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

#9 "Bush Meat" February 15, 2010

Ah, bush meat. You know what that is right? Don't worry, we don't serve it at the Cafe Loup, or do we? Well, while you ponder that, I'll tell you a little but about this. Valentine's Day at the Cafe Loup can be a pretty crazy night. We basically take all of our Four-tops and turn them into Two-tops on account of all the love birds. The night is a deluge of people who don't usually go out to dinner and so we call it "Amateur Night." They get their Champagne and their oysters in hopes of getting laid by their significant other all while trying to talk over the din of a hundred other couples just like them. I'm not saying the Loup isn't a wonderfully romantic place, because it is! The dim light, the chill atmosphere, it's all there. But on V.D. Day, as Sue calls it, ("Happy V.D. Day! Pass it around!") the place is crazy. 
This drawing has little or nothing to do with Valentines Day. In fact, it would have been finished the day before, but since I scanned it on Valentines Day, that's the date I have to work with.  But, I don't know, maybe there is a V.D. theme here. You've got the naked biker driving on a tongue of a beached sea creature who has evidently already eaten one hapless person. The guy with the 90's Emo haircut has tentacles for hands and is decapitating anyone near him. And the nervous looking fellow with the hat is being zapped (hypnotized?) by the woman/man with the crazy haircut. That person is an actual customer. Tim waited on her the night before and did a couple of different renditions of her, as well as the one seen here. So, yes. This has everything to do with Valentines Day as the original namesake was stoned to death and beheaded.

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