Ashleybeard1982
33 Atlanta, GA
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My self-summary
I'm a lifelong Georgian, I grew up in the country but I really love living in Atlanta. I think what really cemented the city for me was all the cool, old movies screening at the Plaza, all the amazing food, and, finally, the art scene. That being said, I'm super active in the city's art scene. I'm pretty serious about my work and though I'm not yet at the point where I live purely off of my art, I'm getting there. Persistence, preparation, and a whole lot of busting ass has paid off, and continues to pay off! My ultimate goal is to work with art full time. As such, much of my time will be taken up getting that off the ground.

Okay, enough art talk, maybe. I love to travel and routinely make it up to NYC to visit friends and, yes, look at tons of art. I read a lot about politics, science, religion: you know, dumb stuff. I'm not much of a bar fly, but I will appear for a beer on special occasions. Usually I'm more of a one on one, quiet coffee shop or diner type. I don't get to walk around Piedmont Park nearly as much as I'd like, either. Double for the Beltline.

I'm definitely an experience>objects kind of person, so I'm way more inclined to launch expendable income at a meal or a movie than, say, some nice pants. I have plenty of decent pants, I cannot eat them, get that out of my face.

I'm pretty spread out without being spread thin. I contain multitudes. Also I really hate serious usage of the "work hard, play hard" motto.
What I’m doing with my life
Relentlessly flinging myself against my neverending to-do list of art projects and submission deadlines. Current status: bird vs. glass sliding door.

Working a service job and killing off numerous commission gigs. Painting in the Krog Tunnel when the right idea comes along (maybe you've seen my Garfield/Fist of the North Star mash up). Learning lots of new art process including electro-etching and cyanotype printing. Making zines. Selling art!
I’m really good at
-Doing my own thing
-Being open to other people's things
-Drawing
-Cooking/baking
-Making with the funny
-Three part harmony
-Absurd humor
-Puns
-Faking a lisp or faking a drunk speech pattern, or both.
The first things people usually notice about me
My resemblance to Zach Galifianakis (it's just the beard and I hear it ALL THE TIME), my smile, and my ever-present sketchbook full of crazy drawings
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Collected Short Fiction of Flannery O'Connor, The Razor's Edge, The Road, Unbearable Lightness of Being, A Giacometti Portrait

Currently reading some Eudora Welty, a book on Howard Finster, and a few WW1 books for work research.

Comics:
Sock Monkey, Black Hole, Orion, Maakies, Outland

Movies:
Raising Arizona, Slacker, Blade Runner, Stop Making Sense, Annie Hall, Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Interstellar, 8 1/2, Solaris, Waking Life, Big Lebowski, Barton Fink

Music:
Kraftwerk, Sylvan Esso, Dead Kennedys, Kool Keith, They Might Be Giants, Haim, Adam Green, Eagles of Death Metal, Black Sabbath, Misfits, REM, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Neutral Milk Hotel, Hope for Agoldensummer, Madeline, St. Vincent, The Clash, Polaris

REM's definitely my favorite band, but Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" might be my favorite album.

Hell, just take a peek at my spotify, maybe you'll find something you never knew you'd like? http://open.spotify.com/user/1237549360/starred

About the only time I watch tv is when I'm eating lunch or dinner: Venture Brothers, Harvey Birdman, Charlie Rose, tons of documentaries, old SNL, Kids in the Hall, and X Files are the shows I've been working through, one meal at a time. Presently working my way through Fist of the North Star (see graffiti reference under "What I'm doing with my life") and I must say it is delightfully ridiculous.

I love Indian, Mexican, and Thai food. My spicy brownies are pretty killer too.
The six things I could never do without
Sweet tea
Art supplies
Humor/Absurdity
Accomplishment
Experience
Eye contact
I spend a lot of time thinking about
All the time: Family, art projects, sciencey things, my to-do list, puns

Lately: harassment culture, how shitty our city leaders have lately been to the arts, and preventing the RFRA from getting passed.

Also, I will stop whatever I'm doing to look at a bug. I have zero fear with most bugs and if I can capture and observe up close without getting a stinger to the nose/hand, I will do it. If you're a squeal/smash type, leave it to me.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either in the studio making it happen, at home researching for art, working the day job (at night), or chilling somewhere with a beer or glass of slightly sweet tea. Usually I like to eat a late dinner at the Majestic and sketch for a while if I've been in the studio all day. It's a great place to decompress!

I also love coffee shops. Octane in Grant Park, Joe's in EAV, and I definitely need to be at Doctor Bombay's way more often.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I minored in philosophy in college partly to understand more jokes on Monty Python's Flying Circus. It's worked at least once.
You should message me if
-You're as passionate about/involved in your pursuits as I am mine
-You know what you want and are upfront about it
-You love art/art history

-ALSO if you have a favorite recording of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. I'm pretty picky about this song and I'm always on the lookout for a good recording.

-ALSO ALSO if your name is Annie Clark/St. Vincent
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