Mr. Safety

June 1, 2006

MrSafety1

…the same old “something bouncing off head” idea…

MrSafety2

…the same old “carrying something too heavy” idea…

MrSafety3

…the same old “oops, the crane gotcha” idea…

I came across one of the very first “professional” jobs that I ever did the other day. It was a little safety booklet for an electrical cooperative. There was no date on it, but I must have done it sometime in the late 70’s.

Growing up, I was the kid in the family that slammed his arm through a glass window and had to have it sewn back on, (minus that major vein in the center)… was throwing rocks at the creek with friends and took one in the head, (lots of stitches)… made an outstanding leap to catch a whiffle ball but landed on a shard of tin sticking out of the ground and almost cut my arm off… again, (had it and the muscle sewn back together)… was not paying attention and ran over a car on my motorcycle, (leg broken in three places, fractured knee and ankle, leg bone jammed up through the hip socket). And these were just my “major” accidents…

…so it must be somewhat of an oddity to my brothers and sisters that I have been doing safety posters on and off now for the past thirty years.

It also seems that I haven’t had an original idea in the past thirty years either, as shown in the side by side comparisons above. I guess I am doing the same old thing year after year. None the less, I would appreciate it if you would refer to me on this particular blog page entry as… Mr. Safety.

(you can see more of my Osha Safety Posters HERE)

The Comments

Don Jones

Mr. Safetee …Nice to see you survived your extended vacation. With all your ongoing accidents, at least you meet your deductable each and every year.

Dan Lietha

Mr. Safetee… You’ve evolved your intelligent designs into quite the wonderful creations! Very good! 🙂

Dennis Jones

…I did have a pretty humble start into the world of illustration as my first safety booklet artwork clearly shows…

Don Jones

Dennis, don’t sell yourself short there those were top-knotch drawings in their day.

bernardfromtheyard

I agree, and besides not every customer can afford the four color process print job that it would take to capture your beautiful color renderings so many times Black & Whites work out just fine.

Roballoo

Hey Mr. Safe Tea ~ George Herriman of Krazy Kat fame basically did the same joke of mouse, throwing brick at kat for over 30 years. I’d say you’re in good company! Picasso had his blue period you have your safety period.

Doug Jones

Den… buy a new camera, take some random pictures, then write some unrelated copy and post it. It’s the bomb!

Dennis Jones

OK!…I’ll be right back with something!…

Don Jones

Come on now … It may be a tad disjointed but at least it’s new stuff to look at. Like Donald Fagan of Steely Dan said, “the lyrics don’t really matter.”

Don Jones

Come on now … It may be a tad disjointed but at least it’s new stuff to look at. Like Donald Fagan of Steely Dan said, “the lyrics don’t really matter.”

Don Jones

My double vision is back…

Doug Jones

right you are, Don! I was just passing along the vision to Den… different is good. anything will do….

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Scout

December 10, 2008

Scout

This is another one of my little “screen capture” movies I recorded a few weeks back. It was an effort to show my entire Photoshop workspace, but combined with the huge loss of compression that takes place when you upload to YouTube, it turned into a grainy, hard to see mess. Perhaps when my kids are home over Christmas, my film producer son can show me the proper settings to use on one of these things. I’m pretty sure right now I have the video program I use set on idiot mode…

You can see the YouTube video here.

The Comments

Bernard

Aghhh….kidz home for Christmas! I never seen it coming ( so soon ) but with my 50th in the rear view now and with our 14 month old Grandson walkin’ and squakin’ I’m so ready to see all the kids home for Christmas too! sniff, sob. PTL -gotta go watch a Jones Toon-Tube now.

Doug Jones

enjoyed the studio tour.. did something blow up while you were filming this?

Dennis Jones

…yes, my credibility as a serious filmmaker…

Don Jones

I think the grain is a nice effect… the intro had a sci-fi, thriller feel to it.

Doug Jones

Yeah… let’s get more suspense, drama, and special effects into these videos. We need to win an Oscar here on BrotherJones.

Dennis Jones

…I was really hoping to win something with this film at Sundance this year… but with the unfortunate motorcycle wreck at the start of this movie, I don’t think it’s going to happen now…

Doug Jones

I’ll put in a good word for you with Bobby Redford. I’m sure he can get you a spot this year. Remember… dress warm!

Texnick

Great vid and work. Action is something that seems to be of a demand,the Governator might be of some interest in this.

Don Jones

I would rather put this in the running for a Pulitzer.

Dennis Jones

…is that some sorta tractor pull trophy?

Doug Jones

I think it is some kind of chicken… but I’m not sure…

Don Jones

Whatever it is… I hear it’s a PRIZE!

Dennis Jones

…I could really go for a little cashew pulitzer from China Grove right about now…

Bernard

Not sure about the Cashews from China Grove but listening to the Doobies on the treadmill is worth an easy extra .5 on the speed setting!

Don Jones

Ironically, I was just talking about “Skunk” Baxter with someone yesterday. Vintage Takin’ It To The Streets guitarist and Nuclear Defense consultant.

Dennis Jones

…it’s still hard for me to believe the lead guitarist for Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers has been partially responsible for our nuclear defense for the past several years…

Bernard

yeah…just make sure you don’t lose that number or you’ll be reeling in those years.

Texnick

I would like to learn how to play the guitar,maybe I’ll just stick with the rubber-band fer now.

Bernard

er, uh, excuse Texnick, sir, but this is a “Learn How TO Paint Like The Jones Bros.” (and then still not be able to) site. The: “Learn How To Play The Guitar Like The Jones Bros.” (and then still not be able to) site is currently for sale on eBay.

Texnick

Ah,I had my lines crossed…

Playing Guitar Hero

January 6, 2009

GuitarHero

A lot of people spent the holidays playing Guitar Hero… I did, too… except I had a real live guitar and played in front of a real live crowd at a winter youth retreat. OK, OK, I was probably more of a guitar zero than a guitar hero, but it was still a lot of fun. This is the only picture I could get my hands on from the event. It’s kinda out of focus, but then again, so were our songs.

The Comments

Don Jones

I thought this was the Doobie Brothers at first glance and you were Skunk Baxter. Will the “LIVE” concert recordings be available any time soon?

Dennis Jones

…I remember being at a Doobie Brothers concert back when Skunk Baxter first came over to them from Steely Dan… he sat on a stool the entire concert and just riffed thru all the songs…