I posted the shot of Garry Maddox last week, I was emailed by East Coast ball-head and Philly fan, Matt Leveque, wrote "nice snapshot of Gary Maddox. Bake McBride had a better afro though..." Yeah, Bake's was good, but Oscar Gamble? Come on! Absolutely awesome! Bake did make "the list", however, along with some other notables. Thanks for the links, Matt.
Maia Urstad is one of those artist with ideas you wish you'd come up with. Sound Barrier. Check this video of the piece.
Matteo Farrari with another good idea.
The Angels have one of the best records in the MLB right now. Four walk-off wins in the last week all from different players. And nary a mention by the baseball press... there's something cool about that. Now, if they can just get Figgins off the DL.
Random Pedro Minute:
Garry Maddox, "The Secretary of Defense," is the most well known major league ball player to come out of San Pedro High. Go Pirates!
Another group of Pedro High alumnus you might know? The Minutemen.
This is cool:
Tom Waits TV. You just blew the rest of my week, Coleman. Thanks.
I've had my fingers crossed for about a week now. Ever since I found out about the Glitter and Doom Tour. Well, after some consternation, hand-wringing and a few F-bombs, I got the tickets... I'm heading to Phoenix on June 17th with the little lady to see the Man. It's our 22nd anniversary present to each other.
I've been lucky enough to see him live twice before. It's a tough thing to do, make it into one of his shows. He doesn't do it much and when he does, the Legions of Waits fans come out of the woodwork. Promotion is always somewhat guerilla style (the word-of-mouth on Tom Waits shows is like air-bourne virus), tickets are scarse (because the venues are pretty intimate) and prices can be high. I wouldn't go to Arizona to see anyone else. His shows are a tingly experience. Everyone there owns all of his recordings, knows just how special it is to be there, and is grinning like a loving drunk. Beautiful maladies.
I think the first time I met Kevin Wilkins was back in 1988. In his home town of Lincoln, Nebraska. I liked him right off the bat. Honest, funny, smart, ripper. He turns me on to something inspiring and cool every time I talk to him.
Check out his Mumble Minute. Thanks for highlighting the man, Kronbaur.
Shipped a big project today. More about this soon.
Watched Big Daddy Vlady crack a 3 run homer last night. Our first game at the Big A this year. His first big fly in 27 games. Doh!
I'd love to do what these guys have done twice. Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman completed the "Long Way Round" and "Long Way Down," two different long-distance motorcycle adventure trips around some of the most rural parts of the globe. Both were made into a series of shows on BBC television and both are available on DVD. Highly recommended. Lets do this through Australia... who's joining me?
On a completely different note:
Isolation Studies by Chuck Jones.
Today, baseball is celebrating the 61st year since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the major leagues.
The watercolor of Robinson, shown below, is from an excellent book entitled "Heroes of the Negro Leagues" by Jack Morelli and amazing illustrator, Mark Chiarello (who happens to have an interview in the current issue of Juxtapoz). The book is filled with great watercolors of the Negro League's best players. Highly recommended
"Oh shit... there's a horse in the hospital!"
Have you listened to Dr. Octagon lately?
The Girl Skateboard partnership with (PRODUCT) RED drops today. Check out the video Aaron Meza put together that outlines the whole deal. A big thanks go to Girl (thanks, Meg!), Koston, Meza and (RED) for including me on this project, I'm pretty proud of it.
Let's get this party started right! Torii Hunter hits a homer in the 8th the take a 2/1 lead against the Indians, K-Rod blows the lead in the top of the 9, then Hunter comes back in the bottom and hits a grand slam to get the walk off! We're only 8 games in and this guy is just piling up the fans.
Here's an interesting piece, "Mojo", by Christian Moeller that resides in downtown San Pedro. It's exciting to see things like this going up in San Pedro. But, unfortunately, another Starbucks came in as well. And a Target. There's no connection between the three I don't think.
Another one of my favorite album covers. XTC's Go 2. It sparked this board graphic I did for Rudy Johnson in the mid '90s.
Norton Manx at 20th Century Motorcycles.
It's time, and Mark is ready...
The Halos play their first tonight in the old house of Torii Hunter... Minneapolis. With Escobar on the DL possibly FOR THE YEAR and Lackey until May, they're going to need a couple minor miracles to repeat last year's division championship. Like Weaver starting it off strong tonight.
"50 Sad Chairs" is the new book from Bill Keaggy.
"Proceed and Be Bold" is a documentary film on Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. and his artistry with the rapidly disappearing letter press printer ("The cutting edge of 19th century technology.") You can see a gallery of Amos's posters on his personal site, Kennedy Prints.
Emmet got some footy on the Girl Lunch Break Invitational clip that Mez put together for Crailtap. Last Tuesday was one of the best lunch breaks I've ever had and I didn't skate at all just vicariously through the Boy. Good shot from Ben Colen too.
Sad. I was looking for an old friend online this morning. This popped up. Francis Lam, where are you?
Here's the approved sculpt for a new mini-vinyl figure I'm doing with Ningyoushi. Bad Dog. BTW, there's supposed to be a cigarette in his extended paw... Also in the series are Travis Millard, Jordan Crane and KozynDan.
Started off my Friday with Elvis Costello's "This Year's Model." One of my favorite records of all time (and one of my favorite album covers too remember albums? 12 inches square!). Thanks, Wilky, for posting the live clip of "Chelsea" to remind me. Fucking great.
Jim Houser seems like one of those people you'd like to sit down and have a coffee with. Dig his work. Check this interview from last year at Fecal.
Olbermann articulates it best. Again.
I'm getting WAXED over in the current Crailtap poll...
Crailtap Cloud for sale.
I like Mark Burrier's line work. I dig Adam Haynes too.
The Wooster Collective.
Young Brazilian artist, Icaro Doria, is onto something here... Meet the World.
The Decoder Ring Design Concern.
...and, finally, the Bureau of Workplace Interruptions
It's that time of the year again... I keep running across these great baseball links. Here the great illustrator, Robert Weaver, who drew spring training in Florida for Sports Illustrated back in 1962.
And while we're on baseball and illustrators, don't forget Tim Souers's Cubby Blue.
"It weighs just over five ounces and measures between 2.86 and 2.94 inches in diameter." Don Hamerman's baseball photos at the Design Observer.
I've really been digging Steve Brodner these days. Check out "The Naked Campaign; Lost At Sea," a short film were Brodner takes Hillary Clinton to sea.
I've known Andrew Scahnsberg for a long time now, and he's never failed to impress me. Thanks for the link, Andy.
Evan Hecox opens a show this weekend at the newly christened Kinsey/Desforges Gallery (formerly BLK/MRKT) in Culver City. It'll be well worth a trip to LA if you're from Wisconsin or someplace. I believe Evan also has a book signing for Urban Abstract at GR2 tonight as well... the man stays busy, that's for sure. See you there.
Brooks Manbeck shoots some nice traveling photos. So does David Potes.
Some serious digital DIY... iBand.
Hmmm, apparently "Go fuck yourself" was a common epithet back in the day as well; putting the base back in baseball at the Nonist.
Thurston Moore's indy press collection on Lance Bang's show "Bangs" over at VBS.
Photos from a show I recently contributed to with a bunch of other Burton artists. "Decked Out" at the Firehouse Gallery in Vermont.
Kelley is 2 for 2 in picking shows recently. Last night we saw Maceo Parker light it up at the Roxy. Dude must be 70 and seems to have unlimited funk all up in there. He can play that saxophone... and does a mean Ray Charles impersonation. Scroll down to Morrie Louden for her first great pick.
What's next, Kel?
Another set of photos from "There is Xerox on the Insides of Your Eyelids" at Epicly Trife.
Next Wednesday at Redcat Gallery; “Two Lines Align,” Geoff McFetridge and Ed Fella. BTW, Fella was one of McFet's teachers at CalArts. Should be an amazing show.
I was recently asked to be part of a show by curator/artist, Rich Jacobs. The show, "There is Xerox on the Insides of Your Eyelids; Skate Zine Art from the '80s and Beyond," opened last weekend at the Needles and Pens gallery in San Francisco. I was very happy to be a part of it and flattered Jacobs asked me, as I would be in the company of folks who'd had positive influences in my early creative life. You can find a few shots of the work and opening here and here. There's also a write-up and links on the Rodger Bridges Strange/Beautiful blog.
And check out a really good interview with Rich Jacobs (in a photo by Bernie McGinn above) at Fecal Face. The man is maybe one of the kindest, most positive people you'll ever meet. And he's motivated. He's talking about traveling the zine show after its engagement in San Francisco. I have a feeling it will be expanding as well.
A book? Come on, Rich, let's do it.
I'm hoping for an actual reunion of all these couch-touring Xerox machine kooks. That would be fantastic.
Guess what starts this Thursday...
There are people out there converting motocross bikes into pavement pounders, or, "Super Singles." I'm a die-hard MX guy and it hurts to see the bikes converted, but, I gotta say they look REAL fun. The Roland Sands conversions are pretty amazing.
One of my favorite musicians, Graham Coxon, on VBS.TV.
The work of Rosalie Gascoigne...
The new Cerasoli Gallery is opening this Saturday night.
Stoked on the third dimensional work this week...
Asley Wood's World War Robots.
Silas Finch. Heard about him on David Choe's blog. Be sure to check his MySpace page too... the hardtail on there is amazing, wish there were more pictures of it.
Found this in a local paper. Maybe now I can retire...
This quote was on Max's site, 4Q. Bukowski.
I may have mentioned Mark Penxa's new series already, but recently, this kind fellow agreed to a trade... well, I had to twist his arm a bit as he wanted to just give me the piece after I asked about it. It's an ink and dye portrait of legendary Negro League pitcher, Satchel Paige. Mark recently finished the series entitled "Stealing Signs; Dead Ball Era Baseball (Memories From My Past Life; 1927). You can find the drawings at markpenxa.com under the "works on paper" link. Be sure to browse with the audio on.
When I got the package from Mark, included were a bunch of additional ink drawings. My man, you are very generous. Me being an archetypical procrastinator, it'll take me a bit longer to get back to you. But, I think I have just the piece... thank you, Mark.
Also got an email from an old acquaintance, Lyle Owerko. A few years back he publushed one of the most moving photo books I've ever visited, "And No Birds Sang." One of the photos became a cover for Time Magazine on the 9th of December in 2001.
Radio Simba, Lyle's new project, took him to Kenya in Africa. Check out his portfolio site here.
Fighting a full-fledged flu since I got back into town last Friday. But I can see light now.
Pretty sure I caught it on the 8 hour bus ride back from Yosemite National Park. Breathing the coughs of 40 some 11 and 12 year-olds will do that to you. School field trip. Six days long in total. 150 kids. 20 or so adults. Spectacular location. Lots of hiking. Lots of snow and ice. Tons of laughs and photos.
Merced River. Half Dome in the back.
Lower Yosemite Falls. The photos are deceiving everything is MUCH bigger than it looks here. It's a humbling place. A few more photos are posted on Share The Air.
My most current favorites Deerhoof thanks to my old friend, Rodger Bridges (he shot the photo below in 2002).
Check out Rodger's regular postings at Strange/Beautiful.
Not sure how I missed this one, but man am I stoked I found it. Thank you Pandora. Unknown Instructors. "10 tracks of mind melting guitar psychotronics by Joe Baiza, lockstep backbeat from George Hurley and Mike Watt, and the vocal stylings of Dan McGuire, David Thomas, and Raymond Pettibon." Wow. Listen to the samples on that link above...
Neck Deep is back... well, not really, but, uh, it's actually NOT Neck Deep this time around. Worth regular visits
And thanks, Chris, for reminding me of Max Schaaf''s web scroll, 4Q Conditioning. Always makes me laugh.
Great idea, great design.
Steve Brodner's blog.
Coop's blog; Positive Ape Index.
Todd Bratrud's blog; Teenage Runaway.
Tony Larson's blog; Mr. Larson Rules.
Marc Cinq-Mars is amazing.
"The world is round and I'll go 'round..." Tom Waits, Little Rain (for Clyde)
Mike Watt turned 50 December 20th. I thought that Waits quote was pretty appropriate. Rock on, Mike.
Thank you to all the folks who've bought 5x5 squares. About half of the original 50 or so are gone! They're still on sale until January 1st.
Really cool website of the month; Pandora, Radio From the Genome Project. I'm not going to try to describe how it works, all I know is that I've found dozens of great new songs and bands (at least to me) over the last week by plugging in songs/bands that I know/like. You can edit your own "radio stations" with just songs you like and share them with others. It's not perfect, but I highly recommend it if you're looking for new ear food. I've found some pretty obscure stuff on there, like Juicy Lucy's "Willy the Pimp" and the Chords, "Maybe Tomorrow."
I'm considering a "Best Things of 2007" list. Strictly personal opinion/angle. Could be a shite idea.
Happy birthday, Kelley!
The Bend Store is fixed. Ready. Primed and pumped. Help me put it to use.
Deep into the Wallride 15 catalog deadline. Neck deep in the details. But I did manage to post a few new items in the Bend Store over the last weekend. I have all the 5" x 5" blocks from the "stAAAmmering" show I did earlier this year at the Lab101 for sale. Well, sort of. They aren't hooked into the credit card deal yet, but they will be soon. Go take a look. If there are any you are interested in, please email me and I'll reserve them. They are going for $80 each until January when they go back up to $100. And if you order before December 19th, I'll get them to you by before Christmas day. Good gifts in sets of 3 or 4 or more ready to hang.
Sometimes you can go months or even years without any REAL inspiration. Without the fuel to help you personally aspire to greater things. For me, summers are tough as I just don't do well in the heat. This year, with fall in full effect and winter on its way, I've started to feel some things stirring within.
Last Friday I took Emmet and two of his skate buddies to the Fully Flared premiere. I was really looking forward to seeing the film having not seen anything prior to the premiere except a couple of stills. Maybe it was a combination of seeing it fresh and through the eyes of three 11-year-olds in the beautiful Royce Hall venue, or being in the midst of the packed and loud as hell crowd waiting for the countdown clock to strike OO:OO on the big screen... but just before, during and after the film, I felt a real sense of pride in the conscience choices I'd made in my life to stay in and around skateboarding. The film was a powerful reminder to me that this industry is filled with creative and true artists who are real independents in this world that can most times seem filled with clones and meaningless chatter. And I felt proud that I'm at all associated with the folks who put this together and put their bodies and minds on the line to make it happen.
Fully Flared was that strong for me, and I have an inkling it will be for quite a few others. Keep your eyes and minds open for the DVD... it is truly inspiring. Thank you to all involved in the project, too many to mention here.
Hometown hero. Sieben in the Best of Austin, 2007.
Possible Titles for Stories, #1 & #2:
"Confessions of a Spencer Tunik Model"
"The Great Mole Tie-Off Incident"
I backed right into Lu's car in the lot at work with my Trump the other night. Was just backing out of my space and not paying attention. She drives a cool purple thing from the '70s. My tail-light blasted to pieces and it marked up her passenger side door. Of course, she works with me and wasn't going to call me a dumbshit and ask for money to repair it. But I feel obligated... hell I messed up her ride. What should I do?
An ode to GSD's original skeleton suit. Emmet, Halloween, 2007.
...and here's the OG; Garry Scott Davis back in 1986. Thanks for the image, Garry (and Miki).
(Click images for enlargements)
A festive Halloween to you all. I rode to work today on my street bike in full MX gear. Yeah, I felt a little stupid, but I think I may have been grinning under there. I also think I rode faster than ever, but I didn't look down at the speedometer because I thought my visor might snap off. I'm here in one piece, but I'm realizing my jersey hadn't been washed after my last race. That means it's been sitting in a bag, in a closet for over two years...
If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats; the website.
Great post from Ari Marcopuolos over on his Arkitip scroll. Read the whole thing and maybe do some more reading on Sylvère Lotringer.
I may be an Angel's fan, but I love baseball, and as a fan of the game, you gotta love this guy; Dustin Pedroia... and a big thumbs up to Peter Gammons too.
photo; Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Max Schaaf has a interweb scroll... I had no idea. Pretty cool... 4Q Conditioning.
Check out the Girl Skateboard Company and its Art Dump over at Creativity Magazine. Speaking of the Dump, there's an opening there for a graphic designer. Email me if you're interested.
Couple good links;
Cool little film by Imaginary Forces, of a Paul Rand interview cut to animated sequences of his world famous work.
This looks interesting; Tom Waits in the new upcoming film, "Wristcutters."
One of the best things in life, you may or may not agree, is stumbling upon something spectacular by accident or surprise. It doesn't happen often, but last Saturday night was the exception for me.
Kelley had decided earlier in the week that we were going to see some live music. It had been a long time and damnit, it didn't matter that the venue was a small dance recital studio on a very sleepy commercial street in the midst of a residential San Pedro neighborhood a couple blocks from our house.
Let me also preface this by saying that a couple nights earlier I'd seen a San Pedro band on that, Regular Ol' Americans Vote on the Greatest American Band, show. The band wasn't bad, but they played hillbilly music... and they were on that show. Two quick strikes. This was my state of mind when we walked into the tiny venue; not very optimistic, but resigned to spend a couple hours in the place, happen what may. We sat down, gave them a donation and started drawing on the flyers that had been left on the table. I noticed one of the musicians, a sax player, was noodling around on stage, wetting his reeds and talking to a guy in the front row. The sax player had a bad cold and cough. Oh no, I thought, This isn't looking good. Then the drummer came in, set up his rig, and disappeared. Next to the drum kit lay a beautiful stand-up bass and beside that, on the left, a glassy black and pristine Steinway grand piano (that was impressive).
After a few minutes the place started to fill up. I realized it was a BYOB venue and wished we had brought something with us. One dude was even eating his take out Chinese quickly before the gig started. Within 30 minutes the place had filled up capacity was probably about 70 or 80 and the band came on. Right away the bass player sat down and said hello explaining that this was the last gig after a very long West Coast Tour. He was bald with a soul patch under his lip and wore all black. They kicked right into a fast-paced tune and within seconds my jaw was getting loose it eventually fell open. Tight and powerful with a truckload of emotion. The bass player turned out to be the leader and a fucking MONSTER of a player. The sax player seemed to have blown the cold right out of his head he was burning. Kelley and I would gaze at each other every so often during the show and just shake our heads, What was happening here? What were they doing playing in our neighborhood? They turned the place upside down and had the audience roaring after solos and inbetween songs. The quartet played about an hour and a half of utterly fantastic music. It seemed a pretty special night and I couldn't leave without shaking the bass player's hand. He was spent, but warm and gracious.
That was the inspiration I'd been searching for. We all left fueled up with it. Now I need to turn it into motion.
Meet Morrie Louden. And thanks Kelley.
Omar Hassan was practically scalped at the Vans Downtown Showdown. Watch the clip closely. Some genius decided to mount a buzz-saw blade inside the tunnel of the Creature obstacle. Props to the Girl team for killin' it again this year with Girl Gonz Wild.
This is pretty interesting: How Creativity is Killing the Culture.
John Solimine tossed aside his given name and goes as simply, Spike Press. Great illustration/design work.
Amazing temples. Now, juxtapose those with these... Amazing holes.
Maps of War.
This is a pretty great narrated slideshow on photography of the Taliban brought back to the US by Thomas Dworzak.
There's an interesting editorial job opening up in London. Check the details here. Or, if you're looking for a steady job with a bunch of art malcontents in Torrance, email me.
One of my favorite things about the World Wide Intrawebservice is the organized randomness of imagery available. For instance, the site, File; A Collection of Unexpected Photography. If you click through the thumbnail pages it's becomes a colorful mosaic of form and color. Ffffound is similar but it opens up its range of imagery to a much wider variety of mediums. Monoscope is a bit like Ffffound in its content, but much more basic in navigation. It's tough not to get sucked into these image banks.
Graf enters the 21st century; Projection Bombing.
Last month the Art Dump published its first zine. Each cover is a one-of-a-kind silkscreen. If you want to get a copy, check out the post with info on the AD site. Try not to get dizzy looking at that speedy gif.
Starting with a clean slate today. Need to put the Angel's fiasco behind me...
Enjoy Jared Eberhardt's Heavy Metal Sasquatch video.
... and the photography of Bob McGill.
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