I majored in studying the stuff and I find myself craving a visit to a nice gallery right meow.
  1. The Great Wave - Hokusai
    I have two tattoos on my body and one of them is of this magnificent piece of a Japanese woodblock print. To be honest, I don't know much about Japanese art, but when I first saw this artwork I was hooked. There's something powerful about the wave that allows one to appreciate nature and all of its relentless beauty. It's also a demonstration of man's microscopic presence in a world where one must appreciate the surroundings of the trees, grass, oceans, clouds, mountains, and so much more.
  2. No. 1 (Royal, Red, and Blue) - Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Similar to The Great Wave, I did not dedicate much study toward the modern art movement, but when I had the opportunity to learn about this tremendous figure I was overcome with a wave of emotions. There's something powerful and moving about the colors he uses to express the momentum in the art. Anyone who has never heard of Mark Rothko - please watch Simon Schama's 'Power of Art' episode dedicated to this figure and weep.
  3. The Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh
    Call it predictable, boring, or what have you, but this is one of Van Gogh's most hauntingly beautiful pieces he ever created. For years I had a souvenir version of this hanging in my room and it was always therapeutic to get lost in the swirls of yellow and cosmic concoctions of blues and greens. If you're looking for bedroom piece to relax with after a rough day or something to get lost with then please do yourself a favor and hang this on your wall.
  4. I have so, so many others, but I wanted to start with these because of their immediate impact on who I am today. And remember, without art there is no Earth.