Happy Independence Day!

Every year, Independence Day means taking the D train to Coney Island to catch the  hotdog eating contest, that flamboyant epitome of American culture.  For those who don’t know: The contest is an annual pop art spectacle held on the beach, which features mountains of buns and sausages forcibly disappearing into the gullets of pumped up contestants, cheered on by a crowd of fascinated spectators, journalists and beach goers.

Happy birthday, America!


Eyeo Festival

Eyeo is an annual event for data enthusiasts, artists and hackers, held in mellow Minneapolis, MN. Pretty much all of the sessions were informative and inspiring, which is not surprising with a line-up featuring people like Mike Bostock, Paola Antonelli, Kim Rees, Giorgia Lupi, Cesar Hidalgo, Santiago Ortiz and Nick Felton. By the end I definitely had a brain crush on the amazing Kate Crawford, whose talk on “invisibility” scrambled my brain in the best way possible. Honorable mention to to Brooklyn artist Lauren McCarthy, who uses code to create deliciously provocative art pieces.

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Playing  a quick game of “Paperdude” on the Oculus Rift before the keynote speeches

Eyeo was amazing:


Sketchbook: At the Design exhibit

“I’m pretty sure I had that bathing suit…!”
“I’d wear that.” (overheard at the Sonia Delaunay exhibit in New York City)

I have an extensive archive of drawings I’ve made in and around New York City, and which I will share over the next couple of days; the first set are a series of sketches I made at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, where the eccentric visitors were at least as eye catching as the garments and paintings.

Sketchbook: Nathan’s famous hotdog eating contest

Once again I managed to brave the heat to make it out to Coney “no shade in sight” Island to draw Nathan’s annual Independence Day tradition, the hotdog eating contest, except this time, I had backstage passes, aka a better view to draw from. Why? Because my friend Yasir “Doggybag” Salem had finally qualified for the event, and was on stage with the likes of Joey Chestnut and Eater X. All drawings seen here were done in real time on location, and colored in later using Photoshop.nathans-comp-layers-web-671x1024

Sketchbook: Occupy Wall Street

When the protests started, I headed to Wall Street, where I was confused by a yawning emptiness patrolled by mounted policemen in front of the Stock Exchange. I did finally find a smallish pride of painted protesters around the corner, occupying the miniscule piece of land called Zuccotti Park with their itchy-looking mattress forts, and recycling each other’s hand-painted signs to parade in front of the hundreds of media folk circling the green in search of attractive hippies and homeless veterans to interview.  Below are some of the drawings I made that day.