Tuesday, May 8, 2012

where the wild things are

Today we are aware as never before of the plurality of human life-styles and possibilities, while at the same time being tied, like in an old silent movie, to a runaway locomotive rushing headlong toward a very singular catastrophe. 
 Gary Synder (b. 8 may 1930) poet, ecological philosopher
quote from Earth House Hold: Technical Notes and Queries to Fellow Dharma Revolutionaries

i met ben a few weeks ago when i went to a wild ramp picking party - the ramps were great  but they weren't nearly as wild or as wondrous as the asian inspired art which ben wears.

ben graciously gave me on a tour of  his ink work - most of the magnificent and powerful art was done by a denver based tattoo artist named john slaughter.  ben said he simply told slaughter the type of symbolism and images he would like and away slaughter went!

the detail and intricacy of each piece was amazing - i particularly liked the small fox-like face  at the center of the samurai's body!

ben recently moved to cleveland and is currently the executive sous chef at muse, one of cleveland's premier dining establishments.  i have found that some chefs have some of most amazing and interesting body art - not too surprising - for the core of preparing good food is  a creative and expressive endeavor!

this morning i heard that maurice sendak died .  

adieu maurice.

in memory of maurice, in lieu of a song today i offer a reading of where the wild things are, sendak's most famous book.   although i love max and his wild things, i think my personal favorite children's book by maurice is mickey in the night kitchen.  probably because for me it is the most fun to read out loud -it is so musical and fun and of course centers around food -  i'm in the milk and the milk in me!! god bless milk and god bless me!


Alan Burnett said...

Oh, I used to read "Where The Wild Things Are" to the Lad when he was little. Thanks for the photos, thanks for the reading, thanks for the memories.

chef said...

I just want give credit where credit is due, the samurai is a collaboration of two artists, Byrd in Philadelphia, and Karl Brenner in Cleveland. John did both of my arms. Thanks for the kind words, it was a pleasure meeting you!!!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

chef - thanks for the clarification! byrd and brenner, like slaughter, are also maestros of the ink! may have to find out where brenner works - i do have a wee tat in mind for myself if the time ever seems right (long story, but no tmi here!) ben, i do hope our paths cross again.....

Steve Reed said...

I love the goldfish on his upper arm -- that's a beautiful tattoo.

Watson said...

Awesome art!