i just did my second of the “missing girls you never knew” pieces and thought it was a line by UFO all these years when in fact it’s “listen girls you never know” form the song “this fire burns tonight”who knew…love that song still…. anyway, i wanted to get these two pieces down before memory fades from my trip tip phoenix. i get little crushes on girls from time to time when i’m away, nothing creepy mind you, just little things. well, i got a little one who worked at the front desk at the clarendon which was my hotel, there was some mild flirting back and forth, nothing like i could ask her out to dinner or go fly kites or something since i was only there a few days. so that what those pieces are about, brief crushes on nothing that ever can develop.
can we just talk about this amazing gil kane drawing for x-men 95. he is amazing, look at how the figures flow together, and check out how well he defines the muscles on the arms like the triceps on the guy up front, i forgot his name, they killed him off, i think maybe in this issue, i remember buying this issue at this place called tommy’s on coventry. tommy’s is still there, they don’t sell comics anymore though….anyway, gil kane is by far my biggest influence as far as drawing goes.
so phoenix again….sometimes at shows people will approach me and show me tattoo’s of my images they had tattooed on them…which is amazing and very fattering. at the phoenix opening a girl did just that….what she had done was the “presence” pieces on her upper theigh. now rarely someone will ask me to sign their tattoo, and even more rare is when they get the signature tattooed…that’s what she did…here are the pictures…first is the tattoo, then me signing it, then the pen signature, and last the signature tattooed.
so..i watch a lot of tv. i like the news, local and national, so when i travel i love watching the local news wherever i am. since i was in phoenix, i took in a lot of their tv in my killer hotel room (thanks amy). the news will give you a lot of insight to the community it’s broadcast from, and i found some of phoenix’s news fascinating. it had me comparing….in cleveland we have whats called “freeze and thaw”. freeze and thaw is the winter weather and the effects it has on the roads. water will seep into small cracks in the street, the temperature drops and the water freezes which means it expands. then the weather gets above freezing, the water melts, and larger cracks are left with voids inside the pavement so when cars drive over them, they start to break up and create “pot holes” which can become huge and damage your car…ok…..what i’m getting at is channel 5 in cleveland has a segment in their news cast called “pot hole patrol”. they have a guy with pot hole patrol on the side of his car and he goes out and finds huge pot holes to report on. they’ll go to city hall and ask them why they haven’t fixed this monstrous pot hole? which is a valid question. the reply is always “it’s on the list”…and the list is huge….anyway the holes tend to get fix right away since it was on the news. the pot hole patrol also has people email them where there are other big pot holes so they can go focus on those….now the phoenix news has different cultural priorities to cover. they were reporting on when hiding easter eggs, they shouldn’t put them under bushes, or behind pool equipment as to not have the kids be bitten by a rattle snake….pot holes and rattle snakes…..i love the news.
now that the cleveland international film festival has ended i’d like to thank the following folks for making the film and the event a huge success, (over 100,000 in attendance, that is a record for this event). nick cavalier for the vision to make the movie in the first place, john pope, marty geramita, sergio salgado, and johnathan lococque. thanks a ton to the event as a whole and everyone who showed up, you’re the greatest.
A limited edition version of this poster will be available after the Cleveland International Film Festival screenings of Forced Perspective at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Tower City Cinemas.
for those of you in the cleveland area, me and nick cavalier (the guy who did the film forced perspective) will be on the 7pm news over on channel 3. we’ll be blah blahing about the movie and it’s showing at the cleveland international film festival…maybe more, idk, might touch on the book.
….and on the 23rd, i’ll be on kickin’ it with kenny on channel 8, and that will be early, 6 or 7am…i’ll fill you in when it gets closer.
…then on the 25th, i’ll be on wmms 100.7 at 10am. i know they have a live stream.
so what do you have stuck to the back of your car? bumper stickers really tell a lot about a person, they quickly sum up who you are for all to see. pictured below is the back of my car, it says i’m over compensating because i drive a japanese car…..other people advertise about themselves……”look twice, save a life. watch out for motorcycles” is obviously a biker. the grateful dead stickers says you’re a pot head and tells the police to pull you over. “america, love it or leave it” = hater, “I brake at all railroad crossings,” has young kids, the white oval sticker’s with black letters on them which i have no idea what they mean, must be some kind of inside joke, i think they’re some kind of upperclass thing. “Beam me up, Scotty” a treky, the darwin fish = my friend, all the jesus saves type stickers say’s get away from me, the ICP stickers means meathead, the kill your television sticker tells me i’d never get along with you, and then you have the McCain / Palin stickers still on some cars…that just says evil never dies.