Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Some Thoughts on the Internet

What do you think about Catbaby?

My status on Facebook has asked people to respond to Catbaby--what you think of it, why you think it exists, are you scared of it, etc. So far, these are the responses I've gotten.

"I think Catbaby is everything that is super popular about the internet. Namely: Babies and kittens. Our somewhat creepy obsession with them... think of Catbaby as the emerging deity of The Internets." - Zack W.

"It's a widdle pussy who needs wuving." - Andrea M.

"I honestly picture this real baby with this cat~face. in a high chair." - Lara M.

"Catbaby strikes me as a creepy but kinda nostalgic figure, like a stuffed animal from childhood that turned into a pedophile." - Becka R.

An Adventure in Tee-Tagging: Part One

So this evening in the beautiful Pittsburgh rain, I went on a tee-tagging spree throughout Squirrel Hill and Shadyside--two of the most affluent areas of the city. I left Taintees with the URL of this blog and a catbaby sticker embroidered on the tag at the following locations:

1) The GAP
2) Victoria's Secret
3) American Apparel
4) Avalon
5) J. Crew

It was a little scary dropping off the tees (or rather, inserting them into the circulation of clothing at each store). The most difficult of all of these was Victoria's Secret because they hardly have any clothing on display to begin with--only sexy lingerie. Of course, I found a solution to this problem...

It was thrilling and relieving to get rid of some of these shirts and release them into the world, even if they do end up in the American Apparel dumpster.

Verlan Taintees

The owner of Verlan Boutique on 735 Copeland Street in Shadyside, asked me on Facebook if I could sell him some tees for him to sell at his shop. I just gave him 10 tees: half Lynch Infinitees and half Orgy Mountain tees. He's probably selling them for over $20 each (woah!), but you should check them out when you have the chance. Verlan has a lot of work from artists and print collectives throughout the country, as well as many local artists.

The whole Taintee thing has grown so much over the course of the semester. I would never have guessed. It's great, I'm not complaining, but it's been stressful. Not only does it take time to print the shirts and design the screens, it is tough keeping up with individual orders, who owes me money, and getting the shirts to people. I'd estimate that I've printed 100 or so shirts and sold most of them. I'm not sure if I have turned much of a profit, but I've done alright--covered the cost of materials at least. Plus, I can say that I am a fashion designer. It's a cool feeling to see someone wearing a shirt that you made walking around. It is an effective way of promoting oneself as an artist and to get the work out into the world. Thinking outside of the box is another way of putting it. The white-wall cube gallery is a thing of the past in many ways. The cutting-edge art of today is on the streets, on merchandise, integrated into the general public. People have access to the Internet, which has endless information. Needless to say, new media and the Internet have redefined the art of today.


Hyuck, hyuck, hyuck! We're sitting on Mike Huckabee's beady eyes! I forgot that he existed. He was one of those presidential candidates who had his 15 minutes of fame and then almost vanished. I wonder what he is doing at this very moment...

Open Studio Day

Open Studio Day at Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Art was a BIG success! I sold all but one of the "Catbaby" shirts, and most of the blue and gold "Orgy Mountains." Not too many people made the Cheesy Choice, (my newest design), but that's okay because I only made a few. I met a lot of interesting customers and made some trades with other artists who were selling stuff. One customer was wearing a Mexican poncho and looked like Michael Caine. He told me that the orgy shirt was heteronormative. I guess he has a point... there are only two examples on the shirt of any gay people. Next time, I'll make a shirt of entirely gay people. Despite his qualms, the poncho guy bought a shirt using only Sacagawea dollar coins.

The sad thing is, I won't be able to continue this little business endeavor for much longer -- I'll be in Valencia, Spain next semester! Fiestas en la noche! Still, I have an etsy.com shoppe http://www.etsy.com/shop/eezzil which has the latest inventory and pricing info. To spend your money on my shirts, visit my etsy shop. Free shipping!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TAINTEES current inventory

After a couple selling sessions, here's what's left of the Taintee inventory.

"Catbaby Truth": 11

"David Lynch Infinitee": 10


"Orgy Mountain": 7 (on white), 6 (on black), 5 (on blue) 2 (on purple)

Spend your money on these! They're worth it! Great gifts and conversation starters! Who needs an introduction when you're wearing a one-of-a-kind Taintee?

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Here's a Taintee model sporting a brand-new CABABY TRUTH tee. He is a happy guy! Only $5 dollar!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

World Premiere

At 4:30pm today, I am coming out. Buy a Taintee or print with my image on it. I'm here and I'm queer.


This game of hangman on the wall. There were some mistakes. It must be written in some sort of code that I am not smart enough to understand. 

Yellow circle

These colorful bottle caps are everywhere. I heard that something important and awesome will happen if every hole in this building is filled with bottle caps.


Re: Catbaby

This email is a reminder that you exist. Please remember. 



Here I am on the nose of a Steelers treeface. This was not here yesterday. Only in Pittsburgh.


Yellow is my favorite color. It's the color of piss. It's also the color of the sun. It's cheese, jaundice, curry, straw, lemonade, daffodils, dandelions, and some other stuff.


I'm a spicy little cat. I like it hot. I like to inflict pleasure and pain. 

How do you like it?

Another H

Here's me and my twin in an "H" apartment.


I'm on holiday here. Holiday!


I had bad timing and walked under the gate right as it was coming down. It hit me pretty hard, but I'm okay.

Outside pole

Here's me and my twin on a metal pole outside. It's cold, but at least we have each other.




School is cool.

10 Cent Tampons

This was actually a freebie machine, but for some reason, the 10 cent label was still on there. This is misleading. What if a girl was bleeding through her light-colored, tight jeans and she was discouraged by this sign? What is she searched through her pocket for that forsaken dime (or two nickels) and found nothing? She would keep on bleeding and humiliating herself in public. Her crush would probably see and then she could write a "confession" for Cosmo Girl. Period confessions! Those are never old.


I'm in danger! 

Actually, I'm just next to danger.

Obey - Dialogue with artist

I met Shepard Fairey. He is a clean looking guy with a hot wife. He is rich, even though he's an artist. He is successful in this way because he took the initiative to promote himself early on. Now, people worship him. He has more fans that he can even think about. 

Big things start small.


Stairs. No fun to walk on them.

Walking up is hard because you're fighting your weight against gravity, and your muscles have to work harder. Walking down is also hard because it works more unused, weaker muscles in your leg.

I'd rather sit around.

Tiny hole

This hole is just the right size for me to go through. I wonder what is on the other side? Probably nothing, or a wall. 


If I were a piece of trash, this is what I'd look like. Throw that trash away!

Doherty Hall

This "H" is big enough to be two apartments.

Uh oh

This tile was made by one of the best people I know - my clay professor. He was commissioned to do these tiles for the Carnegie Mellon University Center. He said he got tired of the project midway through, but did a great job anyway. I am sticking around on this tile. It's one of my favorite ones, even though I haven't seen all of them yet. 

I hope he's not angry that I'm here!


This fish is everywhere. I found one and sat on it's face. It's much bigger than me, so I'm pretty scared that it might eat me. I feel safe though, because it has no mouth.

Number 1!

I'm Number 1! Hurray!


This is me with some names of children in Comic Sans font. This atrocity should not be instilled into young brains! 

I hear Aidan is a popular name. I think "Alok" will be the hottest thing next year.

Free rides!

Yay! I got a free ride!

Light switch

Here's me with a great light switch. It was currently turned off. Wanna turn it on?


I saw some interesting openings in the wall - a big one and a littler one on top. Sort of reminded me of a vagina and anus, respectively. Or it could be the other way around.

Monday, November 2, 2009


I am launching the campaign to remind people of my existence. I exist in the spaces between--unused, unimportant zones.

You may notice me inside the capital letters in public signage. There's plenty of room inside the nooks for little me.

These are simply reminders. They are not actually me. I'm hiding, but I am on my way out into the world. Be ready and be excited!

Welcome Home!

This is the official Blog of Catbaby.

Do you know where I am?
I am everywhere.