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DeVita at King's Ave


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Figured I'd start a quick little thread on this!

Went yesterday afternoon with a buddy who bought a piece for himself and another for a friend. Wasn't expecting to be so into so much of Thom's artwork.. seeing it on a screen doesn't really do it justice. At all. Super powerful.. and really fun. Met him and Nick Bubash and Thom signed my copy of his book... They thought it was pretty funny that I didn't realize those little black stamps of the man in the hat IS THOM! Shoulda known.. that design would make a killer tattoo, too, by the way.

Thom was funny and very nice. I asked him about a photo of him that was in display and he said he liked it because it looked like he'd just come out of a casino at 5AM. He talks very, quietly. He was rifling through his bag to find the brush he usually signs things with and came up with a ball peen hammer and gave me a sideways glance -- "Well, that's not it," he said.

Another quick thing, as we were looking through the portfolios sitting out a dude asked, "Hey, you mind if I just look over your shoulder?" I told him no problem as my friend and I pored over the pages and this dude was all up over the portfolios.. ended up snagging four rubbings and pounced on one when my friend passed on it. I kept thinking shit, I know that dude from somewhere.. "That was Civ, dude," my friend politely told me. HA!

Ok, not such a quick thread. The atmosphere was pretty electric there.. Talked to Mike and their awesome shop dude Jon (who happens to be a reg at my bar) and just had a really fun afternoon and wanted to share.

Anyone else?! Thank you Chris Grosso for making it happen.. wanted to talk a bit more but it was a busy time.

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I couldn't get off work, so I sent my sister and brother in law (both have lots of work from O'Donnell, and just started getting worked on by Hooper) to 'cover' it for OV- if anyone takes pics and feels like sharing, I'd love to have multiple 'views' for Occult Vibrations!

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I went on Saturday after my gf and I got tattooed at Smith St. It was really awesome. Thom's artwork is really great, and, as mentioned, seeing it in person makes it that much better. It's truly amazing how that dude doesn't waste an inch on any piece that he does. There are stamps and paintings on the inside, underside, and backs of nearly all of the cardboard box pieces he had showing. It was great.

Thom was super nice, and I was really happy to have met him. I got to talking to him about his art, and he told me it usually takes him a few hours to complete a piece, but will wind up adding things to it over the course of several days. I was able to get one of the paintings he made from the art show fliers. I've gotta thanks Chris Grosso for 1) letting me take some cool pictures that I'll post sometime this week 2) introducing me to some awesome people, and 3) just being an awesome and really nice dude.

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I went once a day every day it was up. I bought a big insanely beautiful scroll painting from Thom. Had the pleasure of meeting Scott Harrison, who was the coolest fucking dude. Got to hang with Binky and Higgs for a minute. Watched Grez tattoo some. Took a polaroid with DeVita. Met some nice folks, saw some people I don't see too often. Chris did an amazing job setting it all up, attending this is already the coolest thing I've done in 2013 and I have a feeling it's gonna be tough to beat.

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