Artist Bio and other such random info...
I do a bunch of different stuff, but my main gig for the last 17 years has been making art out of license plates. I have also dabbled in acting. I hosted a home makeover show for HGTV. I did stand up comedy for a while. Back in 2011 I moved to Boulder and started a company that makes an all-natural sports drink (www.skratchlabs.com). You know, because that's not a competitive market at all. I like to keep things interesting is what I'm saying. In 2015, I opened a small restaurant in the mountains of Northern California, food + drink. (www.thefoodanddrink.com) It's closed now (too small and too seasonal a town) but I'm in the midst of building out a space in Reno, NV to reopen it.
But let's get back to what this site is manly about; the art work. Every piece is made almost entirely from recycled license plates. It is not a social commentary. It is not a statement about America's dependence on the automobile or foreign oil or any such nonsense. It's just supposed to be cool to look at and maybe make you smile a bit. That's it.
In 2001 I was trying to figure out how to impress a woman I had a huge crush on. She was an artist and I thought, hey, I'll just make something cool and show her that I can be "artsy," too. So I made her a USA Map out of license plates and while it was never the Plan, I haven't stopped since.
In the last 17 years I've created thousands of pieces from hundreds of different designs. My work has found its way to the Smithsonian Institute, the American Folk Art Museum, the Sundance Catalog, as well as your local Big Box retail stores like Target in the form of prints and reproductions. I've also done major projects for companies like Twitter, the NFL, CNN, and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco. Plus, Stephen Colbert has one of my pieces in his office at the Late Show, which is pretty damn cool. I even used to have a TV show of my own, but I got canned from that a while back so let's just move on, shall we? However you look at it, it's been a Good Run.
From 2011 to 2015 I was living in Boulder, CO, helping start a new company, Skratch Labs. I had a great time helping get that business get off the ground but left in 2015 to pursue... well, I wasn't really sure at the time, just the next "thing."
A year later, I found that "thing" and it turns out to be food. Specifically, pizzas and tacos. I spent time training with the man, the myth, the legend when it comes to pizza in America, Tony Gemingani, in San Francisco. While I'm certainly not anywhere near his level, I am a certified pizzaiolo and make a damn good pie. I also spent some time in the mountains outside Mexico City working on my taco recipes and, well, they're super yummy, too. In fact, if anything I make isn't the best you've ever had, I'll be disappointed.
In 2016, I opened a tiny restaurant in one of my favorite places in the world. Graeagle is a tiny mountain town in Northern California that I've been coming to since I was about 5 or 6. Everything went well and I'm now (2018) looking to open a new place in Reno, NV in the next few months.
And just in case you're a producer or a director looking for an inexpensive actor, or a reasonably priced host (hey, I've got experience at that), let me know that, too.
I also finally made a movie of my own. It ain't perfect, but it has its moments and overall I'm proud of it. Since you may not know me, through the miracle of editing, I play both of the guys in it. Amazing what a shave and a haircut can do in between takes.