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.

Monday, July 11, 2011

#23 "The Carnivore's Dilemma" In Color! August 23, 2010

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I never even realized that this was number 23 and I posted it on the internet for the first time on the 23rd. Michael Jordan would be proud. Tim and I busted this one out in one day. He came over to my place and we sat around the computer and colored it all in one sitting. I guess compared to some of our other drawings, this one was easier to color in because it has only three main characters and a whole slew of supporting characters. But since the main characters are so prominent, they make coloring in faster, and to be honest, more affordable. I was very proud of this one when we finished it. I even printed out a copy and brought it to the Cafe Loup. There it sat, in a plastic sleeve behind the bar for almost a year. About a month ago, I gave it to Edie for her collection. It would've sat at the Loup for a very long time had I just let sleeping drawings lie. There is a drawing I did back in 2002 (August) that is still inside a book at the Loup. If you ever want me to show it to you, I know which book it's in. That is also a testament to how long things can stick around in the Cafe Loup. That goes with people as well. We have multiple people who have been working there for over 20 years. Imagine that! 20 years as a waiter! Lloyd, the boss, has been there since the place opened in 1977. Yes, folks; he has worked there since before I was born. That's some craziness right there. I guess it's also a testament to how good it is to work at the Cafe Loup. There are certainly a lot of really bad points, but overall it's a pretty great job. A lot of cash, food, and drinks. I have actually never worked in a more laid back place. So, although the bad sometimes outweighs the good, usually it's the other way around. I mean, every job sucks in a certain respect. Anyway, Tim and I had some fun with this one. We made the chef in the back of the waiter/insect the same chef as from T&J #5. It's a small cameo, but there he is! I liked the guy repainting. He's pretty happy about his work and the color choice is exquisite! The poor unicorn is still being stabbed but if you look closely, he's bleeding a rainbow! Possibly even skittles. How nice. Then, the icing on the cake for me is that the unicorn is about to step on a picture. That picture is T&J #22! I love it! It kind of ties the two together in a way. You could assume that the horse from #22 and this unicorn are lovers and the unicorn feels scorned so he's stomping on the picture. Maybe he is even committing suicide and the waiter/insect is not in the wrong after all. There are always so many story lines with these things. I think in the future, I am going to come up with one and tell it like the gospel. There won't be any "maybes" and there will only be one way to view these drawings. Actually, that sounds horrible. Nevermind. 

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