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Getting tidy and organized

Long overdue clean-up of my space. I should have taken “before” photos! I’m going to clear coat the two main work tables as they badly need refinishing. Tonight I repainted the white table white and I’ll some water based poly on them over the course of the week.

I fixed a minor issue on transformers with the trough switch, and then I marked out where I need to grind a groove on these new William flipper bats so they fit in the old em mechs. I am unsure whether I need to do this but the old style ones are no longer available and mine are torn to shit. I’d like to get space mission up and running again, which will motivate me to rebuild the match unit and then maybe I’ll sell it.

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Total Nuclear Annihilation

TNA: I love it whether I fail or succeed. It is so fucking good it makes me want to cry.

Had a great time with Eric, Rob, and Chris playing dollar games at Brixie’s tonight. We played a lot of TNA and a bit of each of the other machines. I won zero, but i actually played pretty consistently and had some pretty great games. I really need to watch some tutorials and study the rules for these ones.

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Getting back into Team One

Space in the garage has opened up a bit so i’m getting back into my Team One restore. It’s a bit slow going as I try to remember where i was with everything. I pulled out the Chime unit and tilt mechs. Rebuilding chimes with the Pinball Resource kit is absolutely worth it because… BELLS!

I’ll probably be spending the next few weeks rebuilding all the mechs i’ve pulled off. Will also need to tear down and rebuild both drop targets because they are really cruddy.

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Brixie’s monthly tournament

Attended my first official pinball tournament at Brixie’s. In the past i’ve always arrived as the tourney was ending to play dollar games with the remnant. 

I’m not sure that I like tournaments. I was really nervous and there were a lot of people. On the plus side, I got to meet Krystle in real life for the first time. It was good making that connection and to meet some of her Belles and Chimes friends. 

Overall, my anxiety and the fact that i am not familiar with the rules for any of these machines made it less fun than it could have been. I’m still committed to doing these tourneys, but i need to get some practice in to actually enjoy it! 

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The Grocer: more works on panel

Buddha’s Hand. Acrylic on paper. Paste-up for G40 Street Art Show, DC. 2009
Mutant Tomato. Acrylic, paper, and maps on wood. 2008
Tiger Melon. Acrylic on wood. 2007
Bunch of Carrots. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2010
Sacred Pineapple. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2008
Tomatoes on the Vine. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2010
Eggplants (work in progress). Acrylic, ink, and paper on wood. 2009
Small fruits. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2010
Banana Wall, Apple Wall (Red Bull Cooler). 2014?
Banana Wall, Apple Wall (Red Bull Cooler). 2014?
Indian-APPLE-is. Acrylic, ink, paper, and map on wood. 2016
Orange. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2016
Heirloom Tomato. Acrylic on wood. 2013
Heirloom Tomato (work in progress). Acrylic on wood. 2013
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The Grocer: early works on panel

Cherry. Acrylic, paper, and resin on panel. 2007
Dragon Fruit. Acrylic, paper, and resin on panel. 2007
Soup Fixins. Acrylic and paper on cutting board. 2007
Soup Fixins II. Acrylic and paper on cutting board. 2007
Blueberry World (with Allison Rae). Acrylic and paper on wood. 2007
Baby Zucchini (skate deck). Acrylic, ink, and paper on wood skate deck. 2008
Unknown title. Collaboration with Peabe. Acrylic on wood. 2007
Bruised Banana. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2007
Street Slice. With Rejoice and Vegan. Acrylic, paper, and spraypaint on wood. 2007
Ginger. Mushroom. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2007
Guac Fixins. Acrylic, paper, and ink on wood. 2007
Trio of Peppers. Acrylic, paper, newsprint, and resin on wood. 2007
Leek. Garlic. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2007
Limes. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2007
Baby Zucchini. Acrylic, pencil, ink, and paper on wood. 2007
Row of Apples. Acrylic and paper on wood. 2007.
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The Grocer: more street work

More street installations from 2007 and 2008 by The Grocer.

Mutant Cucumber. North Ave near Damen. 2007
Mutant Cucumber. North Ave near Damen. 2007
Cut Grapefruit. Milwaukee near Damen. 2007
Nipplettoes (imagined fruit). Halsted near Cermak. 2007
An Apple for the Big Horse (with Allison Rae). Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park. 2007
Banana Boat for Thee Viking. Near Milwaukee and Wolcott. 2007
Banana Boat for Thee Viking. Near Milwaukee and Wolcott. 2007
Meyer Lemon. Milwaukee near Damen. 2007
Meyer Lemon. Milwaukee near Damen. 2007
Red Plums. Pontiac Cafe, Damen near North. 2007
Red Plums. Pontiac Cafe, Damen near North. 2007
Cut Watermelon. Milwaukee Ave near North. 2008
Avocados, relocated. Milwaukee Ave. 2007
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The Grocer: summer 2007

More works by The Grocer from the summer of 2007.

Row of Apples at the Pontiac on Damen near Milwaukee. 2007
Avocado sketch. 2007
Avocado on Halsted near 16th. 2007
Cherry sketch.
Cherry, on Milwaukee near North Ave. 2007
Cherry, on Milwaukee near North Ave. 2007
Kiwis, on Hoyne at North Ave. 2007
Kiwis, on Hoyne at North Ave. 2007
Beet. On Milwaukee near Western. 2007
Avocado. Damen Ave Blue Line station. 2007
Cut Watermelon. Milwuakee Ave near Racine. 2007
Avocado, evolving with the property. 2007
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The Grocer, first works

In the summer of 2007, I began making original fruit and veggie themed paste-ups and installing them on derelict walls in Chicago under the moniker “The Grocer.” At the time, these acrylic paintings on paper gave me a cathartic outlet that the “serious” paintings I was doing at the time didn’t provide. Below are some of the first works I put on the streets.

Red onions on Milwaukee near Grand. 2007
Red onions on Milwaukee near Grand. 2007
Artichokes on Chicago and Damen. 2007
Carrots on Halstead near 16th. 2007
Radishes on Damen near Augusta. 2007
Tomatoes on the vine near Damen and Division. 2007
Watermelon in an alley near Damen and Division. 2007
Watermelon in an alley near Damen and Division. 2007
Horned Melon, corner of Milwaukee and Grand. 2007
Collaboration with Rejoice. Grand Avenue near Milwaukee. 2007
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