Bike Touring In Alaska: Or 1000 Miles Of Hardship, VHS Tapes, And Rain
“It’s ridiculous to think there’s going to be anything in thirty years. I don’t know what’s worse, being blown up in a nuclear war, or having a 7-Eleven on every corner”
—Christian Slater, Gleaming the Cube
My book! It’s out! If you live in the Portland area, you can pick it up at Portland Button Works as well as Powell’s (the downtown one) in the small press section. The rest of you folks can support the amazing folks at pioneers press! Thank you ALL!
Did this for a friend’s record label. Clearly he releases only 80’s posi-core youth crew stuff. I hope that’s clear. Also that was a joke, I really hope THAT’S clear. Clear clear clear hahahhaa
Drew this for a contest. Cross your fingers that it wins. I need a new skatedeck! And everyone knows I only do noseslides on human hamburgers!
For my friend’s app business. I think it’s self explanatory. Pigs kickin’ it with mice! And look at that one hugging the cake hahahahaha
Can you recommend me some books please? I need new stuff to read. Have a wonderful day.
Depends on what kind of genre stuff you’re into, but my overall, mind-destroying top ones are "Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief" by Bill Mason (real life story of a dude, a grappling hook, and some insane breaking and entering stories), "Kon-Tiki" by Thor F-wording Heyerdahl (true story of a dude who built a raft and sat on it for like 104 days with some friends and ended up near Easter Island), "Papillon" by Henri Charriere, (amazing book about a dude who keeps breaking out of prison, and at one point gives a guy a tattoo with a razor blade and squid ink), and, for inspiration, "Einstein’s Dreams" by Alan Lightman is always a winner. Oh, “Catch Me If You Can” by Frank Abagnale also made me yell out loud multiple times. Beyond that, I’m big into the ‘hard boiled detective’ stuff, like Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane, and the uber-weirdo Richard Prather. If you want good mystery that kinda reminds me of the atmosphere of Twin Peaks with the heart and humanity of, uh, people you’d like, read Louise Penny. She’s incredible. OH and I have a book coming out, too. It’s ok.
Re: Hesitance towards buying your products due to concerns about the earth-friendliness of the process... Isn't that person contacting you on the internet? On tumblr? With a computer? This person is plugged into THE technological megademon but is sweating DIY patch production and minimal-material-consumption snail mail? I'm not trying to start an internet fight but I feel like a person concerned about the impact of supporting you should never even *look* at a computer.
I will be very quick to admit that crossed my mind immediately. Not the first of those emails, either, so, uh, well, whatever.
I always figured the people who were living the ideals my patches strive for were the folks I will probably never, ever meet. And that’s pretty rad.
Also thanks for this response. Critical thinking 2014!
yo i helllla want to buy some of your patches but i feel a dilemma because I think I may better support my beliefs and desires to protect mama nature by not buying them (and hence not making the earth provide oil/material resources/etc. to produce/transport them). do you understand? so i guess i need an opinion: would i support those values better by repp-ing them on patches where other folks can see/discuss, or by not consuming? ????? meeeep help
It’s the classic dilemma, right? In mailing one letter (on, in this case, one order, which is anywhere from 1-15 patches, crammed into a letter sized envelope), I am SURE there’s a great deal of resources used, and earth polluted. Proportionally, what I do is very little, compared to say, a corporation sending out billions of parcels of mail yearly. It’s tough.
On the one hand, there’s a good chance that, if you’re wearing a thought-provoking patch on your bag/hoodie/whatever, and some younger kid(s) see them, and it plants that seed in their heads, then it’s a win, right? That’s how I got interested in this stuff - seeing a small pamphlet about animal testing years and years ago. Having said that, though, my personal vision for a harmonious balance of human beings and nature involves sustainable farming in extremely small groups of people (like, me and my friends in the woods) and consuming as little as possible. Growing kale and sweet potatoes, some strawberries, and never needing to read Walden again, as I will be living it, instead.
So, realistically, my starting this shop was two-fold; one, I believe very strongly in personal freedom - like, independence from bosses, and not working “jobs” that have no end or purpose in the greater world AND to also get positive and important-yet-unpopular messages out into the world.
I feel the patch that describes my thoughts best on the situation is this one here: https://img1.etsystatic.com/039/0/6198438/il_570xN.505541725_o3ji.jpg
I sell about two a week. Ironic? Or thought provoking? Who knows!
thanks for the question; sorry my answer isn’t super definitive. But it’s quite fun to think about.
I love how you seem to live such an adventurous life, always living to the fullest with great enthusiasm and high spirits. You spread good vibes, man :)
Awww thanks! Yeah, I’m doing my best to avoid the full work week in anyway I can. Doing pretty good so far, I must say. Even still, just making the best of the time you get is super important to keep your brain excited about being alive. My inspiration comes from friends, travel books, and the “mad as hell” scene from the movie Network. If you haven’t seen that, watch it, it can change your life if you’re open to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WINDtlPXmmE
What kind of process do you use to print your patches? I'm still on the fence about using the emulsion process.
Yeah, I use emulsion - QTX, I think…? Whatever works best for water based ink though. I used to just do cut stencils on transparency sheets, which works, but WOW it takes forever, and it’s super hard to get detail correct. So yeah, emulsion is the way to go. Best scenario is to find a friend with a burning setup and then borrow theirs for baked goods or some cool barter setup. That’s what I do! I used to burn screens in my bathroom though with like 4 lamps and it took 45 freaking minutes. Best of luck! Ask anything you want if you have questions!
HAHAHAHAAHAHA man this one cracks me UP! I will probably print some in brown too at some point. If you like grossing out your mom, and being asked to leave dinner parties, THIS IS FOR YOU