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Pigs are people, too: Animal abuse, haters and worldly woes quashed in debut cartoon video by two Tucsonans

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.

Dollie and Doggy/Art Ryn Gargulinski

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.

PRESS RELEASE:

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.

The story

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.

The producer

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

The artist

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

WATCH the video on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-oVcJf-yCI at  Heithaus Productions at http://heithaus-productions.com/everyone-i-know-needs-love/ or on Rynski’s Blogski.

Contact producer Eric Heithaus at ericheithaus@hotmail.com and Ryn at rynski@tucsoncitizen.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.”

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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.”

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Naked Nazi Minnie Mouse and more TODAY on Rynski radio show – Update with playlist and recording

A naked Nazi Minnie Mouse, naked and/or singing cowboys and so much more are up this week on Rynski’s Shattered Reality Internet radio show at Party934.com.

Not a naked, Nazi Miinnie, but a mouse nonetheless/Illustration Ryn Gargulinski
Not a naked, Nazi Miinnie, but a mouse nonetheless/Illustration Ryn Gargulinski

Tune in Wednesday, June 23 (today!) on Party934.com. Showtime is noon in Arizona, 3 p.m. EST.

Party934.com is an online radio alternative for listeners sick of stations that play one song followed by 500 commercials.

This week’s musical line-up includes tunes for Louisiana native James as well as loyal TC.com readers Radmax, Leftfield, Eric Heithaus, and even an Arkansas-related ditty for “yer pal, Ferrari Bubba.”

Rynski’s Shattered Reality is on every Wednesday at noon in Arizona, 3 p.m. EST.

What: Rynski’s Shattered Reality Internet radio show
When: Every Wednesday for one hour
Time: Noon in Arizona, 3 p.m. EST
Where: www.party934.com

Click and take a listen LIVE – or, if you missed the time slot, check out the recording to be posted after the fact.

P.S. Yes, I got a new microphone to replace the crummy, fuzzy one I was stuck with last week.

UPDATE with playlist:

MISSED THE SHOW? Click here for a link to download June 23 Rynski’s Shattered Reality

Hopefully I will find a better way to post recorded show, as TC.com site has strict size limit on audio files and will not support files of the show’s size.

You can also check out podcast on Party934.com in the iTunes section (posted a few days after the show).

P.S. Still having microphone issues – so don’t be freaked out when my talking is all low followed by BLASTING LOUD music – haha.

Playlist from 6/23 Rynski’s Shattered Reality

Black Uhuru – Slaughter

Cowboy Mouth – Joe Strummer

Serge Gainsbourg – New York USA

Led Zeppelin – When the Levee Breaks

Joan Baez – Kumbayah

Primus – The Return of Sathington Willoughby

The Vaselines – No Hope

Ancient Astronauts – Track 6

Black Oak Arkansas – Mutants of the Monster

Jane’s Addiction – Idiots Rule

Tracy Bonham – Brain Crack

The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize

Renaissance – Can You Understand?

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Please feel free to leave input, questions, requests or topics you want to hear more about by leaving a comment below or e-mailing rynski@tucsoncitizen.com

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Downtown Tucson gets new art haven, artists wanted

Too many of Tucson’s cool buildings go the way of the bulldozer – but not the one nestled next to downtown’s Solar Culture gallery.

Downtown's 35 E. Toole is slated for art haven/Ryn Gargulinski
Downtown's 35 E. Toole is slated for art haven/Ryn Gargulinski

The building at 35 E. Toole Ave. is instead becoming an artists’ haven, with studio-storefronts lined with windows ready for a delightful, disarming – or creepy – array of art.

Let’s up the description to an artists’ heaven, as studio-storefront monthly rents start at $150.

We can barely buy a good pair of shoes for that much anymore.

Art from Solar Culture's June 12 opening/Photo Ryn Gargulinski
Art from Solar Culture's June 12 opening/Photo Ryn Gargulinski

For Solar Culture owner Steven Eye, this move to expand the downtown art scene is only natural. This Philadelphia transplant landed in Tucson in 1985 and was bent on fulfilling the mission to “make ecstatic energy available to the people.”

He’s got that mission down to a science, as anyone who has been to Solar Culture, 31 E. Toole, can attest.

Now open daily from noon to midnight, Solar Culture’s 3,000 square-foot Art Deco building has been around since the turn of the century – and showcasing community art and music in one form or another since Eye moved to Old Pueblo 25 years ago.

Eye definitely has an eye for what works – and bringing the community together through art, music and all things creative.

But don’t take it from me – take a gander at his past ventures:

Art from Solar Culture June 12 show/Photo Ryn Gargulinski
Art from Solar Culture June 12 show/Photo Ryn Gargulinski

1978: Steven Eye and “group of us kids” take over abandoned lot in downtown Philadelphia for skateboarding. Build ramps they “would ride with wild reckless abandon.” Realized they had to skate to music to “create a weightless flying feeling pushing your mind and beyond all previous known limitations.”

Eye’s skateboarding group discovers – and fall in love with – punk rock. Need more, more, more of it.

1982: Eye and pals form BungaBooshEye and start bringing all-age punk shows to Philly at a place they called Love Hall. Bands included Meat Puppets, Husker Du, Scream, Misfits and more.

1981 to 1983: Eye busy documenting Philly punk shows on video tape.

1985: Discontent with “all the urban squalor surrounding me in Philly” Eye moves to Tucson “to try to develop a deeper relationship with this earth.”

1987: Eye rents old produce warehouse at 31 E. Toole from Arizona Department of Transportation

Art at Solar Culture June 12 show/Photo Ryn Gargulinski
Art at Solar Culture June 12 show/Photo Ryn Gargulinski

1988: Warehouse has first art opening under name of Hellrad Club. Name soon changed to Dodajk International (aka internal nation of the wild).

1988 to 1991: Dodajk International holds more than 70 art and music openings, including Crashworship, Helios Creed, Tragic Mulatto and more. Events had to be stopped due to “continual threats and harassment from the police about the people who were attending our shows, and no support from the city officials.”

1991: Eye vows never to do shows in Tucson again.

1991: Eye re-inspired by Tucson community, rents another building from state at 530 N. Stone Ave. which becomes Downtown Performance Center (DPC).

1991 to 1995: DPC hosts more than 800 shows, including Green Day, Blind melon, Bad Brains, Rancid, Feast Upon Cactus Thorns and more.

Aug. 1995: DPC closes due to “continual police harassment, and the West University Neighborhood Association’s full-scale assault on us for having some of the troubled youth that came to our shows roaming through the neighborhood that surrounded the DPC building.” Note: DPC building is now the Matt Bevel Institute.

1995: Eye vows never to do shows in Tucson again.

Art at Solar Culture June 12 show/Photo Ryn Gargulinski
Art at Solar Culture June 12 show/Photo Ryn Gargulinski

1995 to early 1999: Eye becomes re-inspired, holds art shows at 31 E. Toole building, renamed it Datura Studios and Gallery.

Spring 1999: Building reborn as Solar Culture.

Oct. 1999: Solar Culture’s first art opening and music event.
“Now the music has been flowing freely like never before, as bands regularly come to town from all over the world.”

Summer 2001: Eye joins forces with Club Congress at Congress Hotel and starts 21-and-over bar shows by Oct. 2001. Turns over concert connections to Club Congress Feb. 2003.

June 2010
: New art haven in the works at 35 E. Toole Ave., adjacent to Solar Culture. Studio-storefronts for rent – art haven opening estimated in August.

Source: SolarCulture.org

One of studio-storefronts at 35 E. Toole/Photo Ryn Gargulinski
Studio-storefront at 35 E. Toole/Photo Ryn Gargulinski
One of studio-storefronts for rent at 35 E. Toole/Photo Ryn Gargulinski
One of studio-storefronts for rent at 35 E. Toole/Photo Ryn Gargulinski
Studio-storefront in new downtown art haven/Photo Ryn Gargulinski
Studio-storefront in new downtown art haven/Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Anyone interested in renting a storefront-studio can contact Steven Eye at 884-0874 or e-mail info@solarculture.org

Full disclosure: I am a regular community artist contributor to Eye’s shows and would rent one of the storefronts myself if I could figure out way to make it work.

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What do you think?

How often do you go downtown events?

Have you been attending the 2nd Saturdays Downtown now that they are re-established?

Have you ever been to Solar Culture?

Who is your favorite Tucson artist?

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