Friday, February 24, 2012

Postcard: Good Morning

This is a postcard that my grandfather had received when he was a young boy. 
And now it's in 'the collection.'

A Gathering

“Men plan, God laughs.

          – Yiddish proverb (Der mensch trakht un Gott lahkht)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Boardwalk Mural

100 Strangers: 6 of 100

Eric is a local artist, living and working in the greater Los Angeles area. I met Eric in Venice, California, while he was putting in some additional touches on a mural he created along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. I'm not sure if he'd admit it, but Eric seems to be a persevering perfectionist. While we were talking, he was meticulously examining his work and excused himself a few times to go retrieve various cans of spray paint to deepen some shadow areas within the mural. A man immersed in his work.

Eric started painting in his mid-teens. Midnight raids to undisclosed locations, sometimes with friends, to adorn some alley, wall or [?]. The thrill of these adventures deepened his fascination in creating artwork. A fascination that has became a focal point in his life.

You can get a glimpse of Eric starting on this mural, shown above, at this youtube link, here. However, to get the full experience of this large scale piece, you'll have to stop by and see his work along the north end of the boardwalk. Maybe I'll see you there.

Feed your curiosity.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

100 Strangers: 5 of 100

Meet Mr. TV. Although I seriously doubt that's the name on his birth certificate, it's the only name he provided. After a quick Google search, I found that he is undoubtedly, the Mr. TV, comedian and street performer; his given name is rumored to be Jason Hypercleats, but even that sounds like an alias [source].

Mr. TV has been doing comedic street performance since 1998 and is usually associated with his television screen framed performances. However, my encounter with him was sans television frame and with a new routine he was trying out.

If you would like to watch Mr. TV's act, you might be able to track him down at the Venice Beach Boardwalk or, if you're too tired to make the trip, you can just click through to youtube here.


In case you're wondering what this post's heading says, that's a 5 in 5 of 100. What a strange looking character design. I think someone dropped a number in their font.

If you'd like to know more about the 100 strangers project, the challenge can be found over there. Although my 100 strangers project can only be found here.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Caveman Goeth Forth

I recently saw a Geico [insurance] tv commercial with their cg-gecko walking along various California landscapes, including the Venice Beach bike path. Near the end of the commercial, you can see the back of Caveman walking through the Venice set. It occurred to me that just a few months ago I was talking with this wild man on that very stretch of shoreline.

I can tell you that this guy does not sit still very well and makes for a good moving target . . . none-the-less, he provides a fun distraction from all else that happens on the boardwalk.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Postcards: Bonhomie à partir de France

Please pardon my French; if the title for this post is grammatically incorrect, please let me know. 

These three postcards have postmarks dating [from top to bottom] 1910, 1916 and 1908. The top two cards send New Year's Greetings and the last card says 'friendships.' All three are hand-painted photographs, although heavily masked and composed photographs; some crafty, old school, darkroom work.

I find it amazing that the second New Year's card shown here, Meilleurs voeux et tendresses; Bonne Année, was sent in 1916 from one part of France [the card has French stamps, but an unreadable origin of postmark] to Étampes when World War I was raging on and armies were entrenched and embattled. Despite what was going on within the country, the mail was still delivered and there was still a good enough mood to send best wishes.