I recently donated this custom painted skateboard (entitled Ghosts Returning) to the Montana Skatepark Organization’s On Deck VIII art auction and fundraiser. The auction takes place Friday May 3 at the Brink Gallery in Missoula. For those of you like me who unfortunately can’t make it out to Big Sky Country, you can still bid on this deck (as well as 40 others) here online. There are some super sick and creative pieces this year from Haroshi, Matthew Curry, Dylan Goldberger, Matthew Paris, Travis Smith & Randy Laybourne among others. Take a browse, place a bid and help build some new skate spots in Montana.
About the Montana Skatepark Association:
The Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) is a growing organization of people who have recognized the value that free skateparks provide to communities in the state of Montana. We feel that skateboarding is a healthy, recreational activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages both as participants and as spectators. Skateboarding equipment is inexpensive and the facilities, once built, require very little maintenance.
Since 2000, the MSA has grown into a professional, experienced and committed organization providing support, consulting and grant-based financing for Montana communities who are looking to expand their recreational opportunities. We are 100% volunteer based and every dollar that comes into our organization is spent on building skateparks and skateboarding communities.
For more information, please visit montanaskatepark.
Barn Door – Final Show
While doing a little spring cleaning the other day, I came across this old poster in a dusty old flat file – it’s from the last show at the infamous Barn Door in Wilmington, a place I spent most of my nights during the early 90’s, hanging out and playing shows in Nero and the Obese Pharaohs of Funk. If you never got the chance to go, it wasn’t very impressive – just a tiny, hole in the wall bar with no sound system and only one incredibly disgusting bathroom that you had to climb over the stage to get to. But chances are if you played music in Delaware around that time, then you probably played your first show at the Barn Door. It was all ages and not genre specific – anything went musically. And because of it’s small size, every gig felt intimate and the audience was always up front, and the music was loud, viceral and in your face and the sweat from the band mixed with the sweat from the crowd. It was the first state’s micro CBGBs with a little bit of Cheers thrown in.
Anyway, I posted the photo on facebook and shortly there after, I got an email from Darren O’Toole, who had filmed the last hurrah, and posted the whole thing on youtube (sadly, he was unable to film the Black Light Rainbow set, which is missing.) Below is Nero’s set – be sure to take notice of the huge sideburns I was sporting at the time.
And on a side note, Obese Pharaohs of Funk held the record for playing the most consecutive nights in a row at the Barn Door – 7. Funny story, on the sixth night, when Art told us we were one show away from breaking the record, we randomly barged the next night’s gig and demanded that we play. And the band that night was Jake and the Stiffs – who were (lucky for us) super cool about it and. We went on to play many shows with them down the road and they’re still one of my favorite bands from that era – do yourself a favor and check out their set from that night as well.
And I played my first ever “real” (non-house party) show there with OPF in July, 1993 – we opened for Spindrift, who were just getting started around that time as well. And, twenty years down, Kirpatrick is still going strong. Super proud of that guy. You can watch their set here.
Anyway, enough old man ramblings – enjoy the show.
Weak Stomach: If you’ve been following this site for a while, you may remember talk a few years back about a music video Justin Clowes & I were working on for the 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers. We shot this on two cold December nights back in 2010 at Celebre’s Pizzeria off Packer Ave in Philly. This was my first time working with Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro & Has-lo, all who I’d go on to work with again down the road. The shoot was a lot of fun, a little bit stressful because time was tight and definitely a learning experience overall since it was the first time we shot with digital SLR cameras. So, long story short – the video gets finished, plans for releasing the EP get pushed back, pushed back then dropped and all that hard work gets stashed away into a hard drive time capsule.
Well, with the new Shadowboxers album finally getting ready to drop in the next few months, Zilla has decided to release “lost tapes” style the original Weak Stomach EP, along with the video. You can get the full EP here, which is worth checking out. Personally, I can’t wait for the new full length record – the Wrecking Crew are always pushing things forward and just keep getting better and better.
So, sorry for the delay – here’s the Weak Stomach remix video. I hope it was worth the wait…..
I was super stoked to design a poster for one of my favorite bands of late, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, for their gig last night at the Keswick Theatre. It’s a 3 color silkscreen on 100lb Black French Construction paper and only 50 were produced. These were specially commissioned by the promoter, AEG Live, and were given to the band as a gift and were not for sale at the venue. However, I do have a small handful of these available through my Etsy shop so, if you dig it, pick one up soon because once they’re gone, they’re gone.
The illustration is an ominous drawing of an Australian magpie, a songbird native to the continent. They are extremely intelligent and often referred to as “the cunning prophet” in certain witch craft circles, and generally considered to be a bad omen – an image I thought that fit well with the band’s music. The tops of the clouds were shaped to mimic knuckles on a fist, to help tie in the title of the band’s latest album, Push the Sky Away. And the ties on the barb wire represent the sign language symbol for “I Love You” (known less formally as the “heavy metal sign”), which represents the band’s loyal following.
Anyway, the show last night was incredible – totally blew me away. The band were water tight, like the James Brown band if they were brought back from the grave and fronted by Edgar Allen Poe. He climbed across the crowd, pushed away all camera phones & thrust his crotch at the adoring masses. Shaman, snake oil salesmen, preacher, rock god – the whole thing had an air of sideshow revival, and I can see the influence he’s had on bands like The Make-Up. And, damn – Warren Ellis is a badass. My only regret is waiting this long to see them live – I won’t miss them again. Best show I’ve seen in a long time, and totally inspiring.
And if you haven’t picked it up yet, definitely grab their latest, Push the Sky Away – then take a midnight drive down some deserted back roads with the sound turned up and enjoy the ride.
And thanks again to AEG Live for the opportunity
I was so (cut and) pasted…
I’ll be showing some recent collages this March at the Redding Gallery space in the City/County building on French St in Wilmington, DE. The opening party is next Friday, March 1st from 5:30 pm until about 8pm. There’ll be free drinks, some live music (TBD) and generally a no arty attitude atmosphere. So if you’re in the first state, stop by and say “hi”. Then stay for a while. Then join us for a drink somewhere afterwards. I mean, let’s celebrate, right?
Everything We Love is Slowly Becoming Fiction is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 15 inches wide by 15 inches high (not including matte and frame) and was completed June 2015. This and other collages will be hanging this March at the Redding Gallery space in Wilmington, DE – more info on that to come.
Anormal Mag: Very excited to have some collage artwork featured over at Anormalmag.com. I’ve been a fan of their site for a while now – they always post a really strong and diverse selection of work from around the globe, so I’m stoked to be included. Click here to check out the article.
Empty Mirror Arts and Literary Magazine recently posted a collection of 13 of my collages – click here to check it out. For those unfamiliar, Empty Mirror is an online magazine focusing on poetry, original literature, music and the visual art with a heavy love for all things Beat Generation – it’s a very cool site with tons of great content so bookmark and visit often. Thank you Denise!
And speaking of the Beat Generation, peep the trailer below for the film adaptation of Big Sur, one of my favorite books of all time, featuring one of my favorite songs of all time, I Only Have Eye’s for You. Definitely excited for that one. And if you haven’t seen it, also try and catch the excellent One Fast Move or I’m Gone – part mini-documentary, part love letter to Kerouac and that book.
Happy New Year friends! I hope the new years brings nothing but good health and good times for you and your family.
Just wanted to take a quick moment to say “thank you” to everyone who bought a painting, collage or print, booked a show, promoted a show, came to a show, tweeted, “liked” or just generally threw some positive words my way – none of it went unnoticed and I am extremely thankful, as always, for your support. Despite all it’s growing pains, 2012 was a solid year but I’m super stoked on what’s to come. Personally, I have much to look forward to in the coming months, and a lot planned for 2013. I’ll definitely be cleaning house here and making some changes to this site, hopefully for the better, so please continue to stop by. And look for more art shows in the coming months, more Lift Up gigs and, if all goes well, our debut album sometime later this year.
And to kick things off, I’m starting a semi-regular e-newsletter so please sign up below to receive updates on upcoming shows, limited edition prints and more.
Wrap us in a blanket of Nightshade is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 12 inches wide by 18 inches high (not including matte and frame) and was completed December 2012. This piece is being shipped to Italy for the 2013 Art for a Cause show. More info to come.
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