Jul 21, 2017

Fake Fish

I recently read a great article in Newsweek about the practice of cheap bycatch fish being sold in place of expensive fish, basically seafood fraud. Globally in the past decade, about 30% of seafood is mislabeled. Snapper is labelled wrong about 87% of the time. In Italy, 82% of samples Oceana took of perch, grouper and swordfish were mislabeled, mostly at grocery stores and restaurants. Asian catfish, a white-fleshed fish, serves as an imposter for 18 different kinds of more expensive fish, from perch to grouper. A study from UCLA and Loyola Marymount University found that nearly half of all sushi in Los Angeles is mislabeled. One more reason to incorporate vegan and vegetarian choices into your weekly routine.

Jul 19, 2017

Mutant Chickens

Chickens once had a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, but the modern broiler is typically killed around 6 weeks (37 to 42 days). Their daily growth rate has increased roughly 400 percent. Chickens bred for meat are arguably the most genetically manipulated of all animals, forced to grow 65 times faster than their bodies normally would, and the industry continually seeks to increase their growth rate. Factory farmers calculate how close to death they can keep the chickens without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly can they be made to grow, how tightly can they be packed, how much or little can they eat, how sick can they get without dying. Their beaks and claws are burnt off so they don't peck and scratch each other to death from going insane in their awful environment. These new mutants that you eat no longer have the ability to fly or to have sex. All chickens are artificially inseminated. Free range doesn't really mean anything. It's to fool unsuspecting people. Legally, a factory farmer can jam 33,000 chickens into a windowless shed. As long as there is a 5 foot by 5 foot hinged opening at one end that opens to a 5 foot by 5 foot dirt patch, then those animals can be called free range. No chicken ever gets to set foot outside though. Throw another couple of wings on the barbie, mate. I don't think so. I just finished a good summer read. "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer. Eye opening for sure.

Jul 17, 2017


I was sent a little gift from one of America's greatest artists. It was a real blue macaw feather. So I decided to draw it. If you have never seen her work, I suggest you check out Gennine Zlatkis's work online. Follow her on Instagram. You won't regret it.

Jul 13, 2017

Morphine #5

This is grandma a day before she was getting discharged. Pretty much back to normal. Sitting in a chair by the window and knitting. As I drew her, I realized that this was my, "Whister's Mother."

Jul 12, 2017

Morphine #4

Yun's great aunt doesn't speak English so someone from the family must be by her side the entire time she is at the hospital. We would do that anyway but that adds an extra layer of necessity. Also, she is a fan of crazy talk, so it's best to be filtered to the doctors and nurses from a sane person. Yun said she was always asking her, "why did these people steal her pants? What kind of person would steal an old lady's pants?" She took to taking naps during the day because she was exhausted from power knitting, long walks, nutty discussions and eating like a pro wrestler. When she was down, it was much easier to draw her.

Jul 11, 2017

Morphine #3

Grandma had some fitful sleeps with all the drugs she was taking. She is always reminiscing about her life. I'm sure she is having crazy dreams about her childhood. I'll bet I'm in those dreams running around wearing a 6-foot blue knitted scarf with a sketchbook in my hand. She has been sleeping much better now. This gives her more energy in the day to keep up with her knitting.

Jul 10, 2017

Morphine #2

Grandma is a knitting machine. My wife thought it would be a good distraction to make her knit while she was in the hospital recently. Here she is propped up in bed after a radiation treatment. She was very buzzed on a lot of drugs but that did not stop her from ripping off row after row of this scarf. When Yun fist got the idea, she told me to bring one ball of yarn to the hospital. She figured grandma was so beat up she would only be able to knit for a little while. Wrong. The next day I brought a giant bag of yarn. The scarf is 6 feet long now.

Jul 8, 2017

Morphine #1

My wife's great aunt has been bravely fighting cancer for the past 2 years. On a recent stint in the hospital, I did a series of drawings. They depict her high on morphine. This is the first of 5 of them. She is back home now and doing fine.