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sirmitchell:

A few previews from my official Marvel themed show at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX. Opening reception is April 25th, from 7-10pm. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I’m excited for people to finally see what I’ve been working on since November. 

For those asking about prints, they will be available through the gallery, and leftovers will most likely be made available through mondotees.com 

So sick.

(Source: random-fun-stuff)

Mar 9
sirmitchell:

My other portrait for the Disney show at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX. 

sirmitchell:

My other portrait for the Disney show at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX. 

Mar 9
sirmitchell:

One of my pieces for the Mondo x Disney gallery show “Nothing’s Impossible!” which opens tomorrow at 3PM at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX. 
You can read more about it at the Austin Chronicle.Apparently the line is already 20 people long. 

sirmitchell:

One of my pieces for the Mondo x Disney gallery show “Nothing’s Impossible!” which opens tomorrow at 3PM at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX. 

You can read more about it at the Austin Chronicle.

Apparently the line is already 20 people long. 

I’m thinking about maybe starting this thing back up for these tours. They’re going to be really sweet so I’m sure there will be stories a plenty.

On the last night of the Speak in Code Tour, Eve 6 brought the guys in The Audition up on stage to play The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” with them as the last song of their encore.

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again (Photo Form)

Today The Audition and I are starting our eighteen hour drive to Colorado Springs to meet up with Eve 6 and NameSake for our first leg of their spring tour. It’s only going to be a week of dates unfortunately, but it’s beyond crazy to think that I’m about to be going out with a band that I listened to literally all of the time when I was in seventh grade. I have a feeling that this week and then the month after are going to be incredibly fun for everyone.

Today The Audition and I are starting our eighteen hour drive to Colorado Springs to meet up with Eve 6 and NameSake for our first leg of their spring tour. It’s only going to be a week of dates unfortunately, but it’s beyond crazy to think that I’m about to be going out with a band that I listened to literally all of the time when I was in seventh grade. I have a feeling that this week and then the month after are going to be incredibly fun for everyone.

Apr 6
It’s so weird that I’m sitting on the runway on my way to New York to meet up with The Audition for our first date of our week long run with Marianas Trench when only two weeks ago I thought I was off the road until June. When Simple As Surgery was forced to drop off the Go Radio tour, I could not have been more bummed out. Not only was I not going to be able to see my good friend Ricky (GR’s light guy), but it also meant that the tour I had filling up my schedule until mid May now left a large void. Worst of all, due to such short notice all of the other bands I work with (Freshman 15 and City Lights) already had things situated for their upcoming tours so I was prepared to bite the bullet and just try to enjoy home for a little over two months. Luckily, I’m clearly doing something right as I got a call from The Audition asking me to come tour manage as well as do merch for them on their upcoming tours. The cherry on top is that these two months kicks off with a week of shows with quite possibly my favorite band at the moment, Marianas Trench, on their first real headlining dates in the US as part of their Ever After Tour. You have to love how quickly and drastically your fortunes can change in this business and as of right now, I’m loving every second!

It’s so weird that I’m sitting on the runway on my way to New York to meet up with The Audition for our first date of our week long run with Marianas Trench when only two weeks ago I thought I was off the road until June. When Simple As Surgery was forced to drop off the Go Radio tour, I could not have been more bummed out. Not only was I not going to be able to see my good friend Ricky (GR’s light guy), but it also meant that the tour I had filling up my schedule until mid May now left a large void. Worst of all, due to such short notice all of the other bands I work with (Freshman 15 and City Lights) already had things situated for their upcoming tours so I was prepared to bite the bullet and just try to enjoy home for a little over two months. Luckily, I’m clearly doing something right as I got a call from The Audition asking me to come tour manage as well as do merch for them on their upcoming tours. The cherry on top is that these two months kicks off with a week of shows with quite possibly my favorite band at the moment, Marianas Trench, on their first real headlining dates in the US as part of their Ever After Tour. You have to love how quickly and drastically your fortunes can change in this business and as of right now, I’m loving every second!

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! playing “In Friends We Trust” during their set on the second day of the Never Say Never Festival in Mission, TX

One of my favorite bands ever, The Early November, closing out their set by playing “Every Night’s Another Story” at the first day of the Never Say Never Festival in Mission, TX

One of my favorite bands ever, The Early November, playing “Ever So Sweet” during their set at the first day of the Never Say Never Festival in Mission, TX

Tomorrow we’re heading off to Mission, TX to play at the Never Say Never festival with the rest of our tour as well as a ton of metal bands, quite a few of my friends from past tours, and one of my favorite bands of all time. We’re going to be hanging out for both days (only playing one) but I’m so excited!

Tomorrow we’re heading off to Mission, TX to play at the Never Say Never festival with the rest of our tour as well as a ton of metal bands, quite a few of my friends from past tours, and one of my favorite bands of all time. We’re going to be hanging out for both days (only playing one) but I’m so excited!

Off Day, Off Topic #12

Touring full time ruins your personal life. You lose track of all your friends back home, it’s almost impossible to start/maintain/fix a relationship, and you wind up missing key moments back home. Those are all kind of broad strokes, but it’s just me speaking from experience. I talk to literally no one in my hometown that I’m not related to. I’d like to think that my long term girlfriend and I wouldn’t have split up or could have fixed it by now if I was home and we could actually have a face to face conversation. Finally, I know I’ve missed quite a few family get togethers and countless birthdays. I mean, on this upcoming spring tour alone I’ll miss huge life events like my little brothers 18th birthday as well as my sister graduating college. When I take a step back and look at that kind of stuff, I wind up thinking “man, this sucks.” How could you not, especially when most of thise people have been and still are there for me whenever i need them. Oddly enough though, I’m driving from Lawrence, Kansas to Denver, Colorado (an eight and a half hour drive) with no copilot listening to The Lion King broadway soundtrack and I realize: my life is amazing! Yeah, I can list off those things and it is a total bummer thinking of the people that I have let down by chasing my dream, but when it really dawns on me how unreal what I do for a living is, I have to say most of those drawbacks are worth it. Staring out the window into the dark miles of god knows what in the middle of nowhere Kansas, I realize there are so few people who can say they’ve seen the entire country, even fewer who have seen it this way; and I’m one of them. This week I will have been in Philly, St. Louis, Lawrence, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Portland. I will have been in all four time zones in the span of seven days. EVERY time zone in SEVEN days. That’s insane! Not to mention the cool factor of never being in over half of those places before. It’s 1:52 am (central time) as I write this, and it’s a very good chance it’s rambley and seeming like there’s no real point to it, but as dumb as it sounds, it’s never really hit me how blessed I am to do this for a living. I’ll never know the “what ifs” that being in tour has created, but I know I could never picture my life without being on the road.

Today we’re starting our drive from Augusta to Cleveland, OH for the first day of Every Avenue and We Are the In Crowd's co-headlining tour tomorrow. Simple As Surgery will be opening the tour and there’s also support from Plug in Stereo and The Audition. This is my first tour with the SAS crew, and it’s a pretty huge first run. I’m really stoked for this and I know the guys are too. This will be an insanely fun month.

Today we’re starting our drive from Augusta to Cleveland, OH for the first day of Every Avenue and We Are the In Crowd's co-headlining tour tomorrow. Simple As Surgery will be opening the tour and there’s also support from Plug in Stereo and The Audition. This is my first tour with the SAS crew, and it’s a pretty huge first run. I’m really stoked for this and I know the guys are too. This will be an insanely fun month.