Whiskerino 2009

mOtke

could teach Damnweather a thing or two!

They decided that this was the last time they would gather. No more drinking games at 4am. No more kitten tag. No more epic battles with the unseen forces of nature and science. No more robots waking them up late at night to use the toilet. No more secret breakfasts at The Invisible Brontosaurus.

They talked through plans to sell The Great Dance in the Sky Forever Cakes to a merchant they met at the farmer's market. It felt like the right thing to do.

There were some hugs and some tears. They drank a tea-like substance and then divvied the money they had made after they sold the unicorn ranch. They all agreed that they desperately missed the unicorns and the muffins they would make for them on Sunday mornings.

After several moments of silence, they began leaving, one by one, until only one was left. He shut off the light and went to bed.

Lying there in the dark, he mouthed the words "goodbye" to no one in particular. Outside, the crickets huddled around a tiny fire, trying to keep warm. One of them had purchased mini marshmallows for smores.
posted: February 28 @ 5:43am

Comments

Robfrenzy says:
you're a good man @mOtke, take care of yourself. Thanks for adding to this wonderful experience. If you are ever in Cincy, let me know.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:45am -
gragaband says:
Boy. That is some heavy stuff.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:49am -
El Barbudo says:
It looks like PajamaMan on the couch made a rift in the space time continuum and now his parents didn't fall in love.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:57am -
robberfly says:
Brilliant. Best wishes to you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:00am -
Zach says:
wow. epic.
it's been a blast. thanks for being so awesome!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:06am -
Ploafmaster says:
It sure was fun peeking in on your magical world for a third of a year. Peace out, home slice.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:15am -
Poe says:
such a great shot. Goodby to all.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:17am -
gfmorris says:
:salute:

So glad to have met you briefly, Motke. All the best.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:22am -
michaeljstraub says:
Take care you crazy figment of my imagination.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:40am -
Phil says:
Forever
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:56am -
Phil says:
Cake
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:56am -
Phil says:
:tear:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:57am -
Dewey says:
awesome-sauce - well done!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:00am -
revgoomba says:
I look forward to more of your stories!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:02am -
tedford says:
you won't be lonely for long. we're coming to see you soon. i promise.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:20am -
Finn MacCool says:
I'm gonna go curl up in my bed and cry myself back to sleep.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:22am -
Karl says:
You have consistently blown my mind, and I believe you will for a long time after this is done. Thank you for being so incredible. So long.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:43am -
mynameisjason says:
you are the best. good bye sir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:44am -
Marko says:
As always, a great representation my friend. As friends, this isn't goodbye but as Whsikerino compatriots, this is the end of the road. It's been great sharing this experience with you. It's too bad we couldn't collab as much but none the less, it's always been good.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:48am -
c dub says:
HOLY MOLY. Epic ending shot, man. you've created some great characters and story-lines.
As @marko said this is only the end of whiskerino. looking forward to hangin out with you more this year. i kinda like road trips : )
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:51am -
Yogi Beard says:
You're a strange, strange man. But I mean it in the best way. You have managed to entertain me and envy your shots. Keep on truckin'.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:53am -
Jaymz! says:
Peace out brother, may you be prosperous, and merry. word.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:59am -
chadmcclarnon says:
you're awesome, and I'm so happy we live in the same city. Coffee soon, sir
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:02am -
9schwander says:
You've ended on a magnificent note....I love this picture more than I can say. I have thoroughly enjoyed you this whiskerino. That sounds gross, but you know what I mean.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:17am -
sariebell says:
Thanks for bringing it every single day. Thanks for being 6 degrees separated from me in real life. Thanks for bringing us into your awesome house and your fantastic world. I hope to see you soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:08am -
benfrank says:
god i'll miss you
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:22am -
shularbrau says:
I like your style dude.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:37am -
specialshoes says:
you are incredible! your stories and characters and comments are amazing. been really nice being a part of this with you. hope to see you in May!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:51am -
Katie says:
Bye. See you on twitter. Maybe real life?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:11am -
SoulGlo1976 says:
Fantastic shot man!

Hope to see ya round town sometime. Nice growing with you!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:12am -
stephen says:
fantastic.

sad.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:16am -
Jarrett says:
You will forever be my hero. Thanks for the memories!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:47am -
Vanbert says:
so long old/new friend. lets keep in touch timbo style. forever gerald.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:52am -
jnonfiction says:
Everymotke, I expect a visit to the Motor City, and I won't take no for an answer. Bring your friends and all your kittens. Do it soon. We'll eat some amazing dinners.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:53am -
falfa says:
FOREVER
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:10am -
falfa says:
CAKE
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:10am -
Brandon Hill says:
Forever epic. Forever pals. Forever cakes.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:16am -
punchbag says:
nice grouping.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:43am -
brandon says:
This is amazing Photoshop work, @motke.

You are one of my true friends coming out of this, so I don't consider this goodbye. Just a little "See ya."

"Soon."
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:49am -
keifel says:
farewell sir. hope to have a drink with you around town soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:07pm -
themightyjones says:
Hey man, the ninja is in the bird bath. The ninja is in the bird bath.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:46pm -
Caffeine Addict says:
This is an awesome final shot.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:36pm -
Andrew says:
(clanking of metal on concrete)

Unit 1: Where in tarnation are we?
Unit 2: I told you, fool! Nashville.
Unit 1: Tennessee?
Unit 2: No, Mars. Of course Tennessee you idiot. Ok this is it.
Unit 1: Are you sure?
Unit 2: Of course. I gotta go something fierce.

(sound of knocking on door)

@mOtke: um, hello?
Unit 1: Hello, fearless leader. It's U1, we met at the IB last month, you said I had a shiny headplate, remember?
@mOtke: ah yes. Shinyplate. do you know what time it is?
Unit 2: He's right. We should go. Sorry to interrupt you, sir.
@mOtke: no, it's ok. it's still the 28th of February, at least for a few more minutes. the bathroom's down the hall, 2nd door on the right. you pee sitting down, my wife doesn't like splashback.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:46pm -
Jar says:
@motke, thank you for being awesome, on so many levels. I will talk to you tomorrow.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:46pm -
Andrew says:
it's been an extreme pleasure, sir. you light up my life. let's keep in touch.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:47pm -
mattyc says:
dude... this is so awesome... thank you for including every one of your characters from the past four months in your photo today.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:09pm -
mattyc says:
also as if i haven't told you this a thousand times... you sir are awesome..and not only just one of my favorite peoples on the site...but one of my favorite poeple's at life too.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:10pm -
mattyc says:
keep on being awesome and forever cakes and all that.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:10pm -
mattyc says:
And also don't forget to....
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:10pm -
mattyc says:
CLAME
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:11pm -
mattyc says:
FOR
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:11pm -
mattyc says:
ROBOT
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:11pm -
mattyc says:
CATS
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:11pm -
mattyc says:
Now with more beards.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:11pm -
Snuffleupagus says:
I will never forget Forever Cake. Thanks.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:45pm -
Boaz says:
it's been amazing... this whiskerino ride. your thoughts and stories have made it much more enjoyable. i wish we had gotten to hang at the throwdown, but it was a whirlwind. i'll most surely see you (all of you) around the ville and maybe in may :{
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:46pm -
miguelito says:
eternal @mOtkes of the spotless mind
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:54pm -
TheStride says:
I will dream of The Great Dance in the Sky Forever Cake for the rest of my life. Thank you for helping to make this special. I'm glad to have shaken your hand in real life.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:02pm -
Grower&Shower says:
You lit a fire of inspiration and creativity in me. It's been an honor.

You would love Portland and it would love you back. I'll be emailing about the book too.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:05pm -
Shanks Keating says:
Thanks Motke for inviting me to participate. Thanks for friendship. Thanks for laughs. Thanks for inspiring creativity. Thanks for being a douche.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:33pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
Well, i really enjoyed that story =)
Thankyou.

I am happy that we got along a lot better this time.
I like the photo. a lot. I like all your photos. a lot.
You are cool.
You are clever.
And you are completely and utterly totaly infinately astoundingly and amazingly creative. also you can take a photo pretty good too.

Best wishes mOtke
good luck in all that you do.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:09pm -
irishsquire says:
super shot, thanks for all your great comments over the weeks,
you are the best,
hope we can meet one day,
good luck from the kennedy family.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:13pm -
Pip says:
Such a great photo! Such a great man. Way to kick ass this year.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:48pm -
Shanks Keating says:
I was kidding about the douche thing. It entered back into my vocabulary while Throwingdown with you so I figured I would use it here. It just comes out. I can't help it.

Douche.

See...
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:10pm -
damnweather says:
did we even say hey to each other last weekend? maybe an across the room head-nod. what's up with that. in any case, good luck with your many ventures, inscrutable though they may be.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:57pm -
hankbobs says:
Mini marshmellows make really big smores for crickets..

just sayin'
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:40pm -
hankbobs says:
and yes, this is a great photo, and yes, all have been. You are amazing, and incredible to watch. You are alway welcome in the greatest rocky mountain state. Please drop by sometime
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:41pm -
zackle says:
Always a fave. Stay awesome, and I'll see you in May.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:47pm -
zackle says:
PS - thanks for the super stories.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:48pm -
Roo says:
if it hadn't been for you i would have never grew in 07! we love you and leslie and will see you around the city i am sure. your amazing stories and shots are legendary on whiskerino....good luck on the writing! peace out.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:03pm -
EdwardTeach says:
you made whiskerino this year. I was honored to get two stories and a poem. thanks so much.

your photos were amazing.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:12pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
crap.
how you do this shit is way beyond me.
I love your photos, I love your comments, I love your wife's legs in those boots, but most of all, I love you.
happy trails my frind.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:19pm -
ilikeschool says:
hi you are still weird. but i still like you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:35pm -
Poe says:
you have helped make the site weird and awesome. I have enjoyed your stories, photos and antics.

Also, I hear you have the PSD template to the Whiskerino trading cards?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:37pm -
Frog says:
Oh, the many mOtkes
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:53pm -
[j.kent.r] says:
You are one crazy ass guy. Which is so fantastic and awesome!!! I began calling you Mad Libs Motke to my wife. Your storytelling is so random and hilarious! Hope to rub shoulders with you again some day, online or not.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:04pm -
l_etranger_ says:
man, I saw you at the TD but never got the chance to speak with you. next time I come up to Nashville we'll have to hang. peace brother.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:06pm -
dizzywizard says:
it has been a pleasure growing beard with you motke.
great scene this. i love your work.

Slán agus go n-éirí an bóthar leat

:)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:08pm -
elldub says:
You're always welcome in my house. You and Mark were excellent houseguests. Except when I needed to check my email late that one night and you had passed out in my desk chair.




That was kindof annoying.



















and funny.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:13pm -
jonshell says:
thanks for being here and participating on such an awesome level. you're a creative genius. take care of yourself!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:22pm -
BURNEY says:
Thanks for bringing the some of the most inspiring photo's to this thing. You are a very creative mind and a hell of a nice guy. Hope we meet again.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:24pm -
Creative Liberty says:
I am so glad you could get all these guys together for one last pic. I will see you in the morning as I will be sitting on your kitchen couch eyeing that painting and eating your cake. Until then, sleep well and its been real fun this time.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:28pm -
Kevin! says:
I did not follow your photos as much as I would have liked during this crazy beard growing shindig, but I have bookmarked you. One day soon (maybe tomorrow) I'm going to read you're epic tale of forever cake. Your pictures were always awesome.

Cheers.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:59pm -
chadmcclarnon says:
This photo plain rocks
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:29pm -
Sir Jellobeard says:
hey buddy.

needless to say i like you a whole bunch. in fact, when i think of whiskerino i think of you. i also think of you when i see kittens, or marshmallows, robots (duh) or anything of the like, or unlike.

so let's hang out soon. remember our plan to do the 'traveling painting?' i'll send a ferret to remind you if you don't.

fair thee well motke. my red crayons will always be blue because of you.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:32pm -
Ned Kelly says:
Mr Motke!! I really love your more than awesome photo images that you made and also your odd sureal text writing…

to be honest I didnt bother faving many as it was easier just to go to your all view thing and relish them all together. Cheers!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:33pm -
jmathiasxiii says:
m0tke, sincerely let's get together and play some D&D. or have some lunch, or even Forever Cake. I'm already looking forward to it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:56pm -
jason says:
you're the best shawn. epic shot as usual.

thanks again for taking me into your home and treating me as a real friend. i had a blast spending time with you. i have no doubt that we shall meet again...maybe in nashville, atlanta, or moscow; probably not moscow. anyways, i'm better for having gotten to know @motke. keep it classy and i'll talk to you soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:33pm -
flainez says:
First of all, awesome shot!

Now with the goodbye. You are one of the most creative guys around, with a very personal style that you stick to. And that is a good thing, because your "style" is awesome (and I'm talking about the photos, the caption and the comments).

I don't think it will be possible, but I add "play d&d with @motke" at my list of thing to do before dying.

I wish you the best, you will be missed.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:17pm -
yourfavorite says:
You really are one of my favorites on here man. I always leaned forward towards my screen a little more whenever I saw a comment that you had left. I hope to see you again soon and youd better come back around when May gets here. Until then oh king of comments and stories.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:26pm -
Ace says:
oh my...

too many motke.

but hey, i like you shawn. youre all right. why dont we ever speak much in person though? we should remedy that soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:45pm -
KnoxAndy says:
super epic final shot, sir...and i love that that is actually your kitchen. It was great to meet you , and hopefully we'll se eachoher soon.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:36am -
JamesC says:
The robot had shat out a small kitten. A puddle of melted cheese formed under the scared newborn cheddar-cat. The robot liked this and asked the scientists if he could keep the cat for research purposes and the scientists laughed and said "you're an effing robot with effing circuit boards what do you need with a cat?". And the robot was sad and destroyed everything except the cat.

How's that? Can I write the epilogue to one of your stories now? What? Need more mentions of bubbles?

Stay cool, it was awesome meeting you at the throwdown.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:50am -
jclutch says:
Man this is incredible- but I'm not even surprised anymore. Glad to have met you sir and I'll be seeing you soon since we live in the same hood. Holla!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:24am -
wondermade says:
This is an incredible way to end things. You bring a certain flair that no one else here possesses, which says a lot. I appreciate your knack of story-telling, and the freeness with which you put so many people at ease during the Throwdown. You're a class act all around.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:04pm -
Just Jamey says:
Be sure to email me about that LAS stuff (jameywbennett AT gmail DOT com). Glad we're facebook friends. You're one of my favorite whiskerdudes.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:08pm -
Dschonn says:
You're a weird dude. I'll miss your rambling, incomprehensible comments and captions. I'm glad we met and talked. I'll see you around.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:58pm -
hale. says:
there is no way i can write anything that will adequately express what you are to whiskerino. your spirit, humor, creativity and friendship had been a major driving force here. thank you for all you've done and all you do.

take care and be well.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:49pm -
BryanHunter says:
120 days of Kingtastic goodness. Absolutley brilliant work sir.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:47pm -
Matty O says:
Your novel is going to make you and everybody else rich.

You'll probably get most of the money (selfish) but we'll get all of the awesome story (more selfish).
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:57pm -
Matty O says:
Let's keep in touch and you can come and visit our side of things sometime....it won't take long. Really. It's a small town.

And then we'll go to Nashville and buy more art and yell at each other over bbq nachos and criticize those singing so loudly. It will be a blast.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:58pm -
kidstatic says:
Here is new music for you. Clame.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:48pm -
Grown Unknown says:
Glad I had the extra day to comment, would have been sorry to miss out on saying thanks for the excellent art. Every so often I think I ended up in the wrong field and I should have been in the creative services, but then I see people like you who bring it every day and it reminds me that some people's brains are on a whole other level.

May post-Whiskerino life treat you well and I hope to see more of your stories someday.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:46pm -
revgoomba says:
I too follow you on Tumblr - you are my main supplier of robots and pretty things. Keep writing those crazy stories and get some more short films made. I will be following your progress with great enthusiasm, support and love.

See you soon buddy!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 11:40pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.