When we heard the news of Steve's death on Tuesday......we just went into a state of numbness.
Mark has known Steve longer than me. They have kids about the same age. Steve was good to us, and Steve was bad to us......but we never went around town bad-mouthing him like so many other people did.
When I opened funkoma vintage so many people came in a wanted to know "the dirt" on Steve. What dirt. He's a Jew. He works for the city. He's a loving father. He's GAY !! and so out of the closet.
Sure he sold my coyote and I'm still kinda pissed !! but he gave us more than he took.......he was good to us.
And that's all you need to know. The rest isn't your business.
We were together on New Years Eve 1999 turning into 2000...and the world didn't end.......we spent the night there and the next day we were so wrecked...........So this song will always be a Steve memory for us........And it is so Steve.....so out there. He was doing freaky when you kids were in Jr High popping zits.
And the "friends" will come out the woodwork.
Steve gave Tacoma it's first real fun spot to go....He brought The Big Shitty to Tacoma. He was the first in Tacoma, he and Dave Norton to do FUNK....to do Mid Century Modern while everyone else was doing Victorian Oak.
Everything else in Tacoma was earnest, naive and/or boring. Steve shook up Tacoma before any ART arrived here. He was the Uncle of Tacoma Art.......& not that boooooooooooring crap at the museums and straight white people galleries...............(now.....they're funky!!!)
Steve, Mark, and I commissioned John Clinton to do a Grafittistyle art piece at Rampart after Dave moved on. It's covered up now. That was waaaaay back in the day.....(yes, that john clinton)
Mark and I are just so sad.