to finally start it! 2010 was a wonderful year full of new experiences, accomplishments, and big changes.
I watched this year end and start a new here in Portland OR, where I’ll be spending the next few months. I’m having a blast so far, it’s an awesome city and a really great place to make art.
However, being away from New York makes me realize just how ‘New York’ I really am. One of the things I’ve realized is that my history, up until this point, more or less lies within the city of New York. All experiences that have shaped me and made me who I am today, occurred within those five boroughs. I’ve realized that New York is more than just the backdrop in the story of my life, it's a major character, sort of my co-star. As people come and go, as jobs change, as apartments change, New York is always there, absorbing each experience deep within it’s concrete and brick. It wears me as much as I wear it. And like the drawing above, it’s written all over me. They’re imprints on my being and they range from the sweetness of a lip print to the pain of a battle scar. Though where I once tried to hide from them, I now wear them with pride and will carry them with me wherever my journeys take me throughout life.
I’m Thomas Pitilli and I represent my city.