Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

My Favorite Movies of 2010

This is my Top 11. It would have been 10 but I just finished the Fighter tonight and its definitely going to knock something out of the top 10. Just too early to tell which so for now its a top 11
These are my favorite movies of the year. The reason why I picked these is because I could watch them over and over and in some cases I have all ready

Book of Eli
If you haven't seen this then you have missed out. Solid film beginning to end. Gary Oldman and Denzel Washington turn in spellbinding performances. Rent it now!

Edge of Darkness
Any year that sees a new Mel Gibson vehicle is a good year to me. I don't care what his opinions are or your opinions of him. He is simply one of the greatest living actors and in the top 2 greatest Actor/Directors in history. Edge of Darkness was Mel's first movie since signs and he was spectacular in it.

Iron Man 2
What can I say. I am a die hard comics fan and I thought this movie was really good. I've watched it dozens of time. It has its problems but its a summer pop corn flick and its Iron Man
I'm worried about the future of the franchise and the linking of so many individual movies together but Im in for the ride Marvel Studio's Bring on the God of Thunder!

True Grit
Saw this movie last week and it is one of my top films of the year. I loved the book and I loved the movie. I will see this several more times in the theatre before it leaves.

Holy Rollers
Great job by Jesse Eisenburg in this film about an Orthodox Jewish boy and his struggles with his lifestyle verses his religion. Absolutely a gem. Watch it instantly on Netflix. Its based on a true story and both heartbreaking and humorous.

The Town
Ben Afleck has solifdified himself in my mind as second to only Mel Gibson as best Actor/Director. The town is beautifully paced and freakishly well acted. John Hamm, Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner all turn in amazing performances but Blake Lively of all people really turn what you think about her on its ear.
Can't wait to watch this again.

Kick @$$
Best super hero movie of 2010 hands down. Nothing left to say.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World
So much fun. Its been a go to movie of mine here for a few months. I even got a copy of it on DVD early cuz I couldn't imagine waiting any longer to watch it again. Funny, dazzling special effects, wicked soundtrack & A+ acting. Edgar Wright has assured that I will be a fan for life.
Could have done without the roommate, and the coffee house girl though.

The Fighter
Saw this tonight and Christian Bale is mind bendingly brilliant. Best supporting actor this year for sure. If he doesn't get it he was robbed. THE END

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
This foreign film started an obsession for me & is likely my second favorite film this year. I loved this movie and the sequel. I haven't had a chance to watch the third one yet. it is out on DVD in a month.
This film got me to read the books that is based on. Its a worldwide sensation and there is a reason why. Do yourself a favor and look this up. Either Netflix watch instantly or on DVD. I have the first 2 DVD's and I'll be adding the third one on January 25th.
Movie has everything, mystery action crazy amounts of suspense and a bit of comedy.
Be warned though there is a pretty graphic rape scene but easily skipped.

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Best documentary easily and my favorite movie of the year. I can't get enough of this film. Everyone should watch it. Its so inspiring. Its also on Netflix on demand right now.

My favorite Animated Film was How to Train Your Dragon. Tangled & Megamind were great too. While I enjoyed Toy Story 3 as a bookend to the series I didn't find it a particularly good cartoon. I like movies I can take my kids to and not horrify them. It was just too emotional

Honorable Mentions

I liked this movie ALOT but its so intense I just don't want to watch it again any time soon. Masterfully built though.

She's Out of My League
Funniest movie I saw this year. Kinda rough but I can't help but laugh.

Sam Jackson is at his baddest in this film as an interigator who is loosed on a terrorist. Its very upsetting where this film goes but you can't look away.

Human Centipede
seriously, if you see the trailer you hunt down the film.

Paranormal Activity 2
Great sequel that really expanded on the original.

Creepy creepy creepy but fun. Watch this on DVD its well worth your time.

Worst movie I saw this year in a theater was Grown Ups. This was just painful. Every joke was telegraphed so early you could say it with them. Just God forsaken.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Curse You Emptees

Last week I put 2 designs up on Emptees. One was bounced and one wasn't. Even though one was ok'd I still can't post for a week.
So I opened another account using a past name. I used this name back in the day when I first started designing. It was stolen by this guy that was mad at me (long story) so I stopped using it.
Hopefully I can keep one or the other up all the time.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Client decided they didn't want turkey's so I went for a Wolf

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Weird but Good

For some reason I got up early today. The kids woke me up around 6:30 then I just couldn't get back to sleep.
I had downloaded a movie that I'd been wanting to see for months. Thought I'd just start it kinda browse it then go back to sleep. Turned out however that it was so good I couldn't stop watching and I just stayed up.
It's a documentary called Exit Through the Gift Shop. It's about street art and it was wicked inspiring.
So it ended a little after 8 and then some guy knocked on our door and gave me a letter telling me my landlord was no longer my landlord. From now on according to the letter I pay my rent to the bank.
This I find weird for several reasons, chief among those is the fact that my landlord charges me more than his payment.
For instance his payment for the house is $300 and I pay him $450. Why would I pay the bank that amount. Shouldn't I just make his payments for a few months until the property has a new owner?
It's just a weird situation but it's fine.

Around 10 I posted some art on Emptees. Posted 3 designs and all 3 got booted off. Within the first 2 hours they were up.
Luckily someone saw one of them and even though the site dropped it made an offer.
It's pretty great. I know I get openly mocked on that site but it's been quite a boon to my sales.

Later I got a call from NY and my client there had some notes on a few of the designs I made for them as well as a couple new jobs completely

Spent the rest of my afternoon/evening working on designs and playing with my kids.

It was a pretty good day

Thanks for reading.


Sometimes I do things just to make my friend laugh

Sunday, November 28, 2010

One More

Weekend, hard at it

Its been a long weekend. School was out Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun so its felt even longer.
I got a call from a client on Wednesday and thought I'd make short work of the assignment. I was wrong. With so many subjects, it was hard to get a bead on one long enough to put together something I thought would sell.

For some reason It was really hard to concentrate. Plus there was the break of Thanksgiving and then my power went out for a couple hours.

Anyway here are a few of the designs I'm submitting

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Life for a Happy Elephant

Awesome feedback!

I have been submitting several designs to which is a t shirt design community.
You post designs that meet the criteria and then other designers critique or if they like the design the can "Love" it much like "liking" something on Facebook.
Its a lot like high school though. There are 10 or so guys who love each others stuff and those guys are always in the top 10. If your not in their inner circle its nearly impossible to get love from them unless of course it comes with a backhanded compliment.
It seems like these guys must keep Emptees constantly refreshing so they can make snarky comments as soon as possible about stuff. Ive received a couple of their comments myself.
Even though I don't want it to it does bring you down because then no one else wants to love or compliment on your stuff for fear of getting mocked by those guys.
I really wanted to quit the site but I've received several emails from people wanting to buy stuff they have seen on the site. Because of that I can't stop posting there. If its going to bring any income I can't ignore it.

Here is the thing, I have pretty strong willpower when it comes to somethings. For instance if someone writes me a hateful email, I can reply and crush that person then never read anything else by them. plus I ALWAYS state in an email like that that responding isn't necessary cuz it wont be read. If they do respond I can simply delete without even reading.

With that said, I can honestly say I don't read comments on my shirts anymore at all. Good bad or indifferent I simply don't view them.

Im trying to stay active on the site because just this week I sold a design off of it.
I've also been posting things that would never work but I find humerous and seeing as I don't read the comments its fun and harmless. Plus it keeps me active there.

Today a friend saw one of my goofy designs there that I posted just for fun. It was a design that never would be picked up but it was an idea a friend gave me and I was bored.
He started telling me a couple of the comments and they were hilarious. Either the commentators are trying to be "ironic" or they are dumb as posts. I had to share them with you.

Here is the design......

My friend was joking around one day and said that he thought Popeyes Chicken was Catholic propaganda cuz its also "Pope Yes". To me that was funny. So just to make us laugh and because I didn't have anything else going that day I mocked it up.

Here are the comments I recieved. Plus what I thought when I was shown them by my friend

Ugh? -Alex Norman

Really Alex? is Ugh a question to you? Try "Ugh!" you can thank me later

and my personal favorite.

I’m assuming you were attempting make a Pope joke out of this but it still reads Popeyes and not Pope Eyes.

Also, this is a prime example of a lawsuit in the making seeing you literally used their exact logo.
-pitchgrim (then he posted a copy of the actual Popeyes logo as if I didn't realize how close they were)

this stunningly dimwitted person thought I wanted it to say Pope Eyes! POPE EYES! What!? Why would I ever make it say that.?
however thanks for adding the legal advice I'd hate to get a letter from Popeyes or the Vatican Optometrist

As funny as I find these 2 comments its still not motivation to read comments regularly. I pride myself on my abilty to ignore them on Emptees but I had to share.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dark Pope

Another thing thats been stuck in my head that needed to come out.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Without the type

New Shirt Design

Hitting a couple of the t-shirt websites for this guy. See if I can not get booted this time.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Stryper The Covering!

My favorite band of all time has a new album coming out soon. This is a piece I did inspired by the title of the new album. I'd love to see this on a shirt for them.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


This was one of my cars from a couple weeks ago. Looks like I forgot to post it

9/11 Designs

Got commissioned to do a 9/11 10 year tribute shirt. Really hit a wall with it at first but I ended up with at least a couple I really like.