Venturing into the world of adult coloring books

Who likes to color? I know I like to color. And apparently so do a lot of other adults. According to Good Magazine, in April 2015, Amazon’s two top bestsellers were coloring books for adults. Citing a need to “return to innocence,” many adults are picking up the crayons and are choosing to fill in the lines, or perhaps rebelling by using formerly prohibited permanent markers and coloring outside the lines.

Regardless of the reasoning, I totally approve of this particular decision many adults are making.

And there are a number of choices for adults to fulfill almost every coloring need. Mental Floss did a run down of some of the weirdest/coolest coloring books for adults. I have always appreciated the Indie Rock coloring book, which is also mentioned on this other great list by Brit + Co who shared their favorite “modern” coloring books.

Personally, I have a few friends I would love to see make a coloring book of their art, including Kendra Kent & her Parade of Weird and of course, McHank. I also have toyed with the idea of creating a coloring book. Perhaps one with an animal theme? Right now, I have a few other goals that are higher on my priority list, but consider this added to my bucket list.

 

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Poll: Which design would you wear?

Happy birthday to me! Next week is my birthday and I seem to be starting a tradition. Last year we silk screened shirts at my birthday party for the most amazing theme ever: Put A Bird On It. And birds were put on things… 32 items were screened! This was the most popular of the two designs I created.

Owl

This year’s theme makes me think of my horrible fashion choices in the 80’s but represents so much more: My Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades. Once again, we will be silk screening t-shirts (or any item people want screened) but this time for a donation to Classics 4 Kids, dedicated to educating children through the music and the arts.

If you can’t make the party, we can still screen you an item. Just text, email or DM me and we will figure it out.

Help me decide this year’s design. We will only do one design, but in two different colors. Pick a design you would wear. We will be burning the screen this weekend, so make sure you have a say. Even if you won’t be there and don’t plan to get a shirt, do the poll. Admit it, polls are fun.

Shades

Back to reality

My life is slowly getting back to normal as is my over-taxed body. The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind so much so that I just realized that I forgot to press “publish” on the last post I did for a band. Now I need to update it with new show information (Sorry, Emily).

If you have been in a cave, you may not know that last weekend was the North Park Festival of Arts… the festival I work on with a team of awesome, committed individuals including Liz and Amy from North Park Main Street, Rosey from San Diego: Dialed In, Dang from Bar Pink, Kathryn from Stage 7, Anna and David from A7D, Natalie from McFarlane Promotions and Svea from San Diego North Park Craft Mafia. Also we had a great media partnership with FM94.9 for the Craft Beer Block that allowed us to expand the block by about 100 ft. I hope you made it out to see the incredible diversity of art, dance or music. The weather was perfect and drunkenness was kept to a manageable level. Good responsible drinking. Even Mayor Jerry Saunders and his wife Rana Sampson made it out for some beer tasting. Apparently, SoundDiego has photos, but I have yet to see them posted. Anyhow, overall the event was a success and I look forward to doing it again next year (after some rest).

Another event that happened in the last couple of weeks as the TEDx Amercia’s Finest City at the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla. It was an awesome opportunity to meet people who are seeking to drive change and make a difference in the world. The theme was “Get Your Fix” which each speaker took at from a different angle.  Barbarella hosted the as 15 speakers as they each had 12-18 minutes to share their point. Despite technical difficulties, the event ran well and it made me want to get moving on making a positive impact for social good. Yes, I realize the festival qualifies as a positive impact to the North Park community, but I feel like I could do more. And I might just get my chance. One of the event organizers of TEDxAFC wants to collaborate with me on developing a follow-up event with the same sort of theme to continue the momentum of bringing people together creating positive change. We shall see what becomes of that, but it shows promise.

Oh and there is an exciting derby bout this weekend that you do not want to miss. I will be there, but no skates. Skating has taken a back seat to all of my community and family work. Trading love for love. So that is the world of me right now. I hope to be seeing you around!

Wild Hipster on a Stroll

Last night’s boredom turned into awesome art. It may not look like much more than a Photoshopped picture, but I assure you it is all cut by hand . I’m a little sad about scanned image quality so I guess I will have to enjoy the original.

The background photo is one I took while backpacking in the Marin Headlands. The morning fog on the perfectly groomed trail ahead and the moss-covered trees was exactly what I hoped I would capture. The simplicity and depth of meaning in this piece was an unintended, welcomed outcome. I’ll just let you sit with it for a while. 

Wild Hipster on a Stroll (03/2011), 4″ x 6″