I don't claim to know a lot about art. I've taken art classes at various levels of education. Stretching from the creation of (finger paints in Kindergarten -and every Sunday morning since-) to the analysis of (writing position papers about how a crystal candlestick "affected" me in a college class) all types. This blog post is less concerned with museum level professional art, and more focused on the socially popular art mediums - music, fashion, food, and of course beer.
I will touch briefly on music. I like good music. I have no problems with songs I like being lumped into the "mainstream" category, because if I like songs, I want to hear them. With all this motoring around, I always have the radio on. Surely there is a pack of hipsters in tight jeans and ripped flannel shirts searching for me on their fixed-gear bicycles with a prepared speech on how big corporations control the radio and the media and the only "real" music left on planet earth comes from a band that doesn't exist yet. Save your breath, I'm on your side, but I will still crank up and enjoy listening to good tunes on the radio. Oldies, newbies, even if it is the new Beyonce song, albeit only in the car with Kellyn W. and David M. I took a dig there at fashion with the hipsters. Basically I'm a little out of touch and bit oversized for skinny jeans and deep V t's (Jeff H and Pat W, I'm looking at you here). I hate spending money on clothes, I go on benders every few years and get some nicer shirts, a jacket, and of course skivvies and socks. I dress up for fancy events and my belt will usually match my shoes. I'm still waiting to hear back from all the magazines I've contacted, offering my services as fashion consultant. No word yet I'll keep you posted.
I do come across some creative art along the road, usually in the "defaced" genre. Spraypainted billboards, graffiti, or "paint happy bastards"-name that movie- that fill in the missing part of the '6' in '65' so everybody thinks it says '85'. Gets me every time. Switching mediums, I also feel the creativity of bathroom stall defacers has really declined. Perhaps the materials are harder to carve or solvents are stronger and can erase even the most permanent of inks, but I'm not sold. I think there might be some guerilla marketing opportunities to exploit here too. I can see the headlines - "Presidential candidate launches campaign. Stops along interstate to include Warfordsburg, Hershey, and New Stanton." Those are all PA interstate rest stop, BTW. Obviously we would have to invent a new political party. Better headline -"Mud Skipper Party candidate stalls in Ohio" HA! I also have wondered if the person next to me is really fighting the good fight or providing audio cover as they etch to the world who sucks and who doesn't. Intriguing.
I'm going to roll food and beer together with a Cheeseburgers comparison, because I like doing CRAZY things like that. Let's go ahead and shorten Cheeseburgers to CB's for starters. There are so many varieties of CB's and Beers, and they can be lumped into similar categories. For the sake of time we will make 3 Tiers. Lets say, for example, tier 1 has BudMillerCoors lineup with BurgerkingMcDonaldsWendys. By all associated definitions, they fit into their respective categories, you can get them all over the world, and they aren't very exciting. Everybody's had them, and they know what to expect. Taking a giant step, there is a second tier. (I encourage you to fill in tiers 1.1-1.9 at home, family game night!) Let's say this tier has higher quality ingredients, might only be available regionally, and is much more exciting. For CB's maybe this is Five Guys, BRG, in California In-and-Out Burger, and even the non-chain but not gourmet shops in the small towns- you get the idea. For Beers, maybe we say this is where great craft beers live. Just as with the CB's, there are good and bad beers at this tier. The third tier is elite. This is where CB's of epic status rule the Griddles and Grills, where quality is at it's peak and creativity unparalleled. Here, there are no "bad" CB's or Beers, just differences of what people like and don't like. For island reference I'll highlight the King Burger- LoLa Burger realm and our Woods/ Island reserve beers. By no means am I trying to slight any other CB's found on island or Beers on tap - I drink far more Bailey's Indie and Grey Lady than I do Woods beers, it's just one nerd's reference guide.
Mobile bartending updates - DC, VA, Philly, currently in Pitt. Headed to FL next week. Also, I got a super rare treat- encore presentation of the Dusty 45's! They played a rockin good show (obviously) at the Old Brogue in Great Falls VA. Played it mighty fine.
Eat good burgers and drink better beer.