A Happy HAPPY birthday to one of my dearest old friends, Dustin Angell. I grew up with this kid. I watched him play baseball with my little brother, as my mother likes to remind him every time we hang out in Syracuse. Our high school art room antics were simply the best. Water bottle wars, clay sponges being thrown across the room at each other, picking on Bamerick or whomever was nearest to us... those were the days. I wasn't as serious of an artist then, definitely. Dustin's talents always seemed limitless in the art world. We stayed in touch through our undergraduate lives in art school, me attending many different ones, Dustin going to Alfred University. We ended up working together at the Sterling Renaissance Fair one summer, making the hour long commute together every weekend, singing along to Dustin's impressive music collection in the car... in full period garb. The past few years I haven't seen Dustin as much as I'd like to, but he remains an ever-present favorite person. His work will inspire you, as it continues to inspire me. Check it out here.
Happy birthday, Smokey D.