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Draplin Design Co., North America
May 19, 2009
Mike Gaughan, We Love You
Posted at 11:44 AM


So the one and only Mike Gaughan comes in yesterday to say goodbye for the summer. He’s been out here since last August doing what Mike does best: “Making wherever he lives awesome as hell.” That’s Mike, and Portland, you are lucky to have him. But he’s shipping out. He’s on his way back to Minneapolis to teach summer school to a group of lucky little devils. I mean, can you imagine having Mike at the helm of the class? Sign me up!

So he comes in, with his little buddy Toby the Chihuahua (hard one to spell!) and I’ll be damned if he didn’t bring me possibly the greatest thing I’ve ever seen, ever. Ever.

He made a drawing of me, and of Gary, and the building.

I mean, it’s just fucking incredible. I love it with everything I’ve got in me. And, it’s weird as hell…like…it’s my big, gross head, right there and it freaks me out! I mean, what do I do with this goddamn thing? Frame it? Then what? Put it up on my wall? Hard to say. Perplexed.

Here’s where this thing might end up:

01. On Brad Scheuffele’s living room wall. It’s big, so make room.
02. On my “About” page, cemented in stone.
03. On my parent’s living room wall.
04. Right smack dab above Nakamoto’s desk.

One of these places.

Nevertheless, I am right here writing these words. A big, hairy pile of flesh and bone and I’m telling you: Mike Gaughan is it.

I gotta tell you: This kind of awesomeness just flat wears me out. Mike, warn me next time. And be ready for the call too. I smell a commission coming from all of us in the shop. You can bet on that one.

Thanks, Mike. You continue to amaze me on so many levels, and I’m a lucky man to know you.

(Click all the Mike links above, and prepared to be blown away. We warned you.)

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MIKE’S MET HIS FAIR SHARE OF LUMINARIES, TOO: Here he is meeting Kool Keith.

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WAIT, GO BACK: Look at little Gary there! Flying up Stark street all cute and small and shivering. You just want to eat him, he’s so fuckin’ cute. Or throw him off the top of the building. That kind of cute calls for drastic measures. Okay, there.

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ALWAYS LOOK OUT BACK: “The Typography of My Garage” by Eric Tufford. Holy hell. Get in there. Right now.

You could write a book about this image alone. I just might.

This is the kind of link that makes me go, “Man, I love this stuff so goddamn much. Here’s a guy who went out and shot the stuff in his garage for the rest of us.”

I get kinda choked up because it’s like he rescued the stuff or something, or, put it out into the world to share. This is the kind of stuff that crosses my mind when I go through a set like that.

Okay, back to work.

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DAYWRECKER WARNING: The Old Car Manual Project. Oh man, I wish I had more time today to play around in this one.

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01. Bob Mould - Life and Times
02. Juno - A Future Lived In Past Tense
03. Mark Kozelek - Finally LP
04. Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream
05. Lambchop - Aw C’mon / No You C’mon
06. Ice Rod - Your Body Is A Skatepark

There Are 20 Comments

Wow, that is some amazing artwork. When they write “DDC: The Book” this image should be the cover.

Posted by: Cameron Barrett on 05/19/09 at 12:01 PM

How about airbrushed on the back doors/windows of the new van? I can just imagine it pulling into my lane on a thunderstorm-filled evening.

Posted by: Matt on 05/19/09 at 12:36 PM

Do you think Dad would replace that antique piece of ceiling tile that currently hangs over the fireplace with this piece of artwork??

I think it would be good in my office; I’ll move one of my Beatle posters…..

I’d say frame it and hang it in your own office; you’ll appreciate how much people admire you!

Posted by: mama d on 05/19/09 at 1:09 PM

That’s just downright amazing.

Posted by: Greg Meehan on 05/19/09 at 1:19 PM

that one of Eustace Conway is great!!!! read his book- “The Last American Man”, amazing guy.

Posted by: Jess on 05/19/09 at 4:20 PM

wow he even captured your whole wardrobe

Posted by: Mark P on 05/19/09 at 8:33 PM

Thought you might dig the Frank Lloyd Wright lego sets.


Posted by: Mark on 05/20/09 at 6:55 AM

Wow, that is a really amazing gift! Priceless! I love that Gary is flying towards you in the middle of it all, how perfect!

Love what you do with your site Aaron! Keep it up!

Posted by: Andrea on 05/20/09 at 8:25 AM

AMAZING! Michael Gaughan is the real deal. We’re lucky to have worked with him on a couple of projects and hope to make it happen again. Everyone should check out his band Brother & Sister’s music video I’m Gonna Do Something Awesome With My Life:


Posted by: Mike Davis on 05/20/09 at 8:27 AM

Aaron, This is so obvious that I doubt I’ll be the first to suggest it. You can solve both of your problems this week by putting the damn picture on the side of the damn van! 1970’s airbrushed streetvan style! You know you want to.

Posted by: Andrius SImutis on 05/20/09 at 10:11 AM

The drawing is great but the top photo reminds me of Howard Stern’s Artie Lange. Check out the bookcover and notice the resemblance. http://artielange.shop.musictoday.com/

Posted by: Mark Newhouse on 05/20/09 at 10:17 AM

way cool.

Posted by: damien on 05/20/09 at 3:39 PM

Whoa that’s good.

No, great.

No, awesome times infinity.

Really dig this Mike character, his style, his work, everything.

Posted by: Glass on 05/21/09 at 12:55 PM

Good to see that Mike is still going on strong. Love that poster he did of you and Gary. Mike hijacked one of my MCAD pajama jammy-jam parties from back in the day with his one man show. God bless his talented f’n heart!

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