Body painting…a different canvas! What can I say, I like it. Unlike tattooing, body paint is temporary and can last anywhere from a few hours to a couple weeks. There are a lot of photographs, sketches, and paintings of the human body but body painting gives me as an artist a living three dimensional canvas to add to the depth of the concept in my mind. Imagine body painting being taught as an actual art form being displayed in galleries and museums across the world.. Imagine how lovely it would be to paint whatever you want, whenever you want on whomever you want and then to be paid well for your efforts.
I always sketch, draw, and doodle. Whether on the subway, in an office meeting here, or relaxing sitting in front of the television. Currently, I am working on animating my doodles and I've developed a character that I'm having fun with. I even came up with a comic strip to add my sarcastic humor along the way. I have a daily sketch journal that I work with to help me to continually be creative, constantly branding, and innovating. One thing leads into another in my book. Yet, I’ve grown to really like these character. Hopefully you'll grow with me as I grow with the doodles I draw during my life's journey.
Imagine seeing your favorite meal in a magazine ad. That photograph looks so good that you can almost smell and taste it. The photograph makes you want to eat it! As still life photography goes, food photography’s commercial specialization makes it one of the most persuasive. Used in advertisements, magazines, packaging, menus or cookbooks, the devil is in the details, very subtle details. I like to think that I create what has recently been dubbed “Food Porn”. The photograph that not only looks good enough to eat but also compels you go get some RIGHT NOW.
There’s always a reason to be in shape. I’m a whiskey drinking, cheeseburger eating, soda intake machine. I get on the wagon and fall back out many a day. Yet I get right back up. Since high school I've always exercised because diabetes and heart disease run in my family. I was always ashamed of my size but I’ve always been fit. My water intake has increased tremendously. I’m an avid jogger and love Mixed Martial Arts. Adding Muay Thai and Boxing along with my strength training has really been an awesome thing. I enjoy bourbon. I enjoy a lot of things and carbohydrates have been my addiction. Yet I’m becoming more and more conscious with my decision making when it comes to a proper diet. I love jogging around the city. It energizes me. No matter how much I work out and maintain a proper diet I’ve realized that I’m not a slim fit person. I’ve learned to embrace my physic more. Okay I have a boxer build and I’m not lean like Bruce Lee. We all can dream right? The only issue that haunts me is my love handles. As long as they are there I will continue to work on them rather than having liposuction or plastic surgery. I want to work for it and burn it out rather than take the lesser road. I believe in working hard for everything I achieve. I want to look in the mirror and be proud of what I see. So far so good. Here are some videos of my workouts, meals, and photography along the way.
I don’t know where to begin. I’ve enjoyed bourbon for many years. I’m not the type of bourbon drinker that needs to understand the background fully and know the shear details of the aging process, the palate of the strength of the grain itself. Hey if it tastes good, and the bartender knows how to make an Old Fashion with it, I’m all over it. I would say that I’ve worked my way up the food chain to appreciate a good quality bourbon as I’ve spent time sitting on bar stools throughout this world from dive bars to 5 stars. You can tell what you’re up against from what they have in their “well”. I use to be an avid Maker’s Mark consumer, then I switched to Woodford Reserve. I have my fav’s of liquor that I choose to look for when I’m out and about or in my home.
1. Woodford Reserve
2. Monkey Shoulder
3. Patron Café XO
4. Domain Canton
5. Crown Royal Cask 16
7. Gray Goose
8. Remy Martin 1738
10. Black Maple Hill
12. Eagle Run
13. Nikka Coffee Grain Whiskey
15. Maker’s Mark
1. Casa Dragone’s – this brand is quite expensive yet I very rarely drink tequila so this has been sitting up for many years. It’s used just for shots every blue moon. Thus I felt it has been a good investment to have as part of my stash.
My favorite drink is Vieux Carre
.75oz Rye Whiskey
.75oz Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters
On the Rocks. Add all ingredients to a rocks glass. Fill with ice and stir.
I take a lot of images and most of my art work has been with branding bourbons such as Markers Mark and Chattanooga, but the majority of my social media and tags are Woodford Reserve. I try my best to attend Bourbon events and contribute more to the understanding of both scotch and bourbon.
With men’s fashion I tend to blog about different types of accessories that cater to carrying such spirits on my person. I’ve come across many different types of flasks, glass ware, ice cube molds, and paraphernalia along the way from different whiskey brands.
I pay attention to detail when I walk into a bar. Not just crowd observation, but how the bartender tends to his or her customers, timing, the interior design of the establishment, and the lifestyle that it attracts. Pricing of course is everything, but I also look to see if such costs caters to the ambiance, food menu, clientele, and space provided to host the establishment itself. I don’t order a complicated drink. I’m a pretty simple man when it comes to my bourbon. Straight. Either on the rocks or neat. So, I see how long it takes the bartender to complete an easy task along with the other orders they are facing when sitting at the bar. I enjoy listening to bartenders and getting to know how they feel about certain brands. I want to know their specialty drink that contains whiskey or their ideas about what can be improved with different brands. In every bar that I enter. I always tell the bartender or the waiter, “I’m on a mission from God. To find the best old fashioned in the world.” So far I’ve found them in two places that happens to be in Philadelphia. The Continental Mid-town and McCormick & Schmick’s on S. Broad St. I tend frequent a lot on the east coast. Living in Brooklyn and my hometown of Detroit unfortunately I have not been able just yet to say the same thing.