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…what with my birthday at the end of September, KB’s birthday in mid-October, and our wedding anniversary at the end of the month.

This year, rather than spend money on gifts neither one of us want/need, I asked KB for a change in plans. Rather than getting each other individual birthday and anniversary gifts, I wanted to buy one gift for the both of us to enjoy.

Luckily, even though she had no idea what I had up my sleeve, KB agreed.

And so I reached out to my good friend and old college pal Jason “McFly” Kincaid. I wanted to commission him to create an original piece of artwork for us, but the subject matter needed some very clear explanation.

“I’d like Mr. Fabulous sitting in a chair wearing a robe and slippers as if she were Hugh Hefner,” I explained. “And then I want Meatshake and Heisenberg standing behind her wearing suits and looking badass, as if they were her muscle.”

Once McFly stopped laughing at how ridiculous it all was, he asked me to send over some photo reference. A little less than a month ago, I did just that. Yesterday, we came back from Florida to this:

"The Beast Trio" by Jason "McFly" Kincaid!

Mr. Fabulous was looking dapper…

Mr. Fabulous by Jason "McFly" Kincaid!

…Meatshake was looking as if she weren’t to be fucked with…

Meatshake by Jason "McFly" Kincaid!

…and Heisenberg was looking oblivious.

Heisenberg by Jason "McFly" Kincaid!

That is to say: Spot. Fucking. On.

These crappy photos don’t do the piece (which measures around 15″ x 20″) justice, so if you’re lucky you just might get to see it in person someday.

Jason is an amazing illustrator; I feel lucky to be his friend, and now own one of his originals. Check out more of his work here, and then hire him to create your own original badass artwork. Your walls are looking pretty bare, aren’t they?

So glad KB agreed,

-Shady

…just illustrated and designed the following t-shirt for the FEAR City Haunted House contest in Illinois.

Erik needs your help (and vote) to place first, so do me a favor and check out (and “like”) the Facebook page of FEAR City Haunted House here first, then go and “like” Erik’s drawing here.

I want one… or six,

-Shady

…no kidding.

Last November, I wrote Caroll Spinney a quick letter to thank him for contributing to such a large part of my childhood. For those of you who don’t know, Spinney has portrayed numerous characters on “Sesame Street” for the show’s past 41 seasons. He’s best known for his work as both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

Last weekend, I opened our mailbox to find this envelope (click on all images for larger versions):

Inside the envelope, I found this two-page letter:

As well as this original illustration:

Spinney is also an accomplished artist; he illustrated numerous Sesame Street books throughout his career.

So yeah… that was pretty awesome.

Learn more about Caroll Spinney here.

I even get the Eminem joke from Big Bird,

-Shady

…who occasionally pops up on “Sketchbook” here, recently sent me a new piece (titled “Rage + Hate”) he drew in one of his sketchbooks.

(Click on the image to view a larger version.)

Rage + Hate by Drew Linne

Drew asked me for a critique. I told him he should start drawing on individual sheets of paper and try selling his art.

What do you guys think?

Learn more about Drew here.

Open for debate,

-Shady

Old Poop!