There's No Time To Explain #17: Travis Shorey
I have a conversation with artist Travis Shorey. Travis draws and paints three-eyed monsters and geek-culture characters engaged in mostly eating tacos and drinking beer. His colorful painting can be seen on his Facebook page, Jankety Arts. Travis is a huge fan of beer, and I delight in going through his beer inventory in Brewbacca, his beer-toting Chewbacca backpack. Over the course of nearly three hours, we cover various topics as censorship in art, Randy Newman dropping the N-word, the Savior of Rock and Roll, who is obviously Bruno Mars, and whether Travis has ever been too drunk to fuck. We discuss Travis' self-diagnosed Autism and his obsessive painting, which brings him happiness. We are interrupted by a bit of neighborhood drama as my son Ted's friend falls out of a tree and we deal with Ted's guilt over letting his friend fall. Our talk turns to kids, and how Travis avoids becoming a "Disneyland Dad" and is seemingly unconcerned with his mortality. I had to cut over an hour and a half of recorded conversation from this episode, so I end with an audio clip montage of Travis' sayings that didn't make the cut set over the theme to Super Mario Brothers. I rant about overthinking the racial and ethnic survey on my daughter's kindergarten registration paperwork and why Hispanic is such a hard ethnicity to nail down. I basically deny everyone's whiteness and probably kick off the next race war.