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I still drop by here on occasion, I update my facebook and instagram more so if you are wondering what happened to me please stop by and say hey...thanks

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I have ignored this page for over two years, hope all is well with everyone and just checking in to say I am still around...
So I started a little blog for my art, if you want to follow or link up or however it works...please do so. I would be honored..I currently have one person and she helped me get started. I will be posting some stuff that isn't here, selling sketch cards direct..that sort of thing. Hope to see you...or someone.. there. Oh..and how does it look? Just starting, like the colors or not so much?
chrishoffmanart.blogspot.com/
On board for Breygent's upcoming Vampirella cards, doing 50 cards. Who can say no to Vampirella?
www.tradingcardspace.com/commu…
Well another bozo has opened shop and is selling canvas prints on ebay without permission from the artist. Well..he didn't get my permission and removed my signature....but I saw at least five other pieces I recognized as deviant artist's and will try to contact them. If you recognize something and know the person, would you let them know, or at least tell me who it is and I will. This bullshit needs to stop. Here is a link to my piece on there, click visit store to see other's.
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Update: This morning the ebay seller in question has apologized and ended the listing, either that or Ebay did. As I looked through his inventory it is much more that five deviants affected, I would say at least half of the work was taken from this site. So...if you find this important spreading the word through journals or comments on the art would be a very helpful thing you could do. Many of you already have and it is appreciated.

Newest: As of tonight this person has removed all listings. Again not sure if Ebay did it...or him. I sent him a message this morning that I was not his only problem, that I had told every artist who's work I had seen there was contacted with a link. Plus many of you spoke up and acted. So thanks for getting this taken care of. I will continue to watch ebay for this kind of thing.
Still a ways away, but if you are my 100,000th pageview, take a snap would you? I will do you a free sketch card or membership or something...and thanks for all the comments, faves, and watches.
I have my original Bowie sketch from my gallery on ebay right now if anyone has interest....
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This fella got part of my Buckethead drawing tatted on his shoulder...
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Sad...all of my hero's are passing away this year. I am glad Harvey got some recognition with the American Splendor movie before he passed...that is an awesome fil and turned me on to his work.

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Anyone watch this show Pawn stars? I say we vote Chumley president...
Do not be a ditz like me and ever upload anything without a nice size legible signature on it. I am reminded of it as I see my Tim Burton drawing fav.me/df0g7p all over the web, on facebook quizzes, CNN.com articles, even a poster for the Burton exibit. I did this one in charcoal, and I did sign it, but it doesn't show up in the scan. It's the one that got away, and it's really too far out there at this point to track them all down and ask for art credit. It is flattering it has gotten that exposure, but at the end of the day anyone could claim it, even though I still have the original and will fight anyone trying to claim it as their own. Please learn from my goof...and have a great week.
Sad day...
Starting up a fresh batch of sketch cards, I found some good reference on some movies that I would like to do and I thought I would start a poll and see what you think. One of them is Spirited Away, and though I am not much into anime I have always thought that movie was some work of art. And some 80's choices, The Warriors, Flash Gordon, Tron, Ferris Bueller, Breakfast Club... and one of my favorite more recent (well within the decade anyway)films Nacho Libre. Over the last few years that movie has really grown on me.
My website will be Hoffmansketch.com, right now there is nothing there I have to put it all together and know little about it...but it seems fairly basic with the template provided.
I got an invitation to paint a skateboard for a Dallas charity event, so hopefully something good will come from that. I am probably going to re paint the 1.21 Gigawatts drawing I already did on it.
I am going to do this poll and would appreciate input.
Everyone have a good weekend.
Been awhile since I wrote a journal so this is what's on my mind tonight.
"The men who stare at goats"..What a title for a movie! With Jeff Bridges in it I am there. Have no idea what to expect but the trailer looks promising.
Went to buy the new Kiss album the other night (which if you are a Kiss fan is pretty good) but had to go to Wal mart to pick it up. I was sent a link to the peopleofwalmart.com shorty after...hard not to laugh. No pics of me there as of now. This particular Walmart was right across the parking lot from the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in... Arlington? I have not been in the stadium, that is as close as I have been to it... which was pretty close. At night standing right in front of that thing, with a light rain coming down and light reflecting off of it... well I wished I had a nice camera with me at the time. Looked like the mothership from Close Encounters had just landed and I was searching for a keyboard to communicate with it. Pretty amazing stadium from a design standpoint...it's massive.
So I have started doing sketch cards. Currently am selling the Lebowski ones on Ebay, and I can do a lot more of those as I have a ton of reference...but thought I might try some other things first. As much as I love Lebowski I know not everyone does... it takes a special person to know where Donnie, Walter and the Dude where going to dine after hitting up Larry Seller's to get the money back! STFU Donnie! Oh and any suggestions for something you might like to see on a card let me know.
Thanks
Have my next set already in the works (another movie but a different one)...having fun with them... staying busy and hope all of you are doing well.
Campaign winding down on the tshirt contest, vote wise I am a good ways back, but not bad for the late start I got.. Asking for this one last time to cast a vote if you haven't...would mean alot.
www.designbyhumans.com/vote/de…

My entry with a few other's made the Kiss main website front page, you can see it here:
www.kissonline.com/

Thanks you kindly for the votes and looking....appreciated.
This is a pretty nice little contest they are running at design by humans for a Kiss shirt. I had to rush and got my entry in late last night before the deadline, so I am way behind on it, but you might give it a look and if you like...a vote would be appreciated. Or vote for whichever you really like there, some great designs there.
I also submitted two more designs but they were not used, I think it was because they were older drawing that have made the rounds on other sites. Anyway you can see my page here:

www.designbyhumans.com/vote/de…
Read this on Myspace... thought it was interesting to pass along. As a long time fan of several bands omitted from the RARHOF.... it is a bit infuriating that one man can be of the opinion something sucks, and it becomes law of the land.

WHY THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME MISSES THE POINT ABOUT ROCK & ROLL

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame purports to acknowledge those who’ve changed the face of the genre. But have bias, cronyism and group-think muddled their mission?

By Larry Getlen

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex, which opened on December 2, features an exhibit about New York’s place in rock and roll history, no doubt designed to remind New Yorkers how much their hometown contributed to this essential musical genre, and also to conjure joyous memories of our collective rock and roll past.

While the exhibit opens with an anomaly — memorabilia from Bruce Springsteen, an artist as closely associated with New York as Bon Jovi, the Meadowlands, and Newark — inside, you can see where the curators’ nostalgia lies. The front entrance to CBGB’s is recreated as a shrine, featuring the veritable punk institution’s awning, phone booth, sound board, tables, chairs, and even walls, all of which will no doubt bring a tear to the eye of anyone who was a regular at the club from 1974-1979, but probably not much after.

Scattered around it are tributes to, and memorabilia from, The Ramones, Blondie, the New York Dolls, Billy Joel and more. But what’s most striking about the Annex’s New York exhibit is not what’s there, but what isn’t.

Because missing from the Annex is any memorabilia from, or even reference to, the most successful and influential rock band in New York City history. Or, to put it another way, one of the most successful and influential bands in rock history, period — which also happens to be a quintessentially New York band.

The name of that band? KISS.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there is no denying that KISS — whose members hailed from Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx; whose guitarist drove a New York City cab; whose bassist was, amazingly, a New York City schoolteacher; and who found a key member through an ad in the Village Voice, the archetypical New York City band origin — had an enormous influence on rock music. With twenty-four gold records (more than any American rock band in history except Aerosmith), KISS influenced a generation of rockers to not only ply on the face paint for Halloween, but also to earn their teenage “chops” by wailing out on guitarist Ace Frehley’s licks in front of a mirror on broomsticks or tennis racquets, collectively inventing the current hipster craze of “air guitar” in the process.

KISS is responsible for millions upon millions of rock-loving Americans understanding the feeling of passion and power that rips through you when a song kicks in; when a chorus sails; when a band hits the stage in an explosion of fire and fury. For that alone — their twenty-four gold records aside — their place in rock history is secure. And yet, throughout their ten years of eligibility (a band is eligible for the Hall twenty-five years after their debut release), they have been denied entrance to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

KISS fans can take soft comfort in the fact that they are not alone. Other worthwhile or legendary rock acts not yet in the Hall include Alice Cooper, Yes, Rush, Joan Jett, and Bon Jovi, all indisputably influential (and massively popular) in the rock arena. Current inductee Metallica, the band that put heavy metal on the mainstream map, wasn’t nominated until their third time on the ballot. And Black Sabbath — the band who ignited the genre in the first place, influencing every metal band of the last forty years in the process — was finally inducted ten years after its eligibility.

But these omissions become even more curious when we look at some of those who have made it past the rock and roll gatekeepers. The distinguished list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees includes “rockers” such as Madonna (who was inducted in her first year of eligibility), Leonard Cohen, and the Bee Gees. And one of Metallica’s fellow nominees this year — as the performers mentioned above all sat on the sidelines — was the disco act Chic.

All of which leads to several questions, including: who makes these ridiculous decisions? What kind of “rocker” thinks Madonna and Chic are rock icons, but KISS is not? And, maybe the most important question: is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anything more than just a self-serving organization designed to allow a generation of like-minded (and close-minded) music critics and industry veterans a chance to put on tuxedos — in themselves as un-rock-and-roll as it gets — and pat themselves on the back for their collective cultural supremacy?

The voting process for the Hall is as follows. There’s a nominating committee of 30 or so members, each of whom present three eligible acts for discussion. After debate, a secret ballot is held to determine nine nominees. Then, those nine names are sent to about 550 industry people whose vote whittles the nominees down to five, and those five are that year’s inductees.

Joel Peresman, president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, tells City Scoops that the system is designed to be fair and non-biased.

“It’s a very diverse group,” says Peresman, “and they come up with a very diverse group of artists.”

But within this diverse conglomeration, there still seems to be a certain bias — or at least a chummy groupthink — at work, where punk is revered, CBGB’s is god, prog rock is anathema, and anything too populist or hard-rock based is merely real rock’s bastard, delinquent cousin.

While the bias against KISS — the group whose omission inspires the greatest public outrage — seems a product of this shared opinion, one prominent writer has led the charge against them. Dave Marsh — co-founder of Creem magazine; longtime writer for Rolling Stone; and author of numerous biographies on that great New York rocker Bruce Springsteen — is the nominating committee member who once gave a reporter the following quote.

“Kiss is not a great band, Kiss was never a great band, Kiss never will be a great band, and I have done my share to keep them off the ballot.”

When City Scoops requested an interview with Marsh about KISS and other acts that have been voted in or left out of the hall, he responded with an email that said, in its entirety, “I oppose Kiss because I think it was a shitty rock band, not worthy of induction. What else is there to say?”

While this can be regarded (or disregarded) as simply one member’s opinion, numerous other committee members emerged from the same musical gene pool.

Nominating committee members are picked by committee chairman Jon Landau, another former writer for Rolling Stone and the man who famously wrote of Springsteen, in 1974, “I have seen the future of rock and roll, and it’s name is Bruce Springsteen,” and then went on to become The Boss’ longtime co-manager. His partner, Springsteen’s other co-manager, is a woman named Barbara Carr — who happens to be Dave Marsh’s wife.

In our recent interview with music industry veteran Danny Goldberg, Goldberg, a former critic himself as well as being the former publicist for KISS and Led Zeppelin and the man who managed Nirvana, discusses rock critic groupthink by explaining how Rolling Stone magazine denigrated Led Zeppelin for much of the band’s career because this group of critics was so entrenched in the idolatry of the early punk underground — including bands such as the New York Dolls and the MC5 — and so offended by what they considered populist rock that they completely failed to “get” Led Zeppelin until long after the band had conquered the rock world. That same general group — which also includes Rolling Stone founder, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder, Jann Wenner — now controls the Hall. An informative blog about the Hall called Future Rock Legends cites no fewer than eight current or former Rolling Stone writers who have sat on the Hall’s nominating committee.

Which has led to the kind of insular and misguided thinking that dismisses bands like KISS.

“I think it’s preposterous,” says Goldberg of KISS’ omission. “It’s hard for me to understand what definition of rock and roll you could come up with that would exclude KISS and their undeniable accomplishments. To me, that’s a real flaw in the sensibility.” “Their influence in terms of what they did with rock, and spreading their tentacles all throughout pop culture, was fairly unique,” says Neil Walls, creator of the Future Rock Legends blog. “Whether you like their music or not, you can’t deny their presence in the rock and roll scene. I think that’s a fairly large [omission] that’s looming out there.”

For their part, KISS themselves seem somewhat burned by the slight. At a speech in November, band co-founder Gene Simmons noted, only half jokingly, that “there are disco bands, rap bands, Yiddish folk song bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not KISS.” His bandmate Paul Stanley, in an interview on the band’s web site, stated the problem even more succinctly.

“The beauty of America is that you can basically start any kind of private club you want to. This one happens to be called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a very impressive name for a club, but it’s an illusion. It’s the creation of a group of industry people and critics who decide who they deem as qualified to be in their little admiration society. It’s their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but it’s not the people’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Pop culture commentator Chuck Klosterman, taking the evaluation one step further, once talked of the uselessness of trying to compare one rock band to another by saying, “this is why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such a failure; there are no quantifiable qualities for the inductees. There is no way to prove that a musician is good.”

Noting similar points of view as well as the Hall’s track record, some believe that the organization’s sole reason for existence is to provide self-important critics and industry people with a reason to pat themselves and the bands they love on the back.

“A lot of people have said that [the Hall] was an ego trip for them to have dinners for $5,000, where the public can’t get in,” says Don Kirshner, the music industry veteran who, among many other accomplishments, helped create the music of the Monkees, and introduced audiences to some of the best bands of the seventies on his late night live music show, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. (And who, like Simmons and Stanley, feels the sting of the Hall’s slight, as the Hall has a non-performer category for influential industry people that Kirshner has been omitted from.) “I think there are specific biases with the people who run the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that are personal biases by the guys who control the Hall — the millionaire’s coffee club. It’s an embarrassment.”

Over the years, some nominating committee members have agreed. In a 2007 article on the Hall’s voting process, MTV cited one committee member who told of a case where an officer of the Hall wanted a very demanding favor from an artist. When the artist wouldn’t grant it, a message was sent that the artist would therefore never be inducted into the Hall. And Fox News once received a letter from a committee member who stated that “artists were sometimes chosen for nomination because of their affiliations with the directors of the Hall and others were shot down… because an artist had bad blood with someone calling the shots.”

When I paid a visit to the new Hall of Fame Annex in Soho on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, I found it surprisingly empty, especially in contrast to the half-a-block-long line directly across the street filled with people waiting to buy UGG boots. (During my visit, I’d hear three different employees lament how the crowds hadn’t really been coming since the opening.)

The people who had just arrived — there were seven of us, including a family of four — were ushered into the “Hall of Signatures,” a small room we were then trapped in for five minutes to thrill to plaques inscribed with the signatures of inductees, including notables such as John Mellencamp (yes, he’s in the Hall), and Sid Vicious, whose signature looked a bit too neat for a violent 21-year-old heroin addict.

After several minutes, the seven of us were ushered into the theater next door for brief video snippets of a succession of music world icons. Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, each on three screens for about 20 seconds apiece, then on through The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Who, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Police, Patti Smith, The Ramones, The Clash, and more, before finally ending with a quote from Keith Richards: “Rock and Roll is music for the neck downwards.”

When I had previously asked Peresman about the Hall’s purpose — and the inherent contradiction of institutionalizing a musical genre which had always been fueled by rebellion — he said, “Rock and roll is really the art form of our generation. Rock and roll is suppose to be loose and free form, and to cage it…some people think that’s anti- what rock and roll is all about. But I just think there’s such importance to rock and roll that people truly have a desire to see the roots and the influences and the things that make up the history of rock and roll.”

A noble purpose, to a point. But as I pondered this intellectualization of rock as I headed into the Annex’s Hard Rock Cafe-like memorabilia collection, I wondered how the Hall’s voters missed Richards’ essential message about rock and roll — and, how they forgot the thrill of discovering the true meaning of rock while standing in front of the mirror, madly strumming a tennis racquet as the music blasted away.

Larry Getlen is the Editor-in-Chief of City Scoops magazine and cityscoopsny.com.
I keep getting hacked messages from the same members here, and I know they have no control of it. I am just wondering if anyone is receiving these messages from my account, and if I need to change settings, password... report it or what?
Anyone have any of these laying around? They are called Shogun Warriors... and I have gotten hooked on finding them to restore a once big collection... would appreciate keeping eyes open in junk shops or antique malls though I am trying to find them as reasonable as possible. In particular I am searching out the smaller diecast ones and the vehicles. Also interested in the big 24" machinders. Figured it was worth a shot to mention it in case any of my watchers have seen any of these around.
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Just watched the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for the second time on Blue Ray... monster improvement. Like so many I was fairly frustrated with this film in the theater, but when I think back it was shortly after viewing Iron Man and being overly impressed with it. After the wait and build up.. Indy was a let down. So I wasn't even interested in another viewing, but I am glad I gave it another shot..it held up much better at home. Much better than Temple of Doom... in my opinion. I hear there is talk of another one, and I will be there. After the South Park episode, which I thought was hilarious.. why people were so rough on this film I am not sure.
Artwork, I have had a whole lot of nothing going on there. I have one commission to get done, a collage of Brett Favre, and other than that my slate is open. I have had a few idea's pop up here and there... but so far haven't had the juice to get them out. Work continues to zap my creativity...
Also been trying to get on a bit of a diet and exercise more, I got some alarming numbers from my bloodwork on diabetes and cholesterol. So.. I needs to get my stuff together there or I will be forced to get on meds soon. I knew the many days of eating whatever the hell I wanted daily would catch up, and they have with a vengeance. Wish me luck on that, I need it. You youngsters enjoy your youth, but be careful. It all catches up when you keep living like you are a kid into your thirties.
Hope everyone is doing well in these crazy times.
PS... I still need to get a couple of you pieces of art, and I promise they are coming. I haven't forgotten by any means... just haven't been doing to good on getting them wrapped and out the door.