Posts Tagged ‘ink’


Everyone likes a naval orange.

February 9, 2014

naval orange

Just kidding – those things are the worst.  I prefer my fruit free of pesticides AND umbilicus.


Cheddar should be sharp enough to cut back.

July 22, 2013

sharp cheddar

For the past few years I have been suffering from eczema on my hands.  After eliminating chemical and environmental sources, I have been looking at the possibility of a food allergy.  Our seven-month-old has had some issues with milk sensitivities and we thought perhaps I was experiencing a similar issue.

I visited the doctor in early summer and had some blood testing done.  As we waited for the results we have discussed how much more challenging it would be to avoid other common elements like corn, eggs, gluten, wheat, yeast, etc (or even worse a combination of more than one).  As my wife is still breastfeeding, we have seen how difficult it is to eliminate just one staple like milk from the diet.  Because we eat mostly food that is prepared from scratch, the idea of avoiding several ingredients seemed quite daunting.

As it turns out I am allergic to all of these and more.  It seems that I am at least “sensitive” to everything from the everyday ingredients listed above to more unusual foods like asparagus, lobster, and litchi fruit.  In fact, the only items that I remember having absolutely no sensitivities to were cheddar cheese, horseradish, and grapefruit.

While I will admit that each is tasty in their own way, I can’t think of many tasty recipes that combine all three…



April 18, 2012

I received an email about two weeks ago from a gentleman named Michael.   The message read:

“I hope you enjoy this! This is my first tattoo.  – Michael”

Wow!  I ‘m completely honored and flattered that someone would like one of these little drawings enough to have it permanently printed on their body.

However, Michael isn’t just anybody… he’s a bona fide rockstar!  His band, The Handsome Scoundrels have just released their first album.  If you have a few minutes, cruise over to their bandcamp page and take a listen.  If you live close enough to attend a live show – make him take off his shirt and flex.

Here is the original drawing:


This power tie takes it to the next level.

April 25, 2010

Personally, I don’t wear ties very often.  I only wear them for weddings or funerals.  Odd that these two events are at opposite ends of the social spectrum, but they have the exact same dress code.  Hmmm.

I own two ties.  I actually only ever wear one of them because the other is very ugly.  I should give the ugly one away, but I can’t.  I’m not sure why.  It could be many reasons, but I think it could be because I need the illusion of choice.  Obviously I’ll never really wear the ugly tie, but as long as it is in the closet I could. Especially if I ever wear the really ugly shirt that also lives in the closet.


Cowboy coffee.

April 4, 2010

The above picture is a painted version of the very first sticky note cartoon I drew over a year ago.  It’s something I still doodle variations of when I can’t think of anything else to draw.  I’m not sure why.  My guess?  I’m always dreaming of a cup of coffee strong enough to make the cup grow facial hair.


Pink. It’s his favorite color.

April 1, 2010

For anyone who doesn’t know, this quote is taken from the Aerosmith song, “Pink.”  The first live concert I saw as a teenager was an Aerosmith concert.  Aerosmith has been around quite awhile, but I was shocked to learn that Stephen Tyler is 62 years old this year.

He looked at least twice that old when I saw him.


Maybe the broccoli doesn’t like you either.

February 28, 2010

EDIT:  Due to several recent emails regarding broccoli t-shirts, I finally set up something on .  I remade the design so that it was more “t-shirt friendly” and I think it actually looks pretty cool.  If you are interested you can check it out at:

I always hear people complaining about broccoli.  It seems to be an unpopular vegetable.  Personally, I love broccoli.  I can only assume it loves me too.



Negative people and a ladybug.

February 24, 2010

This drawing took at least twice as long to draw as the average.  I finally gave up trying to fill in all the space with my fine-tipped pen and switched to a Sharpie.  It was much quicker, but also much more damaging to my brain because I forgot to open a window.



The same cartoon twice.

February 23, 2010

As you can see, I drew the same cartoon twice.  They are as close to being exact copies as I can manage without tracing.  I decided to draw it twice because I had just finished the top picture when I thought of a funnier caption (dang it!).

Although these drawing are only small sketches on yellow sticky notes, my limited drawing skills make creating them a laborious process.  In other words it takes time.  With one child and another on the way in a few short weeks, time is something I simply don’t have.  I suppose I could have just photoshopped the images, but……………… I……………… um…………….. (dang it!).

I should have just photoshopped it.


Pigs CAN fly.

February 21, 2010

Another pig-focused drawing.  Unlike most of the other pictures I’ve posted, this one could almost be inspirational.  Almost.


Baby teeth and asexual reproduction.

February 19, 2010

Everyone knows about the tooth fairy.  When you loose a tooth, you put it under your pillow at night and wake in the morning to find money in it’s place.  When I was young, my teeth were worth a nickel.  It was very exciting every time it occurred.  This week, a six year old told me that he received $10 for his tooth.


I’m not old.  I’m not even close to old.  Yet, that child’s $10 bill represents a 200 fold increase in tooth value from the time I was young.  I think we can conclude only one thing from this trend.

Forget stocks and bonds – invest in teeth.

Perhaps a career in professional three-legged racing is in his future?


Bigger is not always better and a petite elephant.

February 18, 2010

Then again, I could be wrong.  Check out the facial hair at the World Beard and Mustache Championships:

I am a very wise man.

My wife is currently 8 months pregnant.  Even though it has absolutely nothing to do with her, I decided not to show her this drawing.

As I said, I am a very wise man.


Static electricity super powers and an old man.

February 17, 2010

You must shuffle quite a bit to build up super power levels of static.

It’s not the wrinkles or liver spots that make him old, it’s the combination of a collar shirt under a sweater.


A loud shirt and the most annoying letter of the alphabet.

February 16, 2010

This is one of my very favorite things to say to people with brightly colored clothes.  Feel free to use this line also.  It is guaranteed to make you laugh.  However, it is not guaranteed to make you friends.

Don’t make me say it again.


Taekwondo boy and a man who is all ears.

February 15, 2010

He might actually look tough if he weren’t still wearing his little neckerchief.

Yuk, yuk, yuk.


She was surprisingly light on her feet.

February 15, 2010

My daughter doesn’t often say anything about my drawings, but she thought this one was really neat.  I would be flattered, but three year old girls love anything with tutus and tiaras.

5″ x 7″ ballpoint pen, felt tip marker, and watercolors.


George Clooney’s eyes and glasses for two noses.

February 13, 2010

I started drawing on sticky notes almost a year ago.  This was one of the first ideas I drew.  I redrew it recently because the original drawing was in ballpoint pen which doesn’t scan as well as the felt-tip pen I used this time around.

Like left-handed scissors, these are very difficult to find.


Floating eyes and a monkey hairdo.

February 13, 2010

I drew this because I felt like doodling a floating eyeball.  I’m sorry.

After I drew this picture I did a web search for “monkey mohawk.”  The search resulted in nearly half a million hits.  I present this as further proof that the internet is full of mostly nonsense.


A clown and funeral attire.

February 12, 2010

Another victim of clown profiling.

My wife looked at this one and almost did an honest-to-goodness spit take.  It was a good reaction.


Three nostrils and 1% milk.

February 11, 2010

I love this one.  Nobody I showed it to was overly excited about it, but I think it is probably my favorite so far.

I thought about two things when I was drawing this picture.

Firstly, it’s interesting that milk is not a typical liquid.  It is actually a special type of solution called a colloid.  Colloids are mixtures where one material is dispersed uniformly throughout the second material.  In the case of milk, butterfat globules are the substance that is dispersed evenly throughout the mostly water liquid.  This is virtually the only thing I remember from the four years I spent earning a BS in Biology, so I feel it is important to pass along.

Secondly, drawing a milk jug is hard.