I was more then thrill to hear that Alex Pardee would take over the Upper Playground retail store in New York. Thanks UP for reopening with Zero Friends, "pop-up shop" this weekend. I couldn't be any happier to have met one of my favorite artist. He's brilliant and such a huge inspiration. We had a brief talk about Art and New York while he drew on the print I purchase called Mustache Ride and sign my Juxtapoz magazine- subscriber/collector cover August 2007 #79.