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Pimp My Artwork 064: Justice

Strange things happened when painting Justice.  I was supposed to be working on Strength and yet something strange was in the air. There was another card that needed to be made.

 I had become completely obsessed with pictures of Kate Black. This is something I do when I'm about to paint someone, but the odd thing was I was supposed to be painting another card.  But still, I was obsessed.  I liked her profile picture on that odd little social network we all seem to be obsessed with.  I also became obsessed with skittles commercials which was not like me at all.  I don't watch commercials or eat candy. 

The next day I was modeling and thinking and meditating and all of a sudden I was hit with thoughts and feelings about Trayvon Martin.  I knew this because they were not my own, fear, anger, sadness.  Saying things that I wouldn't normally say. Then I got hit with images of James Byrd who was dragged to death years ago in Texas by white supremacists.  While the two cases were not related, there was a common theme. The emotions came flooding in.  For me it's a portal, a message telling me what I'm supposed to be doing.

I couldn't understand why all this was coming to me, the skittles and obsessively looking at my friends images, the visions, and emotions and then it occurred to me.  I was supposed to paint the Justice card.  Sometimes the cards come at you like that.  The energy is right and it needs to be delivered.  I started to feel feverish.   I was getting images for the card, how it was supposed to look, Kate Black, black hoodie, I kept getting the message to check Kate's pictures again.  That the one I needed was there.  I started to walk fast, almost running to the subway.  It's something that happens from time to time when i know I have to do something.  My body gets feverish, my face gets flushed and I have walk, run, just to get my heart to stop pounding and my stomach to stop swirling. I got on the subway, waiting for the train I saw an empty bench.  I sat down.  A black hoodie was hanging off of it.  I said, "Okay I get it." I couldn't figure out why I kept getting the message about the picture. When I got home I found out.  Kate's was wearing a black hoodie in her profile picture.  The next day would mark "Wear your hoodie to work day".

Sometimes the cards smack you in the head and beat you down until you paint them. Justice calls on us to bring balance to our lives, physically, spiritually, and mentally.  She is objective about her decisions and treats each case fairly balancing them on her scale.  Justice is ruled by Libra her sword is double-edged signifying impartiality.  The blade is in the ground signifying the logical thinking used to dispense justice. Her hands are bandaged showing that justice sometimes gives a good fight. She balances the scales in her hand showing the balance of logic and intuition. 

The crow indicates law and truth.  For years crows have been the secret law keepers.  Where there is question you will find crow.  In order to find Justice you must find truth. I always believed Kate would make a great Justice card.  She has been right in the front lines of Occupy Wall Street as well at the Million Hoodie March, Sex Workers Rights, Human Rights, and on and on and on. Justice couldn't have found a better

As usual this beautiful specimen was taken by Jim Shirey. Who has a new website by the way.  Take a look, you'll spend hours in the magic.



Dreams Are Real 028: Two Kates Two Cities: Drive By Truckers Shows

Last week Kate Black and I packed up our bags and headed over to DC.  As you probably remember, Wes Freed was kind enough to use me as a model for the Drive-By Truckers.  This led to Kate & I heading over to Bowery Ballroom to catch the show and celebrate the release of their new album Go Go Boots.  The show was amazing and the Truckers treated us like royalty.  Special thanks to Wes and Matador for the VIP passes.

Kate Black, Patterson Hood, and me

A few days later Patterson put us on the guestlist for the DC show.  Many many thanks! So Kate and I ventured over to the Capitol for some art and music.  We stopped into the National Portrait Gallery where we were told backpacks must be worn in the front or carried by your side but no one was to be found when I danced through the sculptures or when we draped ourselves across the flokati.

The Drive By Truckers were once again amazing and played a gloriously long set.  Thanks again guys.  You are magic.

Photos by Kate Black


En Gypsy Couture 012: Beautiful Things

It's been an amazing week my friends.  I celebrated my dear friend Molly Crabapple's birthday.

It was an enchanted evening of hookah, Chinese egg custards, champagne, and amazing people.  Pure love all around. Photos taken by Kate Black.

I was incredibly pleased to finally meet Gabby Young who is an wonderfully talented singer/songwriter.  We met up for brunch and danced down the streets of the East Village, dropping into thrift stores, and playing with junk food. It was an incredibly magical day of bohemian cafes, Chinese lanterns, mermaid fans, and sparkly butterflies.  Gabby will be playing Joes pub this Wed.  If you are in town definitely check her out.

 Gabby and I couldn't help but buy these adorable fans from Pearl River.  For only 45¢

I fell in love with the shell plates there, so Gabby got me one of my own.  The blue jay will one day make a nest in my hair.

I also got these gorgeous lanterns for the house.

Eleggua even got a small gift from our excurson.

Balthazar sent me this a few weeks ago.  It's full of secrets, the juicy ones that seduce you in the middle of the night. He will send you one too, just not with the same secrets.

Jon Norman recently presented me with this beauty on an outing.  Isn't it beautiful?

He also gave me these lovelies, along with a small piece of Day of the Dead art. Oh how I adore Dia de Los Muertos.

And last but not least, Molly gave me this stunning little number.  Below is a picture from the party with me in the dress.

It's been a gorgeously wonderful week my loves.  Filled with celebration, collaboration, and magic all around.  And just this morning I received a text from Mike Lala, who is recording in Michigan.  Looks like the new Falcorps album will be out soon.  The text said "Your voicemail is now in a song." I'm off to bed.  Make magic.

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The Caravan 024: Travis Louie at Joshua Liner

My good friend Travis Louie recently had an opening at the Joshua Liner Gallery.  Travis's work is absolutely amazing and I was so happy to be seeing it person.  For my Northampton MA friends, keep your ears open.  Travis will be travelling to your neck of the woods for another show very soon.

I also met for the veryfirst time, the beautiful and magical Zoetica Ebb and her husband Ales Kot who were down for the Master and Margarita Dr Sketchy's.  Both of them are absolutely lovely and I had a wonderful time.  

Photos below are by the marvelous Kate Black