Friday, June 26, 2009

The Highline Park.

The highline tracks in mid Manhattan are an area that I have always held very close to my heart. Built in the 1930s, the 13 miles of elevated tracks were originally built to take freight traffic off of the streets. Used up until 1980, the line grew abandoned and the threat of demolition was impending. Growing up, my friends and I would climb up whatever we could to explore these abandoned freight tracks elevated above 10th avenue on the west side of the island. I spent countless nights exploring the area where no one was supposed to be- so imagine my surprise when I heard that the a small group of activists lobbied to turn this small, off-limits space into a public park. Of course, I had mixed feelings- the city was going to take this odd and wonderful bit of sanctuary and turn it into a remodeled, sanitary, gentrified place where anyone could go. However, the alternative was to tear it down, so I'll take what I can get.

You can find more information about the highline at

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Prison Rings.

With such extremely limited resources, those incarcerated tend to get crafty. Many people know that inmates fashion working tattoo machines, Pruno wine, and rather innovative forms of weaponry. With that said, prison rings are fascinating items. I tried to find more information on them before making this post, but there is shockingly little available via the internet. From what I know, prison rings, like the ones I am wearing in the above photo on both of my middle fingers, were made by inmates in the early part of the 20th century. They were fashioned out of anything celluloid or bakelite prisoners could get their hands on, such as toothbrushes, combs, etc., and were usually made for themselves or as gifts for family and friends. Often they included photographs of girlfriends or wives, or like the ring I am wearing on my right hand, figureheads from coins as embellishments. These rings are so amazing in the fact that neither mold nor glue has been used to make these rings- simple heat was used to shape the plastic and acetone to bond the plastic together. The ring on my left hand was purchased from a friend, who in turn had purchased a great lot of them from an elderly man in the Midwest. He had learned how to make these rings whilst incarcerated in the 50s. They are now his livelihood. The ring on my right hand, my favorite of the two, was a lucky find on eBay, and features an incredible Abraham Lincoln profile cut from a penny. The craftsmanship of both of these rings is impressive as the history of them is interesting.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Memories Of The Times You Had.



Just finished this painting for the upcoming Daredevil/Le Roi art show.
Gouache on watercolor paper, 9x11.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Chanel Cruise.

Reminds me of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile".

Monday, June 8, 2009

The End is Nigh.

I can't wait until this is finished....

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tiger Hunting.

This image is incredible.