You were born free, you got fucked out of half of it, and you wave a flag celebrating it.

- Doug Stanhope


"Hot Sex", 2014.  Available at FFDG.



Matt Hensley.  I grew up skating ditches like this in Albuquerque.









APC Spring 2015 RTW collection.

When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely - the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears - when you give your whole attention to it.

- J. Krishnamurti


"Heavy Metal", 2014.  Available at ffdg.net.



Kien Lieu.

When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into it’s dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment.

- Pema Chodron








A Detacher Spring 2015 RTW collection.



Mark Gonzales. (I use to rock those pants.)



"Hagakure", 2014.



With my old friend Diego Mannino, DeYoung Museum, SF, 2012.

Be true to the thought of the moment and avoid distraction.  Other than continuing to exert yourself, enter into nothing else, but go to the extent of living single thought by single thought.

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo


SF, 2012.



Architect Frank Lloyd Wright.



Fan art for Kat Von D.



My homie Kien Lieu got pop!

Merely thinking about (meditation) practice is like pouncing on the shadow and missing the substance.

- Ajahn Chah


With my crew at Plum Village (Thich Nhat Hahn’s Buddhist community), France, 2005. 









A Detacher Spring 2015 RTW collection.



"Gorilla", 2014.  Available at ffdg.net.

Let me say it like this:  My DNA needs THC, OK?  The reality of it is the tribal peoples of the world have always used it in some form or another.  I hear two sets of stories.  From some people I hear, yeah, they used it and they’ll explain how it was used.  Then I hear another set that will say no.  The ones that generally deny it was used have a heavy boarding school education.  The traditionalists know, you know?  The people knew what all the plants represented.  That’s part of what it is all about.  They didn’t say, “I’m not gonna touch this plant because an oppressor is going to come someday in the future and make it illegal.”

- John Trudell, spokesperson of the American Indian Movement


Dubose Tunnel, SF, 3am, 1996.  Chris Woodcock photo.



Jordan Trahan.  Samuel Ashley photo.



Agree (RIP), Albuquerque, 1990.



If they have guns, we should have guns.

In an effort to make my work more affordable, I cut the prices of all the pieces in my current show at FFDG in half.  Those of you who’ve already paid the full price will be offered a 50% refund or an extra drawing.  For the rest of you, please don’t sleep.  The 11x14” drawings are now $400 and the 24x36” photo/illustrations are $1500.  Go to ffdg.net/shop to get yours.



"Go!", 2015.  Available at ffdg.net.

If one man is lynching a man in front of twenty men – all twenty men are guilty.  They’re allowing it.  They’re guilty of negligence of righteousness.  You have to care for others.  There’s always someone among you who has to teach those that don’t – even if just by example.

- RZA


Gonz, LAX Banks, 1996.  J. Grant Brittain photo.



Albuquerque, 1981.



"Frustration", 2015.

Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you?

- Terence McKenna






Bottega Veneta Fall 2015 Menswear collection.



Daser.



Wes Lang.



Jef Whitehead (Wrest) of Leviathan.

In the early 1960s cannabis was once again popularized by poetic nonconformist beatniks.  Pot helped to open the eyes of the youth and change the values of a whole generation of flower children that questioned the value of war and the sanity of global pollution.  In response President Nixon declared a drug war upon the flower children and their threatening tendencies toward peace and their ubiquitous sacramental incense, marijuana.

- from Green Gold: Marijuana in Magic and Religion by Chris Bennett, Lynn Osburn and Judy Osborn


Rime MSK.



"Frisco", 2014.  Available at ffdg.net.







Bottega Veneta 2015 Fall Menswear collection.

Remember you don’t meditate to “get” anything, but to get “rid” of things.  We do it not with desire but with letting go.  If you “want” anything, you won’t find it.

- Ajahn Chah


Stay balanced.



Joshy and I, De Tweede Kamer (my favorite coffeeshop), Amsterdam, 2008.



Trixter.



"Forgive", 2015.  Available at ffdg.net.

It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

- J. Krishnamurti






Derek Lam 2015 Fall RTW collection.



San Francisco, 2010.



"Empire", 2014.  Available at ffdg.net.

When marijuana was popularized in the 1920s and 1930s in the American jazz scene, blacks and whites sat down together as equals and shared “joints.”  The racist anti-marijuana propaganda of the time used this crumbling of racial barriers as an example of the degradation caused by the Devil’s Weed.

- from Green Gold: Marijuana in Magic and Religion by Chris Bennett, Lynn Osburn and Judy Osborn


Leviathan.



Track bikes are sexy.



Gary MSK.



With Dad and sister, New York, 1979.

Don’t be attached to visions or lights in meditation, don’t rise or fall with them.  What’s so great about brightness?  My flashlight has it.  It can’t help us rid ourselves of our suffering.

- Ajahn Chah


Margaret Kilgallen.



Los Angeles, 2010.



"Eightfold", 2014.

If you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan.

- Terence McKenna


Margaret Kilgallen (1967-2001)



One of my favorite pieces ever.  Toronto, 2008.



Tonight!  Solo show at FFDG in San Francisco!  2277 Mission St. near 19th.  Be there!



Barcelona, 2007.

When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into it’s dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment.

- Pema Chodron


Timothy Leary (1920-1996).



Margaret Kilgallen (1967-2001)



The last deck I illustrated for Think, 2003.



"Eastside", 2014.

Although one would like to change today’s world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done.  Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.  This is the mistake of people who are attached to past generations.  They have no understanding of this point.

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo


Paris, 2008.



I miss this girl.



Margaret Kilgallen (1967-2001)

When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.

- Krishnamurti


Albuquerque, 2006.



"Despair", 2015.



My homie Jason is looking for models to shoot in the Bay Area while we are there for our show at FFDG on Fri Feb 13.  Please get in touch with him.  Thanks.



Roids.

Rocking too much bling can reveal a hole in a man, an emptiness he’s trying to fill with diamonds.

- RZA


SF, 1996.



Hope to see you there.



Mike Giant x Jason Siegel.  Available Feb 13 at FFDG.net.



"Defiant", 2015.

I went all over looking for places to meditate.  I didn’t realize it was already there, in my heart.  All the meditation is right there inside you.  Birth, old age, sickness, and death are right there within you.  I travelled all over until I was ready to drop from exhaustion.  Only then, when I stopped, did I find what I was looking for… inside me.

- Ajahn Chah


I read this series when I was in my early teens.



Margaret Kilgallen (1967-2001).



Oakland, 1998.

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