Home Sweet Home

I wasnt alive during the heyday of Palace Amusements and we certainly never went there when i was a kid. My earliest memories about it were hearing my grandfather talk about making shady business deals buying the pinball machines. At one point, a good portion of the amusement machines from Asbury Park ended up inside my grandparents house in Union Beach. I always remembered seeing the tokens and advertising with Tilly on it and never really questioned what it was. When i was a teenager and learned that some of my favorite bands played in Asbury Park we began to go on the weekends. It wasnt fun and it certainly wasnt pretty- we wouldnt dare step foot onto the boardwalk and we entrusted our cars more in front of the biker bar next door than in the lot across the street. During those days i started realizing what that face on the side of the building was all about- though the only light shining on it was from the XXX theatre next door- which happened to be about the only thing open on that end of cookman ave. Fast forward all these years and asbury park is a much different place for better or for worse. The Tilly face became a bit of the face of a new day to a lot of people- a symbol of the past preserved for the future. To me though, it will always remind me of my grandfather and all of the time we spent playing pinball and skeeball together. From what i understand, quite a few of his machines are alive and well in Asbury Park again- including that gold plated Addams Family machine which i swear i will get back one day. Anyway, i did this art for a concert that ultimately got cancelled right around halloween in 2002 or so. I revitalized it a bit and it will always be one of my favorite pieces becAuse of the memories attached. "Home sweet home" is a 12.5 x 19 silkscreened poster with a signed and numbered edition of 50.