Fun Fact: The profits from the sale of this series of trading cards will be used to fund a fine art gallery in Florida. How cool is that?!Now, let’s get this thing funded: http://kck.st/OyKERD

Fun Fact: The profits from the sale of this series of trading cards will be used to fund a fine art gallery in Florida. How cool is that?!

Now, let’s get this thing funded: http://kck.st/OyKERD

Wayne Wood putting in work at #OneSpark closing ceremonies.

Wayne Wood putting in work at #OneSpark closing ceremonies.

For those of you who don’t know, I am currently working to create a series of collectible fine art trading cards from my artwork and the work of fellow artists. I invite you to join me on this endeavor by supporting my Kickstarter campaign to launch the series: http://kck.st/OyKERDAs a backer you will have a first hand look into the creation process, see the cards before the rest of the world does, and collect on some awesome reward perks. What do you say, will you join me?

For those of you who don’t know, I am currently working to create a series of collectible fine art trading cards from my artwork and the work of fellow artists. I invite you to join me on this endeavor by supporting my Kickstarter campaign to launch the series: 

http://kck.st/OyKERD

As a backer you will have a first hand look into the creation process, see the cards before the rest of the world does, and collect on some awesome reward perks. What do you say, will you join me?

Fan of The Big Lebowski? I’m giving away this “The Dude” sketch card on my fan page right now! LINK

Fan of The Big Lebowski? I’m giving away this “The Dude” sketch card on my fan page right now! LINK

These are a few of the cards in the series I’m putting together,Creative Frequency Collectible Trading Cards. I’m using my own art and the art of some of my fellow artists with a few celebrity appearances. We’re funding them with a Kickstarter campaign and I’d love it if you’d check out the campaign, the perks, and get on board with us. What do you say? Here’s the link: http://kck.st/OyKERD

These are a few of the cards in the series I’m putting together,Creative Frequency Collectible Trading Cards. I’m using my own art and the art of some of my fellow artists with a few celebrity appearances. We’re funding them with a Kickstarter campaign and I’d love it if you’d check out the campaign, the perks, and get on board with us. What do you say? 

Here’s the link: http://kck.st/OyKERD

Jon Snow - 11” X 14” gouache on watercolor paper
Prints available: http://bit.ly/1or3E4w
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Jon Snow - 11” X 14” gouache on watercolor paper

Prints available: http://bit.ly/1or3E4w

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"King Slayer" Jaime Lannister of Game of Thrones - 11" X 14" gouache and colored pencil on watercolor paper
For sale in my eBay store
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"King Slayer" Jaime Lannister of Game of Thrones - 11" X 14" gouache and colored pencil on watercolor paper

For sale in my eBay store

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"King Slayer" Jaime Lannister of Game of Thrones - 11" X 14" gouache and colored pencil on watercolor paper
For sale in my eBay store

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"King Slayer" Jaime Lannister of Game of Thrones - 11" X 14" gouache and colored pencil on watercolor paper

For sale in my eBay store

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UPS Store offering 500 business cards for $5

Anyone else excited about the highly advertised UPS Store deal for 500 business cards for $5? Me too. Too good to be true? Can’t be, it’s the reputable UPS Store promoting this, they’re probably trying to take a chunk of Vista Print’s consumer base.

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I created two different card designs and threw them onto a flash drive in JPG, PNG and PDF formats (just in case) and headed to my local UPS store. Walking up to the storefront I see a huge sticker on the glass entry way advertising the deal. Score! I waited in line for ten or so minutes, no big dead cause I’m excited about this epic deal. I get to the clerk, flash drive in hand, barely able to contain my excitement. I tell him I’m here for the ‘Madness’, a poke at their “PRINT MADNESS” advertising campaign they are running for the deal. This is when the magic started to unravel. He explained to me that this deal is only available online. Gah!

I am not dismayed, I’ve already got my files, what could it hurt to head home and upload them? I have time before I needed the cards in hand, I can wait a few days. What’s the big deal? So I headed home with a “Let’s do this!” attitude.

I got home, sure enough there’s a special page on the UPS Store’s site just for the card deal. www.upsstoreprint.com/500. I get to the website & there’s the upload screen. They only take PDF files, which works because that’s one of the file types I’ve got ready on my flash drive which I swiftly whip out of my pocket like a katana and stab into the side USB port of my laptop like I’m slaying a wicked beast. The digital card proof comes up, looks good. We’re in business, I start over and upload my other card design, my heart is beating so fast I am so stoked! What’s next? Bring it on! Proceed to checkout, shipping options, what’s that? The cheapest shipping option (which should fall into the media mail category and cost a mere few dollars) for these cards is 40 bucks. Talk about losing the wind in your sails. 

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Yeah, go fuck yourself UPS Store. 

Keller Williams scribble portrait - 11” X 14” ballpoint pen and gouache on watercolor paper. I sketched this for the Keller Williams music festival that is going on right now in Fernandina Beach. I was all set to load my supplies and wares and go to the show and it was a monsoon here this morning. I couldn’t load the car and therefore am not participating in this awesome music fest. I hope the artists that did make it are having the time of their lives right now and their day is free from the rain. 

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Keller Williams scribble portrait - 11” X 14” ballpoint pen and gouache on watercolor paper. 

I sketched this for the Keller Williams music festival that is going on right now in Fernandina Beach. I was all set to load my supplies and wares and go to the show and it was a monsoon here this morning. I couldn’t load the car and therefore am not participating in this awesome music fest. I hope the artists that did make it are having the time of their lives right now and their day is free from the rain. 

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Latest painting “Jerry Garcia” - 18” X 20” acrylic on Masonite
eBay listing: http://bit.ly/1gb5psJ

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Latest painting “Jerry Garcia” - 18” X 20” acrylic on Masonite

eBay listing: http://bit.ly/1gb5psJ

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Our Kickstarter to fund these #creativefrequency#tradingcards is now live: http://kck.st/OyKERD 
I Don’t want to lose momentum, I think we can have at least a couple grand pledged before One Spark. Let’s fund this thing! Secure your pack(s) now! 

Our Kickstarter to fund these #creativefrequency#tradingcards is now live: http://kck.st/OyKERD 


I Don’t want to lose momentum, I think we can have at least a couple grand pledged before One Spark. Let’s fund this thing! Secure your pack(s) now! 

Keith Haring’s Ghost Arrested?!

        If you haven’t already heard, or if you aren’t from Jacksonville, we’ve had an anonymous artist refacing those silver city utility boxes; painting Keith Haring reincarnations in an effort to provoke the discussion of hot topics. The public, for the most part, enjoy them immensely. I personally just remarked three days ago as I drove down Park Street towards 5 Points, seeing the utility box on the right there just past 616 Bar, and how I enjoyed seeing them around. The coppers, however, have been champing at the bit for a whack at this guy. The masked street artist has come to be known widely as Keith Haring’s Ghost. His real name, however, is Chip Southworth, and he was booked into the Jacksonville jail Tuesday afternoon on felony charges of criminal mischief for painting the 11 utility boxes.

        Prioritizing at its finest. Welcome to Jacksonville.

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        Jacksonville seems to be in the habit of punching itself in the face, and this is no exception. No time to smell the coffee and enjoy the view, it’s off to write some laws for these criminals. That’s what legislature in Jacksonville seems to have been written for: to point out our flaws and give us a fine, or lock us up. Oh Neo, I know what you’re thinking, “why, oh why, didn’t they take the chill pill?”

        Jacksonville fine artist Christina Boykin went on to say “I think it’s crap. Allegedly, there is a system in place to get a permit from the city to make public art but I haven’t looked into it myself. Word on the street is that it is needlessly complicated and long and expensive because the point is to make the city money not make the city beautiful. 

        Painting these boxes is common practice in a lot of other more progressive cities and whether the art is your taste or not, it still is better than a blight of a metal box on every corner.

        Maybe he should have gone through the stupid permitting process first, gotten denied and THEN went on the vigilante painting spree but to be honest, he is drumming up a good conversation about how useless the JSO are, how moneygrubbing the city is, how tight JEA is, how unfriendly to the arts community everyone is, and how BACKWARDS we are. 

        No food trucks. No craft breweries. No street art. Jacksonville sucks and wants to continue to suck. I am so pissed.”

She speaks the truth, the city recently pushed legislature that would render food trucks extinct. Florida law surrounding growlers or ‘beer-to-go’ from local craft breweries is also currently being tampered with.

        LivininJax says: “This is a shame. Obviously society can’t condone graffiti, but this wasn’t some 17 year old kid tagging a bridge or a railroad car. Never met Chip Southworth, but immediately recognized the homage to Keith Haring - and they are well done. Southworth should have jumped through the hoops and gotten the permit, but didn’t. If I were the judge, I’d reduce it to a misdemeanor and fine him $1. His art is provocative, inspiring and well placed. I don’t agree with his views, but agree with his right to inspire our city to talk about the issue through his work. When I see his art, it brings a smile to my face. I hope they leave what has been done alone - in appreciation of his effort to make us think.”

        Permit, you say? Well, why didn’t he get a permit? That would have made this entire case a moot point, would it not? Turns out there was a big push to pass an ordinance surrounding this very thing, sort of. Offsite signage is not allowed in the city of Jacksonville. A law was passed in the late eighties [ordinance: 326.103(I)] to eliminate billboards. A few years ago JTA wanted to pass a bill to allow off site signage on bus stops. It was a revenue generation source, but it was directly in conflict with the ordinance and, more importantly, the billboard law that the voters voted for. So… these boxes and his art fall into this calamity of a law. There is actually no legal way to permit them.

        Public art is not even defined by local code, what we have to go on is this: “Signs and Outdoor Displays Chapter 326.103 Exemptions (i) Signs posted on electric poles or light standards maintained by the JEA and advertising events in publicly-owned facilities or holiday decorations, the posting of which on the poles is approved by Council resolution; provided, that the construction and installation of the signs or decorations has been approved by the Managing Director of the JEA”

        As far as I can tell there isn’t an infraction here in terms of art in public places or the sign code, but still people say he should have got permission. In direct response to ‘getting permission’ Niko Mags says “I’ve actually looked into the process myself and there is a lot of paperwork and several different contacts that would need to be “jumped” through in order to do this.”

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(above: Keith Haring being arrested)

        Personally, I agree that Chip broke the law and justice should be served. That being said, I think that his punishment for his defacing of the utility boxes without permission should be to paint the remaining utility boxes free of charge. For now, I will join Jacksonville resident artist Deshonga in shouting his anthem “Art is NOT vandalism!”

The word of our lord Kyle Willis

The ‘Free Keith Haring’s Ghost’ fan page on Facebook: LINK

Hey everyone, After two years of Art Walks, hanging art in local businesses, craft exchanges, art parties and pop-up gallery shows, I feel like the next step for me as a creator is to open a gallery. I envision an avant-garde/lowbrow gallery, a place free of pretense and elitist mentality; where the outcast artists and those not classically trained can call home. I knew I wanted to crowdfund this gallery, because crowdfunding is the fastest way to raise that kind of money, but I also know that you’ve got to have LEGIT reward perks if you want your campaign to be successful. So I came up with the idea to do a series of art trading cards, think baseball cards but with the art of local artists on the cards instead of athletes. I’m going to print a professional series of these trading cards, and use packs of the cards as reward perks (as well as many other awesome perks). So I hope you will take a moment to take a look at my campaign, watch the video, and if you can afford it, give it your financial support. If you can’t afford a reward perk, I completely understand, but remember that even donating a single dollar to the campaign can help our campaign make it to the popular page on Kickstarter which will help us reach a wider audience and even hit the big time. Can’t donate a dollar? Sharing the link will still be a great help to us, so don’t go underestimating your ability to help this dream come true.  Thank you so much for putting up with me. I appreciate you all, and hope that wherever you are, you are out there being awesome! Here’s the Kickstarter campaign LINK  

Hey everyone, 

After two years of Art Walks, hanging art in local businesses, craft exchanges, art parties and pop-up gallery shows, I feel like the next step for me as a creator is to open a gallery. I envision an avant-garde/lowbrow gallery, a place free of pretense and elitist mentality; where the outcast artists and those not classically trained can call home.

I knew I wanted to crowdfund this gallery, because crowdfunding is the fastest way to raise that kind of money, but I also know that you’ve got to have LEGIT reward perks if you want your campaign to be successful. So I came up with the idea to do a series of art trading cards, think baseball cards but with the art of local artists on the cards instead of athletes. I’m going to print a professional series of these trading cards, and use packs of the cards as reward perks (as well as many other awesome perks). So I hope you will take a moment to take a look at my campaign, watch the video, and if you can afford it, give it your financial support. If you can’t afford a reward perk, I completely understand, but remember that even donating a single dollar to the campaign can help our campaign make it to the popular page on Kickstarter which will help us reach a wider audience and even hit the big time. Can’t donate a dollar? Sharing the link will still be a great help to us, so don’t go underestimating your ability to help this dream come true. 

Thank you so much for putting up with me. I appreciate you all, and hope that wherever you are, you are out there being awesome!

Here’s the Kickstarter campaign LINK  

Scott Bakula as Captain archer in Enterprise

Scott Bakula as Captain archer in Enterprise