Even More Moleskine

By |January 2nd, 2010|Design|0 Comments


Whenever I go to a thrift store, I look through their records and tapes.  There’s usually something pretty interesting or funny.  I started making uniform inserts for the tapes because I like how it looks on my shelf, and it’s something to do at work when I’m bored.  Here are some of the tapes I’ve found:

The Liberty Boys is a group that sings terrible country about Jesus and the army and semi-patriotic songs. I guess my cover for the tape tends to editorialize.

Songs You Should Hear is a mixtape I’m making for Sara with a bunch of pop punk (I used the sign language for “deaf” on the sleeve [clever, I know]).

Songs To Make Love To is a mixtape someone made full of Journey and the like.  I can’t imagine anyone made love to that music.  Whoever made it actually wrote “SONGS TO MAKE LOVE TO” on the tape, so there’s that.

Don’t Blame Me is a recording of some standup that a guy named Tom Drake did on a cruise ship in 1998.  It’s horrid, but it’s sorta fun to listen to.  I used a picture of Bush ducking from that shoe.

Living in A Difficult Marriage is some religious self help tape for women who deal with abusive husbands.  There are insane stories about pregnant women being shoved out of speeding cars and then people saying that they should stick with their husbands.  It’s hilarious. And pretty awful.

Do You Think They Know What A Longduck Is? is the second mixtape I’ve made lately.

Plone Taps is the holy grail of thrift shop tape finds.  It’s a tape that some dude made for a girl that used to like him. It’s basically him talking into a microphone about his life and how much he misses her and then he starts reading his poetry and then he talks about how he faked his death to hurt another girl he used to like and then he tries to get the girl he’s talking to to cue up a VHS tape of some movie at the same time so they can watch it “together.”  This is the funniest thing ever.  It’s called Plone Taps because he has awful handwriting and he meant to write Phone Taps on the cassette.  He meant to write that because at the start of side one he pretends to be some detective and says something to the effect of “these are the recorded phone conversations of John Doe (I’ve forgotten the dude’s name), if you have any information about him, please contact me.” This guy is insane.  Sample lines from his poetry:  “Hear the Shadows”, “Cries of the Nightbirds”, “Slicked Back Polyester Underhandedness”, “Chemical Prisoners”, and “Dig the Rays”.  Oh also at one point he calls people “insects on the tiles of life”.  This is the greatest tape ever.

Hopefully I’ll stop being so lazy and convert these to mp3 soon. Also some people have asked for copies of Plone Taps, but I feel a tiny bit selfish when I think about sending any out.

By |January 1st, 2010|Design, Music, Photo|0 Comments

More Moleskine

I haven’t had much free time lately, but I do still try to draw/whatever in my Moleskine.

In other news, some friends are visiting tonight. We’re going out downtown for new years and all.

By |December 31st, 2009|Design, Friends|0 Comments

Things That Make Me Happy – Post-It Notes

I love post-it notes. They’re perfect for lists and for doodling.

By |December 28th, 2009|Design, Photo|0 Comments

I’m Crazy

Because I make stuff like this.

By |December 26th, 2009|Design|1 Comment

Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold

Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold is another find from the Transylvania County Library book sale. It’s a pretty interesting look at cultural commentary first published as a book in 1869. This print came from 1933. The illustrations are great, and the writing is pretty funny.

By |December 23rd, 2009|Design|0 Comments


I’ve been keeping numerous Moleskines with me for the past year. They’re nice to have to jot notes in or to draw in or, when I have a little more time, to put together a few collages. Or whatever you’d call these things:

By |December 22nd, 2009|Design|0 Comments

Methods in the Art of Taxidermy


When I was still living in Brevard, the new Transylvania County Library building was completed. Not too long later, I went to an old book sale. I think I walked out (numerous trips of course) with about three boxes stacked with books. Methods in the Art of Taxidermy by Oliver Davie might be my favorite find. As you can see, it’s a pretty old book. I love the fact that I can look through something that was printed before my own grandmother was born, and not have it fall apart in my hands (though some pages are falling out). While the subject matter might be a little odd, the book is beautifully illustrated. Even just some detailing on fly sheets is really pretty.


But the best part of the book is the illustrations of the actual taxidermy, all drawn by Theodore Jasper. My favorite might be the elephant.


I’d been meaning to do something with this book for a while, but what finally got me to scan some pages was Chris Thomas’ site, Remember Paper. I went to high school with him at Darlington, and he’s obviously been working in design for a while now. Anyhow, Remember Paper is a great site that reflects on the printed page and different books and magazines. Some of it is not quite safe for work (or prudes), but I really like the site’s focus.

Hopefully once I take some time to get better scans of this book, I can have some nice prints made and then framed. I’d really like to have taxidermy illustrations on my wall.

By |December 15th, 2009|Design|0 Comments



Work sucks.

By |December 10th, 2009|Design, Work|0 Comments



Man, do I need a break or what?

By |December 9th, 2009|Design|0 Comments