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Tinkering about

New Sketchbook

by Patrick on January 13, 2014

in Everything,Tattoos,Tinkering about

It’s become a kind of tradition, every new year I get a hankerin for a new sketch book. This one I made and rounded the corners like the moleskines of the past. It has special pockets for cash and card shaped things, the design for which I borrowed slightly from the moleskine.
Not made in China.

Under the Sea

by Patrick on July 12, 2013

in Homage,Tinkering about

“Art Hack”-tastic work for a birthday party.


by Patrick on May 7, 2013

in Homage,Tinkering about

So Thomer and I have been working on a little project for a certain birthday boy.
It’s an absolute rip off of “Fluxx” (A fun game that is always different)
Roomate Fluxx.. or Fauxx.
Here’s a few of the card designs:
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(Mussels and Beer, it’s what’s for dinner)
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I clean this coffee pot every day, and yet I don’t get to drink the coffee.
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Ah, the kitty.
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Mushrooms aren’t Hil’s favorite.
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Hil complains about this program a lot.

Bookends for free!

by Patrick on February 6, 2013

in "Science",Bicycle stuff,Tinkering about

What do you do with an old license plate or a worn out chainring?
Make it a book mark of course.

I stole this trick from a friend.

We all have some crap we should get rid of but we kindof want to keep it..
Used chainrings, old license plates, street signs, novelty signs, etc…
Simply sandwich it between a strong table and a board, clamp it up. Bend it 90 degrees. If you are having trouble getting that last 15 degrees use a hammer, go to town. If you break it, oh well, you probably should have thrown it away anyway.

Rad van bra!

by Patrick on August 24, 2012

in Tinkering about

photo 1

Reeshard and I banged out this wave painting one day. Enamels aren’t very forgiving but what they lack in flexibility they more than make up for in boldness.

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Thanks go to Reeshard for the photos.

Prush, Bren, or Traveloaquamark

by Patrick on March 15, 2012

in Tinkering about


Recently purchased one of the greatest pens of all time at this oddly demure shop. It happens to be a “brush pen” that runs on its own ink. The ink isn’t waterproof and unfortunately it only takes refills, but it reminded me that I neglected to post a “how to” make a travel brush.
Simply take apart a fountain pen. Carve a fancy watercolor brush to fit. Drill a hole in the lid (on the top) to keep your brush from getting moldy and squished. Reassemble.
Try not to overly tax the ferrule, brush hairs will fall out, or you might never get a point again.

Independence Silhouettes

by Patrick on July 12, 2011

in Silhouettes,Tinkering about


I loved cutting silhouettes at the National Constitution Center. What was especially satisfying was having the opportunity to “cut” the colonial reenactment actors. The following image is littered with them.


Freckles are for playing

by Patrick on June 19, 2011

in Tinkering about


My sister turned old on Saturday. Been looking at a bunch of Hermann Mejia‘s work in MAD magazine. I love the way he puts down water color and I wanted to try it out.


I made this toy for Lisa. It’s a ball bearing gravity game. The concept would work a little better if the balls were freckle colored, but the game works well… and she liked it.

My dad sends me lots of crap(dumpster fruit) in boxes . I usually find use for the stuff, and this time was no exception. I was reminded by the MAD mags in the most recent box about Hermann Mejia (previously mentioned). The making of my sister’s present was very satisfying. It is made of Lexan, Masonite, and paper. I am very thoroughly willing to do more of these toys, if you want one or seven.. contact me. My email is Patricktheaker (at) Gmail (dot) “com”.

New Bike

by Patrick on January 24, 2011

in Bicycle stuff,Everything,Tinkering about


The coolest bike I ever bought was a General RL Osborn Pro. It was a trick bike from my youth, I built it up myself and had nothing but fun on it.
I believe I was sixteen, and that was definitely my bike cool peak. Since then I have had a few bikes and all of them were less cool. The farther from sixteen I age, my bike purchases get more practical; it seems that I have traded in fakie wall rides and bunny-hopping trash cans for the ability to get to a place quickly… with groceries.
My nerdiest purchase thus far is a Brompton folding bike.
This guy over at Ecovelo has all kinds of positive things to say about the Bromptons, but I think the final nudge came from the folks at Trophy. Hell, even BikeSnob was talkin’ trash on folders. It was like the planets aligned or something.
There will be no hopping on and off curbs or foot plants on “the man’s” face. This is a tool for going anywhere, with a ride-able security blanket. The ladies won’t swoon when they see how small my bike gets, but I can take the train anytime, or the bus, or the trolley.. and I think flying is easy too.

I look like a dork rollin’ down the street on this thing, but it really is fun.
Was thinking of butching it up with a bolt on cross bar, but these sketches have me reconsidering.
The first one complete with a BMX pad reminds me of those old Redline (?) bars that were nostalgic looking when I was a kid.
The second has Knight Rider like LEDs.
The folding process demands that the cross bar be on the small side, so antlers won’t do.
Just had an idea, have to get back to my book.


the Virgin Rosemary

by Patrick on December 23, 2010

in Beer stuff,Everything,Tinkering about


With Christmas in our faces Dan K and I bottled a pale ale flavored with rosemary and pomegranates.