This site and blog has had a great run so far! I'm going to keep the portfolio aspect of it around, but as for this blog, I doubt I will be updating it much, if at all. That being said, I am about to leave on my first big adventure, a 5,000 mile tour around the US. You can follow my travels, find out how to travel yourself, and otherwise keep up with my strange life over there. The new blog link is below;
I finally did it. I quit my day job on April 1st. I completely forgot about this website until I was asking about a new blog title. So expect this to get updated soon! Soon meaning in the next few months :P In the meantime, if you have suggestions for what I should name my new blog that's mostly focused on traveling, I'm all ears!
I've decided that between everything going on in my life, blogging is going to be on my back burner at this point, if on the stove at all. My current employer has been demanding more of my time, my artistic endeavors have mostly been recreational, and most the things I am involved in (such as consulting for friends) currently do not reflect my talents and abilities in a manner in which I can blog about. Because of this and how the future has been looking, I don't think it would be wise to continue to attempt to write lengthy articles about my adventures on a regular or semi-regular basis.
It's been fun and has been a great exercise which has allowed me to keep an eye out for pictures and and has helped me understand what it takes to continually update a blog. I will make updates from time to time but as of now, I am going to be taking a hiatus from blogging.
Please continue to keep an eye out on my facebook page for immediate updates such as events I am helping with, thought provoking stories, recommended artists to check out, or otherwise!
Hello everybody! So last weekend, my buddy and I went on our first motorcycle camping trip. I've been camping since I was in the single digits and I've been riding motorcycles/motorized bikes since my teens, yet I had never really considered combining the two. So my buddy and I decided we were going to take a weekend, ride out through the Blue Ridge Mountains to North Carolina, stay at the Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Camp Grounds, and head back through the mountains to Blue Ridge Gap, then onto Highlands NC, stop at 2 Wheels, and then head home afterwards. Below are some pictures of our route and our bikes all packed up!
Riding through GA was the worst part. Coming up GA 575 almost immediately after we left, I was nearly ran off the road by a driver who tried to merge into my lane without checking their blind spots. They came on the on-ramp, cut across two lanes, then started to come into my lane. Thankfully a quick honk at them got them to back off. Once we got out of the city, it was a much better ride. Big open roads, big open sky, and some of the largest views you can imagine. Coming up over the last big hill before we got to the mountains was breath taking. I now completely understand why they call them the Blue Ridge, they look blue when you first see them, and it's very impressive.
Once we hit the North Carolina border, the temperature totally changed. The mountains provided us shade, the drivers were much more relaxed and giving us space to ride, and the ride itself had a very different atmosphere. I noticed that every gas station we stopped in had these;
I reallllyyyyy wanted to get some and try it out; but we weren't really drinking much considering we were riding all day and all day the next day. Our first stop in NC was at the Nantahala River where we stopped for some BBQ. There were lot's of people there and it was fun to watch them while we ate.
After that, it was only a few hours of riding through the mountains to get to the camp site. Surprisingly, there were only a handful of campers at the camp grounds. It was a very relaxed place with little to no bugs; at least bugs you wouldn't want to see (spiders, mosquitoes, etc). I would definitely suggest checking it out if you get a chance. Below are some pictures of our camp, our views, and a handful of neato friendly bugs I got to meet including a super huge moth and an inch worm! Our spot was really cool, and I mean that literally since it was next to the river. We got to set up the hammock, the ground was nice and flat and not very rocky, and our neighbor turned out to be a really cool guy. I discovered that somewhere between the last time I went camping and this time around, I had lost the rain fly to my tent! It wasn't a big deal since the weather was perfect, however, this presents a problem for future camping trips...
The next morning, we got up early, packed up, and went out! As I mentioned, our neighbor was a really cool guy. He had done a bunch of adventure motorcycling around the country and often did trips at two months at a time. We all went to breakfast together where we stuffed our faces with some home made eggs, bacon, home fries, coffee, etc. It was nice chatting and getting to know each other better. Fueling up the bikes is one thing, but some down home good cooking with friends is not just food for the body, but for the soul as well.
Once we left, we discovered that there was a triathlon (or something of that nature) going on through our route. We rode through a few miles of mountain roads, at maybe 10 mph, with people surrounding us; it was pretty interesting and fun to watch while we rode. As we started to climb through the mountains, a storm was coming in, the roads were a bit squirrelly and so we diverted our course and headed straight for Highlands NC. The ride through the mountains was pretty brutal on my cruiser. Eventually, I told my buddies to go ahead on without me and I'll catch up. They were on a sports bike and an adventure bike and could really carve through all the turns. Being on the cruiser, I didn't even want to try to keep up with them, so after each set of curves, we'd meet back up. We were never really separated for more than 20 minutes or so.
Getting to Highlands was strange, I hadn't been up there since 2011 or so. The town hadn't changed very much and it was a surreal feeling being back in a place I hadn't seen in so long. We parked our bikes and wondered around for a bit before finding a pub to grab a few drinks, relax, re-hydrate, and shoot the shit among ourselves and the bartenders. We had to check the weather and our routes, then went and grabbed some coffee before heading out again!
On the way back, we passed some waterfalls and some gorgeous views. There was a lot of stopping and taking of pictures. This was my favorite part of the trip, checking out all the views and taking breaks was really nice. Breaks we well welcomed instead of riding for hours through some of the most curvy and difficult roads I've ever had the pleasure of riding through. Our new friend busted out his phone while we were riding on our way back and snapped some shots of us actually riding - in action! That took some balls if you ask me, I would be too afraid to drop my phone and lose it forever.
I actually wound up taking some pretty epic panorama's, but they're too big for me to upload here. So maybe if I find a way to compress them a little bit I can upload them to my blog here. Once getting back I took some time to relax and chill out. I put well over 400 miles on the bike and really enjoyed my possible last ride with it. Our new buddy said his next trip is going to be to Alaska so hopefully I'll get to pal along with him on the KLR! We'll see!
If you're interested in purchasing my Honda Shadow, check out my store as I have a link for it's sale there.
And as always, until next time! <3
Posted today! The Incendia art installment I got to help out with can be seen around 3:18 :D
Also below the video is the only picture anyone snapped of me while I was out there!
So I've been really busy this summer planning for the future and trying to figure everything out. With that being said, I'm sure you're aware I picked up a new motorcycle recently. The KLR650! I've been trying to figure out a good trip to do and have been considering everything from riding to Alaska or even riding to South America. But first I need to get my bike fixed and set up right. Well I pulled apart the crank case and found that the Balance Idle Adjuster modification had not been done yet. So I went ahead and ordered the parts and started working on that. I took a bunch of pictures since I wound up having to do it over the course of a few days. I'm still waiting on two parts (bolts) that I need since I misread one of the instructions and accidentally snapped two bolts with too much torque. I also finally readjusted the chain on my shadow and have been riding it a good bit lately. I figured since it hasn't sold this season, I'll likely sell it next season. This weekend I'm hoping to make a weekend long trip on the shadow but we shall see! I think once I get all the motorcycle stuff done I'll get back in the studio and work on finishing my album and get back to working on making my guitar. Being that I do all this outside of a demanding day job and on the weekends, it can be tough to find the time for it all. I still need to refinish the fairings on the KLR, possibly install some auxiliary lights, possibly a center stand, clean and tune the carb, and put a lowered seat on it. After that, I'll be done! So far I've replaced a few bolts, replaced the coolant, the adjusted the idle, replaced the shifting lever, replaced the brake fluid, and adjusted the throttle handle.
Also, I wanted to include a few pictures from when I cleaned our gutters last week. So a little back story first, I rent the in-law-suite of a house and the rest of the house is rented out by my three other friends. We live together in this place in Marietta that's a really good fit for all of us. The only downside is that the house is owned by a corporation instead of an individual. And it's pretty clear, whomever built the in-law-suite did a pretty shit job. As an example, there's literally no insulation in the walls. We found this out when the cable guy tried to put a modem in my side of the house, drilled through the wall to the outside, and there was nothing but two pieces of wood and some space.. We've had all sorts of problems with the house living there for the past few years because the management team doesn't take care of it, and so we're left to take care of this place ourselves if we want a semi-nice place to live in. This is how our house got it's name, The Shanty Shack. Yes, it's a bit redundant, but it pretty accurately sums up the quality of our housing structure. Anyway, we have lived there for about two years now and I was under the assumption that the gutters had been cleaned before. Well on really hot days, our house gets a sort of funky smell. Previously, I thought maybe a dead animal had gotten stuck in one of our walls or our attic but I could never find it. Well I got fed up last week and googled it to find out what could be wrong still, and the internet told me that it could be that our sewer outlets on top of the house could be clogged. I went up on the roof to check it out and to my surprise, it was the gutters. They were so full of debris that they had created a sludge like substance of rotten leaves and whatever else. Not to mention, that on other parts of the house, there were literally trees and weeds growing out of the roof. So I spent the afternoon cleaning it all up. Here are a few pictures I took.
Hey everyone! Below are some pictures of the next progress I've taken with the guitar skateboard. I've decided on a body shape and started to cut the general outline out of it. Next will be sanding down all the sides to round it out. Then I need to carve out the space where the electronics will go. If you know anyone with a belt sander that would be willing to let me use it, let me know!
So it’s been a solid two months or so since I’ve updated this last. My bad. I got this fortune cookie and then it came true! There’s quite a few reasons that I haven't updated this blog, such as getting very busy with my day job, but really it’s mostly just neglect on my end. So… Where to start, where to start… Well, I guess where I left off?
So after that road trip up to Ohio to see my favorite acoustic artist,Pat (the Bunny), I wound up hoping on a plane to visit my parents on vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I took a budget airline and only a backpack. Taking a vacation with my parents was pretty cool. I really don’t get to spend as much time with them as I’d like but that’s life. While I was down there I started to read the book I was gifted at LoveBurn; The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister’s Pox by Stephen J Gould. I’m more than halfway through it and it’s a really awesome read about the rise of sciences. Anyways, while I was down in Florida, I got to hang out with a good buddy of mine whom I haven’t seen in nearly ten years. Catching up was very refreshing and gave me some insights into life. His father recently passed away due to a car accident. He told me as we had been talking about retirement and how his father worked his entire life for "the prize" at the end and never even got to enjoy it. It really put some perspective to life and gave me some things to contemplate.
After getting back into town, I caught the Dick Dale show at the Earl. My buddy’s bandMoonBase opened for them. If you like surf rock, definitely be sure to check them out! Walking in I remember specifically thinking that there’s a strange mix of hawaiian shirts, leather jackets, and mustaches among the crowd. Everyone from mid-twenty somethings to people appearing to be in their sixties showed up. It was an all-around good time.
Right after that, I met a bunch of Folk Punk artists at Wonder Root! Actually while talking to Pat at the show in Ohio, he asked me if The Wild was still a band around Atlanta. Being here nearly five years and somewhat involved in the entertainment scene nearly the whole, I told him no since I had not heard of them. And sure enough, as if to prove the synchronicity of the Baader Meinoff phenomenon, I get invited to WonderRoot to catch The Wild with special guests. One of which was Jeremy Ray, really cool and very talented guy, seriously blew me away.
Shortly thereafter, my friends at Pocket Universes began a Kickstarter and hosted a few art events. Unfortunately, they didn’t reach their funding goal but that’s alright. They’re going to revamp the whole thing and come at it from a different angle. It also gave them a few other ideas so definitely check them out here and be on the look out for some new things coming from them! They had an art show at Mass Collective and I literally forgot to take any pictures. Shame on me. They're really cool people and have a Facebook so make sure to go there for pictures!
So then after the weekend was over, I went to Chicago for business. I had the opportunity to visit the famous Kingston Mines blues bar. It was amazing. Again, I only snapped a few pictures getting caught up in the excitement of it all. If you're ever in Chi Town and have the opportunity to check out Kingston Mines, do it.
Later that week, I got back to Atlanta for a few hours then drove to Brooklyn for Memorial Day weekend. I spent time with some good friends and we did the whole booze and food thing. Smogashburg (sp?) was epic. So was The Whiskey Brooklyn and we also went to a pretty dank meatball shop I cannot remember the name of.
My buddy’s at Incendia invited me to Mysteryland Music Festival in Bethel NY. It was where the original Woodstock was held. Mysteryland was pretty incredible. I’ve never been a big fan of EDM but I really enjoyed Porter Robin’s set. Incendia literally made headlines at the festival and are looking at some pretty big things in the future. It was really awesome getting to hang out with them again, spin fire, relax, and overall do our fire thing for a bunch of people who’ve never experienced anything like it before. Even just talking to the audience about who they are and what we all do, seeing the fire light up their eyes, and hearing the enthusiasm in their voice, was really awesome.
After Mysteryland, I then continued on to Buffalo New York for a business meeting. Well the meeting got out a lot earlier than I expected so I got to visit Niagara Falls that afternoon. Nature.Is.Literally.Awesome.Awe-inspiring.Wow. Check out some of these pictures I snapped.
After Niagara Falls, Google Maps directed me to drive through Ohio to get back to Atlanta, so of course I had to stop in at Cedar Point for a day. I guess it was just opening again for the season and we happened to make perfect timing. Got a cheap hotel for the night so we could go first thing in the morning. The manager there was telling me that starting next week their rates triple, school lets out, and everything gets super busy. Since we were there so early in the season and on a week day, we literally rode all the rides we wanted to by about 1pm, leaving us unsure what to do with ourselves. All of the lines were only 30 minutes at max. My favorite ride being the Maverick, was the last one we got to ride (for the second or third time) before a huge ominous storm came in and started raining sideways. We sought refuge from the wetness in a saloon on site for about an hour before we decided it was time to go.
After that, I got back to Atlanta and got back to work. Found myself a new adventure bike so I now have a KLR650 and will be selling my Honda Shadow. I’ve got a lot of work to do on the KLR but it will be a labor of love and I’m excited to see how she turns out. As for the Shadow, you can check out the Craigslist Listing Here.
I also had the opportunity to visit Sky Lounge for a friends birthday party. Pictures below.
So sorry for not updating this blog. I haven’t been doing very many artsy things as I’ve been very busy traveling and doing other things, as you can see. But as things are starting to settle down and with the new bike, there will be many projects coming up soon!! I am back in town for the foreseeable future, and have already begun working towards finishing many of the projects I’ve started.
Some Other Random Updates That Happened!
I decided to post the song to Sound Cloud that I wrote for Blix’s video. You can check it out below.
Kaleidoscape had a few shows I helped out with, including a metal show. They’ve got a few other things coming up as well so be sure to swing by their page and take a look. Here are some pictures from some of the events they had.
A buddy of mine got some welding tools and put together a shop again and started making his art again. You can check it out here. We’re going to work on some metal projects here in the near future including making a hang drum out of a propane tank.
This past weekend, two friends and I decided to hit the road to go see one of my favorite musicians in my home town. It was the Pat the Bunny and Ghost Mice tour, specifically the show in Columbus Ohio. The drive was familiarly long, but being in the company of two good friends made it quite pleasant. Along the way, in mountains of Tennessee, the sun started to set and made for some really beautiful sights on our way up. Somewhere in Kentucky, we realized we would get in fairly late, so we decided to stop off in Cincinnati before last call. We found a bar online that we thought sounded pretty cool but settled for a less crowed bar with no cover called The Drinkery. It's been a pretty long time since I've been to Cincinnati so it was pretty cool to get to swing by there and catch a glimpse of the local scene.
After a few drinks and a good few hours unwinding, we continued to our destination of Columbus. On the final stretch to get there, my phone wasn't working well then completely broke. This wasn't really all that unexpected though since it's about four or five years old, cracked, and all beaten up. When we finally got to Columbus it was about 3 am and everything was closed so we met up with one of my good friends for another round of drinks at his house before finally calling it a night at dawn.
The next morning, John and I went to the mall to get me a new phone and so I could introduce him to the glory that is Raising Cane's Chicken! After acquiring a new phone and doing lunch, I took my friends all over Westerville and showed them all the things I used to do. We rode around most of Hoover Dam and got some pretty good pictures of the dam. John took most of them. Although he doesn't have an artist/photographer's page, he is a professional photographer. If you want to contact him, let me know and I will shoot him your information.
Around 7ish we got ready then went down to Cafe Burbon Street where the show was being held. The idea was to meet up with one of my friends, Blix, who I don't get to see often. She's the same artist who did the promotional video that I wrote and recorded a song for, you can check out the video here. We were also trying to get there early as the event was expected to have a really large number of people and the bar/venue isn't really all that big.
The atmosphere of the venue was, in a word, excited. Many strangers quickly became acquaintances through sharing drinks, high fives, and discussing how we were there to see and where we came from. That is the one thing I really miss about Columbus shows; the openness of strangers and the sense of inclusion that's almost always present. It can hard to find that same sense of spirit in other places.
Being that we skipped dinner to make the show on time, we wound up getting some pierogi's from the venue. We met the chef there actually owns the shop Pierogi Mountain. Tthey were $1 each and totally amazing. John later said to me, "The baked potato pierogi changed my life." and John was forever a changed man. As we drank and ate, the venue quickly filled up. People kept asking me what time it was, which I thought was a bit strange. The level of angst that started to fill the room was actually quite nostalgic, drumming up memories from Second Spin and Midguard. Around 9ish, the first band came on and either the sound guy wasn't working, the PA was broken, or the band just decided not to use amps; I'm not really sure... But they played an acoustic set in the middle of the crowd which quickly created a sense of intimacy. Sitting at the bar we couldn't really hear or see much of anything so we squeezed in to get closer to the music. Eventually, I wound up sitting on the stage, using it as a drum, humming along to an artist named Benny Peek that I really enjoyed. I later gave him a card in hopes of helping him find some shows down here to play. He also has a BandCamp here where you can listen to some of his music and purchase it. As the night went on, we drank more, a few more friends showed up and we caught up, and a handful of other bands I didn't catch the names of played. Everyone was having such a good time that we actually wound up we missing about half of the Ghost Mice set, one of the bands I was there to see specifically. You can find their BandCamp here.
After their set, Pat (the Bunny) stepped on stage and the audience went wild. He started playing and immediately everyone packed in, joined arms, and started singing. As he continued his set, the crowd got more and more rowdy, eventually spilling over onto the stage. At which point, he stopped playing to ask that we look out for each other and stop shoving each other onto the stage. "This isn't a punk show," he said, which I thought was funny since it was the same sentiment Andrew Jackson Jihad mentioned on stage the last time I saw them. Pat played most of his new album (Probably nothing, Possibly Everything) and the performance was really on point. Being the last show in the tour, I'm sure he's got it down pretty pat (heh). Afterwards he hung out and people came up and met him and took pictures. I thought it was pretty interesting to see how he interacted with the crowd because after listening to some of his lyrics about how he hates crowds, I found it to be really unexpected. I really appreciated it though since it felt really good to give him a hug and express how his music has influenced my life. He didn't really seem to know what to say, but in all reality, what do you really say to a stranger saying things like that to you? After the show, we left to go to Rehab to visit another of my artists friends, Sara. We were riding high on the intense emotional energy of the show we had just left, and it was difficult to really explain where we just had come from. Overall, the night was amazing and totally worth the drive up.
The final day, Sunday, we headed home to Atlanta around noon. We were going to stop by FLAME festival on the way home but that didn't happen. We were just so exhausted by the time we were close to the festival grounds that we decided to head straight home to relax and unpack. "Amazing" doesn't really do the trip justice for how wonderful it really was and it exactly what I needed. I found a lot of inspiration from the show, the musicians, catching up with my friends, and overall the insane 48 hour run that we had just completed. I haven't been to a show with quite so much authentic excited energy in a long time. It's shows like that that make me miss my home town being that I rarely find that sort of enthusiasm anywhere else. The whole experience has refreshed and broken down a bit of writers block I've had with my new album. I'm looking forward to getting back in the studio to channel all of this experience!
Below are some pictures from our trip! They are mostly from John's camera. The last 5 are from my new phone.
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