yeah. it was another gorgeous day on the rez. while installing at cow springs, we met a local youth named deshaun. his skateboard broke while he was showing us a trick. we’re going to get him another one but he doesn’t know that yet. thanks for the love deshaun. back at you.
september 6, 2014
i wrote that entry on my old blog back in june 2011 after meeting deshaun. while pasting today he appeared. he didn’t say anything as he approached. he just went straight to his favorite spot at the old trading post. he sat against the chimney atop the building watching the setting sun and listening to his ipod.
after about 15 minutes we chatted a bit. i didn’t recognize him immediately but when asked, he told me he’s deshaun. all i could say was “…man! you’ve grown.” he’s on the football team for the tuba city eagles middle school now and he remembers getting a skateboard from me 3 years ago.
people’s climate march
flagstaff, az (behind tat-foo)
fuck jesse helms. admittedly, the reference to jesse helms may seem obscure. but as a fellow raleighite who knows his history all too well, my sentiment remains unchanged. for you who don’t know, check it: http://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/28/opinion/in-the-nation-art-and-indecency.html
And now for something new + different for the Painted Desert Project, multidisciplinary artist Monica Canilao and muralist Doodles will be coming in a few days to repair, re-imagine some roadside stands. It’s the first time the Painted Desert Project has included a construction, sculptural component. Stay tuned! It should be exciting.
Meanwhile, the proposed Escalade resort won’t go away. Despite Navajo nation president Ben Shelley saying the tribe won’t pursue the project due the costs of fighting law suits opposing it, the developer continues to move the project forward.
debra yepa-pappan shared with me one of her iconic images which she allowed me to remix and install. i got it up at the roadside stand of marge james in march of 2014. she consented to an interview which appears here on vandalog.