Invincible Summer

by NJG

Friday, August 26, 2011

Did I ever show you these pet portraits?

A trio of pet portraits!
I even got to meet this trifecta of furriness.

If you want to see all the portraits I've done (give or take) in the past year or so, click on the label Pet Portraits below, or click here.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

This, That, The Other. (Doilies, Retreat, Sparkplug)


1. It is the end of summer, and I am selling a batch of hand-drawn one of a kind Dog Doilies on my etsy page. They range from $12- $24, and for this you are buying a piece of original art. Which is neat. Here are a few examples, with links.
Italian Greyhound
French Bulldog

Boston Terrier
Whistling Hound
and Fun-Loving Yorkie
2. We are turning in my book to the publisher on September 1st. Knock on Wood Knock on Wood.

3. Thank you to the Radar Lab for offering a free, tropical residency for queer writers and artists.

4. There is a new Clutch/Invincible Summer split, AND a new copy of Tell It Like It Tiz (the oldies zine). Neither is in my clutches, but both will be SOON!

5. Sparkplug Comics founder Dylan Williams is a friend of mine who has fallen seriously ill. As he is a comic book purveyor and not an office-man, he has no health insurance.
A great way to support Dylan and Sparkplug would be to buy something from them!
I suggest:
Passage by Tessa Brunton
(I love Tessa's comic In The Tall Grass, which you can buy from Sparkplug. My copy of Passage is on its way to my house as we speak.)


Whirlwind Wonderland by Rina Ayuyang (I haven't read Whirlwind Wonderland YET but I hope to soon).

6. I can't think of anything else. I'm starting a podcast soon. I'll tell you all about it.
In the meantime, here's Beija:

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tattoo Talk, or "Tat Chat"


Have you ever wanted to get a tattoo of one of my drawings? I say do it. Just do it, and then send me a picture.

I am not trying to be presumptuous.
Maybe you hate my art and you just visit my blog to feel superior. Maybe you think tattoos are for circus freaks.
Whatever your vibe is, I thought of this post because someone posted their giant , beautiful back piece on my FB wall, and my very humble owl is sitting in the center.
This made me want to do a tattoo round-up.

Here it is:

It's not creepy, it's nice.

Speaking of tattoos & not being creepy, I have a tattoo based on art by my friend Ryan Jacob Smith, who recently moved back to Portland. Check him out!
(below is an example of his art, not of the thing I have)
Also, my tattoo artist Dan Gilsdorf has just relocated to San Francisco for the year and is taking walk-ins. Make wait-listed Portlanders jealous by strolling in there and getting some of the nicest work from Dan on the spot! He'll be working Mondays and Tuesdays at Black Heart Tattoo in SF, & Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Freddy Corbin's Tattoo 13 in Oakland.

Look at how nice he is!

Okay. Take care and keep your tattoos covered in sunscreen this summer!


p.s. Do you want me to draw a custom tattoo for you? If so, check out the pet portrait page on my website. The same prices and process applies. It's a little expensive and takes forever, but I am happy to do it.

On a very non-tattoo note, I wanted to tell you about my new favorite thing to get in the mail, that being chocolates from Lagusta's Luscious.
Look at how nice she is!

Lagusta is located in New York and makes "heartbreakingly delicious and painstakingly made by hand" vegan chocolates which you can order by mail or receive in person!
She is also a feminist and has an entire line of chocolates named after her feminist heroes. Can you get better than that? Oh, you can. You can add this to the pot:
All our chocolate is organic and fair trade, and more than 95% of our fresh ingredients are certified organic. We are a completely vegan business using 100% post-consumer recycled paper and packing materials. We compost all kitchen scraps, use all eco-friendly cleaning products, and generate almost no waste! We make all our chocolates in our lovingly renovated chocolate shop, carefully built with the most eco-friendly materials our budget could buy. We walk the walk!
I recommend to you the rosemary sea salt caramels, the furious vulvas, and any of the truffles. Bon Appetit!