1. Goldin will be asked to create new YOO-HOO soft drink campaign. 2. Flaherty will start an interpretive dance troupe. 3. Fisher and Staake open the first free range, all organic, cream corn farm. 4. J.D. King will lay siege on Rome. 5. Edel starts his own clothing line: Redel-Redel. His first comission is designing new uniforms for the Cuban Synchronized Swim Team. 6. George Bush and Dick Cheney both choke on the same pretzel.
Look what I found. We could use these guys now. This was probably done almost 20 years ago, and everything came true. From global warming, animal mistreatment, to transforming the DNA of a tomato. I won't mention who this was for or why it was never published. All I will say is I feel very strongly about the environment and the amount of waste people create. How the hell did it come to this? When I was a kid, my friends and I all wanted to make this place better... now... don't get me started. I should be commissioned by the government to create an energy awareness package. Instead we get a government that says things are great, don't worry, be happy. What a load of sh*t that saying turned out to be.
Christmas at the Goldins' is always a strange and magical time. We start by plugging in the xmas lights that are still hanging from 7 years ago. Then we hike into the woods and chop down a Charlie Brown tree. Scrawny, miserably stunted, and void of any charm or natural beauty. On Christmas eve we leave milk and cookies by the fireplace for Santa and Melvin, an elf that likes to visit us. Over the years we've learned a lot of lessons. The first year Santa knocked over the fireplace screen and almost choked on the cookies- we forgot the milk. He left a nasty note. The next year we remembered the milk, but in the morning we found a note from the big guy. He found a cat whisker at the bottom of the glass-he wrote that he almost threw up. This year we did everything right... or so we thought. In the morning there was one cookie left on the plate. It had a strange shiny yellowy-white thing sticking in it. There was a note! Santa wrote that the house before ours had very hard cookies and that they must have loosened one of his molars. The one that got stuck in the delicious homemade gingerbread cookies we had made. Now we have a REAL Santa tooth!
Olaf, always a welcome guest, gave me his secret formula for ginger infused vodka. He came for a short visit-Now there are cigarette burns in the rug. When he arrived I pulled out the good stuff- Wodka. He told me we should infuse it with ginger. I left to the store to buy a ginger root. When I returned there was an empty Wodka bottle in the driveway, the smoke alarm was going off and there was Olaf in my wife's old maternity dress. Anyway... you basically put pieces of peeled ginger root into a full bottle of vodka and let it sit for a couple of weeks. It turns a beautiful amber color. Then on a cold winter night, when you come in from the chill... enjoy a shot of this by the fire, and think of Olaf.
On my mother's side of the family I was surrounded by Picasso's, Miro's, VanGogh's. On my fathers side I was surrounded by Cassius Coolidge. I live in somewhere in the middle. Coolidge was known to friends and family as "Cash," is credited with creating Comic Foregrounds, life-size cutouts into which one's head was placed so as to be photographed as an amusing character. In 1903, Coolidge contracted with the advertising firm of Brown & Bigelow of St. Paul, Minnesota, to create sixteen oil paintings of dogs in various human poses. Nine of them depict dogs playing poker. On February 15, 2005, two of these much imitated paintings, A Bold Bluff and Waterloo, went on the auction block expecting to fetch between $30,000 and $50,000 but surprisingly sold for $590,400..
"What's that? Can't hear you... the music's too loud!"
In 167 BCE Mattathias, together with his sons Judah, Eleazar, Simon, and Jonathan, started a revolt against the Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who since 175 BCE had attempted to eradicate Judaism. After Mattathias's death in 166 BCE, Judah assumed leadership of the revolt. Judah received a surname, Maccabee "the hammer", in recognition of his ferocity in battle. Judah routed a bigger Syrian army and victory opened up the road to Jerusalem, which Judah entered at the head of his army. He purified the defiled Temple of Jerusalem and on the 25th of Kislev (December 14, 164 BCE) restored the service in the Temple. The reconsecration of the Temple a permanent Jewish holiday, Hanukkah.
While I never ran away to join the circus, I've come very close. The Beat Circus is an incredible band that performs Circus music. Brian Carpenter, the Ringmaster, asked me to create the cover for their latest release and a few other projects. Try and make it to this show-it's a trip! I will be in town, maybe we could have a drawger field trip to the circus? WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13 AT TONIC
BEAT CIRCUS REVEREND GLASSEYE
TONIC 107 Norfolk Street NYC http://www.tonicnyc.com/ 8PM / $10
With vocals that sound like a hybrid of Nick Cave and Peter Murphy, and a storytelling style to rival Tom Waits, Reverend Glasseye are both a spectacular disaster and a charming achievement. Songs like "Last Standing Man" and "Sins of Portsmouth" ramble on like a page out of Bukowski, while a church organ, guitars and a slew of other instruments plod on like a sombre, broken orchestra -- Liz Worth, Exclaim Magazine
Beat Circus could be the house band for the dark carnival in Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes...the accompaniment to some faded old black-and-white cartoon that never saw the light of day because its creator's sense of humor made others...uneasy. -- Weekly Planet
The Messenger I was commissioned to do this cover for Knopf Publishing. This was one of those projects where I actually read the manuscript. Usually the headline and a basic outline of the story is all I need. Too much info and I start feeling like I need to be paid more, "I didn't realize there was going to be homework too!"
This was an experiment. On the subject of Wikipedia and re-writing the dictionary. Luckily I've worked with some great art directors that let me try new ideas, or encourage me to push things further. I have even been told to " go CRAZY " regarding an image for an article. The results... kill fee.