– 80% OFF – 80% OFF

I usually try to inverted pyramid my blog posts, but not this time. is offering 80% OFF their already discounted gift certificates to local restaurants you already go to, or definitely want to try. I saw this on, which is an amazing site, with cool things intended for the ladies, but awesome for guys too. Great for Christmas, Birthday or Arbor Day presents.

Heres how it works. You go to, where they sell discounted gift certificates to restaurants all around the country. An example would be “Buy a $25 Gift Certificate for $10”. There are some limitations, like only valid Sun – Thurs, or must spend $35, etc. But you get the picture, It’s a good deal if you use them.

However, this weekend, and until Monday June 15, if you enter the coupon code PRESENT, you get an extra 80% OFF your entire order. Tht $25 gift certificate you were buying for $10 is now just $2.

Here’s the list of Restaurants in the STL area. But the site has options all across the country.

Here is where i got mine for, and what I paid:

Feasting Fox $25 Gift Certificate

The Drunken Fish – Central West End $25 Gift Certificate

An American Place $25 Gift Certificate

Monarch $25 Gift Certificate

Baileys’ Chocolate Bar $10 Gift Certificate

Rooster $10 Gift Certificate

Flaco’s Cocina $25 Gift Certificate

Cafe Eau $25 Gift Certificate

Crepes in the City $25 Gift Certificate

Coco Louco Brasil $25 Gift Certificate

Sgt. Pepper’s Cafe $25 Gift Certificate

TOTAL: $19.20

Do it. Do it now.

Exipres TOMORROW – MONDAY the 15th

Fun work

Martin Luther King Tribute

I wanted to attempt this style  in February, and being Black History Month I chose the Rev. as my muse.

His face is made up of the words of his epic Lincoln Memorial “I have a dream…” speech.

Take a look. I am having it framed as I type.

Smoking Goat Branding

I like beer.

Beer high in flavor, alcohol and price. I brew at home, but wouldn’t consider myself very good at this point. I’m working on it.

We have friends in Louisiana who I would consider really good. I designed some branding for their forthcoming brewery down there.

The Smoking Goat will hopefully be amazing, especially if I get some good beer out of the deal.

Have a look. Then drink a beer and have a look again. Continue this process until the logo looks awesome.

New Poster

This is a poster I made for my buddy Dustin.

A classic quote from him as we drove by Effingham, IL’s infamous and huge cross.

I thought it would look good in his new apartment.

Sheltered Perceptions

I recently got the chance to work on a project for the Humane Society. Given the fact that every time I walk into an animal shelter I have to be talked down from taking home every animal in the place, I was happy to help in anyway I could.

With the majority of pet buying in the United States coming from breeders, mall pet shops and unfortunately mills, animal shelters (specifically the Humane Society) are left overflowing with pets that need loving homes. They are running into a perception problem however, and many misconceptions about shelter pets are accepted as fact, and often repeated as such.

To get past this, we decided to take the problem head on, and address the most common misconceptions individually.

Here is where we landed:

Humane Society - Misconceptions"Mutt"

Humane Society - Misconceptions - "Bark"

Lauren and Dan sit’n in a tree…

My good friend Lauren is getting married in July, and though I am extremely jealous of her fiance Dan (don’t tell my wife), I made their save the date cards.

I use VistaPrint to print these types of things. Though the quality suffers, and the rumor is that they are destroying local community printers nationwide, for the price they can’t be beat. Check them out next time you want to customize your own holiday card or invitation.

Here’s how Lauren’s STDs turned out: