Archive for May, 2012

Art for a new friend (Honu)

Posted: May 16, 2012 in Art, etc.

Two good friends, M&D gave birth to baby Dylan about a week ago and I wanted to send over a little love in the form of a drawing.  After some deep thought and planning (approx. 27 seconds), I decided that I wanted to take a shot at a drawing that incorporated Dylan’s name, included my beloved theme of the Hibiscus and some of Dylan’s Hawaiian heritage and symbolism, which led me to the Honu.  If you want to learn more about the meaning and why I chose this for Dylan’s drawing, check it out

Having known M for the better part of 15 years and D for approx. a decade, I am very excited for Dylan and the life that she has out in front of her.    WELCOME BABY DYLAN, HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

I realize while I write that this whole post-creates an issue, in that, I have great friends that have had awesome kids in the past and in most cases I didn’t draw squat, so, if you read this and fall into that category, (1) sorry, I love your kids but its been a busy decade and (2) I am probably full of myself to think that you care. This is a new thing and hopefully something that I can keep up with.

I am going to show the final, two that got scrapped and one that shows where I almost stopped, but decided to tinker a bit more in pencil.

Final Honu sent to M&D for Dylan

This was where I originally thought about stopping the drawing…but decided (with some advice from my West-side banker/articstic director) a little more tinkering:

The point in the drawing where I almost called it done. Maybe I should have?

Two drafts that didn’t make the cut:

Lastly, this links to one of my favorite songs on the new Pennywise album and seems fitting for a post about friends and their families.


Face to Face (Accoustic?)

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Music

No new art, but soon(ish).  I caught Face to Face (well half of Face to Face) this week, on a Monday night no less.  As Trevor explained at the beginning of the set, hopefully everyone was aware that on this acoustic tour they are playing Ignorance is Bliss in its entirety.  Like many Face to Face fans, I was not stoked when Ignorance is Bliss came out, as it’s not really a punk rock record, and was a serious departure from the early nineties Face to Face albums that made most of the bands fans love their music.  That said, at the last-minute I decided that missing a great punk rock band play a record acoustically after more than a decade since its release would be something cool to do, plus, it’s Face to Face and how often am I going to get to see them live at this point in their career (and mine). 

They played a good show, and if anyone there previously doubted their raw ability as musicians (beyond just flat-out rockin’ on songs like Disconnected), then those doubts should have been put to rest.  Good experience, glad I made it out and that they made a STL stop.  Any STL punk appreciators should note that they promised to be back with their punk rock show Fall 2012 or Spring 2013, so hopefully they make good on that.