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Black Ink series Title: "Media Fool" by: Lon Bennett

September 22, 2017 By Lon Bennett - Bio

Black Ink series Title: "Media Fool" by: Lon Bennett
"I love taking a clean piece of paper and a brand new ink pen and  drawing without knowing exactly what I'm doing. First lines and shapes appear, sometimes intersecting to reveal hidden images that take form. After a few minutes I get an idea and go with it. I really like how I'm almost forced to commit to the simplicity of the shapes. Things are lopsided, uneven almost childlike. No erasing lines whatsoever."  --Lon 
© LonBennet / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - Black Ink Series -- "Media Fool"

#OgFOMK #LonBennett #ART #Micron #sharpie #Faber-Castell

Hard Times -- You Scared?

29 Sep. 2017
By Toney Herndon - Bio

Every now and then, most of us get the urge to re-live the days of our past. You know, that care- free feeling of living life without consequences and pushing the limits of so-called sanity. All I had to hear was don't do it, and it was a go. I was most likely going to do it!!! At this point in the game of life, my decisions are a little more processed. But every now and then, I get the urge to do something outrageous, crazy, or just plain stupid, but within reason. It just makes me feel alive, youthful, and somewhat rebellious. Not you though, you're too mature for that. Too worried about what other people think, the strange looks you'll get, even though you can feel the need to let lose, burning deep in your soul. Not me!!
This feeling is often sparked by some type of spontaneous action, something people my age, would classify as childish.

It could be a group of attractive young ladies, or maybe gentlemen in your case. You&#…

Square Peg: March for Peace (and BBQ)

28 Sep. 2017
By Debbie Wall - Bio
Square Peg - The Unedited Letters
From: Debbie <debbie.wall@********.com>
Sent: September 6, 2017 1:13 PM
To: safety@******.org
Subject: March for Peace

To whom it may concern,

     I saw the poster for the walk by my ATM this morning.  It featured a picture of a dove, a universal symbol of peace.  It also announced there is a BBQ to be held afterwards.  In keeping with the spirit of the event, I hope that you are serving up vegan food.  Our addiction to meat is responsible not only for animal suffering, but human health problems, environmental degradation and produces more green house gases than all forms of transport combined.
     In an interview, Dr. Jane Goodall said, "I saw meat on the plate. I looked down and said this symbolizes fear, pain and death and I don't want that in my body."  Remember, you are what you eat and peace begins in the kitchen.
     We will never achieve true peace as long as we continue to heap horribl…

Mixed Media title: "Colorform Field Trip" by: Lon Bennett

September 22, 2017
By Lon Bennett - Bio

Our favorite thing about Lon Bennett is his ability to redress what we take for granted. Unlike Salvador Dali, Picasso, or Davinci we can call him on the phone and go kayaking or catch a punk show.

In the above drawing, "Colorform Field Trip",  there are familiar elements to everyone. If you are from Virginia you will see those elements too!

© LonBennett / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. -Mixed Media - "Colorform Fieldtrip"

#OgFOMK #LonBennett #ART #Peanut #Virginia

Mermaid Tears

26 Sep. 2017
By Cristy Johnson Bowen - Bio

Broken and discarded
Churning violently
Tumbled by the sea
Edges worn when wave meets shore

Soft edges, perfect frosted glimmer
Leads to discovery
Beauty is exposed

Treasure and hunter connect
Their story is the same
Nature softens the edges
Carves out the beauty in life

© Cristy Johnson Bowen / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - Poetry - "Mermaid Tears"

#OgFOMK #CristyBowen #MermaidTears #Poetry #Sea #Water #Ocean

Mixed Media- title: "Primetime Soros" by: Lon Bennett

By Lon Bennett - Bio

Primetime Soros

The Collage - Mixed Media artists knows that we are constantly bombarded with images. To buy. To sell. To propagate. Some to instill the fear. Here the artists looks at the truth that African Americans, their descendants and their friends matter. But how? As fodder, as a dumping ground, as a scapegoat or just as entertainment?

Reluctantly Lon wanted to put this out. It's emotional. It's powerful. Lon is no gentrified liberal. He lives on the edge. He knows that people genuinely struggle to overcome fucked-up odds. Why?

© LonBennett / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - THE Mixed Media - "Primetime Soros"

#OgFOMK #LonBennett #ART #PoliticsOfRacism #Racism #MixedMedia

Just Around the Bend - Mildenhall, Suffolk, England

23 Sep 17
By William Hawkes - Bio

In Mildenhall, a small town in Suffolk, England, you will find peace and contentment. Just around the bend is a serene park, a small farm, or a bubbling brook. Sometimes you will be met with the sun on an afternoon stroll, or some light showers that end with a rainbow to brighten even the gloomiest of days. Take a seat on a park bench, read a book, and occasionally look up to watch a family of swans swimming downstream, or a mallard drake waddle by. There may be few better places in England to center yourself, let your troubles of the week dissipate, and let nature envelop you.

© WILLIAM HAWKES / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - "Just around the bend"

#OgFOMK #WilliamHawkes #England #Suffolk #Mildenhall #nature #meditation #stressfree #sunshine #rainbows #flora #fauna #Travel #UK

Cluttered mind

20 Sept. 2017 By Cristy Johnson Bowen - Bio

High strung thoughts
Twisted inside the mind  
The past is on repeat
A soul that won't unwind                

The days yet to come  
The not yet determined  
Where Terror is from

The here, the now
Where the mind should rest
May be the reality
That delivers the ultimate test

Content quiet minds
Living in the moment
Is sometimes seen
 as the daunting component

Alone and lonely
They are not the same breed
Lonely, is for no one      
Alone,  is in great need

the path is greater traveled
Where there is no time
All are too busy
To heal their heart and mind

The road less traveled
Is one of tranquil feeling
A moment to sit
ALONE......start the healing.

Cluttered Mind, Poem Cristy writes about struggle in this poem but she tactfully sees the end game as well. She knows that what we undergo as writers is part of what makes us end up as winners. Change, rhythm, breath all are parts of the process to healing. Heal we must. Heal w…

Briton Riviere "War Time" - 1874 - Chrysler Museum

17 Sep. 2017 By Gertrude Jewell - Bio

About War Time
During a recent visit to the Chrysler Museum, an 1874 painting by Englishman, Briton Riviere, captured my canine imagination and left me wanting more. Riviere, a great dog lover himself, devoted much of his life to painting animals.  He said, “you can never a paint a dog unless you are fond of it.”  

Having studied at the London Royal Academy, Riviere’s brilliant use of texture,  detail, and contrasting colors is apparent. Here he uses them to capture a tragic scene, a father learning of the loss of his son during wartime.  War Time moved, inspired and captivated me such that I captured the painting with my ubiquitous, if not pedestrian, smart phone. 
You see, the Chrysler is so progressive and user friendly, it encourages its patrons to do the very thing we now do at least several times a week, screen shot its collection.  Amazing isn’t it? Me a 21st century dog lover, proud pet parent of two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, with t…

Hard Times Skate Shop - Toney Herndon

16. Sep. 2017
By Alex Nuttall - Bio
We went out to Craddock which is in Portsmouth, Virginia to look for some inexpensive studio / office space. We found some interesting spots but more importantly we found Toney Herndon of Hard Times Skate Shop.

We were looking in the window of Hard Times Skate Shop enjoying the displays and how the shop was set up. Really, truth be known, Alex was dreaming of having a new skate board and remembering how much fun it was to be a street skater / punk rocker.

Toney came out of another shop and said to us: "Would you like to go inside?" Alex began stuttering like he didn't know English and managed to say, "yes". So Toney invited us in. Then Alex cleverly said, "Is this your shop?"

Toney was very kind and gave us a little history about his business and let us look around. Hard Times Skate Shop has been in business for 5 years. Unlike some other business owners in Portsmouth, Toney was confident, positive and very helpful…

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 10 - "Pretty Lady from the Mountain"

By Lon Bennett - Bio

Drawing by Lon Bennett, title:  A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 10 - "Pretty Lady from the Mountain". Original Date: 20170831 – © Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 – 2017 – Re/Published

A beautiful mountain. A beautiful lady before or from the mountain. The door is closed. The stairs creep up behind her head. She is beautiful and confidently so. An unusual and rare glimpse into the random shapes the succumb to the lines and colors of red and black.
#OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #PrettyLady #Drawing #Mountain

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A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 9 - "Flower Pot With Knife"

By Lon Bennett - Bio

Drawing by Lon Bennett, title: A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 9 - "Flower Pot With Knife". Original Date: 20170831 – © Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 – 2017 – Re/Published .

This lovely vessel will eat your face off if you are not careful. This apparatus has all the senses. There are elements of playfulness as always. Lon Bennett tells a story here. From the Bauhaus to the flower who is shocked you see her and then there is the knife. What is the knife there for?

#OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #FlowerPot #Drawing #Ink

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© Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 - 2017 | 20170914 -ABN – Ed Date: 2017-09-14 16:25

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 8 - "Happy Valentines"

14 Feb. 2016
By Lon Bennett - Bio

Drawing by Lon Bennett, title: A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 8 - Happy Valentines. Original Date: 20160214 – © Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2016 – 2017 – Re/Published .

Lon Bennett was inspired on and by Valentines Day 2016. The flowers, soft breast, promise of shelter and music provide a stairway into his heart and mind. Everyone is invited including a spider who we can imagine needs this too!

#OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #Valentines #Drawing #RedInk #BlackInk #Love

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© Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2016 - 2017 | 20170914 -ABN – Ed Date: 2017-09-14 15:33

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 7 - "The Drunken Nose and Some"

By Lon Bennett - Bio

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 7 - "The Drunken Nose and Some"
Lon continues his work with red and black ink. a lot is going on in every one of his drawings. Somehow it is all under control. This is very similar to the maps you see of the emotional and physical control centers of the brain. From the nose to the phallic end there is plenty going on with all of us.

The above drawing appeared first in Issue 10 of OgFOMK ArTS
© Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. -A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 7 - "The Drunken Nose and Some"

#OgFOMK #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #Ink #Drawing #Art #Nose #Drunk

Mykel's Photos - Arizona- "Beer Pals"

12 Sept 2000
By Mykel Board - Bio
Saw this sign at a large outdoor garage/art sale in Arizona. I was there with my pal Sid Yiddish. Sad that so many of these values are gone... being replaced by "shared politics" and "facebook likes."
Quick, I need a Drink

From an Arizona garage art festival

© Mykel Board / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - THE Photo SERIES - NUMBER 2 - "Friendship"

#OgFOMK #MykelBoard #friendship #Arizona #garagesale #SidYiddish

OgFOMK ArTS, October 2017, Issue #10 (We Think)

9 Sep. 2017
By Alex Nuttall - Bio

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OgFOMK ArTS, October 2017, Issue #10 (We Think) [Interactive PDF]

For the Norfolk Zine Fest held on September 9, 2017 we rushed to make sure we had a print zine and we printed it out. Unfortunately we spent way to much on printing to get crappy results. We traded about 10 issues and left. The quality of what we presented was sub standard compared to the good work the other folks did. We knew better. We did it anyway.

So as we are a rolling distribution we decided to wipe our tears and experiment at home with the real good printer. After a few tries we got fantastic results. We still have the originals that we passed out.

Now we decided to publish the PDF of the improved version that is interactive.

Those of you who would like a print version we will mail it to you.  You have three choices:

1. Original ZineFest 32-40 numbered Grayscale: $4.00 Postage Paid. Signed and Numbered by Alex Nuttall

2. Original ZineFest 13-20 numbered Col…

Fuzzy Gray Raindrop

By Alex Nuttall - Bio

She lays beside you
Out if all the places in the house
She chooses to be beside you

You can't deny
The pride you feel and
You want to brag to the whole world
But that's not what this
Is about

It's not about anything,
Not about

Her legs are juxtapose
In front of her nose
And she shapes
A raindrop
If you can imagine
Her furry feline body
As so

It's not so bad
When everything seems
To be in
You can be confident
That your struggle
Is worth it
When you know
You take care
Of the cat

Just a cat

Well, actually two cats
And a wife
And some plants

You may not be doing
The best job
But to her
You're doing just fine
Maybe to them all
You're doing just fine

The suggestion box
The litter box
Maybe they're the same
But at least the shit
Gets out there
And not on the street
And not on the floor
And not on the bed,
Not on the bed

Well maybe once
But it was your

Take it like a man

Move o…

The Easiest, Quickest & Most Inexpensive Way to Alkaline

By Jennifer - Bio

Hey, you know that box of baking soda you have lying around your house, or sitting in your fridge? Well, what if I told you that it actually has the ability to seriously improve your health, and/or possibly even save your life?
We are living in a time when most of the food that we buy at the store is toxic, full of chemicals and genetically modified. In addition, most people are under far too much stress and diseases are on the rise as a result. Cancers and various auto immune disorders all require and thrive in an acidic environment. The foods we eat (or don't eat) and stresses are the biggest contributors to our bodies being too acidic and not alkaline.
Many people have tried or wanted to go on an alkaline diet, but just haven't been able to stick with it. Others get so overwhelmed at all that is involved that they just don't even get started. Even the most dedicated and disciplined people have a hard time sticking to an alkaline diet due to work, …

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 6 - "Flower Pot Head with Lucky Tie"

By Lon Bennett - Bio
Flower Pot Head with Lucky Tie

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 6 - "Flower Pot Head with Lucky Tie"

© Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. -A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 6 - "Flower Pot Head with Lucky Tie"

#OgFOMK #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #Ink #Drawing #Art

More Colors - Art, Music, Food, Sex

By Lon Bennett - Bio

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Drawing by Lon Bennett, title: More Colors - Art, Music, Food, Sex - . Original Date: 20170905 – © Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 – 2017 – Re/Published .

Lon shares with us a multi-color drawing. The size of most of his works are 18" x 22". Suitable for framing. The OgFOMK ArTS Studio has been releasing his work because it should not be hidden at all. His work is light, lively, tongue-in-check and refreshing. While it covers some heavy subjects you can tell that Lon Bennett is having a good time.

His pieces like this usually take about 3 hours to do. Unlike some other artists Lon is a pro. He just sits down and makes himself do the drawing whether he feels like it or not. He's like a racecar driver. He just shows up, races and sometimes he even wins.

#OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #MoreColors #Music #Food #Sex #Drawing #Skull
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Skinhead Drawing - Late 1988 - 1989

Somewhere 1988/89 By Lon Bennett - Bio

As we saw in the flyer: "Smash Racist Scum" . The skins were not the racists of the Phil Donahue, Jerry Springer or Oprah Winfrey. But the numbers of racists skins grew because of those shows. 
Lon Bennett illustrates a skinhead who is patriotic to England. He's a working class fellow. In a nutshell skins hated paying for fancy haircuts. Also the various working class battle that would eventually come up did not leave room for chance to rip your head off. 
In the late 1980's Lon spent some time homeless, bumming around Richmond and then settling in DC where he met various factions of DC skins. He met some old timers who had established traditions and were working together to combat the gangs and drug organizations of the DC area. These skins were white, brown, red, yellow and black. 
We can't deny that the National Front or American Neo-Nazi's preyed on the working class whites. But those same working class whites loved…

Koi Fish - Black and Red, Mixed Media

By Lon Bennett - Bio
Koi Fish - Black and Red
Koi Fish - Mixed Media

Sometimes an artist will shine we you realize he is really working on something. Here Lon let me scan some of his work and I came across two Koi Fish pictures. One was red and black pencil and the other was a beautiful colorful mixed media.

Both fish speak to you about the respect for Asian arts. This fish reminds me of Zen meditation and the propaganda to make you want to look inside.  --ED Alex Nuttall

© Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - Koi Fish - Black and Red, Mixed Media

#OgFOMK #LonBennett #KoiFish #MixedMedia #BlackRed #Japan #Asia #Zen

Old Scars - "Unconditional"

26. Aug. 2017 By Alex Nuttall - Bio

The Olds Scars played at the Baja Cantina on the 26th of August 2017. We were there to interview The Nerve Scheme. We shot this video anyway. 
Old Scars played so well that Alex Nuttall complained that his legs hurt from dancing. These guys were so much fun. The music rips and rocks. We apologize for the sound quality but the excellent work still shines through.  
This song, "Unconditional" was tight and right. Special thanks to Josi Buni and Roy Buni who helped us get the details correct. 
© Alex Nuttall / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - Bands - Old Scars - "Unconditional"

#OgFOMK #AlexNuttall #OldScars #Bands #Punk #Music #NorfolkScene

Mykel's Photos - Japan- "Bear Slaying"

By Mykel Board - Bio

The Ainu people are the original native Japanese. In Japan, they occupy a position similar to the American Indians in the US. Unlike their American counterparts, however, the Ainu are not worried about "cultural appropriation"-- they enjoy it when other people celebrate their unique (and bear-oriented) culture. They don't mind showing it off right next to a Coke machine... or dressing me up in traditional Ainu attire and having me slay a wooden bear for the camera.
© Mykel Board / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - Mykel's Photos - Japan- "Bear Slaying" - "Mykel As Ainu"

#OgFOMK #MykelBoard #Ainu #Japan #NativeCultures