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Maryland

I was inspired to design this after I read that Maryland (and DC) were prepared to challenge the POTUS on the emoluments clause. "Strong deeds, gentle words" indeed. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling).


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Diversity: Neo-Confederate
Diversity: General Hate Diversity: Ku Klux Klan Diversity: Anti-Muslim
Diversity: Christian Identity Diversity: White Nationalist Diversity: Neo-Nazi
Diversity: Anti-LGBT Diversity: Racist Skinhead Diversity: Black Separatist

I was inspired to create this series after reading a copy of the Southern Poverty Law Center's annual intelligence report. They've tracked hate groups in the US for decades and, surprise, 2016 saw an uptick. Reading over their catalog, you're overwhelmed not only by the sheer number, but also the diversity of groups today. Ironic, isn't it? That our country now has such "diversity" in its hate groups. This was my self-imposed creative challenge: turn "diversity" on its head with a rainbow of maps. These prints are not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

Sanctuary Cities of New England

I recently attended a rally for my city (Somerville, MA) in support of its sanctuary status. That's a dangerous position to hold in these days of revenge politics. People are scared our federal funding will be cut. But our public officials are holding firm. I've never been prouder of Somerville than hearing our mayor say to the crowd, "We'll go to jail for you." That meant a lot to me and I'm sure a lot more to any refugees in the crowd of 4,800. This piece is dedicated to the many cities in our region that have taken similar positions. The irony is that I pulled this data mainly from nativist websites that track sanctuary practices in order to harass public officials. So even though there are cities here whose officials have shied away from the label "sanctuary city", the fact that they ruffle nativist feathers is good enough for me. This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

Deplorables/Snowflakes

Divisions: no society can avoid them forever. Sometimes it takes outsiders to exploit them (e.g. British colonialism in India giving rise to religious and caste violence). Other times they surface completely from within. I feel that's what's happening in our country today. The subway lines in these prints map out the states that went "red" vs. "blue". They are purposely meant to resemble cracks. The titles are translations of "Deplorables" and "Snowflakes", two popular insults hurled throughout this election. The fact that they are in two different languages is indicative of the "bubbles" we've allowed to form and how foreign we are to each other. I hope that we can heal from this. By placing these juvenile labels front-and-center, I hope we can laugh at them. Granted these divisions are too great for humor alone to overcome, but you have to start somewhere, right? This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

Medford

Our neighbor to the north. No, not Canada. Medford, MA! Jokingly referred to as "Somerville's Somerville", this city is making a name for itself, especially as more artists flock there. Home of Amelia Earhardt, the first gypsy moths, "Jingle Bells", and so much more. "All hail Meffid!" An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Tufts

Just a little something for the neighborhood. Go Tufts! An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling).


Syria

The title is an excerpt from the poem "First they came..." written by Pastor Martin Niemöller after World War II. At the time, it was his expression of guilt for German intellectuals not speaking out more against the Holocaust. To me, it's grown to become one of the most beautiful expressions of empathy, one that is sorely needed during this latest humanitarian crisis in Syria. In my mind, empathy distills down to one question: "People are suffering, what can we do?" The stops on this map represent most of the countries that have taken in refugees. Those that are larger have answered that call emphatically. (Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan have each taken in well over a million refugees.) Those that are smaller have not. (The US has only accepted a few thousand.) Here's hoping that in the end, empathy wins out over mistrust, and that history does not have to repeat itself. This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

Somerville Robot Boston Robot

Simply put: I love subways, I love robots, and I love my hometowns of Somerville and Boston. It was a match made in heaven. This is a premium print on linen paper and hand embossed. It's 5" square and comes fully matted (at 8" square). If you're in the Boston area, it's also available fully framed and matted (shown above) at Blue Cloud Gallery in Somerville.

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Brunonia

If you went to Brown in the 90s, you probably remember the famous poster about Providence claiming that during the rainy season, it "snows like a bitch". Kind of makes you wish a subway could whisk you from class to class, doesn't it? This Mapuccino is dedicated to my alma mater and depicts a massive transit system connecting all of the buildings on campus. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling).


Somerville

This Mapuccino is dedicated to my adopted hometown, Somerville, MA. Are you a true Somer-"villain"? Can you name all the hills and squares in our little patch of heaven on earth? This will drive them home, and make you long for the day that we actually have more than one T stop in this city! 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!) 11"x17" signed digital prints are also available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Boston

Bostonians are serious about their neighborhoods. Don't dare address an envelope headed to Allston as "Boston" or else it might end up in an alternate galaxy (I'm convinced the Postal Service is capable of this). Whether you live in "Boston Proper", the "City of Boston", or are just a fan from beyond, I know you'll dig my interpretation of a system that binds all of Boston's 'hoods together. And speaking of galaxies, the logo shows a subway car surrounded by 8 planets. Do you know why? 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!). 11"x17" signed digital prints are also available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Cambridge

And for our Cantabrigian friends across the border, "Neighborhoods & Squares of Cambridge". If you've ever used the word 'Cantabrigian' in a sentence before, then this Mapuccino belongs on your wall! 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!) An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Providence

Providence, the "Renaissance City". When I first moved there in 1995, no one called it that. It's changed a lot since then, but it's still dear to heart. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Rhode Island

There's a saying in Rhode Island that if you're giving someone directions, just tell them they'll be there in 45 minutes. You're never that off no matter where they're going. Maybe it is small enough to have its own subway someday! An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain (or just "JP") is a city within a city, a fortress with no walls. Just try to drive into it and I bet that one if its winding parkways will spit you right out again before you can say "Kuchamakin"! (...the Massachusett Indian after whom the area was named.) 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!). 11"x17" signed digital prints are also available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Arlington

Arlington, MA. I have a lot of fun learning about towns while designing my maps. Did you know that Uncle Sam was born in Arlington? It's true! An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Brookline

Brookline's always been bit different. From its early days as a posh Norfolk County exclave that refused to be absorbed, Bostonians recognize it on a map as the thorn in Boston's side. (Geographically speaking of course!) This Mapuccino was a bit of a challenge because as you move from cities to towns, neighborhoods and landmarks become more fluid. 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!) An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Roslindale

Good ol' Rozzie! An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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India

To call India diverse is an understatement. What better way to illustrate this diversity than through its plethora of spoken languages? This is a Mapuccino of the 29 states and 7 territories of India, each written in its local language. In many states, there is much debate over what exactly the predominant language is. Many languages, particularly in tribal areas, are on a path to extinction. And to complicate matters further, the 29th state of Telangana is currently being formed as you read this! Challenges around every corner, but an honor to design. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Chicago

Chicago is so BIG. That was my first thought on my first visit many years ago. Coming from a short, crooked, old city like Boston, I was in awe. For this Mapuccino, I focused on the core downtown neighborhoods of Chicago. There are hundreds of neighborhoods beyond these, so I'm sure this won't be my last Chicago-themed design! In case you're curious, the flower inside the logo is a chrysanthemum, a symbol of Chicago. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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New Orleans

What is New Orleans? It's a complex city to describe. Of course people think of Mardi Gras and its wild palette of colors: purple, gold, and green (and to a lesser extent red and blue). But what I hope really comes through in this Mapuccino is the richness of New Orleans beyond the French Quarter, in its myriad of neighborhoods, each with their own distinct personality. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!

To see a modified version of this map based on Katrina flood data, click here.


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New Orleans, Modified

This is a modified version of my New Orleans Mapuccino. It's hard to talk about New Orleans without mentioning Katrina. I decided to do something different with this city map, washing out neighborhoods worst affected based on flood data. I like that the manipulation looks like a fog over the city. I think that for those who love this city, the future is unclear - like a fog - and we just hope and cheer as this city gets back on its feet. This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

Thank You Cards

My first Mapuccino cards! "Thank You" is written in a different language at each stop, roughly corresponding to the place on a world map where it is spoken. My favorite thing about these cards is that it isn't immediately obvious that it's a thank you card, which makes it even more special when the recipient realizes that it is. 5.5"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!).

Curious about which languages are featured? They are: English, Inuit, Hawaiian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Russian, Greek, Czech, Arabic, Swahili, Persian, Zulu, Hebrew, Hindi, Kannada, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Maori, Indonesian, and Thai.


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Love You

How could I resist?! 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!). 11"x17" signed digital prints are also available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling).

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Congrats Card

A new baby, a new home, a graduate who stayed on "track" and reached her goal (sorry, couldn't help myself). There are so many props-worthy things in life! "Congratulations" is written in a different language at each stop, roughly corresponding to the place on a world map where it is spoken. 4.25"x6" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!).

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Birthday Cards

And you look like one too :) 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!).

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Mother's Day Cards

For the woman that kept you on track all those years ;) "Mom" is written in a different language at each stop, roughly corresponding to the place on a world map where it is spoken. 4.25"x6" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!).

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Father's Day Cards

The perfect card for your dad ... or any dad in "train"-ing ;) "Dad" is written in a different language at each stop, roughly corresponding to the place on a world map where it is spoken. 4.25"x6" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!).

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Peace on Earth Cards

Perfect for the holidays or year-round! 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack. (Either way, free U.S. shipping + handling!)

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Baltimore

I was driving around East Baltimore recently and passed by one of those old benches that reads, "Baltimore: The Greatest City in America." I had to shake my head. The paint was peeling, most of the slats were missing, and it was surrounded by urban decay. You forget how bad it is when you haven't been back in a while: blocks upon blocks of dilapidated, boarded-up, crumbling buildings. The focus of the Great Recession was all about Detroit, but Baltimore is not much further down on the list of cities hemorrhaging people. It's sad. Here in Boston, you read about parking spots in Back Bay going for half-a-million and millennials renting $1600 micro-apartments. Even in the worst neighborhoods in Boston, abandoned buildings are an anomaly. Makes you wonder, why not here in Baltimore? The answer is complex and probably way over my head, but you have to think that it starts with the basics, like public safety. Baltimore had over 1100 murders over the past 4 years. If you stand on one of these 25 street corners, you're at ground zero. So until that changes, nothing else will. The city will keep stenciling slogans on benches: Charm City, The City That Reads. But people will know better: Harm City, The City That Bleeds. Bodymore, Murdaland. This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me. T-Shirts are though!


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Culture

This year's theme is gun violence (though 2014 is not so unique in that respect). Gun violence headlines this year have ranged from the ghastly - Elliot Rodger's rampage at UC Santa Barbara - to the depressingly ordinary - Detroit is now on par with El Salvador for murder rate - to the tragically controversial - 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Gun violence is so enmeshed in our culture that it feels as if there's no turning back, no compromises to be made. 12,000+ gun deaths this year, mostly across these 15 "murder capitals" - a proud part of our culture. This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me. T-Shirts are though!


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2 Americas

Democrat vs. Republican. Occupy vs. Tea Party. 1% vs. 99%. Sometimes it seems like we're coming apart at the seams. For the first time in history, the 400 richest Americans own more wealth than the rest of us combined. It makes one wonder how we can sustain ourselves with such overwhelming disparity. I pored over a lot of census data for this Mapuccino. The cities on the gray line have the highest percentage of families living below the poverty line, some over 30%. The cities on the green line were recently touted as the poshest zip codes to live in; net worths: $1.3mil+. Two lines, no transfers - two Americas. This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

Wrong Side Of The Tracks

I created this Mapuccino after reading an article about the 25 worst neighborhoods in America. It got me thinking about public transportation and the disadvantaged. In some cities like Washington D.C., some public transit options are meant to keep the poor away from the rich (legend has it there is no subway stop in Georgetown because the affluent residents complained). In other cities like Boston, poor neighborhoods are given disjointed public transit options that don't quite fit with the rest of the system (I'm referring to the "Silver Line" - "rapid transit" only in name, it's really a bus!). So my attempt was to create a subway map of these most dangerous neighborhoods not to poke fun at their residents, but to help us ponder what might happen if all of the worst neighborhoods had better rapid transit options. There've been a number of studies showing how rapid transit can greatly improve a neighborhood. Some have even described Davis Square "seedy" before the Red Line arrived! This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

Green Lines

"Green Lines" is dedicated to our national parks - all 58 of them - from Acadia to Zion. I found the idea of mixing nature with an urban construct (a subway) amusing. You'll probably never see a subway stop at "Old Faithful", but I've heard there's a Starbucks in Yosemite! An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Blue Lines

It's been a crazy few months. Last November's midterm elections saw the largest loss of House seats since 1938. As the 112th Congress swings into session, I wondered which cities held their ground with the strongest "blue" districts. This Mapuccino is dedicated to those cities. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). Get 'em while they're hot!


Red Lines

And which cities flexed their "red" muscles this last election? "Red Lines" is dedicated to those cities that turned the tide. An 11"x17" signed digital print is also available for $20 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). I think Rodney King said it best...


9/11

It's still hard to believe that 9/11 happened almost ten years ago. It seems like a long time, but to me and I'm sure many others, the killing of its mastermind reminded me how quickly memories can resurface. One emotion I can recall is the deep sense of unity in the days that followed, particularly because so many citizens of other countries also died that day. I wanted to create a mapuccino that tied these countries together. This piece more than any other takes the greatest liberties with the subway map motif. I purposely wanted to obscure the names of the countries, so that the form of the lines would take precedence. I decided to make all of the lines one color - a somber black - to represent the common thread this tragedy created between us. At the same time, I'm also reminded of a web that entangles everyone within it, reminiscent of countless photos of the tangled mess left behind that day. This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

2012 Another Good Ride

Similar to my 2010 edition, this Mapuccino celebrates the good news of 2012. Flip on the evening news, and it's easy to overlook. This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

2010 It Was A Good Ride

This Mapuccino commemorates the passing of the year 2010. I was attempting to create a Mapuccino of positive news stories about world events. It was actually harder than I thought, good news is hard to find! Objectively, it was a tough year for everyone, but despite everything, this piece was meant to remind us that "it was (still) a good ride." This print is not for sale, but if you're interested in a print, contact me.

Somerville Motto

A slight diversion from my map-making: this design is a play on Somerville's official motto and an ode to our leftist tendencies this side of the Charles River. Yes, more people recognize our better-looking cousin to the south, affectionately known as the "People's Republic of Cambridge". But in recent years, Somerville has more than made a name for itself. We love biking, the arts, and Prospect Hill (site of the first raising of an American flag, don't ya know). So to the long list of nicknames for our city - "Slummerville", "The Paris of New England" - add one more: "People's Republic of Somerville".


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