Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Another Pseudo TV Appearance

I'm going to keep this short, and I'm NOT going to quote Andy Warhol...

I've been on TV.  A number of times.  Sort of.  As far as I know they've mostly been odd little community TV productions that were only visible to cable subscribers.  When I lived in Brattleboro, Vermont apparently there were three or four programs circulating in which I played a part.  There were some videos of my band that got way too much circulation in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Luckily I didn't have to watch much of them.

I heard from my sister in law that there was a video of me on the public TV station here in Salvador, and finally the guy who was actually being filmed at the time told me he'd posted it online.  The program was a pilot for a reality show, three graffiteiros were given some money, a theme, and 24 hours to produce a piece.  It languished in production (perhaps non-production) for a couple years, but now you can watch the whole thing.  They had planned to do more episodes using rotating themes including the other elements of hip-hop culture.  I don't think it ever happened.

Here's the pertinent segment:

I make my brief appearance at about 14:20.  Totally unscripted and spontaneous!  Quoting from my Facebook page:

This is a video from a couple years ago, before I had the store and was selling material out of a steel supply closet that I got for free. My scene starts at 14:21 and lasts for about a minute. The caption reads 'Mil Muros is a store for graffiti accessories in Largo 2 de Julho'

I'm famous baby.

Thanks Denissena Operário for letting me know this actually got produced, and for frequenting the store even before it was a store!

Denis Sena is one of the few graffiti artists who actually makes money at it here in Salvador, and is one of my best and most congenial customers.  He's a good guy.  You should check out his artwork here if you are interested in seeing more.

Whatever happened to those guys from Texas who interviewed me and filmed me painting?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I Command You to Write

Having just received the previous comment on one of my... 'recent' posts, who am I to refuse?

Not that I'm likely to say anything interesting or coherent, but a blog post every three or four months would be nice.  I've actually had a hankerin' to blog, but so many things get in the way.  In fact, I have at least four other things I should be doing right now, my first quiet moment at the computer this evening, but they can wait a few minutes.  They've certainly been waiting longer than that.

I suppose a list of exciting recent events would be useful, here's a few:

  1. I no longer have an employee at my store (did I ever mention that I did?) as the store doesn't take in enough money to maintain one
  2. I went to the USA with my wife and son, had a great time, then came back to the murder capital of Brasil
  3. I bought myself a teeny tiny drill press which I love, and am seriously considering buying a table saw as a result
  4. I am in the 'midst' of painting a large portion of the house, a job that will probably only take me six months
  5. A second cat fell through our roof and spent a whole day trapped on our property
  6. I am still working on the roof of Evani's house (see previous post)
  7. Still haven't printed any t-shirts, but I want to
  8. Still haven't finished the sign I'm working on for the store, but I'm getting there
  9. Still haven't finished the hatch I was installing on the roof
  10. Still haven't finished the three paintings I was working on six months ago
  11. This is getting depressing so I'm going to stop.
Yes, yes, all that is well and good but the big news of the day is that Lucas passed all his classes and is now officially on summer vacation.  I can't tell you how much of a relief that is for me, as it also means that *I* get a summer vacation, rather than spending a couple hours a day doing homework with the kid.  Which means I may have more time for the aforementioned incomplete projects.  Not that I'll necessarily finish them, I'm much more likely to start new projects that will also go unfinished.  But hey!  That's how I roll baby.

Okay, I need to get back to those other things I should be working on.  I have to get up early and drive out to the airport, which is bound to be a thrilling experience.  But first, here are some ideas I've had for blog posts that I probably won't write:

  1. How tiny my day-to-day world has become
  2. How the most obnoxious and offensive person on our street is now homeless and camped out in front of our building
  3. How a sizable percentage of our renters spend almost all of their time in Salvador here at the house surfing the internet
Congratulations to our little Lucas for completing third grade!!  Parabens meu filho!