Dead To Me


Name: Tyson
Nickname: Chicken
Sign: Libra

Color. Green
Season. Summer

Q1. What animal trait do you wish to possess?

A1. Flight, mating for life, and awareness/knowledge of the earths electro-magnetic fields.

Q2. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?

A2. Boyz In The hood. I’d be myself and tell Ricky not to split up with Tre at the end so he doesn’t get shot. In turn, Doughboy wouldn’t have to retaliate and then he wouldn’t end up in prison. Best. Movie. Ever.

Q3. Bathroom read?

A3. Secret Teachings of All Ages by Many P Hall and Be Here Now by Ram Dass are in the bathroom currently. Both are really good to just open up randomly and start reading. Tons of really cool imagery in both books too.

Q4. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?

A4. I’ve had a lot of very exciting moments in my life, but I would like to think that the most exciting is yet to come. Besides,I would hate to name just one past experience because I feel like it makes everything that happened after anticlimactic.

Q5. Do you have a lucky charm?

A5. It sounds silly but I kind of consider some of my tattoos my lucky charms. My elephant on my arm protects me from impulse and the third eye on my sugar skull sees with my minds eye everything that my regular eyes cannot.

Q6. What do you miss most about being a kid? What the best thing about being an adult?

A6. I miss the feeling of infinite possibility and innocent naivete. When I was real young I was oblivious to the potential of human cruelty and becoming painfully aware of it as I got older is something I’ve never really got used to. As for being an adult, I guess the best thing is the gift of loving myself. I know how to now, but didn’t then.

Q7. If you had to give up one of your 5 senses, which one would you abandon?

A7. Smell. Reluctantly.

Q8. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?

A8. The ability to speak every language spoken on earth.

Q9. Best compliment ever received?

A9. When someone tells me that a song I wrote helped them through a hard time, or even that it just made them happy for a few minutes is pretty much the best compliment ever as far I’m concerned.

Q10. Greatest strength? Greatest Weakness?

A10. My greatest strength is that I realize I’m weak. It makes me strong.

This is a momentous post as Dead To Me is the FIRST PUNK BAND to grace the pages of My Favorite MAOI. Breaking this musical barrier on the blog, I couldn’t be happier as Dead To Me is a straight up, no chaser, no filler, no gimmick punk band. They play the kind of punk music that inspired and fueled Warped Tour before  it went strangely drastically astray into the sugar coated overly processed land of pop-punk it lives in today. (Jeffrey Star has been on the Warped Tour bill, need I say more). Playing their instruments hard and fast with lyrics that are a bloody heart on the bands sleeve. Singing about overcoming ones demons, establishment frustration, and the trials n’ tribulations of love; they cover all the basic raw truths that fuel punk ideals. Opening for bands like Screeching Weasels and NOFX, they deserve every minute of stage time their sets allow. Never holding back while performing, fans go crazy singing a long to passion filled songs. And lets not forget the element of fun that every true blue great band possess, above all else Dead To Me is fun! You want to get down and start a circle pit, surf a crowd, blast it on your car stereo while stuck in traffic or speeding down the freeway. A kick in the stomach, to say wake up you’re alive, now enjoy it damn it!

Please check out more of Dead To Me’s music on their Myspace Page

Joshua Petker – Excessive


Name: Joshua Petker
Nickname: Petker
Sign: Gemini

Food = Cheese
Book = right now it is Journey to the End of the Night by F.F. Celine
Season = Winter

Q1. How many times have you been pulled over? And why?
A1.Numerous times in my teens and twenties. Speeding, out-of-date registration, suspicion of DUI. Kid stuff like that.

Q2. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2.Orca whale

Q3. What’s your vice?
A3.Excess in all forms

Q4. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
A4. That’s a tough one. There are many forms I’d like to take in many films though I’d always be me. I recently saw Akira Kurosawa’s film ‘Dreams’. I’d love to just run through the Van Gogh part as myself.

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

Q6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
A6. Never.

Q7. Personal Quote?
A7. All is pretty.

Q8. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
A8. I believe in life and I believe in death. I don’t believe in much in-between.

Q9. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A9. I drink about 4 cups in the morning.

Q10. Best show you have ever been too?
A10.I went to college in Olympia, Washington around 2000. I miss the local acts at local bars more than anything I’ve seen since.

When it came time for me to describe Joshua Petker’s art I was at a momentary loss of words. I love his use of color and I couldn’t find the correct word to use until now, flow. Joshua Petker allows his paint to flow in and out of itself to enhance and vibrate each individual color. The initial word I wanted to use was blend, but the colors aren’t blended. They stand a lone yet interact, like two lovers in a swimming pool flirtatiously circling one another. Filled with movement the composition is grounded and focused on his beautiful and edgy women. They are a solid presence in his pieces, fully immersed in their surrounding world yet completely detached. A silent self awareness.  

Please visit Joshua Petker’s website to see more of his work.