Where the Twins discover gas-passing unicorns, serial-killer portraits and kid-appropriate whimsy
Published: December 15, 2010
Laura: People looking for whimsical, colorful, kid-appropriate paintings would also like Jason Gibner's work. As he said, "I paint rainbows and robots and monsters — stuff that I like."
D'Anne: He went to art school in Grand Rapids, and said he used to paint more serious stuff. He's now a stay-at-home dad, which might help explain his current thematic interests.
Laura: And in addition to his art-making, he's also one of the founders of the Bang — a popular mixtape dance party in Ann Arbor.
D'Anne: It sounds really fun. The Bang New Year's Eve has a Back to the Future theme. I think that means everybody must come dressed as a DeLorean or a clock tower.
Laura: Or you have to come dressed as your parents when they were your age. I also think Calvin Klein briefs are mandatory.
D'Anne: I'm not sure about the briefs, but you know what should be mandatory? Supporting your local DIY crafters. Detroit has an abundance of talented makers. If I were a DJ, I'd dedicate the song "She's Crafty" by the Beastie Boys to the Motor City.
Laura: That song, I'm pretty sure, is more about a cunning tramp with street smarts than a woman who knows her way around a sewing machine.
D'Anne: Fine. Well, I'll just commission one of these crafter-musician types to write a proper song.
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