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3,349: LFC kits and other drawings

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Bad Liar by Selena Gomez. One of the best songs of the year so far

On this day
London teams, 3 June 2015

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Cape Arkona

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June 3rd, 2017 at 12:06 am

3,348: Minipop No. 1,326: Richie Hawtin

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I did a Minipop of Richie Hawtin in the early days: Minipop No. 97, 21 October 1999, listed under “Plastikman” on the archive. A couple of years later, I got an email from Mr Hawtin asking if he could use it on the back cover of his new album, DE9: Closer to the Edit. It’s a fantastic album, and I was quite thrilled to have my Minipop on the cover.

Mr Hawtin doesn’t look like that anymore, though. So it was time for a new one. I drew it last autumn, intending to animate it, but got distracted by something else. Life.

I finally did it. And here it is:

A wee bit more artwork
Here’s a thing, drawn with Procreate on an Ipad.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever by Zayn and Taylor Swift

On this day
Double Turkey, 2 June 2005

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Rügen

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June 2nd, 2017 at 12:21 am

3,347: 32×32 pixel jungle

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Previous jungle drawings/paintings gathered together here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry

On this day
World Cup pizza, 1 June 2006

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Baltic Sea

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June 1st, 2017 at 2:09 am

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3,346: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

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I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston was number one in the UK thirty years ago.

It is, of course, a magnificent piece of work. A teenager at the time, I had decided that Whitney Houston wasn’t my cup of tea. The whole vocal gymnastics thing. But, y’know, you can’t deny this song, eh? It’s ace.

I actually think, though, that it took me until hearing Whitney Joins the JAMs by the Justified Ancient of Mu Mu for me to properly appreciate the original.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/1/2017: Jack Your Body
1/2/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/2/2017: Stand By Me
8/3/2017: Everything I Own
22/3/2017: Respectable
29/3/2017: Let It Be
19/4/2017: La Isla Bonita
3/5/2017: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

A wee bit of artwork
Following on from the drawing of Dynamo fans yesterday, here’s some pixel “art,” some adult entertainment. There’s a reason for this, not just titillation for people who like to squint. I was thinking that I need to practice drawing people in other poses, and people close to each other. This seemed like an obvious place to begin.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Kissing Strangers by DNCE

On this day
London football teams, 31 May 2014

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Saltholm

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May 31st, 2017 at 2:14 am

3,345: Fußball in Berlin, game 26

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Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Altlüdersdorf at Mommsenstadion. Last home game of the season. Home team in purple jerseys, white shorts and stockings. Visitors in white jerseys, purple shorts and stockings. That would never fly in a World Cup, would it?

A quiet one for me. Not feeling so great, and blistering sunshine on the terrace. It was nice to see the rainbow flag flying again, which has apparently been a point of discussion between the club and fans. More details (in German) here. I spent a great deal of the second half stood in the shadow of a tree behind one of the goals. Just before the teams came out for the second half, the PA played Crucified by Army of Lovers which was a highlight.

TeBe won by three goals to one in front of a crowd of 347, a prime number.

Fußball in Berlin:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)
1. FC Frankfurt v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (7/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Grün-Weiss Brieselang, (12/5/17)
SV Empor Berlin v SV Tasmania Berlin, (13/5/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (19/5/17)
SV Tasmania Berlin v SC Staaken, (21/5/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Altlüdersdorf, (28/5/17)

A wee bit of artwork
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been playing around trying to see what I can do with the idea of amended pixels. Doing a drawing as I would ordinarily do it in pixels, but then when I re-size the image, each of those pixels is bigger than one pixel. Like a 20×20 square. And then playing with those 20×20 squares, adding curves and such. Here’s a drawing of some BFC Dynamo fans in their original Minipop style, and then re-sized and played with. This, I feel, is one step in a process, not a finished “new” style.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cake by the Ocean by DNCE

On this day
Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, 30 May 2016

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
List of islands of Denmark

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May 30th, 2017 at 2:04 am

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3,341: Mexican Minipops Week

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And here we are, the last day of Mexican Minipops Week. It was fun for me. Hope you enjoyed it, too.

I have a plan for future Minipops Weeks. We began in Germany and then went to Mexico, it kinda makes sense in my head to keep going anti-clockwise around the continents. Next will be a South American country, then an African country, then an Oceanic one, and finally an Asian country before the next European one.

There’s a couple of reasons for this plan: it feels nice in my brain, and it would also be very easy for me to accidentally slide into a pattern of doing loads of European countries straight away. Indeed, before I thought about doing Mexico as the second Minipops Week, I was thinking about an Irish or Swedish one next. I don’t wanna do all the countries where I could name 25-30 people off the top of my head before tackling, for example, Mali, Ecuador, or Bhutan.

So yes, coming at some point in June: Argentine Minipops Week. If you have any suggestions for that, let me know. But for now, here’s the last bunch of Mexican Minipops.

🇲🇽 El Santo 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Comandanta Ramona 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽💵 Carlos Slim 💵🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Chavela Vargas 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 🇲🇽 That's the last one of Mexican Minipops Week. Hope you enjoyed it. At some point in June I will do Argentine Minipops Week 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 26th, 2017 at 3:12 am

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3,339: Mexican Minipops Week

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Buenos días, y’all. Day four.

🇲🇽🎤 Juanga 🎤🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Juan García Esquivel 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 El Chavo del Ocho 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Rafael Márquez 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Moctezuma II 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Vicente Fernández 🇲🇽

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 25th, 2017 at 1:54 am

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3,337: Mexican Minipops Week

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Day three of Mexican Minipops Week.

All the important aspects of life covered today: the arts, the sports, and ¡revolución!

🇲🇽 María Félix 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Hugo Sánchez 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Emiliano Zapata 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Japhet Amador 🇲🇽

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 24th, 2017 at 1:41 am

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3,335: Mexican Minipops Week

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More Mexican Minipops…

🇲🇽📺 Odisea Burbujas 📺🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎤 Paulina Rubio 🎤🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Vicente Fox 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎭 Cantinflas 🎭🇲🇽

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🇲🇽⚾️ Fernando Valenzuela ⚾️🇲🇽

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 23rd, 2017 at 12:09 pm

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3,334: Mexican Minipops Week

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Back in April, I did a week of German Minipops. I called it German Minipops Week. It was fun. so I’m gonna make an effort to do something similar every month. This week (starting a day late, somewhat appropriately) it’s Mexican Minipops Week.

I enjoyed doing the German Minipops Week in April, so I'm gonna make an effort to do something similar every month. This week (starting a day late, somewhat appropriately) it's Mexican Minipops Week 🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽 Blue Demon 🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽🎤 Timbiriche 🎤🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 EPN 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽 Subcomandante Marcos 🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 23rd, 2017 at 10:08 am

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3,332: Fußball in Berlin, games 23 and 24

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Friday night was another local derby for Tennis Borussia, the last of their eight Berlin derby games of the season, away at FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf. I went to see Hertha 03 in March. Nice little stadium. It was grim and rainy and cold that day, Friday was a lovely warm evening. The weather and the visiting team made a big difference to the attendance, too. I’d been told that a lot of Tennis fans went to this game last season, and it was no different the other night. Hertha 03’s average attendance this season has been 183. Their previous highest attendance of the season was 275. On Friday, it was 407.

They had laid on extra staff, too, compared to the last time I was there. Someone grilling sausages, a couple of lads sorting out the beers, and someone else selling cakes, the proceeds of which were, if I remember correctly, going to the girls team.

It was a monumentally fun atmosphere. Chatting, singing, balloons. The deeper one gets into being a fan of Tennis Borussia, the more rewarding it is. I like that when I walk to get a beer, I can now say hello to someone I’ve spoken to at another game along the way. It’s not the football quality, of course, it’s a feeling of being part of a group. This is obvious. But I have struggled with the idea of fandom over the past few years. I had issues with the New York Yankees to the point where I just stopped supporting them, I’ve not felt comfortable with some of the things the Cruz Azul ownership has done, and the Diablos Rojos del México’s new policy of only hiring Mexican players makes me very angry indeed. But here, with the Tennis fans… it sounds sentimental, a bit mawkish maybe, but it’s so nice to feel at home even though I’ve only been to seven of their games. And that’s entirely down to their fans.

Tennis took a 1-0 lead into half time. And made it 2-0 just after the break. They lost 4-2.

On Sunday, I went down to Neukölln. A part of the city I never really went to when I initially lived in Berlin. But since I’ve been away, it’s become the cool part of town, because of the cheaper rents. A friend and I went to see SV Tasmania Berlin v SC Staaken. This is the Berlin Liga, the sixth tier of football, one tier below Tennis Borussia’s division. Before the game, Staaken were top of the league with four games remaining. A victory over third place Tasmania combined with a loss from second place Eintracht Mahlsdorf would give Staaken the title. Staaken won 1-0, but Mahlsdorf won their game, too. Champagne on ice for another week when the title is purely in their own hands: win one game, and they are champs.

In a way, Tasmania’s ground Werner-Seelenbinder-Sportpark is kinda perfect. It’s small, has some seats in the middle, and terraces either side of those seats on both sides of the field. One end of the field, where several balls were hoofed, there’s some trees. The other end, some benches and tables were a bunch of people sat, drank, and watched the game. I went to this game with a friend. It was her first live football game since seeing Arsenal at the [Name of Airline] Stadium. Thankfully, she enjoyed it. As always: live football is fun. Be it a shit game or a good game, there’s usually something to enjoy.

While we were there, I met Ben, a British photographer living in Berlin. He takes great photos of football in the lower leagues. If you like photos and football, he’s worth a follow: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Web site. His photos are very much better than mine.

My next game (Thursday) should be an exciting one: it’s the Berlin Cup Final between FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin and Berliner FC Dynamo at my local stadium, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark.

And, finally, the old style naming of the Berlin Fußball Project now seem a little pointless. What started out as an inside-of-my-brain school project to see the eleven Berlin teams in the top five tiers of German football was completed in the middle of April. I am, though, still writing about football in Berlin. So I will continue to link to the posts until the end of the season.

Fußball in Berlin:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)
1. FC Frankfurt v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (7/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Grün-Weiss Brieselang, (12/5/17)
SV Empor Berlin v SV Tasmania Berlin, (13/5/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (19/5/17)
SV Tasmania Berlin v SC Staaken, (21/5/17)

A wee bit of artwork
Minipop Nos. 1,312 and 1,313: The Horrors and Reggie Watts


The song in my head when I woke up this morning
What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber

On this day
Animated GIFs for IBMblr, 22 May 2014

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Happy Birthday (Altered Images song)

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May 22nd, 2017 at 9:11 am

3,327: Jungle

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Here’s a new digital painting of jungle done with the Procreate app. It’s been a while since I’ve done any jungle stuff and it was very nice to revisit it. So maybe it’s interesting to have another look at the older jungle stuff, too. New one directly below these words, older ones below that.

The older ones are digital (usually the Procreate or Paper app) and real paint. I’d like to get to a place with these where the paint ones are closer to the Procreate ones. Those types both have qualities I like, and if I can get a bit more of the Procreate-ness into the acrylics, then we are in a good place. Royal we, obvs. You might already be in a good place. If you are: high five.

These three are acrylic on board:


These are the weakest bunch, I think. They were done with the Paper app:



A couple done when I was playing with the Adobe Sketch app. It’s quite nice, but I don’t really use it anymore.:

These are all Procreate:







And this self portrait was done with the old Brushes app:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Ink by Coldplay

On this day
Sucks ass, 17 May 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Papua New Guinea

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May 17th, 2017 at 12:26 am

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3,326: Sportslounge Berlin

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Quite near to my apartment, there’s a bar. A sports bar. They have a kinda funny silhouette painting of a football player doing a dramatic aerial kick on the metal window shutters. I walk by this place quite a lot. And it never fails to make me smile a little. So yesterday, I took as straight and flat a photo as I could, then when I got home imported it into the iPad app Procreate, and painted over the silhouette to see what he might look like if it weren’t a silhouette.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Steal My Girl by One Direction

On this day
Consecutive items on my Tumblr dashboard, 16 May 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
French Polynesia

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May 16th, 2017 at 1:18 am

3,322: 18 years old

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Eighteen years ago today, I transferred some HTML documents, GIFs and JPGs to my little bit of space on freespace.virgin.net, and Flip Flop Flyin’ was born.

Eighteen seems like an important age. One of those ages that is important in your own life. In terms of a Web site, though, 18 is actually pretty ancient, innit? Flip Flop Flyin’ is older than MetaFilter, DeviantArt, CollegeHumor, and Wikipedia.

The first version of the site is a bit of a nightmare to move around. It’s archived here. Annoying navigation, and a pointless splash page with a basic animated GIF for every section. There were some digitally fucked-with photos I took in New York the previous year, some scans of Polaroids, digitally coloured scans of sketchbook doodles, something called People (which was just a photograph chopped up and made into a few GIFs that faded in and out lined up next to each other), and a links page.

The links page seemed important on Web sites back then. The Internet was a lot smaller. And once you’d found your little corner, you linked to the things you liked, and hoped some of those people might like and link you back. Pre Web 2.0 is something I look back on fondly. I still have links on my homepage specifically to keep that spirit alive.

In the early versions of the site, I really thought that redesigning the whole site every month was a good idea. Looking back, that was a lot of wasted time that I could’ve been using doing other things, but in a way, it was important. I started a site because I was I wanted to do something online that I was doing already in sketchbooks. Drawings, photocopies, collage, Tippexing and Letrasetting over those things. Designing every page of a sketchbook. I think that only settled down once the Web site became the blank sketchbook itself, and the layout was just there to help people find specific chapters. And just like culturally the Sixties didn’t start or end at the start or end of the actual 1960s, it took a couple of months for Flip Flop Flyin’ to start to become what it should be.

I’ve marked this anniversary on the blog four times before. In 2005 I wrote about wanting to do bigger, longer, more substantial things. In a way, not much has changed since then. I still feel that desire to do that without the concentration levels to actually do it. Very specifically, there’s one picture story/comic strip type thing that I’ve been slowly planning on and off for about a year-and-a-half. I’ve got it pretty much planned as a bunch of notes and a fairly solid story outline. The stumbling block in this plan is drawing the main character. Once I know what that person looks like, I think I’ll be off and running. I do fear, though, sitting down and actually drawing that person is a self-made block that allows me to continually put off starting the project.

On the seventh anniversary in 2006, I looked at a few of the things that I’d done that I liked the most. I still like most of them, actually, which is a good sign. I need to re-do some of them one day, though, cos they are Flash animations and those don’t seem to work too well on mobile devices. (This is a general thing about the site, actually. It’s long overdue a redesign. I last did that in 2009, before mobile devices became such a big thing.)

In 2009, on the tenth anniversary, I made a wee comic strip with 1999 Craig having a chat with 2009 Craig. I think I will revisit this strip and do a sequel in 2019.

On the 15th anniversary in 2014, I wrote something that was a bit more reflective. The kind of post I would do today, frankly. One good thing is that the regret I expressed about letting the blog slide away eventually turned around, and now is running better than ever. Less readers, but that’s life. I am well aware that the Internet has changed, and people are less likely to read blogs nowadays. Not to diminish my role here, because I really did neglect it for quite some time. Here’s to you lovely people that are still reading! [raising imaginary glass of champagne]

I’m happy now, though, that the blog is properly back as a thing. For my own enjoyment, really. 205 posts since I committed to doing it properly again on 5 October last year. 205 posts in 220 days is something I’m pleased about. As for everything else, I’m glad to be doing Minipops again. I have weird feelings about Minipops. Some positive, some negative, but on the whole I’m glad I had the idea. They’ve been good to me, and I’m glad I appreciate that again.

I need to look at what I’m doing, though. The main thing is deciding how I want the site to exist in the future. I put new things on Instagram and Twitter before I put them on the blog, just because it’s easier. And sometimes it’ll take a while for those to appear on the main site. The modern Internet dictates that that is probably an okay way to go about things, but at some point, when a redesign is getting going, that will be addressed.

Anyway, seeing as though the site is ordered chronologically, I figured on this coming of age anniversary, I’d have a look at my current favourite thing from each year. Self indulgent? Yes, of course. Necessary? Not at all. Fun for me? Indeed it is.

1999: Minipops
It would be churlish to choose anything else from 1999 even though the Minipops of that year were quite crude and, in my opinion, only started to get good (as in the actual drawings) around 2002-03. It really was (in my own head and in terms of response) what turned Flip Flop Flyin’ from a little side project on the Internet to the thing I thought about all the time. The first reference to Minipops was on 18 July. On the home page, writing about the new content, I said “First there’s Minipops. Absolutely nothing to do with the slightly dodgy TV programme, it’s just some tiny pop stars.” It is genuinely bonkers to think I’m still drawing tiny pop stars. Here’s a brand new one. And seeing as though we are now 18 years old, let’s get a little bit after dark with Minipop No. 1,311. He’s not a tiny pop star, though. Well, I guess he is in one sense of the word “pop.” It’s pornographic actor Ron Jeremy.

2000: Fun fun fun
Fun fun fun seems like a pretty crucial moment in the development of what I was doing. The Minipops style was making me happy, and Fun fun fun was a nice way to expand on that, bring more my brain into it.

2001: George
And this one is the other side of my brain. The melancholy sentimental side. George was my grandfather’s name. And the woman looks a bit like my grandmother. These weren’t intentional choices, but I guess it must say something, right? (It’s a looping animated GIF, you will notice where the start and end is.)

2002: Pete and Bob
Two dancing owls that I will always love. Possibly the thing that brought me the most joy while actually doing it.

2003: Uibbles
There wasn’t much good stuff this year, but these little animated GIFs are still kinda nice, I think.

2004: What if…
Very self-indulgent, imagining lots of different possible lives up until that point in my life and into the future. None of the future ones are actually close to being accurate. Some closer than others, though. Others still seem like a nice idea. The more realistic ones.

2005: Witham and Woodhall
This is one of those things where I wish I’d put in more effort, cos I really like the idea. It’s simple, silly, and had lots more potential. In my head it’s still an ongoing project, but in reality, I’ve not touched it or the list of unused ideas in a decade.

2006: FFF pictorial atlas of the world
This was the beginnings of what became the Atlas, Schmatlas book. The book has many flaws. But I’m still proud of it. For its relatively tight deadline, the decent amount of writing and drawing that was needed, it turned out okay. I’ve often thought of George Lucas-ing the whole thing, doing a second edition online. One day, maybe.

2007: Die Wunderbäume
Weird looking back to imagine there was a time when I didn’t enjoy living in Berlin. I really didn’t appreciate it back then. I had had enough. I can’t change that. I wish I could, though. But there was always Mauerpark. Mine and Billy’s park.

2008: The real Paraguay
Really solid idea, I think, which is kinda lost in the poor execution. Another thing I’d happily do again if I found a way to stop time for a few months just to focus on those things.

2009: Sleeping laptops
This year was probably the worst year of FFF. It’s probably not a coincidence that it was also the year I started doing Flip Flop Fly Ball, my baseball-themed site, which took up way more of my time and creativity. That last sentence neatly glosses over the personal stuff from that year which also had a fair amount to do with things. This was a nice light moment, though.

2010: Where do I belong?
A year of quite a lot of change. Starting in Berlin, ending up in Mexico City via a few months in Toronto. Main focus of that year was working on the Flip Flop Fly Ball book. I think the best thing on FFF, though, was something from a less-upbeat time in Berlin: a snow globe spray painted entirely black which seemed to perfectly express how I was feeling in the immediate aftermath of 2009.

2011: Hungry man
A drawing done with the Brushes app on iPad, which has been my tool of choice for most of the decade so far. I’ve switched to using Procreate now which is probably better on the whole, but in lots of ways, Brushes is still my favourite iPad app.

2012: Beastie dots
After four or five years doing sporty infographics, I kinda liked the idea of doing something that was closer to data art, and these two graphics and Beastie Boys songs are probably the best non-sports things I did.

2013: Ciudad de México
For a while I’d had this idea. I began it in 2010. I wanted to do a digital drawing like a mural. And when I saw Diego Rivera’s mural Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central, the idea sort of clicked into place. A modern version, just with the impressions of a foreigner who’d been in Mexico City for a couple of years. I also did a London one in 2014, and I’m currently working (slowly) on a Berlin one.

2014: Flower
While I’d never stopped doing pixel drawings, I didn’t enjoy them as much as I had in the past. That all changed with this. A tiny drawing that grew into a massive drawing. (The first version is below. Much more more at the link.) It only grew so big because I’d fallen in love with pixels again.

2015: This season’s flags
I went into the reasoning behind this on the blog at the time. Basically, though: treating flags in the same way sportswear companies treat football kits.

2016: Mein Berliner Würfel
A sentimental drawing of the city that I think of as home more than any other.

2017: Nature thingies
This was something I did over the course of a weekend. A quick idea, quickly executed. I’m not sure it’s the best thing I’ve done so far this year, and I hope it’s not the best thing I will do this year, but it’s the best thing that is on the site as of today.

The best thing from this year is, I think, the painting I’ve been doing, getting to a place where I was happy with what I am doing. I had an idea of where I wanted to be with it, and it took a few months to get there. And now I’m at that point, having done this process on paper, I’m ready to (and working on) producing a series of works that will all be bigger acrylic on canvas pieces. I hope to show you those later this year.

For now though. Thanks for reading. Thanks for visiting Flip Flop Flyin’. I really do appreciate the comments, emails, tweets. If I die tomorrow, Flip Flop Flyin’ is a decent thing to leave behind. In the grand scheme of things, I’m well aware that it’s not really that important, but it has made me quite happy for 38.6% of my life.

Other business
As well as being the day I started this Web site, 12 May 1999 was also the day that Saul Steinberg died. An absolutely incredible artist. It’s still my dream to one day do a drawing for the cover of the New Yorker, and a big part of that is because Steinberg did such great work for them. Here’s lots of his New Yorker work. And here’s a New Yorker article about him from 2014. Here’s another New Yorker article about his love of baseball. And here’s the Saul Steinberg Foundation site.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Live While We’re Young by One Direction

On this day
Foul ball, 12 May 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Tragedy of the commons

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May 12th, 2017 at 2:11 am

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3,321: Pixel food

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As you may have noticed, I’ve drawing a bit of pixel food recently. More than anything it’s a) fun, and b) really good pixel practice. Doing precision is pixels is time consuming, but relatively easy. Buildings, machines, trains, etc. Once the shape is right with those things, the rest falls into place. I find food a bit harder, mostly because food doesn’t have too many straight lines, and drawing things with random shapes (like the edge of a fried egg, for example) takes a bit more work. Getting things to look random usually has way more attempts than a straight thing. Colour is also hard. My natural tendency is not to have too pronounced an amount of chiaroscuro. And that, combined with how I rarely use black outlines on my pixel work (in the way that Eboy do, for example), means getting the slight changes in colour can be a challenge. The white of a fried egg is a good example of that. Don’t want the whole thing to be too grey, but need some highlights.

A decade ago I did a Big Mac. Felt like it turned out okay at the time. Fairly sure I’d do it differently today, mind.

In 2015, while not strictly food, it’s food-related. One of those self-ketchuping hot dog sculptures.

A first attempt at a fried egg.

A better attempt at a fried egg from 2016, mostly because it’s a fried egg sandwich.

Here’s one of my favourite FFF things, Neptune Fish Bar. I liked the idea of a fish and chip shop trying to go a bit upmarket by pretending it was a sushi restaurant. I am planning a new Neptune Fish Bar thing. It’s probably gonna be “taco nite at the chippy.”

Some more stuff from the last couple of years: sushi (these were part of the process for the Neptune Fish Bar thing), a taco al pastor, a pop tart, piece of Battenburg cake, Marmite on a crumpet, a teabag, a cosmic potato, and a hot dog with toothpaste instead of mustard or ketchup.

That all brings us up to date. The recent flurry: a pretzel, the wurst triptych (bratwurst, weißwurst with a slightly different pretzel than the previous one, and currywurst), Weißer Spargel mit Holländische Soße und Kartoffeln (white asparagus with Hollandaise sauce and potatoes), a piece of Stilton, tacos al pastor (I’d totally forgotten I’d done this before), and yesterday’s fish finger sandwich.

And here’s a couple of new ones: baked beans on toast, and the king of all food, Marmite on toast.

Looking at all of those tells me, amongst other things, that I really should start drawing some healthier things.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Solid by Ashford & Simpson

On this day
Madonna, 11 May 2007

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Traffic congestion

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May 11th, 2017 at 1:43 am

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3,320: a self-published ebook synopsis

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A wee bit of artwork
More pixel food: a fish finger sandwich

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Perfect by One Direction

On this day
Romantic, 10 May 2009

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Public transport

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May 10th, 2017 at 3:14 am

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3,318: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 9

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Something that was enjoyable when I was having a drink with some Tennis Borussia fans after a game a couple of weeks ago, was how, when discussion turned to away games, they talked about it in the same way they discussed home games. Like it was no big deal to travel to go see their team. There is a slight caveat: this fifth tier of German football is regional. There are 12 parallel divisions around the country at this level. The NOFV-Oberliga Nord, Tennis Borussia’s current division, covers the northern part of the former East Germany (inc. the former West Berlin). Of the other 15 teams in the Oberliga Nord, six of them are accessible on the Berlin S-Bahn system. Only three of them are over 200km, and none more than 250km away. It’s still time, money, effort, and dedication, of course.

I’d seen the last one, two, three, four Tennis Borussia games, so when asked if I was gonna go to the away game in Frankfurt an der Oder*, I was like, sure, why not? I was already thinking about it, to be honest.

*Frankfurt an der Oder, by the way, isn’t the Frankfurt. That one’s full name is Frankfurt am Main. The Oder and Main in the names are the local rivers. The river in this case is a natural border between Germany and Poland, just over 100km east of Berlin.

Sunday morning meeting point for the travelling TeBe fans was at Ostkreuz, a biggish station which as the translated name (East Cross) suggests, is a station where one can get trains that go north, south, east, and west. There were about 30-ish people. Lots of purple scarves, shirts, hoodies. And lots of bottles of beer in hands.

We took the S-Bahn to Erkner, the terminus of the S3 line, just outside of the southeast of the city. Some people grabbed some more beers from the shop, and some had a smoke while we waited the few minutes before getting on the Deutsche Bahn Regio service to Frankfurt an der Oder, which was a smidge over half an hour away. The train company does a group ticket thing where five people can travel for what works out at less than six euros, a journey cheaper than a day card for the Berlin subway.

Chatting with someone as we pulled into the station, I was told there had been trouble at this away game in the past. There were, apparently, a bunch of right-wing people in this town that fancied having a pop at the lefties. Oh good. Just outside the station, there were four police cars around the place. A couple of middle-aged coppers came over and said they’d escort us to the stadium. They were incredibly friendly. Very good policing, in fact. Those two walked with us for the kilometre or so from the station to stadium, while a couple of the other cars were there, close enough if needed.

The stadium, like several other stadiums in the former East Germany, is called Stadion der Freundschaft (Stadium of Friendship). It opened in 1953. According to Wikipedia, its opening game had the highest attendance of 25,000. At yesterday’s game, the attendance was 230. Beyond the trees behind the stadium was the river and Poland.

Tickets were five euros. Beer two euros. The cheapest game I’ve been to on both counts. One end of the ground, where the gästeblock for the visiting fans is, has its own beer and food stall thingy. Some TeBe fans kept on walking to the side of the pitch for a better view of the game. The rest of us seemed to make a collective, almost unspoken, decision to just stand there, near where the beer was.

Again, it was a game that had no real meaning for Tennis Borussia. TeBe are in the upper half of the table with no chance of promotion. For 1. FC Frankfurt, though, there’s still a chance they could escape relegation. Before the game they had 8 points from 25 games. They would need to win all their games and hope the team who are also in the relegation zone don’t pick up more than five points in the remaining five games, and the team in 14th place, ie. safe from relegation, don’t pick up any more points in their remaining four games.

The game from our end of the stadium was decent in the first half. Tennis looked the better team until the 43rd minute when Frankfurt scored from a corner. The second half wasn’t so great. Tennis looked shitty. For most of the second half, it was a social event at our end of the ground. People chatting near a football game. It was nice, as it goes. The game ended 1-0, and it’s still mathematically possible for Frankfurt to avoid relegation. Six of Frankfurt’s eleven points have come from games against Tennis Borussia.

It was a slow saunter back to the train station. There was a brief pause at the Soviet Memorial for a group photo, a quick stop to buy some supplies for the journey, and hey ho, let’s go back to Berlin. Back at Ostkreuz, another beer in Annemirl-Bauer-Platz, a wee park near the station, then some goodbyes and see-you-on-Fridays for the next home game. I like these people. They are good.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)

The Three Extra Games Of The Extended-And-Renamed Accessible By S-Bahn Fourteen Team Project:
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)

The Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)
1. FC Frankfurt v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (7/5/17)

A wee bit of artwork
A couple of pixelly things done with the Pixaki app on iPad. A man with a fancy hairdo, and space.

Other business
If you also grew up in the UK in the 1980s, you may well have read the best magazine that ever existed: Smash Hits. On a recent Word podcast there was plenty to enjoy about former writers just chatting.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Making the Most of the Night by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!), 8 May 2012

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Maya peoples

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May 8th, 2017 at 6:21 am

3,315: Self portrait as eleven poles

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This drawing began as just a simple play on words that came about after a Brexit conversation. I’d mentioned that I would happily give up my British citizenship to still be an EU citizen. I don’t care about being British. It’s nothing to actually be proud of these days. I would rather be German, Spanish or a Pole. Yep, simple silly word play. Sorry.

The poles, left to right: the ceremonial South Pole, utility pole, lamppost, baseball stadium foul pole, barber’s pole, Bavarian maypole, windsock, Voladores pole, pole-dancing pole, totem pole, flag pole.

A note about the totem pole: it is intentionally not a representation of any particular group’s totem pole. Native American groups and artists take their work seriously and, naturally, own the rights to any representations of their poles, so I didn’t want to copy anyone else’s work *cough* so I drew one that is out of my own head, but inspired by the general vibe of a totem pole.

A wee bit more artwork
Continuing the recent food drawings: here’s some tacos al pastor.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Your Type by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
The joy of Ichiro, 5 May 2009

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
List of countries where Spanish is an official language

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May 5th, 2017 at 5:15 am

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3,314: A Wurst Triptych

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I’m quite into drawing food. The individual elements are often indistinct (a sausage, for example, is just a tube of brown-ish colour innit?) which makes it a nice challenge. So here are three sausage-based German dishes. A Wurst Triptych: Bratwurst, Weißwurst, Currywurst. You can see it a bit bigger here.

Continuing the Germanic eatin’ theme, here’s this season’s culinary highlight: white asparagus with Hollandaise sauce and a couple of potatoes.

Here’s a bit of Stilton.

And here’s a pixel fried egg. I still think of this as a pixel drawing, even though I’ve messed with it. I re-sized it so each 1×1 pixel was 20×20 pixels, rounded off some of the edges, and then played with some Photoshoppy stuff to do the other stuff.

Some other stuff
Another thing playing with pixels, a remix of Minipop No. 1,209 (Sleaford Mods).

Juxtaposition is the cool new thing, apparently, so here’s a hipster alt country dude next to something that is full of shit.

And heeeeeeere’s some chopping up of photographs to create Roy Division.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Live While We’re Young by One Direction

On this day
Tree, 4 May 2010

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Indigenous peoples of the Americas

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May 4th, 2017 at 1:08 am

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3,305: Pixels

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Here’s some more recent pixel drawings. I’m very much enjoying using pixels at the moment. There’s a reason this burst of activity has come about, and I will write about it in the next few days, but I need to be, um, in a certain frame of mind to write what may be a long post. I’ve been meaning to do it for about a week, but I’m not ready yet. Hopefully tomorrow or Friday.

So anyway, pixels. Here’s a self portrait as an air dancer:

Here’s something that is pixelly, but based on the idea of pixel as a defined shape. That defined shape here is a triangle in this instance:

Introspective by the Pet Shop Boys:

Bratwurst im brötchen:

Currywurst:

Kraftwurst:

Some Minipops: David Foster Wallace, Die Antwoord, Graeme Souness, and David Bowie and Mick Jagger.

And finally, a pixel drawing of an embroidered version of a Minipop self portrait:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Issues by Julia Michaels, again

On this day
Puebla, 26 April 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Fractal

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April 26th, 2017 at 4:38 am

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