Tuesday, January 31, 2012

paved memory

peace to art park and amac for the trip down memory lane. best times.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

product page

-i'm trying to make physical objects out of drawings and little ideas. a3-dimensional sketchbook that will accumulate into a big pile. this is a half gallon of night.
- i saw chris johanson and jo jackson talk last night at herron school of art. they seemed really happy. they brought their dog. i wanted to hang out. it was a night of good vibes. i needed it! we need good examples on how to live!
-if i wasn't such a wuss i'd drop out
UPDATE: this song

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

your a bureau

more snake action

let me be thankful

-for being able to go to this tonight. beyond pumped. i wish sunfoot was gonna play. have you seen this? or this? woah.
- somebody wanted to ask me questions and put them on a blog with some images
-it's not snowing anymore
-new ideas and opportunity
-a nice cup of coffee

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

corrective tissue

as you may have read in a previous post, i screwed up the month of february on the 2012 calendars. maybe you're really mad about this. maybe you demand some kind of satisfaction. well, have i got something for you: this thing. go to this link. print it out and paste it over the bad month. problem solved!
sorry i ruined february for everyone!

Monday, January 23, 2012

a drawing of a snake and a ghost in the woods

this is the drawing of the snake. it is a wiggly and twisted path.

this is a barefoot ghost in the woods. this photo was taken by danielle rubi-dentzel in santa barbara in 2008. went down there for a weekend to make some photos for some kooky idea & i still love this one. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

dogs n' dolphins

attempted pattern design for curtains, beach towel, underpants, winter scarf, dog shirt or dolphin vest. just watch this.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

goodbye dog

paul sent me this photo of my dude getting painted over in byron bay. i'm never sad when these things get painted over. nothing's supposed to stay. bye dude.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

winter days

 sunday drives

manuals for spaceship earth

 big windows all blocked up

 spotlight on door jams

working in the garage

Saturday, January 14, 2012

massive recall (no recall)

dear friends: if you bought one of my calendars: THANK YOU. but i must alert you! february is offset by a day! what should be a wednesday is now a thursday and the whole thing goes on for a day longer than maybe it should. somewhere deep in the crooked arm headquarters a low level employee is getting a stern talking-to. does this affect the other months? NO! they are fine. but you should adjust your february in your brain accordingly. and now your calendar is a "collector's item" and a "conversation piece". you're welcome!

Friday, January 13, 2012


me and minardi used to cruise up to telegraph, eat a burrito at mario's then head over to moe's and look for victor papanek books. this dude is the best. is it ok that i sort of think of him as the more earthbound buckminster fuller? i offer you the following scans and internet-pilfered images for your perusal. the world is people powered! read some here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

blog note: i've been slacking hard. one day you look up and a whole week has passed or a whole year or 20 minutes or whatever. i'm trying to make new year resolution to write a little more on here like the old days: more posts about things that i find amazing, people i admire, art books & movies, etcetera infinity. as well as the usual sketchbook doodles, announcements and general expressions of my personal worldview. mission statement! so with that, let me start off 2012 with a post about one of my favorite artists and inspirational figure: Chris Knox.

it seems sort of pointless to do biography or something when there are no shortage of places to get all the information on the internet. for me, i got into his record "songs of you and me album" when a good buddy who worked at a record store hipped me. it sounded weird and really "un-tough", if that makes sense. i think i was listening to a lot of DUDE music. lollapalooza rock. anyway, i got to see him later that year in cincinnati opening for barbara manning and it stands out as one of the most confrontational and punk shows of my life. he was wearing really short shorts (took his pants off onstage, so this was obviously a stage-specific outfit) and played the omnichord, guitar and sang into a headset mic to a bunch of burn outs in a bar/laundromat in ohio. it was mind-blowing. i was right up front, and during one song he put his hand on my head and then started pulling my head towards his crotch. i escaped his grip and was allowed to carry on un-molested. it was great. later on that night he drew me a picture and gave me a guitar string. i was 19 and stoked. 
soon after i got found a bunch of tall dwarfs cd's and got equally into those. tall dwarfs was/is his collaboration with alec bathgate (who made one of my favorite records of all time "gold lame." if anyone has this on LP i will trade you with a custom drawing/painting of your choice). listening to these two collaborate by mail on 4-tracks with little experiments and perfect little pop songs was inspirational and made me think that i could possibly write songs and record them. it was a major "punk" moment for me, more so than any so-called punk record ever was.
here's a video of them playing one of my favorite songs of there's "we bleed love" on television:
around that time i also found an old copy of forced exposure with a 20+ interview. (note: you can still get copies of this for $5 at that link. how is that possible? all the images in this post are scanned from that issue) and read all about his visual art. he's been a prolific artist and illustrator for his whole life. now i was really connecting with this guy. he was also an animator and designer. i highly suggest checking out this site that collects all his film and video work, including a couple long interviews HERE.
as my buddy paul said "he's a BIG DEAL in nz... a national treasure!" it's true and he is.
i keep coming back to his music over the past 15 or so years i've been aware of it and it never fails to inspire and mesmerize. in the summer of 2009, chris knox had a stroke and has continues to struggle with various health issues. there's been a number of benefit concerts and a compilation of people covering his songs, which i also suggest you check out here as it directly benefits mr. knox's recovery.
while lurking on the internet trying to find videos and things i came across this little nugget:
"if you display a bit of humanity you tend to get a human response" pretty much sums up entirely how i approach art and music making and how art and music affect me. i think that's what i've related to all along and what has stuck with me all these years. if you want to do something, there's really no reason you can't. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

this year so far

-got sick
-car started leaking
-watched tv shows
-walked the dog
-laid around in sweatpants
-packed some boxes
-went to the post office
-started a new folder for business documents
-got mad and took things for granted
-ate some cereal

i am thankful for all things! thank you for looking at this thing! 2012 will be ours (again)!