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Whatchamacallit 134: Adam, 1977

The artplate displayed – as it is both a magnificent piece of art and a plate one can dine off of – is drawn by one of the 20th century’s greatest unknown artists.

Me.

Apparently, it was a thing to give children markers and tell them to draw, turning the resulting thing into a […]

Whatchamacallit 117: miniaturwelt mit chili und polizei

I bought this piece of art at the Winterfeldtmarkt a few years ago – I have no idea how much I paid for it, but it was probably 20€ or less.

The backside has a small sticker indicating it is from Jannis Miniaturwelten, Berlin, along with the URL: http://www.jannis-miniaturwelten.de/ — which still works.

I […]

Whatchamacallit 105: Paul Revere and the North Church

Last August I visited Boston where I walked the Freedom Trail.

While there’s a lot of good things to say about the Freedom Trail in theory (great idea!), practically speaking, it has many issues.

Certainly, I enjoyed many moments on the trail, including seeing this statue of Paul Revere with the famous North Church […]

Whatchamacallit 94: Whisky with a View

This painting, Whisky with a View, currently hangs above my whisk(e)y collection.

I bought it directly from Julie Galante, the artist, for £100 plus £12 shipping and handling in August 2016.

There are quite a few things that this painting reminds me: the obvious whisk(e)y connection, sitting above my whisk(e)y collection, the glimpse of […]

Whatchamacallit 92: Navajo Turquoise Bracelet

I bought the above turquoise bracelet in 2013 while visiting New Mexico – the same trip when I bought Whatchamacallit 18, the Navajo Plant Dye Chart.

As I’ve noted before, I am not really a huge jewelry person, rarely wearing it. This is one of those things that I rarely wear. That’s not to say […]

Whatchamacallit 90: Accordion Player by Randy Leblanc

Back in the summer of 2001, I visited one of my friends who was, for that summer, doing an internship (I believe that is the correct word) with an organization near Lafayette, Louisiana.

While visiting we did a number of cool things, including going to the 13th Annual “Le Cajun” Cajun Music Association Festival […]

Whatchamacallit 78: Sivaluaq’s Eagle Drum.

This is one of two paintings I have by Sivaluaq, both acquired during my trip to Alaska in January/February 2015.

I paid $69.95 (plus tax) for this one while waiting to board my United flight from Anchorage back to Denver, en route to Berlin. It is on caribou skin.

Sivaluaq, also known as Jerry […]

Whatchamacallit 75: Project Spurv: Underwear

The above image was a present from dear friends who found it for sale at the Lesbian and Gay Street Festival in Berlin during the summer of 2018.

They bought it directly from the artist, who had a booth at the festival. I saw the booth a grabbed a postcard from the artist, which […]

Whatchamacallit 71: I will not act indigenous in class.

I bought the above painting while visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico.

According to my receipt, I paid $70 for it on October 22, 2015, at Keshi, the Zuni Connection – an absolutely amazing jewelry boutique located near the city center. I’ve actually returned and purchased additional goods there on subsequent trips.

The painting is […]

Whatchamacallit 60: Wartburg etching.

I acquired this little etching (it is 10 x 10cm; 4×4 inches) shortly after moving to Germany in 2004. Oddly, I did not blog about my trip to the Wartburg.

This was acquired after I realized that I wanted to buy pictures representing the places that I was visiting but before I realized that […]