Name: Henrietta Harris
Nickname: Henri, Sparky
Sign: Capricorn 
Color : Powder Blue,
Book : Brideshead Revisited,

Beverage : Coffee

Q1. What is the best show (music) you have ever been too?
A1. Definitely a Mint Chicks show (Ruban from Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s old band) but it’s too hard to pick just one. I saw them practically every weekend for a few years.

Q2. If you could live in any time period or be anyone dead or alive, who would you be or where would you go?
A2. The 1960s for the music and fashion.

Q3. What is something you hate doing, but must do anyways?
A3. I say the word “like” in sentences too much and I hate myself for it. 



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HARLAN: Moon Walkn…

Name: Harlan Alexander Silverman

Nickname: Harlan

Sign: Cancer/Leo


Cookie: Snicker doodle

Book: Lolita

Holiday: Halloween

Q1. What animal trait do you wish to possess?

A1. Wings

Q2. What superhero would be your sidekick? What villain would you go after first?

A2. Batman / Lex Luther

Q3. Bathroom read?

A3. “Working”

 Q4. Where and When in time would you go?

A4, 200 years into the future. I would go to New York to see if it’s still standing. If so, I can’t wait to kick it with robots and hologram people.

5. Most Embarrassing Moment? —

Q6. Best compliment ever received?

A6, Someone telling me that Alex & Sam was like Ike and Tina.

Q7. What do you admire in a person?

A7. Drive

Q8. When do you feel most creative?

A8. Afternoon

Q9. What 80’s movie would you live in for a day? Who would you be?

A9. Moon Walker / MJ!

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?

A10. Smelly people

Harlan is funky fresh and fun. I saw him live at The Satellite not too long ago and wrote a midnight review of the show (check out review here). The music still ignites thoughts of old school 70’s Sesame Street, Wonder Years, Block Parties, and Roller Discos. He is fun, the band is fun. The music is certainly different and refreshing amongst the countless other indie rock, surf inspired, and/or shoe gaze psychedelic music (which I all love) circulating the Los Angeles music scene. The first time I heard Harlan I was completely surprised, like I had stepped into a gold plated time machine, dialed into 1978 and was more than happy to go on this little musical excursion.

This month (May 2012) Harlan has a Monday night residency at The Echo and Full Length Album coming out soon.

Check out more of Harlan’s music on his website.

*this puppet creeps me out!

Ryan Shultz – Molded by Legos


Name: Ryan   
Nickname: Big Head Jehov-
back in the day. With a head of 23 inches in circumferences and was raised
Jehovah witness…but was still cool.
Sign:  Aquarius –
Food: Indian Food w/ Garlic
Nan. But can make the most badass Eggplant Parmesan.
Book: Lolita-Vladimir
Nabokov; a book with the most elegant pros ever constructed in the English
language. And there is something to be said considering the fact that English
was Vladimir Nabokov’s third language. His first being Russian, French second
and English third. If English is your first language and you can’t write better
than a man who has it as a third language…you suck
Season: Tricky, I love the
Fall because of the crisp air and leaves changing and walking around in the
woods, but it’s kind of tricky because when you live in Chicago the weather
gets so shit, you go “oh what a beautiful fall “ and you have a week of fall.
And then you have sticks for the next 6 months, all the leaves fall on the
ground and turns to brown mush and then there is just sticks and ice and
horribleness, so I’m almost a little terrified of fall because of what’s to
come. There is a bit of anxiety. Unlike Spring I might say spring is my favorite
season, or something I look forward too. My libido is on over drive and girls
are wearing skirts. Fall is good for a week and then for the next 6 months its
all sticks, ice, and horribleness…brown mush on the ground etc…making spring
very much something to look forward to.
1. If
your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
(Was taken with boisterous laughter)
Tuna fish
smoothie w/ orange juice: – bittersweet. Because you would not want to eat my
painting in any way (referring to the painting he was currently working on). My
work isn’t sexy like gelato. Or that his work is surprisingly tasty, in the
sense that you would never read his work as being something delicious but then
surprisingly is. Searching for something low calorie but tasty, a snow cone
with booze was decided. Snow cone (low brow) with an expensive alcohol (high
brow); it would be a fine Chianti Snow Cone
2. How
many times have you been pulled over and why?
He has
only been pulled over four times, although he admits it should have probably
been more. With his incredible luck of being let off, once he was pulled over
in another state wearing a crown with pink aviators going 115 mph. The officer
let him off, because he explained he was going to spend 4th of July
with his grandparents. He is incredibly lucky when it comes to authority.
3. Best
show you have ever been too?
saw Maulers 4th symphony, was moved to tears complete water works. Had never
seen Mauler before and it blew him away. The whole production every element to
it was phenomenal
Concert: Radiohead
in Florence “Hail to the Thief Tour” on a beautiful hill for free. The concert
was sold out, but he and his friend took turns looking over a wall 90 ft away
from the stage to see the show. With the acoustics amazing, hearing the music
was great, in beautiful scenery.
It is a tossup
between the two shows.
4. What animal
is your spirit guide?
At one time a
lot of hallucinogenic were taken to try to find the spirit animal with no
avail. But a chameleon seems to be the animal which sticks. Can talk to anyone
from a homeless man to a billionaire banker; regardless of topic or social
status he can always adapt himself to situations in which he can be able to
hold conversations with his company.
5. What
have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
There was
a looong pause of thought in trying to figure out this answer. Has never said
he was never going to do something and always been a reckless person. So…the
question was left un answered.
thing he has said he will never do, and does not look forward to doing in any
way, would be to sleep with a prostitute- but that does not answer the
5-II.  What do you hate doing,
have to do it?
Hates doing everything, all task or chores; shopping, laundry,
cleaning, buying beer etc. “I am a barely functioning individual that somehow
gets by”
6. You
were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated,
what’s your superpower?
Power as
of present- mind control
7. Most Embarrassing Moment?
During one summer romance, a lady
friend the time was extremely drunk on jack and proceeded to vomit on the bed,
in bathroom, and at some point was laying/ crawling in a river of vomit. Already
embarrassed for her, it was when she shit on my bed that took it to the next
level. Scrubbing her panties with a carpet cleaner, and scrubbing the bed. The roommates
helped out by scrubbing her down in shower.
8. Is there any toy you really wanted
as a kid but was never given? Did you ever buy it for yourself when you got
No not really. A self proclaimed really
weird kid, he would make Barbie dolls and GI Joes have sex. GI’s banging Amazon
women. Was given Stretch Armstrong by an aunt and crucified him, built a cross
and nailed Stretch to the cross and set it on fire. Does reflect on the fact he
had a huge Lego collection, possibly influenced the development in visualizing
3d; the conversion of 3 dimensional space into a 2 dimensional image.
9. Do you have a phobia? Or what is
your most irrational fear?
Does not have any phobias or any
irrational fears, no fears that not any normal person would have, i.e.: the
fear of death. If there was any fear, a fear of his would be sleeping too much.
Not as much a fear, but if he sleeps to long it would piss him off. Fear of
losing time. Currently is really focused on being a more efficient painter; by
not going out, sleeping in front of his painting, anything that would aid in
the obsession and being focused on art. So to lose time in over sleeping would
be the most irrational fear he has at the moment.
10. What’s the most interesting thing
you found lying on the street/sidewalk/ground/random place?
Was walking in Wicker Park brown
bagging a bear and found a book “Man, Myth and Magic”. A very odd, strange,
weird book with pictures of possibly burning babies and two headed dogs, photos
from a possible Rambers Museum. Avoiding the text, because the photos are
interesting enough on its own.  The book
was possibly from 1978 or 68.

Back in November I had the pleasure of talking with Ryan over Skype for his survey. My first “verbal” interview and my first transcribed, loosely quoted, survey post. His personality is as rich and layered as his work, possessing a charm and dark humor.Without a clue, it wasn’t until the day of the interview did I discover Shultz was a contestant on the Bravo Show Work of Art. A show I personally did not care for from the pilot. I had become a fan of his work independently, stumbled upon him on another art blog never mentioning his TV fame. A hour plus long conversation with him was entertaining, informative, and includes a dozen more thoughts that I am unable to share, or have no desire to try and transcribed. Selfishly keeping it to myself.  If you ever get the chance to have a conversation with Ryan, be on your toes, alert, and ready for some knowledge.

Check out more of Ryan’s Work Here.


Name: Jenni Tarma

Nickname: Bean Head

Sign: Aries

Month: October
Color: teal
Cookie: triple chocolate espresso

Q1. Are you superstitious?

A1.I always cross my fingers on plane rides during take-off and landing.

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?

A2. This summer- Muse. Whether or not you like their music, the power of their shred cannot be denied.

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


Q4. Bathroom read?

A4. Nylon.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?

A5. Traditionally, I cringe every day when I wake up. Oh God, this can’t be happening, this is so embarrassing.

Q6. If your music was ice cream, what flavor would it be?

A6. Correatown: mint chocolate chip, with a side of salted caramel. Mine: didn’t turn out right, looks kind of gross.

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


Q8. What’s your vice?

A8. Cocktails. The more elaborate, the better.

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?

A9. I get my best ideas when I’m about to fall asleep, which is incredibly unhelpful in terms of remembering any of them.

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

A10. I have the power to run errands without being seen, talked to, or intercepted by anyone I know, am vaguely acquainted with, or even complete strangers.
Name: Angela
Nickname: Hungeeee/ Momsies/ Angiepants
Sign: Libra

Month: October
Color: Teal
Cookie: Chocolate Crackle

Q1. Are you superstitious?

A1. Just about fortune cookies.

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?

A2. Hall and Oates at the Hollywood Bowl. Wow. And the champagne and *pot brownies* didn’t hurt.

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

A3.Taking life really seriously. Yikes.

Q4. Bathroom read? 

A4.Not my thing, really. Someone told me sitting on the toilet and reading will give you hemorrhoids and I’ve been freaked about it ever since.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?

A5.A bird once dropped a giant shit bomb on my head while I was sitting in the sun in the Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris. It was truly awful. My friend was pouring water from a huge Evian bottle over my head trying to rinse it, and scandalized passersby were snickering and pointing.

Q6. If your music was ice cream, what flavor would it be?

A6. Mint Chocolate Chip, or Fig with Salted Caramel and Balsamic Swirl

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

A7. Gem, she was truly outrageous. Close second: GI Joe- I had a huge crush on the silent bearded Bazooka guy. And part of me also thought Cobra was sort of hot- all masked, whiney, and wearing a skin tight war-outfit.

Q8. What’s your vice?

A8.Staying up really late at night reading… and/or drinking too many cups of coffee. Which may be mutually related (I now realize).

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?

A9.From 4pm – 12 midnight. It’s like a gong goes off and all my best ideas arrive with trumpets, but I’m usually unable to capture them for later because I’m making dinner, or out and about.

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

A10.I can magically transport myself to and from places in an eye blink, and I can also bring my friends along if they are touching some part of my body. This is extremely useful when I have late night cravings for nutella crepes in Paris, whilst sitting on the couch in LA.

 I couldn’t think of a better time or day to sit and listen to Correatown, trying to figure out how to explain the sound of their music. Drinking green tea with honey and watching the sun break through the rain clouds on a Sunday afternoon while “Shine Right Through” is playing, it’s kind of perfect. Correatown has a sweet indie sound, singer Angela Correa’s voice carried on the melody like a whisper of the wind.  There is something in the songs that gives a sense that there is a very me looking at me scenario, a self realization notion, yet that self realization is in observation. Like as if hearing the inner thoughts of the girl drinking coffee by themselves, the man walking down the street with a gentle smile, or your lover right before they wake; you’re seeing yourself.  I might sound completely insane or make no sense at all, but you can listen to their latest release Pleiades on Bandcamp and decide for yourself. 





Name: Cecilia Della Peruti – no longer in Rumspringa/ now leads Gothic Tropic
Nickname: The band calls me “C”
Sign: Virgo (libra rising, gemini moon)

Dessert. too many to choose from…. A well made Flan.
Holiday. Halloween (and New Years)
Book. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Q1. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? 
A1. Not so much as one friend, but imaginary scenarios, definitely. All the time haha.

Q2. Personal Quote? 
A2. “son of a bitch” is a staple… and taken from a text convo between my roommate and I “We can donate some of that $50 to strippers and death rock. Yeah, I’ll be okay this week, I’d rather do that than buy lavish meals.”

Q3. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs? 
A3. I believe the earliest of human civilizations referenced the night sky and documented their lives according to the stars/planets. Over time, enough consistencies suggested a correlation between humans and what exists outside our planet. It’s already a scientific fact that the moon influences the tides of our oceans, I think as humans, products of evolution, we’re not exempt from the effects of the planets/star systems/universe ect.. I demystify it, because the flower children often distract from the basic logic of it all.

Q4. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A4. Unfortunately I work in a corporate office, so YES. Maybe 2 cups a day. Sometimes 3 😦 Only started about 8 months ago though. Prior to that, absolutely not. Never, in fact. Tea…and hot chocolate…

Q5. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say? 
A5.Probably profanity 

Q6. What superhero would you make your sidekick? 
A6. Quail Man?

Q7. What do you admire in a person? 
A7. Forwardness, intuition, absurd humor, the ability to do anything i cant do…I could go on.
Q8. Biggest Pet Peeve? 
A8. a ‘The Cool Guy complex’…And saying “melk” instead of “milk.” Same rule applies to “pellow.”

Q9. Bathroom read? 
A9. Mome (graphic novel)
Q10. Most Embarrassing Moment? 
A10. I pissed my pants in 7th grade on the tennis court. I was laughing too hard. I think even then I thought it was too funny to be mortified. 

Name: Ricardo Robles Jr.
Nickname: Caco
Sign: Virgo?

Dessert- too much sugar, don’t like it. I like deserts though.
Holiday- Kwanza (don’t celebrate it).
Book- “God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian”- In 9th grade I realized my worldview was similar to Vonnegut’s.

Q1. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? 

Q2. Personal Quote? 
A2. “Get Real.”

Q3. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs? 
A3. Hmmm. This one’s hard for me. The idea that the time of year a person is born somehow determines their personality seems like blatant bullshit. I don’t see very good evidence for it; but maybe there could be checkable evidence later- like the location of the other planets of our solar system in relation to earth somehow affects the physiology of a growing fetus’ brain…? The way Carl Jung explained Zodiac Signs makes it sound not too far-fetched: the weather and time of year that a person is born naturally affects a person’s first experiences outside of the womb, and therefore their personalities. My reply to this would be to ask: do only people born outdoors exhibit personality traits associated with their Zodiac symbol? Most of us in developing countries are born in hospitals with roofs and temperature control…How could this apply?

My own horoscope suggests that I’m very picky/anal. Most of the time though, my house etc. is pretty messy and I can just go with the flow…..then again my long ass answer to this question may indicate otherwise! Often, horoscopes seem to perfectly describe a person. I read one of those birthday books and it describes me well. So, I’d say I’m skeptical, but allowing for the possibility.

Q4. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day? 
A4. No coffee. I’m always shaky and nervous. That +coffee could = a mess.

Q5. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say? 
A5. I’d see how many digits of Pi it could memorize….might take some time.

Q6. What superhero would you make your sidekick?
A6. Magneto, duh.

Q7. What do you admire in a person?
A7. If a person is really opinionated but not closed to debate, I like em.

Q8. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A8. Those who, on a certain level (often barely conscious), are comfortable lying to themselves or others because life is easier that way and second guessing your ideas or values is too uncomfortable.

Q9. Bathroom read?
A9. I don’t take THAT long to poop…but I might play Bubble buster on my phone.

Q10. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A10. Every time someone walks into my house (often), they are greeted by a CD tower which I’m too lazy to move. It happens to be the tower from the time period between 6th grade and 9th grade with great bands like Limp Bizkit, Slayer, and everyone on the Warped Tour…..there’s a couple I’m proud of and might still listen to like Richard Hell, but for the most part it’s horrible.

Rumspringa is indie rock dipped in a 70’s psychedelic sound. With paisley printed melodies and guitar work they have a familiar gypsy sensibility. Unlike most psychedelic music that tends to be so trippy one needs to be on hallucinogens to appreciate the music. Rumspringa has a very grounded rock sounds that is more of an homage to the great rock stars of days gone by, instead of being trapped in the rock stars acid trip. As a contemporary band they are taking classic rock elements and brushing off the cobwebs to make them fresh again. Their song “Shake’em Loose Tonight” dips into the love den with a heavy velvet rhythm, easily I can imagine a bunch of people dancing together in a room decorated with silk scarves and bohemian pillows. But its songs like Triptych and Sway that validates their music in its current relevance while nodding to their influences and inspirations.

Please listen to more Rumspringa on thier Facebook

Murder by Death



Name: Adam Turla
Sign: Cancer
Nickname:Don’t really have one


Food– grilled food in general
Book– either East of Eden by John Steinbeck or One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marqeuz
Season– summer. absolutely

Q1. How many times have you been pulled over? And why?
A1. at least 20, but most were when i was young.

Q2. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2.i like elephants a lot

Q3. What’s your vice?
A3. movie theater popcorn

Q4. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
A4. i would be Indiana Jones.

Q5. If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
A5. Neapolitan

Q6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
A6. no my real friends were exciting enough

Q7. Personal Quote?
A7. never had one. life is too varied to sum it up

Q8. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
A8.  more than i would expect that i’d believe in them

Q9. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A9. 1-2 a day

Q10. Best show you have ever been too?
A10. iron maiden doing all their 80’s stuff was pretty incredible. also we played a show with Gogol Bordello in Amsterdam last year that was really impressive. When i went down to the dressing room to grab a beer the ceiling was moving up and down from people stomping their feet at the show above.



Name: Matt Armstrong
Nickname: Battlebot
Sign:Pisces (as far as I know. That didn’t change, did it?)


Food.- Italian or Mexican
Book.- Cormac McCarthy, Nick Cave, effect pedal instruction manuals
Season- Fall

Q1. How many times have you been pulled over? And why?
A1. I tend not to get pulled over because I don’t drive very often. If I were to get pulled over it would probably be for swerving because I was messing with the radio instead of focusing on the road.

Q2. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2. A shitting buffalo, according to a blood stain I got on my knee at a show one time.

Q3. What?s your vice?
A3. Oh boy…Smoking, drinking, coffee, musical equipment

Q4. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be?
A4. Would you be yourself or another character?- It might be fun to be the Lone Biker of the Apocalypse from Raising Arizona.

Q5. If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
A5. It would probably be a root beer float but with whiskey instead of root beer.

Q6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
A6.No, but I had a lot of action figures. Mainly G.I. Joes and Star Wars guys.

Q7. Personal Quote?
A7. “Anything for a lover, anything for a friend.” -Afghan Whigs

Q8. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
A8. I find that stuff really interesting.

Q9. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
 A9.Yes. Anywhere from 2-6 cups a day.

Q10. Best show you have ever been too? 

A10.There have been many. Off the top of my head I would say The Jesus Lizard reunion show last year in Milwaukee was a face-melter
Strong coffee and crisp morning air. A curious sun peaks through the blinds after the voyeuristic moon goes to bed. Murder By Death is grounded in there honest song writing and rich thick sound, playing the soundtrack to a passionate hearts intimate moments. Capturing the soul touching and gut wrenching knots we all try to ignore giving our genuine emotions an authentic voice. I define music by the emotions and images it invokes, I tend to stray away from normal Music journalism jargon. But I want to say that to me alt-country has always been a genre of music that speaks to my soul. That in another life I was a whiskey drinking man with a beat up truck, and a broken heart carrying a tragic story with hope always on the horizon but sometimes gets to hard to see. Well my past life would listen to Murder By Death and with songs like Foxglove, might be inspired to try again for that glimmer of love and hope.
Listen to more of Murder By Death

SPGT KIDS – Designer Bobby Adams


Name: Robert Andre Adams IV
Nickname: Bobby

Sign: Scorpion

Cookie. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Color. Orange and black
Time of day. breakfast

Q1. If you could go anywhere in time where would it be and why?
A1. 60’s London. The music

Q2. If you owned a parrot, what would you teach it to say??
A2. Polly want a cracker. Duh.

Q3. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A3. Seeing Paul McCartney second row at the Hollywood Bowl

Q4. Do you have a lucky charm?
A4. Nope

Q5. If your artwork (clothing line) was a cereal, which one would is be and why?
A5. probably trix. trix are for kids

Q6. If you were in Willy Wonka’s factory, what would you be looking forward to the most?
A6. The soda that makes you float

Q7a. What do you miss most about being a kid?
A7. Riding my bike to any of my friends houses and knocking on their door to see if they can play

Q7b. What the best thing about being an adult?
A8. Not having to ask their parents

Q8. First show (music) did you ever go to?
A8. Im gonna regret this… Spice Girls

Q9. If you knew when the world was going to freeze for ten minutes, what would you plan to do in those 10mins?
A9. Take a nap

Q10. What animal trait do you wish to possess?
A10. owl night vision

Some of the designers, creators, and crafters that are found on Etsy are completely inspiring with their DIY attitude. And I felt the blog needed a bit more *unconventional inspiration. Bobby Adams of Spaghetti Kids loves to style kids in hip gear that would be rocked by their parental counterpart. With hoodies, pullovers, and cute cardigans Bobby plays with patterns and colors making clothes only the coolest kids could adorn. The signature *hamburger patch isn’t all about heart health but you can’t but help falling in love with the stylish designs of Spaghetti Kids!

Check out his Etsy store!

*unconventional inspiration because art and music are always seen as sources of inspiration
* hamburger- unless that hamburger is a veggiburger which in that case mow-down!

Eric Joyner – Cup of Joe and Doughnut Art


Name: Eric Joyner
Nickname: E shizzle
Sign: Aries

Drink. Makers Mark (straight) Grade. 12 Cleaning product. Armour All

Q1. What animal trait do you wish to possess?
A1.To swim like a dolphin.

Q2. What superhero would be your sidekick?
A2. Bat Girl

Q3. Bathroom read?
A3. SFgate.com on my Iphone

Q4. Where and When in time would you go?
A4.San Francisco in the 1930’s

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5. Right now, totally blanking on this question! Forgive me…

Q6. Best compliment ever received?
A6. A fan told me he bought a copy of my book a year ago, & said it was the best thing he ever did.

Q7. What do you admire in a person?
A7. A good listening ability and a sense of humor.

Q8. When do you feel most creative?
A8. Ideas come best at 4 am & painting is best when I desperately want to do something else or just feeling very antsy.

Q9. What 80’s movie would you live in for a day?
A9. Who would you be? Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10. Hang overs.

Eric Joyner creates this amazing world consisting of collected vintage robots and a favorite breakfast treat donuts. But he doesn’t ignore other colorful sweet delights as cupcakes and other frosted goods are also depicted in this Iron Giants meets Corner Bakery land of carefree whimsy. Step away from this world and let your imagination run rampit staring into one of Eric’s timeless pieces.



His show “Donut Logic” opens this Saturday August, 14 at Corey Helford Gallery.

Aaron Nagel – Aaron Bagel Bites


Name: Aaron Nagel

Nickname: Bagel

Sign: Pisces


Ice Cream. Book. Color

Mint Chip. Shadow Divers. Dark Grey


Q1. Are you superstitious?

A1. not really, but I am super paranoid (which can manifest itself in similar ways).

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?

A2. Art Show or Rock Show? Art: last years Art Basel. Rock: Pogues.

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

A3. Nothing yet, I can be pretty rigid…but there are definitely a few on the horizon.

Q4. Bathroom read?

A4. IKEA catalogues, Art Mags.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?

A5. I got caught shoplifting when I was 14, the security guard cuffed me (totally unnecessary since I was tiny and terrified) and walked me through the store real slow like. then called my mom.

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

A6. I’d like to say an Audi R8, but it’d probably be more like a Ford Focus.

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

A7. Voltron or Thundercats. I remember really liking the Black Cauldron too, scared the shit out of me.

Q8. What’s your vice?

A8. how about three: Coffee, late night cereal, and Jujubees.

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?

A9. evening/night definitely.

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

A10. is flying too boring? that would be so fresh. curing cancer would be pretty rad too

If you are so lucky to be in the Bay area tomorrow check out Aaron’s solo at the Shooting Gallery. Not going is lame, and yes because of my southern california residency I am lame for not being there. Don’t be lame like me. For more images and info on Aaron vist his website.

Greg “Craola” Simkins – Little Squirt


Name: Greg Simkins
Nickname: Craola
Sign; what? You don’t believe that nonsense do you?

Cookie. Book. Color: Chocolate Chip, Watership Down, Green

Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?
A1. What’s a Spirit guide? If I could have an animal as a tour guide however, I would probably want it to be the docile Giant Anteater. What a majestic creature, full of life and vigor… And ants.

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

A2. Probably Hello, just like every other schmuck out there.

Q3. What superhero would you make your sidekick?
A3 Aquaman, and I would make fun of him all day and call him little squirt.

Q4. What do you admire in a person?
A4 Good manners.

Q5. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A5 Awkard pauses in……conversations

Q6 Favorite amusement park and ride?
A6 Disneyland, Dumbo

Q7. Best vacation memory?
A7 Christmas in Big Bear when I was 5

Q8. Childhood ambition?
A8 To be a Veterinarian

Q9. Best compliment ever received?
A9 “Wow! That’s amazing how you didn’t screw that blending up this time on the background”

Q10. What do you wish was invented?
A10. Hands down, a Hover Board. Thanks back to the future for putting that one in my head as a kid and never following through.

Greg “Craola” Simkins artwork is reminiscent of Renaissance painting with its decadent fabrics and rich color but possess a modern manipulated composition. One will not find the portraits of patrons or a biblical passage but his own voice ringing clear through his paintings. Simkins sent me more photos that I will be sharing on the blog later this week. For more information visit Simkins website.