BATTLING THE POLAR VORTEX
The art of hand painted outdoor advertising becomes a little tricky during the winter months, and even more so with an arctic cyclone rearing its ugly head and literally freezing everything in its path (including our rig ropes — see photo above). But our walldogs aren’t easily deterred. Each of them has a few tricks up his sleeve for ways to keep warm against the cold, whether its insulated gear, a hot cup of coffee near at hand, or some of their favorite tunes in their headphones. Here’re a few tips from one of our painters.
TOM: I usually listen to the Joe Rogan podcast or Bill Burr’s podcast. They don’t warm me up but they keep me laughing and it’s at least a distraction from the cold. And actually, I ended up working on Monday [the day that the polar vortex froze our equipment; see photo above]. Liam and I had cancelled so many days previously because of the rain and snow that I just wanted to get out there and get some work going. So we put on some extra layers and braved the cold and actually ended up finishing that wall. The key is that the Dumbo wall [where we were painting] is in the sun most of the day and it keeps you feeling warm. I wore two pairs of long johns, a pair of pajama pants, a pair of jeans, and some insulated Carhartts.
Warren Zevon – “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”
Cro-Mags – “Signs Of The Times”
Beastie Boys – “Jimmy James”