Monday, April 15, 2013

Diving In Head First.


I know everything about this taco is artificial and chemical with no shred of real food whatsoever...BUT, this is pretty innovative as far as food science goes. Also made me realize how many pot heads work in this industry. Its also a great way to lose weight because I immediately shit for about 10 minutes straight after one of these.  


Now on the other end of the spectrum is Don Pedro's which is one of my favorite carnitas spot in the city. A little bit of this, a little bit of that along side some fresh tortillas, pickles and jarritos will get you nice and ready for a mid morning nap.







Set up my show at Modest for my solo show in years. Cool shop with great people who actually give a shit about helping out community. Also a great spot to pick up spray paint and see weird teenage boys literally just hang out and do nothing for hours. 



This is when keeping it real keeps it real. These hand painted menus made me realize how hard it is to accurately paint french fries. I wish those jumbo cups of soda were exaggerated but alas, this spot really does have cups this large to house your soda needs. This also brings the calorie count per value meal up to 8000. However, with this said, the deep friend pizza puff with mystery meat made me feel so damn good...for about 12 minutes.


Finished a commission piece that I wanted to keep for myself. Damn bills.



Awesome live show of Archer at the Chicago Theater. Most of the cast showed up and talked alot about gay sex. Also made me realize how short hollywood males are. Chris Parnell looked like Frodo in Gap clothing up there. 


The price list for my show was shockingly accurate. It also made me realize that I don't really like art sometimes. 


I like wood. 


Wanna feel stupid? wait in line to get inside a bar on a gorgeous sunny day to drink beer in an oppressively dark bar.


Luckily it was really good KBS from this year alongside some of 3 Floyds handles. 


And free BBQ from Man b Que. It was aight, I would have liked bolder flavors with all of their promotional materials being all rocked out and metal looking...the food did not match the mantra behind the "hardcoreness." If you're going to be "rock and roll" then be about it son! 


As if I didn't give my body enough reason for gout, Trimm and I checked out the charcuterie board over at Fountain head. I finally got to see a "pinched loaf" of bread but kept thinking about "pinching a loaf" referring to pooping. Made this plate of cured meats that much better. 


Chicagoans grill meat at the first sign of warmth outdoors. This humble plate was only the beginning along side 6lbs of more sausage, booze, beer, and greek pastries. This is the way to properly close out the week. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Just Another Day at The Offices.


 



I love painting in a grocery store after hours. It makes me think of all of the strange cartoon movies where all of the produce and grocery items coming to life and all have a party before being eaten by humans and being shitted out. 





 








Went to Urban Scouting's beer share event with fellow beer aficionados in Logan Square. This is just a small sample of the over 30 beers we popped open and shared. My favorites of the night were the High Lifes, and Stellas. 


Alex aka the Latin Rick Ross and Jay the Duck Dynasty's stunt double always looking cheerful at these kinds of things. Cunningham comin correct with all of the Bruery selections and perfectly combed hair. No one told him that he was sniffing someone's urine in his glass. 


Checked out Twisted Hippo's headquarters and had a few pints...that I remember.


I stuck with the Country Ale and quickly realized that I was guzzling the highest ABV beer they brewed. I definitely felt it the next morning.


Hey did you give a shit about St. Patrick's Day? Yeah, I didn't think so. 








Went over to South Bend, IN to help out with some chalk boards for a soon to be open Whole. It was nice to work on brand spanking new boards with nice juicy markers. It was also nice to not have shitty customers asking you stupid questions about whether or not a bottle of capers was organic or if Monsanto owns us.

  

Where do you even start with a name like this? Not only was the food terrible (go figure), but they had an Absolut Vodka flavored called "oriental." I don't know about you but knowing myself, that flavor will taste bitter and hateful. 


To make matters worse that same night...


There was a team of 3 flustered uniformed teens FREAKING out over 3 orders and this fucking tool wearing a scarf and gym sweats helping out. I don't think he was even an employee, I think this is what South Bend teens do for fun during the week night. 



Del Taco left a bad taste in my mouth and even a worse mess in the toilet, but the Parkview Tavern definitely helped redeem the bend. This bar is right up my alley, fat waitresses taking shots while taking orders, Weird Al Yankovic's gender neutral cousin and $3 pitchers of beer! I felt right at home...because I wore my klan hood.



Got to finally paint near my home and do paint my dinner on the wall. Sege and I took our sweet time and almost got frost bit doing this wall. Can't wait to do the next one! 


Not to be outdone by a dog, I did my best to make fast food mediterranean food look "cool." Do you now feel the rebellion of hummus and shawarma?


This is what walls looks like when I get to do what I want to do. Thanks Val! 


This wall lasted one day. I hate colors anyways.  


This was a real fun chalk board to do. I never thought I'd feel bad for wheels of cheese but Nathan did such a good job of capturing the chaos, I almost felt their delicious pain.






Did a Chicago themed beer dinner with the Chicago Beer Geeks the past week. It was sad to see that only about half the people knew about Claudio the tamale guy. Thats an indicator of how many Ann Arbor people have moved here in the recent years. Making all of this food also made me realize how unhealthy "Chicago" food really is.  


One of the last old school walls left in Chicago. Hyde Park is undergoing super yuppification now housing a giant Akira store, a beer emporium and a slew of chained restaurants. Its a damn shame that this wall may be gone by next year for a condo...as is the way of life around here these days.



Getting it in on one of the nicest days this year so far. You can tell its warm because K.Spacey's clothes start to match his pieces.



Always experimenting these days. 


Cove loves being awkward.