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Apr 11

Well, let’s take donuts. I have been screaming about donuts since I first got here 10 years ago. I wasn’t a foodie ten years ago. But prior to moving here, the only thing I knew about the city was Voodoo Donuts. I don’t know how or why, but that was it. And I stood in that stupid line and lost two hours of my life. I can’t get it back. I know on my deathbed I’m going to be regretting standing in that line. That’s gonna be the one thing I regret in my entire life. Before I ever got into the food business whatsoever, I was like, ‘How in the world is there a line a mile long to get that product?’

There was nobody competing with Voodoo. Since then, I’ve opened up Japanese, French, Italian, British, American. I was like, ‘Screw it. I need to step up to the plate and I need to go after this. I need to disrupt the market. I’m tired of Portland being known for Voodoo donuts. I realize now, I’m never going to get that f*cking market. And I’m fine with that. I’m totally fine with it.

from Getting Personal with Portland’s Food Napoleon Micah Camden

This is the guy who made Little Big Burger and Blue Star and I love both even more now.


Mar 6

Illmaculate Declares “I Will Not Perform In This City” After Police Swarm The Blue Monk

This isn’t the first time Illmaculate—real name Gregory Poe—has spoken out on the perceived persecution of Portland’s hip-hop culture. Last year, in a piece published by Vice titled "Portland Has a Hip-Hop Problem," Poe commented on the effect police harassment has had on Portland’s rap community.

“City ordained dress codes made to target minorities and the culture, pressure for extra permits or police presence to throw hip-hop events (that wouldn’t be a prerequisite for any other genre of music), all make it unfeasible for promoters to bring in national acts or festivals, ultimately creating an atmosphere that minimizes the supply of hip-hop and of course, over time, the demand follows suit.”

Similarly, Luck-One, who moved to New York in December, told Willamette Week that his relocation was partially due to the attitude of city authorities toward hip-hop: “I personally am not interested in trying to make any more of a name in a city so racist the police are sent out to every rap show to terrorize concertgoers in an attempt to re-create the city in the image of a cable TV satire.”

Portland rapper Illmaculate leaves his own show after police swarm venue.


Mar 1
rocksboxcontemporaryfineart:

at Rocks Box

More locals-only stuff but if you are one to go to North (Interstate/Rosa Parks area), then this gallery is the shit and Chase has a piece in this show. 
More info at Rocks Box online.

rocksboxcontemporaryfineart:

at Rocks Box

More locals-only stuff but if you are one to go to North (Interstate/Rosa Parks area), then this gallery is the shit and Chase has a piece in this show.

More info at Rocks Box online.


Dec 4
laurajeangraham:

Incredibly fun sleeve on Kym, thanks again to all my awesome clients for letting me put tattoos on you.  It’s an honor.
Laura Jean Graham ~ Lady Luck Tattoo ~ Portland, OR
If you’d like to set up an appointment, please email me at laurajeangraham.art@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

laurajeangraham:

Incredibly fun sleeve on Kym, thanks again to all my awesome clients for letting me put tattoos on you.  It’s an honor.

Laura Jean Graham ~ Lady Luck Tattoo ~ Portland, OR

If you’d like to set up an appointment, please email me at laurajeangraham.art@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!


Jan 20
Long exposure heat vent 01/19/13 on Flickr.Fog! Which was mostly gone by the time I shot this, but hey, the ridic heat vent was still going.

Long exposure heat vent 01/19/13 on Flickr.

Fog! Which was mostly gone by the time I shot this, but hey, the ridic heat vent was still going.


Jul 17
Old break spot on Flickr.I started taking snaps of my view from where I’d take my ten at work. Nostalgic now, as my employer has moved locations.

Old break spot on Flickr.

I started taking snaps of my view from where I’d take my ten at work. Nostalgic now, as my employer has moved locations.


Jun 17
Pride NW parade on Flickr.
This morning I hung with the wonderfully Gothed-out snickerfig while they waited for Sock Dreams folks to arrive for the parade. Once folks started showing, Chase and I took off for some breakfast and a lovely morning drive. We parked by the Hawthorne bridge and had a nice walk back to the west side, where we nabbed a good spot and watched the parade. It’s a really long parade, guys! We lasted about three hours and then went to a music store, groceries and home. I love parades though. I when Forest Grove had them like every month in the winter.

Pride NW parade on Flickr.

This morning I hung with the wonderfully Gothed-out snickerfig while they waited for Sock Dreams folks to arrive for the parade. Once folks started showing, Chase and I took off for some breakfast and a lovely morning drive. We parked by the Hawthorne bridge and had a nice walk back to the west side, where we nabbed a good spot and watched the parade.

It’s a really long parade, guys! We lasted about three hours and then went to a music store, groceries and home.

I love parades though. I when Forest Grove had them like every month in the winter.


May 30
At the mausoleum, 3 on Flickr.

At the mausoleum, 3 on Flickr.


Bad sign combo on Flickr.

Bad sign combo on Flickr.


May 18
DARKNESS on Flickr.I will keep taking pictures of this square until I get the best one.

DARKNESS on Flickr.

I will keep taking pictures of this square until I get the best one.