News From November 2009

Some photos from Vancouver...

That I don't remember posting.
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Reynolds doing his signature move over the whole thing to the flat.
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Basically when he lands, he will run into me going mach-5.
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Sect Tat, Loyal Pawns for life.
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Go skate day.
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Go skate day - people who had no idea.
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Getting married on Go Skate Day?
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The master of Vancouver, Rick McCrank and his daughter Kaylea.

Food blogging is the new trash blogging. Ask Deanna.
Posted November 30th, 2009 by And yet, it's sad that life blurs so relentlessly
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Keith Haring in Paris

At the St. Eustache Church in Les Halles...
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Scope out our Food Blog, and Deanna's photo blog...
Posted November 28th, 2009 by I probably blogged about this before...
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Back from my travels...

And filled with stories and images that will never be realized.
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Deanna needs to update her blog now that we are back.
And we have a bunch more food blogging to do as well<<<<<<<
Posted November 27th, 2009 by But I did go to D-land for Thanksgiving with my niece.
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Netherlands (a bit of Belgium) & Paris

Heerlen is a Dutch town in the Limburg region of Holland where my freind Stijn Huijts and his family live.
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Manon, Noah, Sammy, Jesse, Stijn, Deanna and moi. They let us stay in their house for a few days and we are very thankful for the hospitality!
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Stijn has an old painting of mine from 1996 in his house, along with a slew of other, much better artwork.
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Stijn organized the OsGemeos twins from Brazil to do a mural. It's very nice.
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Deanna and I both fanned out on it.
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It's behind a church.
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There was a cemetery, we had to go.
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The leaves had fallen in all of the colorful slpendor they could muster, it was enough to make Deanna revel in the glory of Autumn.
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Dinner time with Noah means drawing. I started it off...
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Noah was living all over me trying to add details to my drawing, and starting ones of his own.
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He's a creative cat.
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He is fully into the Toy Machine world of characters.
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He came up with a drunk and wasted Sect dreaming of "More Beer" but since English is not his first language, wrote it "More Bear."
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His world is so much bigger than mine.
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A quilt of posters from Stijns' last job as the director of the museum Het Domein in Sittard, Netherlands. He had shows with me, Thomas Campbell, Barry McGee, Deanna Templeton, Clare Rojas, Mark Gonzales, and many more! They made this for him when he left.
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Part of the family, Manon, Sammy and Stijn. They all play music, it is pretty awesome and so un-American. They eat at the table together for breakfast and dinner. Why is this amazing to me?
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I asked Sammy if he had any "face-melting" guitar-solos for me, - he did not. I'm not sure he understood me.
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Sammy took me to his local skate shop the day after we shredded his local skatepark. The Locals at Holy Wood skate shop, Heerlen, Netherlands. I don't know how enthusiastic skaters this young can get over an aging pro skater past his hey-day, but it was fun to say hello and watch them shred the local spots.
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The shop wall was de-virginized.
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Part of the Dutch holiday folklore involves "Black Pete." I don't know how this would go over in the US. Manon told me that it doesn't even go over so well these days in Holland.
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We left Heerlen via train and had to switch trains in Liege, Belgium. Look at their damn train station!
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And our destination? Paris. From my hotel window. I had to go to Paris Photo to do a booksigning at Schaden books.
Coming home very soon! Check out our food blog?
Posted November 22nd, 2009 by Back in Paris, it feels like home, the sun is out.
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Gent, Belgium and Whatnot

Some random images from around.
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Well, this is London actually.
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Belgians. The right one is Thomas, the curator of my exhibition.
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Philippe, the director of the museum, and Tim, my gallerist in Antwerp.
Just like skaters getting a new issue of Thrasher and devouring it, these art people get a new issue of FlashArt and eagerly flip through...

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Just a castle we ate next to. No biggie.
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Posted November 19th, 2009 by Tired of being dead, but only for today, I promise.
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London, and train to Gent, Belgium.

My last internet connection was so slow that blogging was not desirable.
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The Museum of Everything, near Chalk Farm tube station. If you are in London, see it.
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So cool in person.
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"To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it." –Leo Tolstoy
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No shit, Sherlock!
- a phrase said when someone has stated the obvious.
(Refers to Sherlock Holmes, the world's greatest fictional “Consulting Detective.”)
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Robert Frank, enlarged proof sheets from The Americans at the Tate Modern.
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A Toy Machine fan, George (I hope I remembered your name!) I met on the bridge over the river Thames.
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"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." –Confucius
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Chinatown, London.
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Today was our 18–year wedding anniversary.
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We've been together for 22 years.
Posted November 16th, 2009 by A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.
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London, UK, Friday the 13th

Busy first night, Busy first day.
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As luck would have it, Melissa and Ted are in London and we hooked up for a dinner at Mildred's restaurant to catch up on their adventurous lives.
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Went to see Jim Goldberg at the Photographer's Gallery. Best show I have ever seen there. It's amazing.
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The work is from his series Open See, and is presented in a very fun way to interact with.
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Polaroid contact print collage.
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We have been walking a lot and eating a little...
Posted November 13th, 2009 by Tired of being awake, but only for tonight, I promise.
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Copnenhagen, Denmark, May 2008

Some images from my month there.
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"Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition." –Barack Obama
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"Consciousness is a disease." –Miguel de Unamuno
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"Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them." –James Fallows
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"Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools." –Albert Einstein
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Deanna would rather not.

Interview on Juxtapoz.com...

New Thunder truck!
Posted November 13th, 2009 by Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
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Yes, we are dorks.

But not only because we listen to NPR all day.
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But because Deanna bought us tickets to taping of Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, an NPR news quiz show in Pasadena, CA. And Tony Hawk was the surprise guest!

I have a NEW interview at Juxtapoz.com

Bid on a photo of mine here <<<
Posted November 12th, 2009 by The best way to waste your life is by taking notes.
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A Poem for your Wednesday


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I'm out of town, so blogging can be haggard for the next couple of weeks.

Deanna has a blog too...

A NEW interview with me over at Juxtapoz.com <--------------------
Mike V tells a story about Ed t. --------- A little gross (and slightly exaggerated)
Brendan Fowler has an exhibition in NYC...
Posted November 11th, 2009 by Vanity usually overtakes common sense
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Some more random stuff...

And some quotes. I'll be leaving the country in a few days, and will be gone for two weeks. I'm not sure what kind of blogging I will be able to do. I'm sure you will survive.
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Photo of Tosh from the year 2000.
"Youth is a period of missed opportunities." –Cyril Connolly
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Portrait of Ann Vallely.
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." –Albert Einstein
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A collaboration painting with a 3 year old Emily Vallely.
"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." –Franz Kafka
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"Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate." –Emily Dickinson
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A proof sheet that you can't see because it's too small.
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"Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people." –Garrison Keillor
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"How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?" –Lou Reed
Picture Black Friday.
A NEW interview with me over at Juxtapoz.com <--------------------
And a new Thunder Truck!
Posted November 10th, 2009 by A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
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More Random Artwork for your inspection

I think maybe you have not seen some of these?
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I made this in Copenhagen last year. Some more quotes too:
"People living deeply have no fear of death." –Anais Nin
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"When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art." –Paul Cezanne
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Terry Richardson owned this painting, but sent it back because it didn't fit in his house anymore. So I sent him some prints instead...
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"The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist." –David Hockney
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"Take a look at the books other people have in their homes." –Jerzy Kosinski

A NEW interview with me over at Juxtapoz.com <--------------------
Deanna's photo blog!
The Emerica Interview<<<

Posted November 9th, 2009 by The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century.
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A selection, at random, of artwork...

Just a few things, some old, some new. And some art quotes I dug up.
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"Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered." –Albert Camus
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"All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life." –Oscar Wilde
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Mike Mills, Miranda July. "A picture is a poem without words." –Horace
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"An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have." –Andy Warhol
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"Art is either plagiarism or revolution." –Paul Gauguin
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"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." –Twyla Tharp
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"Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product." –Edward Steichen
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"I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me." –Roy Lichtenstein

"I want to tickle a sea otter." – Deanna Templeton
Posted November 6th, 2009 by Time is sucking away...
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Recent photos from Huntington and LA

(Scanned from a proof sheet, so pardon the quality...)
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My old bud, Nolan Hall (not the guy getting the ticket) has a website. or "blog."
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Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
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Lurk-fest 2009.
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All diseases run into one, old age.
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Deanna likes this one, because she likes cute puppies.
Posted November 5th, 2009 by Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
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Ewan and the Doll

A match made in heaven, of plastic, with sharpie pubes.
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Dolly had an accident.
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"Don't worry, I'll get that."
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Yes.
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Posted November 4th, 2009 by OK OK break it up.
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I remember Halloween

After the demo in Long Beach I went directly to Disneyland to suckle at the corporate teat.
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Kevin, Ashley, Deanna and me...
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And Laura too.
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We are dorks.
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I'm always thinking of something when that drop comes on Splash...
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Waiting for the tram.
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People waiting for the tram from the tram.
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Waiting sucks.
Posted November 3rd, 2009 by oh until next year, more rides rather than less
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Some Joiners for your perusal...

Perhaps some day I'll make some prints of this stuff.
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HB park joiner...
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Joiner of Maldonado and BA...
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Staba and Mike O'Meally in Japan.
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Deanna joiner...
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Not a joiner, just in between frames.
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Ballerinas in Copenhagen joiner...
Posted November 2nd, 2009 by soma-say soma-sah
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