Archive for May, 2010

That title describes my next blog perfectly.   I want to tell you about my good friend Phil Harris.   Phil, as most of you know was one of the captains on The Discovery channel’s Mega Hit show  “THE DEADLIEST CATCH”.  He was the captain of the CORNELIA MARIE.      I had wanted to meet him for a while and could never seem to find him even though he (as I found out later) lived about 5 miles from my shop!    My chance to meet him finally came one day curiously enough through my work.  I was introduced to him by the then sales manager of a local Harley Davidson shop.        He came to my shop to talk about doing a mural job on his TITAN motorcycle chopper.  I was at first a little star struck but shortly after that started to think of him only as  “Phil”  in fact, we became so close as friends I actually felt like I knew him my whole life.  we soon were flipping each other shit and joking and laughing all the time. whenever he would get tired of all the attention he would come and hide at the shop and visit us. Nic especially loved him. she said Phil reminded her of her dad who she doesn’t get to see as much as she’d like because he lives so far away. when Phil would come in she would get  her ” fix” of stand-in  dad love.  he would come in and say “How’s it goin’ darlin?” smile and give her a huge bear hug and chat for a while.  he was always like a cat on a frying pan though. hardly ever sitting still, drinking one of our energy drinks and smoking a cigarette! Phil was the ONLY person allowed to smoke in my shop. he would always go outside to smoke when he was smoking more than usual and if you were in a conversation with him you had to follow him outside to continue it!   Phil had a heart as big as the Bearing Sea.  he would constantly bring me projects to paint. his bike, corvette, big truck, even his R/C boat he would run on Lake Conner.  I also did his dads 56 pickup.  he  even was working with Discovery to get me my own show!  at his memorial I can’t count how many people told me he would talk about me all the time.  “he really loved you guys” they would say. Phil wanted his bike to have a pirate theme but in his words he wanted his pirate to look like a,  “real “pirate not some fucking pretty boy hollywood pirate!”  that statement was followed by his all to familiar gravelly laugh! Muhahhaahaha!   he left the details up to me and when the time came to check my progress he stopped in. but , not just him! no!   it was Phil, Josh, Jake, their sister, Scotty Hilstrand ( from the TIME BANDIT), and his friend!  holy crap!   what an enterage.   when they walked into the booth and saw the parts their eyes bulged out of there heads and Phil had a smile from ear to ear!  there was a whole lot of HOLY F&%#’s going off around the booth.  pointing and smiling hahahaha, I love that part!   to say he was thrilled is an understatement! and when he discovered the salty old pirate with the knife scar across his face and nose complete with a cataract in one eye and a gold earing he lost it!   THAT’S ……FUCKING……PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!  “It’s like you read my mind and put it on that tank!” ” you little shit! Muhahaha!  come here!”   he then shook my hand and gave me a huge hug.    SO you like it? I said?  hahahaha!  he just said I don’t know how you did that!  that’s crazy!    and that was the way it was with Phil from the time I met him till the end.

I told people that these guys aren’t just characters on a show we love to watch, they’re our friends!  and if anything happened to them it would be way more personal to us!  I always worried that they would sink to the bottom of the cold ocean. what a terrible way to go! not only him but his crew and especially his two sons.

when he would get ready to leave for the new Crabbing season he would always stop by and say goodbye.  we missed seeing him and hearing from him when they where out at sea.  we worried about them too.

When he was leaving this season I made sure that I called him while he was on his way to the airport and wished him luck and told him to be careful out there and that we would see him when he got back.   he said  “OK Buddy!”  Little did I know those would be the last words I’d  ever hear him say.  While off loading crab Phil suffered a massive stroke. it was Josh who found him on the floor of his state room.  11 long hours later the life flight came to fly him to Ankorage.  the doctors put him in an induced comma to relieve the pressure on his brain, 4 days later they brought him out of it. the doctors couldn’t believe how well he was doing.  he even was able to watch the Super Bowl.  he was supposed to be moved to Seattle for recovery.

I was the one who got the news that day. it came from an unlikely source, my friend at the welding shop next door.  Shawn came in and said “sorry to hear about Phil”   I said “what? ‘he’s in recovery and doing ok!”   “No Mike, I just got a call from my son a few minutes ago, he spoke directly with Jake, it’s true”    Oh My god!   this can’t be true I thought!   Nic was on the phone with a customer and I tried to get her off the phone to tell her.   I wasn’t good, let me tell you!      I actually found out before Grant, his own father!  I had to tell him!  that was terrible!

after all the shock of the news wore off a bit I got a phone call from the family.  It was Phil’s best friend Dan who was with him when he died.    “Mike,  you said if there was anything you could do for the family we should just ask”.   “what can I do? ” I asked.    “we want you to paint Phil’s urns.” was the answer. “We want you paint two Harley Sportster tanks for him, Discovery wants to film it.”  I was shocked! this is a huge deal for Phil’s family and myself.  ” I would be honored to do it” I said.     To tell you the truth the filming part really didn’t mean much to me but the chance to honor my friend did.    I looked around for some used sporty tanks but could only find “Coffin Tanks”  tanks shaped like old fashion coffins.   Not gonna cut it. too creepy for me.  it was then I remembered I had a set of older Harley tanks in my loft storage and they where already in primer!  so I went upstairs to get them down .    they are the older split type tanks with the typical teardrop shape to them. flat on the bottom and rounded on the front tapering down to the rear.  they have mounting rings on the front sides of the tank.

when I found the tanks I picked both of them up with my right hand  from the bottom rings at he same time. when I lifted them up the flat bottoms came together with a clang!  I looked at them and got goosebumps all over my arms and a chill up my spine!  When the two tanks came together they formed a perfect heart!    Holy shit!  I immediately knew what I wanted to do!     Phil’s favorite color was red, perfect for the heart shaped urns!    The whole reason  for the two tanks was that half his ashes would be buried with his mother, and the other half would be brought up the the Bearing Sea at the opening of crab season and literally Blown Up! spreading his ashes over the water!  ( this is still being debated over).

So armed with this new inspiration I knew exactly what I was going to paint! on the left half of the heart I painted Phil smiling while he was signing autographs. I wanted this half to be the Land lubber Phil and Phil the son and father.  I had him riding his Titan motorcycle, Josh, Jake,and Grant.  I put his little Yorkie Terrier “gizmo” on there as well.  He loved black jack and craps, so I painted cards and dice. he also was a QVC addict! hahaha buying Carson city silver dollars and gems!   so on they went.  on the right tank I painted Phil the crab boat captain. all serious with a gruff expression and folded arms. above him was the Cornelia Marie fighting a stormy sea. I also put an Icon of Dutch Harbor on there as well, the russian orthodox church complete with a bald eagle perched on the cross above the domed roof.  all the artwork was done monochromatic tone on tone all in various shades of red. and as an added touch to salute my good friends passing, his life and friendship I painted a king crab leg and claw busting through the tank holding up a “duckfart”  as a toast from the Bearing sea and the crabs he searched for his whole life.( this is for those of you who don’t follow the show, is a drink all the captains toast the upcoming and closing of crab season with. It is famous up there in Dutch. its Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, and Crown Royal)   This is my favorite part of the tanks artwork!  on the left side I painted a ribbon the read “Swift Journey”on the left side, and “Safe Passage”  (a nautical term) on the right side.

when the two pieces come together the arwork forms everything that was Phil Harris and it flows seamlessly from the left to the right.   I have to tell you I worked hard on the tanks for two days straight late into the night.  the artwork just poured from my hands and I’m not ashamed to say tears flowed from my eyes at the same time.  I was without a doubt the hardest thing I ever had to do. When I was finished I just looked at the tanks, I wondered how Phil would have like them then I thought the words ” Fucking perfect” just what Phil would have said.  when the family saw the tanks I got the same jaw dropping reaction as before minus the swearing and smiles. the look in Josh and Jake’s eyes said it all.    I had the boys sign the tank by their pictures.  Nic put her own personal message to her friend Phil.  ” Phil , you will always have a special place in my heart! XOXO  She misses him terribly and she misses his hugs.   I also wrote ” Phil thanks for the friendship, I’ll miss you! ”  everytime I hear a harley pull up to the shop with the radio blairing I think , Oh, Phils here….then I remember he won’t be coming through that door again. We do however get to see the boys and Grant from time to time. and Dan pops in for a visit to see how things are going too.

watching the whole drama unfold lately on the show is hard to watch but I can’t help but watch.   I know what’s coming and it’s gonna be tough for a lot of fans to see.   remember Phil.  we were so lucky to have him in our lives!   rest in peace  Swift Journey,  Safe Passage my friend. 

I always worry about doing work for finicky customers or high-profile people I haven’t gotten to know yet.  just recently I was asked to “do my thang” on actor Johnny Depp’s” 51 Merc being built by BS Industries in Burbank ,Ca.    what a freaking ordeal this was!  let me  start at the beginning.    I was told by my producer that they were going to be doing a show involving Johnny Depp’s Merc.  I said   “I HAVE to get in on that build! and lo and behold I was in!    SWEET!      now came the hard part, what to do on his car?   I was told he said i could paint anything i wanted on it.  great! now what?  we all put our heads together and did online research  and came up with that he is part native american, I believe Apache, he likes things in 3’s ie: triangles or things in multiples of 3’s etc.  AND, he has a moustache and beard collection ………!

ok, now what do I do with that information??    I decided that the beard and moustache thing was useless to me and trew that out of the mix.  I took everything else and came up with a piece for the trunk.      the car was going to be painted dark DARK green almost black.  the paint had green pearl in the black basecoat and then was given a couple coats of Kandy Organic Green to intensify the color.  in the shade or in low light situations  the car looks black but in the sun the car reflects green on all the high points.   the plan was to put a long narrow band of green fire off the front wheels flowing all the way back over the rear fender skirts. this would go great with the chopped top bad ass look the car already has.    on the trunk I designed an apache skull and headband with three eagle feathers hanging from the side. behind the skull I painted the letters JD in a way that they looked like they were chipped from flint and when the letters were together they made a triangular shape similar to an arrow head.  behind that I did spread eagle wings with green fire flowing off of them up the center of the trunk.

sounds cool huh? it looks sweet!   but thats not the saga I was talking about.    Uh, No!                    so there I was in Burbank Ca. at BS Industries hot rod shop waiting to get my eyes on the project of the day. after a couple of hours Bodie Stroud the owner of the shop pulled up with the rolling chassis of the Merc directly from the paint shop.  the car was pulled into the shop and unloaded from the trailer.  I was eyeballing it to fine tune my design.   Bodie was mic’ed up and they began to film his interviews about the build, Johnny’s expectations of the completed project, he even mentioned what I was going to be doing on the car.  this all takes time to do because they do things multiple times to assure they have enough footage so the editors have enough to work with for the final cut.

so there I was waiting……watching the clock tic away.  I only had today to paint this car because filming ended on this episode today, NO DO_OVERS!  no pressure or anything!   while I was waiting I was contemplating getting my stuff ready so they wouldn’t have to wait on me and we could just paint and film.  so I went over to my suitcase to get my pattern for the trunk piece and my exacto knife and box of blades, all 100 of them.   I looked in there and saw the gallon Ziploc bag that had my stuff in it and opened it to find that TSA at Seattle’s SEATAC airport had taken them out of my bag!!!!!!!!!!!!   NO Knife! sonofa!**! mother f*&#!rs!  now I have to take time I dont have and run and get another knife and blades and get back in time to start.   Off the set to Michael’s art supply to get a replacement knife and blades then mad run back to Bodie’s place.   so now we’re back and I get my sketch out and make the appropriate cuts in it to get it ready.  still not ready for me!  ok, I guess I’ll get my airbrush and paint ready. so I head back to my suitcase to retrieve my airbrush hose and get ready to hook it up to the shops air lines.  I was just about ready to attach my hose when realized I didn’t have the airbrush hooked up to it! DUH! had I hooked up without the airbrush on the hose the air would have just blown out the end whipping the hose around like a crazy cobra on crack!  not to mention it would have messed with the already on going filming.

so I go back to my suitcase again to now ge my Iwata custom Micron airbrush.  I reach into the bag and guess what????   THOSE MOTHERS TOOK BOTH OF MY AIRBRUSHES TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   SONOFA BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  NOT THAT!  ok now my heart is racing and I’m starting to sweat like a pig!  what the hell do I do now??!!!!    I’M SO SCREWED!   I have to find somebody to beg borrow or steal an Iwata airbrush to finish this project!     I call on my good friend David Monig who owns COAST AIRBRUSH  (THE ONLY PLACE YOU NEED TO GO TO FIND ANYTHING AIRBRUSH RELATED!)

I asked him if he knew anybody in the Burbank area that carried Iwata.  he was in the middle of another call and asked me to hold on.  damn!  I had to do something else!  (sorry dave)    we located an art store in the area that carried Iwata ( the only airbrush that fits my hose) and took off!    while I was on my way to the art store my phone rang,    it was Dennis my producer!   “where are you mike?” he asked.  ” I don’t want to tell you I said!”   “what? ” he asked, “whats up man? we’re ready for you”    I told him what happened and to say he was aggravated would be putting it mildly!   I assured him I had the situation under control and I’d be back in 20 minutes or so.   after I dumped $200 on a new airbrush we headed back to the shop again.

now when I started this project today I had 5 hours to paint the car, not bad, i could do that easily. But with all the bullshit I now have 3 hrs to do the same job!  it has to be right, and it has to be perfect! and I have to do it double time!    I love it in the kitchen baby!     when i got there I hit the ground running! and painted like a fiend!   I kept one eye on the car and the other one on the clock on the wall!   after all was said and done I miraculously got the car finished with 10 minutes to spare! ha-ha!   now it was time to split.  after a hurried goodbye and a quick photo session I was off to LAX fo fly home.  we had to leave early because the traffic is just stupid on the way there at that time of day.  we got lucky with the traffic and even got there early enough to catch an earlier flight!

I’ll have more photo’s of the car when it’s finished.  I got word today that Johnny loved the car and said it was bitchin’!  so, now the pressure’s off!    for now!

Lots of people have asked me “Mike, how the heck did you get on television?”  The truth is, totally by accident!  To tell the story accurately, I’ll have to start from the beginning, in 1999.   I had recently moved to the Northwest from Upstate NY (A whole different story I won’t get into here).  I had started to build a small clientele that hadn’t seen my type of work in this part of the planet.  My friends said “Mike, you need to get more involved with the hot rod community and we think you should set up at the Seattle Roadster Show,” so I did. The show was held indoors at the Quest field convention center.  I had paid for a small 10’x10′ booth space and set up my little show.  I had a tailgate from a friend’s Dodge Ram pickup truck that had a ram bashing its way through from the inside of the truck bed, some panels with various examples of  my artwork, my photo albums, and a framed 24″x24″ piece I did of a lion with its mane made of fire called the HELLION.  This ended up being the very first piece of the now famous True Fire!   It was Thursday- set-up day, and I was finished with my booth so I decided to take a spin around the show to check it out before the show opened tomorrow.  There were tons of bad ass cars there! lots of other cool stuff too.  I had never seen anything like this before because I had only been to motorcycle shows across the country and this was a whole new world to me.  While I was there looking around, I came upon a beautiful black ’32 roadster.  It was up on stands, wheels off, over WHITE carpet! It was surrounded by a very expensive looking aluminum stanchion railing.  There were lights and mirrors under the car, and the underside of the car was just as nice as the top!  There was a guy actually POLISHING the underside of the front fenders while wearing white shoe covers!  I was like, “What the hell?!”  As I was standing there admiring the car, I saw something with my painters eye that most people would have not noticed right away-  a scratch the with of a pencil lead through the single orange 1 1/6 ” pinstripe just in front of the cars driver side door.  I figured if this guy was worried about polishing the damn bottom of his fenders, he’s really gonna be messed up when he see’s this scratch!

I looked at the guy and said, “I can fix that scratch for ya.”  You should have seen how fast he came out from under the car! Hahaha!  He said “WHAT SCRATCH?”  I showed it to him and he asked when I could fix it. I told him I would bring my paint kit tomorrow, and fix it before the show opened.  The next day, I got to the show and quickly repaired the scratch.  You couldn’t tell it had ever been there.  He asked me what he owed me and I said, “I dunno, $20 should cover me for my troubles.” I figured at least I was gonna get my lunch paid for!  He told me he knew where my booth was, and would bring the owner by later that day to pay me.  I left thinking I’d probably never see that twenty bucks but oh well, I had just made a deposit in the Karma bank.  The day went by with people stopping by the booth checking out my work, talking about potential jobs etc.  My friend Greg Reid from REID signs in Seattle was there with me when it happened……..    I looked down the aisle and saw the guy who was polishing the car with this red-headed guy walking my way.  They came directly to my booth and stopped.  The guy said “This is Mike, the guy who fixed the stripe.”  The red-headed guy thanked me and handed me a $20 bill.  He introduced himself only as Chip.  He talked with me for a while checking out my photo albums and artwork.  The HELLION interested him in particular.  He said, “That’s Bitchin’! Is it for sale?”  I told it wasn’t, but I could paint him one if he wanted one.  Then he asked me if he flew me down to California, would I consider painting that fire on a project he was working on?  I said SURE!  So he took my card, and said he’d call me soon.  I was like, hmmmm, that was interesting!  But I never thought I’d see this guy again.

It was then that Greg looked at me and said, “Do you have any idea who that was?”  I said “No, why?”  He said, “That was Chip Foose!!”  I was like, “Yeah? Who the hell is Chip Foose?”  Greg couldn’t believe I didn’t know who he was!!  Up to that point, I had only known the motorcycle world.  Ask me who Willy G. Davidson was, and I would say, “Hell yeah I know who that is!”

Greg filled me in on his identity, what he was involved with, and the fact that he actually built that car from scratch!  He also designed the Plymouth Prowler.  “You are SO in!”

From that chance meeting, I went down and painted a ’56 Chevy pickup with the Hellion Version of TrueFire on the sides of the truck. That truck was featured in “Classic Trucks Magazine” and from that vehicle I was called back down to do the same paint job on Mother’s Wax’s PT Cruiser sedan delivery.  That vehicle was featured in a magazine, as well at SEMA in Las Vegas.  It was there TRUE FIRE met the world!

Not long after that, I received a phone call from Jesse James, of WEST COAST CHOPPERS and Discovery Channel’s hit show MONSTER GARAGE.  The call was initiated by Cliff Steiglits (sp) from “Airbrush Action” magazine.

Jesse needed somebody to paint one of his Monster Garage vehicles (the Ranchero mechanical Bull).  He told me he’d put me on TV, but he said, “What’s in it for me?” “What do you want?” I said.  He told me “I want you to paint my GMC Pickup with that sick fire you do!”   “DEAL!”  I said.  I went down and KILLED it on the TV show, and then did his truck.  You should have seen the look on his face!  PRICELESS! Hahaha!  He knew that truck looked bad ass!

I knew that once Jesse was seen driving around in that truck, the whole True Fire thing would take off like crazy! In fact, that actually happened when he was filmed in an AUTOZONE commercial with the truck!  That, plus the other two vehicles I had already done with Chip Foose!  Having my name and the True Fire Technique connected with those two giants was a win-win situation!  Now here’s where it gets interesting… Right after the “Monster Garage” episode, and doing Jesse’s truck, I was sent two motorcycles from Jesse’s shop.  One was his own personal bike, and the other belonged to Kid Rock. Holy shit… Now what do I do?  Jesse wanted a Frazetta / Death Dealer motif, and Kid Rock’s bike was getting a True Fire job with the “General Lee” painted on the rear fender.  These two bikes were featured on “Motorcycle Mania 3” on the Discovery Channel.  This is the show where they rode their bikes to Mexico’s copper canyon.  From there, I was asked to do 5 more “Monster Garage” episodes.  Now, while I was doing an episode of Monster Garage, I was invited to appear on a new show on TLC called  “OVERHAULIN'” So I went from one show in Long Beach to another brand new show in Huntington Beach Ca. with my old friend Chip Foose. What a week!  After I got started on “Overhaulin'” it was one show after another!  Now that I had done so well on camera, and produced killer work, I was offered another show called “Rides” on TLC from the same producer of “Overhaulin'”.  The show was going to be called THE ART OF THE FLAME .  They came to my shop here in Snohomish and filmed me doing a ’34 ford coupe with my signature True Fire.  My part was only supposed to be a small portion of the show that featured other artists they had already filmed.  It was only after they had filmed at KP that the called me, and said they had so much great footage that they decided to do the whole show about me!  OH MY GOD!  “You’re kidding me, right?” I said.  Nope!  And that was the one show that put me solidly on the map!   My very first one-hour special!  This was HUGE!  After that show aired, my website received TWO MILLION hits!  The phone rang for days.  While on one call, the call waiting would beep two to three more times (missing two to three other calls) and we had three people answering emails at a time.  Once we answered a bunch, and figured we had taken care of the pile a whole new list of them would drop in!  It reminded me of that arcade game centipede!  It was amazing.  After that, we hooked up with DELL computers, and did a special limited number of edition XPS gaming systems signed by Michael Dell and myself. They were sold for $10,000 each, and were sold out BEFORE they were released!  Amazing!

From that “Rides” episode came two more, then I did “Hot Rod Television” for the SPEED channel.  I was asked to do MIAMI INK soon after. Then I did a show for the OUTDOOR CHANNEL called ROCK THE BOAT.  I’ve done EVENING MAGAZINE twice here on local TV, and I’ve also done a show called Garage Mahal on the DIY network. Recently, I have done a hunting show called “Turkey Thugs” for the Pursuit Channel.

Now think about this for a minute.  All this happened with a single tiny stroke of a pinstriping brush that Friday morning at the Seattle Roadster show!!!!  Believe it or not!  This just goes to show you that you never know what situation you’ll find yourself in that will change your life forever!  You might be late to a flight and miss your plane and be all pissed off. Then, while waiting for the next plane, the one you weren’t supposed to be on, you sit next to someone who will find what you do fascinating, and offer you a deal you’d never have gotten if you were on time!  Don’t laugh, it happened to me!

I believe in karma. I believe things happen for a reason, whether you believe it or not. I believe in god, and I believe in myself.  Opportunities may come your way, and you’ll need to know how to make the most of them!

Do good things, and good things will come to you.  I was extremely lucky, and lightning struck in a bottle for me. BUT, if I had these opportunities and didn’t do my part, and produce work that was exceptional, the rest of it would never have happened!  I was lucky, yes!  Worked hard, YES!  I took advantage of unique situations, ABSOLUTELY!  Handed a free ride to success? NO WAY!  A lot of painters out there feel like they deserve the same deals I got, and maybe for some that’s true. For others, probably not!  I get a lot of jealousy out there for my success with the television stuff. I don’t know how to take that, because the reason they’re so busy with their own fire jobs is because of me being on TV. They are making tons of money directly because of my being out there making it a world-wide phenomenon!  Don’t bash me because you’re not on there. Be happy you’re reaping benefits because of it!   My ultimate goal is to get my own TV show. I’ve been trying for 5 years to get one, and have come close 3 times. But for one reason or another, the networks can’t seem to understand how a show about custom paint can sell advertising dollars, and keep an audience entertained week after week!  OMG! how wrong are they!??  I say as a test, put me in a glass box in any mall ANYWHERE in the world, and film me painting on hidden camera. Watch and see how many people stop and stare for hours!  I DARE YOU! LOL!!!

I feel the time for us artists to shine on TV is coming soon,  I hope I’m gonna be part of it!!!  If not, I’m proud of what I’ve done, and VERY grateful to those who made it happen!

Bloggin’ like a virgin

Ok,  they say there’s a first time for everything so here goes nothing!   I don’t know anything about blogging I’ve never even read anybody’s blog before so I have no idea what to do. I’m guessing I just tell you what’s going on or whats on my mind or tell you about my feelings….oh God, not that!

Just how long is a blog anyway?  I would  have been  blogging a long time ago if it weren’t for My girlfriends insistence of not being helpful in my time of techno troubles!  she obviously hasn’t received the same treatment from myself when it came to matters of the airbrush! If you’ve seen her work lately! 🙂  but alas I managed to put the two techno brain cells I have together and POOF! here I am……blogging. hehehe  I don’t need no stinking help!    what am I saying?  of coarse I do!  All kidding aside, I couldn’t do any of this stuff if  didn’t have Nic to help me.  she’s a wiz at this computer stuff!

 I have a nasty habit of just submitting my posts without proof reading what I’ve written so if you see spelling or grammar errors…….deal with it! hahaha  you’ll know what I’m talking about and I never claimed to be perfect!

  Today started out like most Mondays, slow to get into the shop, at least an hour and a half behind my other more timely employees. but in my defense, I worked most of the weekend so I feel like I’m allowed to come in a little late if I work after hours or on the weekends right?  ok, maybe I should set a better example.  what -ever.

started work again on the Amazonia fridge and helped Abel a little with the truck we are doing a complete color change on.  got a visit from Grant Harris and his buddy to pick up the last piece of Grants classic chevy pickup truck we did for him. grant is the father of the late Phil Harris from the show “Deadliest Catch”  you can tell Grant really misses Phil.  I have Phil’s portrait piece on an easel in my showroom right now, I felt bad it was there when he showed up but I had no idea he was going to be coming in today. If I did I certainly would have removed it to spare Grant from opening that wound again.

I’m trying to find the time from keeping this boat afloat to work on one of my new personal projects but can’t seem to do it.  I’m just gonna have to make myself do it or it’ll never get done!

well, I suppose this is a good first effort to blogging! I hope it didn’t put you to sleep!  hahaha!  see ya next time