Monday, March 28, 2011

Old Gold 13

I did this in grad school around 1991.  Then it floated around my studio and at some point, while I was picture framing, I framed it.  Now it's hanging  in my office.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Should it go on the car?

I found this stashed away in a shoe box.

Picnic N Chicken was a 70s/80s chain is San Diego.  As I remember it was pretty good.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Working Lights!

I finished wiring up the lights today.  I've got low beams and high beams.   I didn't wiring up the parking lights - I've never really understood what they were for.  I should probably take the car out tonight and adjust them....we'll see.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Manual Haiku 13

Precautions Before Riding

it is possible
to avoid occurence of

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Drawn to Television 14

McCracken Wagon - I've continued practicing my inking.  With this one I played with photoshop so it would have an old decal feel.

I really don't know what's going on with these Rothesque Wacky Packish drawings but I'm having a good time.  My high school drawing hand is coming back along with my junior high imagination.

Inspiration - Old Educational Film Strip

Custom Cars from 1968 - according to the container it's a "reading incentive"

I've scanned the whole strip.  The pictures are great but I do have a fondness for the graphics, especially the "focus" frame.

I found this at a thrift store along with a stack of books.  I've misplaced the books but I enjoy looking at the strip without the explaination.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Old Gold 12

I've been drawing quite a bit lately and have decided to track down some of my old drawings.  This is a group of drawings I made for the show Temporary Work at Susanne Vielmetter's back in 2004.   The first is a study for Fortress and the last is a study for Happy Hour.

Untitled (study) I
Prisma Marker on Paper

Untitled (study) II
Prisma Marker on Paper

Untitled (study) III
Prisma Marker on Paper

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wiring Fun!

I've been slowly tackling the lack of wiring on the car.  The first thing I installed was a small fuse box. Placement was a challenge.  I had to consider where it couldn't be soaked with water, or kicked by kids and could be accessible.  I wound up putting it in the center above the stick shifts.

Next I ran a fresh bundle of wire through the frame to the back (and replaced the rear shocks).

I replaced the lights with some LED trailer lights and they worked great.  I had to do a bit of jury rigging with a trailer converter kit but surprisingly it all worked.  Now I have working brake lights and turn signals!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Album of the Week 10 - The Hit Heard Round the World

The Hit Heard Round the World was a syndicated radio show produced by the U.S. army from 1968-69.  It's an interesting bit of history.  It's basically five 10 minute lock tracks where the host, Fred Robbins, interviews various Djs about what is hot and wild in their countries.  It's peppered with Army recruiting ads and Army oriented songs.  The selction isn't great and most of the songs have been shortened for the 10 minute format.  But I did learn a little

- The Rolling Stones were no longer  "happening" in 1968 and British DJ, Kenny Everett seems a pleasantly surprised to have them on his countdown.  He also seems a bit high and there's some giggling in the background on his side of the interview.  

-The Army was very short on nurses.  A majority of the ads were to recruit women into the Army and that makes sense because they couldn't be drafted.

- From this radio show you'd have no idea there were protests against the war and barely any idea we were in Vietnam at all.  Most of the ads talk about being stationed in Germany or Japan or San Francisco.

- Rudi Senia from Brussels is my favorite DJ only because of how he says Wild.  It's more like "Weeiiooold."  And Brussels is Weeiioold about Aretha Franklin

-Oh and Alan Freeman seems to hate Tom Jones.

Over all not great music and poor quality but I couldn't help listening to it again and again.  I need to track down some more of these.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Inspiration - Between the Folds

I wound up watching Between the Folds a documentary about origami almost three times in the last couple days.  Once for me, then with the kids, then with the wife and kids.  Origami has always fascinated me although I've never really dabbled in it.  It's such a nice idea to make sculpture with just one piece of paper. 

Beyond being about paper folding it's a bit of an exploration of how art evolves.  Starting with the basics, then to the overuse of technique, then minimalism, performance and so on.  It ends with looking at the scientific applications of origami.  Pretty great overall.

During and after everyone started folding paper.  I became fascinate with "one crease" origami which is the minimalist form.  

Monday, March 7, 2011

Drawn to Television - Bonus Edition

I haven't inked anything for ages and decided to give it a try on yesterday's drawing.  It turned out okay.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Old Gold 11

Blatant Localism
wood, 2 vestax turntables, Beach Boys - True to Your School 45, Beach Boys - I Just Wasn't made for these times 45, JFA - Blatant Localism EP

 I really thought I had better pictures of this but I couldn't find any.

here's my first attempt to post a doesn't quite work

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

inspiration - my old skateboard

 I think I bought this in 1987 after my Mark Gonzales deck was stolen and then I broke my ankle.  I kind of drifted away from skateboarding and moved into Vespa territory.
 Santa Monica Airlines, Jesse Martinez deck
 Santa Cruz Slime Ball wheels
Gull Wing Truck on the front (Independent on the back).  Gull Wing was manufactured in El Cajon at the time.  From their site it looks like they're in San Diego now but their site hasn't been updated since 2007 so they may not be around at all.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011