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Normally, I paint two or three pieces at live art gigs. That way, folks coming and going throughout the night have a chance to see a piece come to completion. (Or close to it, anyway.) Saturday night, I scrapped that, and spent the entire 4 1/2 hours painting one 18″ x 24″ piece instead. It started with the white hand and head above. Then the tiny details started coming in. The rest is history.

(click on the images to see ’em a little bigger!)

Most of the images came straight out of my head, ’cause there’s a lot of crap in there just dying to get out. Most of the words, however, are me messing around with the lyrics of the songs that Why B and E.Rich were playing. (Can we all agree that “rap patrol on the cat patrol” is better than “gat patrol?”) Did I mention I love painting when those dudes DJ? I do. ‘Cause they make your favorite DJ’s idea of a party look like a bridge tournament.

This is what happens when you ask E.Rich to play Drake.

Shout-out to my favorite Spike Lee character, and about a thousand other things.

High-five to the guy who got the Slick Rick reference.

Okay. So maybe some of the text is out of my head, too.

The finished piece! All in a day’s work. And sold to Eric, who runs one of my favorite shops in the city.

As always, big thanks to Nate and the Rogues Crew, for making Rogues Gallery one of my favorite places in MKE to both drink and paint. Same goes for Why B and E.Rich– two of my favorite DJs to paint to. And high-five to Fred Kaems for painting alongside me. Hassle him to share what he painted that night.


03/05/2012 at 1:42 pm 2 comments


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


SKULLS! – Painting #1 happened during both Why B and Chris V’s individual sets. Then it sold to DJ E-Rich. Maybe he’ll take a better photo of it once it’s hanging in his mansion. I only had my phone camera on me, and it apparently didn’t want to capture the blue and white properly.

PIANO TEETH! – Painting #2 began before DJ Mighty Thor’s video set started, and was finished about an hour and ten minutes after he started, so folks would watch what he was doing, and not stare at my back. The piece stands 4′ tall and 2′ wide, and IS STILL FOR SALE. So, you know, email me if you’re interested in it.

BIG THANKS to Jackalope Lounj, Nate Rufio and the other bartender I don’t know the name of, Why B, Chris V, DJ E-Rich, birthday-boy Buttertooth, hot*pop for sponsoring the event despite having 9,000 other events over the weekend, and supersonic thanks to everyone who showed up and danced.

12/06/2010 at 11:10 am Leave a 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