Tim and Jeremy are both waiters at a restaurant in downtown New York City. During slow times at work, to stave off boredom when it is slow, the two young men draw pictures. These pictures are made using ink and what is called the "Triple Dupe Pad," a book of paper used to place orders in the kitchen. The drawings usually take about a week to make, all the while also being used by fellow employees to take orders; this sometimes leads to other collaborators or in a couple cases, to the loss of the work. The drawings are then scanned and colored in Photoshop where they come to life in stunning technicolor! The subject matter varies from piece to piece, as they are made over a long course of time and under various moods and states of mind. They all retain a playfulness that serves as a coping mechanism after spending a night catering to the endless needs of hungry patrons.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

#10 "Ship Burial" March 1, 2010

This one gives you a good sense of what the "Triple Dupe Pad" looks like. You can see where there were once staples holding the whole thing together on the far left. You can see the creases in the middle where it folds over. You can see the stains that accumulate over the course of its brief life as a tool of the waiters and bartenders at the Cafe Loup. These things get thrown around and mistreated, all the while Tim and I try to draw pictures on them. This one started with the monster on the right with the silly haircut and turtleneck. The haircut at least was inspired by one of our old bartenders at the Loup. His name was Tom and I think he had that same haircut even though he was in his 60's. He was a nice guy until he was behind the bar, then he hated everyone who he saw. He smoked constantly (this was when it was still legal in New York, way back in 2003) and would frequently ignore customers or tell them off right to their face. He had that old school New York charm. Anyway, he doesn't work there anymore much to the joy of a lot of our regulars. His picture is still on the wall as part of Julien's mural above the bread station, so if you ever want to come in and compare the haircuts, by all means. Tim then drew something to this guys left but then thought the better of it and whited the whole thing out. Then he drew this God-like character which I put into a canoe. We didn't think about it until later, but the canoe eventually represented this guy's "Ship Burial." The boat that would bring him to the afterlife. This was a common burial rite in many cultures, from the Egyptians all the way up to the Native Americans of the Northwest. He is possibly being towed to the nether regions by a snake with a button mouth. Tim must've thought this guy needed a companion on his way to the afterlife so he drew him a cocktail waitress and a snake. Fitting companions for a trip to the next level; if one of them bites you, at least you can get a drink.

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