Another year is in the books and on to the next one. Don’t have a bunch of great things to say about 2017 but all in all it wasn’t a bad year. Was able to visit some family and do a couple things, and get some things sorted out. Looking back though I see some places I could have done better. On the plus side of things, I was able to finally wrap up the bathroom remodel and it sparked a bunch of energy in me to get more work done. Few things make you want to create like not being to create in the first place. Also getting back in the classroom was super nice. Who knows how long that will last but even getting back in for a semester was super rad.
On on the other side of the coin, I lost some family members in the second half of the year that put a damper on the year. RIP grandma Nystrom and grandpa Still. I also picked up some old bad habits again this year, that I wish I could have dodged. I’ll save you from the details so you can save me from your speeches. All in all this was a year of high expectations and low results all around and honestly I had some bad luck but mostly I let myself down.
Looking in 2018 though things look bright. It’s Jan 2 and I already have 3 trips planned for the year including one long overdue to see my buddy John down in Texas. I miss this dude more than anyone and can’t wait to see him. I’m gonna pass on the “resolutions” this year. I think things are turning around even if I’m broke and tired. Here’s to a year of just being a dude in the world and letting go of as much as I can that weighs me down. Cheers friends and hope you all have a happy and healthy new year!
So I have been going hard the last few days trying to get my bathrooms sorted. Man, this has been a ridiculous amount of work. Definitely bit off more than I was ready to chew. But amongst the madness, I was able to finally spend some $ on some motorcycle parts and a nice piece of art. Man I dig Coop's work, and am super psyched to have one of his devil girl pieces. Went to get a print, instead but this super tight mini statue. With that, I have been eyeing some parts for the Dyna for a while and finally had the capital to buy them before they sold out again. Much love to the guys at Lowbrow Customs for always having the best stuff available. I also had some time to find some new music. I am pretty shitty about looking for new bands, but on my search today I stumbled across "The SHRINE"and have been going hard on these guys all day today. I always love a punk/rock hybrid. Anyways I gotta get back to putting up cement board and drywall. As always thanks for stopping by. Be Safe.
Not much to write about lately.... just plugging away little by little on the house. Wish I was rich and could have just afforded to pay someone else to do it.... I'm so tired!
Man on man, what a hectic last few months. I am not even sure where to begin. I guess we could start with this thing. I have spent some time trying to get this site up to date and I think its finally there. I have been slacking so hard over the last year and really let this thing go. That said I am pretty happy with how this thing looks and functions. I hope you like it.
Switching gears, its been a rough ride since August. I have been so lucky for so long I guess I was due for a run of bad luck. Its been about a year and a half since Kim and I bought our house. Since then we have tried to put some work into it but haven’t really had the finances to do a bunch. That said, back in August our water main fractured in the slab of the house and we had to have our entire house re-plummed. That meant tearing huge holes in our walls to run all the new plumbing. With that, we decided to go ahead and get a loan to pay for full renovations of our bathrooms. To boot, our house sub-panel burn up just a week afterword and needed replaced as well. When it rains it pours. We are doing all the work ourselves so things are moving super slow but at least its moving. I try an keep some photos up here of our progress.
To go with that, about a week after the water break, my grandmother died. It was pretty tough to swallow for a number of reasons. The worst part wasn’t even for me, it was for my step dad who had been planning a trip to come visit. They were planning to arrive just 2 days after her death.... It was tough. RIP Grandma Carol.
Nothing can ever compare to losing those you love. Her passing did help give me some perspective. Since then I have been working extremely hard to get my things in order. As my close friends know my work (job) schedule has been brutal and really wearing on me. I have been tossing the idea of leaving back and forth. Instead of just walking away I decided to get all my ducks in a row and see if I run into any new opportunities. It so happens that in the middle of August one of these opportunities popped up. Sadly it wasn’t enough to get me out of my day job, but it got my head in a better spot. That opportunity was getting back in the classroom. I love teaching at the collegiate level and have really missed it since I left that world back in 2013. Its been unbelievably rewarding spending time with these young people and teaching them the ways of the drawing pencil. Big thanks to Kanazawa for helping me get back into it.
All of this has me thinking about getting back in the studio and shop. Its been far to long since I made a new body of work including getting some of these motorcycles I have back on the road. I am by no means a "bike builder.” I just really love bikes and creating things. There has been nothing I have ever created that has been as meditative as building motorcycles. All that in mind, I think I am ready to jump off the deep end and dive into some new work. The last time I mixed my art with bikes, I created what I considered the most complete work I have ever made. The installation I made in 2015, “Beginner’s Guide to Masculinity” took all of my loves and mashed them together. I think its time to do it again.
I hope I can live up to the words I just put down here and actually get things going again. Often I talk about big things and am then quickly distracted. Anyways, I am pretty sure I am gonna check out of social media to help me focus. So keep up with me here, just like its 2005 again ;)
So here we are agin, new site is finally live. I have no real idea what I am even doing with it so its gonna probably end up a hodge lodge mess like it always has. Either way though it feels pretty good to be back into doing some work. I am trying to get my most recent freelance projects up on here. Things have been super hectic and I am just trying my best to reel them in one at a time. I will likely use this as a dump for my thoughts and encounters from now on vs the good ole social medias but will try and not forget to link out to here with them. Anyways I'll keep this short and sweet and simply say that'll I'll probably talk about a ton of different shit on here. I love so many things and even though I tend to curate a little hard on whats going on in my life, I will do my best to keep it honest here. So don't be to turned off if I go on a rampage talking about politics, new hockey or golf equipment, choppers or anything else that might strike my fancy at any given time. Well here is to a new beginning. Cheers.