Set It Off: Jake Tompkins

September 2nd, 2009 by Larry


Jake Tompkins

Jake the Snake (only to my little sister)
The Bike Polo Guy

My Flickr

Where are you from?
Born in Tennessee, lived in Las Vegas for a few years, Lived in Albuquerque for a 7 years, and I’ve been in GA for the last 12. I feel very much like I’m a product of the lower half of the US.

Who do you work for? 
At the moment I work for myself. I was working as a Cabinet maker at Thomsen Ltd. but times are bad and I got laid off last week.  

What are your Current Project(s)? 
I have a couple of community art projects I’ve been working on recently.
The first is called dividing lines. I took a canvas and painted a 10″ red stripe down the center. Then I handed it off to a friend who painted a slightly smaller beige/seasalt line down the center. It’s been through 4 friends hands so far and the changes keep getting better. I’m hoping to get the lines down to the point where the final line is a pencil line. you can check that out on my flickr page.

The second is about to start. I went around to local thrift stores and picked up about 40 LP’s. I’m going to distribute them to my more graphically inclined friends and each will be challenged to design something to be laser etched onto the LP that is an interpritation of the band name or album title. We’ll be doing an exhibition somewhere once it’s done. Pictures will go up once it’s done too.

I’m also working on a bid packet to get the North American Hard Court Bike Polo Championships in Atlanta.  Outside of making stuff, bike polo is my life.  

Who would you love to work with?
My standard answer used to be Sam Maloof, even at 90 years old he was a fantastic furniture designer and fabricator. He passed away last March and since then my aspiration has changed just to work with the people I graduated with a few months ago. All the kids I graduated with are fantastic designers. Other than that sappy answer most of the people I pine to work with are all dead. Charles Eames, Hans Wegner, Eero Saarenin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lewis Comfort Tiffany, etc. Also I’d trade a finger to work with any bike company on Bike Polo Gear. 

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep? 
My bright purple suede Puma RS-1′s, I only wear them one or twice a year so I can have them forever.

What’s on your iPod right now?
Fashion Nugget by Cake.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
This is tough but The Bone Garden Cantina has hands down the best Traditional Mexican food in town.

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
The Porter, in Little 5, is becoming my new bar hangout. It’s a poor man’s Brickstore, but 15 min closer to my place than Decatur, and the food is great.

If I’m just drinking Coffee I love going to Octane for an Americola (Expresso+Coke=fantastic).

Also if you’re really into fruity drinks and fruity bartenders Joe Elvis at Papi’s is hilarious, I’ve definately spent a number of Friday nights hanging out there.

What are your Pet Peeves?
Karim Rashid… and his big ass glasses. Can’t stand that guy. Also the fonts Comic Sans, Papyrus, and Copperplate Gothic. And in Bike Polo, AGS Street Hockey Balls.

Shout outs?
Josh Tuminella, Michael Gluzman, and My friends at Resource

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