Monday, August 31, 2009

New Cats in the Hood....

$30 bucks in my Etsy Shop

Monday, August 24, 2009

On my Wish List

Amazing Chair!

About the artist: Sander van Heukelom

Sander van Heukelom (1972) already began experimenting with typographic design and graffiti as a teenager.

Although his basic style has not changed much since then, his current work makes use of many different materials, such as styrofoam, plexiglas, synthetic resin and wood.

Sander, who is a graphic designer by profession, draws his inspiration from his extensive travels. After five years spent travelling around the world and teaching kite surfing on several continents, his creativity has taken wing. Sander is now known especially for his three-dimensional typographic sculpture and paintings with spray can and resin.

What he says about his fat cap chair:

The spray can as an implement is taken for granted. Few actually contemplate its details. Precisely this zooming in on the spray can, which revealed the beauty of its cap, inspired me to design this stool.

There is a hidden beauty in the cap of the spray can which is seen to advantage when enlarged. Not only is this stool an expression of a particular lifestyle, it is also an original and utilitarian piece for a home or office interior.

The stool has character through its beautiful forms, borrowed from a simple implement. Its seat is firm but comfortable. Although this stool is light and of a modest size, it is a piece of furniture that stands out and cannot be overlooked. It is made of styrofoam, with a coating layer which cannot crack or tear or wear out. The original design is executed in plain white but it can also be produced in colour or with a pattern.

Its design and the use of unusual materials make this stool an object which can be used as a furnishing in unconventional and trendy surroundings: pleasing to the eye and a pleasure to sit on, very suitable to sit on and reflect, or to sit on around a table to exchange thoughts with others.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wanna see some really Cool art?


I find it very inspiring, actually I think Its very, VERY COOL! and would like to have some of it in my home.

Even better? You should read THIS... take the time to spend with your family and friends....

I'm glad to have met you today.....

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Come see us this Sunday for the Artoleptic at the 619 Western Parking Lot in Pioneer Square!
I'll have lot's o' paintings and stuff available for purchase!

Live painting,Live Music, Skateboarding and lot's more...


12-8pm... so bring the family for an all day fun time!!!! WHOOT_WHOOT!


How to Stencil?

No country craft stencils here! It looks like silk screening, but it's stenciling!

The Stencil class will be taught by Kim McCarthy aka SOULE of Urban Soule Design.

This class jumps into action with Kim guiding you through the entire process from the creation of the stencil,
to applying the stencil image on multiple surfaces,using a variety of mediums. Learn to transfer your images onto fabric, paper, wood and many other surfaces.

This is a very fun, hands-on class so you should wear "painting clothes".

Students are encouraged to give renewed life to their vintage clothes, bags, 100% cotton shirt or fabric. (100% cotton works best but a cotton/poly blend will do, shirts with ribbing (raised vertical lines) do NOT stencil well)
also recommend: pillow cases, tote bags, sketchbooks, canvas, etc... which you should bring to apply your stencil(s) on.

* All paint and other materials will be provided for use in the class only. (other stencil material, X-acto knife, cutting board and paints)

Bring your own black and white image to use for the stencil
(printed on paper), keep in mind
you may be tracing the image so the simpler and cleaner the lines, the better.

No more than 5 students per class to allow for plenty of individual instruction.

You will leave the class with your printed stenciling samples, instructions, the custom stencils that you designed for this class, and the confidence to personalize your life with creative stenciling designs!

Ages 18+ only. All levels welcome.

Cost: $65.00 per person (includes materials fee)

Time: Roughly 2-3hrs

You can reach Kim at for more information

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Why doesn't anybody leave comments?.....Is that weird?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Artoleptic This Sunday!

Come see us this Sunday for the Artoleptic at the 619 Western Parking Lot in Pioneer Square!
I'll have my new "Graffiti is Art" t-shirts available (limited stock) and lot's o' paintings available for purchase!

Live painting,Live Music, Skateboarding and lot's more...

12-8pm... so bring the family for an all day fun time!!!!

Graffiti Is Art T-shirts now for sale

New "Graffiti is Art" mens and womans Tees on sale in my Etsy Shop

Seattle Times Re- Post

New Belltown hostel a work of art

An old Belltown hotel will become Seattle's newest hostel, with each bedroom painted by local artists.

Special to The Seattle Times

Jeff Jacobson, an artist who uses the name Weirdo, puts some finishing touches on his artwook at the newly restored Lorraine Hotel — now called City Hostel Seattle — at 2327 Second Ave., in Belltown.


Jeff Jacobson, an artist who uses the name Weirdo, puts some finishing touches on his artwork at the newly restored Lorraine Hotel — now called City Hostel Seattle — at 2327 Second Ave., in Belltown.


Belltown's old Lorraine hotel is once again ready for its close-up.

In its new role as an international hostel, the three-story hotel, rumored to have been visited by Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and other silver-screen stars from the 1920s to the 1960s, greeted its first guests in more than 20 years.

Long ago, the Lorraine had a starring role on Film Row, as Second Avenue was known when it housed the regional film-distribution center for MGM. By 1986, the building was purchased by the Plymouth Housing Group.

Plymouth moved out about two years ago, leaving The Lorraine empty and in need of repair. John Slonecker, president of Seattle real-estate investment group Gibraltar, first saw the building's interior in the fall of 2007. It had been vacant for more than six months.

"It was hard to imagine people living there at any point in its recent history," Slonecker said. "Believe me, the glamour had left long ago."


City Hostel Seattle, as the Lorraine is now being called, has some standard-issue hostel amenities, such as metal bed frames and a choice between private and family rooms or dorms for a low price. It's located at 2327 Second Ave.

Less standard is the artwork, done by 47 local artists who painted the walls or created installations in all but four of the hostel's 51 rooms.

"We really tried to go with a full spectrum of types of art that reach every area of what Seattle has to offer," said Jen Vertz, who curated the project.

Lee Kindell and Nancy Gambin operate City Hostel Seattle. The idea for the project came from Kindell, who is the sort of person who "if you were to drop like a Big Gulp cup on the floor, you would turn around to pick it up and Lee would have already made it a lampshade," Slonecker said. In City Hostel Seattle, Kindell saw an opportunity to craft something special.

"I hope this is a catalyst to inspire people," Kindell said. "I hope it makes a difference and a little bit of change. We're not just machines trying to make a dollar."

Kindell met Vertz and her partner, Jeff Jacobson, an artist who uses the name Weirdo, while Vertz and Weirdo were painting the Pioneer Square Community Association Mural on the corner of South Washington Street and Occidental Avenue South. Vertz took care of the planning and recruited the artists.


The artists worked for free, realizing that the hostel's clientele will give them a measure of international exposure. Some, balancing full-time jobs with the time it takes to create art, brought sleeping bags and slept on the floor of the rooms they painted.

"It's a win-win situation," said Chris Sheridan, whose delicately crafted paintings feature crows and string and are inspired by Aesop's fables, Grimm's fairy tales and Homer's "Odyssey." "They get a bunch of free art, but we get a way to get our work out to the public."


Each bedroom is wildly different from the next. One shows the Seattle skyline surrounded by what appear to be spray-painted polka dots, the result of reverse ink photo transfers.

Another's walls are milky white with small, whimsical patches of blue, which gives the impression of being inside a cloud. Inside another, gnomes resting on mushrooms smoke from a hookah.

Having up-and-coming artists paint the rooms is just one of Kindell's ideas for City Hostel Seattle. Other plans include a rainwater-collection system. And a wall on the outside of the hotel will be turned over to artists to craft an art insect to be placed near a sign that says "Infestation." The insect idea was inspired by the gum wall in Post Alley at Pike Place Market, Kindell said.

The lobby will become an art gallery for young artists, including those who painted rooms inside the hostel.

A stay at City Hostel Seattle runs between $33 and $95 a night, depending on the room. Slonecker, whose company paid $3.1 million to buy the building and another $750,000 to remodel it, said he believes the art adds value and marketability to the property.

The hostel's Aug. 14 opening attracted so much attention that Kindell said all rooms will be available to be toured during Belltown's Second Friday Artwalk from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Inside the hostel are touches of the old Lorraine. Kindell restored the hotel lobby's original terrazzo floor and bookshelves have been crafted from recycled mailboxes, he said.

"This hotel kind of reminds me of the life of Mickey Rourke," Slonecker said. "You have this tough in-between time and now you're back on top again. It's kind of great to give this building back its dignity."

Blythe Lawrence:

Copyright © The Seattle Times Company

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Power

I added some new Power Line pieces to My Etsy Shop...They're selling quick so grab one while you can!

Dirty Pilot Show

I Just finished my piece for the DirtyPilot Show in September
see more Buddhas here

36x48 inch mixed media on canvas

Sunday, August 16, 2009

MySpace page helps police nab vandal

MySpace page helps police nab vandal

12:20 PM PDT on Saturday, August 15, 2009

By Associated Press


WENATCHEE, Wash. -- A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to tagging several homes with graffiti in crimes that police solved by searching the social-networking site MySpace.

The Wenatchee World reports Erick Sanchez, of Wenatchee, was sentenced to two months in jail Wednesday in Chelan County Superior Court after pleading guilty to second-degree malicious mischief. He was charged as an adult.

Police received numerous graffiti complaints in June and suspected that a local street gang was responsible. Court records show investigators used MySpace to search for nicknames that were included in the graffiti.

Documents show Sanchez's MySpace page included pictures of some of the graffiti.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Wednesday, August 12, 2009


!!!! ALL FINISHED !!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

!!!! Let there be art !!!! ( a hell alot of it!)

47 of Seattle’s Finest Artists

OPENING RECEPTION on 2nd Friday Art Walk- August 14, 2009

Address: At 2nd and Battery in Belltown, next to Buckley’s, across from Roq La Rue.
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Ages: All Ages Encouraged!
Cost: Free
Live Music and Refreshments will be provided.
Gallery/Lobby: “Group Show” will be hanging from 8/14/09 – 9/16/09

City Hostel Seattle “Let There Be Art!” Hosts 47 Local Artists during Belltown’s Art Walk on Aug.14 2009.

City Hostel Seattle a new Hostel, in Seattle’s vibrant Belltown neighborhood, is featuring 47 Seattle Artists that will paint a wall mural in each room to showcase Seattle’s talented artists. The grand opening will be on Belltown’s Second Friday Artwalk August 14, 6pm-9pm, open and free to the public.

“LET THERE BE ART!” Is a project to give a collective voice to the Seattle artists whose talent is all too often unseen and unheard. City Hostel Seattle will be a platform for local Seattle artists to been seen on a local and international scale.

This will be a fun evening summer event on August 14th, 2009. For more information, please contact: Jen Vertz, Curator at

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Monday, August 10, 2009

My room...

I'm a little more than halfway done! On schedule for this Thursdays deadline!

Here's some history on the building (click here)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

City Hostel Seattle: 47 artists and counting...


City Hostel Seattle: 47 artists and counting...

Belltown is breathing heavy under the weight of transformation. Former neighborhood icons like the Speakeasy are now half used parking lots. Geriatric brick apartment buildings are searching for an identity amongst the primary colored condos that have been thrown up in the recent boom years. Where is the neighborhood headed? Have we lost our way or is there still hope for the organic birth of culture from the heart of this neighborhood?

City Hostel Seattle is ambitiously targeting a mid August opening. The historic Lorraine hotel will become Belltown’s nucleus of art and community. Over 47 artists are transforming what used to be a dilapidated low income housing development into a palate of raw expression. Each room will feature a unique vision; the walls transformed into an uncensored canvas. Known Seattle artists such as Joey Nix and Weirdo are there now, streaming paint in a building buzzing with construction workers. A hostel in the heart of Belltown in the plainest sense would be extraordinary. But, the scale and concentration of this artistic concept in one historic building could be the fuel that sets the neighborhood on fire.

The man passionately behind the vision is Lee Kindell. He speaks with the confidence of a man in mid-flight; already having taken the leap. It is a stretch for him to remember the days he was working as a server at Teatro Zinzani, sketching ideas on paper in hopes of opening up his first hostel in Ballard. Scream two years into the future and Lee is only picking up speed with his eyes intently focused on the future and the challenges ahead.

See more pictures of the progress of my room here on my flickr page