Stencil Nation Cali Tour off to Great Start

Showing the “how to make a stencil” slide to the folks at Northtown Books, Arcata, CA

Talking stencils with Dan Wargo at KHSU’s Hompage Show, Arcata, CA

After two days of cold and wet in the forests of Endor (i.e., Grizzley Creek State Park, where George Lucas filmed all the Ewok scenes), I had a great day in Arcata, CA. Found a few stencils on the streets, took a tour of the city’s wetlands wastewater treatment plant (thanks to my host Gabe), and also went over to KHSU’s studio to be interviewed for their Friday Homepage segment. That night, I gave my first California presentation to a standing room crowd at Northtown Books. It was Arts Arcata night, so many of the shops around the book store had live music going. And it was great to see the seats filled in a small city with almost no graffiti (one local explained it thusly: no railroad, no interstate, so no artists coming through hitting the walls or trains). And Northtown books was nothing but nice and helpful. Sold some books too which always feels good.

Tomorrow will be my first San Francisco presentation. Well, the first public presentation since I gave my room mates a presentation before the touring started in June. This weekend will be Davis and Sacramento stops, both the Avid Reader. Just got transportation worked out for the Southern California leg April 28 too, along with a few days in Joshua Tree. And have already booked six stops along the way between Toronto and St. Louis for June’s Middle America. That could well be the final tour, though there’s a buzz that Brazil may be in the offering. We’ll see!

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