Monday, July 13, 2015


A couple weeks ago unprompted, a co-worker and friend built me this bracelet which was inspired by Mike Ness' "Don't Think Twice." To my dismay, about 2 miles into my bike ride home this evening I noticed it was missing. After walking and feeding Wats I took off again—into this muggy armpit of a day—to find my bracelet. Happily, I found it about a mile away from home! Big relief. I would have been pretty upset to lose this.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Cromagnon dirt track racer

We'll be playing Brauerhouse in a couple weeks. I'm working to get my bass back up and thumpin'!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Flattop's Surgery

I finished building "The Flattop Bass" in September 2013. It quickly replaced my Eastwood Classic 4 and has been the only bass I play for the last 2 years. Back in January it cut out on me, but worked fine the next day. It cut out again at last week's rehearsal which I fixed, about which I was quite dubious and sure enough with three songs left in our second set last Sunday, it cuts out. The long and short of it—it needs a new bridge. I thought I might take the time to refinish the back as well. Hopefully it all works out.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


This evening Curio will be rockin' our heavy rockabilly at Three Aces for the Wreckles afterparty following Motoblot. I haven't been making posters too frequently for a while, but I have an itch to do a little of that again. Although this won't be available tonight, some of the upcoming show posters will be…

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I'm back again: scanning

I wish technology was more like an old Schwinn—keep it clean and it'll outlast you. I really miss my Canon LiDE 500—which lasted somewhere in the ballpark of 7-10 years. I first tried an HP all-in-one borrowed from my folks… That scan is on the left. It just lacked the detail I was used to with the Canon so I decided to go ahead and get a new Canon, but I went with the 120 instead of the 500 (they seem essentially the same except for price). That scan is on the right. The color is a little off from the original drawing, but the detail is there so I can color correct a bit. Still trying to get it to talk to Photoshop a little better—it doesn't seem to recognize the plug-in like the old scanner, but that'll sort itself out in it's banal way. OK let's get on with some Curio posters now…

Monday, June 15, 2015

A revolutionary new bass.

I'm back. After a decade-ish of service my trusty Canon scanner conked out on me. This was a couple weeks back which is why I haven't posted since May.

My dad drove up to help me get started on my gutter/flashing project and brought up an extra scanner. I've never used HP gear, so for now it's suspect and we'll see if it earns my trust. Right now, it's got a couple strikes against it, but I sure am happy to be able to scan sketches again.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bee Bee

Its a lot easier to draw a portrait of someone you know than someone you don't. So sometimes when I do a portrait of someone I don't know it ends up looking like a friend.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Beef in the Teeth

…funny thing about drawing on my lunch break—people want to know what I'm drawing. Sometimes I know and most times not—this is one of the not drawings, but I'll leave it to this bit of dialogue from the best movie of the 90s, Johnny Suede:

Dalton: (raising a glass) To the lonely wolf.

Mrs. Fontaine: What are you toasting?

Dalton: Animal behavior, my dear.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sketch for Ali Be-Bop-A-Baba

Thursday night was a tough one. I kept waking up thinking someone broke into the house, then I would dream about that and then the thieves would turn into monsters and demons… sheesh! But, it's not all bad because it's given me an idea.

Friday morning I chuckled to myself while listening to "Ooby Dooby" by Roy Orbison. Wailing out phrases like ooby dooby, beatin' on a ding dong and be-bop-a-lula are certainly a whole lotta fun, but I'm not sure what they mean. Sometimes it's a sexual metaphor, sometimes it's just something syncopated and rhythmic, in any case I like it.

Somehow my lack of sleep paired with some rockabilly nonsense got me thinking of 1001 Arabian Nights and specifically the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. What if you turned that story into a kitschy rockabilly tune? or painting… paint-a-billy? I mean you've got The 40 Thieves, they're a motorcycle gang from hell. Instead of a cave they exit through the mouth of Hell's gatekeeper. You've got a blue collar wood worker in Ali Baba and you've got one clever, hardcore vixen with Morgiana. Ooo and you've got a sewn back together zombie (well in this version, Cassim is just a sewn back together dead guy in the original)! I'd like to turn it into a large painting at some point.