Vagabond Art

Cardboard Dreams...

Gostro gets Fanart!

Mar 252017

Article by Gostro


So in Fallas weekend had two takers for caricatures! Two fine american young lads from Colorado were to be drawn in a picture as requested per their accompanying adult ladies.
While Michael Jackson tunes blasted the unending crowds from the boombox, yours truly proceeded to manifest them in toon form.
The older one in particular-who went by the nomination sky man- was quite funny as he was posing with a silly face which made it's way to the caricature, and he mentioned he liked to draw as well. Actually wanted to give him the sketch-boook but between coloring and talking with the people kinda forgot to.

Imagine our surprise when two days later came back from ze toilet and lo and behold! The kids came back with a magnificent cartoon of the cartoonist! 

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It does feel good to think that your work has inspired a young soul to take on the path of the dark side fine arts!

Sketch-a-palooza

Mar 212017

Article by Gostro


These fallas days didnt have much  time to work on the bigger stuff so had to get contented with small sketching while seeing the pulsating masses of people pass by the spot...

Here is a result of that in between idle time!

 

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"How a valentian spends Fallas:
If he is a fallero/ if he isnt"

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Smoke break

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One punch Man

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Fallas times

Mar 182017

Article by Gostro


So there is still one day left of Fallas ,and the party goes on (Those that think that Barna is the never ending celebration need to revise).
Yon faithful servant actually can t wait for some peace and quiet to return to the land so that he may once more,sow fear and awe in the hearts ofthe populace with the resurgence of his magnificent trickster houndeity...!

Here are some images that have been commonplace on the streets of Valencia:

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This Falla infantil won the 1st prize (meaning it won't get burned)

 

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Grandpa telling a tale of dragons and knights

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El Perennesidente xiquet

 

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Falleritas (Loving those dresses but it  is sort of ironic that they are such a costly elaborate costume nowadays that is supposed to be based on the clothes of common womenfolk back in the day!)

 

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Pirate falla in another centric road annoyingly overflowing with pedestrians

 

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Coq-ter back

 

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'tis only fitting that a headless rider would have a headless steed!

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Even the headless horseman has to go sometimes...

 

All in all the fallas are yet another spring carnival event like many more around Europe and the northern hemisphere but the abundance of this effigies in every neighborhood (sometimes more than 3 in only one area!) and the distinctive style as well as the use and excessive abuse of firecrackers truly make the Valentian Fallas a uniquely and wonderfully cacophonic event deserving of its lauded status as a patrimony of humanity (though the god of fire and mischief could do with a bit less ruckus!) 

 

Having displayed this pix avalanche we bid you farewell!

Fallas

Mar 122017

"Fallas"

Gostro, 2017

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We live yet!

Feb 012017

Article by El Gostro

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As sunny as ever!

 

 

 

Well, well!
As  usual we are running late with updates...and lo and behold! Its a new year since the last one
Welcome 2017,a little bit late since it's already February but hey...!

Supra is enjoying the frozen favors of her old friend the river while yours truly is hanging out with Loki under the Palm Trees because we are warm weather creatures.
(Neither party is not without a sense of loss until our due reunion)


So what is new then?

As you are reading this a couple new V-cards are gonna hit the presses although traffic has slowed down considerably these days so you won't get to see us every day out there as we used to do back in the Summer.
A lot of pesky "IRL" stuff taking time as well so the production of our works such as The Guide, the on-going Great Mancini comic and the Vagavan project are slowing down - but not terminally paralyzed!

As you are reading this we have actually received some $upport and card requests so that's a first (and hopefully not only)!!!


Will also be fixing the E-mail typo as some people have duly notified me that we kind of screwed that one up (sorry,peeps!)

 

Catalog

Dec 022016

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Stepping up, V-art in store!

Nov 302016

Article by Gostro

 

Greetings and salutations, dear readers!

 

You can now find our art-ware for sale at the newly opened Kupka gift-shop & gallery in the heart of Valencia's historical center!

 

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We're still trying to find out what that thing in the mannequin's head is supposed to be...

 

Our V-cards and Bognets(Bottle-opener magnets) can be found on display in our very own wheel-barrowtastic stand inside this fine and peculiar shoppe alongside the work of many other devious muse children.

 

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But where is this awesomeable store???

Let google maps say it!

 

So if you happen to be visiting Valencia anytime soon, chances are you will be hitting the historical centre (if only to do the obligatory visit and pic of the Santa Catarina Horchatería door while drinking an horchata before tossing the full cup in the trash bin of the Carrer de  la  Sombrerería)... Which happens to be an excellent excuse to go visit this saavy new gallery, marvel at its collection and take a vagabond souvenir with you!!!!

 

Snail Mail

Nov 062016

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 "Snail Mail"

Gostro, 2016

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Erizo

Oct 192016

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"Erizo"

Supra, 2016

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Cat walkadog

Oct 192016

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"Cat Walkadog"

Gostro, 2016

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Amarillo Cowboy

Oct 132016

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"Amarillo Cowboy"

Gostro & Supra, 2016

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Where is my wi-fi?

Oct 072016

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"Where is my wi-fi?"

Gostro, 2016

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Whirly Trip

Oct 072016

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"Whirly Trip"

Supra, 2016

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The vagabond Crew in The Great turtle rescue!

Oct 032016

Article By Gostro

 


So this morning was going on as usual,

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with me jumping rope like only true manwhores can and Supra working outwith her cosmic fitness band of Vicious torture ("Rubber smack" 1d6 special ranged attack,25% chance of lingering damage) when we spotted an unusal spotting in our spot...


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A Turtle,and since it was not a tortoise we were surprised to see such a water elemental dweller in so dry a spot!

 

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We picked it up,rehydrated it a bit and had to wait for my uninteresting  jumprituals to finnish before we took the lil feller to a nearby river stream where we know the other Squirtles and Ninjas is shells inhabit:

 

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pictured:Stream where other ninja & possible mutant wild life species inhabit

 

During this tenure,he or she or it became gradually more accustomed to us and didnt even mind a most jealous god of mischief in canine form.

 

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Like Frogger ,but with turtles

 


As it plunged the most coveted stream,

our shelled friend came out popping its head in what we interpreted as a most emotive Good bye and/or probably a need to breathe and call us names in ancient omnian.

 

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Pictured: A Happy Squirtle


Our story would have ended there and then already quite sunnily as we saw how it met and mingled with the other green panzered thingies and weird ducks,when we saw as we sat and relaxed by thatmost beautiful part of The Turia nothing less than an EIS VOGEL!

(we didnt have our camera ready so here is a stock picture)


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 Our duty done,and Loki anxious to leave his urinary mark,we strode into the sunset,proud heroes of turtley folk legends for ages to come!

 

Update? You wish! No,wait a sec-

Sep 262016


We got new cards in the catalog! Wanna take a look? 


We've been quite busy increasing our card selection for your postal fun & profit.
An upgrade which has only been made possible with the invaluable assistance of -amongst others- the venerable chinese shop keeper of our local cheap (but good) supply store and the amazing Print-Den of wonders that pumps our V-cards unto the world. We owe them, big time!

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"Yes, human. Take the post-card, I am but a harmless cosmic devourer of galaxies."

Remember you can now get any Vagabond Card that you want by throwing something in the Tip-Jar!

Unterwasser

Sep 262016

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Supra, 2016

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From the cold north to the warm south,like birds!

Sep 162016

So Denmark and Germany are great places with awesome people,lovely nature and pleasingly clean streets (and beloved pfands!) but it had been a while since the crew had seen the Mediterranean...
So we used August as the perfect excuse to find our way southwards to the blazing,skin cancer inducing (we got extra melanine so sucks to be you,ha!) shores of the Iberic Peninsula!

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Pictured:Bliss
Not pictured:insolation

 

Melones,light clothing,melones,palm trees,melones,beaches,Chirimoyas,bananas,Horchata and melones awaited us!

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Melonas,bananas...Uh!


(The one thing we didnt get are oranges since they seem to be bloody expensive for a place that makes oranges but we digress)

 

Anyhos,this is a narrative that is  gonna take several parts so we'll break into several entries these coming days (Ha! As if we ever kept our promises of updating regularly!) 

 


So then!
Here is a refreshing virtual horchata for you while you wait for the next post!

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Something is roasting in the state of Denmark

Jul 082016

Article by Gostro


Our Apologies for this most LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong hiatus!




So the last time we wrote we were rambling about how crazy and awesome our journey up to Denmark was,well,our adventures,misadventures and plain weird multiverse rifting daily events since then have been even more mind boggiingly awesome!
So awesome in fact,that we are at a loss about where to start!
So we ll but be lame and lazy and post a lot of pix again!


A few days after our arrival we asked who was going to build the witch this year.An innocent query that would mark a point of inflection in our own personal chronicles.
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Gostro&Supra: So Tom,who's building the witch this year?
Tom: No one that I know yet.
Do you guys want to build the witch this year?
Gostro&Supra:
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So we put ourselves to the task and donned the mantle of witch summoners of amager!
We had at our disposition the entire tool shed of the naturcenter to aid us in our most unholy of tasks (which should teach a lesson to those pesky french goat farmers that didnt want to leave Gostro near the chainsaws!)

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Pictured: Patriarchy

 

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Pictured: Patriarchy in over-drive

 

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IT'S AAAALIVE!

 

We prepared the sacrifice in a triumphal march:

 

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We set up everything in the ritual grounds (The sheep's backyard)

 

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We watched as  our most horrific effigy burned in glorious purifying fire!

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 The mini witch sister was the cutest thing ever



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I LOVE THE SMELL OF PROMETHEUM IN THE EVENING!

 

 

But no unrealistic however true story is done without a tacky ending!
And since the forces of chaos were triumphant and the weakling doo gooders were smashed...

 

 

What we experienced then and there is something that cannot be explained by mortal languages,but if aything can be approximated;it was as if we were some sort of creatures of fairy tale and fantasy,mysterious and nearly invisible helpers that fade away into obscurity once the job was done ready to come back once more when our devious duvious magical assistance would once again be needed...

 

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Our adventure so far...

Jun 122016

Article By Gostro

We started out two weeks ago from this post on a fine wednesday in karlsruhe with the intention of hitchiking all the way north back to Copenhagen in Denmark to celebrate our anniversary of roving together,we kind of planned-if such a thing can be even imagined- to make a few stops on the way to visit some mates and close some cycles in doing so as well.

The day we started went pretty uneventful and we didnt get a *single* ride,we suspect it had something to do with some unheard of holiday of collective psychic menstrutation or something since the day was sunny and beautiful,we accepted defeat and decided to start out the following day from the fine town of Karlsdorf Neuhardt where we were indeed succesful from the start!

We decided that we had to be badass in order to gain the favour of the traveling gods,and so we did
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Such badassery


And to say we were succesful is an understatement as our third ride that day,provided by a loveable old eastern german boxing promoter-

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-deposited us directly in the door-step of our most excellent web-host;Herr Thiele and his family,in the heart of Bad Karlshafen;The original german refugee city!

In Haus Thiele we upgraded Gostro's Pokedex,jammed some art and adventured around the place
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Art jammin'


Unfortunately our explorations brought us to the attention of Basement Cat,whose cult holds a bloody turf war with the newly arrived refugees and we decided it was wise to not incur the wrath of such feline deities


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They're watching,they're always watching...

 

And so we prepared ourselves to engage in our dreaded next stop: GÖTTINGEN TOWN!
The reason  we dreaded this is because not only has Gostro already written a nice little unknown picture book about his time there,but for some reason the damn place has some sort of magnetic draw to the crew as we always end up in the bloody place no matter where we go.
BUt!
We had to recover Gostro's Ole Mjolnir which had been living a better existence under the protection of Lord Yurinnis of the Citar:
A fine musician and talented fellow artsman who graciously hosted us that night in his most fantastepic crib!

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A fine guild hall,that is!

 

The Mjolnir boosted Gostro's charisma with so many CHR points,that George Clooney was force-summoned to offer him the possibility of making a Coffee Commercial

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Drink NesK...like a hobo...

 

Once Gottingen quest was completed,Hamburg was in the cards and all that lay between us and the famed port city was the rest of Lower Saxony which that day happened to be in the heart of a severe thunderstorm.
Apparently ze germans have pissed off Thor,and/or the recovery his symbol from a worthy carrier such as Yurinnis by a Lockespawn such as Gostro inspired his wrath,not sure...

Anyhos!

At a petrol station in the the autobahn we realized our dire situation and decided that the only way to get ourselves out was to brave the storm and get a ride (Read: we pissed our pants off and got desperate to get a ride out of the area).
As it would be, fortune favours the bold and loves the idiotic. For we did arrive to Hamburg,which an hour before our coming had been blasted by a level 8 air elemental attack (aka "Tornado").
Strangely enough it was business as usual in sailor town ,with gutterpunks contaminating the nostrils of the populace,guidos buying energy drinks with vodka at the supermarket and other bums being generally wasted by the main station.
We camped by a fine deserted office building where their resident non-floating drones were somewhat confused at detecting our presence the following day but did not bother to be bothered.


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Five star accomodation!

After a few hours of busking we decided to press onwards north and managed to establish contact with our only,most popular and finest and loyal reader.


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Mr. Albert Rum

We failed at making empanadas for him but we chilled in a beautiful river town where he currently extends his cephalopodean limbs and enjoyed a much needed rest from all the moving.
Mr. Rum provided yet another upgrade to our inventory in the form of solar power!

 

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Albert deposited us two mornings after our meeting by the autobahn access in Kiel.
Our experience hitchiking out of Kiel was disheartening:even though the place does have a "tramp station" it was about as useful as an ergonomic keyboard for Sea cucumbers.
We were finally able to get out after changing to a less savoury position in the road where we were dposited just a few km away from Flensburg in a not so populated Rest stop.
Besides finding a sign warning about giving african flu to pigs in russian,polish and for some reason,Rumanian;we got a ride from a wonderful lady who changed her mind of putting us closer to quest objective midway and decided to drive us *into* Danish territory!


By mid-day we were having a rather hard time finding rides-though we did get some delicious french confiture- until a good danish gentleman sympathized with our plight and drove us halfway across the country closer to Copenhagen.
Although it seemed that initially we would have again a difficult time obtaining rides

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Bad omens


Once we walked to the station area to ask,we were offered not one but two rides at the same time!
It seems a sort of pattern is beggining to form with our hitch hiking ventures,as the one we took  drove us into the very doorstep of our destination!

And so we recorded the lil vid from our previous post:


After rambling on the camera,we put some epic sea shanties playing in the pokedex,and walked our victory road mile towards the Pokemon center where our story as a couple really started and then we realized that our lives were indeed being written by a sexually frustrated 15 year old girl who has seen too many Disney movies,as our good mate Tom was sweeping calmly the floor of the reception area without noticing until it was too late that we -bigger and better than ever- were back!
We had one of them heart warming reunion hugs,some cofee and a couple beers and hit the sack.
After all,we had been up since 4 in the morning that day!!!!!

 

***EPILOGUE***

It's our third morning in Copenhagen as of the time of writing this post and we are taking a day off before engaging the over transited streets of this jolly capital urb with our postcardlisch wares.


Only time will tell if we are succesful and leave the land of Danes with a vagavan fund quest in the completed section...!

Epic Hobo set of the Worker Ostrich - Or Review of Engelbert Strauss clothing

May 172016

So there I was helping an old lady cross the street when suddenly that wonderful chime sound happened and a floating pop up sign appeared out of nowhere informing me of an achievement

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So I quit everything I was doing:let the granny behind,hijacked Beck's from discovering a new cure for cancer,and had her speed us over to the nearest Engelbert Strauss store, coming out a very happy hobo.


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pictured: A very happy hobo

Most of you are probably not familiar with this company.
If you've been in Germany you might have come across many a handy man wearing clothes that feature a peculiar ostrich logo.

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They happen to be  a prime example of teutonic dedication to seriously utilitarian and THOUGH working clothes and equipment.
That is they make *QUALITY DURABLE RESISTANT STUFF*
I first became familiar with this brand about a year ago when I was looking for new boots.
Aside from my stylish preferences I always aim to get durable resistant clothes as my lifestyle puts a strain to gear. After looking and looking at astronomically expensive and-in my eyes-weak camping gear I switched my targets to work boots as I figured that if there is one type of people that cannot afford their gear to fail them are hand workers.
Lo and behold,I found a store that sold the specialized hard core work gear.

After our last trip to France,we became convinced about the importance of functional clothes versus Status-display weak fabrics.
Also,our backpacks were heavy and filled with too many rags that all together did not really do a proper job of protecting us from the weather while not taking so much packing space.
We went over with Becks to their store to see what they had and I found my now completed quest objective :
The Rough-Tough trousers and the 3-in-1 Jacket
If you check the links you might notice that these little pieces of magnificent clothing are not precisely on the cheap side but when you analyze their functionality the investment comes accross as totally worth it.

 

So let's Analyze what we got in that loot bag!!!!

3 in 1 functional jacket e.s.vision
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I fell in love when I first found this baby.
It is actually a combination of two jackets made of an extremely water and wind resistant outer layer and a warm isolated inner one.
Add in kick ass ALL BLACK color shades and you have something Gostro likes very much.
This jacket is the closest thing I've ever found to what you would expect a character from an action video-game to wear in terms of weight versus style versus functionality

Trousers e.s.Roughtough
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Again,it is true that i have a certain inclination for a peculiar style and color of clothing BUT!
These guys while looking almost bullet proof (they do provide +1 protection vs slashing attacks though) and heavy as fuck are actually quite light and breatheable!
Although they were designed with factory workers and other assorted bad ass duties in general they are actually an ideal companion for the urban and wild camping adventurer as they work equally well against thorny bushes as against sewer rats.


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And though I hadnt thought about them before,came across a pair of merino socks and decided to add them to the cart.
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Extra quest reward!

I remembered the praising Ken Flannery over at Hobolifestyle sings to Merino clothing and decided that starting out with a small item like socks was a great way to test out this famed fabric.
Holy shit! It REALLY IS that good.
The warmth,comfort and easiness to clean and dry make clothes of this material a bit more expensive but the results will wholly justify the investment.

 

So of course all that was left was to put the gear on,which I did!


The skies tore asunder,the earth cracked,heavy metal started playing in the background and an ominous voice resonated:
*GO FORTH ONTO THE ROAD,CHILD OF GRIMNIR AND IMPART THE WAY OF THE EPIC HOBO UPON THE HEARTS OF MEN!*

 

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Back on the road and to the webz

May 022016

Greetings and salutations! 

 

 Though I doubt anyone checks this dark  corner of the  virtual spider weave I will proceed to type on.

You might have noticed this site has gone through some weird transformations more proper of a drug trip than of a blog maintained by a Hobo. 

Turns out I was being housed for the winter and was  trying to get more formal and proper with my business geared creative endeavors while dealing with drama in the meat space that predictably ended up in disaster or joyful chance for thee,  potential audience...

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For I have decided to accept but also harness my epic vagabonding condition!

After having made a brief adventure to the French másif central with Lady Supra we are back in southern Germany busking and upgrading gear for further adventures.

Expect this blog to start featuring reflections on so called freestyle traveling reviews of locations, trips, natives and hard core reviews of travel gear!



So stay tuned you folks out there

 

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