Archive for July, 2009

Cartography #13 – Crabwalking at 19 and Field

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2009

With Dan’s college girl steady on the ground, we climbed the caboose after dark and took our time crabwalking the roofs and perched like anxious sparrows on the ventilation peak.

Napkin Sketches – Character Studies

Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2009

A dozen characters, each one with their own story. This is what I like best about what I do. I get an idea, I give it a shape, and it takes off from there. Where it’ll end up, even I don’t know.

Songs About Tennessee – Catfish and Kool-Aid Part 4

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Catfish looks for atonement. He didn’t find it at May’s. It ain’t in the shower. And it ain’t in Kool-Aid’s bedroom.

Now See Here! – “Ladies and Gentlemen, ‘The Breadth of the Human Experience – Vol. I’ “

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The Parkers are a White middle class family hailing from the Southern United States. Mr. Parker is a successful administrator. His daughter is a professional performance artist. Both of them let me follow them around at work taking pictures.

Magictown, vol 1, #10

Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2009

Chapter 10 of MAGICTOWN: The Man in the Mist

Cartography #12 – Symphony and Fugue on 246th Street

Posted on Friday, July 24th, 2009

Back in the corner of town, there’s that turn where I once hydroplaned, under the speed limit, trying to get to your parents’ house

Napkin Sketches – The Trudging Behemoth

Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Four and a half tons of scrap metal, tractor parts, and an A.I. running off of an eight month old Linux kernel.

Songs About Tennessee – Catfish and Kool-Aid Part 3

Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

He’d told Catfish he was an atheist one drunken Sunday morning but Catfish thought that was the same as a Methodist or something else that wasn’t Baptist.

Now See Here! – Knox County Schools

Posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

A fairly traditional and seemingly normal subject matter – a school system – comes alive with subversion, drama, humor and life while under Brandon’s watchful eye.

Magictown, vol 1, #9

Posted on Monday, July 20th, 2009

Chapter 9 of MAGICTOWN: The Man in the Mist

Masculinity in the Park off State Road 46

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2009

Based on a true story.

Napkin Scratches – Dark Haired Lady

Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2009

An apprehensive lady with raven hair and a costume fit for an 80′s fantasy flick.

Songs About Tennessee – Catfish and Kool-Aid Part 2

Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Kool-Aid gets out of the hospital. Catfish starts to drink it all away at his favorite bar, Mae’s Hide-A-Way.

Now See Here! – Potluck vs. Midsouth Summer

Posted on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Sweaty revelers braved the soupy air of the Bluff City for grub and a photobooth.

Magictown, vol 1, #8

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009

Chapter 8 of MAGICTOWN: The Man in the Mist

Cartography #10

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009

“Turn me on, deadman.”

In the old Sherriff’s Residence and Jail,
on the same block with that courthouse,
I once cleaned out and restored a cell

Napkin Sketches – Eye to the Sky

Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2009

“Amidst the smoke and the splatter stands a man…with a hat.”

Songs About Tennessee – Catfish and Kool-Aid Part I

Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Flatbeds. Holsteins. Hospitals. The boys decide to live a little. Welcome to the fringe set of Overton County’s redneck bunch.

Now See Here! – Conway Antiques

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

While working in Conway, Arkansas last week I walked away from my interstate motel looking for something to photograph. Here is what I found.

That Somniferous Interlude

Posted on Monday, July 6th, 2009

Looking out the plexiglass window, he could see almost all the way across the station. In bed behind him, his Jane sighed and rolled over. She obviously wasn’t a Sardine, her body was too short, her muscles were too big and her skin had the fading remnants of a tan.

Cartography #9

Posted on Monday, July 6th, 2009

I worry I will have to be the one to find him in his usual booth at Steak & Shake, smoking Vantage cigarettes for speed and exhaling against the black gloss side of the booth.

Napkin Scratches – Catherine

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Pat’s sister makes it into a design. The end result of 25 solid years of nagging.

Songs about Tennessee – Lighter Fare

Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Summer’s on! Time for a little lighter fare over here at Songs About Tennessee. I’ll be neck deep in bowlin’ and Bigfoot in no time. Until then, how about a little Hump Day humor?


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