Charmaine Olivia – Dandelion Wine

Name: Charmaine Olivia
Nickname: Charmy, Charms, Mimi, but I’m most commonly known to my friends as “Meems”
Sign: Pisces

Favorite:
Ice Cream: Brown Butter. crazy, i know. omgsogood.
Book: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Color: changes daily, usually greens or blues

Q1. Are you superstitious?
A1. No, but I have a lot little rituals that I do for good luck, or for very specific results. For example, if I stare at something green and blink 33 times, the light should change from red to green, but sometimes it takes more than 33. Or if I’m trying to shoot a basketball I first have to bounce it X amount of times and use a specific part of my hand to bounce the ball with. I do this until I find the right combination that awards me my basket.

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?
A2. The first Animal Collective show I went to, I think it was back in 2004. They played much smaller venues then, which is always nice.

Q3. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A3. Wearing high waisted skinny jeans. Those were always deemed “mom pants” when I was younger. My 13-year old self would be horrified to see what I wear now.

Q4. Bathroom read?
A4. Read? no. Words With Friends on my iPhone. I’m hopelessly addicted.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5. Weird language barriers while backpacking through europe. Too many to count.

Q6. If you were a Transformer, what car/truck would you transform into?
A6. some sexy italian car

Q7. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A7. Tom & Jerry, or those old Tex Avery cartoons. Gosh, they don’t make ’em like they used to.

Q8. What’s your vice?
A8. All things crunchy and salty. I am especially fond of cheese puffs and doritos. And really sweet white wines. but not paired with doritos. ew.

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A9. Midday to evening. Morning is strictly reserved for tea-drinking and kitten-cuddling.

Q10. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
A10. Alex Mack!! Omg I haven’t thought about that show in years! I always wanted to be able to do what she does. What, turn in to a silvery liquid and creep around? Move things with her mind? Yeah. Bingo. That or maybe the ability to change the weather. I’m always cold, it’d be nice to have a few extra degrees here and there.

Charmaine Olivia blends realism and illustration together in a way that her figures and subject are filled with a sophisticated whimsy.  Beautiful and mysterious one wants to have a conversation with the women Charmaine paints rather than sleep with them. Inspired by nature, woodlen critters can be spotted through out her work along with a a distinct feminine charm.

Please see more of Charmaine’s work on her website.

Andy Kehoe: Are you skilled with a blade?

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Name: Andy Kehoe

Nickname: Snake-Eye Badger Daddy

Sign: Gemini

Favorite:

cookie. Fresh baked chocolate chip

number. 100101010010101111

organ. Eyes
Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?

A1.A black cat.

Q2. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say?

A2.The opening theme song to Perfect Strangers.

Q3. What superhero would you make your sidekick?

A3.Brock Samson

Q4. What do you admire in a person?

A4.Honesty, immortality, and skill with a blade.

Q5. Biggest Pet Peeve?

A5. Self-righteousness.

Q6 Favorite amusement park and ride?

A6. Though Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio has the best roller coasters ever, I have to go with Kennywood in Pittsburgh just for all the memories there growing up… and civic pride. My favorite ride there is The Phantom’s Revenge.

Q7. Best vacation memory?

A7.We went to Disney World when we were young and my dad tricked my brother Ben and I into going on a ride called Space Mountain. Once I realized it was a roller coaster, I started crying hysterically but couldn’t get out of it. At the beginning of the ride, it takes you up a ramp and I really thought I was going into space and it scared the shit out of me. I was easily scared and tricked as a kid. Now I try to scare and trick people as often as I can.

Q8. Childhood ambition?

A8.To be a comic book artist or a video game designer… and to grow a really nice moustache.

Q9. Best compliment ever received?

Nice moustache.

Q10. What do you wish was invented?

A machine that could record dreams.

Pulsatilla – Grandma’s Powder Puff

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Nickname: pulsatilla
Sign: cancer
Favorite

Fruit : passion fruit
Time of Day : 19 HOO
Book : woody hallen “Le chantier infernal”
Q1.What animal is your spirit guide?
A1.the fox, wild, blond red head like me.

Q2.What superhero would be your sidekick?
A2.tarzan, so sexy

Q3.Bathroom read
A3.magazine only, love reading gossips in Elle magazine.

Q4.Where and When in time would you go?
A4.In laponia, in winter for christmas.

Q5.Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5.i was a little child, my mum didn’t want to buy me some chewing gums, she said it was bad for my teeth…but i wanted this chewing gums, so in my school, with a friend we took some used gums on the ground, we rinced and ate them…the teacher discovered me, told my mother, i was grilled…big shame but still no bubble at home.

Q6.Best compliment ever received ?
A6.”you are my princess”, from my boyfriend.

Q7.What do you admire in a person?
A7.honesty, humor, sensibility, positive state of mind, creativity. oh yeh, big list…

Q8.Greatest strength? Greatest Weakness?
A8.Well, my greatest strength is probably my determination and my sensibility, weakness : impatient

Q9.What 80’s movie would you live in for a day? Who would you be?
A9.movie “Manon des sources” realised by R. Berry”, i would be Emmanuelle Béart as “Manon”. For a day, walk barefooted in the wood, with rosmaryn, thym and pine smells, swim in the river, hear the Mistral wind in the trees, feel my Provence.

Q10.Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10.ringing bell on the morning, and TV news.

For more of her work please visit Pulsatilla’s website.

Christine Hale – Girls Got Cool Creds

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Name: Christine Hale
Nickname: Love, Christine or Mochi
Sign: Scorpio

Favorite
Food: Pizza is probably something I could never say NO to, but I love food—good, healthy ,feel good yumz.
Book. This Japanese book about other Japanese books-haha- I don’t know what it’s called but I love it so much. It just has pictures of cool looking Japanese publications.
Season: All of them, except the parts in between ( the rainy cold muddy parts).

Q1. Are you superstitious?
A1.No, but I sometimes don’t step on cracks when I’m walking down the street. Not because I think the world will fall apart, I just don’t like to.

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?

A2.Final Fantasy (Owen Pallete) at the Troubador.

Q3. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A3.Drive longer than an hour to work. Eat cooked carrots.

Q4. Bathroom read?
A4.The ingredients of whatever is sitting next to me because I usually forget to grab something.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5.I had a crush on a bookstore ( still do) and I couldn’t get the door to open so then I got really flustered, pointed at the hours of operation sign and said something like “OH THAT’S WHY!” like the store was closed and I couldn’t get in and that is why the door was so hard to open, and then I walked away. It was all a blur and I realized that the store had been open an hour, I just didn’t pay attention to it and I did all that stuff by embarrassment default. It was really bizarre. I don’t know who saw me, but I’m sure someone did.

Q6. If you were a Transformer, what car/truck would you transform into?
A6.One that transforms into a pizza.

Q7. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A7.Garfield. He inspired me to write my first illustrated book ( in the 1st grade) about a cat and a dog and a man. Haha. I mostly just loved Odie, though.

Q8. What’s your vice?
A7.pizza

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A9.Late late late at night and when I have something due in a very short amount of time, or when I first wake up.

Q10. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
A10.Teleportation!

Christine Hale is not only a fresh and fun illustrator, she has amazing taste in music. The list of musicians she has made a band poster for would make the coolest of indie kids blush. I have some good cool kid creds. but this girl is at the head of the table. Talented artist with a discerning ear. And she does comics too. And she has an amazing band, The Hoof and The Heel.

I am certifiably jealous!!

Please check out her website for more work but here are a few of my favorites. And I spot an MAOI surveyed band and Nathan Deyoungs favorite animal. Click picture for a jump to their surveys.

Dallas Clayton – Rad Dad!

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Dallas Clayton is an award winning author of an awesome book titled An Awesome Book. With a fun and freeing style of illustration he has shared a special story with kids through his book tour. I stumbled on his webpage a while ago and his poems bring me such glee.

I hope you will enjoy a Dallas Clayton survey with me.

Name: Dallas Clayton
Nickname: Dallas Clayton
Sign: “Rad”

Favorite:
Cookie: Delicious
Number: Pi
Organ: Hammond

Q1.What toy did you always want as a kid but never got? Have you bought yourself that toy as an adult?
A1. I can’t say I remember. I was really into making things, playing in the woods, running around, that sort of thing. As an adult I have afforded myself the luxury of doing just that every day. Victory!

Q2.If you could tour with any band (together, broken up, dead or alive) what band would it be?
A2. 3 way tie between (in their prime) Minor Threat, N.W.A. and Zeppelin

Q3.What secret talent do you possess?
A3. I can fly

Q4.Do you have an irrational fear?
A4. No

Q5.Most rewarding moment of your life so far?

A5. Having a child.

Q6.When do you feel most creative?
A6. When I see something awesome and it inspires me to do more.

Q7.If you could transform into any animal on a dime, what animal kingdom would you be a part of?
A7. Birds.

Q8.You got to use a time machine for one day and one day only, where would you go?
Q8. The future.

Q9. What do you think a snozberry taste like?
A9. Acai.

Q10. Have you ever met someone you idolize? How was that experience?
A10. Can’t say I idolize anyone really but I’ve met a lot of rad people. Mostly the are just people.

INFLUENCE

Is it because of television
or magazines
or nature
or parents good intentions
that a child
stands at a foggy bathroom mirror
between class periods
practicing what it will feel like
to tell someone he doesn’t know very well
“I love you.”

COPE

What does it mean to you
to be disappointed?
When you imagine disappointment
does it have a face?
A scowl ike an ugly high school thing
coming back at you from the past?
It’d be nice if we could put a face
on all those emotions
that scare us into mediocrity.
Make it easier to poke out their eyes.

SANE

There are crazy people out there
who talk to cats
and see ghosts in their food.
They’re all over the place-
driving the bus,
making a bagel,
locked up somewhere you don’t have to look at.
There are crazy people out there
and many having a better time than you.

Nathan DeYoung – WWFPD?

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Name: Nathan DeYoung
Nickname: Diddles
Sign: Aquarius

Favorite:
Cookie: Chocolate Chip!
Number: 13…no foolin
Organ: liver
Q1. What do you consider the most daring thing you have done thus far in your life?
A1. Attempt to make a career with my art.

Q2. If you knew that time would stop for 5 min’s on a certain day, what would you plan to do during those few minutes?
A2. I would drive like a maniac for two minutes and five seconds, than lay down in the middle of the freeway and stare at the sky for two minutes and thirty seconds and than safely return to my car with the remaining time.

Q3. Best song of all time? Or at least in the top ten?
A3. Gaaawwwddd…most impossible question ever! Hmm, well a couple (because its impossible to narrow down) of my fav. tracks are The National- Racing Like A Pro…. The Mars Volta- Miranda That Ghost Isn’t Holy Anymore: C. Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma)….Norma Jean- A Small Spark vs. A Great Forest….Interpol- Untitled….Radiohead- Where I End And You Begin ( The Sky Is Falling In)….and on and on and on and on!

Q4. Who is the most annoying film or tv character?
A4. Any soap opera character that has ever lived…who watches those things really????

Q5. Do you clap at the end of a movie?
A5. Ohhhh you betcha! Only for the good ones though…

Q6. Childhood Ambition?
A6. I really wanted to be a professional baseball player.

Q7. Best first day of school memory?
A7. Well, it was the first day of middle school and I remember being pretty nervous and my dad actually walked with me to school that day and when it was time for me to go to class he gave me a much needed hug, smiled and while he handed me my favorite snack ( a pb&j) we caught eyes while he was still smiling and it was as if we had an entire conversation about the day and all my jitters went away for a few seconds…it was almost magical.

Q8. What animal would you transform into on a dime?
A8. A hippo…no joke!

Q9. Favorite cartoon while growing up?
A9. Total tie between “Doug” and “The Simpsons” I was hooked like an open mouth bass on those shows!

Q10. What was your first kiss like?
A10. Pretty short actually, haha. She was my first girlfriend, I thought she was so beautiful. We were in 6th grade and I was so nervous about the whole thing that it ended up being this short little peck on the lips…haha i tried to play it off really cool though..i thought to myself what would the fresh prince do??? Oh yeah, he would play this cool!


Nathan DeYoung integrates the freedom of abstract color and broad strokes with the tight delicate refinement of his breathtakingly rendered women. Creating a dream world of sense and confusion. At his show with Thinkspace gallery he better explained their existence with an attached poem to the piece. Nathan’s self taught ability is baffling yet a statement in itself to his passion and dedication. One has to put their hands in their pocket to keep from touching the canvas. With the maturity of an old master taking hundreds of hours to perfect one piece, it’s good to see he is still twenty-something at heart.

Dabs Myla

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Name: DABS MYLA
Nickname: Dabo and M
Sign:
DABSVirgo
MYLAPisces
Favorite:
Dessert/                           Color:              Movie:
DABS-Cherry Pie              Blue                 Royal Tenenbaums
MYLA-Pavalova                 Pink                 Dajeeling Limited

Q1.What toy did you always want as a kid but never got? Have you bought yourself that toy as an adult?
A1.
DABS: Voltron, the Black Cat, the head. No i didnt.
MYLA:A trampoline…no i havent!!Q2.If you could tour with any band (together, broken up, dead or alive) what band would it be?
A2.DABS MYLA:Dr Teeth and the Electric MayhemQ3.What secret talent do you possess?
A3.
DABS: Not sure if this counts as a secret talent, but cats always seem to like me??!
MYLA:Not sure….Q4.Do you have an irrational fear?
A4.
DABS: No I dont think I do….
MYLA:Monsters in the bathroom??!!Q5.Most rewarding moment of your life so far?
A5.DABS MYLA:Meeting each other!!Q6.When do you feel most creative?
A6.
DABS: On the dunny…
MYLA:In the morning.Q7.If you could transform into any animal on a dime, what animal kingdom would you be a part of?
A7.
DABS: Do dinosaurs count? If so, dinosaurs…not sure which one, don’t really know much about them!! Maybe I’d like to be one of the spikey ones.
MYLA: The kingdom of the sea.

Q8. You got to use a time machine for one day and one day only, where would you go?
A8.
DABS: Back to 1991, and I would stop myself from taking up cigarettes.
MYLA: November 12, 1955…just to make sure Marty is OK.

Q9. What do you think a snozberry taste like?
A9.
DABS: Bacon and raspberries.
MYLA: A combination of raspberries and blueberries.

Q10. Have you ever met someone you idolize? How was that experience?
A10.
DABS: Seen, got to go to his studio and hang out for a couple of days. It was the BEST!!!
MYLA: Yes, Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins…it was a magical day which made me think anything is possible!!

Caia Koopman

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Name: Caia Koopman
Nickname: Koopy
Sign: Pieces

Favorite:

Ice Cream: Ube
Book: anything by Nevada Barr
Color: Blue

Q1. Are you superstitious?
A1. No, except I knock on wood a lot

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?
A2. Too many Bests, Nirvana, Ramones, Social Distortion, Jane’s Addiction, Bad Religion, Green Day, The Cramps, Oh wait, DUH, you mean Art Show, that’s easy Frieda Kahlo, she rocks

Q3. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A3. Drink again

Q4. Bathroom read?
A4. The paper on my ipod

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5. Not telling, too many anyway

Q6. If you were a Transformer, what car/truck would you transform into?
A6. An electric mini cooper silver body, black top, black (go faster) stripes .

Q7. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A7.Penelope Pitstop

Q8. What’s your vice?
A8.TV

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A9.Morning, on good days I wake up with ideas swimming in my head.

Q10. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?

A10.Well after the morning after pill I think immortality would be fun

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Alex Chiu

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Name: Alex Chiu
Nickname: Poopface, Alex-pants, BLAR, Blarmonster
Sign: Libra

Favorite:

Ice Cream: Cookies and Cream.
Color: Blue
Season : Fall

Q1. What can you not live without?
A1.Coffee. I think I drink like 3-4 cups a day. I usually drink drip; no lattes, cappuccino, frappuccinos, etc. I think it’s because I’ve been working as a coffee barista for like 4 years. They turned me into an addict. Shit.

Q2. What movie would you live in for a day? Would you be yourself or another character?
A2.This one’s a tough one. Probably Downtown 81, the documentary on the New York art scene during the early 80’s with Basquiat. I’d probably be myself and just hang out. Same deal with Style Wars.

Q3. Favorite part of what you do?
A3.Depends what I do. I do a lot of things. When I draw, I enjoy surprising myself. I never really know what I’ll see. The drawing process is like jazz for me. I just go at it and see what I create. When I make music, I enjoy the harmony. Making music has the ability to make strangers feel like family. When I spend time with my girlfriend, I like when we dream together. When you dream with another, everything seems a little more real.

Q4. If you were a cereal, which one would you be?
A4.The really should create a cereal with coffee in it. I think it’d do well. I’d be that one.

Q5. One wish, what would it be?
A5.The power to heal.

Q6. Are you superstitious?
A6. Not so much, I still like to push my luck though. Most of the time I believe in a God. Is that considered superstitious?

Q7. Pet Peeve?
A7.People that don’t give eye contact.

Q8. What’s your vice?
A8.I really like good herbs.

Q9. Best compliment ever received?
A9.James O’Barr, the Crow, once called me a pansy for putting cream in my coffee. I took it as a compliment.

Q10. Have you ever stolen a library book?
A10.Nope, but I’ve wanted to. Diary of a Genius by Dali.

Dean McDowell

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Name: Dean McDowell
Nickname: Deano
Sign: Aquarius

Favourite:
Color – That depends on the day and more importantly current mood.
Food – Stew.
Day of week – Isn’t everyone’s Friday?

Q1. If any cartoon character was your best friend, who would if be?
A1.Would love to hang out with the ‘freaks of the heartland’

Q2. What do you loath doing but always have to do?
A2.Shaving, I bloody hate it…

Q3. Best show you have ever been too?
A3.Nirvana – Kings Hall, Belfast 92…

Q4. First Album/CD you ever bought?
A4.The first LP that I can remember buying was AC/DC – Highway to Hell, loved it back in the day and you know, I still bloody love it….

Q5. If you could transform into an animal, which kind of animal would it be?
A5. Irish Elk

Q6. Bathroom read?
A6.Whatever my current book is…

Q7. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A7.Reality TV…

Q8. Best compliment ever received?
A8.Still waiting…

Q9. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
A9.Invincibility…

Q10. Is your mom a good cook? If so what’s your favourite dish?
A10. Yep, stew…