2009 was a rocky year. A lot happened, some of it very good and some of it very bad. I saw a lot of growth in 2010 in many regards: professionally, creatively, mentally and emotionally. I have a feeling that 2011 will be a watershed year, where things really start to take in exciting new directions. Here are my highlights of 2010, recapped in a somewhat chronological order. Here we go!
My first trip to New York City
Nobody forgets their first time in New York City. The city pulses with a distinctive energy that buries itself in your spirit and never leaves. It’s everything you imagined and more. Early in 2010 I visited New York on a work trip, for an adidas project. I got to see my work up in Times Square, and in Soho. Watching Darth Vader march through the city with Snoop Dogg and a squadron of Storm Troopers was quite surreal and thrilling. Definitely a good first introduction to the Big Apple.
Amazing dining on Portland
Beaker & Flask, Clyde Common, Le Pigeon, Biwa, Piazza Italia, Olympic Provisions, Nostrana and the list goes on; Maryanna and I have a knack for spoiling ourselves. It’s easy when Portland provides such an amazing, ever-expanding array of dining options that are actually quite affordable. It doesn’t hurt to have a partner that enjoys the experience as much as I do. What’s on the list for 2011? Gruner, Laurelhurst Kitchen and Beast for starters.
Meeting Milton Glaser
I discovered the work of Milton Glaser in school and I quickly latched on to his stylistic melding of design and illustration. Thanks to the fabulous Margaret Richardson, we were able to visit with the legendary designer, whom I consider one of the most influential figures on my own creative practice. What do you ask your hero? I wondered about his opinion on the difference between art and design. The answer I received was suitably enigmatic and utilitarian, I’m still mulling it over to this day.
Jason & Jake’s Epic Birthday Bash
The birthdays of Jason Resch and myself fall close together in the month of May. This year we combined forces for a celebration of epic proportions, with the gracious support of New Deal Distillery. My brother DJ’ed and Guantanamo Baywatch closed out the night with a raging performance. It was quite the memorable birthday.
Eagle & Wolf Collaborations
I found in Maryanna Hoggatt not only a companion and life partner, but also a great collaborator. Our styles and approaches differ quite a bit, but when we combine the two the result is always interesting. For the majority of the pieces I did digital post-production work on ink and charcoal drawings that she produced. I know 2011 will see us mixing it up even more. Check out the Eagle & Wolf portfolio HERE.
While Theo, like any feline, has his quirks and neuroses. He’s one of the most personable cats I’ve ever met and the perfect housemate / studio buddy. We couldn’t ask for a better companion.
Ford Photoshoot in Seattle with Tim Soter
Tim Soter is a creative soul, who’s passion for his craft is apparent not only in each photo he takes, but also in his rapport with his subjects. He has a way of putting people at ease, as if you’ve known him for years, rather than just having met this photographer taking your picture. It was a blast driving around my birthplace of Seattle with Tim, finding iconic spots around the city. He’s amazingly fun to work with and I hope I’ll get another chance to do so in the near future. Check out his phenomenal PORTFOLIO.
Getting Tattooed by Clae Welch
Long before I ever had any ink embedded in my skin, my dad showed me the portfolio of a guy he had taught at PNCA. When I saw it I knew I wanted a piece from Clae Welch. The detail, care and craftsmanship he puts into his work is second to none. Finally, on my 25th birthday I visited his studio with an idea in my head, knowing he would execute it perfectly. Three months later I was the proud owner of my first (and certainly not last) Clae Welch tattoo. I can’t wait for the next piece! Behold the work of Clae Welch.
I left my last agency job with a thirst for something new. I needed a new personal brand to reflect this. It took several weeks and dozens upon dozens of logo variations, but I finally ended up with a mark that I can be proud of.
Hawaii trip with Maryanna
Our trip to Hawaii was a vacation, pure and simple. The island of Kauai’i is the kind of place where the pressures to be productive melt away into the ocean. We absorbed enough sun and relaxation to [hopefully] last us through the long, wet, Portland winter.
2010 was a great year. I’m so thankful for the friends and family that made these opportunities possible. Let’s all make 2011 an even more amazing year!