Alright so it’s been a few weeks since I posted. Basically, we got to NYC, got majorly busy, and I was too consumed by having a blast and setting up the show to touch a computer. Here we are now. I’m gonna keep it short.
This was my first time on the east coast and in New York City.
The first thing that I noticed was that people actually know how to drive out there. West Coast, I love you forever, but you don’t know how to fucking drive. Your car horn is a communication tool, not a retroactive means to express rage.
We dropped off the art to Ed at Yo Superchief! got my first slice of real pizza (I had no idea, guys) and met up with friends at Taisho Izakaya for dinner. Went to a bar, drank, slept, woke up, ate bagels. Awesome.
Fast forward a few days to the real action, we went to CultureFix gallery on the 1st to hang the show, got all of the art up that day (thanks Josh!!), and basically had the other two days to fine-tune and set up the installation.
I spent almost all of my time in Brooklyn. Went to Greenpoint and ate at Karczma (authentic delicious Polish food!) and visited Greenpoint Tattoo Co and East River Tattoo. Both really awesome shops and super nice folks. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time in Manhattan, pretty much just for the show. I also visited the armory in the Met, which was amazing. I’ll post more pictures from that later.
Overall, the show itself was a success. 6/23 pieces sold the opening night, which is great!! I got to see a lot of the friends I had made on the trip and just generally chat it up, drink wine, and enjoy the night. We ate celebratory pastrami at Katz’s afterward. Following that, Ed and the two DJ’s from the show and I went to this really awful club, left around 3, and I got stuck in a cab going back to the apartment we were staying at. Which was all fine except that Felix was fast asleep when I got back, so I couldn’t get in and almost slept outside. What’s up New York B)
As I am digesting this whole experience and thinking about what to say, I find that it gets harder to dissect and write about my travels and easier to just let them remain an experience in my mind. I definitely do feel that I have come back a different person. It was completely inspiring to have met so many wonderful and VERY talented people doing interesting things with their lives. I have returned with a sense of urgency and purpose, which thus far has been very cool.
Check out these write ups on the trip:Yo Superchief