If Labor Day weekend just wasn't enough excitement for you, this coming Saturday is the 3rd Annual Coney Island Beard and Mustache Competition. It's a show that Donny has started producing every year.
This year I designed the poster for him. My inspiration was a combination of that crazy ringmaster in Moulin Rouge, Daniel Day Lewis (as Cat In The Hat) in Gangs of New York... and the Pringles chips can guy.
I though about doing a design based on this vintage mug, which I got for Donny for Christmas a year or so back, but the delivery was late and he had already flown back to New York... so I kept it. I like it because it says "Your Father's Mustache."
It's awesome having a dad with a mustache your whole life, because any time you draw a picture of your family in grade school or whatever, it really makes for some instant visual impact. Nothing translates as "dad" like a good ol' squiggly black crayon mustache.
Dad and Donny in front of Sylvia's soul food restaurant in Harlem, one block away from one of Donny's first NY apartments.
These days it's a little gray. But that's okay, Donny can carry on the tradition.