October 17, 2008
Hateruma Island, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
We were lazy all morning as the clouds rolled by and some rain spattered down. Kozy had decided today would be a lazy day. Soon enough though, the sun broke through and it compelled us to go out and explore! We got on bikes and went riding. Through the center of the little village and out along a main road through farms. We stopped for lunch at a little cafe and i had coconut chicken curry. Then we continued to ride out into the sugar cane fields, sometimes on paved road, often on dirt roads between the fields heading for the ocean. We found it soon enough, and after a few tries we found a dirt road that led to a path to the sea. We found ourselves on, of course, an empty beach. We walked up and down in the shallow water, looking for creatures in the tidal pools. Eventually we settled on the main strip of broken coral laden sand and i stripped off my clothes and grabbed my mask and just waded out into the water. The snorkeling was no good there but i didn’t care.
After a while we saw dark clouds off the coast and decided we should head back towards the village just in case. We got dressed and started riding. Once back on a paved road the wind gushed up suddenly and never stopped blowing. It made the uphill parts of the ride hard as my crappy rusty bike wouldn’t change gear and was stuck in a high gear, but i was happy for the exercise and just stood up and pushed hard. Eventually we made it back to the center of the village and bought some ice tea and shikuwasa and mango sorbet from the one shop there. Kozy bought some CDs and we came back to the room for rest.
In the late afternoon we thought we would ride the other way, and reach the other end of the island. We got on our bikes and just rode. Within no time we were gliding along a gentle downward slope, through more farms and past a lighthouse (peculiarly placed in the middle of the island) and eventually reached the tiny airstrip near the coast that was flanked by a field of goats. We rode to the far side of the airstrip and found an opening in the brush that led out to the Western coast. What an amazing site. Unlike the Eastern coast of the island (where we were in the morning) the western coast is all rocky and small cliffs. Since the storm was still passing by off the coast (it never really hit the island, but the wind kept kicking all afternoon, with a smattering of light sprinkles here and there) the waves were pounding the shore, sending powerful spray 20 feet or more into the air. I got kozy to strip to her panties to take some pictures of her in front of the crashing waves. We rode home as the sun descended through the sky.
Back at the guest house, I showered while kozy finished preparing dinner. As always her cooking was amazing. Afterwards we went out for a walk by the local mini mart co-op thing and saw the little baby goats that hung out by there. We asked the older couple working in the shop about the goats and the man brought them out from around the building. The goats were joyous to be in the light and started playing in the street in front of the mini mart, and we played with them. They were so cute. They kept trying to hump each other and the boy goat just wanted to practice fighting like male goats do. constantly rushing at us all with his little horns (which the man always kept covered by sections of garden hose), and the girl goat just wanted to eat! The old man fed her milk and shrimp chips. Eventually we went inside to buy a tomato and cucumber ( the first ones we’d seen on the island), and the man poured us some awamori (which is like vodka) and we began to drink and talk by the cash register. They said their niece who l had lived in the US had just come to stay for a while, and soon enough she came by the mart and we all talked for about an hour and i got drunk. Finally it was time for them to close and we said our goodnights and went back to our room.
Dan with our painting “Kitty Visions” installed at the Japanese American National Museum for the massive Hello Kitty exhibition that is now open through April 2015.
Continuing with the “Animal Odd Couple” series Kozy started with 2012’s Hunters: Charks ‘n Kittehs”, today we released a new poster, called simply “Vegans”
A reworking of our 2013 archival print release “Vegans: Manatees ‘n Bunnies” limited edition has been printed as an 18 x 24 inch offset poster on 80lb cover stock with a matte coated finish.
The “mermaid” of myth is one of the gentlest creatures you will see, and maybe the least equipped to survive in such close proximity to human beings, thus its quickly vanishing from the Earth. We really wanted to just expose people to the existence of this animal and relate it to one of our more favored vegan animals. Would we let bunny rabbits go extinct so easily?
More of the process of painting, cutting out, and layering our Hello Kitty artwork into layers of resin for our “Kitty Visions” painting for the exhibition we are in that opens October 11, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum. “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” will celebrate the 40th anniversary of #HelloKitty and will combine a historical and sociological examination of the Hello Kitty phenomenon as well as an art exhibition emphasizing her influence on contemporary art.
Our digitally printed mural, “Pacific Drift - Hawaii” that was installed in the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art as part of the World Oceans Day Hawai’i event held in June 2014. The mural was up all summer.
Some of the Postcards we made for our Going Postal 2014 subscribers while we were in Indonesia in February.