Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today's youth

All they care about is getting their 'kicks' and their drugs.  It's shameful.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It's not goodbye, but it might be farewell

From left to right, that's my late mom, my late father, my Aunt Gail, and her husband, my mom's brother, Uncle Bob.

Bob's had serious health issues for the past few years and he's been living with a weak heart for most all of his adult life, it's been weak enough to keep him from working since his early 30's, I think. He had a bear of a time getting the disability benefits he'd worked for but he finally got them and he and Gail have made the best of a bad situation for many years.  Now it looks like his time on earth may be drawing to a close due to his weak heart and bad kidneys.  He is and always will be a hell of a guy.

When I was a kid in Detroit, we had nothing.  We lived in the projects and got welfare, food stamps, and every other government benefit we could get.  Every month we ran out of food before we ran out of month.  Mom couldn't work due to her bad heart and because she had to take care of us five kids.  Dad worked off and on when he was well enough and out of the mental hospital, he suffered with clinical depression and schizophrenia all his adult life, so we had very little money.  Most of my mom's family didn't like my dad, especially my maternal grandfather, he was one of those old guys who thought mental illness was a scam.  But one of the few people on my mom's side of the family who did things for us was Uncle Bob.  He bought us books, took us kids to the movies, to the lake, to his bachelor pad, and out to eat on occasion.  He was a fun guy who always seemed to make sure that we had some fun and weren't left out of things.  He always bought us the best presents at Christmas time when he was working and he never treated us like we were second class citizens.  He was a warm guy and a great uncle to me when I was a kid.

We drifted apart as I got older and forged my life but thanks to his wife Gail who stood by him during every crisis, we never stayed out of touch for too long.  When the internet exploded and email became ubiquitous, she and I stayed in touch more than we ever had.  She's kept me informed of his gradual decline and even though I hate it for her and him, it's been nice to be a part of their circle.

He's not dead yet but it doesn't look good for him.  I hope he can live on forever but one thing life taught me early on is that no one is getting out of this world alive and that we can go at any time.  I may not talk to him all the time or correspond with him directly, but I'll sure miss him when he goes.  He was a giant figure to me when I was just a snotty nosed smart aleck kid who farted all the time and I'll always remember him that way.  Smiling, laughing, being nice to us kids who didn't have shit.  
Thanks for all you did Uncle Bob.  I wish you and Gail all the best for all time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Becky from DeGrassi Community School at a loss as to why Beyonce is talking smack about her

"I mean, seriously, come on eh.  I'm Canadian, what have I ever done to her?  I grew up loving her music and I kept on liking her after I found out she was really black and kind of anti police and pro hot sauce.  I always envisioned us hanging out at Tim Horton's, voting Labour so the dishy Trudeau can stay PM, and maybe sharing some poutine.  But if she's going to talk bad stuff about me, that's all off eh.  She is American after all, she might nut up and shoot me and then make hamburgers out of my body."

Monday, April 25, 2016

'The day Prince died'

Watercolor and ink on 11x17" paper.

The colors don't pop on this scanned version like they do in the original, but overall, I'm diggin' how this one turned out.  I think it's one of my best.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday is art day

The genius of Picasso.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Never forget

No trans person has ever raped a child in a public restroom, but plenty of Christian youth ministers have raped children in all sorts of places.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Safety first

Monday, April 18, 2016


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Antipodean hottie of the month

Louise Crawford.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Lovely mid century illustration

Friday, April 15, 2016

How has North Carolina's 'bathroom bill' affected you?

"I'm terrified to go to the public restroom now.  I refuse share a restroom with trans people, gay people, or Methodists.  So I pee out the window and crap in a trash can, it's not ideal, but it works for me."

"It made me think twice before pissing in front of right wingers.  What if they're just in there to check out my genitals?"

"I'm a kid, I go where ever I like, in fact I just went right here.  And also, what's a trans?"

"I'm a statue, leave me alone."

"I lay awake at night wondering if I'm a trans person and also wondering why my family forces me to wear this crazy fucking print."

"It hasn't affected me in the least.  I never go into public restrooms.  I store all my expressed bodily fluids and waste in jars at home, like the Bible tell us to."

"Hey, we're just trying to get through the day without being shot by the cops, beaten up by Trump supporters, exploited by capitalists, or abducted by aliens."

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy birthday Julie Christie

Celebrity side boob.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Baby, it's cold outside

This is the same Walgreens that featured a 'Hugh' selection of products.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Lurid pulp

The more lurid, the better.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

So many photos

I started a new Tumblr blog for my thousands of photos that I've taken over the past few years,

Thursday, April 7, 2016

'Working class hero'

Watercolor and marker on 11x17" paper. 

This one is one of my favorite of my current crop of illustrations.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Found on Tumblr

I could go for some pie.

Monday, April 4, 2016

A message from the Tourist Board of Crete

Greetings from Crete!  Shut up with what you heard, Crete is a great place for big American tourists to visit. Come see!

We've got dancing.

Wind power!

And some of the best beards in Greece.

Crete is full of music!

And beards.  Did we mention the beards?

We also have this thing.  We're not sure what it is, it may be a loaf of bread, we're not sure, but the important thing is we have it.

We also have women.

And many of them don't have beards.

If you come and spend your big America dollars here, we'll let you go in this building.

And you can go here too.  Look at all that parking space!

Beards, music, parking, we've got it all in Crete.  So come here on your holiday because the rest of Greece is closed.  And don't worry, we won't be in black and white forever, we're due for complete colorization soon.  

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Happy birthday to my long time silver fox naturalist girlfriend

Jane Goodall, lovely and brilliant.