14 December 2014

Santazilla!

For the past twenty-five some odd years (& some have been very odd indeed!), I have created holiday cards for friends & family to celebrate the season. Although I waiver between atheism & agnosticism, my belief in this most wonderful time of the year & the spirit of giving & sharing therein has never been stronger.
My holiday scribblings started with a skankin' Santa, rockin' to the holiday groove (replete with "Fishbone" tattoo), & have continued unabated up until this year's monstrous offering.
Please feel free to save, send, print, & otherwise share in any way you'd like in the spirit of the season as it were...
 & last year's holidaze missive, an oh-so-funny mashup of 
ol' St. Nick & one of the year's most visionary flicks.



Previous cards have ranged from personal to political to downright ridiculous (I will spare you "Zombie Claus"!), & after the jump, I will share with you some of my favorites (complete with whatever necessary context) starting with Santa occupyin' Wall St. when it was all the rage indeed! 

28 April 2014

12 December 2013

Santa Claus vs. Gravity

 This year's holidaze missive, an oh-so-funny mashup of ol' St. Nick & one of this year's most visionary flicks.
Please feel free to save, send, print, & otherwise share in any way you'd like in the spirit of the season as it were...
Santa Claus vs. Gravity

11 November 2013

Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnegut...

Kurt Vonnegut has always held a special place in my heart as well as in my head.

His writings, his beliefs, simply his way of being, influenced my younger self profoundly & still hold a great deal of sway in this somewhat older body in which I now find myself. Of course, Vonnegut would claim, & I think rightfully so, that these two identities are interchangeable, occupying the same time-line albeit at different points, but both exist together, now & forever intertwined.
More important than his works & his philosophies though was his place in the literary triumvirate that is one of the foundations of my relationship with my dad. Devouring those books off my dad's bookshelf in my pre-pubescence became a catapult to help us traverse that leap from being father & son to being friends.
As high school reared it ugly head, the oh-so-long (but equally wonderful) times we spent editing my school papers dwindled. Our Scrabble games also slowed a bit (although they picked up with a vengeance whilst I was in college~ when I finally beat him for the first time!).
But Vonnegut has always remained a cornerstone.

For better or worse, he & my father are responsible for the writer I am today, & a good deal of the man I am today as well.

So it was with quite a good deal of joy that I found this portrait I had drawn of Mr. Vonnegut in one of my old sketchbooks. It's unfinished, smudgy pencil & all. It's certainly not an antique per se, but it is somewhat vintage.
I had the pleasure of sharing it with Mr. Vonnegut at a book signing that I went to with my dad. He looked at it quite intently, then looked up at me with that same bemused smile that he wears in the drawing.
That was a good day indeed.

so it goes...
so it goes...


26 April 2013

Moose & goose (a romance)

So I am quite often asked, both virtually & corporeally, to draw something for someone. Usually I politely demur, citing my current penchant for donating my art to charity or supporting political causes, but the chef in my school's cafeteria came to me in such a sweet & earnest manner, I could not resist slinging some ink his way. He told me a tale of his first anniversary with his lovely bride & how they call each other "moose & goose" & this just tumbled outta' me...
moose & goose

22 March 2013

Trenton Makes...

"...the prettiest girls."
For my lovely bride,
born & raised in our hardscrabble state capital.
A peek into process- pencils, inks & paints.
Enjoy!~
all the prettiest girls.
all the prettiest girls.


all the prettiest girls.
 

22 February 2013

Cougar said knock you out

The mascot of the school wherein I teach is a cougar. They asked me to create a design for a new tee-shirt to replace the clip-art they've been using for too many years. Voilà...
Coungar said knock you out
Now my oh-so-supportive son told me this was "cheap". I replied it was only cheap if I used the design again after this. He then made me promise not to do so.
Kids. I hate it when they keep you honest...

18 December 2012

Four more years of good cheer...

For the past twenty-five some odd years (& some have been very odd indeed!), I have created holiday cards for friends & family to celebrate the season. Although I waiver between atheism & agnosticism, my belief in this most wonderful time of the year & the spirit of giving & sharing therein has never been stronger.
My holiday scribblings started with a skankin' Santa, rockin' to the holiday groove (replete with "Fishbone" tattoo), & have continued unabated up until this year's oh-so-topical (albeit a lil' late) snapshot of Mr. Claus doing his civic duty in the voting booth.
Please feel free to save, send, print, & otherwise share in any way you'd like in the spirit of the season as it were...
Santa said knock you out
Previous cards have ranged from personal to political to downright ridiculous (I will spare you "Zombie Claus"!), & after the jump, I will share with you some of my favorites (complete with whatever necessary context) starting with last year's ink-stained holiday greeting.

07 December 2012

"Obama Said Knock You Out" for all of your holiday gift-giving needs...

Hey kids-
A month after the election, & less than a month 'til the holidaze, I am delighted to offer the design that became a world-wide sensation, "Obama Said Knock You Out", on a veritable plethora of products for purchase via CafePress.
Check out the over one hunnert styles of waycool stuff, ranging from t-shirts to water bottles, snuggies to gym bags, doggy shirts to onezies, & of course, my favorite, a thong...
& in the holiday spirit, all my profits from these sales will go to benefit the Ali Forney Center,
so get a few for yerself & friends & family as well.
Check 'em all out for cool stuff & good karma. Enjoy:
Naughty!

 Please go & see the rest of the goodies @ CafePress.
Wear & display my waycool design all over your body & all 'round your house & support the Ali Forney Center whilst doing so.
Happy holidaze, kids!

06 December 2012

Some days are better than others...

We started a Gay Straight Alliance @ the school where I teach (& also where I went as a student as well!), one of the few GSA's at a middle school, & we were just recognized by GLSEN for doing so.
I look goofy when I'm proud.
I'm very proud of the brave kids who are involved & so thrilled to work in a school that supports them in this extraordinary venture.
Check 'em out here~


25 November 2012

The Walking Dead Emaciation Proclamation

Zombies, undead & somewhat stinky tho' they may be, deserve the same rights as the rest of us...
Zombie Power!
If yer on Twitter, please reweet, favorite & do whatever Tweeting magic you want to this tweet by my lovely bride.
Do that for this lonely lil' blogger & I will love you lots.

07 November 2012

The funky icing on the cake...

"Obama Said Knock You Out" was tweeted last nite
by none other than the man himself, LL Cool J
LL Cool J tweets yours truly
Now that is very very cool indeed...
I am oh-so-happy.
Now if only I knew how to tweet myself.
Mebbe some helpful reader could tweet a reply & throw up the name of this here blog so kids could find their way here from there?


06 November 2012

Baby Got Hope (for four more years)...

time to dance once again...
¡mi esposa es muy hermosa!
Congratulations, Mr. President!
So proud of you & so proud of our country...

Obama Said Knock You Out

Barack-Ali
Obama meets Ali 
with a little LL Cool J thrown in for good measure... 
This is free for all y'all to download, print, & disseminate.
Now I’d like to ask a favor of you, my dear readers.
I’d like to make this a bigger art project & I need your participation, both for me & our President.
If you would please consider printing this piece  & sticking it somewhere in your town or nearby cool place, snapping a pic then emailing me a copy, that would be utterly delightful. I’d like to post 'em up here.
I, of course, will link to your blog, website or other stuff when I do should you so desire.
Everywhere from Chicago to Cali to Provincetown to DC to Mexico to Japan & all points inbetween, you know who you are & where you are.
Email it to friends around the globe & ask them the same.
I’d love to make this a worldwide jam!
Go forth & spread the gospel~ 
Put it on every street corner & lamp-post, every bulletin board & kiosk, every juke-joint & house of ill-repute, every cafe, campus & construction site, every church, synagogue, mosque, & Bahá’í Center, every library & schoolyard, every domino table & methadone clinic, every nook & cranny you can find…
or  just stick it in your office. 
But take a pic & send it to me!
Remember there's no knockout in this bout, it goes the full 12 rounds. The judges' decision is final on 6 November, so get out & vote, my friends.

02 November 2012

"Obama Said Knock You Out" in the wild pt. 40 (Obama's got the rural vote)

Tio Joel loves him some pumpkins!

Please do send in any pix of the piece that you find in the wild, or better yet- please, please do put some up & send me the photos. I will post any & all that I receive.
Let's make this a worldwide jam!
I, & your President, thank you for your service...

27 October 2012

"Obama Said Knock You Out" in the wild pt. 39 (Philly 2: Electric Boogaloo)


The first two pieces in this bunch are some of my favorites. I met this gentleman as I plasterin' the town & we had a delightful repartee. He was reluctant to let me use the box as he claimed ownership of the space, but quickly relented when I offered to rent it. He did offer though that Obama was "going down". A good time was had by all. 
When I returned home, I found that an excellent photographer who goes by the handle Digital Witness had captured the moment perfectly. 
A wonderful surprise indeed! Da' Mayor of South St. approvesRentin' box space on South St.
Kimmel sez knock you out

Please do send in any pix of the piece that you find in the wild, or better yet- please, please do put some up & send me the photos. I will post any & all that I receive.
Let's make this a worldwide jam!
I, & your President, thank you for your service...

"Obama Said Knock You Out" in the wild pt. 38 (People's Republic of Cambridge)

Playin' in the Ivy League...
Please do send in any pix of the piece that you find in the wild, or better yet- please, please do put some up & send me the photos. I will post any & all that I receive.
Let's make this a worldwide jam!
I, & your President, thank you for your service...

25 October 2012

"Obama Said Knock You Out" in the wild pt. 37 (Straight Outta' Oaktown)

Barack-Ali hits the West Coast, boyeee!
Please do send in any pix of the piece that you find in the wild, or better yet- please, please do put some up & send me the photos. I will post any & all that I receive.
Let's make this a worldwide jam!
I, & your President, thank you for your service...

24 October 2012

"Obama Said Knock You Out" in the wild pt. 36 (unattended baggage...)

@ San Francisco International Airport
"Do not leave your baggage unattended or vote for Mitt Romney for the safety of yourself and all airport passengers and employees"
"Do not leave your baggage unattended or vote for Mitt Romney for the safety of yourself and all airport passengers and employees"
Please do send in any pix of the piece that you find in the wild, or better yet- please, please do put some up & send me the photos. I will post any & all that I receive.
Let's make this a worldwide jam!
I, & your President, thank you for your service...

23 October 2012

オバマ米大統領はノックをして日本で

Okay, this is pretty damn cool indeed~
"Obama Said Knock You Out" has invaded the beautiful
Land of the Rising Sun...
Just wow.
 
 
Please do send in any pix of the piece that you find in the wild, or better yet- please, please do put some up & send me the photos. I will post any & all that I receive.
Let's make this a worldwide jam!
I, & your President, thank you for your service...