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i wanted to write about how awesome 2011 was for us with our little punk people business. we did a lot of horror conventions including monster mania (twice), chiller theatre (twice), saturday nightmares, horrorhound in indianapolis and cincinnati, days of the dead in indianapolis, horrorfind in gettysburg PA, and new york comic con in NYC. we also had an art showing in maxwell’s in hoboken nj, the kearny irish in nj, ridgewood coffee company in ridgewood nj, the warren american legion hall, asbury lanes, the comedy central building in NYC, and many more. needless to say…it was a busy year!
but one of the best things about the year was the fact that we made some amazing new friends and got to meet a lot of awesome new fans of little punk people face-to-face in different cities, which is one of the best parts about doing this little business. we are huge fans of the horror genre as well as comics and especially music…so it’s great to meet so many people in this creative world who have so many similar interests as we do.
and most of all, i wanted to write about how proud i am of daniela and i am so happy to have such an inspirational wife who works harder than anyone i’ve ever known at her craft. i’ve never seen anything like it, to be honest. we all know how hard life can be when we have bills to pay and a lot of our time goes to merely surviving this world with our regular jobs, dealing with people who suck, dealing with personal struggles, and working to overcome all of the negativity that some people spread around to slow others down to the point where it can consume them. on top of being a great wife and mother to our beautiful son, daniela has managed to paint well over a couple hundred paintings in the past year by staying up late night after night even when she had work the next morning. and her job was pretty hard on her and it would drain her emotionally but it still didn’t stop her. she would even get up at 4:30AM most mornings to go to the gym and stay healthy before going to work! i am certain that all of this hard work is paying off and will continue to pay off. but all of you awesome people who support us are the ones who really bring us success! (you all know who you are, and you are reading this right now) all of our hard work is done for you guys…to put a smile on your face and to make you happy in any way we possibly can. i do believe that art has the power to bring positive energy to people and these paintings and designs that we do are for you to experience. and i believe that you are drawn to daniela’s work because you can see something special about her characters that you can identify with. and with all of the craziness, weirdness, eeriness with her paintings comes silliness, happiness, and the power to overcome. just like every day life.
so what are our plans for this new year? more paintings, more custom paintings, more awesome new t-shirt and onesie designs, more hand-crafted one-of-a-kind items, a children’s story book (which is in the works), more shows, and more hard work that we will put in to entertain YOU and give you guys the best experience we possibly can through art. i will also be creating a lot more of my own artwork and designs which will have a different spin than what daniela does, so i really look forward to that and i hope that you do, too! and i will be recording more songs with my little music project which is called hawkins. the songs are very mellow and spacey and the new stuff is getting a little bit more of a dark feel. look out for it!
so once again, thank you so much for everything and we really appreciate all of the business and attention that you have given us. i am extremely thankful for our new friends that we have made and we look forward to meeting more people and accomplishing so much more with our growing world of little punk people.
so i hope you can join us in kicking the shit out of 2012 and not letting anything stop any of us from achieving our personal goals, and i wish a safe and happy year to all of you!
THANK YOU for reading this,
here are a few pics from 2011 but there are plenty more on our Facebook page:
i will post more photos throughout the year!
i LOVE this weather! the windows are open and the night is beautiful! when the warm spring weather starts to come about, i feel like i come out of hibernation.
anyway, if you live in the NJ/NYC area you should stop by maxwell’s in hoboken to see daniela’s paintings up on the walls. they will remain up until saturday, may 14th when we take them down. a lot of the paintings are for sale but if you see any you like you should act fast because 25% of them are already sold! and on top of that, daniela now has a waiting list for custom orders. she is still working hard every night and weekend on new work but the orders keep on coming in! this is great for us so THANK YOU so much to all of you who have purchased a painting or t-shirt from us.
our next convention will be chiller theatre in parsippany, nj from 4/29-5/1 (fri-sun). the celebrity guest list looks really good and we are looking forward to it! check out http://www.chillertheatre.com for details.
oh, and our recent showing at the irish american association in kearny was a success! thanks to all who came out, as well as the other artists who were showing art or doing spoken word performances. there will be more shows there in the future.
in music news…i’d just like to share the fact that i completely love the new j mascis album. i think i like it better than the last dinosaur jr record! i’ve been listening to it regularly on my bus ride to and from work every morning. highly recommended. and in movie news…i am going to see a press showing of “hobo with a shotgun” (magnolia pictures) next monday so i’ll follow up in this blog on that. so far i’m hearing good things…
thanks for reading,
we have been busy non-stop since the beginning of this year and i’ve been loving every minute of it. there hasn’t been a moment yet where daniela was all caught up on custom paintings because new orders keep on coming in and they are becoming more of a hit as time goes on. and our recent weekend at monster mania in cherry hill was a big success for us. i was surprised that we did even better than we did at the chiller theatre convention last october. and right now we’re gearing up for our trip to the horrorhound weekend convention this friday-sunday and daniela has been painting every night and all weekend to have enough product to sell at this since we sold a lot at monster mania! as a matter of fact, i think daniela hasn’t spent a day yet this year without touching a paint brush. honestly, i haven’t seen anyone with a drive that compares to hers in all of my years of playing in bands and being around other fellow artists who have struggled to stay motivated enough to give it 100% on a consistent basis.
i am starting to get blown away by the amount of support we have been getting by all of the people who love daniela’s work with little punk people and it’s such a rewarding thing to witness. it’s the people who are so into our stuff who really drive us to do more shows and conventions and we have many more ideas up our sleeves that will see the light of day this year! and with spring upon us, i am starting to feel more alive than ever. i was recently laid off from my job at a pharmaceutical advertising agency at the end of january and believe it or not, i feel so relieved and grateful that i lost that job because i’ve had more time to think about the good things in my life and i feel more like myself again. and i already have a new and much more interesting job lined up for me to start at when i get back from horrorhound weekend so all is well on the financial front. our bills are paid, we’re fully supplied with more canvases and paints, and i can still keep my netflix account open and rent horror movies regularly with the occasional comedy. speaking of comedies, “the other guys” was hysterical and i think i want to buy that one! mark wahlberg’s role and his chemistry with will ferrell was perfect!
anyway, i wanted to keep this blog more up to date so i will be writing more often and hopefully you’ll enjoy some of the stuff that i write about. i guess i’ll end this with some current things that i’ve been into. first off, there is a cool article in the new issue of decibel magazine about the making of mercyful fate’s “melissa” record. this record was long overdue in being inducted into decibel’s hall of fame of recordings but they explain why it took so long. king diamond is one of my favorite metal musicians and i listen to his music regularly. also, i’m reading the latest issue of horrorhound magazine and their write-up on the upcoming scream 4 movie makes me pretty damn psyched to see that when it comes out. and another thing that comes to my mind that gets me pumped is the fact that j mascis has a new solo record coming out on sub pop records soon. this is all good stuff.
lastly, i have been thinking about the families of the victims of the recent tsunami disaster in japan. i hope that they can adjust and rebuild quickly while having to grieve the deaths of their loved ones at the same time.
thanks for reading.
here we are on a saturday night watching DVDs and painting as usual. it’s been a busy week and that’s a great thing! remember to let us know asap if you’d like a custom painting done before christmas. it would be the perfect gift.
we will have a table at the upcoming show at maxwell’s in hoboken. all of the info with the time of the show is below. stop on by and see us!
curmudgeon records is a really good record store in somerville nj and i like to head down there every once in a while to pick up a couple of records. they had a free show this past saturday and i was lucky enough to make it down for the show to take some photos and video. i missed the first band unfortunately but mister snake, mattress, and black wine all played really good sets and the photos are located on our facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=36489&id=139180992766365&ref=mf
here is a video of mattress:
and here is black wine:
so daniela is continuing to kick ass with her paintings and a lot of people are continuing to buy them! thanks so much for all of your support! she has been painting every night and we will update the online store soon with even more items than ever. please tell your friends to check out our site to see if there are any gifts they can purchase for the holiday season. once again…thanks!
we will have a table at the garden sk8 punk rock flea market in pinebrook nj this sunday. the event starts at 12:00 and feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you would like to bring a table and sell stuff. it costs $20 per table and set-up time is at 11:30. the details and the facebook invite are at this link: