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Hey folks,
It’s been a long time coming. This book was written with a frugal, yet adventurous heart. I came to New York City with an air-mattress and a dream, and even though the air mattress popped, the dream still remains. It took over 3 years to write, gathering as many tips/tricks/lifehacks from all of the artists I know to bring this project to fruition. Without further ado, here’s the link to the original, free PDF version.starving artist small


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That’s Right.

Inside these pages
you will learn how to:

brew your own beer
grow an urban garden
cleanse your body from pollution
create a non-smelly compost system
copyright your work
find Legal Advice for artists
get a grant
see free concerts
survive in an emergency
get off the grid inside city limits

Be prepared.

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Some say that Seasonal Anxiety Disorder is one of the reasons that New York City folk are so angry all the time. Well, I tend to agree. It was during the doldrums of winter that I got the idea to make my own wine bottle lamp to give my room a boost in light and make it a bit more homey. It was this lamp that had me branded “the dude’s version of Martha Stewart” by a friend that saw it. I’ll wear that badge proudly. The idea began to flourish when I wrote an email to one of the guys at Brooklyn Brewery and asked him if they would send me around 200 BB beer bottle caps to make the bottle lamp really look awesome. They came through and totally delivered. I bought a wine bottle lamp cork kit here.
Once it was completed, another idea struck me–I had a bunch of old LED Christmas lights up to no use, and I’ve always saved the old Brooklyn Brewery bottles that I buy once finishing their tasty and nutritious contents…

Thus, the Brooklyn Brewery Chandelier was born.

I couldn’t get enough lamps. It became a night of passionate lamp building and it was going on one o’clock in the morning. I also had an old Hitachino Beer bottle and a wierd old glass orb hanging around. Sure! That could be a lamp!

Another odd lighting choice was born. So for the cost of a few christmas lights, some twine to keep the chandelier up, a few extension chords and a bit of ingenuity, my little abode is lit to the max for the pennies it costs to use LED lights. The same thing can be done using old wine bottles or whatever you have laying around the house! Viva la Home Decor! For Full Resolution pictures of these projects, click through! (more…)

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This is the directory. It’s huge, and it took me a long time to put together. If you ever need to find any place around New York City that is cool, you’ll probably be able to find it here. I’m currently doing a few things, as always, including but not limited to: brewing a batch of strawberry Octoberfest, working on some songs to play at Path Cafe’s Thursday Open Mic night, editing a super secret project of which details will be released very soon, finishing up final edits for the 2011 Starving Artist’s Guide Addendum, and some other stuff too. I’m also going to update the LINKS section of this site this week. Stay tuned!


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Cold Dark Night

This is a poem/drawing that I wrote for inclusion in the new book, but was unfortunately not able to make the cut due to a change in direction for where I wanted the book to go. But it’s an awesome, standalone poem worthy of your eyes! The main inspiration was the family dogs Jake and Finn, who always manage to get up in the middle of the night and bark into the abyss.

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Cover for the New Book, Due Out In January


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Drawing America By Bike

Howdy folks,
Hope everyone’s had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Just wanted to do a quick post about a good friend that is doing something pretty extraordinary with his artistic talent. His name is Eric, and this past September, he set off on an adventure to ride his bike around America and draw it. His website is drawingamericabybike.blogspot.com/, and he’s got a pretty sweet deal where he’ll send you a hand-drawn postcard for a $5 paypal donation to fund the trip. The blog has been fun as heck to read, as he posts fairly regularly on the comings and goings of his trip (over 50 miles a day on bike!) For anyone who is a fan of biking, it’s a great narrative, and for anyone who loves Robert Crumb or Gary Larson cartoons, he’s equally talented and posts new cartoons regularly.
Check it out!

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