Tag Archives: Portland & Oregon

The Week in Pictures: 6.5.10

week in pictures

View from the floor: Sunshine.


week in pictures

It’s about time. Often, I buy beverages solely based on their packaging. Surely I’m not alone in this?

Weekend Stop at Stumptown.


week in pictures

I know that everyone likes Stumptown coffee, but I think their hot chocolate is the best.

Spotted: Gremlin!


week in pictures

I have a total soft spot for Gremlins – they’re little, awkward and the gas tank in the back cracks me up. There’s this middle-aged hispanic woman in my neighborhood that burns out of the Plaid Pantry parking lot sometimes in the most amazing Gremlin of all-time: sparkly green paint job, monsterous racing slick tires and massive flames painted along the sides. I totally wish she’d take me for a spin sometime.

Project status: Complete.


week in pictures

I spent pretty much every waking hour this week working on a book for Downtown Portland with the North team, complete with custom embossed covers – I’m super happy with how it turned out.

Cutest sign ever.


week in pictures

I am in love with the logo for Breken Kitchen, a cafe in N.W. The walls inside are perfectly matched to that same green – I love it when businesses go the extra mile with those little details.

You can’t be serious.


week in pictures

When I was sitting at Stumptown this weekend, this bike rider’s getup totally caught my eye. Skin tight? Check? Hearts? Check. Outfit matches your wife’s? Check. Golden.

ART


week in pictures

Hand-painted advertising.

week in pictures

Someone’s a barfly.


When we go to the coffee shop in the morning and walk Rocky, we always pass a trashy restaurant / bar on the corner. The side door is usually open and Rocky for some reason loves to try and wander in. I don’t blame him – the dart boards, collection of 3 foot tall trophies and Ozzy blaring are all pretty hard to resist. Nice sign, too:

week in pictures


Until next week,

nubby signature

The Week in Pictures: 4.30.10

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

This last week has been so good! One of my best friends in the entire universe, Star was in town over the weekend for Stumptown Comics Fest and we did our best to make up for lost time. We try to get together at least once a year and have zig-zagged the U.S. between New York, LA and Portland to make it happen.

week in pictures

When we’re together, the running joke is that we turn into a two-headed monster known as Stubby. Our mutual friend Kaebel of Sequential Art took us on a mini tour of Portland and we discovered a photo booth at Backspace.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Last Friday when I was staying at the Jupiter, Star stopped by and we proceeded to have a late night dinner (1 AM, holla!) at the Doug Fir. It was her first time there and is still one of my favorite places to take visitors.

week in pictures

week in pictures

Some seemingly innocent snapshots of Rocky came out more like modeling head shots. Time to put that boy to work! Dog food and designer sweaters aren’t cheap!

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

I was pretty excited to go to Portland’s outpost of the Beauty Bar with my friend Pam this week. I’ve been to some of the others that are scattered across the U.S. but this one was the best by far. The paint colors, decor and cute drinks merged perfectly. So cute!

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

I’m not much of a comics buff myself but a lot of my friends are so I try to make it to Stumptown every year to support them. I ended up spending a few hours on Saturday snuggled up next to Star and John C. Worsley. Notice how we all had grumpy faces at first and had to put on a little show for the camera. Really, we only play friends on the interwebz!

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

My favorite discovery at Stumptown was a comic about homeless dinosaurs. The dinosaurs themselves put on a pretty convincing act, holding signs that read “THE END IS NEAR. I WAS RIGHT 65 MILLION YEARS AGO, TOO” and “LOST MY JOB. IT TAKES 7 GALLONS OF BOOZE TO GET ME DRUNK. PLEASE HELP.” I was sold.

week in pictures

Until next week,
nubby signature


Sweet Dreams at the Jupiter Hotel

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

week in pictures

When people write me and ask what they should do while visiting Portland, the inevitable question of where to stay usually arises. Since I live in the city and 15 minutes or less from most of the hotels I like, I’ve never really had a reason to stay overnight. Until now.

The Jupiter Hotel is a quaint boutique hotel with a mid-century modern feel. Formerly a motor inn, the Jupiter is next door to the Doug Fir, one of my favorite places in town to grab a drink and dinner. I’ve sat around the Doug Fir’s fire pit out back and watched massive parties go down at The Jupiter – it’s definitely earned a reputation of being the ‘rock and roll hotel’ of Portland.

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

Awhile back, the Jupiter kindly offered me a room for review – I knew the basics but before recommending it to my readers, I wanted to experience it firsthand for myself. On Friday night, we packed our bags, sent out invites to some of our closest Portland friends and drove over to our temporary digs.

The Jupiter provided us with their most popular room, The Metro. According to their site, “The Metro has space to spread out and get creative. These rooms feature 32” flat-screen TVs and modern Tomita Design desks in addition to our standard amenities: Chalkboard door, free WiFi, private bath with eco-bath amenities, queen pillow-top platform beds, down comforters and pillows, and speakers for your notebook or MP3 player.” Nice.

week in pictures

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

Perhaps the coolest part of the Jupiter rooms are the chalkboard-friendly doors. World famous artists Star and Joey helped us deck them out in some lewd finery.

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

Star poses in front of our handiwork. In case you were wondering, I’m responsible for the drippy boobs and drumstick.

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

Isn’t the desk and work area cute?

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

Erin and I met on our first day of high school in 1995. Still goin’ strong!

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

Brent, Katie and Erin joined us for the festivities.

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

Joey and Jason also stopped by….

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

Star and I compare legwear at 2 AM.

week in pictures

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

You may be asking yourself…what are some qualities that make the Jupiter unique?

• Each of the 81 rooms feature a unique theme / wall mural. Mine had a floor-to-ceiling portrait of Buddha.

• The Jupiter is very green and uses low-voltage lighting, provides guest room recycling and cleans with environmentally-friendly products.

• Besides having the Doug Fir next door, an on-site hair salon called Wack is perfect for a quick cut and massage.

• There are pet friendly rooms! Read more about the LexiDog Metro.

• The Jupiter is barely a few minutes from downtown and surrounded by a plethora of independent businesses and indie boutiques.

week in pictures

jupiter hotel portland oregon nubby twiglet

Overall, I was very satisfied with my stay. The room was larger than I’d expected; I loved the modern decor and huge window. And, the convenience is unparalleled since the entertainment is right next door at the Doug Fir, where you can grab breakfast, lunch, dinner and a show all in one stop! If you are hip, love to party and aren’t offended by obscenities scrawled across people’s doors in chalk, this is your place. If you’re old, stuffy and lack a sense of humor, there’s a dumpy Thriftlodge down the road.

To find out more about the Jupiter or to book a room, please visit the website. Last but not least, I should mention that there’s an after midnight $59.00 special if you’re needing a last minute place to crash!

week in pictures

nubby signature


The Week in Pictures: 4.2.10

week in pictures

week in pictures

Just in case you’re wondering, that’s not a Black AmEx…more like a Bank of America debit card. No Barney’s shopping sprees for you, Auntie Nubs! This week has consisted of errand running, photo booth fun and sorting through piles of tax receipts. I need to remind myself this year to sort the receipts by month as I go so I’m not up until 3 a.m. breaking a sweat. All those plane tickets and lattes do add up, though!

week in pictures

On my way to the coffee shop this weekend, I noticed this car parked in someone’s side yard. Pretty charming. Though, I’d hate to parallel park that baby.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

After running errands, Joey and I usually end up at The Ace. With Clyde Common on one side and Stumptown on the other, I always recommend it to out-of-towners who are wanting to stay downtown.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Of course, a stop at The Ace isn’t complete without a few sittings in the photo booth. Since it takes debit cards, I always go a little overboard…and then wake up, log in to my checking account and wonder what multiple $4.00 charges are from.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

This week, I had a total first. You may remember that I designed some custom racing numbers for my friend Jason’s son a few months ago. One day, I received a text from him, mentioning that he was going to get them tattooed across his chest. I just figured that he was drunk…but he was dead serious. He just invited me along to take photos. Go, Jason!

week in pictures

week in pictures

Auntie Nubs and I have been on a roll. I think it’s time for us to make another trip to New York to visit our ‘long lost relatives.’

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

One of Joey’s art shows just came down and as I was moving a stack of canvases, I decided that Shirley fit quite nicely in the corner of the black room.

week in pictures

week in pictures

I cannot believe that it’s already April! Do you have any big plans?

week in pictures

Until next week,
nubby signature


The Week in Pictures: 3.5.10

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Always and forever and ever. Another week, more of the same. Busy, work-packed, everything hitting all at once, multitasking to the max. April equals a vacation for sure. Vegas?

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Issue #22 of POP Magazine is now out and the one page ad my brother and I collaborated on for the Swatch Colour Codes collection is featured. Thanks, Pop and Swatch!

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Last Friday, my dad took me out to the famous Dan & Louis Oyster Bar which was literally like stepping 100 years back in time. I was in awe of the walls covered in collector plates. A definite must-visit if you’re ever in Portland!

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

In Portland, it really is true that anything goes. Having goats roaming through your front yard in the middle of the city? Totally cool. I’d prefer a llama, but that’s another topic for another time.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

I am finally getting around to posting the painting that Joey surprised me with for Valentine’s Day. I definitely wasn’t expecting a portrait of myself and the fact that it’s composed of five separate pieces forming a red cross made it that much more special.

Until next week,
nubby signature