I got a fantastic letter today from Geoff Vreeken that harkens back to a POST that Jennilee made back in September of 2009 and the now-two-year-old installation on top of the Rennie Gallery, a block down from V.I.A.'s office.
"Love this city, love your site. I did this over the weekend and thought I'd share.
I was born in Richmond, and have spent most of my life here in Vancouver. As a kid, my mom used to say "Everything is going to be alright" whenever the chips were down. Although it may not always be true for everyone everywhere, (I get that I'm a lucky punk to live here and have great friends and family) it always made me feel better. I live in Chinatown now, and run a lot. About a year ago, I was running over the Georgia Viaduct, and out of nowhere, saw this massive neon sign reading "EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT" on this random building in Chinatown. My heart damn near jumped out of my chest. I actually contacted the artist (Scottish fella by the name of Martin Creed) and plan to meet up with him at his upcoming show here later this year. Anyhow, I had an unreal time in Seattle this past weekend after a tough few months, and a lady friend suggested we go ahead and get spur-of-the-moment tattoos (my first, by the way). It just felt right to have this put on body as a reminder that no matter what happens, life is f**king beautiful. Ironic that it was done out of town, but you should have seen me smiling when drove back in to Van with my new piece. Thanks for listening."
Photo: Bob Kronbauer