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Dear Diary: Jason D’Aquino

I’d like to congratulate Jason D’Aquino for raising the bar wayyy up for our Dear Diary series- and I’m a little speechless in seeing a side of him I never thought I would. (Just scroll down and you’ll see what I mean). The dude is a modern but old timey Renaissance man- a miniaturist, tattooist,  collector of oddities (read pack rat), vintage clothing expert, mustachio and cool enough to hang with my parents at Christmas. He has a show coming up this summer at San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery and rumor has it his prices will be going up soon, so snag one while you can.

When I knew I needed some photos to send to Art Nerd, my friend Dave, who happens to be a photographer, offered to help.. You will probably be able to tell which photos are provided by Dave, as we go through these together.. Here I am looking at a big pile of matchbooks on my dining room table , which we never eat on...

When I knew I needed some photos to send to Art Nerd, my friend Dave, who happens to be a photographer, offered to help..
You will probably be able to tell which photos are provided by Dave, as we go through these together..
Here I am looking at a big pile of matchbooks on my dining room table , which we never eat on…

Here I am drawing some stuff…I have some interesting drawing glasses…They help keep me from going blind when I am rendering fine details…

see what I mean about photographers??? I actually really like this shot...but you will be able to pick out the photos for which , Dave had complete creative control...

see what I mean about photographers???
I actually really like this shot…but you will be able to pick out the photos for which , Dave had complete creative control…

Here is one of my miniature matchbook drawings, all framed up and looking Purty. This image was based on a vintage movie poster...the background in the frame is hand marbled ledger paper..

Here is one of my miniature matchbook drawings, all framed up and looking Purty.
This image was based on a vintage movie poster…the background in the frame is hand marbled ledger paper..

An 'in progress' shot of my 'Hard Boiled' vintage pulp matchbook....

An ‘in progress’ shot of my ‘Hard Boiled’ vintage pulp matchbook….

There are actually quite a few great artists living up here in Buffalo NY...Here's Mike Mararian... I went by his place to visit..

There are actually quite a few great artists living up here in Buffalo NY…Here’s Mike Mararian…
I went by his place to visit..

We had Otter pops.

We had Otter pops.

and went to the flea market , out in the country , to look for crap to make art out of....

and went to the flea market , out in the country , to look for crap to make art out of….

This is the kind of stuff I look for...and Collect.. Any weird old surface that I can re-purpose, and draw on...I have piles of the stuff...

This is the kind of stuff I look for…and Collect..
Any weird old surface that I can re-purpose, and draw on…I have piles of the stuff…

But one of my favorite things to find.... are antique blank books....

But one of my favorite things to find….
are antique blank books….

This one is from 1865... I don't know why I love these things so much. I think they represent untapped potential..or some such nonsense..

This one is from 1865…
I don’t know why I love these things so much. I think they represent untapped potential..or some such nonsense..

Here is an in-progress shot of a Creature matchbook......

Here is an in-progress shot of a Creature matchbook……

This is one of the objects I discovered, which got me in to antique document collecting... Any one who know me has probably heard the story many times over, but I found this hand-quilled whaling manuscript in Kingston NY, sold it at Christie's auction house for a tidy profit. after that, I was hooked...

This is one of the objects I discovered, which got me in to antique document collecting…
Any one who know me has probably heard the story many times over, but I found this hand-quilled whaling manuscript in Kingston NY, sold it at Christie’s auction house for a tidy profit. after that, I was hooked…

This is one of the objects I discovered, which got me in to antique document collecting... i also collect dead stuff....here's a puppy.

This is one of the objects I discovered, which got me in to antique document collecting…
i also collect dead stuff….here’s a puppy.

Incidentally, this "Good, Bad and Ugly" matchbook will be one of the pieces I will be showing at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco in July...o if you're out that way, come take a look....

Incidentally, this “Good, Bad and Ugly” matchbook will be one of the pieces I will be showing at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco in July…o if you’re out that way, come take a look….

Yup. Thank you David Putman for the stellar Photog services. This will surely be just what I needed for the Art Nerd blog...

Yup.
Thank you David Putman for the stellar Photog services.
This will surely be just what I needed for the Art Nerd blog…

there's just no excuse for this

there’s just no excuse for this

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