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  • May 31 @ 9:49am
A few things before we depart...

1. I wanted to let everyone know that I hate that I wasn't more involved this year. Especially with it being the last. My work and family are my life and it consumes me.

2. Whiskerino and MM brought me out of a creative funk about 6 years ago and I feel that I owe it a lot and that it shouldn't go unrequited. I hope many of you have experienced the same.

3. I have met some wonderful and inspiring folks through these little jaunts and it has sparked new friendships, networks and memories. Thanks for all of the above.

Mackle, Derble and whoever else was involved with this since Day 1 of all this madness, thanks for making it so cool and creating a platform to build this community. Well done.

I salute all of you.


derble says:
I feel like I witness your creative uncorking, and that's pretty awesome! You're a star around these parts, and much deservedly so.

Hit us up next time you're in town, and keep making great art.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:53am -
derble says:
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:53am -
Hodges says:
You brought plenty of class and creativity to us all. And we understand work and family, no worries. It has been a true pleasure. If I ever make it out that way I will have to find you and get ink!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:54am -
Eric says:
No, no, sir. I salute you.

Even with "minimal involvement" your creativity and talent astounds me. When I finally think of a tattoo that I can live with, I would be honored if you were the artist. For reals. You have a lovely family, be well.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:57am -
jnonfiction says:
Tattoo me. I'll hit you up.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:59am -
andy says:
@catfish - Man, I know it. It is hard to post with so many obligations. You have your priorities in order though. You really inspired me to step up my game when I started in 2007. Rock on!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:00am -
Mackle says:
I like to believe, in some small part, that Moustache May / Whiskerino helped give you the confidence to pursue the greatness that you're involved in now. You are an incredibly talented guy and I think you realize / accept that now. I wish you and your family nothing but the best; you deserve it all.

I'd love to have a beer with ya one day. Lets make it happen.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:04am -
mooka says:
…don't be surprised if I turn up one day to your house, for ink and fried chicken. OK? Thank you catfish!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:08am -
herrneas says:
no, u da man!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:13am -
lactarded says:
Because of you I will always smile when I see a pair of goggles. Let's plan on a tattoo someday.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:14am -
teenagerobot says:
an honest and thoughtful goodbye. thanks for years of beauty and creativity. take care of yourself, take care of your fam.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:15am -
Ozzy Nelson says:
Thanks to justjamie, your stickers now adorn 2 of my garage refrigerators. I Hope business continues to boom. All of our best to you and your family.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:23am -
Vanbert says:
you are badass. i've followed you since before i joined this site. if i weren't afraid of tattoos i'd get one from you. take care.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:23am -
falfa says:
Keep it going. Keep it going.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:34am -
Andrew says:
Clame was the first photo I saw from all this madness. I knew I had to get in on the action.

I experienced that same creative shock treatment this place seems to bring and can't help but think you and those goggles had a big part to play in making something so ridiculous and funny look so damn cool.

I'm heading to Wilmington for my next tattoo. Not sure when that'll be but I'll be calling wherever you're working if you're not at artfuel. Take care and see you around.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:44am -
Jason says:
I have really enjoyed watching all that creativity since w'rino 07. It's been fun. Hope to see you around town someday! Be well!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:52am -
the Velvet Hustle says:
That's one thing I've loved about your pics this year Catfish, the work and the family both featured. You shared everyday life and opened your world up to us. You have mad talent sir! Keep using what you have been blessed with. It's gift for real.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:09am -
Pip says:
And we salute you, sir. You'll always be one of the Greats. Always.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:10am -
The Straub says:
You shots have always been terrific. Going back through your archives has always provided some sort of inspiration for shots. I hope that one day our paths will cross. Maybe I'll take the trek to your neck of the woods and get some ink done. That sounds like a bonding experience right?
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:24am -
Robfrenzy says:
You're a good man. Someday I hope you can give me a tattoo.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:35am -
aaron b says:
Farewell Mr. Swanson, Elldub, Catfish, etc...
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:35am -
miguelito says:
i've been following your flickr for a year now. i really love your work. i've always heard great and awesome things about you from team renaud and from everyone else who has met or knows you. sorry i never got a chance to know you better. one day i'd like meet you person.. perhaps get some custom ink as well.

Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:36am -
Western Dave says:
fare thy well my somewhat-of-an-eastcoast doppelganger. keep in touch via the flickr and instagram etc. it's been a pleasure. i salute you.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:12pm -
Phil says:
I certainly owe my creative career to W'rino and MM. You and a small group of beardos showed me that I could make money making things way back in 2007.

Good luck, so long, congratulations, thank you, see you someday.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:32pm -
revgoomba says:
Saluting you right back buddy. Speak soon I hope.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:53pm -
jmathias says:
born to don the stache, you always will be a star!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:30pm -
Chalkdog says:
You've provided just consistently great and beautiful work that I've loved seeing...and I tell ya, if I lived anywhere near you, I'd be setting up an appointment for some additional tatt work from you.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:19pm -
Dschonn says:
What I admire most about you is your versatility. From a month in your bathroom to about four months of superheroism, you have always been incredible.

Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:31pm -
Finn MacCool says:
It's been great seeing all of your awesome shots through the years. Best of luck on your tattooing ventures.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 4:38pm -
Brian says:
Loved all your snaps this month. Stay creative. Later
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 5:23pm -
Chavo Del Ocho says:
I have enjoyed your shots the passed years take care of that family and your self
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 6:13pm -
ThatGuy says:
Meeting you and getting a tattoo from you is easily one of the biggest perks of these adventures. I will be getting more, and we will meet again. So until then...later.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 6:15pm -
renaud says:
i love you, bro.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 6:31pm -
wondermade says:
Taking care of family is a noble and worthwhile priority. Keep that orientation for the rest of your life and you'll have made the world a better place.
Let me know if you ever roll through Orlando.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 6:34pm -
Well sir, since we live in the same state I hope this means we will actually get our families together. I'll let you know if we plan any trips to the beach this summer.

Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 6:55pm -
zackle says:
I'm sorry I wasn't around more this time around to chat with you. You know I love you, man.

Thanks for the memories. I'll never forget our rampage in Nashville.

And save some ink for me. Getting a tattoo from you is near the top of my bucket list.

Take care, brother.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 6:59pm -
Boaz says:
Luke I admire and am inspired by your art. I hope to one day have one of those pieces of art inked. Til then, keep dreaming and take care of that wonderful fam.

Long live the Livermush!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:21pm -
hale says:
take care brother. i'll see you in the future.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:12pm -
B. Michael Underhill says:
i've enjoyed your picture, tattoos, glasses and most importantly...your moustache. all the best.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:28pm -
yourfavorite says:
You are a true pioneer and you've been awesome over the years (even before I knew what a moustache may or a whiskerino was). Goodbye for now friend.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:40pm -
Shablazm says:
Well said sir. Take care and keep on creating!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:46pm -
sMOUSTACHErman says:
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:12pm -
justjamey says:
You are one awesome dude. I hope to hang with you again in the future, either in Philly, Hawaii, or down in your neck of the woods. BTW - I gave out almost all of your cards...and only to people who were like, "OMG - I totally want him to do my tat!" I guess I talk a lot in Nashville.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:41pm -
alijoon says:
Goodbye sir. Thank you for your artful shenanigans. Sadly, I missed the eastern seaboard on my last cross country trip, but I will need to make a run through sometime. It will be great.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:57pm -
alijoon says:
Also, I should probably get that game boy back some day. Or at least the zelda game.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:57pm -
Ned Kelly says:
Sir, its been an honour.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 3:53am -
PAT says:
I feel you on your sentiments. I always enjoyed your photos this month. It has been a pleasure.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 10:35am -
Site closed!
Unfortunately, Moustache May can't last forever.. the site is closed until 2011.