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Marty, Corey and Sarah Palin's Alaska
Written by Corey Arnold & Marty Machado   
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:00
Corey Arnold and Martin Machado are both artists who met through Fecal Face and through their love of fishing in the wilds of Alaska. This joint blog illustrates last summer's salmon fishing trip to Bristol Bay, Alaska with hard labor working 18 hour days avoiding grizzly bears and total exhaustion.

Marty opens a show of his paintings w/ Todd Freeman and Aleksandra Zee this Saturday, January 8th at Gallery Hijinks

Words and Pictures: Corey Arnold Words and Paintings and pictures: Martin Machado

Corey: Back in 2007, shortly after posting "How to Be an Alaskan Fisherman" on the Fecal, I got an email from a certain container ship seaman/fisherman/painter named Marty Machado. You might know him from his epic blogs on Fecal Face: Live and Work on a Container Ship part I and part II. Little did I know, we would become friends and this one correspondence would change the course of my life forever, kick starting an epic, lifelong summertime commercial fishing adventure in the Alaskan Bush. This is what he wrote:

----- Hello Corey, I just wanted to say I love your work. I just got back from Naknek yesterday, yes I am a "salmon fag" [gotta read How To Be An Alaskan Fisherman to get that one]. It was a good season though. Keep up the good work. I'll say hello if I see you at the Fecal Face party on thursday. I also make work about going to sea, check it out if you get a chance. see ya- Martin -----

Marty Machado - oil on cardboard box I found at the abandoned Nakeen Cannery

Corey: As it turns out, Marty is a great painter, and worked as a fisherman in the same region of Bristol Bay, Alaska that I first got my start as a commercial fisherman back in 1995. But he had discovered a place that was far more spectacular and otherworldly then any of my prior ventures in Alaska. This place is called Graveyard Point.

Bristol Bay mud and abandoned cannery exploration -photo: Corey Arnold

Corey: Every Summer, nearly 150 commercial fishermen converge on an abandoned cannery complex at the mouth of the Kvichak River called Graveyard Point. The Kvichak River is historically one of the largest wild Sockeye salmon producing rivers in the world. In late June-July, like clock-work, millions of salmon return to the river in a chaotic tidal wave of fins and scales.

The fishermen camp out for 4-5 weeks in this mosquito ridden, brown bear (think Grizzly Man) infested network of collapsing buildings surrounded by swamplands and muddy tidal rivers that snake for miles in every direction.

Tim Sohn handling the situation in our little 20 footer. -photo: Corey Arnold

Exhibit A - Bristol Bay, the Armpit of the Bering Sea

Corey: Some of you might have watched the embarrassment that is Sarah Palin's Alaska, the T.V. show. Well, we basically do the same type of fishing that Todd Palin does for a living, but in the next river system over and in a more remote and barren location.

Exhibit B - Graveyard Point at the mouth of the Kvichak River, it's really a giant swamp.

crewman/writer Tim Sohn and Corey Arnold in front of our homested -photo: Corey Arnold

A large multi boat crew managed by the industrious Reid TenKley. There are tidal rivers everywhere. -photo: Corey Arnold

Naknek local, Kirsty, pulled out this .22 and started firing over all the boats one day. -photo: Corey Arnold

Corey: The point is named after the graveyard buried near the cliffs of an abandoned salmon cannery that was built around 1900 and shut down in 1952 I believe. For over 50 years, the graveyard and the cannery buildings have been washing away into the sea.

Wooden caskets filled with the human remains of fishermen and cannery workers are often exposed on the beach. But, the land is too remote for anyone other then the fisherman and a few natives to take notice.

Exposed casket in the cliffs at Graveyard Point, circa 2006 -Photo: Marty Machado

Artist/fisherman Brian Burnett with a human jawbone. -photo: Corey Arnold

Human remains -photo: Corey Arnold

Corey: We work out of small aluminum skiffs with crews of one to four persons per boat. Most of the salmon harvesting is done manually, pulling gill nets plugged with salmon over the rail by hand and filling the small boats to their limit of flotation.

On a bountiful year, and a perfect storm of tides, fish and weather, one skiff can harvest up to 20,000 pounds of salmon in a single day, worth about $20,000.

heading out of the muddy Graveyard Creek -photo: Corey Arnold

Nightly Grizzly bear walk on the beach - photo: Corey Arnold

Corey: But this is not easy money. If you're going for the gold, you have to induce insomnia, wreck your tendons and muscles, deprive yourself of a shower for weeks, and spend a lot of time in hip deep mud. All this, with the constant threat of giant Brown Bears (Grizzlys) stealing your fish, and a swarm of bird sized mosquitoes that will leave you pale and bumpy in seconds.

Bear Attack: There are so many fish, the bears just eat the best parts and leave the rest. - photo: Corey Arnold

Marty: Isn't it weird how the seals only eat the heads too? Makes you wonder what we're missing.

10pm and still fishin'. - photo: Corey Arnold

Ben Thomas with 30 pound King Salmon - photo: Corey Arnold

Marty Machado - "Stinkerhead"

Marty Machado - "Floater"

Corey: I first visited Graveyard Point while on assignment for shooting for Outside Magazine in 2008 and decided to buy into a boat and permit the following year. This year, Marty came back to work, and captained his own skiff as well. We worked in separate crews but found time to hang out and finally get to know each other. This blog is really about Marty, the reason I'm in there. His artwork inspired from life at Graveyard is inspiring. I'm going to turn this thing over to him now before I hog up the whole blog post:

Rian and crew on a big day. - photo: Corey Arnold

MARTY: Awww shux, that was one hell of an intro, thanks. You covered it pretty nicely. I would like to add that this is a very well managed fishery, and as of now IS a renewable resource. Some smart folks make sure enough salmon get upstream to spawn to ensure we get good numbers back in years to come, and it seems to just be getting better each year. As long as an outside factor, like the proposed Pebble Strip-Mine, doesn't screw things up, we should be able to catch fish for many years to come.

Anyways, yeah it was funny how things played out over the years, from me asking John Trippe to point you out at the Fecal Face anniversary party and then fanning out on you like an art nerd, to you buying into that fishery and being such a part of the scene by the time I got back up there. I knew Graveyard was an amazing place and that you had to see it, but since that’s really the only place I’ve been in Alaska, I figured you might have seen other places like it in all of your other gigs.

The Shrier Crew (Marty is the in the back middle) - photo: Corey Arnold

Marty: I was stoked to get the call last spring to work for an amazing crew from Montana/Oregon, a seasoned father son duo and a bunch of their buddies. Because of the containership stuff, I had missed a couple seasons so I was a bit rusty. It was also my first season getting to run my own boat. I definitely learned a ton this season, mostly by doing the wrong things, nearly swamping the skiff, and learning the hard way. But my boat-mate Cody and I finished the season, alive, and with all of our gear still pretty much in tact.

Conor Kelly and Pat Weber human powering the operation. - photo: Corey Arnold

Enthusiastic future fisherman - photo: Corey Arnold

Marty Machado - "bag o bones"

Marty: I don’t know about you Corey, but this season really kicked my ass, it was probably the hardest six weeks I’ve ever worked.
Between the really cold rainy weather, and the wide-open fishing periods with little to no sleep for about a month solid, I definitely was feeling it. One guy on our crew lost it completely and started to bring everyone down. But luckily the rest of the guys I fished for, were not only insanely hard workers, but all around rad guys who really made an effort to stay positive and have fun even when we were in a complete shit storm. But it was tough, I think half way through the season, like many guys up there, I lost most of the feeling in my hands and really didn’t get it back for about a month after getting home, which made painting a bit difficult.

Napping was precious - photo: Corey Arnold

enough fish in one shackle to swamp the skiff. - photo: Corey Arnold

Corey: Yeah, this season was an absurd amount of work and it was a particularly cold, wet summer. There were times when the net was so plugged with fish, my deckhand and I couldn't even pull a few feet over the side. We had to hang over and pick fish outside the boat. On this particular day (above), Our anchored net plugged with 1000 salmon was so heavy, the tide drug it into into the neighbors net, then we almost went dry at low tide with a full load of salmon. We got rescued by the Wilson girls (amazing two Minnesota ladies in a skiff) that helped handle the situation.

He has no idea how fashionable this is. - photo: Corey Arnold

Eli torturing my crewmate Cody with an evil floater salmon - photo: Marty Machado

Corey: Marty, tell us about floaters and your paintings.

Marty: Ok I will. These are a collection of salmon fishing inspired paintings from over the years. Most are recent ones done for a show opening on Jan 8th here in SF at Gallery Hijinks, plug plug. The ship paintings are made on stacked layers of fiberglass, with epoxy. There are a bunch of gouache on paper pieces that are of "Ghostfish" aka"Floaters" and other creative names, which are decaying dead salmon that get caught in our nets towards the end of each season, their stench is so bad it will make you gag instantly. There are also two oil paintings on cardboard that were old canned salmon boxes with logos printed on them circa 1950's, we found huge stacks of these while exploring an abandoned cannery across the bay (in the first photo).

Marty Machado - "Smokey Joe"

Captain Marty with a full skiff load waiting to offload fish - photo: Corey Arnold

Fiberglass painting of many Salmon "Tenders" overlapped, which are the large boats we deliver fish to - Marty Machado

Marty Machado - Fiberglass painting of Drift Boats, the other style of salmon fishing

The toughest woman in Graveyard: Krystal TenKley - photo: Corey Arnold -

Christians with guns - photo: Corey Arnold

Corey: One of the best things about Graveyard Point is the cast of characters that fish there. There are Native Alaskans from the nearby villages, Gun toting Portland Christians, Neo-Luddites, Dog Mushers, Bush Pilots, Arkansas boys, ex-hippies, Mormons, one Harvard graduate, Artists, East Bay Area suburbanites, school teachers, fisherwomen, Minnesota farm boys, a skateboarder or two, rednecks, and young adventurers from all over the U.S. Social life in the camp is lush with great stories over cowboy coffee, hand rolled cigarettes and Rum.

Lyle Smith, Graveyard fisherman since 1952 - photo: Corey Arnold

Conor Kelly kickflipping a Graveyard gap. - photo: Corey Arnold

East Bay Steve-O - photo: Corey Arnold

Minnesota meets Alaska - photo: Corey Arnold

Conor Kelly is not homeless - photo: Corey Arnold

Marty Machado - Fiberglass Tenders painting

Marty Machado - Another Fiberglass Tenders Painting

Mark Lehman paddling to retrieve a skiff. - photo: Corey Arnold

High tide storm in the night left these guys high and dry for a day. - photo: Corey Arnold

East bay boys and some big King Salmon. - photo: Corey Arnold

Bonfire, Booze, and giant hand guns. - photo: Corey Arnold

Corey: Towards the end of the season, the Minnesota boys threw a massive bonfire on the beach. East bay dudes showed up and gun fire ensued long into the morning.

Father/Daughter fishing team Harlan Bailey and Martina Bailey - Harlan is the wise man of the camp, and has spent 40 seasons in Graveyard. This man is gold. - photo: Corey Arnold

Marty: After the season ended we had some great days/nights back in town before flying out. This is when a lot of fishermen get into a little trouble, hitting the few bars that exist there. The last season I was up, my crewmate and I managed to “borrow” a school bus to get us back from the bars. This year we were pretty good, although I do remember being in the back of your truck with about twenty other people howling at the moon as we sped home from Fishermen’s Bar. Also it was pretty sweet jumping in Naknek lake and hanging at the dump watching bears with those Russian cannery girls. Ahhhh Alaska.

Corey Arnold with King Salmon - photo: Tim Sohn

Corey: Sorry to be repetitive with more of this How to be an Alaskan Fisherman stuff, but the following is some advice if you want to do this type of work. I'm writing this to prevent having to answer a million emails from kids asking how to find a job in Alaska. Sorry to say, I've got a waiting list of friends already lined up for my crew, but if you're wanting to give commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay a shot, here is a bit of advice:

1) There are thousands of fishing boats based out of Naknek or Dillingham, Alaska. There is always someone looking for crewmen at the last minute before the season, or sometimes in the middle of the season to replace someone that quits or gets hurt.

2) buy a one way ticket on Alaska Airlines to King Salmon, Alaska, or Dillingham, Alaska sometime between June 5, and June 12. The ticket will cost you around 700 bucks one-way from Seattle. The season will likely last until July 25thish.

3) There is no guarantee you will find a job, especially if you have no experience with physical labor.

4) Get in shape before you go. Grip is important. Do lots of hand squeezing exercises.

5) Bring a tent and a sleeping bag and some clothes. You can buy boots and raingear and all supplies when you get there. Food is not cheap. Bring your life savings along in case you don't find a job.

6) If you flew into King Salmon, hitchhike 13 miles to Naknek, and ask people where you can pitch a tent.

7) Buy a local cell phone at Bristol Bay Wireless so that you have a phone number people can reach you at or make a deal with someone you make friends with to field your calls for you. You home cell phone won't work up there, but there is a chance they've added service. Call Bristol Bay Wireless and ask.

8) Make an attractive flyer with reasons why you are willing to destroy your body and your soul in order to get a job on a Drifter, or Set Net operation. List your physical and practical assets, and leave your new Alaska phone number on it.

9) You have to be willing to get paid half share or even less if it's your first time. In six weeks you can make between $3,000 and $7,000 as a greenhorn depending on your share, the price of salmon, and how good a captain you have.

10) When you become a full share deckhand after a couple seasons under your belt, you can make between $5,000 and $20,000 or more in one season depending on the strength of the run, the price, and skill of your captain and crew..

11) You will be judged on your attitude and how you present yourself. Don't be cocky, or an asshole. Be courteous and NEVER complain.

12) Walk around to all the boat yards (there are dozens of them), and ask everyone you see if they know of someone looking for a deckhand. Help people out in the boatyards for free in exchange for knowledge and experience.

13) If you are working for someone that knows how to catch fish, you will not sleep much and you will at times want to quit. Don't do it. You are capable of much more then you think you are.

14) If you are a youngster (16-22), you might think you are smarter then everyone else. Don't be an entitled little brat. You know nothing and need to ask questions, listen, and learn.

15) You might get yelled at... A LOT! Swallow your pride, wipe away those tears, and keep working.

Marty: Yea and I'd add that the low 3 grand wage is considering current numbers/prices, I made way less my first season and I'm sure you did too. Be prepared to make nothing really and if it works out, it works out. Don't quit, don't complain. I had a fishing captain in central california that used to tell me "I pay you for your neck down." Which meant, don't think, work. I like that.

Corey: You're right, I went home with $1500 my first season! 1995 blues.

Marty absorbing Vitamin D on a rare sun day. - photo: Corey Arnold

Marty Machado: Thanks for blahging this up with me Corey, you really have some amazing shots, I can't wait for a full Graveyard show someday. If any folks are in San Francisco in January please stop by Gallery Hijinks, the opening is Jan 8th and there will be some great work by Todd Freeman and Aleksandra Zee. Corey: Yeah, thanks Marty! I'm looking forward to future seasons out there. Good Luck with the show!

Work by Marty Machado

Fecal Face Dot Gallery will also be showing photos by Corey Arnold in February.

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Ryan De La Hoz at Seattle's Flatcolor
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SEATTLE --- San Francisco based Ryan De La Hoz opens a show of new works at Flat Color on May 1st. We love Ryan's work and have shown it many times throughout the years. Ryan will be also showing at LA - Juxtapoz Psychedelic Show, The Well, LA, CA April 26th 2014 - SF - Paper Cuts, Spoke Art, SF, CA May 3rd 2014

Working in unconventional mediums such as woven blankets, puzzles, and faux marble, De La Hoz has pioneered an innovative style in a class of its own. Collages of white noise, flowers and tie-dye are all hand cut and assembled to create mystic portals of intrigue. Heavily influenced by themes of death and rebirth, past and present, and the collision of modern culture with antiquity; Form and Void is mysterious look into the odyssey of creation, destruction, and an examination of society at large. -show details

 

SSSSHHH, It's the Quiet Life
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"Arrangement" by Michelle Fleck
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This morning we take a closer look at this beautiful painting by San Francisco based Michelle Fleck now showing at FFDG.

Arrangement measures 24"x30", acrylic and aerosol on panel - inquires: info(at)ffdg.net

Michelle Fleck is a painter living in San Francisco. Her work focuses on the relationship between man and the landscape, and the marks we leave on it. Influenced by everyday life in the city, her paintings serve as snapshots of an ongoing intersection of the natural and man-made world. She strives to make work that has a sense of relevancy in a culture driven by a need for change and newness.

 

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Nychos Friday @Fifty24SF
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GET THE SHOW DETAILS --- a bunch of NYCHOS

 

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I love you, dear.... Huh? Wut?

 

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Check photos from his last San Francisco solo show in 2012, and mark your calendar for August as his next solo show opens at FFDG.

Beering with Fish at his favorite watering hole, Zeitgeist

 

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Think how high those throw ups can be now.

 

OB Shirt by Tucker Nichols
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Tucker Nichols emailed over this new OB shirt he did for our friends at Park Life which can purchased here for $28.

Speaking of Ocean Beach, if you know, you know, but if you don't... it's not what the average american thinks of when thinking of a California Beach (missing 14 yr. old yesterday). Can't believe we used to drunk naked swim at 3am in the dead if winter... being surfers probably helped us not dying.

 

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Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.


High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

I purchased one of the first digital cameras when Fecal Face went online in 2000. It was a massive Kodak with 2 mega pixels


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.


"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


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