News From June 2008

Random Shots From Toy Tour

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Billy trying on some new pants...
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Laughing about everything.
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Sweet spelling.
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Hippies in the summer of love, 2008.
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Billy on the trampoline.
Posted June 30th, 2008 by Been focussing on the front page, sorry...
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Two Images from the Vault

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Tony Trujillo with girl, Tampa, Florida, 2002 maybe?
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And a young Andrew Reynolds, messing around with light experiments, mid-western USA, 1999, 98? I forget exactly.
Deformer is coming soon!
Posted June 25th, 2008 by Tour is going relatively smoothly so far?
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The Odyssey is the Oddity in this case...

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Posted June 24th, 2008 by Grisled, and somehow still with vision
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Arting out from Oddity Odyssey...

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It's called 'Scape of Humanity' and it speaks to the relationships between good and evil in our society.
Medium: Pixels on Internet Screen. Price: $28,000, edition of 2500, selling out fast!
Shot by Juergen LeRisky, pal of Logan Kincade.
Posted June 22nd, 2008 by J. LeRisky Bussiness Big Time 2008 Art Star
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Dispatch from Central California:

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The Oddity Odyssey took us to San Luis Obispo, where there is a famous alleyway filled with people's chewed gum...
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So I got a shot of everyone...
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Except Billy somehow, he must have been texting in a corner somewhere.
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Jordan Taylor, one of the Flow-Bots
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Award winning Videographer, Kevin Barnett.
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Rob Straser, Flowbot #2
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And Logan Kincade...
Posted June 21st, 2008 by The sun is unrelenting and brutal, be wary.
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The oddities are what make it worth it...

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Posted June 20th, 2008 by Crusty, grizzled, yet somehow still alive...
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Avalon from the water.

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When I come back from tour, I am so going to Catalina...
Posted June 19th, 2008 by That is two weeks away
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Some intial scenes from my time in Kobenhavn

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Oddity Odyssey Summer Tour
Posted June 18th, 2008 by I leave for tour tomorrow...
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RVCA Day out with Josh and Austin...

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We went to the RVCA warehouse to stock up on clothes for tour. (we being Austin, Josh and myself, But Austin eluded my camera...) Here Josh thinks about what to get for a tasty snack.
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Then puts in his cash.
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And pushes the button, Fascinating!
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Then we raped the warehouse. Anthony tallies up the gear...
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Jimmy shows us some photos of his children. (or was he checking out photos of me in my boxers?)
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Then, later that night, I interviewed Josh for SLAP magazine.
On Thursday, we leave on Toy Machine Summer Tour. We will see you all there.
Posted June 17th, 2008 by If they were properly promoted...
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See that my grave is kept clean.

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Full length "watch yourself crud" mirror in the bathroom at the ArcLight Theatre in LA...
Posted June 15th, 2008 by After the awards show my faith was shaken
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I went to LA to see Nick in the new TWS video...

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So I trudged myself out to LA for the TWS Awards, which are always exciting. My ears are still ringing, my throat is sorta scratchy from all the second hand smoke from both weed and grits, and I luckily escaped getting beer thrown all over me. (Throwing full cans of beer at the stage was pretty much standard for the entire evening) This is Nick before the action started, as usual, comfortably numb, toting a cute hippie-chick on one arm and a Pabst on the other.
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When I walked up to this event on Hollywood and Vine in the heart of LA I saw a swarm of skate-rats pushing into the door like a ants' nest. Fuel TV was there trying to snatch people's souls into their airwaves on a red carpet style set-up. Then there were bikini-clad women roaming the crowd. I thought of my humble beginnings as a skater, learning how to ollie, or boardsliding a bench for the first time, then my brain just fast forwarded to this. What the hell is going on.
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I ran into Erik Ellington. Long time homie who I have not seen for a while. It was nice to say hi, although in too hectic a situation.
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Then after I barged through the rif-raf to get in with my posse in tow, I was stoked to see Ray Barbee and the Matson twins shredding it up live.
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Who is the asshole smoking inside?
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Is that Deanna with her cleavage showing?
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Grant Hatfield was sitting in front of me, wait, that's not Grant. And Josh too.
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Here is a better photo of Josh Harmony. He had this footage of his son Harrison that he showed us. So Sweet.
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I tried to shot some trolls, er, girls sitting in the aisles causing a fire-hazard.
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Then I remembered a flash works better.
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I was lucky to have old friend Miki Vuckovich sitting next to me. He has been skating since before you were born.
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MUSKA! What up dog? "I've been living in New York and making art with my buddy Dash Snow."
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Former Toy rider Nate Broussard was there...
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He was hella drunk and hugging everyone. Then I saw Matt B...
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And went over to get a photo with him. Yeah Matt B.
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This is Nick after the video premiere (which he destroyed). "I said congrats on the part Nick!" But I don't think he even heard me or could focus on me. Just like before the premiere, comfortably numb.
Posted June 14th, 2008 by Newest hot trend: long freaky moustache
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

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The inventor of most of what we all do everyday, Mark G.
Posted June 13th, 2008 by I run out of stuff to post some days.
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Things are coming together...

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US Tour is coming very soon for me.
But I have a very big show coming up this November in LA.
Posted June 12th, 2008 by Trapezoid, Men at Work, Elvira, Madonna
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First day back in SO-Cal is always strange...

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You are always in a car, and people are much different in tone and action.
Check out the Alec Soth website...
Posted June 11th, 2008 by It is much better...
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Back to all responsibilty is a raw feeling

These are some left over photos from my trip to europe that didn't make it onto the b(ig)log
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I shot this for Kevin, because he loves Batman.
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A re-created room from the 60's.
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A wide open mouth from a poster in Denmark.
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A leftover exhibition shot.
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The marks that were made when i sprayed the word bubbles black was probably the best art I made in Denmark, so sad.
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I love the ingredient: Stab.
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NEWS: The exhibition currently up at Nils Staerk Gallery, The book coming out by Damiani Editore (September), another exhibition coming up at Roberts and Tilton Gallery (November), and Deanna and I have photos in the latest issue of Hamburger Eyes, get yourself a subscription, what are you waiting for?
Posted June 10th, 2008 by I could think of worse things however
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London Day 2: Well, full day #1

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Blogs are such exercises in narcissism, no?
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I think I am going to quit doing this. I am un-inviting the general public from my life.
From here on out this blog will be different.
Posted June 7th, 2008 by What are the rewards for this time pray tell?
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Bologna to London via Paris: The train journey

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Our last day in Bologna. We finished up our work at Damiani.
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Then went on a tourist mission. Scoping out churches, and walking around taking pictures.
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This statue was pretty creepy.
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We took a sleeper train to Paris.
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Then after a change at the Gare du Nord in Paris, we took the train under the English Channel, affectionately called 'the chunnel' or Channel Tunnel. I read magazines.
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And so did Deanna.
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Then we got to London. (where Deanna got her first Tasty Beverage in over a month and was ecstatic)
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There was a giant piece by my friends OsGemeos on the outside of the Tate Modern. Yep, its a wiener.
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Inside some artists' work was out of order. Bummer.
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We ate at one of our favorite places, Eat and 2 Veg. In the UK they are not afraid of the word 'vegan.'
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We had a vegan mocha shake (spiked with a tad of Kahlua) and Deanna decreed it the 'tastiest beverage ever'
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We spent the rest of the night lurking the streets with our cameras. It was cold and rainy and we were shooting leggy girls in micro mini-skirts in the car lights going from club to club. And we did some skee-ball in some crazy arcade-mall. Watched some gay people fight. Have to say it was a long two days.
Posted June 6th, 2008 by What the fuck! No more Celtics' wins.
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Bologna Day 3: Still 'On Press' with Deformer

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We are still in Bologna, Italy. Deformer will be out in stores this SEPTEMBER worldwide.
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It was funny to see a trashcan filled with messed up pages from the book.
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There were palettes of sheets everywhere. Each sheet gets folded in a certain way, then the edges get cut off, and each one of these is called a 'signature'. If you look closely at a book, you can see that it is made up of these 'mini-magazines' stitched and glued together.
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One of the sheets on the table for quality inspection. They look for color shifts, and use a super magnifying glass to make sure the registration is perfect. I was blown away by how much goes into making a book.
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Then we hit the town and had lunch, passing the squirting boobie fountain on the way...
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We found a store and went directly to the ice-cream section to see if they had these Soy ice-cream cones we had heard about. They did!
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We pigged out and ate 2 each. They are totally soy based, and 'Vegetale' is the Italian word for 'Vegan'.
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Then I went back to Damiani so I could sign the 200 special edition prints that will accompany the special slip-cased edition of the book.
Posted June 4th, 2008 by Off to London Tomorrow Night via Train
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Bologna day 2: Exciting Deformer Action!

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We got up and out early by taxi to Damiani...
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Where they had a book dummy. (a Deformer cover put on a blank book the same size and shape as my book.) It was very exciting to see.
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Gianni showed me the ropes, and we got to making small adjustments.
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He is the RULER!
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We were able to view sheets of the book as they were being printed to check the color and density.
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Deanna was excited as well.
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This is the machine popping out pages of the book.
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A guy pulls a sheet out every once in a while to give it a quality check.
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This is the Magenta part of the printer. printing is all done in only 4 colors, Cyan (blue) Magenta (red) Yellow, and Black (K). I saw a guy pour yellow ink into the yellow part of the machine. It was pretty great to check out.
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We took a lunch break in the rain.
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When we got back to Damiani, there were palettes of my book sitting there!
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It was pretty cool. They are fast!
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The best part was viewing the sheets. I had been working in B&W the whole time, so it was cool to see it in color for the first time.
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To clean the heads and get the ink flowing, they print a bunch of mistake sheets...
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Deanna using her Olympus XA.
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Later that evening, we got out into the city center. These banners were hanging and drew us to them with their beauty.
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They were high up there. Look how small Deanna is!
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This street reminded me of home. Happy B-Day Grif!
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We ate some serious veggie food at the 'Nature Center' a caffeteria type place that ripped pretty hard.
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More food. Stacy, you would love this place!
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A very enchanting day for sure.
Posted June 4th, 2008 by The other leaning tower...
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Bologna day 1: Bank Holiday, streets are quiet

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Today was a bank holiday so we just cruised the streets taking pictures and trying to find things open.
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We are in Bologna, Italy. Here is an overview of the city in relief map form, marked with where we are staying.
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There is lots of medieval history here, the architecture, churches, and museums reflect this proudly. It is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe.
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The churches are splendid.
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This is Basilica di San Petronio, (I stole this from Wikipedia, cause I forgot to shoot a photo) It dominates the Piazza Maggiore and is the fifth largest church in the world. The first stone of construction was laid June 7, 1390. In 2006, plans by Muslim terrorists to destroy the Basilica were thwarted by Italian police. The terrorists claimed that a 15th-century fresco inside was insulting to Islam. The fresco, created by Giovanni da Modena, represents a scene from Dante Alighieri's Inferno, and depicts Muhammad in Hell being devoured by demons. I saw that mural, it is pretty epic.
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The museum had a fine collection of medieval beat-down sticks.
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Checked out this statue of a Mermaid fight, complete with Mermaid Ass.
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And this statue of a lion getting gnarly.
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It had an amazing tail-boner...
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Then it ate Deanna.
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Deanna near a pretty fountain.
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Some local graffiti that was enjoyable.
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Sweet shirt Deanna wanted me to copy for Toy Machine. Going to check out Deformer today!
Posted June 3rd, 2008 by smokers here - blech
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Leaving Copenhagen by train to Italy...

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It was our last day in Copenhagen, the town we have spent a month living in. We were sad, and would miss some of the great things we had grown to love there. Nils Staerk and his people had really made our stay wonderful with their help. We will be missing our beautiful walks in the streets filled with beautiful people...
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We got dropped off in the central station and discovered that our sleeper-train had been in an accident somewhere along the route and they placed us on some other MUCH less equipped train, and informed us that we would be re-routed at 5 AM in some town called 'Furby' and put onto another train so we could catch our connection in Basel, Switzerland.
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This is a shot from 5 AM, we are all geared up and totally bumming. We were supposed to be sleeping until we got to Basel, but instead we were on some train to rug-Munchen (Munich), and getting off in Furby.
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I mean 'Fulda.'
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The train they put us on was a sleeper like we expected. I was ready to get back to sleep.
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Deanna was already there. We got our next connection in Basel, and were off to Milan via the Swiss Alps. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the Matterhorn.
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At one of the stops, I got off and took a walk on the platform. Deanna saw me outside and freaked! If the train took off with me outside, she would be screwed.
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The ride was amazing. So many breathtaking scenes of mountain lakes, castles, churches, picture-book perfect mountain villages, waterfalls from the melting snow, and crazy bridges... We got into Bologna and checked into our hotel, and were starving so walked into downtown.
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The streets of Bologna were ablaze with people honking horns and waving flags. The city center was completely trashed.
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Somewhere, and Indian is crying. The Bologna soccer team had advanced into a higher bracket or something, and people were very happy about it, and drunk. By the time we were done eating (Amazing, and simple!) the were cleaning the streets up, and by cleaning I mean driving over broken bottles.
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And to top off a crazy long day, we found a Gelateria that offered Soy-Gelato. Deanna was very happy.
On Tuesday, I will be quality checking at the printer for my book, Deformer. You can see some more installation shots from my show in Copenhagen at Nils Staerk.dk: Click the Gallery link.
Posted June 2nd, 2008 by The day we leave they blow up the Danish embassy
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