Today is the big day for Deanna, her opening! She had to get the the Museum for a press conference...
There was "material" for the press about her work being handed out by young beautiful women, pretty cool.
I went downstairs while she was talking to the press and watched a group of 13 to 15 year old kids get a tour of the Michel Comte
show. "Ok children, this is the First Lady
of France, Carla Bruni
... Oh, and she's completely naked."
The clear path to first-ladydom laid out for the children.
Then I went back up to see how she was doing... "Work it baby!"
Then she had to field questions from the press.
Just before the opening we shot a photo of ourselves to remember the excitement.
I had to speak in front of 200 people and present Deanna's work. I was pretty nervous too.
The opening was filled with people. I sorta blew it on shooting photos when it was really packed and only got photos after the fact, but it was still heavily populated into the evening...
Who is this?: Ralph Mittendorf, German vert skater from the late 80's early 90's.
He used to have long curly hair I am pretty sure.
He was there. I looked really hard on the inter-web for photos of him from back in the day, but couldn't find any.
(Skaters from that era: Send Photos!)
Deanna's subject matter inspired copy-cats. This one is on a young man, but there were some older women and some teenage girls in the mix too.
Young Noah from the Netherlands.
A young man approached me and lifted his pant-leg to reveal no less than 3 tattoos of Toy Machine related artwork.
Then asked me to draw on his leg with my worn out sharpie, so he could tattoo over it the next day.
This always stresses me out because this will be with the person for life - and it all rests on what I do right there. If I make a sub-standard drawing, then they have a sub standard tattoo I guess. I always advise against it, but I can't stop them, it's their body.
No, it's not Lance Conklin. His name is Daniel Rosin. (I hope I got the last name right.)
I'm honored he loves Toy Machine and my artwork so much.
Later in the night, Deanna had to give an interview. I sat in on it.
"Man, we need to go eat..."
The Huijts Family came all the way from Holland-!!!!
(OK, only an hour by car, but the whole family!!!)
Just before leaving forever, Deanna wanted to take a last minute walk-through so she could remember her show.
You don't really get to digest anything at the opening.