Dating an astronaut. Becoming an astronaut. Learning to speak Swahili. Your bucket list may be packed with all kinds of glorious things you want to do before you die; some tangible, some fantastical and some just for the fun of the thought.
And the thought of certain activities can be much more exciting that actually completing them. Think climbing Mount Everest or breeding lemurs.
That makes the traditional bucket list a bit impractical. The traditional list also has another factor working against it. Although the phrase and concept of a bucket list have been kicking around for years (excuse the pun), the term really roared into regular use after the release of the 2007 movie of the same name.
Subsequent mentions on TV shows that range from “Glee” to “NCIS” further cemented the concept into popular culture. And when anything soars into popular culture, you know what needs to happen next.
Casa de Jacobus rules. And it happens to be for rent in Tucson.
This historic house has all the modern conveniences — including a new outdoor name and address sign from Ryndustries, LLC.
Homeowner Mary has a grand artistic eye and the interior is as sweet and cozy as the exterior. She also rents to midtown Tucson abode by the night, week, month or even longer for folks passing through. If I didn’t live in Tucson already, I’d definitely opt for this relaxing getaway over an annoying motel.
And e-mail Ryn Gargulinski to order your own custom outdoor sign. Address signs, cool family name signs, welcome signs, no soliciting signs or just plain “Go Away” can be yours today. All colors, sizes, styles welcome. Signs use exterior paint on durable metal. Filed edges for safety, wire loop or drill holes for easy hanging. Pick your take! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Mary for the excellent Casa de Jacobus project. It was especially enjoyable because she gave me the text, numbers and measurements and let me run rampant with the rest. The house is as beautiful as she are!
Creepy and crawly does not have to be gross. It can instead be as sweet as this alien monster burnt-edged bug thing.
What a cute little creepy crawly critter.
This cute creepy crawly critter features metallic gold paint mingled with black polka dots and edging for contrast. His edges were cut with an electric welder, giving him a ragtag, rugged look perfect for imagining him scampering about your yard or living room.
Mr. Creepy Crawly makes a perfect addition to any children’s room, especially if you hang him on the ceiling directly above their beds.
This guy measures approx. 15 in. long from tail tip to neck, 19 wide from bent leg to bent leg and stands about 10 high at his highest point.
Bendable metal legs make it easy for you to place him on a fence, atop your mantle or creeping up a tree.
Tucson talent rocks. Evidence includes funky trash cans on Fourth Avenue, mosaics on highway overpasses and now an animated music video produced by Tucson’s own Eric Heithaus with art by yours truly, Ryn Gargulinski.
Please enjoy watching “Everyone I Know Needs Love” as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Main character Dollie is a cartoon I drew years ago, inspired by Quint’s line in “Jaws” about a shark’s eyes being like a doll’s eyes.* Doggy is my standard dog image that resembles my dog Phoebe yet also works to embody every dog in the world.
This is my first illustrated animation project and one on a long list of Eric’s successful music – and other – productions.
The only other time my artwork has moved around on its own was during a horrific nightmare where all creatures in my house and backyard started attacking me.
It is much more pleasant when such critters are captured in a little box on the screen.
Thanks! Eric for working with me and coming up with this idea while vacationing on a San Diego beach. The video, all told and in between day jobs, took about a year to complete.
I’m posting the full press release that goes with the video below, which gives you more on the story and where we’re both coming from.
P.S. If you cannot tell from the video, we are both avid animal lovers. The partnership mentioned at the beginning of the clip, “Sawyer and Mr. Angel Association,” is named after our dogs.
PIGS ARE PEOPLE, TOO
Animal abuse, haters and worldly woes quashed in debut cartoon video
Animal abuse leads to people abuse – we don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us that. We don’t need a rocket scientist to come up with a way to stop it, either. We just need a wacky artist working with a creative music video producer to come up with a funky, fanciful story of two cartoon characters bent on saving the world.
Oh, yeah – we also need a bomb.
Haters are everywhere – and our heroic cartoon duo of Dollie and Doggie make it their mission to stop it. The sweet team starts off thrown in a garbage can, from whence they scamper only to witness a litany of animal abuses. Horses pureed to pulp in a glue factory. Pigs slaughtered for sausage. A puppy mill. The animal abuse works as an analogy for the people abuse, maltreatment and general hatred that saturates the world at large. The video’s song, “Everyone I Know Needs Love,” offers a hint of the solution in store.
The cartoon video collaboration
Dollie and Doggie star in the video, a project born from the twisted collaboration between two Tucsonans. Producer Eric Heithaus worked on the music and animation end of the project. He produced the catchy “Everyone I Know Needs Love” song with pianist Sly Slipetsky and vocalist Angel Diamond, as well as toiled long hours making a stuffed pig fly. Artist Ryn Gargulinski worked equally as hard creating a cast of cartoon characters that always seem to look like they just got hit by a truck. We think it must be one of her trademarks.
Tucsonans Eric Heithaus and his wife, Amy, are the masterminds behind Heithaus Productions. While their company has produced everything from documentaries to news and features, it is now focusing on music videos. Eric’s music video production tops competitors as he not only produces the video portion, but he’s a talented music producer. His successes include Tucson’s colorful and creative street musician Black Man Clay, vocalist Laura Ward and his band Children of Gods. More at www.heithaus-productions.com
Ryn Gargulinski, Tucson resident, Michigan native and longtime New Yorker, has her own list of successes and talents. Writing and art have long topped the list, but this video marks her premiere animated project. Other credits include two illustrated humor books: “Bony Yoga” and “Rats Incredible,” both published by Conari, dozens of news and feature articles, a weekly column and myriad artwork published in a variety of newspapers and journals from New York City to India. Her current gigs include writing four blogs for TucsonCitizen.com and her art business of RYNdustries. More at www.rynrules.com and www.rynski.etsy.com
*Quint’s doll’s eyes quote: “And, you know, the thing about a shark… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living… until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin’ and the hollerin’, they all come in and they… rip you to pieces.”
What do you think?
Are you a fan of music videos? Of cartoons?
Is is just me or are today’s cartoons quite lame compared to the cool ones we used to get?
P.S. A cashier at Best Buy yesterday looked confused when I mentioned “The Flintstones.”