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Head Hi Book Kiosk at the

2022 Architecture & Design Film Festival

Sept. 28 - Oct. 2

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The Head Hi Book Kiosk is BACK from September 28 - October 2! Join us at Cinépolis Cinemas in Chelsea for the Architecture & Design Film Festival. This is one of our favorite annual events with its return to in-person film screenings. We have made a special selection of books based on this year's film topics including eco-friendly fashion, segregation in design, modern Athens, Mexican concrete architecture, Danish porcelain, Finnish textiles, architectural photography and much, much more. Learn more about the Head Hi Book Kiosk here and click below to check out the films.

Head Hi New Space Opening Party

Saturday, Sept 24 6-10pm

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POSTPONED

Book Talk with NYRA

Wednesday, Sept 21 6:30pm

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, one of our speakers is not able to come tonight so we are postponing our previously scheduled book talk. Will keep you all posted with a new date soon. Apologies for any inconvenience and you can still get a copy of this amazing book at the shop or on our webshop here! 

SUMMER IS MY FAVORITE FLAVOR Launch Party

Saturday, Sept 10 3-6pm

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​IS MY FAVORITE FLAVOR is a new quarterly food zine by Olivia Sammons. For the first edition, titled SUMMER! IS MY FAVORITE FLAVOR, creator Olivia Sammons captures the fleeting bounty of summer and all its magic. In this self-published, lo-fi magazine, Sammons celebrates the poetry of food, friends, beauty and love.  With every launch, Sammons will debut a limited-edition t-shirt from which all of the profits will be donated to an organization working in the realm of food insecurity and the climate.  The SUMMER! issue honors the efforts and success of One Love Community Fridge.  Food can be poetry and a powerful conduit for connection, nourishment and love.

EMOCEAN Magazine Issue 3 Launch Party Weekend

Friday, Aug 12 6-9pm & Saturday, Aug 13 in Rockaway

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Launch party at HHi Friday 8/12
Refreshing drinks, Justus Dj & surfy beach vibes 🌊
6-9pm. Free. 146 Flushing Ave Brooklyn

Then, Saturday 8/13 we’ll hang in the Rockaways!
At Beach 90 3-6pm 🏖 Followed by a dance party at the Moon Lot at 189 Beach 96. Join us for drinks, Thai food & music by Head Hi 🎶 6:00-10:30pm.
Co-Hosted by Emocean & Locus of Occult.

Both events are free & open to everyone 🌈
Join the summer fun!

It is our pleasure to host the upcoming release party for EMOCEAN Issue 3 "Connection" August 12,

6 - 9pm at our new location, 146 Flushing Ave. Join us to celebrate this fantastic publication founded by Thembi Hanify and Mariah Ernst, who are bringing a fresh perspective and more inclusive representation to surfing. Sounds by Justus (live DJ Set).


Issue 3 includes contributors Ryan Struck, Nicol Rodriguez Chaves, Thalia Forbes, Brie Lakin, Soraya Simi, Joanie Cappetta, Elizabeth Sine, Margaret Seelie and Chelsea Slater. Featuring conversations with Saada Ahmed & Gage Crismond, Puerto Rico Locals (non male), free surfer Holly Wawn, Selema Maseleka, Art by Scott Massey, Otis Hope Carey, a fantastic story about the recording of Humpback Whales, and lots of radness.

Come celebrate Ace Hotel Brooklyn's One Year

Saturday, July 23 12-4pm

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Come join us at our neighborhood hotel Ace Hotel Brooklyn as they celebrate their first year anniversary! Head Hi has teamed up with The Mixtape Club to bring you some fabulous NYC Djs throughout the day including DJ Mihoko, Mister Cam-Run and Love Injection. Dance, eat and shop books, records, flowers and textiles with the community.

First Book Launch at Our New Location

Friday, July 15th 6-8pm

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In the United States, there are many cities called Rome. These pictures document the photographer’s journey from Rome to Rome across North America. Fueled by a curiosity for these parallel ‘eternal’ cities, this body of work subtly mixes genres. Here, the American road trip meets the postcards of imperial Rome. Both subjects have been overly photographed; with their essence exhausted by representation, the allure of the American Dream and a never-ending fascination with the remnants of history. Join us to celebrate the launch of this beautiful publication and the New York introduction Veii, a new not-for-profit publishing imprint established in Rome in 2020.

Good Room Summer of Joy July 4th Weekender

with our friends Love Injection & Musclecars

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Good Room's 'Summer Of Joy' series is back at their sister hotel in the Catskills, Glen Falls House! A full weekend of festivities with swimming, hiking, campfires, and music curated by Love Injection and Musclecars. The event is free to attend, however you can help support the artists playing by picking up a suggested donation ticket here. Rooms are very limited and you can only reserve via this link.

This year's Universal Lessons weekender will feature:
~ 3 nights of parties in the tavern: Friday @bringdatassbda with @toribious_monk, @beewack and @lovie.world / Saturday #universallove with @loveinjection.nyc / Sunday @coloringlessons with @musclecars.nyc
~ Daytime poolside sets by @marcoweibel, @thatmattjacobs, @misschiefcollective, @shawndub365 B2B Butter, @sweetkicksnyc 
~ Live performances by @photay and @magnoliarocketship
~ Books and wares by Head Hi!!
~ Records by @the_mixtape_shop @humanheadnyc
~ Custom earplug fittings by @crystal__guardian
~ Yoga & meditation by @spiritsup215
~ Beverages by @matchabar
~ Merch and more

Launch Party for New Book by Photographer Rich Gilligan

Friday June 3rd, 7-9pm

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All Sorts of Impossible Things is a personal body of work exploring the static hum and unique rhythm of everyday life in the city of Newburgh, New York. These photographs are an observation of the collective anxiety of a city caught between a wave of intense regeneration and a long history of economic struggle. Gilligan’s almost forensic and fictional approach creates an ambiguous space where the viewer is left to navigate their own personal journey through a landscape of uncertainty and confusion. This sense of disorientation and fleeting physical beauty produces an atmosphere that is as familiar and comforting as it is out of reach.

Photographer Rich Gilligan began his career photographing skateboarding in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. These roots set the groundwork for his loose, documentary approach. He began making his own zines as a teenager and worked as a skate photographer for a variety of publications worldwide. His images are often elegant and uncluttered, yet energetic and raw, stripping away the facade and capturing real and intimate moments with his subjects and their environments. He now shoots a wide range of commissioned projects worldwide while continuing to pursue his personal work. Rich has had solo exhibitions in Belfast, Melbourne, Switzerland, Inis Oirr, Kilkenny, Galway, Munich, Dusseldorf, London, Dublin. Previous photographic publications include Time/Line (Self Published) 2008, DIY (1980 Editions) 2012, Rituals (AAD) 2014, Burnside (Driftwood) 2014, DIY (Prestel) 2014, Town (The Salvage Press) 2018 and Collapsing Distance (South Wind Blows) 2021. He is currently based in Wicklow, Ireland.
 

NYC Design Week Event

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Take a Seat is an exhibition of furniture and objects by emerging designer Brianna Nichole Love. Inspired by historic hair combs from cultures across Africa, each chair is distinct in design but is connected to the rest of the collection through the repetition of shape and motifs, creating a collection of cousins instead of twins or siblings. The chairs shown draw inspiration primarily from combs made by the Benin and Ashanti people of Nigeria and Ghana, and the care cultivated in designing something so ornate for the maintenance of oneself. 

The designer, originally from San Antonio TX, and based in NYC, was inspired by her grandmother’s den which is filled with souvenirs from her travels in West Africa and served as a way for her to connect to an ancestral home. This collection serves as a love letter to her late grandmother as well as a conversation between the artworks and sculptures in her home and in museums. Currently, three of twelve chairs have been made and will be on view together with the research and drawings by the designer along with a selection of books curated by Head Hi on the key topics in Love's work.

 

Brianna Nichole Love is an emerging furniture designer. Having always loved designing furniture because of the scale and freedom she decided to launch her own company fern to be an exploration and experiment in form and materiality. In addition to running fern she is enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at GSAPP. She studied Architecture and applied environmental science at Wellesley College.

Join us! Many thanks to NYCxDesign for including Take a Seat as an event promoting diversity and inclusivity within the design sector and organized by minority-owned businesses.

Head Hi & NYRA Book Launch

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We are thrilled to be launching The People’s Trust, a study of the changing financial institution, specifically the repurposed remains of 19th and 20th century banks across the United States. The monumentality of these neo-classical facades stands in contrast with their new roles as liquor stores, pawn shops, churches, department stores and pharmacies.  The work is in keeping with photographer Michael Vahrenwald’s investigation of locations where landscape, politics, and economics intersect, and poses questions as to what value can be derived from photographing the built world.  In the case of ‘The People’s Trust,’ layers of history and time are inscribed onto false fronts of capitalistic glory. This book includes an essay by Wolfgang Scheppe and a poem by Richard Brautigan.

For the launch we, together with one of our fave publications New York Review of Architecture, will host a brief conversation with Vahrenwald (the photographer), Christopher Neville (a historical preservation expert), and Marianela D'Aprile (NYRA's new Deputy Editor). Starts at 7pm in our outdoor terrace. Join us!

Dobbin Street Music Fair

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Join us and 30+ vendors selling all audio formats including LPs, 45s, CDs, Cassette and VHS Tapes, Audio Electronics, Instruments, Books, Memorabilia, Ephemera and more!

 

Live DJs sets throughout the day from Sasha Crush, Warrior Prince, Palto Flats, Casey Block, DJ Smaoke and Range Music NYC + 3,000 sq ft roof terrace for all your dancing needs.

 

Cuisine by La Sandwicherie and OF COURSE coffee, tea and books by Head Hi!

 

Dobbin Street is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Flyer by Allison Busch.

Head Hi Presents: ON

A collection of innovative lamps on view at the

Ace Hotel New York Gallery and Lounge

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RECEPTION PARTY:

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 7-10pm

RSVP HERE

ON VIEW:

April 5-29, 2022

ON is an exhibition of 28 unique lamps, each made by a different designer, curated by Head Hi, a Brooklyn based hybrid bookshop and arts space. The show’s lighted objects have been selected from an international open call. Each year since 2019, Head Hi hosts a Lamp Show which celebrates collective participation and experimentation with light, design, and materials. This year, having received over 100 submissions from around the world, Head Hi has made a special selection from the submissions to display at the Ace Hotel New York from April 5 - 29. Please join us as we turn this collection of luminaires ON. A reception party with drinks and DJs will take place on Thursday, April 14th. See you then!
 

Head Hi 2022 Third Annual Lamp Show

Join us for the exhibition!

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OPENING RECEPTION:

Saturday, February 26, 7-9pm (more details soon)

 

EXHIBITION:

February 26 - March 26, 2022

LAMP SHOW TOUR:

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 7pm
Register Here

Join us for the opening and exhibition of the third annual Head Hi Lamp Show. This tradition which began in 2019 is an exhibition that celebrates the joy of light with a special presentation of unique lamps selected through an international open call encouraging collective participation and experimentation with light, design, and materials. 

For the openings, we'll be taking Covid19 precautions to celebrate safely. The gathering will mainly be outside so please dress accordingly for the weather. Masks are required inside. Small groups will be let in to view the show for a set amount of time to allow for everyone to enjoy.

We’d like to thank all the participants for sharing their work with us, the Head Hi community and all visitors for the next month!

Head Hi 2022 Third Annual Lamp Show

Open Call for Artists, Designers, Collectors & Creators

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Head Hi invites artists, designers, collectors, craftspeople of all levels, everyone and anyone to submit a lamp for the third annual Head Hi Lamp Show. The exhibition celebrates the joy of light with a special presentation of handmade and unique lamps that celebrate design, experimentation and collective participation.

This Head Hi tradition which began in 2019, is an exhibition of lamps, lamps made and selected by YOU. We encourage everyone to participate, all ages, professional designers, or not, to submit a lamp! It can be a lamp you created, personalized or just a funky lamp that you found. Last year, we had submissions from France, Canada and all over the US!

People of all ages are welcome to submit one lamp per participant. No submission fee. Organizers are looking for creativity, functionality, uniqueness, and funkiness, with a particular interest in “non-standard” materials and objects. Lamps can be any size up to a maximum of approximately 2 ft x 2 ft. Although it is not a competition, throughout the exhibition, visitors can vote for their favorite lamp. The winner will receive a special gift.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED

(deadline was February 6, 2022)

OPENING RECEPTION:

Saturday, February 26, 7-9pm (more details soon)

 

EXHIBITION:

February 26 - March 26, 2022

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES:

All accepted will be notified via email by:
Thursday, February 10, 2022

Thanks for your patience, we received so many incredible submissions!

All selected lamps must be delivered to Head Hi by: 
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

(we will be scheduling drop-offs via email)

Check out coverage of last year's event here and here.

Head Hi 3 Year Anniversary Party

Saturday, November 20, 7pm - Midnight

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Head Hi is turning 3 years old! Come celebrate with us at the brand new Ace Hotel Brooklyn.

 

Thank you for being a part of our community, you are all a huge part of Head Hi and we look forward to dancing and toasting on this special occasion.

P.NINA Installation + Celebration

Friday, November 12, 7 - 9pm

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Head Hi invites you to experience a sound and video installation featuring P.NINA Venus Descent, a collection of jewelry and objects made of cast silver shells by designer Peyton Sandler. P.NINA Venus Descent explores themes of transformation, shedding and rebuilding in relation to the goddess of the ocean and the descent-ascent orbit of the planet Venus. They were created during this special planetary cycle window, an orbital cycle which began in the spring of 2020. Informed by astronomy, ancient mythology, conchology and meditation, this study parallels the planetary orbit of Venus with the spiraling growth patterns of shells. Pieces from this collection are formed from recycled sterling silver. The use of shell forms and precious metals merges the stars and the water.

 

The patterns of a planet's orbit and the spiral of a shell symbolize the cycles of nature. A shell's growth patterns reflect the environment it grew in, providing information on climate, tidal and moon cycles. Each P.NINA Venus Descent object holds an environmental record preserved within its layers and spirals and unique textural codes. Enjoy this study of shell, planet and myth, and the homage to the goddess and planet Venus.

The installation will be open for one night only! Please dress warmly as the celebration will mainly be outside. Can't make it to the event? The P.NINA Venus Descent collection will be available at the shop through the end of December.

Smallhold Cookbook Launch Party

Saturday, November 13, 1 - 4pm

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Mushrooms in the Middle: A Smallhold Cookbook, is a small collection of recipes from our dear friends and neighbors Smallhold. Featuring recipes from the mushroom community, including Royal Trumpet Chorizo Hash from Tara Thomas, Salted Caramel Shiitake Mousse from Natasha Pickowicz, and a Mushroom Bloody Mary from our editor, Aliza Abarbanel. All net profits will be donated to the Fungi Foundation, so we can continue to learn about, protect, and collaborate with our fungi friends.

We will be slinging freshly printed books from 1-4pm! Grab a treat (hint hint, they're red and white and filled with mushrooms), a drink (secret spicy drinks in the back) and hang around for a while.

New York Review of Architecture Book Talk

Wednesday, November 3, 7pm

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BAUHAUS AROUND YOU

CARD DECK LAUNCH PARTY

Thursday, October 7, 7 - 9pm

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Come celebrate design and independently published material! Bauhaus Around You is a card deck that challenges users to find classic design styles and ideas in their everyday environments. Cards are divided into three categories of participation: explore, think, and create and are color coded for their categories and paired with prompts for creative exercises. Prompts are crafted so that each user’s findings will be unique to them. The deck contains 36 playing cards, each showcasing a different Bauhaus design or idea.

Form and Function Bauhaus Around You is produced by Form Function Studio in partnership with Goethe-Institut Washington and with special thanks to DC Public Library. Illustrations by Klasja Habjan. Founded by Alison Beshai, Form Function Studio is a creative studio producing design projects focused on impact and access. Through their projects they aim to help lower the barrier for entry to design ideas, information, and education; and emphasize the impact of design on our everyday lives. In rejecting the idea that form follows function, they believe the two principles should always be linked.


 

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BROOKLYN BRIEF - GUS POWELL

BOOK CELEBRATION & SIGNING

Wednesday, September 8, 7-9pm

The images in Brooklyn Brief depict the flow of documents photographed in downtown Brooklyn by American photographer Gus Powell. The book, a unique publication inside a manila envelope, includes 36 pages of photos saddle-stitched next to the type written text “Directions to Downtown Brooklyn” by Robert Sullivan, a contributing editor to Vogue and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. In his text, Sullivan maps out the streets, businesses and flow of people as well as its changes. In the photos, one can glimpse into the daily movement and business as usual in present day Downtown Brooklyn, a neighborhood that includes courts, schools, subway stations and shops. 

Gus Powell was born in New York City in 1974.  He is the author of The Company of Strangers (J&L Books, 2003), The Lonely Ones (J&L Books, 2015), FAMILY CAR TROUBLE (TBW Books, 2019), and Brooklyn BREIF (RN 2020).  His work has appeared in Aperture, The New Yorker, A Public Space, and Vogue.  He is on the MFA Faculty of the School of Visual Arts and currently lives and works in New York.

ROMAN NVMERALS is a Brooklyn-based publisher, founded in MMXV by photographers Michael Vahrenwald and David La Spina that produces small, high quality editions. They print using local presses and locally sourced papers.
 

COLORING LESSONS & UNIVERSAL LOVE

UPSTATE WEEKENDER

Presented by Good Room, Love Injection + Musclecars

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Come groove with us for 'Summer Of Joy' in the Catskills. At this very special weekender, we will be selling books and wares poolside during the day then dancing and hanging out with a whole crew of friends for a full weekend of festivities with swimming, hiking, campfires, and music provided by Love Injection & musclecars plus guests.

 

This event is presented by our favorite club Good Room and located at Glen Falls House, their sister hotel. Check out the FAQ above (click right arrow to scroll).

NEW YORK REVIEW OF ARCHITECTURE BOOK DISCUSSION

PRIVATE VIEWS: A HIGHRISE PANORAMA OF MANHATTAN 

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The proliferation of ultra-luxurious supertalls in Midtown has morphed the New York City skyline into an array of stalactites. Funded by an opaque web of global capital, many of the towers remain under occupied as safety deposit boxes for elites both near and far. While visible from afar, the towers remain off limits to most city residents. That is until visual artist and architect Andi Schmied posed as an apartment-hunting Hungarian billionaire to document the inner workings of Manhattan’s exclusive high-rise properties.

 

This talk, hosted in partnership with the New York Review of Architecture, will include Andi Schmied (beaming in over Zoom), and architects Lane Rick and Harvard GSD Assistant Professor Jacob Reidel, in discussion of Private Views: A High-Rise Panorama of Manhattan.

PUBLICATION LAUNCH PARTY

EMOCEAN MAGAZINE & YAWN BOOK  

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HEAD Hi AT THE CORRIDOR BACKYARD

Saturday - Sunday, July 10-11 & 17-18, 12-5pm

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COME ENJOY HEAD Hi AT FORT GREENE PARK

POP UP AT CORRIDOR

COFFEE + MATCHA + BOOKS

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DEREK DUNFEE PHOTO SHOW & BOOK RELEASE

Friday, June 25, 7-9pm

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Big wave surfer and photographer Derek Dunfee will be in New York City promoting his newly self-published book Waking Up in the Sea in which he shares incredible stories of chasing monster waves around the globe and the dangers of riding these waves. His book takes readers to heart of some of the most challenging breaks and heavy conditions, and features some of the most respected big wave surfers of our time. Dunfee open's up about the risks, injuries and traumas he has endured from surfing, a perspective we hardly hear about.

 

Dunfee's photography is beyond remarkable. His choice of the locations, the conditions and the colors have given him a special place in professional surfing photography. His iconic photos were featured in The Surfer's Journal where he got the cover photo in March/April 2020 of this highly regarded publication. 

 

To celebrate the book release, we will be showing a selection of photos from the book and Derek will be with us! Limited quantities of the book and his prints will be available for sale at the shop. You don't want to miss this, join us! Thanks to our friends at Pilgrim NY for their support and contribution

HEAD HI PHOTO SWAP

Friday, June 18 at 7pm

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Calling all photographers – aspiring or hobbyists. Everyone is welcome! Please join us for the first Head Hi Photo Swap of the summer. Bring a selection of your photos, we’ll help you set up a space outside to show your work and enjoy the evening. 

Swap a photo for a photo, buy a drink in exchange for a photo, or just purchase a photo directly and support local artists – or just hang out! The idea behind this is to showcase local art, hang out and enjoy the evening looking at and exchanging local photography! 


*Please note this is a first come first serve limited space so try to arrive early so we can make sure everyone fits. We don’t want anyone left out. 

 

This event is co-organized by Cheyne Bluhm.
 

BOOK CELEBRATION & SIGNING

Signos de Cuba by Jon Bocksel

Friday, May 14 at 7pm at Head Hi

The second event in our Head Hi Spring Selections program is an outdoor book presentation and signing with New York based hand painted sign maker and artist Jon Bocksel. Jon will be signing fresh copies of his newly launched book Signos de Cuba which features photos of hand painted signs taken throughout Cuba in 2017. Order your copy now, you don't want to miss out on a custom signature at the event.

BOOK LAUNCH CONVERSATION

I'm This I'm That I'm In The World by Rahill Jamalifard

Wednesday, April 14 at 6pm on Zoom

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Our first Head Hi Spring Selections program is a virtual conversation with Rahill Jamalifard, artist, musician and creator of the book I'm This I'm That I'm In The World and Sasha Alcocer founder of CRUSH, a curatorial project. Join Rahill and Sasha as they speak about the book and Rahill's work as a musician (she is the frontwoman of NYC based band Habibi!). 

About the book, Rahill states "During quarantine I started a series called 'primitive portraits,' drawings done in crayon and pencil of artists who’ve had influence in my life. Just as Covid began its pillage in the United States, I was coming off a west coast tour and had plans of spending time upstate to relax and decompress. Then boom—Covid went full throttle and I found myself up here, no reception, no internet, no books, no records, no instruments. So I picked up a pack of crayons at the supermarket as a saving grace to connect me back into avenues of remedial creation. Crazy how a thirty minute daily routine can bring you solace and healing as powerful as meditation. Not only was that inspiring... reconnecting to my deepest roots in art, drawing, the place where creating began for me, and using the same medium (crayon) was kind of wild. Anyway, that’s a long enough description for sharing these crude drawings, but ya know what, who cares." 

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