Friday, July 30, 2010

My belly and Jeremy Fish

I went to the laguna fish show awhile back and I found this video of me getting my book signed by Jeremy. That's me with the big striped shirt and grolsh beer in hand (I was holding for him while he signed, I don't drink that often, and when I do, It's usually at home where I don't have to drive. My beverage of choice is usually diet soda or ginger ale). Well, watch the clip. If you don't know already, Jeremy is a skater and artist from S.F. who has had great success in the art and skate world. If I were more consistant with small detail, my work would look very much like his, but sometimes I get sloppy (or loose). I do admire his work....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Stunning Todd Schorr show at Otis!

This is a spoiler of sorts of the Todd Schorr Show. This is Ape Worship for the end of the show. This is why you should get over to see this in person. It has to be seen in person to get the effect of the work. His detail work is some of the finest ever. What I like best about his work is everyone young and old can take some kind of inspiration from it. This is THE event of the summer. We are going back for his speech on Sept. 11th.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New work for my uncle bob's birthday

My 4 page spread in Rank and File Magazine

Get your copies at Gasoline Gallery by clicking here: Gasoline

Monday, July 12, 2010

My tribute to Donuts... the forbidden food!

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No need for explanation, just enjoy...

Peter Case is still great

I was a big Plimsouls fan way back. We used to request their songs on kroq because they would actually play them now and then. I doubt many remember the 'souls (As we called them...) or went to Case shows like I did in the 80's and 90's. (I used to take dates to case shows just so they could hear "walk in the woods" and think I was a romantic type of guy (great sad love song...)
Well... recently I was going to check out his show at the folk music center last june but I had no funds so I looked him up on you tube etc... and found that he was sick for a bit, and now o.k. an has a new cd called wig. This post is just to say I'm glad he's still around and making music. One of the best L.A. musicians I can think of, and a great crack in his vocal delivery that I have always loved. Get all the Plimsouls and Nerves stuff, then get "Peter Case" and Bumblebee too (those are my faves) Check out these videos too...">\">

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Dirt bike kid 1977

I had a red, white and blue room at the time due to the bi-centennial and getting to chose my room color. Here I am with my new Honda xr75. What a spoiled kid I was. Dirt bike riding was my whole world then, and Boogie Boarding, and Legos. This was taken at our old house 1214 Helberta Ave, Redono Beach, CA. Let the good times roll! (Note: I was wearing dad's helmet in this photo (he had a red Bultaco 250, then a yellow Macio 500) My helmet I would get later was a red bell with a blue scott goggles face gaurd. Oakley one grips and FMF added parts souped up this bike.)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Coco has arrived!

Thank you Gabe and Amanda for this shy adorable girl. She loves the backyard and is very tolerant of Chet the ball of energy. She is very mellow and sweet, and a wardrobe to die for. Scott had a small bed for Chet that he did not like, but Coco curled up in it and took a nap. The 4th is rough (or ruff...) on dogs and Sharon and I will each watch them both as the loud noise scares them both. We will post photo as soon as we can,(Sharon left the camera at her work) and look forward to seeing Coco's name added to the Chet blog heading soon too. Chet and I said Hi to Dirk at Guitar Safari too, then we went to Fantastic Cafe for a Grilled Chicken Sandwich and a Salad Burrito. What a day!

The planets aligned yesterday...

I had the kind of day that everything just worked out. I talked to some of my uncle's back door man fanzine friends and was offered to curate a big art show gig in mid september at the croatian cultural center on 7th and pacific here in Pedro. I got good response from friends, bands and artists and it looks like it's going to happen. Then my close friend who moved away was in town for a few minutes and we had a great talk in the Warner Grand theater here in town. We talked about our families and you know how it is getting older it gets hard seeing people pass away or get sick. Just to see my friend for the few minutes was such a great moment and to be at the Warner as the setting was amazing. I'm so grateful for my friends, and this friend and I go back as far as 1978 and that day I was listening to some girls by the stones which came out that year too. (still a great stones lp, it was a favorite of my uncle's too. One of the best and most expensive to make record covers too..) This 4th of July remember to tell your friends you love them and give them hugs. Life is so fragile you never know, so be sure and say it now. Be careful and have a safe 4th! (the picture of the painting is of my late uncle Don Underwood he and my aunt Liz used to throw big family parties every 4th of July. We would play records all day(rock, punk, blues, doo wop, calypso...), make home made ice cream, BBQ, play croquet,he had a gum ball machine we would dig toys out of and he would have us put them back later. Sometimes I read through his underground comics too. My other uncles Bob and Bill would talk with Don about favorite 3 Stooges and Marx Bros. shows and the Lakers R.I.P.)