! got a great write up in ft. myers’ ‘the news press’. check it out HERE

right now we’re waiting in the air port in San Francisco to get a flight to ft. myers. i’m looking forward to the signing there. the movie will also be shown.

and here’s a departing shot of SF

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ok….the signing at loved to death here in San Francisco went great, i want to thank everyone who came out and the folks at loved to death, you are the greatest.

while in town, i found my way over to ‘two cats comic book store‘ and got an amazing captian america hoodie! i am a superhero!

next stop howl tattoo and gallery in ft. myers….we’ll be doing the book signing and a screening of forced perspective.


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alright, on the way to loved to death in san francisco (see previous update), we stopped by to see the worlds largest trees, the sequoia’s. what a cool thing and the park was amazing….i attached a few pictures….tomorrow back to book signing business

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had a great time at san clemente tattoo, i actually did my second tattoo ever on the owner thaddeus (pictured below) between signing books. that was really cool, but take a look at it…i’m not ready to give up my day job. made it over to the beach before the signing, what a beautiful place san clemente is.
next stop “loved to death” in san francisco in two days.




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next stop, san clemente! i’ll be at san clemente tattoo today at, 117 avenida granada, san clemente, 949-498-8487. the signing will run from 5 to 8pm – web site HERE

LA last night was a blast, thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to sara for having us.

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ok…..san diego was great, thanks to everyone who came out, you’re the best.
tonight i’m in LA doing the book signing 6-9pm at incognito tattoo located at 4714 franklin ave, #6, los angeles.

here’s a picture from last night

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ok, hello san diego! tonight’s the second stop on the “31 days in may” book tour at Eden Tattoo Gallery, 3001 Madison Ave, San Diego, California. the event runs from 5pm to 8pm. check out info on eden on their web site HERE

last night in phoenix was a blast, thanks to everyone who came out.

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got a good write up in the phoenix news times for the signing/movie screening tonight

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hello phoenix……hello filmbar

FilmBar Phoenix

815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

From 7:30 to 9 p.m. – See a screening of Forced Perspective
From 9 to 10 p.m. – book signing of 31 Days In May: A Visual Journey, which is a look at the link between creativity and mental health as told through Hess’ artwork.
Film screening is $9.95 – ticket link: www.thefilmbarphx.com/movie/derek-hess-31-days-in-may-book—tour
Book signing is FREE; copies of the book are $45 each.

We’ll be onsite at FilmBar before the event, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. for book sales/signings for those who can’t attend the other times

Presented by Perihelion Arts

The movie, ‘Forced Perspective’ is an intimate portrait of iconic Cleveland artist Derek Hess by filmmaker Nick Cavalier. The film is a journey through Derek’s struggle with alcoholism and bipolar and how these demons effect the artwork, presenting a voyeur into Derek’s personal life, revealing his process and philosophy. This film showcases the evolution of a celebrated artist, his effect on music and culture while highlighting the link between creativity and mental illness.

Derek Hess’ 31 Days In May Book & Tour is to break down the stigmas and creates awareness of mental illness and addiction. Internationally renowned artist, Derek Hess understands artists and people like himself are in a unique position to start dialogues about intimate universal struggles without as much fear of judgment. 31 Days In May is our opportunity to challenge — and change — the negative stereotypes.

In order to raise awareness, the Tour will hit approximately between 20-30 different locations across the United States during May 2018, Mental Health Awareness month. Derek will be doing book signings, screenings of his award winning documentary Forced Perspective and organized talks. In an attempt to really reach people Derek will forgo the high end gallery setting he’s used to and focus on non-traditional locations such as high schools, universities, bookstores, mental health organizations, hospitals, concert venues, libraries and shops.

A portion of all proceeds from Go Fund Me will go to the following organizations:
Hope For The Day
Mental Health America

Additionally, a portion of the Phoenix event’s proceeds will benefit SONORAN PREVENTION WORKS, the only comprehensive harm reduction organization that combines direct service, legislative advocacy, and capacity building to create stronger, healthier communities for people made vulnerable by substance use.

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i’m getting ready to start my book signing tour monday and won’t be able to do my radio show for a month…so my last show is in the archives till wednesday (so if you’re reading this past wednesday it will not be up) and you can listen on line HERE


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