Aug 22, 2008
My friend Butch Belair told me the best show on television ever is "The Wire." He bought me the first two seasons and told me to watch them. I popped in the first episode and I wasn't too impressed. Then I had to force myself to watch the next few episodes. At a certain point it took hold. I couldn't get it out of my head. It really is the best show on television. Yun became addicted too. We are finally on season five, which happens to be the last season. If anyone out there has never watched The Wire. I highly recommend you start. You will not be disappointed. My drawing is of Omar, one of the main characters on the show. It is filled with the most brilliant cast of unknown actors you will ever see. The writing is genius.
Aug 18, 2008
The Olympics were cool but some of it is awful to watch. Sending our NBA basketball all-stars there is stupid and boring. It's unwatchable seeing us beat up on Greece and Croatia. We beat everyone by 50 points. I wish we would send our college kids or the NCAA winner. They deserve the chance to have the experience. Does billionaire Kobe Bryant really need a gold medal. I don't think so. Tennis is another sport that is stupid in the Olympics. I can go to the US Open to watch the same matches. Why not send amateurs? I like sports like team handball, table tennis, indoor volleyball, synchronized diving and badminton. It's more fun to watch things you don't get to see year round. I did this sketch when I was down at my family's beach house one weekend during the Olympics.
Aug 16, 2008
I did another Photo shoot at a location called Grand Prospect Hall. If you click on the link and go to the website be sure and take the virtual tours.It is one of those big wedding hall joints but I've never seen one quite as over the top as this one. There was exotic room after exotic room. A single family has owned it since the late 80's. They basically restored the whole place themselves. There have been many events there. Lots of political shindigs with Rudy Guiliani, Hillary Clinton, Bush and Bloomberg. One of the sons showed us around. Back in the 30's Al Capone hung out there. It was a famous speak easy. He showed us a private little hidden bar. It was Al Capone's favorite room. He always sat with his back to the wall so he could see who approached him. There were hidden buzzers under the table that he could push if he sensed danger. If he did, many goons would suddenly appear. He said it was in that room that Capone was attacked with a knife and cut in the face. That's how he got the nickname Scarface. I did a little research and found out it didn't happen there. I don't know who to believe. Anyway it's an amazing creepy place like nothing you've ever seen.
I was doing a shoot with Andy Glass. This is a sketch I did at our location in New Jersey. The location scout and I were talking and he told me a cool story. He was doing a commercial for the "I love New York" ad campaign. The director wanted to do a shot of the Chrysler building just when the lights came on. Jimmy, the location guy did some calling around town and found out that there is a computer hooked up to the lights and that someone can actually turn on the lights by hand. To make a long story short he got a hold of the dude who is in charge. For $500 bucks they agreed to do it. Mind you, this was a long time ago and it is probably a lot more dough than that now. Anyway the night of the shoot they were 20 blocks away from the building on the street. He said the director turned to him and said he was ready for the shot. Jimmy called the dude on his cell phone and said, "now." All of a sudden the lights went on in the Chrysler building. Everyone around him was amazed. The director had to do the shot a few times. Jimmy said he told the guy to shut them off and presto, they went off. There he was, a nerdy little guy with a cell phone saying "off" and "on", and it was instantly happening. People started to stop and gather on the street watching him. How amazing is that?