I took the above picture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, because I am kind of silly about records. I am surprised that I didn't get killed for using the flash.
So, I have been tagged, and I need to find a way to intersperse seven weird things about me into this post. I'll challenge myself and try to tie each fact in with a picture from the trip I took to New York in May. I'll do my best. Thanks, Alice!
I snapped this picture from the window while riding through Manhattan in Joan's taxi.
So here's my first factoid:
My all-time favorite band is the Clash. For the same reason, I had to take this picture (some shops in downtown Brooklyn) in honor of "Jimmy Jazz," a fave Clash tune:
Well, maybe that isn't weird enough. Here's one:
I LOVE to play chess. I am the holder of a trophy that I won from my husband after winning 100 games against him. I'm really not that good but I do love playing.
Here I am, looking like a dork, playing chess at Washington Square Park with some of the hustlers who were actually in the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer:Yes, of course, I lost, but it was 5 bucks well spent.
Well, here's another picture (no flash this time!) that I took at the MoMA. I am showing you this because you might think it's weird that my son's middle name is Elvis.In truth, he has two middle names. His name is Julius Elvis Chaos Claringbold.
Speaking of him, I might mention the weird fact that he was born at home. Okay, that's four facts...
Fact #5: I am a big fan of the author Kurt Vonnegut. I had to take a picture of this sign hanging outside of a little club we went to in Brooklyn called Goodbye Blue Monday. It was just too cool. Here we had cheap wine, checked email, and witnessed an amazing performance by Elizabeth Devlin:
Anyway, I love Vonnegut and I will never forget the time I got his autograph when he visited Powell's in 1992.
Fact #6 : I'm a friend of a friend of this person!While we were at Coney Island, Joan pointed out this big painting and told me about how she was once roommates with Heather Holliday, World's Youngest Female Sword Swallower.
Everything was closed down for the season, so unfortunately we didn't get to check out any of the freaks.
Finally, Fact #7 -
The fact that my business is called Eye Pop Art does NOT mean that I make Pop Art. People often assume this. The inspiration for my business name actually came from this incredible piece of art work:
This excellent piece was executed by none other than Julius Elvis Chaos, when he was in first grade. He chose it to hang in the school art show, and when asked to come up with a title for it, he decided to call it "Eye Pop."
I thought that was brilliant.
When I was trying to think of a name for my business, I kept going back to the phrase, "Eye Candy," which is how I have heard a lot of my friends describe my work. But that just didn't quite seem right. Then it dawned on me: why not Eye Pop? It was fun to pay a little homage to one of my favorite artists (Julius), and also a good play on words.
We have a little family joke -
When I say, "Eye Pop Art" -
You say, "So do I!"
So there you have it, seven facts about me, and many bonus New York photos too!
And would you believe it, I just checked back and saw that I was only required to list 6 things, not 7! So I overdid it. Oh well, nothing unusual there.
And now I will "tag" six bloggers with this exciting assignment! I have picked some really nice people. They are: