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Scrapbook: Ramones cover / notes, scribbles, schemes, 2014

Scrapbook: assembly / Ramones (front cover)
Scrapbook: assembly / Ramones (front cover), ca. 2014

This scrapbook is really a large notepad I suppose. Made from repurposed LP cover of The Ramones “Rocket to Russia ” (the inside vinyl as well as the cover arrived damaged and was replaced).

The folio-style front cover interior is decorated with the album’s damaged liner notes which is also used to cover the binding over the sewn-in pad of Hilroy Typewriter paper (found in my Mom’s stuff, probably leftover since the 1970/80s).

Barely started to use this one (mostly wrote letters and tore out the pages) and as such, sits in a storage locker waiting its turn to fulfil its noble purpose.

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Scrapbook assembly: Hempenroad box / notes, poems, musings, ca. 2015

Scrapbook: assembly / HempenRoad (front cover)
Scrapbook: assembly / HempenRoad (front cover)

This yet-to-be-filled scrapbook is created from a repurposed VHS box fro my 1997 documentary film HempenRoad. The box (design by Pete Word and myself) included a gatefold for more images and narrative which works well for the scrapbook as both cover include design on inside and outside (note: the back cover has in the back cover on the inside).

The binding is green hemp twine and left exposed to the see the sew binding pattern and knotting as well the spine of the video box. The paper block is hemp/cereal-straw by Tree Free paper from Portland.

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Scrapbook assembly: Welcome Guestbook / salutations, 2015

Scrapbook: Guestbook, 2015 / salutations (Curious George, canvas on easel + Japanese monkey)
Scrapbook: (Curious George, canvas on easel with pen + Japanese monkey cover, Welcome Guestbook, 2015

This example takes a Curious George calendar page of the cover, a slice of Japanese 100-yen-store stationery with another friendly monkey for a bit of flair for the opening edge, black hockey tape for binding wrap,  and a board game for a backboard. Later, a message was added to the currently blank chalkboard, encouraging guests at an airbnb guesthouse to sign their salutations on a variety of odds-and-ends of colourful, heavy-ish paper stock.

Scrapbook assembly: Hemp paper / ephemera, notes, musings, 2014

Scrapbook: circa 2015 / ephemera, notes, musings (Hemp paper, cover)
Scrapbook: Hemp paper cover / ephemera, notes, musings, circa 2014

This scrapbook takes a board game for a backer and a slice of same to support the side sewn binding for (another) Japanese horizontal layout. The cover – obviously – is Hemp Paper acquired while making HempenRoad film in 1996 from Tree Free paper (a Paul Stanford company) from Portland.  Binding thread covered up with festive Chinese joss paper. Photographed (appropriately) on a piece of hemp canvas. Inside the book, well another day we’l figure that out but I suspect my usual variety of musings, snippets of paper, scribbled schemes and lists, and forgotten poetry.

Scrapbook assembly: Van Gogh, ephemera, musings etc. ca. 2014

Scrapbook: Van Gogh cover, 2016
Scrapbook: Van Gogh cover / ephemera, musings etc. circa 2014

This scrapbook combines Japanese horizontal layout, side sewn binding with a up-cycled, very-thick, hardback calendar of Vincent Van Gogh (obviously) acquired (free) at Book Expo America in NYC some years back. Binding thread covered up with kraft paper and filled with hearty paper block to handle any inputs. In this case, my usual variety of musings, snippets of paper, scribbled schemes and lists, and forgotten poetry.

Scrapbook assembly: “My Big Drawing and Art Book”, 1996

Scrapbook: assembly "My Big Drawing and Art Book" (made circa 1996)
Scrapbook: assembly “My Big Drawing and Art Book” (made circa 1996)

Note: this is possibly the first scrapbook i personally constructed and bound in the (vaguely) Japanese-style, meaning horizontal format, side bound and sewn. Created in the bookbinding and print shop (featuring the former-State-of-Washington moveable type press) on campus of Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.

In this workshop, i learned a variety of bookbinding and printing techniques, many of which came together in this piece (a series of 4 or 5 almost identical) including the letterpress typeset tricycle and text-type. Several were probably given as gifts as is my habit, others are filled with sketches, schemes, doodles and musings. The paper stock used in the block was not robust enough to handle paints or scrapbooking per se.

Plenty more artifacts created during this time, perhaps other will appear in subsequent documentation.

Tattoo Culture of Sailor Jerry – Choogle On #124

Choogle On with Uncle Weed – Sailor Jerry Tattoo Culture

From SXSW 2008 – amidst sirens and Austin, Texas 6th St. street noise – comes an interview with filmmaker Erich Weiss premièring “Hori Smoku, Sailor Jerry” about the originator of contemporary tattoo-ing – and iconoclastic libertarian American – Norman Collins who combined Japanese technique, Polynesian traditions, and American motifs in Hawaii during WW2.

The interview delves into the the “screwed, boozed (blued), and  tattooed” wild culture as a million sailors and soldiers descended upon the idyllic islands (especially Hotel Street), plus Mr. Collins’ complex life, the artistic lineage of Sailor Jerry, rivalries and legacies of various tattoo artists/legends, mentorships of Don Ed Hardy and others, and the remarks about “fad” tattooing and (lack of) regret. 

Might hurt a bit: Sailor Jerry Tattoo Culture – Choogle On with Uncle Weed #124 (.mp3, stereo, 30MB, 14:44)

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Scrapbook: Some assembled scrapbooks

Assorted snaps of scrapbook(s) after assembly completed. Some showing detail of various components including bindings, blocks, covers (often made form calendar paper or printed paintings), or back covers (often made from board games).

Scrapbooks: For Pacifica (with paintings), 2016
Scrapbooks: For Pacifica (with paintings), 2016
Scrapbook: assembly / fancy man + joss paper (front cover)
Scrapbook: assembly / fancy man + joss paper (front cover), 2015(?)

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Humble Boys Hard Land Weed – Choogle On #123

Humble Boys Hard Land Weed

High in Jamaica, Uncle Weed visits Black Ras’ abundant mountain growfield to discuss “swamp weed” grown in morass versus “hard land weed” grown in volcanic soil with bat guano, plus varieties of ganja strains – both domestic and imported. Plus background about his family teaching him the ways of growing most anything and living an Ital lifestyle.

Head to the hills for: Humble Boys Hard Land Weed – Choogle On with Uncle Weed #123  (.mp3, stereo, 30MB, 14:44)

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Spark’d

Sparking Beedies
Through the state of Hormuz
Considering the children I keep employed
Tying tiny green strings
Around tobacco leaves

Piracy warnings
Lights off on the decks
To pretend to confuse
And thwart grappling hooks
Avoid a dramatic turn

Maneuvering fast around
Sheep, minarets and sand dunes

Lanyards grant passage
Indicated by satellite
I’ll hide in the solarium
or perhaps the engine room

Next to acetylene tanks and greek captains
With nautical miles unequaled to date
“1 point to port”
To provide mathematicians a hobby
As statisticians a muse

Auctioneers work quicker than cartographers
And even faster than a bullet trains
Who at least have the decency to stop
At stations from time to time
To allow the slow minds
Needed moments to breathe