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Draplin Design Co., North America
October 06, 2004
DDC 50: Day 17, NYC Action
Posted at 08:42 AM

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We�ve been flooded with requests for �Images From The Road.� What? Don�t take our golden word for it? You should. Here�s the deal: We�ve been shooting everything on Fuji Reala print film, with hopes up climbing the ol� food chain a bit in the image quality dept. Digi is cool and easy and efficient, but man, they more or less only live on a hard drive. And hey, that ain’t no way to enjoy the memories after the dust settles.

I want prints, I want negs, I want a big ol� goddamn book�thick with memories�for those who sit on our couches to enjoy. That�s our goal, and we�re pointing it for glory.

One book for dad, one book for the DDC Archives.

But as always, that little trusty s400 (Rose has the s110, that little, prehistoric bitch) has been in our pocket the whole trip, and yes, we�ve snapped a pretty ugly pile of stuff on it too, as the proceeding offering will serve are proof to such claims.

So we took some time this afternoon, as the Empire State building rests off in the distance out the window, to download, process, polish and upload a collection from our road exploits. Here we go�

(NOTE: Simply click on the link to “pop up” the photo, then click on the photo to close it.)

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PRE-GAME “GEARING UP”
01. “Cards of business, answering all DDC 2004 Fall Tour questions.”
02. “Loading up Big S with all the crucial supplies.”

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DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE IT OUTTA SO-CAL
03. “Gridlock’d Paradise”
04. “The ugliest art director Snowboarder magazine has ever seen: Mark Michaylira.”

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ROUTE 66’ers: THE STARTING OF THE MOTHER ROAD.
05. “Road Warriors.”
06. “Santa Monica Pier.”
07. “Santa Claus Santa Monica Pier.”
08. “They say it ends here: The Roy Rogers Memorial Highway.”
09. “We couldn’t wait to leave that dark spot behind.”
10. “Take a left on Santa Monica and head all the way to Chicago.”

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ROUTE 66’ers: CALIFORNIAN DESERT COUNTRY
11. “The Californ-y Desert.”
12. “The Summit Inn on El Cajon Pass.”
13. “The old man had his eye on this.”
14. “The son had his eye on this. Nice lettering!”
15. “Sketchy office windows on sketchy hotels. Latenight Rialto.”
16. “Wigwam for the night.”
17. “Wigwam’ers Unite!”
18. “One tired Polack.”

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ROUTE 66’ers: MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, NEW MEXICO
19. “A good place to get loaded in New Mexico.”
20. “Dad stocked up on some package liquor for the road…”
21. “…as did many other thirsty patrons. A real oasis.”

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ROUTE 66’ers: ARCH-GAZING IN ST. LOUIS, MISS.
22. “Dad Looking Up.”
23. “That big ol’ arch; Gateway to the West.”

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A TRIP MILESTONE
24. “The 5000th mile of the DDC Fall 2004 North American Tour.”
Crossing over the Quebec/Vermont border.

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LANCE AND VANESSA: “TRUE LOVE ALWAYS.”
25. “A beautiful stretch of land to have a wedding on.”
26. “Evan Rose of Viper Photoe, Matrimonial Imagery Services.”
27. “The Bride, the Justice, the Lance.”
28. “Draplin, caught in moment of complete disgust, or something.”
29. “DDC carving prowess: The Relief Technique.”
30. “Draplin, in the midst of being mildly-pickled.”
31. “Evan Rose, in the midst of being the biggest asshole at the wedding.”
32. “The ‘Lay of the Land’, inside the barn, that is.”
33. “Burn, baby, burn.”
34. “Evan Rose, no explanation necessary.”
35. “Evan Rose burnt a ton of media that night.”
36. “Frankie Boy!”

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LONG MEADOW, MASSHOLE
37. “The heavily-wooded compound of Rhajer and Sarah Cameron.”
38. “6 Peachtree Road.”
39. “Big S taking a little breather.”
40. “Big-ass Legos, all over the place.”
41. “Rhajer, some big plastic brute and Sarah.”
42. “A dream fullfilled, or, ‘snapped together’.”
43. “The dirtiest, meanest alley in all of Northampton.”

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AND ON INTO NEW YORK…
44. “Waiting for the train in Newark, that’ll take me to NYC.”
45. “Newark train accomodations.”

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THINGS WE MISS REAL BAD:
46. “Pretty Whitney.”
47. “DDC Sleeping Quarters. Clean sheets too.”
48. “DDC Dirty Laundry Div.”
49. “DDC Rotations Dept.”
50. “Those two grade school chairs Jay Floyd brought over.”

There Are 5 Comments

Thank you for sharing your adventure with us all… look like you had a hell of a time…

Posted by: isaac B. on 10/06/04 at 8:45 PM

awesome photos… there are some gems in there… your visit was inspirational… thanks for stopping by… keep your new plastic co-pilot buckled up while you’re on the road.
HONK!

Posted by: Roger Cameron on 10/07/04 at 6:26 AM

Thanks for the pix. Sorry not to meet you when you passed through my fair city. We were gonna invite you over for dinner! But now you are long gone. Also sorry not to meet you at the Stowe wedding, we were unable to make it because 3 rugrats couldn’t fit in the barn and it didn’t make sense to haul them in the van just to sit in the hotel for the duration. Your photos help ease the pain of not attending. Were those candles in the chandeliers??

While you are in NYC, check out the Olive Tree Caf in the Village. My favorite place - the tables are large slate-like slabs and they provide the chalk. Plus old b/w silent movies are playing on the wall in back, and there’s some good falafel for eats. Or maybe you have already shoved off to Philly. In that case be sure to visit Chinatown there… you’ll get some great photos.

Next time you’re in MA, stop on by. And bring those orange grade-school chairs, we could use ‘em.

(Is it OK for female-types to post on this thing? And should I keep it to short quips, or are longer blabs relevant?)

Posted by: Heather Brandon on 10/07/04 at 7:47 AM

Finally, some documentation. Thanks for the photos, keep ‘em comin’. Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back.

Posted by: josh on 10/07/04 at 9:10 AM

We like the pictures!

Posted by: Jerms on 10/07/04 at 10:27 AM