Portland Adventure

Last week was a whirlwind of traveling, working, and playing. From time to time I lend a hand to my good friends at the Bourne Group (maritime signage). I got a call from them asking if I'd be able to help them out with a dry dock installation of some signs. I asked where the location was and they said Portland. I said, "Does hell go with yes?" and it was confirmed. 

I have never been to Portland before and have always heard good things about it, so needless to say I was stoked. The first couple of days were spent dealing with the madness of the dry dock. So for those of you who don't know what that is, here's the simple explanation : Kick a hornet's nest and start filling it with water. When we got some time away from the ship we got to explore the city. This was mostly at night which we generally just ate dinner, tried to get Trail Blazer tickets, played ping pong, and drank beers at some awesome bars. Once all the work was done on the ship, I set off on my own to check out the city. One of the first spots I hit up was Burnside Skatepark. For years I have watched people shred that place and could only imagine how awesome it would be to skate it. I finally got my chance and it was worth every minute. The concrete had so much character and love for skateboarding steaming from it. There is nothing better than hearing your trucks hit up some crusty pool blocks.

While I was checking out new places in the city, I happened to scroll through my IG feed to see a post from a fellow artist about an art meet up that day. I was only about ten minutes away and thought "Shit, why not, I'm not normally in Portland". I get to the coffee shop, Barista, get a fancy ass chia tea and go over to introduce myself. At first it was just Sam and I chatting and sketching but soon more people joined us. Sam Larson is a super chill dude with mad talent. He was very open and inviting to everyone who came out. I was stoked to be able to spend time with such creative people. It was an excellent way to finish off my Portland adventure, thanks Sam! If you ever get a chance to check out Portland, you will not be disappointed. Hopefully I'll get back over there again soon! 

If you are not familiar with Sam's stuff check him out at Steel Bison for some killer illustrations.

My collection of images from the trip are below. Enjoy.

Aftermath

What a turn out! So glad people had fun. It made me smile to see so many people come together to create something great. Even the people who said "well, I'm not an artist, I can't do it" broke out of their comfort zone and kicked some canvas ass! My whole goal with this was to inspire people to create. We all get caught up in our own weekly routines, so it is nice to try something new. Just like Picasso said, we are all born artists. Society has its way of conditioning us out of our creativity so hopefully this was a creative refresh for many.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Bull Street Gourmet for having us and all of the wonderful people who came out! If people really dig this then I am willing to do more. Spread the word and keep bugging me to plan another. Till next time.

Below are a few photos of the first P&C event. If you are interested in any of the photos, shoot me an email and I can send them to you. Thanks again, friends!

Fleakend

This past weekend was a mission to find a convex mirror for the house. After looking downtown and realizing we'd have to sell the house to buy one, it was time to try a different angle. "I know, let's try the Flea Market!" And so it began. 

We called up our Fleakend veteran (my bud Ryan), and we were off. Kelly and I have never ventured out to this elusive Ladson Flea Market before and were excited about the experience even if we came back empty handed. Upon arrival, we realized we got there a little too late (2:30ish) for all the vendors to be open. Ryan said the cold weather also plays a big factor whether people stay late. Prime times are usually 9-noon, noted. We realized our mission for a convex mirror on this trip was looking weak but we didn't let that stop us from exploring. When I say it's a whole other world there, I mean it. One minute you'll be looking at zebra print spandex, the next you'll have a biker patch vendor with patches like, "Eatin ain't cheatin!" I think your best plan for venturing out there is to bring some cash and an open mind. No plans, just explore.

Although we did not find our convex mirror, we did find cool things (like a beer candle) and see/meet some very eclectic people. We also found out that the vegetable market has all kinds of crazy fruits and spices for hella cheap! (new produce shopping spot, found!) So let's recap on things we came home with and tips if you'd like to experience a Fleakend.

Our Finds : A double handled beer mug candle, cajun spice boiled peanuts, hot chocolate, fresh veggies, wooden veggie crates (awesome nightstands).

Fleakend Tips Bring cash, bring items to barter with, sunshine brings all the vendors to the yard, 9am - Noon prime time, park near the veggie market if you plan to stock up, keep an open mind, talk to people, explore everything.

THE HARRIEST NEW YEAR'S EVE

Another year, another day and night getting weird at Harry's Fish Camp. What is Harry's fish camp you may ask? Well it all started with my friend Sully doing a photoshoot out at this quirky fish camp in Pineville South Carolina. Next thing you know, New Year's comes rolling up and the plan is to rent out the cabins in front of the lake to get our party on. We welcome all, judge none, and celebrate the good times of the past year.

Below are photos from our second Harriest New Year's Eve :

For a more in-depth look at the weirdness at goes on at this event, our friends at Lunch + Recess made this killer music video of last year's festivities below :

Friends & Photos & A Cat

While gathering the masses of things for the creation of this site, one mission was to have my good friend, Daniel Hare, help shoot some photos for my bio section. I'm super thankful to have such a talented friend behind the lens. One Saturday morning, we headed out from my house on bikes with our cameras. Charleston is best experienced on two wheels. No plans. Just go.

Photo compilation of our day out from Dan and I, below :

To check out more from Daniel Hare, visit :
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53515811@N05/