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I was doing a bit of sorting out today; sorting the things that were still in boxes since moving into my new place. I found a bunch of old concert tickets. Here’s the first concert I ever went to (if you discount family trips to see the Spinners – the British folk group not the Detroit soul group – in Lincoln; and Showaddywaddy and the Nolans at the Coliseum in St. Austell). Fourteen quid seemed expensive for a sixteen year old in 1987. Still, also on the bill that day were the Pretenders, the Mission, and the Fall. Tickets used to look so much nicer without the barcode and generic Ticketmaster feel…
In the December issue of ARTnews magazine, there’s a piece about art made on iPhones. They’ve included one of my drawings in there; a drawing done in the waiting room in the emergency room at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wa. while my (not-quite-yet-ex) wife and I were waiting for her brother’s kid to get checked out after falling down. Funny what details you can remember; but I know that there were no seats near the TV, and I couldn’t see the game he was watching even though I really wanted to see it (Puerto Rico vs. USA in the World Baseball Classic), so I drew him instead. Here’s a pdf of the page.
As I mentioned recently, I’ve not done a huge amount of stuff for Flip Flop Flyin’. In my head, I still call it “the main site” even though it’s not been my main focus for quite some time now. Anyway, after the redesign, I made a little promise to myself to do more stuff. After only one completely new thing on FFF all year (discounting updates to ongoing parts of the site), there’s three new things today.
Starting with something that has been idling half-finished for about a year-and-a-half now. Part of the reason it has languished in my “to do” folder is that I’ve wanted to make sure it is in no way sleazy, cos that wasn’t the intention. It’s called Weaknesses, and the basic idea is that there are things which we kinda like that aren’t the usual things we’d mention when thinking about someone we fancy. I’ll confess that one of them is something I find attractive. I’m not gonna tell you which one, though.
This second new thing is called Night workers and isn’t about what you might think it may be about. Quite a simple one, ticks the usual boxes of an FFF thing, really.
And the third one is a very old idea that I never got around to doing, but got my shit together this evening to finally do. It’s called Sleeping laptops. Clicking that link will make it clear why it’s called that.
Anyway, hope you enjoy them. Don’t wanna tempt fate, but I do have something vaguely Christmas-related up my sleeve, so if I find the time to do it, that may well be online at some point in the next couple of weeks.
Not much of a tribute, I know; more of a juvenile two-minute scribble. Dunno how I’ve managed to not put this up here, seeing as though I drew it about a month ago, after seeing the wonderful Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting show at the Hayward Gallery in London. It’s on until January 10th, and really is worth checking out if you’re around. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.
It’s not meant to be anyone in particular; just that I’d been looking at turn-of-the-century uniforms before I went to the launderette, and I started scribbling while my smalls were getting clean. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.
A year ago today, I got on an Air India flight from Heathrow to Newark. At the time, all that was on my mind was seeing friends in New York and spending Christmas with other friends in Bellingham; a last hurrah of travelling before returning to life in Berlin. Things turned out slightly differently as has been well documented on these pages, and I ended up staying for 218 days. I’ve been re-reading blog entries from that time in the States lately, and while I am more than wont to be a grass-is-greener kind of person, the conclusion I’ve come to is really simple: I miss being there. Berlin is lovely and all, a perfect place to live in many, many ways, and I can definitely see myself being happy here; but I wish I was still in the States. On a day-to-day level, I miss regular things. I miss being asked if I want my cappuccino wet or dry. I miss good Mexican food. I miss service-with-a-smile. I obviously miss my friends. I miss one of their sports. I miss New York, Seattle, and Portland. I’ve even started to have fonder memories of Bellingham. I find myself looking through photographs often. I open Google Maps and walk around downtown Portland; I follow my bus journey in Bellingham; I marvel at how great Las Vegas looks from above. Hopefully, as time goes by, I’ll get over this, stop swimming in melancholy, and the feeling that somewhere more appropriate to what I want from life will disappear as Berlin fully becomes that place. That’s the end of today’s self-pity. More iPod drawing shite tomorrow.
Mark Fidrych, the former Detroit Tigers pitcher who sadly died earlier this year. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.
If you’ve ever scrolled down this page, you may well have noticed a wee box down near the bottom of the column on the right with a bunch of drawings of my head with different baseball caps on. I’ve put them all together as a monthly archive now, so if you really really want to look at hundreds of drawings of my head, you can see them here.
On Sunday night, I kick-started my own personal festive season by watching Love Actually. It’s a great film, I think. Very enjoyable. When Martin Freeman and Joanna Page’s characters kiss on the doorstep, the first lump in my throat appears, and it comes back at the drop of a hat for the remains of the film, and stays there fairly constantly from the moment that Colin Firth arrives in Marseille. Of course, as soon as Aurelia sees that Jamie stood in the restaurant, well, y’know, I’ve got something in my eye.. a bit of dust, I think.
Anyway, I had a notepad near me as I lay on the bed watching the DVD on my laptop, and started making notes connecting all the characters. I’ve not hidden my penchant for charts and graphs, so it won’t surprise you to know that I thought about arranging it using nice colours and Gill Sans. Yesterday, I had a look at the Love Actually page on Wikipedia and found someone had already done a chart of the connections. But it wasn’t pretty enough for my tastes, so I still went ahead and made one.
Just in case any caterpillars fancied crossing the river without getting crushed by human feet on the bridge, these swans made a nice big path of leaves for them.
View of Berlin from Oberbaumbrücke (if you’ve never been to Berlin, it’s a very beautiful bridge). Looks better bigger and on black. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.
Honestly, Mets fans, I’m not taking the piss. I promise. It was just something I thought about after reading this article in the New York Times. If it’d been a Cardinals-White Sox World Series, this drawing would’ve been called Masochistic Cubs Fan. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.