Posts tagged ‘Kid Cut Up’


There’s a Rick Jameson Experience EVERY month here in Milwaukee. But the one on Saturday, September 3? That one was special. Not only because it was Why B’s (a.k.a., “Rick Jameson”) annual 21st birthday celebration, but also because we had to bid farewell to one of Milwaukee’s absolute best people AND DJs, Kid Cut Up. He decided to move to Los Angeles because he was tired of the reasonable cost of living we have here in the 414.

Why B decided I shouldn’t just paint at this event. I should paint Chuck’s. Three pairs– one for him, one for Kid Cut Up, and one for Rufio, who takes care of not only us on stage, but also the few hundred drunks who inevitably show up to these things. And who am I to say no to the birthday boy?

These were the first three pairs of shoes I ever customized. Here’s hoping they aren’t the last.











09/07/2011 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment


In all my years of doing live art, I’ve somehow managed to never paint on a Monday night. But there were a lot of reasons I did:

1. Nate from Wicked Hop/Jackalope asked me to.
2. DJ E-Rich would be spinning. (It’s his Bangarang night.)
3. Kid Cut Up would wind up on the tables at some point.
4. Jackalope is starting a Bags league (also known as “cornhole,” also known as “throwing a bean bag onto a board with a hole in it.”) and Nate wanted me to paint one of the boards.

Except I wound up painting two. Fred and Steve from Grape Street did the others, and seeing them ahead of time pretty much meant I had to BRING IT. So I tried. Here’s what I wound up painting:

And board #2….

Goonies never say die!

06/14/2011 at 9:19 am 2 comments


I feel like March has been a very, very long month. Not in the sense that it’s boring me to tears and I wish it would end. Quite the opposite, really. Every day’s been action-packed, and I’m hoping April proves to be the month I learn how to nap. Lord knows I need to.

But no naps shall be had until after Saturday, April 2. The above image was created to promote April 2. Specifically, the event HAPPENING on April 2. It’s called the WMSE Buy Local Bazaar (duh), and is essentially the radio station’s way of teaming up with Our Milwaukee, and celebrating local businesses, artisans, food growers/makers/sellers, and other people actually contributing to the local economy. When you buy from local businesses, more of that money goes back into your community than when you buy from a big box chain. Which means we’ll be able to pave these streets with gold a heck of a lot faster.

We’ll be there, doing something very special on the spot, and hopefully selling our first ever piece of practical merchandise.

I’m including the above character as my sole means of illustrating one of the most time-consuming projects of these last few months. In April, I’ll start a two-week artist-in-residence program at Oriole Lane Elementary School in Mequon, WI. I was asked to develop the curriculum for those two weeks, which was totally weird for me, because I normally just spend my days putting arms, legs and facial features on things that don’t actually have them. And frankly, all the preparation for two weeks of teaching has been pretty intense. I couldn’t imagine having to develop a curriculum for an entire school year! Makes me admire teachers even more than I already do. (Everyone should.)

I’ll share more after the two weeks are over. Cross your fingers I don’t shame the family name.

Much to my dismay, I never got to see the play that inspired the above piece. A playwright named Patrick Schmitz interviewed a Rhode Island-sized group of theater folk about, well, theater. He turned those interviews into a play called Back & Forth. He also sent one of his questions, and every answer it generated, to an artist, to create a piece that would hang in the lobby during the show’s run. Frankly, nothing I could have drawn would have done justice to the ideas being shared, so I opted to letter as many of the answers as possible.

The play seemed to get a healthy amount of press, so I’m incredibly happy for Patrick. Here’s hoping he forgives me and all the things that popped up, keeping me from sitting in that audience.

I know I this De La Buena album already got its own lengthy blog post, but it did happen in March, and I’m trying to be thorough. If you haven’t nabbed a copy yet, drop me a line in the comments section. We can make that happen.

Last time DJ Yoda came here (the first time, actually), he played Stonefly and it was PACKED. So it made sense to bring him back. And of the THREE AND ONLY THREE shows he played in The States this time around, he came to Milwaukee on alcohol’s favorite American holiday. Surprisingly, a LOT of people stayed sober enough to make it to Moct. And once Yoda started his A/V spectacle, the dance floor was getting scuffed like nobody’s business.

This is the poster Tap The Masses asked me to make for the event. Glad they let me be funny in the copy, too. And for those of you who didn’t grow up with it, THIS is “the gas face.”

On a total side note, as I type this blog post about art, I’m watching an episode of Inspector Gadget where he’s trying to stop Dr. Claw from stealing art. Coincidence? Yes. Why am I watching Inspector Gadget? Because it’s 7:10 AM, and morning television is the worst.

This is the birthday piece I made for my friend C.J., who is one of the best humans you’ll ever meet, if you ever meet him. And I’m not sure you will. But if you ever go to a Rural Alberta Advantage show in Wisconsin, well, you will. He loves them. He’s friends with them. And when I handed him this birthday gift, it was at their most recent show here in Milwaukee. A show that had to have been sold out, because I wound up standing in the back of the venue to watch the show.

The text is from a song they didn’t play that night (click here to check it out). No matter. C.J. loved it all the same. And so did the band. After he showed them the piece, I wound up getting a handshake, a hug, and a squeal of delight from the band. High-five to all that.

(Commissioned by Nick, who will be out on the road with this band again soon. Thanks, Nick!)

This is a top-secret thing that will soon be not-secret. Should be available at that event I was talking about at the top of the page, and on my site (and Etsy shop) in the near future.

Another total side note: The just showed a commercial for Robostir– a device that automatically stirs for you whatever it is you’re cooking. Are we really that lazy a species that we can’t even be bothered to stir food?

And lastly, this: for Ex Fabula’s season-ending ALL STARS event. If you don’t know what Ex Fabula is, click here. That’s what the Internet is for.

The theme was “Secrets and Lies” (duh), and frankly, coming up with this concept took me a while. But I’m glad I didn’t rush it. It’s not often you get to juxtapose a beloved fairy tale character with the kind of documents you only get to see in spy films. We haven’t really pushed this out to the public much yet, because it’s still a few months away, but I sure hope people like it.

I leave you pretty people with some music today. It seemed like every place I visited yesterday was playing Nina Simone at some point. And though they didn’t play this particular song, I’m sharing it because we just recently finished watching Luther, and it used this tune better than any other show or film has. Dig it:


03/31/2011 at 7:57 am 7 comments


About a month ago, I was asked to be a part of a show that the always brilliant gang from Made In Milwaukee were putting together. It was a fund-raiser for the Turners, who so kindly provide Milwaukee with one of its best concert venues. My responsibility was live art. Made In Milwaukee came up with the idea to have myself and two other artists (him and him) paint for two solid hours. Each painting would take no more than 15 minutes, and would be based on a phrase found on one of the many slips of paper dropped into a little yellow bucket. Attendees were encouraged to draw one of the said slips, hand it to the artist of their choosing, and watch the (very mild) magic unfold.

Here’s what I did, complete with the phrases they were based on. All are available for sale. Email someone at dwellephant dot com to get the scoop.

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(This first one was a warm-up, done to pass the time until someone was ready to play.)

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Note: This was the toughest one to draw, because I’m optimistic about a lot of things. But choosing one that makes sense to someone other than lil’ ol’ me was tough. So I opted to complete the sentence as “I am an optimist about the night turning into day.” Don’t know what philosophical category that would fall under, but if any of you reading this are philosophy majors, drop some knowledge in the comments section.


11/08/2010 at 4:55 pm 1 comment


This past Saturday marked the two year anniversary of Why B redefining debauchery under the alias Rick Jameson. And fools were OUT for it, too. Or, rather, fools were already there when we all arrived to set up. Two bachelorette parties and an unassociated cluster of already-half-in-the-bag bros, to be exact. But we carried on.

If you missed it, well, tough titty. Time travel still ain’t a reality here in the 21st Century, because Apple would rather give us portable, touchable computer screens instead of time machines! Lucky for you, the crappy built-in camera on my phone captured all the magic. All, that is, except the super-bartender that is Nate from Jackalop. Dude is better than Superman. Thanks for the Schlitz.

“Pretty Rickey” himself, kickin’ off the night, givin’ one of the aforementioned “half-in-the-bag bros” the stink-eye. I know Milwaukee’s getting a smoking ban in July, but when are we gonna’ get a douchebag ban?

The artsy shot of The Rickster’s set. Thanks, five years of art school!

This is what the crowd looked like before 11PM. Didn’t know people in Milwaukee came out before 11.

Detail of the night’s first live painting, in progress.

DJ Big Once (left) and Kid Cut Up (right), mid-set. Pure greatness. And total devastation to the turntable dreams of any aspiring DJ in the house.

Detail of the second live painting of the night, in progress.

DJ D-Wood (left) and DJ Big Once (right) doing the final set of the night. No, D-Wood wasn’t on the bill until that night. And while it’s awesome that Big Once did a SECOND set that night, it’s even MORE AWESOME that only the first four minutes of their ridiculously good set together was rehearsed. The rest was improvised!

The finished first painting. DJ Big Once took this bad boy home. It’ll be hanging next to pieces by Revise CMW and CZR PRZ, which automatically upgrades my credibility! Thanks, yo!

The second painting of the night, finished and ready to head home with Mr. Rick Jameson himself, Why B… who was pretty much a big bottle of Jameson by the end of the night, too.

03/08/2010 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment


If you’ve never been to one of these, you have no idea how much fun you’re missing. And I’m always a big fan of seeing a live four-table set.

Like I always say, I’d be nothing without Hip-Hop (& the Muppets).

03/05/2010 at 12:10 pm 1 comment