Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Random Rants on Pajamas, Racists, and Graffiti

Hey Ladies and Girls, If you wear pajama pants out in public it is neither cute or sexy. Its lazy and stupid.This is especially true if your above the age of 12. You will grow to be an unloved crazy cat lady because you have given up caring and therefore no one will care about you.

To all the racists, Homophobes, sexists etc. of the world. When you show your bigotry, either through subtle jokes or outright cross burning hatred, you tell the world one of two things. You are either scared to death of the thing your prejudice against or you have scared yourself with how much you love/want to be the thing your against. Hate women? You have no idea how to talk or respect a woman. thus you are a scared little boy next to a women. Scared of certain minorities? You soo wish you were Black, Asian, Mexican etc. Make fun of Gays? You would give anything to dance with shirtless muscular men to pumping Techno music. Sometimes (oftentimes) these prejudices go together. Example; you hate blacks and gays? You secretly want to be bent over by a "scary" black man.

Over the weekend i watched Exit Through The Gift Shop. It is one of the best films i have ever seen. Even if your not a fan of Graffiti this is a great documentary. The film also reminded me of just how selfless Graffiti is. Probably the most pure art form in the world. What is funny is what a dichotomy it can be since its all about the self (the artist and his tag or style) and once the piece is up it belongs to everyone. There is no monetary gain. There are no adoring fans applauding at the end. There is a short lifespan on the piece.(sometimes pieces disappear overnight)

A few years ago REVOLUTION TATTOO had an art show featuring top Graffiti artists from around the country. As the owners are friends of mine i was asked to participate. In honor of Graffiti's selflessness (and my lack of any sort of Graffiti skills) I decided, with the help of my friend Kevin, to build 2 freight cars out of wood and let everyone tag the shit out of it.
We cut Strips of wood to add "depth" and even had a door (our dream was a working door with a hobo inside but time and money prevented that)

Cutting and adding the "wheels" out of wood spools we found in alleys.

So the night of the show Kevin and my self bought a bunch of Krylon spray cans, Fat and thin tip markers and hung pictures of the Hip Hop Godfathers (Run DMC, Krs-1, EMPD, Public Enemy,LL Cool J, etc.) above the finished Freight cars that now resided in the gallery's garage. During the show people came out to the gallery's garage and tagged our freight cars.
My beautiful pregnant wife, Kristina, throwing a piece up.

At the end of the show I raffled off the cars. To make any money off of Graffiti would have missed the point.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ikea Directions For Stonehenge

Published in the QI H Annual. Written by Justin Pollard with input from John Lloyd and Stevyn Colgan.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Adventure Time!!

I loathe "stoner" shows. In the 1990s Ren and Stimpy was all the rage with my age group. I never got it. It was an o.k. show to look at but the writing and stories were crap. Strictly gross out humor without heart or fun. As the bar was starting to be set lower and lower the shows sunk the same. Space Ghost begot Aqua Teen begot Squidbillies begot AssyMcgee begot Tim and Eric, which is in my opinion THE WORST SHOW ON TELEVISION EVER.

Hidden within this field of cow shit a few diamonds can be found. the Venture Brothers being one. Meanwhile "kids" shows continue to be subversive comedies that are utterly enjoyable for adults as well as kids, Spongebob, Fanboy and CumChum, and Phineas and Ferb among them. But i have found a kids show that has wrapped its beautiful skinny arms around me and captured my heart forever. I speak of Adventure Time. Its a show centered around a boy and his Dog friend who can stretch his body.

Do yourself a favor this weekend and check it out (they are On Demand). These shows remind me of the adventures i used to make up in my mind as a young boy. With all the Glee and fun of a 8 year old's mind.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Music Videos Of Relevance

The Roots Featuring Erykah Badu - You Got Me (edited version)

Monday, February 7, 2011

R.I.P. Tura Satana

I just found out Tura Satana passed away over the weekend. If your unfamiliar with Ms. Satana you are seriously missing out my friend. Look around the internet, you'll find her.

Tura used to sign Glossies through her website, so a few years ago i purchased a glossy for a Christmas present to my wife. Tura emailed me to get some info (correct name spelling etc.) and as i was writing her back i remember my head getting dizzy as i realized i was  corresponding WITH TURA FUCKING SATANA.

 Some guys like to golf. Other guys dig working on cars. Most boys like baseball and nice girls who think worms are icky and puppies are cute. Not me. What do i like? I like Hockey. I like AC/DC. I like leather. And i like girls who race cars and can kick your ass if they wanted to.

Here's the Glossy she signed for my wife Kristina.
A few years ago there was an art show in Chicago with all the pieces based on Tura. Here's some of my favorite pieces.

Oh one more thing...Tura dated Elvis Presley but turned down his marriage proposal,though she did keep the ring.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Quotes of Worth

“The people who run our cities don’t understand graffiti because they think nothing has the right to exist unless it makes a profit. The people who truly deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours, it belongs to you, it’s yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.”
—     Banksy