Matt Ritchie and his family have been a group of the most hospitable people I’ve met since moving to the Bay Area. I always knew him as a dad and park ranger who, according to other people, made awesome miniatures.
When I think of the type of person who builds “miniatures”, I think of little old men with huge glasses who hover over the only light in an otherwise pitch black room, listening to themselves humming over AM radio. Someone on the verge of becoming a kook. It wasn’t until I was invited to Matts studio when I realized how intense his collection of hand made art really was.
Matt didn’t build “miniatures”. He simply created an entire illustrated version of his life that happen to be small enough to be confined to a series of flat files, rat shaped frames, and hand cut wooden boxes. Matt’s pretty much mastered wood working, the use of a ball point pen, composition, story telling, flip books, clean line paintings, button making, and protecting his local park from hoodlums! His studio is one of the most inspiring places I’ve ever visited and was so glad to not only get to snoop around and take some photos, but to also have them featured on Juxtapoz.com, recently.
Check out more photos from my studio visit with artist Matt Ritchie at Juxtapoz.com
Sometimes, I like making friends around the house. If you have a sense of humor, its pretty easy.
For instance, I recently made friends with Celebrity Apprentice contestant/ big green comic book actor, Loofah Rigno!
Have you met my friend Jeremy?
The day I met Jeremy, we got locked inside of a dark room somewhere in the Scientology Celebrity Center. We’ve been trying to find new adventures in new cities ever since.
Jeremy is one of the kindest people that everyone who will ever meet him will ever know.
Heres some other reasons why he’s rad:
- He makes the best mixes
- His job includes climbing amps and rafters on a nightly basis
- His only tattoo says “Pizza” and looks like it may have been done in prison
- He gets along with nearly everyone, but he does have two arch enemies. AC Slater and Kenan Thompson
- He owns every Belle and Sebatian record ever made
- Hes moshed underneath the Eiffel Tower
- His 4 Square pages’ only check-ins at Arbys and Planned Parenthoods around the United States
- He has an irrational hatred for vegetables
- He knows the extensive history of Doritos
Jeremy tours for most of the year, so when I get to see him, its sometimes only for hours at a time. Last time I had such an encounter with him was at FFF Fest, in Texas. With his knee newly fractured, we gimped away from the dust storm of a festival to eat BBQ’ed meats and with the only markers in my pocket an the back side of a childs menu, I made him fill this out
Jeremy’s band, Touche Amore, is touring Europe next month where you can probably find him running between a stage and a merch booth or desperately searching for American food and flat water.
Haaaave you met my friend Matt?
Matt has the ability to start up a conversation with just about anyone because he’s genuinely interested in their story. Heres some other facts about Matt Novak that make him a fantastic person. Hes:
- takes long walks on busy highways
- Is Cee-Los biggest fan
- Used to have a job that involved hiring flash mobs and keeping nothing but a single ladder in a massive storage room
- Was never stabbed in his sleep
- Uses rare books at coasters
- probably knows more about the history of fighting robots, than you
- has a way of making sadness not so sad
- loves movies about making movies
- makes an awesome bruschetta
I asked Matt to fill this out last time he let me occupy his couch, in LA. As I was writing it out, he was writing out something of his own for me to fill out, as well. A comment card asking how my stay at Hotel Novak had been.
In case you were wondering, my stay at Hotel Novak was fantastic experience and I highly suggest anyone planning on visiting Southern California to check it out!
Matt Novak is a fantastic writer. The bluntness and sarcasm that builds him as a unique individual, is neatly tucked into his pieces. Hes found a niche in writing about past predictions of the future and currently writes for the Smithsonian.
I know its the weekend, and you’re probably over the thought of having meetings forever, but have you met my friend Jim?!?
Jim Mahfood is a rad artist living in Los Angeles
Jim is keen on:
- dancing in public
- mastering the art of playing “Happy Birthday” on the miniature harmonica
- nicknaming his friends
- going on food adventures
- seamlessly blaring hip hop, jazz, and old punk records loud enough to start a party in his neighborhood
- making killer mimosas even though he seldomly drinks them
- the theory that its better to go back and find old music, than wasting time trying to discover new bands
I thought it would be interesting to write up a vague questionnaire for the people in my life to interpret as they’d like. So, while Jim and I were catching up, scribbling in our notebooks, and devouring milkshakes at Swingers, I decided to see if he’d like to be the first person to practice my ap-pal-ication idea with.
(side note: Jim typically refers to me as the Otter)
Along side making toys, comics, tagging bar interiors as a job, working on Tank Girl (!)and being an all around amazing friend, Jim also co-hosts The Beat Bees Sessions with Jane Dope! Its a podcast with the perfect mix of conversation and music (some of which is taken straight from my mixes. mmmmmhummmm)