Climbing Valentine’s Card

For our first Valentine’s Day together, I wanted to make a climbing themed card for Christine. This was about 5 years ago, and we had only been dating for a few weeks. We had first met in the climbing gym, so I decided it would be cool to make a “Would you be my Valentine?” card and hide it at the top of a route for Christine to find.

Climber's Prom

That night I had the Valentine’s Day card hidden in my chalk bag as I asked Christine which route she’d like to climb first.

“I’d like to try that 11B” she said, pointing to one of the tallest routes in the gym.
“Really? That looks kind of hard.” I replied, “Maybe we should warm up first.”
“You don’t have to climb it.”
“No” I said, as I started threading the rope through my harness, “I do.”

I had only been in the sport for a year and was most comfortable climbing 10Ds at the time, but I tried my best to finish this long route. I didn’t flash it, but I did successfully sneak the card at an easy to find spot.

Christine went next and flashed the climb. As I lowered her back down, she had a big smile on her face as she read the card. She said “Yes”.

Ever since then, Christine has kept pushing me to climb a little bit higher and try new things.

Tying the knot

 

Donating 100% of album sales to the ACLU this weekend

Bandcamp announced they are donating their cut of album sales to the ACLU for the day (2/3/17). In solidarity, I’m donating 100% of my album sales on Bandcamp to the ACLU too. This will be for any sales between now and Monday morning.

I might suggest my 2008 rap album “Me Geek Pretty One Day

or my most recent album “Destroy All Presets

 

Denim Wallets available again

About ten years ago, I was paying rent in SF by yo-yoing, tailoring, and selling denim wallets. The wallets were made with the scraps from high end selvage jeans and, like a pair of great jeans, got better with age. I stopped making these wallets about 5 years ago, but often get asked to make a few more, mostly from folks who lost their first denim wallet and want a replacement.

So I’ve made a few more wallets and listed them on my Etsy page (with more to come probably). There are two styles currently, red leather with gold selvage denim or brown leather with double denim. All my wallets are designed with a minimum design that tucks into itself to stay closed.


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Yo-Yo Pentagram is metal as fuck

Metal as fuck

Here’s a little illustration idea I’ve been playing with lately. Maybe for an enamel pin or something, I dunno. It’s based on an actual trick that I learned from Spingear Akiba‘s Instagram page.

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