Surly Birds take flight.

Surly Birds take flight.

My buddy Scott Lichtenauer has for a long time been one of my Best Friends and biggest enemies. If this was TMZ I would refer to us a “Frienemies”. I love him like a brother, but he makes me furiously mad due to his constant drive to argue. The worst part is that he is really good at it. Like “James Carville” Good. “Scientologist” Good. He is altruistic on the most ridiculous topics, including the existence of “Lemon Juice” as his favorite juice. What is Lemonade?

Sugar + Water + Oranges = Orange Juice.

Thus Sugar + Water + Lemons = Lemon Juice.


Well Scott has taken it into the digital space with some friends, and he’s already got me fuming. Its called The Surly Birds, and I think its awesome. This is a great blog for good conversation, but probably “arguments” is a better word.

You might ask the question, “are they just trying to argue or do they really believe the stuff they post.” The answer is yes, they do believe everything they post, and they’ll probably have you convinced soon as well.

Or at least too frustrated to put up a fight!

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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: