publisher, lamontpaul is currently producing a collection of outsideleft's anti-travel stories for the SideCartel, with a downloadable mumbled word version accompanied by understated musical fabulists, the frozen plastic
Painter and writer, Wayne Wolfson is Happy Shopper #32. His paint work is currently on show with Karla Fisher, and you can find more about his CD with Mars Syndicate visit his website here. All very well. But mainly what would a shopping trip with Wayne, his whereabouts often unknown, be like?
1) What was the last electrical appliance you bought?
I had gotten one of the early models of the Sansa player, basically like an iPod but smaller in size and to me, more solid in it's feel. Despite going all around the world with me, the thing looked new even after several years. Ironically I was putting it in its protective carrying case and it slipped out of my hand hitting my desk and chipping in the corner. I had to get a new one which actually holds triple the amount of music any ways.
2) How many shoes do you own?
Not really a shoe guy, very practical when it comes to them, the fact that I hate shoe shopping has probably saved me money on a potential mania. I have two pair of dress and two for walking around.
3) Thinking about only what you are wearing now and including your watch, jewellery and glasses if you wear them, how much would it cost me to get dressed up just like you? And where would I have to go to get the look?
I do not actually wear a watch nor jewelry. I sort of wear slight variations on the same thing when I am working, so that I do not have to worry about getting paint on anything. A pair of khakis ($20) a Haynes pocket tee (indifferent to the color $7-) For glasses I prefer the sort of chunky plastic framed ones, think Buddy Holly meets German Rocket scientist. I find they are less likely to break or what not when traveling or taking them off/putting them on while working. You can usually find them fairly reasonable price ($125-ish) It's the lenses where you dish the money out if you go for the photo chromatic ones, which never work as good as the ads show ($100). I dress much nicer when going out and have been told that I clean up well but this is the working me.
4) What are you going to be eating for dinner tonight?
Homemade pizza. Once you know how to do the dough etc it is not nearly as labor intensive as one would believe. I do it all scratch; sauce dough, herbs which I grow myself. It does though sort of ruin you for any big commercial pizza place.
5) What is the most amount you have ever spent on a bottle of wine or other alcoholic beverage and when and where was it?
I traded a sketch I had just done for a bottle of Balvenie. The Balvenie was good but the sketch would get me more scratch then had I just bought the bottle.
6) What and where is your favourite shop?
There is a tiny record shop in Paris, a series of basements stacked atop each other, they specialize in real obscure early stuff. It is always too hot in there and I always take too long looking.
7) How do you get around town?
I am a great walker, allows me to think. I drive but would rather be in the passenger seat so that I can DJ. In Europe, I take advantage of all of the great railway system, they get you to where you are going comfortably and cheap.
8) Where is your favourite place to holiday?
I do not really holiday, as where ever I am I will always be writing/painting/sketching. I prefer Paris. I know many bo-ho's have moved on to hipper spots and as far as having a working studio there are now far cheaper places (Eastern Europe et al) but the city still resonates with something in me, no matter how many times I am there I find something new.
image above: Thursday 810 (pastel) by Wayne Wolfson
Outsideleft's publisher, Lamontpaul is also the web designer for this and many other fine web sites (check out his other designs at webdab). He has done other things too, notably leading disabusive orange county punk rock revisionists 'Ron & Nancy' to no success, in the 90s. "We were a musical success," he maintains, "in the end we sounded precisely like I wanted us to sound. That was the struggle." Around the same time he edited the bands' internationally distributed fanzine, 'The World of...' As a writer he contributed a series of articles about bullet ridden eateries, 'Breakfast In America', to the now defunct 'Him' magazine. Once described by Captain Sensible of the Damned as being more interesting than Rod Stewart. Lamont is known for his hasty gravestone etchings published in the UK by 'Trouble'. Of outsideleft, he says "It's surprisingly easy to be better than almost everything else."