I left New York for simplicity & solitude, and boy did I get it! If you want to talk about the utter standstill of a social life, that’s exactly what mine has become. To combat the effects it could be having on my well being I’ve gone back to the sketchbook + Adobe Illustrator.
Pouring my emotional void into this creative outlet is the way out. It’s been a strange discovery to have avoided really sinking my teeth into art for this long then reminding myself what I can actually do in this medium. As a result I’m vowing to make this another one of those redundant habits I’m unable to pull back from to the point where I over do it. That is my immediate, important purpose.
The next creative endeavor I’m finally getting around to now that the summer’s through is editing more of that footage from my month in NYC. I’ve posted about a half dozen new vids from that trip, and I’ve got somewhere around a half dozen, possibly ten more to come before I run out. But don’t expect those all to be posted over the next few weeks. I’m giving myself the whole winter to mull everything over and intend take my time on. It’s important each new post is up to snuff.
As for my next return to New York, I have no idea at all. My thought right upon leaving was to never go back again, or at least a 5 to 10 year hiatus. I will never move back, most likely. Christ, I miss my friends there though.
You’ll notice in videos to come over the next several months, I’m abandoning the park more than usual and pointing my camera into different surroundings and new strangers, acquaintances and friends. My dream is to start pursuing with my camera other subjects which fascinate me to no end, and I’m hoping 2019 allows for that.
The big news this week is the arrival of the brand NEW & awesome Original Jesus Dressup 2018! It was 15 years ago when the first Jesus Dressup came out, and the comparison of that one and this one is striking.
By eliminating the text at the bottom, utilizing all of the spare room on the page, and a die cut that’s right to the outline of the of art I was able to get nearly double the number of clothes items on a set! I’m just so thrilled with how perfect it came out. It’s everything I ever wanted Jesus Dressup to be.
If you know of a store in your area you think might carry these on their shelves, or if you yourself are interested in selling these, please contact me for wholesale information. Or if you just want to get one to play with by yourself in your lonesome, here ya go!
As for my Union Square visit, I was there the entire month of May, and I’ve still got a lot of footage left to share with all of you. I spent time with Inna, Shaggy, Alexa, Tabatha, Erica Mancini, Ricky Dale and a whole bunch of of others that I’m looking forward to getting up online. I do however plan to take my time with each of these vids so you’ll just have to be patient. I don’t want to rush things.
Today I did an extremely frank interview with Christian Sears on his “Investigates” podcast. We talk about the past, future and behind the scenes of Amazing Strangers. Here’s that interview, a link to the Homeless Exposer blog, and below it are the videos in which we chatted about.
It’s that time again when I haven’t updated long enough to finally get an email asking if I’m still doing the site and/or selling Jesus Dressup magnets. The answer’s yes. Plus I’m also selling Trumps & Mohammeds as well. Can you think of anywhere else that combo of themes is available??
At the moment I believe I’ve posted the last Amazing Strangers video for a while. You can see all of the latest ones there in the right sidebar. There comes a time when I just can’t seem to find anything worthwhile enough to edit. But that could change at any point because I am indeed working through all those folders preparing a paperback book which’ll be stories & art, but mostly photos of Union Square Amazing Strangers.
My local bookstore/coffee shop Book Nook has offered to print it up for me through their publishing company, West Vine Press here in Whitehall. Then later this winter I’m planning to host video presentations here at the shop. We’ll see how that goes. I’ll be sure to make the book available for purchase here on the site.
I’ve yet to get any offers on a place to stay in NYC to encourage more frequent visits. But I do have a friend willing to rent me a room for a month in May. If it’s still available to me by then I’ll be taking her up on the offer. That’s when you can expect brand new, current footage added to youtube.com/normalbobnyc.
In other interesting Amazing Strangers news, my friend Nick (New York Nico) back in 2014 purchased one of Roman’s signs for a dollar, and has since had it framed! It’s now hanging in his hallway, and I thought you all might like to let your envious eyes lay upon this lovely piece of art.