Meeting Cheech

Meeting Cheech Marin was awesome last night. Right as my dad and I walked into the museum, we did what I always do and walked up to the bar. As we ordered a drink I turned around, and there was Cheech. We shook hands and had about a 10 minute conversation. He was humble and genuine in our conversation. My dad got to talk about the delays in Cheech and Chong movies and albums due to his growing up in South America. Cheech really got a kick of that...

That was a good start to the evening, indeed.

We had stage front seats for the talk. Cheech talked about art in a way that most people don't. It was incredible to hear a real collector talk about why he collects. It's not just a hobby. It's not just a way to decorate his home. It's a true passion for paintings. He has a style and school he loves, and he supports it every way he can. He knows every artist he collects by name. He knows what they do and why. He has over 700 paintings in his private collection....

He talked about the way the paintings he owns speak to him. He talked about the languages of painting. The beauty of paint, even when the subject is brutal. I hope people heard him last night.

I really think the world needs more people who are willing to stand up and support the things they believe in.

Cheech was funny. He was really funny. He was passionate. He was articulate. He was certainly a little buzzed from the drinks. But he really hit it home for me last night. It was good to see that there are people out there who understand that art is more than just objects on a wall or shelf.

End of man crush gushing. But the man crush will remain. I mean, for fuck's sake. The guy was part of my upbringing. Now he's a huge part of the world I want to be in. Hard not to crush...

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