This morning was the time for Yeti screwing. We went out into the forest and mounted a yeti… to a tree. We hope that it will be around for years to come so that all who come upon it can enjoy and interact with. We may have mounted it a little too high, but we expect the region to get a  lot of snow fall. I will definitely be checking up on it as soon as weather hits to make sure that it will survive. We came across a couple of possible issues, but I think it will hold until we get some better hardware.

Good hunting.

Recent trip to L.A. & the LBC

I just spent the weekend cruising around southern California for a little bit of work and a little bit of fun. Of course whatever the reason I do anything I am always on the look for visual stimulation and creative outlet. While driving Melrose Ave to pick up part of my Halloween costume I noticed the huge amount of graffiti, some by amateurs, some by the pros. I snapped a couple pics of artists you should have seen somewhere by now.


Seeing BANKSY is the reason I decided to whip out the camera.


“I’m out of bed and dressed, what more do you want?”


EINE was all over. I don’t know how he does it.


He was usually painting the first letter of the shop’s name.


And of course Shepard Fairey was around, but I didn’t feel like stopping.
You can probably just but this on a shirt at Zumies.

I don’t know much about graffiti but these were the artists I immediately noticed. There is a lot of good stuff out there, but I was trying to stay on schedule and couldn’t stop for all of it.

The night before I was kickin’ it with my old roommate and we carved out a jack-o-lantern in honor of Where the Wild Things Are.




I have just been enlightened to the work of Niels Shoe Meulman. A street artist, designer and calligrapher out of Amsterdam. I discovered his work while researching Krink paint markers for upcoming live art events. Shoe, as he is called, started tagging in the early 80’s and has gained gallery notoriety be melding the grit and aggression of graffiti with the beauty and elegance of calligraphy. I am not one for words, so here is an excerpt from his site.


The simple answer:

Calligraffiti is a combination of Calligraphy and Graffiti.

Calligraphy is about the art of writing and can have many forms. Whether it be Japanese ancient brush characters, Arabic pictorial scripts, illuminated mediaeval books or swirly quill writing… all calligraphy.

Graffiti is the art of getting your (pseudo) name up by writing on an urban environment. Perfected in New York City and now a worldwide phenomenon.

The fairly new art of Graffiti and its somewhat rigid rules prompts us to look further back into the history of writing. This is exactly what Niels Shoe Meulman has been doing since his teens, consequently starting to combine the two at the beginning of this century. Thus resulting in Calligraffiti: traditional handstyles with a metropolitan attitude.

Here is a selection of images from his Calligraffiti site, but you should really go on there yourself and check it out:




Under the Bridge

There is not a whole lot of graffiti around my town and even less worth mentioning. Being up in the foothills of California we don’t see a lot of graffiti. Most urban influence on the local culture dissipates soon after you pass the Central Valley. We don’t have the vast spans of concrete or dark allies that act as a breeding ground for street art, but if you look hard enough you will find some.


This is some script on the side of a mail box in San Francisco, CA. I have a great fascination with graffiti, but not the stones, nor the disrespect for public property to participate. Or course I live in a small, rural town which still holds some natural beauty, rather than a concrete jungle where most graffiti is found. And, of course, the possibility for anoninimity drops incredibly as the population does. I will post more graffiti as I capture it.