Monday, December 31, 2007

I hate Honda Civics

I hate honda civics - everytime I see one I look for my "Ox vs Thunderbird" sticker on the back and the fucked up bumber. Tonight I drove to Capitol Hill like I normally do, I was planning on meeting up with my friend Brad and Pamela at Linda's on Pine. We have been going there a lot lately. I parked my truck, and took my first right to head through Cal Anderson park. As I was looking up I saw the dreaded car that I look for everywhere I go. Instantly I started shaking. Like a jackass with a broken heart I called Teresa on the phone - to no avail. I texted her, told her I was sitting on the hood of her car to no avail. After about 20 minutes or so I went to the first apartment's front door and looked on the directory. Of course, apartment 002 it said "bronson." Up until this point I refused to ask or want to know where she moved to. Oddly enough she moved literally one block west of where I use to live when I moved to Seattle on 13th and Howell.

Background - I was with Teresa for almost five years, we have some rough spots but nothing that was super terrible or abusive. This is the person I spent most of my time wanting to make happy and be with. In July of 07 on the 3rd I found out she had been talking with this boy she met on the plane coming back from this HR conference. I found out by a comment he posted on her myspace, I logged in to her account to find them chatting back and forth. Once confronted, she informed me that she purposely left that comment up for me to find and for me to inquire about. From then on it has been hellish for me...

Back to the "bronson" directory - I paged it twice she answered. I don't know if she knew it was me or was acting otherwise. I wanted to see her. Don't ask me why. The person that puts you through that much shit, and makes you feel horrible - and you still want to see them. She hung up on me, but called me back on my cell phone. She told me to leave her apartment - as I was walking away I was talking with her briefly. She was very hesitant to get off the phone. Like a jackass I wanted to talk to her for whatever reason. I wanted to see my cat "lana." I was thinking about a million things at once, and became that hurt person all over again. I got half way to Linda's before she hung up on me after saying goodbye for the 12th time to me.

My fingers were frozen from holding the phone in the cold air. I had to get my ID out to get in to the bar, which proved to be a much harder task then it should have been. Once I got inside the weirdest thing happened to me. As I was walking up the steps looking around for Brad and Pamela, this girl stopped me. She was pointing at me and starting saying "you are the guy with the zombie drawing." At first I was confused and distracted, but that quickly went away. I told her that; that was me. She was so exited and introduced me to her friends. They told me that they were a fan of my artwork and they love my shirts that I print. I had to quickly tell them how I was in the strangest mood from running in to my X. I told them that they made my night - almost instantly I felt a million times better from that.

A lot of things I don't understand, but randomness is amazing to me still. How you can go from one crappy experience that seems to ruin you - to a stranger that appreciates who you are and your work.

It's a little after 1:10am... I'm not tired thanks to insomnia - which won't go away. I'm going to go play some Mario Galaxy on my Wii and listen to Cap'n Jazz.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Some Old, a new

I have this weird idea to take a lot of my older artwork and re-draw it all. Below are two from that concept... the elephant was a random 2am drawing that I did because I could not sleep.

drawing is my life -

Friday, December 28, 2007

Small Brown Bike - Re-Lives!

Brad and I are at home working away as we stumble across the most amazing band ever re-incarnated. Small Brown Bike has come back as Able Baker Fox. This news is out of control, their sound is amazing and the line up is amazing:
Ben Reed - Vocals + Bass (The Great Sea Serpents, Small Brown Bike)
Mike Reed - Vocals + Guitar (LaSalle, Small Brown Bike)
Nathan Ellis - Vocals + Guitar (Jackie Carol, The Casket Lottery, Coalesce)
Jeff Gensterblum - Drums (The Holy Fire, Small Brown Bike)

I can not even tell you what great news this is. I only got to see Small Brown Bike two times - back to back. I drove to New Mexico to see them play at the venue called The Launchpad with Last Day Parade. I was under age at the time, but my good friends from Last Day Parade snook me as part of their band. The next day Small Brown Bike played in Tempe, Az where I lived at the time. I drove back home to see them the following night. I got to talk to Ben and Mike a little each night. They were super rad, and really nice to me and their fans. Not only did they rock harder then most bands, but they were super amazing humans.

What a FUCKING awesome way to start the new year!

Check them out, and listen to "Stuttering" (The ripley stereo guitar is INSANE!)

Official Website - Able Baker Fox

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Showing my art at Gallery OK - First Thursday of Jan 2008

Next week I have an art show at Gallery OK in Pioneer Square, Seattle. I will be showing my illustrated work from my first comic book Noamkin. I hope to see you there.

Show Details:
Thursday January 3rd, 6-11pm - Gallery Ok (212 Alaska Way S. Seattle Washington)

Monday, December 24, 2007

20 Twenty - Art Showing on Jan. 12th

Please come join me on Jan. 12th 2008 at 20 Twenty for an incredible group Polaroid exhibit. There are 40 artist showing - which amount to photography-insanity.

Show at:
20Twenty - Jan. 12th - Feb 8th, 2008
reception saturday Jan. 12th - 6-9pm
5208 Ballard Ave, WA - 206.706.0969

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Retrofit Home - Capital Hill

I'm stoked, another amazing store has picked up my screen printed artwork! Hooray. The store is located in Capitol Hill, Seattle on 12th between Madison and Pike. It is ran by these two amazing ladies who were very nice to me and a super pleasure to meet. They have some really amazing products in their store, not to mention they do art shows as well. I'm stoked to be there now, you should go check it out if you are in that area - I promise you won't be disappointed one bit.

retrofit home
1419 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Super Tamale Brothers - Strike Again!

Wednesday and Thursday night the Super Tamale Brothers got together to make their super Vegan Tamales. It took two days of madness to get everything ready and prepped, but it was totally worth all the effort.

Before we started we got all the ingredients and got the fillings all setup. We had four different types this time. One ground beef (fake of course), setian and green chili, mixed veggies and green chili, and lastly we made a cinnamon and raisin variety.

For the masa, we had three different types; one for the spice masa, mild masa and for the dessert masa. All delicious.

Once the masa was mixed, fillings were ready to go and the corn husks were soaked for 8 hours we were ready to start assembling. We had extra help from Brad & Andrea - so the super tamale brothers were super fast and efficient this time.

After we filled them all up, we put them in four pots to steam for several hours. We cooked them on low over night so they could get all that flavor.

Afterwards - we ended up with some where around 120 tamales. That is enough food to feed us for a month or so. Which is awesome, because we need food to live on, and tamales are perfect for that. YUM!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Twilight Artist Collective - New Location

I'm a little late on posting this but it still works. Last week the three amazing girls (Erin, Mary & Cheryl) at Twilight Artist Collective opened their second location in West Seattle. They put on a really killer art opening with some amazing local artist such as Kim McCarthy, Brad Strain, Justin Hillgrove, Todd Karam and more.

I also have all my printed illustrations there on some kick ass t-shirts. So, go there and support the arts of Seattle.

Twilight, West Seattle - 4306 SW Alaska St, Seattle WA 98116- Twilight Art

Here are a few pictures from the art opening:

Friday, December 14, 2007

Now we sell beer!

I saw this yesterday when I was driving to that high school. This morning on my return I pulled over and took a few pictures because it is the fucking funniest thing.

simply perfect

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Teaching Screen Printing at Meadowdale High School

My day started about 5:45am this morning. I woke up - took a shower got dressed and ready. From that point; since I was super proud to dress myself I got everything ready for the day.

The kids created their own artwork, I got to burn the screens and have them all ready for them. At the beginning of the class I talked about the whole process from prepping your screens, to artwork, burning, setting up the press and printing. It was a challenge to condense that much information in to 30mins of dialogs. It really seemed like all the kids were really in to the process and the possibilities of what they could do artistically. I'm really glad I didn't sound like a jackass answering their questions. I was terrified they were going to ask me something super complex and I would answer like this, "huh.... huh... the thing about that is...." then bolt out the door in embarrassment.

The printing was of course the best part. We had a total of six screens and eight compositions of artwork from the students. They all got to take turns printing their collective artwork on the shirts or other apparel items that they brought in. They all seemed super amazed and happy with how their artwork printed. The little side comments in the background were the best to listen to about their printing project.

Here are some pictures from the day:

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bouncing Wall Store has Partybots

Great news everyone another super rad store here in Seattle is now carrying my printed apparel. The store is called Bouncing Wall and it is ran by the nicest sweetest ladies. I'm really glad that liked my stuff and wanted to carry it. If you are in Queen Anne I highly recommend you hit Bouncing Wall up as a pit stop. You won't regret it one bit.

Bouncing Wall
206.285.9255 - 2225 Queen Anne Ave N. Seattle WA 98109 - Bouncing Wall

Friday, December 7, 2007

December News Letter - Partybots

Hello Everybody,

I'm a little shocked that it is already December, and the last month of 2007. It seems as thou this year just blew on by and did not stop to care. I hope everyone had a great year filled with lots of fun events and memories.

I wanted to extent a Happy Holiday season and New Year to everyone. This year for Partybots has been the best one yet. To appreciate everyone for their support this year I have a discount coupon for my website. The gift code is: "gift07." Enter this code before you check out on the payment page. Click the check box to use it, then the redeem button and it will deduct 5% from your total amount. Thanks so much for all your support!

Holiday orders, if you need them before Christmas please have your online orders placed by the 19th of December. That way I have time to ship it to you and it will get there in time.

In early 2008 I'm introducing my new kid line of apparel. I have had a lot of folks ask me about it, and I now have the equipment and a source for eco-friendly apparel. Hooray for all those little ninos running around with amazing art on their very soft clothing.

Handmade Pledge:
I cam across this site and wanted to share it because I think it is awesome. I took the pledge to only buy hand-made and crafted items this year for the holiday. Here is the website to take your pledge:

As always, love to hear from you so feel free to drop me a line at anytime.

much love
- karl addison