Category Archives: Portraits of the Artiste

snaps of me (dave) in/at various disguises, ages, situation and circumstances – here for posterity (vanity only sorta)

Portrait: Junior Cub Scout

Junior Cub Scout, circa 1978?

Before the arms were adorned with badges (basically every single badge except the sailing one) and before i was a Chief Scout (basically the youngest one ever), i was just a Beaver graduate trying to make my way in the intimidating world of Cub Scouting.

Soon, i became a “6-er” and a “2-nd” or something and was qualified to lead the DYB DYB DYB chants. Heady days which began with a wee cub and his badgeless grey flannel shirt and fantastic hair (and yet another pair of specs). 

 

Portrait: Torii at Amatsu Jinja (天津神社北側参道), Tsuchida

Just your pal Dave taking a rock around the neighbourhood. Stopping for sit by a mighty stone/concrete torii  gate at Amatsu Jinja north entrance (kitagawa sando) (天津神社北側参道)

Disguise: Greek Fisherman / Olympian

Well I ain’t no Olympian but I can get behind anything… Including the original running track/stadium in Olympia, Greece…

Actually, since I lived in Olympia Washington (#OlyWa) for nine (!) years, I guess I’m in Olympian… And yes, attended two Olympic games so there’s that, but still… No gold medals except for that run of first place ribbons in the science fairs in elementary school and the “Mr. Fun” certificate from Boy Scout Camp…

But yes, this is the original Olympic grounds and me in a Greek fisherman’s hat and tunic, you know, going local with my awesome moustache and specs.

Mementos: The Wailers in Vancouver / drummer and drum case

As seen at The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, maybe 2014 or 15 or really i can’t recall. (note to self, figure it out man!)

Memento: with Metal Planet and Scandoll Bands, Tottori, 1993

Dave with “Metal Planet” and “Scandoll” bands, Tottori, Japan ca. 1993

Disguise: Bus rider (with moustache, chops and hat)

My halloween disguise – you’ll never recognize me with ‘stache, chops, cardigan & fancy new hat. Waiting for a bus (i left the house!) off to meet 藤田良子 in hot spring village of Maniwa, on the borderlands of Tottori.  Same as it ever was, same as i ever am (except slightly more chubby).

Disguise: Convict with Clown and First Nations Warrior (of sorts)

Convict, Clown and First Nations: daveo disguised
Convict, Clown and First Nations
I ventured out, moustachioed, into the wilds of Guilford complete with my inmate number for easy identification.
 
Along with brother Dan as a clown, no tears for this one, and brother Bob with some inappropriate cultural appropriation upon which I won’t comment upon further, we would rampage through Guilford Mews condos using pillowcases instead of plastic sacks to collect the trick or treat bounty. 
 
Surrey, circa 1976?
 
 

Disguise: Convict and Rockstar

Convict and Rockstar: daveo disguised
Convict and Rockstar
Oh those notorious Olson boys, always up to no good, they make the Duke boys look like saints. This time it’s Dan headed to the brig while I strike my best rockstar pose – indeed my true calling if it wasn’t those pesky musical instruments.
 
My iteration was a mix of my uncle Randy Bachman and a bit of Elvis who had died on my recent seventh birthday. Hey glasses, big hair, bellbottoms with pom-poms and platform shoes… But oh that pose! Simply says, “I know you’re looking but I don’t care – i’m just here to rock”
 
 

Portrait: Interesting Men

Hunter S Thompson: daveo disguised
Hunter S Thompson
Two bearded distinguished gentleman discussing how Ernest Hemingway is vastly overrated.
 
note: this costume was on deck a couple years ago, but life got weird for me, but in that moment of sadness, I realized I didn’t need to dress up as the most interesting man in the world as i’ve met at least a dozen people as interesting as this fictional dude.
 
 
 

Disguise: Hunter S. Thompson

“Dr.” Hunter S. Thompson as depicted, required the commitment to shaving a cul-de-sac through my lock.

The party attended was appropriately at the Police Museum (with a DJ dressed as TennWolf), where i pose in front of exhibit of seized drugs in an attempt at method acting, circa 2010(?).
 
Note: authentic media pass. in which the goodly “doctor” is still resplendent with his mane intact.