Oh baby please, back in Rio Rio Rio!!! I have such love for this beautiful city, it's mountainous geography, and the people. It was the last city of the tour, and with how busy the prior week was in São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, and Curitiba I was happy to know I was going to be in one place for 2 whole weeks.
Rio started off awesome with meeting Simone, who had a hand exactly like my Futureheads poster! It was like I made it for her unbeknownst! And it's so sublte you dont even really notice her missing finger.
We all went to have some food and cocktails at Bar Meza in Botafogo, and the bartender made a drink I'd like to try to recreate here in NYC... with flaming Absinthe and a very tricky recipe that involves vaporizing it. I think I'll mess it up a few times, but I'll have to try it out.
Here we are with another concoction. Matias Maxx (Brazilian tour manager), Marcella Sobral (Writer for Globo magazine), the awesome bartender, Marco (Canastra), Julia, and me! Saúde!
Marcella, the two blondies (as my new Rio nickname was bestowed upon me by the other blondie), and Simone.
Oh the beach, the beach! This time in Rio I stayed in Leblon, which is just on the other side of Ipanema. Sweet area.
Then it was time for the signing at Cucaracha in Ipanema!
Despite the on and off rain showers, there was an awesome turnout!
The upstairs mini gallery.
Matias big pimpin with the ladies! The brunettes, and the blondies!!
Believe it or not, Brazil has some AMAZING pizza. Quite similar in the ingredients, but the differences in the dough, veggies and cheese they use... make it soooooo goood.
Then what do you need after pizza? A cart full of beer of course!
And they have heart seat covers!
Then I was feeling feisty with the boxing gloves, and Matias got knocked the fuck out!
Posing with my hostess with the mostess, Marcella.
It was Matias' birthday 2 days after the signing... just enought time to recouperate, and to have an adventure at another party! Here is the ghetto churrasco grill. Still tasted just as good.
My buddy Melissa!
My crazy friends... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Here is Cristo looking ominous. 'Christ The Redeemer' is 39 meters tall! (130 feet!!) You can see him from almost all over central Rio.
Now for some good food dishes from Meza... this had to be my fav, not really Brazilian, but awesome nonetheless. Lightly coated shrimp, with BLOODY MARY DIPPING SAUCE. Oh man... feel free to try this at home kids. Its an awesome combo.
Now this one looks like a dessert right? Wrong! It's Caldo de Feijao, a traditional Brazilian black bean soup. Delish.
Back at Meza (We went there like 5 times, ok? So what.) With my Rio peeps, with... wait... what? More fancy shots? Yep!
One afternoon I was invited to the atelier of the famous abstract Brazilian artist Carlos Vergara. He is in Santa Teresa, which is the main artist neighborhood in Rio. It's waaaay up high on the mountain right near Cristo. Here is one of his paintings. He said the process of this was from when his windows blew out from a big storm, so he went in and sprinkled charcoal all over the glass shards, then took a huge peice of canvas coated in glue, and made a monoprint of it.
With abstract works, for me personally, the beauty is in the explanation. Here are some larger peices.
Some photo based works of his.
This is an impression just like he made with the glass, except this was a crematorium.
View of the favela's from his balcony. These were 'nicer' favelas... i've never seen such a big group of them painted all the same color.
Here I am with Carlos at our lunch. He had just gotten burned on the stove, and said that it was his only 'tattoo'.
Marcella, me, Carlos, a friend, and Fabio Battistella (chef and owner of Meza).
Another unbelievable treat! Candied figs from the south of Brazil with Requeijão (theee most yummiest creamiest softest cheese in the world) I hope I can find it NYC. I will try.
Here we are at my first live sporting game ever! I got taken to the Fluminence vs Flamengo home game. Both were Rio teams, so it was intense! And so much fun! I want to go to more Soccer games.
Here is Marcella's heart shaped ear. Adorable.
This is a billboard of my graffiti artist friend Speto, and they were ALL OVER Brazil!! Kind of looks like real picture of him painting no?
The last weekend in Brazil I got asked to DJ an Indie rock night at Casa de Matriz. This was really super fun!!
We stayed up all night and went straight to the beach. You know how we do it! And stayed there all day. Perfect!
The vendors that walk up and down the beach sell all kinds of stuff, but this is the basic Brazilian beach snack. Kind of weird tasting, but you get used to it. Like a salty puffy rice cracker but better.
Then to end the Brazilian adventure, another beautiful picture of Cristo. Just hangin out, no big deal. Oh Brazil... how I'lll miss you!!!!
BRAZIL TOUR - BELO HORIZONTE AND CURITIBA
We were off and flying to Belo Horizonte...
...in style!! You cant beat sipping on an ice cold beer while getting your boarding pass. Yeah Brazilians are SERIOUS about their beer tempurature. If it isnt served in a bucket of ice, its from a thermostat refrigerator so you can pick your beer from the coldest cooler. Burns your tongue it's so cold. Word.
Here is the view from Quina Galeria where we were setting up. I love the aged peeling paint behind the gothic building.
Here was a peice from an artist that makes little tiny characters in little tiny bottles! Precarious!
The owners of Quina Galleria, me, Mini Galleria owner Angelina, and tour manager Matias Maxx.
The owner made a plush Mr. Wiggle keychain for me! So rad!
People at the signing.
Too much metal for one person!!!
Peeps hangin' in front.
Then we were off to go celebrate with my crazy new friends after having some home made brick oven pizza. They drove me up to the highest point in Belo Horizonte to check out the view...
I have to say it was pretty great. I didnt realize how big it was there until this point.
Playing with night settings... I got's lightning tongue!!!
Then we made it over to a club to see the Rio based swing band Canastra. Lots of fun!
Alas, then it was time to say goodbye to Belo Horizonte. Here's Mr. Wiggles about to get attacked by Angelina's bird. Don't worry Mr. Wiggles, I'll save you!
Then like magic, POOF!, here we are in Curitiba at Kitinete Bar during the signing.
Here is awesome artist Rafael Silveira and clothing designer Flavia Groselha. I bought some really cool clothes from her line GUM while I was there, and Rafael hooked me up with some beautiful swag.
Here is filmmaker Henry Saltz from LAb013 who made the Porto Alegre video. He and Eduardo drove all the way down from Porto Alegre to hang out with us again. Super fun when people come from other cities to meet up with you. They made that night really awesome! Especially after we saw the worst cover band in the world at a bar right before this. "Take me down to the paradise city....!!!!"
Playing Snooker very late at night.
And to end this part of the trip... The freakiest looking mannequin baby I've ever seen.
BRAZIL TOUR - PORTO ALEGRE
Then I landed in Porto Alegre! Ready for more! And so began the week of crazy travel. I only had 2 days in each city during this week, but soaked up as much as I could!
Here is the view from my hotel room... very sweet, very pretty. Kind of reminded me of LA.
I saw these horse drawn carriage guys pretty often throughout the city. Really transformed it into an old timey feeling.
Right after checking in I did a photo shoot for a Brazilian music magazine called Noize. These dudes were awesome!
Here is the shot and spread going into the new issue. They asked me for my most influential album... Of course I said The Melvins!
Then it was off to the Welcome BBQ they threw for me! So cool that they did that, it was a really great way to just hang out with the people and friends of the event organizers.
Here is the Churrasco man!! (That's BBQ for you fine folks). Yum yum yum! He's dressed up in the traditional Gaúcho outfit, which is their equivalent of our cowboys.
Here he is with his Matte tea gourd, and knife. It is legal in Brazil to carry a large knife, only if you are dressed in traditional gaúcho attire. Even into a bank or a store. Crazy cool!
Then it was off to the Cabaret Do Beco to set up the show for the event!
Hanging prints... and Henry Saltz making his awesome video... which you can watch below!!
Picking out prints...
Sitting with prints...
One of the walls all done!
Hanging with Eduardo Guspe (who helped set up the Porto Alegre signing) and Matias Maxx (my Brazilian tour manager).
Turns out this douchebag in the leather jacket stole a poster later that night, but totally got busted and paid for it. Big ups to the security team there!!
Lots of Sharpie 'tattoos' were done that night...
Meeting other Brazilian artists.
Hangin' and chatting.
More skin drawins'
Then I met my Brazilian twin... ahaha!! This guy was rad.
What a fun night and fun people! The event lasted until like 4am, and was the first one I had where we took over a whole nightclub. There was an awesome DJ downstairs, and a line around the corner to get in. I felt so special! Yay Porto Alegre!!!
Porto Alegre party pics by Denison Fagundes and Ramiro Furquim.
BRAZIL TOUR - SãO PAULO
Continuing on my tour, I was off to Brazil for my 5 city adventure! After a loooong long 14 hour flight from LAX, I landed in São Paulo and was picked up by Eduardo from Choque Cultural. After this tour is done I will have spent 2 months in Brazil in 2009. Pretty damn cool! You know, a lot of people asked me in my interviews, why did I want to come back to Brazil again? And the answer really, for any city that we love to visit... Its the people! Such big hearts and open minds. I have met so many beautiful and gracious souls here (and all over the world) and I'm so grateful for such amazing people in my life!
Here are the awesome guys setting up in the gallery at Choque Cultural. Painting the walls and having fun.
I painted a huge mural on the wall downstairs over a period of 4 days. Was really cool to do and a my second one ever. Here is the preliminary drawing.
And here is a time lapse video I made on my camera of the whole thing! Yay! It's the first time I finally used this on my camera... so cool. I wanna make some more of these of me painting.
Some of the prints Choque made for the show that they pasted all over the walls.
Then it was time for a sushi break. This fish roe was some of the best I've had. I even ate jellyfish that night!
Here is the artist Yumi that was up at Choque the month before.
Then it was out to an area called Liberdage for some more japanese food and karoke at this really funny cool bar. Here I am with Mariana (from Choque), Derrick Green from Sepultura, Flavia, and Eduardo Saretta (from Choque).
Baixo from Choque!
Oooh Hoo!! Guess what song this was?!
Setting up the posers at Choque.
Getting ready to put some stripe action on the walls!
Flavia and Eduardo at the Pre-Opening Party they threw for me! Fun!
Me with Baixo.
Rockin with Derrick!
Then during the week I took a break from painting the mural to do a 4 color serigraph with some cool printers in São Paulo that Choque knows. This is my final inking.
Checking the key line film.
Painting in the seps for the skin tone. There is a layer of Rubylith under it, because I had to see how that 3rd layer would look before I could paint the first one.
The printed skin tone.
Weird Brazilian rags... I thought they were funny. Not very functional though. I prefer regular rags.
Painted film of the skin shadows and dress.
That same layer printed.
Seeing how the line art and hair rubylith looks over the first 2 printed colors.
Me mixing my inks!
Screen for the 3rd color... which is a nice metallic mauve.
And then the final print!! This is an edition of 40, with 2 split fountains, and they're available through Choque Cultural.
The almost finished mural! It was so much work, but it was so fun to do!!
Part of the gallery...
And the opening reception begins! Happy people with happy art! Woo!!!
Cutest little girl ever.
Here is the hallway to the downstairs mural, where we had the time lapse video playing for people to see the process.
Yumi and her hubby Titi Freak with their tiny baby, Haroldo, and Mariana chillin in front.
Peeps. Dont ask me why there is a tiny shopping cart in the room... ?
And then after the opening we went to our friend and amazing chef, Checho Gonzales', new restaurant AJI in São Paulo. With Edu, Matias Maxx, Checho, Mariana and Baixo, Flavia and Stephan. The food was soooo yummy!!!
Some Mr. Wiggles love
I got to visit Stephan Doitschinoff's studio the next day and check out some new work for his museum show. Totally big and beautiful.
Some OG shit up in here... haha...
Then I got invited to a collector of mine's house for lunch. The is just part of his amazing car and motorcycle collection. Retardedly awesome!!
Some classic Brazialian tags.
This is just kind of amazing...
And then I was off to the airport after an amazing 2 weeks in São Paulo to start on the rest of the tour. And what better way to leave the city than with a Bunny.
SKETCH THEATRE DRAWING AT SDCC
While I was at San Diego Comic Con, the people at Sketch Theatre asked me to come make a drawing. Check out the time lapse video here.