December 17, 2009

IGUANADONATHON


I saw this picture of an iguana and wanted to draw it. The first step was to laid it out in HB pencil. I used my trusty Bic 0.5 mechanical pencil available at most dollar stores! This iguana is about 5 head units long, I used the head as the unit of all the relationships of scale. It was not gridded but drawn freehand using the same technique used to create my starter self-portrait.



The next step is inking. I didn't refer too much to the original photocopy by this point but generalized the tonality with my inking. I used a new Uni-ball Vision Needle. I found the ink a little runny with this tooth of paper, so I had to move quickly and not let the tip sit too long or the paper would soak up excess ink.
 Here I use small dots and cross hatching to create the line work. I also thickened the outline to give it more PuNcH!!!







I still have to add the shadow. However here is a scanned version with the whites, nice and sparkling white, with my website address.





December 14, 2009

LOST and FOUND

This is the first sketch I did on page one of my new sketchbook.  At first it seemed really inspired by where the wild things are although, I didn't look at any reference material. I had seen the movie a few days prior to getting the sketchbook. The sun and moon were drawn while watching a Koko the clown cartoon, I really like how the Fleischer brothers stylized their characters back in the pre-sound sync era of animation.
Hopefully if this sketchbook ever gets lost it will be returned;)


December 9, 2009

Let it SNOW. snowy owl.

First I sketched this in HB, followed by inking. I really liked the squashed/squat shape an how this makes him appear more surly. I filled it in with prismacolour warm grey and colored in the eyes and tail with some random pencil crayons.  I hope you like it, a HOOT HOOT goes out to my lovely Owl fried, it brings me JOY;)


December 7, 2009

Cobra Commander


For my next drawing I decided to draw a Mustang Cobra decal and added the ribbon coming out of his mouth to also add a forked tongue element. I really like how it turned out with the shaded scales and the flash tattoo like graphic style.

Snow days are here again

I am still setting my baseline.

In Betty Edwards, Drawing on the right side of the brain, she suggests doing a  drawing of the corner of a room, probably to see how realistic one can render the perspective of a corner.

I was sitting in my big red bean bag chair while my roomies watched Police Academy.

Here is my corner. I took out a few things an added my name to the metal piece around the penguin's (with a mexican wrestling mask and ball cap with a trophy on it) neck.


Here is my corner sketch done with HB mechanical pencil on December 3, 2009.

December 3, 2009

The Hand is not as quick as the eye

So my next task was to draw my hand.

Before I began I did a quick 5 min blind contour drawing as a warm up. I used my kitchen timer to make sure I didn't go over. I love Blind contour drawings. They are always fun and interesting. I was completely turned the other way when I drew this and I knocked the sketchbook from my hand hence the big space between the two main areas of line. I really like the quality of line and it looks to me like a potential starting off place for building up the layers into a fantasy landscape.


My Hand 

I decided to "rock it out" with a "Hail Satan" with my left hand as my right did all the dirty work.  This was drawn with a 0.5 mechanical HB pencil.



I am really happy with what an hour produced. I felt like the shadow seems more graphic and the work sits fairly flat.  The dark outline may also be adding to this and lack of depth due to few really deep darks in the shadow areas. I want to create more mass and dimension in future drawings.

December 2, 2009

DRAWING RESTRAINT

I'm teaching animation again. The creative spark has hit me again. I feel like I did when I entered art school. I am fascinated by drawing again. I repeat three words in my head; Draw, Draw, Draw.  The only way to learn to draw is by doing it.

 In order to see where I am at today and to chart my progress overtime I decided to sit down for a few and do a self portrait. Yes, the dreaded self portrait.  Besides, maybe you'd like to see what I look like...yesterday.

This was drawn with a 0.5 mechanical HB pencil. 


RE-LEARNING TO DRAW. SELF PORTRAIT.

November 30, 2009

Green Machine

I took this cobra decal photo at an antique car auction. The car was originally yellow but I like lime green much better.


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I had super vivid dreams of flying up in an airplane and jumping out into a red biplane below, crawling around and into the cockpit and flying off safely. It was all part of a $300 ride at the stampede.

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I spent the whole ay basically in bed watching the entire Richard Williams Animation Master class DVD box set. It was very inspiring and entertaining!

November 16, 2009

FIRST DAY ON THE JOB

My lady friend had to drive back to Spokane today which makes me very sad, indeed. Luckily, I am focused on getting down to business. The business of creativity.

Today was my first day teaching animation as part of the Aboriginal Youth Animation Project hosted by the Quickdraw Animation Society. I have Richard William's Animation Survival Kit book open and have created a list of famous historical animators, Warner Bro's 7 and Disney's 9 for the students to research.


August 23, 2009

MOVING TIME

AFTER ......

an 8 hr. workday and a going away party/Urban Burn I had to fill up the big blye truck my roomie drives with what I had packed. There was a stoop party going on outside my house and my good friend BENDER was more than kind enough to lend a helping hand and his truck so I could move all my paintings in one go= AWESOME!!!!!

Boy is me roomie an experienced mover, I have never seen such a well packed vehicle- PRO!

It was a slog. We unloaded rather quick in order to head to the DRUM & MONKEY for a lady friends B-day party. It has been a long one, indeed. More on that later.....


August 21, 2009

Survey Says........

Dear Bunny,
Here is your horoscope for
Friday, August 21:
Nobody disputes your organizational skills, and right now, you are showing everyone just how great they are.
You're perfectly aligned with your files, possessions and projects.

Plans have changed, Things to do:
     Organize and pack possessions.
  Bring a load to Rayhem and bring back empty bins to refill.
Bring Truck to shop and have it looked at.
Call accountant re: Files and Year end cash flow.
Continue Packing.
Fix truck/do some moving in

So I woke up early and took in my truck to my step dad, who was at work (He's an auto technician) He returned my call after dinner last night. He did a once over on the vehicle because my mom didn't think I should be going so far (Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada) on those wheels. Ok so the truck isn't new, and it isn't pretty, but it is in my price range!

Anyhow, I don't need new tires until the winter= BONUS!!!!  I thought I'd have to send my truck in over the week-end and spend a ton of $$$ I don't have. I don't need the fluids checked though I might get an oil change in the states 'cause it is super inexpensive.  The emergency brake does work. The muffler isn't really an issue. I still have to figure out the spedometer, in the process of checking the panel under the steering column finally gave way and broke- shit- cosmetics! Tape?

My dad did mention the following:
I need to replace the idle bearing IMMEDIATELY!!!
I need new wiper blades (easily done:)
He recommended picking up a few additional fan belts (just in case!)

Conclusion: NOT BAD!!

He invited a buddy out to look at my "oldie but a goodie" vintage classic (What it's only from 1990?) While the engine roared he commented, "It's a V6 it will be super good on gas." Now that I liked hearing for the third time, especially because I am driving a far distance!  

He made certain I had all my x-tra tools to change a flat.
I showed him behind my seat at my collection of proactive measures:

X-tra canister for gasoline
windshield washer fluid
Anti-freeze/coolant
10W/30 motor oil
Tools to change a flat, jack
Spray tire sealer and filler for up to 18" rims

I also had on my list: a new topper handle with lock and a tire pressure gauge.

Hit Parts Source with a friend and picked up everything, including an Ipod cigarette lighter adaptor on sale for $9.99. Tunes here we come. Total bill under $99, but I still need the idler part, they didn't have it in stock;( Got a call during of a possible ride share with a very close adventurer friend of mine. I hope it pans out even if I have to cover his way, it will be a truly tremendous time!



August 20, 2009

New Truck Confusion/Illusion

I just bought a truck to help me move and to take a trip to the burning man festival.  I got a from Brent, who sells plants at the Tuesday farmer's market. I had been asking him for a week or so if he'd sell it to me. He dropped it off a few days ago then this happened.......

I looked out my window and what did I see, was it a sign?

What was my truck doing outside my window? It had been dropped off a few days ago at PROJECT RAYHEM. The last thing I heard about it was that my new roommates truck battery died and he broke into my truck by climbing thru the canopy and thru the rear window in order to pop the hood and steal my battery to start up his truck.

WHAT?????????????

WHO DOES THAT?

Anyhow. I was hanging out with neighbors while packing my books from the shelf they were getting from me. I peer outside and I see my truck outside my very window. 

At least, I think it is my truck. It is outside my window. How did it get there?

~the strange view from my apartment.

Anyhow, I didn't get a really good look at the truck when I got it that evening. I knew it was a 1990 red Dodge Dakota with a white topper and a lined box.  I had to insure it the day before. There was a note inside with advice on 3rd party insurance on a yellow sticky tab. I looked in the box and it was lined  but there were a few empties that I don't remember at drop off. 

Strange, how did it get here?

I ran back upstairs and got the one key I had to see if I could get into the vehicle.
Didn't fit. Must not be mine. Then again, how would the truck get here if I had the only key?

Maybe it had been hot wired 
or 
another key dropped off and then delivered to my place.

Then I ran back to my camera, realizing that I had a picture of the truck I bought.
I hadn't spent much time with it...............


~The picture proves it was not the same!

Until today I had never seen a truck like this with a white topper of the same year and it was parked right outside my house. Weird. 

You can see why I was a bit confused.

Was it a sign??????



Snakeskin Cowboy boot special

               

 Dear Mr. Weiss,

I tried to add a bit of spice
to my life
that's twice as nice
for half the price

 Here's my advice:

When someone has a stunning pair of shoes that you like.....

....and a few weeks later a friend comes back from a model shoot and shows you a pair of old snake skin cowboy shoes in the back of their truck and they fit perfectly.......
 they're worth picking up!

~ Are they shoes?


~ No, they're cowboy boots.

May 19, 2009

BACON AND LASAGNA- YUM!!!

After buying a frozen lasagna on sale. I picked up some cheese. The only way you can make these frozen entrees even more delicious is to add another layer of melting cheese and a couple grinds of pepper. But wait.

When I put the lasagna into the freezer, I had to move some frozen Bacon from my mom. In a flash of brilliance I thought about adding bacon to the top of the lasagna before adding more cheese. The bacon flavors will mingle with the lasagna as it crisps up. The cheese will melt nicely on the bacon and you will have an inexpensive and delicious heart attack wonder in just over an hour with very little-no work at all. Yay!!!

One additional thought. it is a lot easier than you may expect to make lasagna from scratch anyhow, so skip the frozen unless it is on sale and convenient and add bacon or prosciutto ham.
Delicious!

May 12, 2009

BOOKS ARE BETTER

WELL,

IT IS NOT THAT I HAVEN'T HAD HUNDREDS OF IDEAS LATELY, MAINLY THAT MY IDEAS HAVE BEEN ALOT MORE EFFECTIVE WRITTEN ON PAPER,  AWAKING LATE AT NIGHT IN UV PEN OR ON SCRAPS FROM MY POCKET OR ON MY PERSONAL PALM PILOT..... MY HAND. NOW, IT DOESN'T SEEM WORTH THE WORK TO TRANSFER IT TO THIS DIGITAL FORMAT.

I HAVE A GARDEN OF IDEAS
CONSTANTLY GROWING
CULTIVATING
PLANTING SEEDS
AND ENJOYING. 


March 12, 2009

SEMEN SNIPERS AT THE GRASSY KNOLL

Bush has ruined the cunt-tree.
Just like that.... in a flesh and an idea for a porno.
They shoot their loads from far away, hitting their targets from, the true test of skill and stamina.... and timing.

Crotch crutch*


IDEA # 025 Semen Snipers

We begin with a JFK's ass(assassination) with a shot from the grassy knoll(a porn stars name..... for reasons not to be explained here)  

Semen snipers will have to train rigorously for shooting accuracy from great distances. 
They will have a strict diet of pineapple juice and the will to kill- la petite mort style.

They will be licensed to shoot, drill and kill.

Bukkake has a new enemy.

March 10, 2009

DANCING LIGHT

I am working on dioramas and doing more casting. I decided to convert the style of my paintings into a few sculptures. Meaning: 3d versions of many armed tibetan deities.

IDEA # 025 - Dancing Deity Light

I will make a lotus base for the deity to stand affixed on. It will be made up of LED's, some colour changing and others pure white. Take a look at this giant Buddha that sits on a mountain in Hong Kong and you'll get an idea of what I am talking about. I am thinking 2-4 feet high for my creation but giant would be pretty cool too!


One of my best friends(PAPA) is a casting and creating superstar. He showed me some of his suppliers. I found a clear casting resin made by smooth on. I will first sculpt the parts of the gods and demons in plasticine or clay, then make a silicone mold. The clear resin can be poure
d in and out will come a six armed dancing god. This god will sit on the light base and become an illuminate colour changing sculpture. 

So...take the beethoven bust off of that grand piano and replace it with something so hot it may burn through the top!!!

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I am also working on a life sized body cast of myself to do in clear resin. I want to fill it with hundreds of Light Emitting Diodes that change colour and intensity based with a computer program. It will be called a "light body". Punny, indeed. The colours will change in relation to the chakra and aura as current moves through the body.

February 26, 2009

SHORTS IN WINTER















This is not the first person I've seen who wears shorts in the dead of winter. I have followed literally dozens of people like this. Even posties do it. Joggers too. 

I happened to follow this guy on my way to work today. I decided to take a photo on my cell. Maybe I could come up with an idea to help him out. His calves were red, whipped by the cold, like a bad sunburn. He remembered his jacket, sweater and coat.......and yet, he is wearing shorts. His boys must be freezing!

IDEA # 023 Wear Pants in winter or have half shorts/half pants

In order to help out all these hardcore Canadians I have developed a look that is functional, practical and the look they are after.

People who want to, can still wear shorts in the winter. 

Since these people find it necessary to show off their legs my idea is to take shorts and sew onto them clear pant legs. The lower portion can be insulating poly or any other clear material that will not fog in extreme conditions. The top portion can be their favorite pair of shorts. The bottom portion is clear so they will still have their canadian fashion they just wont have to freeze as bad;|

February 20, 2009

I WAS INVOLVED IN A ROBBERY LAST NIGHT!

I was hanging with a girlfriend of mine at around 12:40 am. we decided to go down to the liquor store and pick up some Dos Equis. The store was fairly busy. I got to the front of the line to pay and I noticed a suspicious female customer. So did the cashier.

I noticed him glance over to her to see what she was up too. I kept an eye on the situation. 

I have always felt that one of the roles I play in this life is: protector of friends, family and loved ones. Sometimes I feel like I am James Bond. Or that I am working security, or even that I am a mobster or hit man. I observe and analyze then act. This particular time something must have kicked in 'cause this all happened so fast.

IDEA #022 - RIP OFF THE LICENSE PLATE!

The suspicious stranger was at the back of the line. Now there were 4 people behind me as I handed over my visa card. The cashier was distracted and the woman with some big bottles and a case of beer made a B-line for the door.

The cashier chased outside after her. So did I.  My transaction would have to wait.

She jumped into a Navy blue sedan. Her window was unrolled and the cashier jumped in to grab the booze. The car took off, tires spinning. I chase behind trying to get the license plate. The cashier was knocked out of the car and hit the ground. He ran back into the store.  

I got the license!

 There is a saying: "no good deed goes unpunished!"

Well when all was said and done, I brought my booze and lady friend home I noticed my keys were gone. The punishment begins. I had to call my landlord way after midnight to let me into my building. He opened the main door for me. I asked him to let me into my suite.

He said he couldn't. Why? I asked.

He didn't have a key. I was locked out. Punishment, did it fit the crime?

I walked back to the scene of the crime.

There were my keys behind the spun out tire tracks.
Phew = ; )


February 9, 2009

DUMPSTER DIVING SUCCESS!!!


Jack.  I found this great jack 'o' lantern, what possibly could I do with it? Last week I found an industrial fuse, a microwave, a tv that still works and someone's passport.

IDEA #021, Dumpster Dive....... Daily

If you live in the heart of a big city like me, you have seen the amount of trash in the alleys. I walk home every day with a different route. I have this old Taoist proverb constantly ringing around my head telling me to never go the same way twice, ie never return by the way you came.

Anyhow, I was walking back to work after enjoying a fine slice and I found this hollow jack 'o' lantern decoration. There is a circular hole in the back for mounting a glowing light. I am thinking this hole would be great to mount a lens or peep hole of some sort and to turn the interior into a carnival like display space made up of halloween theme models in action. The cool thing is a viewer can peek through the eye or mouth hole at how the scene is constructed while they peer through the peep hole they see a more cinematic vision of the scene;)

Too cool for school.

February 5, 2009

Ridiculousness with a Plastic Bag


IDEA # 020 - Have some fun, Awesome or sucky this idea sticks!!

I'd say I'm a funny and silly guy on my good days.  I bought a beautiful purple pyrex dish and a comedic blazer from Value Village just the other day.  The bag was big as it lay on the floor and I decided to pick it up and find yet one more way to recycle used plastic bags.

I have been spending a lot of time coming up with idea as of late. I performed a magic show all week-end at Vertigo Theaters. I am working one full time and two part time jobs. Haven't been sketching too much lately but I am painting. The main thing I have noticed is the more I feel like myself the stranger the things are that I do in my spare time.  while at work I dream up and research new things to try out at burning man this year and boy do I have a cool list.  The most important point though is how much FUN I am having while doing it!!!!

January 30, 2009

WHERE IS MY FLYING CAR AND PERSONAL ROBOT???

The future is Now!!!

IDEA # 019 - Where's my tek? Revamping our ideas of the future.

Is it so bad that I still want futuristic toys, I am a man, it's natural.  

I thought we'd have more than we have by now, we have made it to the new millineum, man's knowledge and ability to access information has never been so great.  We need a technology renaissance. Da Vinci and BuckministerFuller came up with their genius so long ago, it seems like we are sauntering into the future.

  Where is my flying car and personal robot? http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/paul_moller_on_the_skycar.htm

Certainly, it would be difficult to manage the air space in an efficient and orderly manner. Then again there would be a lot less traffic in air space and a lot more vertical space to exploit. No signs, no stops, no problem. Carpooling and public transport is not an issue. But having a personal robot like Rosie from the Jetsons would be great. There are those vacuums that work while you are out. 

There is that children's toy dinosaur that they can ride KOTA. 
Solar bugs are available near many check outs.
Cellphones, iphones and personal players have far exceeded Star Trek. 
Phasers = tazers. 
Lightsabers - damn that would be a cool one. Call me when they are available.
Hoverboards are too difficult to control.
Love Dolls are available in Japan already.
Virtual reality .... what happened to that?
3D movies should have been the norm years ago. Bolt 3D brings a huge smile across my face.
The internet is full of time wasting sites from You tube to porn etc.
Ii can learn a language while I sleep.
Our pets have chips in them and I'm sure I'm next.
Onstar an GPS make it hard to have a real adventure.
Sirius satellite and Blue ray aren't really that new of ideas.
Cyber Punk fashion and new music isn't bad ass enough.
Those personal carts for the elderly are as close as we can get to the flying chair from dune.
We're busy photographing mars and building space stations while one progressive entrepreneur has recently launched commercial flights into space.
Personal suit made of tinfoil, 
Nintendo's power glove but more James Bond
interactive games= wii.
Teleport me, I hate the security at the airports.

So what does the future hold? 
I think we need to re-invent mankind's dreams for the future and get on it.
What we now have is kinda cool....... but still pretty lame overall. 
Stay up until 2am and watch the paid advertising, that will set you straight.


The future is Now!!!


January 23, 2009

Too cool to play games

Kick it up a notch.
A new high action sport, that is way to fun to not try.

IDEA # 018 - Paintball on Wheels

I was thinking how fun it would be to be play paintball on a dirt bike or combining it with Go karts. Each player could have a tricked out go/golf kart, capable of off road and woodsball/scenario type pursuits. You could paint it camouflage and hunt each other and race and bump and grind. It has it all, except a safety warning. You can invent scenario play. Have a Hell's Angels style game, chasing around on motorbikes in the flat open desert roads. Go 4X4 off roading. Do it like Mad Max. Hell............. play it on ski doos in the mountains or on sea doos in the ocean. Be a low-fi Bond. Create a game. Build a little Tank body for the cart chassis and pretend you are in a tank. Become a swat team and play high speed pursuits. Remember, all the while you have a paintball marker to sweeten the deal:)


January 20, 2009

Tree of Immortality

The tree of immortality, according to the asian classic Journey to the West, was a large tree whose fruits once eaten would give immortality, the fruits were shaped like infants in the story and I always imagined that they would cry when the gods ate them at the yearly festival. Later, the fruit became a peach, maybe because it resembled a fuzzy baby's bum. More edible and commercially available.

I had an idea to bring a tree sculpture to the Burn. Secondly, I wanted a tree/ piece of art for my acreage that would stand the test of time.

IDEA #017 - Corrugated Metal tree with Happy Apples

My idea is to take sheets of galvanized corrugated metal and to fold them into cylinders. Then I will stack the cylinders and create a trunk and branch structure with. The finished tree will be fairly light because it is hollow. The corrugations in the metal emulate trunk texture while adding structural integrity. From the branches will hang fruit. I collect Fisher Price Happy Apples, They make a really cool sound when they jiggle, so as the branches blow in the wind the little smiling children's toys will create a melody like wind chimes. 


January 12, 2009

GLORIOUS HATS

I woke up at 3 am last night in a daze thinking that I had a great Idea for this blog. I recall in the haze of the dream that I'd remember my idea when I woke. I didn't write it down. Needless to say I forgot it and in the daze though I had come up with the idea of a Shoe hat. Unfortunately it wasn't my mind.... but the genius of Dali who can have credit for that one. But it led me to the idea of hats as fashion decor and as useful object.

IDEA #016 HATS OF EVERY COLOUR AND SHAPE

The pail or Bucket hat, not only fashionable but incredibly versatile and useful. Wear it until you need to fetch some water or milk a cow. On a hot day fill it with ice and a few drinks neatly tucked away on your head for convenient drinking and whole body cooling.

Castle turret hat. Medieval castle style. Have a columnar tower as a hat with little bow men. Have a different flag or coat of arms, have hair come out a slit window like Rapunzel, let your hair down so I may climb the golden stair.

Cloud hat. Have your head in the clouds all day with a comfy fluffy hat made out of cloud or to look like a cloud. Whichever material gives you an easier time making it. It's 7th Heaven.

January 7, 2009

BODY BAG

HIP SACKS ARE LAME YET AMAZING EFFECTIVE AND CONVENIENT!!!

Burners and gypsies in the hot desert don't need pockets. They don't need wallets either.
But what they do need is a place to stash some stuff!

IDEA # 015ish - It's not a hip sack, it's a bodybag

KILTS HAVE NO POCKETS!!!!!!!

So there is this thing called a utili-kilt, a utility kilt! Utility is extremely important especially for men like me who aspire to the usefulness of James bond with a hint of MaCgyver ingenuity. The great thing about a kilt, especially in really hot climates is the freedom and airflow it offers.  The scots had something right, Although I don't think a sporran is acceptable. First they are expensive, very expensive, and although they are often made up of very nice fur from a dead animal, this will not last, dry heat will destroy the fine oils and glues, dust will wreck its look, it is small and attaches by a thin chain dangling in front of the wearers crotch, and it can't carry most of what one need etc. My main reason for not liking the sporran is it is more like a very expensive fuzzy fur purse for a classy lady in a brand name evening gown on a night out with her industrialist husband.

HIP SACKS ARE LAME!!!!

So in the late 80's hip sacks came into popularity. I remember y dad wearing one= no style whatsoever. Sometimes you run into old men, tourists and retards wearing them now and again - embarrassing. The thing is they make perfect sense, logically, very utilitarian. A man purse (murse) that straps around ones belly like a holster.

My idea is to take nice materials and make a wide strap body bag that is both fashionable and functional. It will be the general shape of a cumberbun and have horizontal pockets for easy access. The pockets will be large and flat so they don't pouch out in the front like a hip sack. The only real reason for a bulge like that is because you're excited.

The construction materials will include leathers, velvets and deep rich upholstery type fabrics. Gold details and dingle balls, embroidery, bells and other decorations can be added for those who are a little more festive in their hearts. Digi camo or kakhi can be used for the more conservative users while suit jacket material or furs can be used for those wanting more class and sophistication.

They can be done up by belt loops. Pockets can have closing flaps, zippers, snaps or velcro. I's skip on the velcro 'cause thee noise it makes is annoying.  You can also spin the bodybag around so the pockets are at your lower back and all that is seen in the front is the belt, like a normal belt, it can even be looped through your jean loops. Holsters and additional pockets can be added, for your handcuffs and bear spray, gun holster and keys or if you are feeling a bit like Batman.


January 5, 2009

Gangbang

When Crips & Bloods get together for sex = GANGBANG!

When you have a big gangbang you'll need some bodybags.
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