Wednesday, November 29, 2017


This is my new TROY chop mark/seal for signing my "larger" Inktopodes paintings/drawings.

It was hand drawn and then a local rubber stamp company transformed the drawing into usable chop/seal.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Troy's Work Table Publishing presents INKTOPODES at Destiny City Zine Symposium (Fall 2017 edition) on Saturday 12/2.

Come visit with Troy and the Inktopodes, as well as other local and independent writers, artists, zine makers, and small presses.

View the event page HERE.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Today was a day of storytelling. People wanted to know stories of the Inktopodes—in general and in particular. They wanted to know how I create them. They wanted to know names and why I chose them.

They also wanted to share stories about whom would be receiving one of the Inktopodes or where they would reside.

One woman was struggling to make a decision between three or four Inktopodes until she asked me what Jeanne's (#94) name was and why. I told her that Jeanne was named after Renée Jeanne Falconetti's performance as Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) in Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent cinematic masterpiece La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, because her look reminded me of the closeups of Falconetti in the film.

Another woman told me about her covered outdoor patio "Tiki bar" where she and other teachers would gather after school for drinks and conversation. She eventually settled on Sigmund (#40) once she knew he was named after the title character in Sid and Marty Krofft's Sigmund and the Sea Monsters kids TV show.

And Karpo (#73) went home with another woman after she heard the name. Something "clicked" for her and she knew upon hearing the name that this was the Inktopodes for her niece who collects octopus art and memorabilia.

This was how most of the day went. I told stories. I listened as stories were told to me. New stories were born as Inktopodes swam off to new owners and new homes.

It was a good day.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


The light at 8:00 a.m. on November mornings oftentimes creates miraculous visions. If only I were able to paint these scenes.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Found "artwork" on the sidewalk.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Found "artwork" on the sidewalk.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017


If one of the seeds of Yggdrasil

should drop from the paw or the cheek

of Ratatoskr the Runner

and somehow find fertile loam

in which to sprout

will a new world arise?

If so what dream lies within

those woody walls?

Monday, November 06, 2017


"Ratatoskr" by Troy's Work Table.

Sidewalk chalk, chalk pastels, charcoal, and charcoal pencil on recycled story paper and  12" x 12" concrete board.

Thursday, November 02, 2017


Ratatoskr runs and runs

and runs the lengths of Yggdrasil

the Great Ash the World Tree—

runs the trunks of the Nine Worlds—

deciduous and evergreen—

maple and yew and alder

pine and fir and spruce—

gathering the seeds of plenty

from each incarnation

and each variation—

cone and nut and berry

green and sweet and filled

with summer life

for the fallow days

of winter time

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


there are more pressing tasks than trying to settle old squirrels

for Ratatoskr is neither young nor old but timeless

and not to be settled from his frantic frenetic fevered search

for nutmeat to cherish ingest enjoy

and gossip to gather bear deliver

between the raptors in Yggdrasil's canopy

and the dragon that nibbles at the great tree's Nine Worlds roots

no, let us not delay the work of this near-divine rodent

rather, let us encourage the digging and chattering and scurrying

along the whorls and burls of the bark and branches

hoping that he will drop a tidbit for us

a relic from one of the other worlds

a glimpse of things we may feel but not necessarily know