Inevitably, we would be wandering typically rainy downtown Portland, and run into someone we knew. Usually, it was someone impossible, someone we hadn’t seen in years, or was a little famou-ish. My father coined the phenomenon as “big town, small city”, meaning we had all the marks of a city but with the feel of a small town, where you might stop and talk in the middle of the road outside the feed store.
For Eddie and I, this is our 100th collective post on Bear and Shark. We started in May 2011 with no solid plans, only the need to share projects, drawings,ideas and stories over a vast distance. Along the way our projects grew as we; furnished houses with recycled things, we reclaimed newspaper boxes, ate weird fruit and tried to bring analogue back.
By far the best part of the whole experience has been the ability to share our “art and travel” on global scale. Each time I see the certain portions of the map light up, I think of all the amazing people we know and how lucky we are to share our project with them. The internet is amazing.In Norway- I see Ina and Nat, Canada-Brenda and Greg/my countless relatives, Belgium-Alex, Australia- the Manly crew and cousin, Spain- family, UK & South America- old friends, Singapore-Brendon and everyone in the US. As for Bulgaria…well, we’re still trying to figure that one out.
Knowing that you are reading became the reason to write. The reason to get up at 6 or 7am (way too often). The end result is a project that is so much bigger than we could have imagined.
Over the last year and a half the world becomes so much smaller, it no longer seems like a grey metropolitan of strangers staring at the ground, but a patchwork of friends.So I guess its all a round about way of saying “Thank you”.
Below is a map of who has checked out Bear&Shark in the last 90 days.
Upcoming projects; a new layout to the site, no more silly ads, Eddies taking out christmas consumerism and I’m opening up a New Zealand home distillery.
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