Another old (but young) friend is Adam Higson, a Muay Thai kickboxing champion, personal trainer, and owner of the Diablo Fitness & Combat Club. Adam is a very tough guy who presents an intimidating exterior, but inside he's a complete mush-ball. He's just moved his gym to Dundas, Ontario, which is technically a part of Hamilton. I'm doing some logo work for Adam, so watch for his signs!
I recently contributed a piece to the Green Man show after a call for work by the Nook Collective in Kensington Market. There were some fabulous pieces there, although the crowd was so intense I'm sure I didn't get to see them all! The Green Man is an iconic figure signifying spring and rebirth that appears across many cultures. I took my representation from Celtic folklore, and used the Scottish Gaelic for 'green man', fear uaine as my title and inspiration. Again, I'm having a love affair with J. Herbin inks and used Cafe des Iles for its earthy warm tones. I wanted my figure to be gnarly (in the tree-bark sense), to be a creature who would meld into the forest, and to be benevolent but slightly malevolent.
The final guy I'd like to mention is another drawing buddy, Rob Collinet. I couldn't resist one of Rob's contributions to the Green Man show, and he is now a happy resident of my front porch (the Green Man, not Rob).