Monday, September 26, 2005

Artist Cleaning Up With ‘Dirty Dishes’

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Your mom may have raised you to clean your plate before leaving the dinner table, but one New York artist can’t finish a meal without “dirtying up” the plates with a paint pen.

Brooklyn-based James Victore admits he draws on dishes in every restaurant he visits but claims he’s never been chastised for messing up the china.

Instead, the servers request their own dish drawings, like a cute squirrel or bird, or the not-so-innocent phrase, “Vagina Is For Lovers.”

Asked to name some of his dirtiest plates, Victore admits it’s either “the George W. Bush kind of stuff” or a drawing of Johnny Cash’s middle finger.

Victore has such a big collection of “Dirty Dishes,” he’s put some up for sale at a Brooklyn gallery called Instigator.

If he can’t get rid of the small and large plates at $150-$250 a pop, Victore can always rely on his eight-year-old son, Luca, for income.

The artist says Luca recently doodled on 12 tiny bread plates and, “They sold out. He made 80 bucks! He wanted to take it to school the next day but I said no.”

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