Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Not Dead and Happy Holidays

Yes, I know I've been beyond bad at updating this thang. I keep meaning too, but I've been SUPER busy gearing up for two back to back art shows, one here in Michigan, and one in Florida...I also was without a camera for a couple months. Well, since my last update(in September!), Ive done a lot and acquired plenty of new goodies to share with my dear readers...but right now, I need to go to sleep because it's 6am, and I've been drawing all day. Hopefully I can get an update or two in before I leave for Florida. In the meantime, here's a picture of me opening presents last Christmas...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tie The Bull Outside

Hey readers...I found those novelty pins(buttons, badges, ect...) I was talking about in my last post. I think they're pretty neat. They were 25 cents each, and I bought doubles of a couple of them.

Well, back into the mountain of artwork I gotta finish before I leave for Gonerfest!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mega Yard Sale Madness!

The second weekend in August, much like city wide trash pickup, is something I see as a holiday. It's the weekend of the US 12 yard sales that stretch from Detroit to Chicago. Just my luck, US 12 is the main drag here in Coldwater, and about 3 blocks from my house. Every year I get up early-ish on Friday, and make it about 20 miles East by time things start winding down at 5. Saturday, I head West and make it about 30 miles. West isn't usually as good, and this year was no exception. Sunday I rest. This year was hands down my most fruitful year...and I'll show you why.

I found this neon green shelf at the VERY FIRST sale I hit at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Coldwater. It's the most expensive purchase of the entire weekend. It was 8 bucks, and a great start to the festivities.

I found this as I was getting ready to head home on day one. I was skipping a lot of stuff at this point, because money was getting low, and you usually don't need to stop the car to tell if a sale is gonna be shit. Then I spotted this sitting WAY back from the road leaning against a barn. Thanks 20-20 vision! I jumped outta the van practically before I had it stopped. I was expecting it to be pricey, because it was in an area with a lot of antique stores. Nope. one dollar...and the thing is HUGE. It needs a little work, but I think I can make it look real nice with little effort. On the back it says 1963, and I forget the manufacturer name...and it's down at the bakery, and I'm not walking down there right now, as it's like 5 am, and I need to go to bed...but I bet the same company made these, from my Christmas post.

I got this pair of Keane-ish sad eye paint by numbers for a buck at a sale of mostly antique farm stuff, being picked over by a couple wagon loads of Amish. Melanie hates paint by number paintings, but I think with these I'm starting to change her opinion. Hopefully soon she'll realize that the giant paint by numbers last supper at the antique store is a necessary purchase after all.

Either my dad or my grandma had these hanging on the wall when I was really little...I don't remember which. Our last name being Lyon, there was always lion stuff everywhere when I was little. Anyway, the pair from my childhood were all gold, but otherwise the same. I had totally forgotten about them, having not seen 'em since I was probably 5 or 6, but when I was in Cleveland at Flower Child, I saw a pair in the basement and memories came flooding back. Unfortunately, they were beyond my budget...but luckily, I found these two at a garage sale for a buck each.

These were my last purchase on Friday. They were 50 cents. They're Japanese, and neat, and that's about all I have to say about them.

Gotta love Platter Paks. One of the few things I collect that are neat looking AND useful. This one, however, is in REALLY dismal shape, so I probably won't use it to store anything. I didn't have this pattern yet, so despite being held together with scotch tape, I still had to drop $5 on it. I had to talk the lady selling it way down. She wanted me to buy the records she had in it too, all for $30. I don't need anymore Herb Alpert or Firestone Presents Christmas records, thank you very much.

My local Salvation Army was having a sidewalk sale, and they had a bunch of records on display in this. When I bought it($1.75), The ladies that work there said they couldn't believe it sat in there for so long without me buying it(since I scour for records there several times a week). I asked if they had records in it while it sat in the store. Nope, they used it to display shoes. The ladies at the Salvation Army are not very bright.

I don't know why this picture is sideways...It doesn't appear on my camera or my computer that way. I bought these speakers for a buck out of the back of a rusty trailer full of random junk. I think they look kinda cool, and I thought it was worth a buck to clean them up and see if they work.

I found these Martin Denny records at 2 different sales about 5 minutes apart. Every now and then, I go through an Exotica/lounge kick, so I need plenty of Martin Denny and Esquivel records and Shag books on hand at all times. Besides, it's hard to beat Martin Denny's album covers!

Speaking of Martin Denny, this is one of my favorite album covers of all time...Gee, I wonder why! I didn't get this at the garage sales...but you know, it'll probably be a REALLY long time before I talk about Martin Denny and his record covers on here again.

I got this REALLY clean Kyu Sakamoto record off the same guy I got the Martin Denny "Exotica" record from. He was a really cool guy that picked this up when he was living in Japan in the early 60's. I talked to him and his wife for a really long time. I didn't know what this was when I bought it, as there is nothing but Japanese writing on it, front and back...but I LOVE the cover, and the vinyl is clear red, so I was sold! I think I'm gonna put his cover of "Good Timing" on my Christmas mix this year.

This was my find of the year. Hands down. The guy selling it was a total asshole too, so it made the score even sweeter. He had a filthy barn full of shit, nothing priced. I heard him gouging the shit out of everyone trying to by stuff. I went through box after box of mouse eaten, dirty, moldy, stuck together, often sleeveless records. Out of ALL of them(probably 1500 or so), I pulled three worth buying. This, a Kraftwerk record(TOTALLY out of place amongst the mostly awful 50's/60's goodwill records), and ANOTHER Martin Denny record with an attractive woman on the cover(when a formula works...). I asked how much he wanted for records and he grabbed them out of my hands, and started looking them over. "What the hell is THIS?!" he asked about the Kraftwerk record. I started to explain Kraftwerk, and he just started talking over me/making fun of me. $5 bucks a record. "Well, you can put these two back then". I already have the Kraftwerk record, and I can't foresee ever dropping $5 on a rough Martin Denny record from a dirty barn. After I paid he said "WAIT! IS THAT BUDDY HOLLY?!" Yup...first pressing, really clean too. He wanted it back, and I found a few semi-polite ways to tell him to get fucked, and he made fun of me some more, but without much sting, because I had won the battle.

I got a lot of other neat stuff too...some novelty pins that I seem to have misplaced, and will have to wait until another post. A Ton of art supplies, a few more records...Jimi Hendrix, ect...some Wacky Packages cards. I can't wait until next year!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cleveland Steamer...Adventures In My New Favorite Town

So I posted last as I was catching my breath from packing up the car for some night driving to Cleveland, Ohio. We got into Cleveland at about 3:30am, and Melanie crashed as soon as we got to our hotel room...I, on the other hand, stayed up most of the night watching VH1 classic(I don't get that channel at home). Every time I'd start to nod off, they'd show a Devo video or something, and I'd perk right back up. I should have taken some pictures of our room. It had a real cool 60's-ish Danish-ish lamp that I really wanted to steal. I'm a bad blogger though, so I forgot to.

Oh, before I talk more about Cleveland...a real quick ADD break. I saw Joan Jett and the Blackhearts the other night! It was at a drag strip, and the stage was REALLY far away from the crowd(as seen in the picture below), but it kicked a whole lot of ass. She's still pretty hot too, for someone in their 50's.

Here's a picture of me in front of Cleveland, my new favorite city. This is outside the Rock n roll Hall of Fame. Despite the STEEEEEEP admission price, I'm real glad I went. Favorite items? One of the Ohio Express member's pants, McCoys drum head, the guitar Eddie Cochran had on him when he died(recovered from the accident by Dave Dee of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich fame, while he was still a cop), Cramps drum head broken by Lux Interior's head, Leadbelly's pardon letter, Jimi Hendrix's childhood drawings, and Hank Williams' boots.

Jeeeeez, I look like a dweeb in this picture!

This clock was originally gonna be for sale in Cleveland, but not long after I snapped this picture, a customer at the bakery bought it.

The BBQ/Flea Market/Rock n roll show was at Now That's Class, a nifty little punk bar held together with stickers, with some skateboard ramps in the back. It's a CBGB's for the rust belt! The awning(seen below) even reminded me of CBGB's. Incidentally, We saw the real CBGB's awning at the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame.

Here's a bunch of my art that I had for sale, as well as some velvet paintings and other random kitsch. I'm too big of an airhead to remember to take a picture of all the other vintage stuff we had for sale, even though part of the reason we went in the first place was to take pictures of what people bought so I could write about it here. I suck.

The one buyer and item I did think to photograph was the girl who bought this napkin holder. There's a story behind this thing. When I was in high school, a friend of mine stole this from Dairy Queen. He was(and still is) way into Rockabilly, and one day sitting around the storage unit he illegally lived in at the time, and he handed my a Sharpie marker, and asked me to "make it look more 50's", so I drew on the diamonds. A couple years later, I went over the sharpie with some paint. He ended up giving it to his brother, and I didn't see it for a few years. About 4 years ago, I was shopping at the antique mall in Allen, Michigan, and spotted it in a booth. I thought that was neat that it'd randomly show up over in the next county. I didn't buy it(I don't even really like it), and next time I went back, it was gone. Last year, We were sitting in the bakery, and one of Melanie's old co-workers came in and said "I found something at a garage sale in Indiana, and it made me think of you guys"...it was the napkin holder. Weird. Anyway, I sold it in Cleveland...let's see how long it takes to come back this time.

Here's the Sweet Sixteens playing behind Now That's Class in 357 degree heat. They're great! I forgot to take pictures of the Poppets, because I'm stupid...but we did sell them some vintage junk.

On Saturday, my new band is opening for the Poppets and Sweet Sixteens...I Can't wait! They're all super fun and friendly folks. This is our first show! I drew the poster.

Here's Melanie passing out some cake balls during the Sweet Sixteens set. Cleveland loves cake balls!

This is in the sound booth area in Now That's Class. I dig all the little kid/drunk people drawings! I should have taken some pics of Now That's Class's food...Holy cow, the Quesadillas we had there were outta sight. Actually, all the food we had in Cleveland was great! Angelo's pizza(across the street from In My Mind's Eye record store, which also RULLLLES), is fantastic! We wanted to eat at Melt(as seen on Man VS Food), but it was getting late, and I hear the lines are super long.

Here's me lookin' real smart.

This mural makes me think that Now That's Class was probably a gay bar in the late 80's....

...probably a gay bar in the 80's...

...definitely a gay bar in the 80's!

Much thanks to Erin(of Trash You Up, of course), and her boyfriend Josh, for The hospitality, and for the nifty pizza magnet that is now on my pink Frigidaire. We'll be back in Cleveland real soon.

Oh, any readers that want your mind blown, should check out Flower Child in Cleveland...the best vintage store I've ever been to...EVER!!! We sold them a whole bunch of stuff, and wanted to buy so many things, that we ended up buying nothing, because we couldn't decide on one thing(and we're trying really hard to save up for Goner Fest).

On an unrelated note...Here's another poster I recently did...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cleveland Bound

This is gonna be the quickest blog post ever. I need to drive to Indiana and pick Mel up from work in 45 minutes, and then it's driving to Cleveland through the night. I've been gathering art and nifty old stuff to sell all day long...I still haven't even packed my toothbrush or clothes....I MUST NOT FORGET TO DO THAT! Anyway, I have a REALLY hard time parting with things(the Hoarder part of my blog title is no joke...I really have an OCD hoarding complex...the Awesome part, however, is up for debate), so it's been tough packing up the car for the big flea market/record fair/ art show/cookout/punk show. Anyway, here's some of the stuff I'll have on hand...

Here's a panting/collage I'll have for sale...It's about 2 foot by 2 foot. It took a REALLY LONG TIME.

Here's an even bigger one. I've been saving them for a gallery show...but I need money for Gonerfest, so they're going on sale early!

Here's a swell little mod picnic dining set.

...here's what's inside!

A bunch of junk I still need to put in the car. Yes, that's an MC hammer doll in the box.

I'm bringing the camera, so look forward to a big Cleveland post when I get home!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Big Eye/Sad Eye Awesomeness part One

Heeeeyyyyyy....I'm smashed. I'm making Mojitos in celebration of finishing a long, intricate, time consuming art project...and I have tomorrow off, sorta. Actually, I'm going to see Nobunny, and I'm spinning records in between bands. Any way...

I LLLOOOVVVEEE cheesy, kitschy, 60's/70's Keane influenced big/sad-eye stuff...here's a few pieces(notice where I put 'part one' up there...I gotta stretch this shit out!) from my collection/hoard pile.

I found this guy in my last trip to Shipshewana, which I previously blogged about here. He was buried amongst the MOUNDS of junk in that American Pickers-esque barn. There's STILL a few goodies outta that place that I'm saving for later posts. This Japanese Enesco piece might look familiar to readers of HOA...He's a less cool(but still cool), and beat up version of these. I got it for a dollar, just like everything else in the barn. I looked up 'Enesco' on google. As far as I can tell, they're still cranking out cheap junk...I typed "Enesco" into Ebay, and got 40,000-plus results!

The Enesco cats look like this cat. I dunno who made these...I know there were a bunch of these sad cats and dogs made in (I assume) the early 70's, and if I wasn't seeing double, and having to go back and re-type every other word, I'd probably look it up...

Anywhozzle, I grabbed this at a semi-local antique mall for $5.

I also have a lamp of it. I found this on my last trip to Ohio, at an antique store, while I was waiting in line to pay.

Here's another view...

...and another...

Speaking of Ohio, HOA is going on the road this July. I'll have a table at the record trade/flea market/Poppets and Sweet Sixteens show/cookout at Now That's Class on the 11th. Come buy some collectibles or some artwork(Saving up for Gonerfest/My band's tour), and say 'hi'. I'm excited...I've never spent any time in Cleveland. Gonna visit friend and fellow blogger Erin, of the wonderful Trash You Up blog. I gotta start getting stuff around to sell. I know Melanie is gonna bring a bunch of cool vintage dresses.

Anyway...Here's some 70's puzzles Melanie and I found and put together....

This one was missing a piece, bah!

I remember, we did this one during Obama's first State of the Union address...When Joe Wilson yelled 'you lie!', we were finishing the border of the brim of the hat.

Both puzzles are labeled 'Bright Eyes'...I wonder if that's where Conor Oberst got the name for his shitty music.

Wellll...like I said, I'm friggin' smashed, thanks to tasty mojitos. The Mojito has made somewhat of a splash as of late as a hip drink of choice. It's unfortunate that most places make them wrong. I make real Mojitos...a recipe I learned from my Italian friend Mario, who learned the proper technique while on vacation in Cuba(birthplace of the Mojito). Here's how to make a real Mojito

In a glass, crush half a lime and a generous few sprigs of mint, and some natural cane sugar. Add crushed Ice, and equal parts spiced and light rum...maybe a slight bit more light rum. I like to keep a spoon in the drink, and stir it before each sip, otherwise, the lime and sugar sink to the bottom.

A lot of bars just use light rum and a mix. Some bars use soda water, or sprite! That is not a mojito.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

You Don't Go In The Bathroom With Me!

If you don't get the Misfits reference, don't worry, this post isn't about poop...Hell, that song isn't even about poop, it's about murder. This post isn't about murder either, though. It's about the redecorating job I did on the bathroom at the bakery.

I wish I had pictures of this bathroom when Melanie bought the place. It was UUUUGGGLLLLLYYYY! It was a dark red, with gold poorly sponged over it, with 80's navy blue light house wallpaper half-assedly glued half way up the wall.

This is what I did with it...

On the two larger walls, I hand painted this design. I based it a lot on the background painting from shows like the Flintstones, the Jetsons, and Ren and Stimpy, along with mid-century(and mid-century influenced) hipster artists, like Shag, and Jim Flora. Also, cheap motels and gin and tonics. Yes, it took a very long time to get it just right...I was a total Nazi about it too, just ask Melanie.

The door was just a plain, light, cheap, wood office door. I redid it(along with all the doors in the bakery) in a 50's mint green, same as I used in the middle of all the squares on the walls. The trim is a gloss gray.

The trash can under the sink we picked up in Ypsilanti, MI. I forgot why we were there, probably on the way to Detroit for a show. I had seen these online and had it in mind when I did the bathroom, so I had to grab it the second I saw it. It isn't old, and was really cheap, like $10 I think.

The clock is a Lux(No Cramps relation). I see these a lot and for cheap. In fact, there's two at the local antique mall right now for around $30, if I remember right. I think we got this one for $15 or $20, I don't remember. I do remember that we bought it the day our apartment in Kalamazoo got robbed, and I was carrying it in when I noticed stuff was amiss. I'm guessing it's from the later 60's. It plugs into the wall, but I wound the cord up behind it, because it's an ugly, kinked up cord, and the clock is loud when plugged in, and I don't usually go to the bathroom to check the time.

I found this lampshade at this weird antique used mug/junk store that used to be in the neighborhood. The owner died, and I bought a ton of random crap off her son, who I think just wanted to shovel everything into a huge dumpster. I painted the blue squares on it though. The 70's green glass lamp used to belong to a friend of mine who had a bunch of cool late 60's/early 70's stuff...Lots of owl stuff, puke green chairs, things like that. She's one of those people, though, that just snapped one day, got an office job, stopped going to shows, stopped hanging out, married some random boring guy and started shitting out kids. What bummed me out the most is that when she changed lifestyles over night, she abandoned a couple paintings I'd done for her. Another friend of mine rescued them from the trash. What the hell. Anyway, I managed to save a few neat things she was tossing, this lamp being one.

Here it is turned off. The table it's on I picked up at a church sale for $3. The reading material is Atomic Ranch...Which I took WAY too long to find out existed.

I feel bad for going almost a month without a new post for y'all. I've been pretty busy/distracted/drunk. Here's some more posters I've done lately, I hope you enjoy them.

I wish I was in Florida for this...that's one hell of a lineup!

This one's for a show in Dublin, Ireland!

I'm going to this in a couple hours!

I wish I coulda made it to this one too!