Laurinburg North Carolina, 1911, a carnival worker named Cancetto Farmica was murdered in a drunken altercation with a fellow carnie. He was hit over the head with a tent stake, and died on the way to the hospital. He was taken to McDougald Funeral home, where the leader of the carnival, claiming to be Farmicas father, put a ten dollar deposit on the body to have it embalmed, saying he would return with later instructions.
The body hung in the funeral home for years, eventually being placed in the garage in a glass case, alongside the murder weapon. The body became a sort of tourist attraction, with people from all over the state traveling to see this home grown mummy. "Cancetto Farmica" was too foreign and odd for the mush mouthed southerners, and so they referred to him by the one itallian thing they knew. Spaghetti.
Spaghetti the Mummy hung around in Laurinburg for a long time. My family even went to see him! My grandfather when asked about spaghetti will laugh until he is crying and having difficulty breathing. In 1972 a New York congressman learned the fate of his fellow itallian and demanded the body be buried. Allegedly, the funeral director tried to hold this man up for several thousand dollars for "Storage and other fees." Spaghetti is now buried in Laurinburg, allegedly under two tons of concrete, as his local celebrity status made the funeral home worried someone might dig him up.
"DR" J. R. Brinkley
Illustrations made to honor a native son of my home region- "Doctor" John Romulus Brinkley. He is most well known for his wildly successful foray into xenotransplantation of goat gonads into human beings. Seriously. He became a millionaire. Check out his wikipedia page or my own writeup on his crazy life. Love this guy.
Short series of famous sea captains generated for a gallery show.
Ronald Mcdonald House of Kansas City
Images made for the Ronald Mcdonald House of Kansas City on Cherry St. to help brighten up rooms after a recent remodel
Work done for David Terrill'sMICRO class at KCAI. The class functions as a "micro illustration & design agency." Instead of receiving assignments from our professor, work is done with real clients.
Client list includes: Lead Bank, The Coterie Theatre, and The American Jazz Museum.
High Country Beerfest
Poster made for an annual beerfest in my home town of Boone, North Carolina.
Internal work made during a short time working at C3, a family and kids design/marketing firm. While there I also worked on client projects that have yet to be released, including work for Arbys, Bahama Breeze, Dennys, Raising Canes, Sonic, and Texas Roadhouse.