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.