Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holy Shit! What happened to 2014?

I just looked back to see when the last time I blogged was and I will be damned, it was July of 2013. That is over a year ago and I got the sweetest email request from an unknown party that requested that I get off my ass and get back into blogging, apparently, someone was enjoying it.

The overwhelming feeling of "where the fuck do I begin?" has been a bit of a road block for me but today I decided to get it out of the way so that I can get past it.  Jesus, in the last year and a half quite a shit load of things have transpired.

I am going to lead back into BP blogging with a "year in pictures" sorta thing so that I can get caught up without making it a freakin novel.

I sold my Saab. Oh the horror, that car had balls for days.

September 2013
I started working at the Middy on the weekends for extra cash and an attempt at some socializing. Started making these super extreme hilarious signs that are now my trademark at the bar.

I taught a residency at the
Hillside school and worked on my first wicked huge print which was the featured piece in my
at the Paramount Gallery on
St. Germaine.  (March 2014)

Paramount Gallery St. Germain March 2014 (photo by steve diamond elements)
I ran a half marathon
with my good buddy
Lori Bukowski on
St. Pattys day, then
we drank a bunch of
Irish whiskey. (March 2014)

I also painted a bigass mural
at Granite City Crossfit, where
I try to work my ass off,
Got to print posters for my pal Shaun at Fan HQ and Tommy Dehler, the King of Vinyl. It was super cool to meet Bud Grant and Kent Hrbek!
(March 2014)
I was there when my
beloved Electric Fetus
St. Cloud closed down.
That was a sad day and
the end of an era.
Electric Fetus was the
first local store to carry
Bruno Press cards!
Me, Hazzy, and Andy Valenty at the Fetus. 
(May 2014)

Me, Pauly, and Sam went back to New York for the 2014 Stationery Show and really rocked it. Got myself two great new reps in Chicago that have been killin it with BP ever since. (May 2014)

Found out about the
big bad cancer. Had
a lumpectomy, then
found the gene then
had a double
masectomy and still
I have more shit to
chop off and remove.
What a fuckin pain
in my ass.
HOWEVER, that benefit was one of the greatest days of my life.

And jis so ya know, I also take time out to totally fuck off. My brother, and coolest most hilarious guy on the planet, likes to get out all his super rad guns and team up with some Tannerite and blow shit up. We get some cold beers, bug spray, and offerings to the Great and powerful Steve Stock, then we just set up things to blow up with high powered weapons. Sometimes it's just good to be a gangsta.

Got to volunteer a whole weekend with the
Granite Games over at SCSU which was really an awesome opportunity to see and interact with world class athletes and people. Cool photo op with John Swanson, owner of Crossfit Fast Factory, who is the reason Granite Games comes to town. (September 2014) (photo by steve diamond elements)

Was asked to be the cancer spokesperson for the remainder of 2014. Did a ton of speaking which typically cripples me with fear and flop sweat, but the more I did it the better I got! I even have a few speaking engagements set up for next year! Did the Strides Walk with team "Bruno's Hooters"!

Even got to speak and be a part of the Breast Cancer/Fire Fighters Calendar project, hubba hubba!

Was a featured speaker at an Advertising Federation Conference in Brainerd, MN. Even brought a press and printed posters for er'body!

Started working with Jeff and Jesse Johnson on broadsides for visiting Poet's to the Central Lakes College; Verse Like Water series. I get to print and design homes for world renowned poets poems. So much fun working with Jesse, then I get to meet the poets and have dinner with them!
Billy Connins (April 2014)

Robert Hass (Oct 2014)

 Had some fun with make up on Halloween (left) and then with some ink (right) for an ad campaign for Visual Art Minnesota. Really makes me wanna start a nice big sleeve tattoo. 
That brings us to the present, right now I am trying to get some custom work done for the Boys & Girls Club, Fan HQ, steve diamond elements, and Modern Gypsy Photography. Not to mention that my big end of the year Holiday Art Sale is happening in less than two weeks. This is the debut of
the "Cool MN Hometowns" Calendars!Hope you all come out to St. Joe to pick one up for yourself!
"Cool MN Hometowns" 2015 Calendars

Until next time, which I have promised myself to keep up with now! Lot's of shit coming up so stay tuned! Bye BYE!