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OG Slick in the Home of the Smiley Face – Worcester, Massachusetts

OG Slick in the Home of the Smiley Face – Worcester, Massachusetts

OG Slick Smiley Face Mural Worcester Massachusetts
Have a Rice Day 2018 – OG Slick

Worcester, Massachusetts is a city which has jumped in with both feet when it comes to public murals and art. Under the stewardship of the POW! WOW! Worcester program, dozens of murals grace the walls of the city.

This mural ‘Have a Rice Day’ was painted in 2018 by artist OG Slick and tips it’s hat to the city itself which boast being the home of the smiley face since the early 1960’s. Created by Harvey Ball, the enduring smiley icon began it’s life in Worcester.

While the smiley face icon seems permanently etched into the collective consciousness, this mural may not have the same lifespan. Though they may hang around for years, POW! WOW! Worcester does not suggest that any of the art pieces are “permanent.” In other words – don’t put off seeing the cool stuff. Life, art, beauty… it’s all fleeting. Enjoy it now. Maybe grab yourself a hot dog at George’s Coney Island Lunch and go see the sights 🙂

Visit OG Slick’s Mural

261 Main St.
Worcester MA 01608

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Smiley Notes

  • https://www.worcesterhistory.org/sidebar-exhibitions/smiley-face/
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-really-invented-the-smiley-face-2058483/
Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural – Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural – Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural - Cincinnati, Ohio

As I stood looking at the Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural, a sing-songy flow of words stumbled drunkenly out through the creaking saloon doors of memory dedicated to the 1980’s.

“I’m the Peculiar Purple Pieman from Porcupine Peak.”

Uh, what?

“Peculiar Purple Pieman.”

Yes, I heard you. I don’t know what that is.

“Of Porcupine Peak.”

OMG. Seriously?

“Peculiar Purple Pieman.”

You’re an asshole.

Sometimes those dusty remembrances can be rather nagging, particularly about very important things. You know, like the Strawberry Shortcake? The character, not the dessert.

It’s been 40 years since I’ve contemplated the Peculiar Purple Pieman, if I ever in fact contemplated him at all. But, there he was front and center, feeding a dinosaur a pie on that mural and rat-a-tat-a-tating his way through my childhood memories. My sudden awareness of him hit me in the face like a cartoon frying pan, surprising even me.

My childhood best friend had a Strawberry Shortcake character doll and I can remember huffing the delicious plasticky fruit scent with all of the imagination and wonder of an 8 year. Scrumptious.

Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural - Cincinnati, Ohio

Aside from simply being a beautifully painted mural tribute to toy manufacturer Kenner, this work is a walk down memory lane. Kenner and it’s toy commercials punctuated so much of my childhood. The brand was so intertwined with pop culture happenings throughout the 80’s that even saying its name brings a wave of nostalgia that is hard to qualify.

If you happen to be in the Cincinnati area, this particular artwork is not to be missed.

Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural - Cincinnati, Ohio artworks sign

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Visit the Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural

23 W Court St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Giant Chicken Army – Liberty, New York Edition

Giant Chicken Army – Liberty, New York Edition

Throughout the fall, winter and the cold parts of spring, I spent a lot more time driving than I did riding. Putting the heat vents on your feet, wearing gloves and a hat make driving with the top down on the convertible really lovely. Even down into the 40 degree temps.

Though it was dreary and rainy and the top remained decidedly up, one of my spring day trips in the car was around the Catskills where I’ve ridden many motorcycle miles. Sometimes the heart just wants to wander and so off you go.

We cruised up along the Delaware River, along Route 97 passing through Hawks Nest. Hooking a right on 55, we made our way through the town of Liberty where… what is this now?!

Well, well, well! If it isn’t a card carrying member of the Giant Chicken Army! Serendipity strikes again.

giant chicken army - fiberglass rooster - liberty new york

Do my eyes deceive me or do you too see the paint worn away in what can only be explained as people have clearly been sitting on this fine gentleman?

I myself did not attempt anything of the sort. With my luck I would’ve gotten unceremoniously wedged in the saddle and some bewildered passer by would have had to call the fire department to pry me loose.

“9-1-1, what’s your emergency?”

[distant hysteria on the line]

“What’s this now, ma’am? Ma’am, please. Ok. Ok, ma’am. Please, I can’t understand you if you keep laughing. Slow down. Pink hair…? Giant… chicken? Seven feet tall, you say?! Stuck? We’re dispatching the jaws of life.”

The corner of Main and Darbee hosts some lovely retrolicious sights. We’re treated to a “drugs” ghost sign, color-blocking and neon, a restored Gold Medal Flour mural, vintage signage and metal cladding hugging olde tyme display windows and decidedly fab swoopy handled doors.

gold medal flour mural - liberty new york

Liberty exudes the smoldering ember vibe that I love. Towns like this always have vintage treasures hiding in plain sight if you just slow down and take a look. Fading Americana.

krugs stationery neon sign liberty new rok
town & country neon sign liberty new york
Motorcycle Exploration – Murals and Street Art in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Motorcycle Exploration – Murals and Street Art in Bushwick, Brooklyn

yamaha fz07 parked on wycoff avenue in bushwick brooklyn

When you think about getting out for a ride on your motorcycle, how often do you think about heading into a major metropolitan area? More often than not, my thoughts about riding involve being in remote areas, places of solitude, or lonely mountain rounds.

But if you want to get in and around a city, being on two wheels gives you lost of room to maneuver where a car can’t.

The Beauty and Solitude of an Empty City

Solitude. Now that is something that I wouldn’t typically equate with existing on the edges of the five boroughs of New York City. And yet, what I discovered is that it could be experienced.

Sure, timing was everything. The universe had to line up the chess pieces and I had to make the opening move. But on an early Sunday morning at the end of August when these photos were taken, I pretty much had Wycoff Ave in Bushwick, Brooklyn all to myself.

The streets that morning were filled only with the compressive thump of my motorcycle exhaust and the swirling color of street art. The city streets felt simultaneously alive and yet… not.

With initiatives from groups like the Bushwick Collective the streets of this area have become an ever-expanding canvas of street art and murals. This smattering of photos is just the top of the iceberg.

artichoke pizza neon sign wycoff avenue bushwick brooklyn streetscene
street art painted buildings sea wolf in bushwick brooklyn street scene
yamaha fz07 motorcycle parked in front of mnstrsqd street art patch whisky ghostbeard
wycoff avenue in bushwick brooklyn - dface til death do us part mural street art
Artist: D-Face
patch whisky ghostbeard collab bushwick brooklyn street art mural mnstrsqd
Artist: Patch Whisky
patch whisky ghostbeard collaboration bushwick brooklyn street art mural mnstrsqd
Artists: Ghostbeard and Patch Whisky
Artist: D-Face
humpty trumpty mural in bushwick brooklyn street art
bushwick brooklyn street art murals
golden street art mural in bushwick brooklyn
Artist Golden
sipros sipros big ears donut street art mural bushwick brooklyn
Artist: Sipros Sipros
Artist: Golden
jason naylor bushwick street art mural brooklyn
Artist: top – Jason Naylor
phetus street art bushwick brooklyn cupcakes
Artist: Phetus
stik street art bushwick brooklyn
Artist: Stik
phetus88 street art bushwick brooklyn
Artist: Phetus

Ride to Eat: Tuesday Night Supper Club – Burgerology

Ride to Eat: Tuesday Night Supper Club – Burgerology

Burgerology – My Favorite Degree!

On Tuesday nights, I try to meet up with friends to get out and get some air on the bikes. This usually involves a little riding, a little eating, lots of laughing and shit-talking. Burgerology in Huntington was a perfect fit.

yamaha fz07 in huntington new york

Here on Long Island, we have tons of places that now offer outside dining. It’s unfortunate that it took a pandemic to push us in this direction, but I’m happy we’re here. We’ve been sorely lacking a thriving outdoor cafe culture for far too long.

Burgerology now offers sidewalk seating!

burgerology huntington new york

Now, I’m not usually one for posting food photos (donuts don’t count) but this mac & cheese bacon burger on a pretzel bun with truffle fries was really good and I thought you should know about it 🙂

burgerology mac and cheese burger huntington new york

The burger was so good in fact, that when I spotted it on the menu and said so out loud, someone immediately copied me and ordered the same thing.

As is my right by the ancient laws of restaurant dining, I made sure to tell the waiter that I saw it first and that I was indeed being copied. The waiter, caring deeply with every fiber in his soul, looked at me sympathetically. Or, it might have been the look of who gives a shit? It was dark out.

baby yoda mural in huntington new york

As if the Mac & Cheese burger weren’t enough of a reason to hit this place up ~ on the back-side of the Burgerology building, there is a knockout mural painted by Andaluz the Artist, featuring Baby Yoda holding a cheeseburger. Does it get any better than this?

Amazing food, great artwork and a ride on your motorcycle? A win all the way around!

baby yoda burgerology yamaha fz07 in huntington

Not only did my order get copied, but this guy cockblocked my photo opportunity! Man, with friends like this… 😀