|Best tattoo parlor|
Case in point: A series of illustrations for one of The Reno News & Review's Best of Northern Nevada issues. David's idea was to make the awards resemble collectible figurines, which evolved from a kind of Precious Moments™ look to something that still retained the cloying kitsch without getting too close to the parody bone. Some of these figures, after all, were going to get dragged through the Reno grit. Ten or so figurines were needed. First came an "eye test:"
|Can you say "trademark infringement?"|
|Bob's Big Boy's stepchild?|
Then came some sketches, for many more awards than the newspaper had room for, like these for the best bowling alley and "Ugly Coyote"-type bar :
Most of the final art followed the sketches closely, which was nice, given tight deadlines:
|Sen. Harry Reid|
|"Folsom Prison Blues" was just too perfect for this illustration|
|Best outdoor venue, I think …|
Though I liked the simplicity of the cowgirl, the showgirl version won out. The sun gave way to the giant Burning Man effigy.
But a funny thing happened on the way to final. The showgirl got less showy. Watch as she disappears behind the blue ribbon: