Monday, March 22, 2010


I spent the weekend down in Austin, Textus for the MOG party at the sxsw music festival/interactive conference. It was an unveiling of the MOGmobie and it seemed as though it was a hit. If nothing else, it is a smile generator.
I had a great time. The Black Keys, Broken Bells and my favorite, Demolished Thoughts featuring Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), and Andrew WK. I was rocking my homemade leather pants, my Chuckie T Experiments and a clean function shirt. I felt like a hundred bucks.

The function shirt attracts a weird demographic. I was getting the "sup, we-have-high-visibility-stripes-in-common" head nod from the traffic and construction guys. One citizen thought I worked for the city. I was eating one of the tastiest pulled pork sandwiches when the guy came up to me and said,"Excuse me, sir? There is a dead dog in the river over there. Could you take care of it, or call someone?"
I said, "Now you tell me, right after I dropped four bucks on this sandwich!" indicating that I could and would have been happy with a free dogmeat sandwich, had he informed me 5 minutes earlier.

But enough about the past.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but a decent picture costs a thousand bucks. That is a dollar per word. Maybe I should consider a career in wordography. How many words are in an average epic? I'll call it The Baths I've Taken. That would get me in the lettuce.


[let-is] Show IPA
a cultivated plant, Lactuca sativa, occurring in many varieties and having succulent leaves used for salads.
any species of Lactuca.
Slang. U.S. dollar bills; greenbacks. fun tickets.

This is a tentacle of the multipus growing in my head as I try to figure out how to make the MOGmobile project a juicy worm that will attract more pleasure. I mean, work. Where do I go from a big blue hairy monstermobile? Maybe I'll do a boat with Dorrito sails or figure out a way to attach mini ad banners to mosquitos. Let's make a phone for the clumsy and the fatfingered!

As much as I love furniture, it is the design process that really curls my toes and I am hoping to use the MOGmobile project as a way to broaden my appeal. This weekend my friend suggested following his sister's lead and sell anti-fungal cream to podiatrists. I have to take that as proof that my appeal has already broadened and I am looking forward to a future more vast than bright.


[vast, vahst] Show IPA adjective,-er, -est, noun
bloated with opportunity, oozing good fortune; dripping fortuity, etc: the future looks vast.
of very great size or proportions; huge; enormous: vast piles of rubble left in the wake of the war.
very great in number, quantity, amount, etc.: vast sums of money.
very great in degree, intensity, etc.: an artisan of vast skill.
Can you tell I read a David Sedaris book on the plane? I would be honored if you could.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Out of the gates

Pre-departure trip to Richmond School. Driving my kids to school in the MOGmobile might have been the best part of the whole project.
Is it inappropriate to crank up the MOGmobile and start a dance party on RT 101 while we wait for a crash to be cleaned up?

All that remains here in Portland are the fiber shards in my underpants. I have come to enjoy the titillating effects of the glassy hair shirt and will miss the ganky smell of uncured resin in my sneakers. It has been a whirlwind of a month. The cardinal sin for a designer like me is to let a cool project out the door without a great photo. I am guilty of that sin, but that is what you get when you squeeze a 4 month project into 5 weeks. So you will just have to trust me when I say that the MOGmobile is amazing! Glowing eyes, articulating arms, rockin' stereo, smooth ride, hairy and hell a friendly. A little smurf, a little Grimace, a little Seuss, and a lot of blub blub blood.

The drive down to San Fran was a mess. It rained like crazy for the entire trip. Nothing like busting your butt on a project and having to deliver it, looking like a soggy muddy blue poodle. The good thing is that the MOGmobile functions very well in weather, so I don't have to worry about that.
Thanks to David Hyman and MOG for the opportunity to do this crazy project, and thanks to everyone for helping me out.

Now what? Anyone need their living room painted? I can clean out behind your fridge, I can do yard work, drywall, build a deck? What you want? I am available

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

magical drilling

Like snowflakes on a sunny day, we are all glistening in a magical sparkle cloud of fiberglass dust. It is truly beautiful. I dance in the heavenly mist.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

MOGress Report: All Praise The Blub Blubs!!

I am literally fighting back tears at the overwhelming outpour of effort and time people have put towards the MOGmobile. Remember when Tom Sawyer had to white wash the fence? Well this is that to eleven. People I don't even know are proudly donning the Blub Blub blacks and plugging holes just to be part of this insane project. Today we had 12 people working like ants and we got quite a bit accomplished. Unbelievable. Thank you.

The stereo rocks! This vehicle will cause mayhem anywhere it goes.

Friday, March 5, 2010


9:30-9:32 is exercise time at Kapow Design. Then, back to work. Put your respirator on and join us on the web cam, your day will be more productive.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hair phases are always tricky. Every hairy monster mobile I do seems to offer new challenges. In the name of R+D I bolted a fuzzy sample to the hood of my designmobile. I am happy to say that the hair has maintained its luxurious integrity through the last three weeks of Portland's wet winter.
The plugging process is tedious but offers a quantifiable satisfaction. This a hectic project and settling in to a plug session is a relief. Dip and plug, dip and plug, Ahhh sweet dip and plug. It is quiet, steady and blue.
All adjectives aside, here is how it really happens.
Team drilling
Team plugging

Team fluffing

MOGmobile Udate

The Team is kicking some fuzzy blue arse. We have enlisted a group of highly trained Blub Blubs to assist in the hairplug process. They are in the black Blub Blub shirts.

Blue too
Blub Blub
Blue hair here