"Bunch a' Gunk" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

There is a bit of a breakdown in this episode. Keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot where I go crazy...


21 May 2023


"Bug Eyed Bird" by RFY (HF)

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[Felt pen, brush pen, and metallic marker on reclaimed cardboard with digital embellishments and color.] This bird's gotta stop with the pills. He's gonna give himself a birdie heart-attack! ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Prehistoric Crumb" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Felt pen, crayon, brush pen, paint pen, and sticker collage on reclaimed cardboard with digital embellishments and color tweaking.] Hey! Dude! Wipe that pterodactyl off your face! Have a little dignity! ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Draw with Your Eyes Closed (Raw)" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Digital drawing created in a no-longer-supported, free app on my phone.] You'll never guess how I came up with the title for this drawing! (I THINK it's a goblin, but maybe not...) ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"So Much Junk" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Crayon and felt pen on paper with digital embellishments and color tweaking.] Just look at all this junk, this questionable art, that's all over this gallery! But, you know what, it's MINE! I enjoy the colors, the lines, the words (if there are words), the motion, the nonsense. I made it. I'm proud of it. I enjoy the fact that all this junk exists AND that I've bothered to publish it in a public forum. It all makes me happy! (And if you get it, and it makes you happy, too, that's awesome! If not, just keep studying. Someday, you'll get the joke, too! ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Cosmic Pain in the Ass" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Felt pen, paint pen, and brush pen on reclaimed cardboard with digital embellishments and color manipulation.] I think this spell might have gotten a LITTLE out of hand... (I'll apologize to the entities once I get everything cleaned up...) ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Fire Breathing S.O.B. (Reincarnated)" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Digital drawing created on my phone.] When the first Fire Breathing S.O.B. was murdered (in that tragic ICE CREAM SHOPPE massacre), he was given the opportunity to come back. Mariah (my wife) thinks something went wrong in the reincarnation process... I would something went VERY right!!! ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



22 May 2023


[Posted to my Tweeterz page]:

My granddaughter just said, "Mom, I have a camera inside my bones..." And then she cackled like a maniac...

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[Posted to Typed.art]:

AND LO, the lights flashed and the sky was like a wild, fuckin', rave party...

I went to some fantastic raves in Portland, Oregon, back in the very early '90s. Some of my favorites, though, were the smaller shows, just a handful of lights, a stack of speakers, and a couple hundred techno-heads in a parking garage...

The vehicle, which made no sound, landed in the lawn. The rest of the family slept on, but I felt the need to get up, slip on some pants (and shoes), and zombie my way to the door. They spoke directly into my head: "MAKE SHIT. MAKE LOTS OF SHIT. MAKE IT AS WEIRD AND AS AMBIGUOUS AND AS FUNNY as you can, so that the people will see and wonder..."

And I was, like, "I'm already doing that..." And they looked confused and sent messages to each other for a second, and the short one with the red and orange sash said, with both of it's physical mouths, "Are you Thom? Thom Grady?"

And I said, "No, I'm Richard. Thom lives a block over, on Pennsylvania Street. This is Terumi... Wrong house."

"Damn it, Ron! I told you to use the GPS!" and they all stomped back to the glowing craft, phased directly through the outer wall and into the ship, and it lifted off into the sky... I went back into the house, had a bowl of cereal, and went back to bed.

---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Witnesses (More Witnesses)" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Ink on paper with digital embellishments, moshing, layers, weirdness, sleep dep, and digital color.] Just because you don't see them, that doesn't mean that they aren't watching! (Always watching....) ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Barely Coming Thru" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Crayon and felt pen on construction paper with digital embellishments and color tweaking.] The medium shuddered. She felt the presence in the room and asked everyone to remain silent. "Can you appear before us?" she whispered, eyes crushed closed and still holding the hands of the witnesses on each side of her at the table. The room grew colder... At first a slight glow began to form above the table, and then a strange shape shimmered, indistinct, like a projection through a grease covered lens, and then vanished... "It's gone," the woman said, her breathing heavy with the strain of attempting contact... "We'll take a break for a bit, and then I can try once again to make contact, if you're still willing..." ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Stars in His Eyes" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Felt pen, paint pen, brush pen, and color change marker on reclaimed cardboard with digital embellishments and color.] Star struck or just fucked up??? ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



23 May 2023


"The Bot Imagines" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Pencil, crayon, felt pen, and paint pen on reclaimed cardboard with digital embellishments and color tweaking.] What, he began to wonder, is that A.I. going to imagine in the future? Will we recognize the world at all? Is that fine? Better? ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Fame is a 4 Letter Word" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Gel pen and brush pen on reclaimed cardboard with digital embellishments and color.] Meaningful or meaningless? (If it gets you to think, and perhaps to snicker, then the purpose has been met.) Rejecting real reality itself is a juggling act. Throw those balls in the air! ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Self Portrait (12 May 2023)" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Selfie taken with my phone plus digital manipulation and color stuff.] Raw materials being expensive, I often go with the cheap shit. Not much cheaper than my own head! ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



24 May 2023


[Posted to Typed.art]:

A Whole New World... (24 May 2023)

I got WEIRD yesterday after hearing that a politician that I don't care for (whose policies seem ignorant, homophobic, transphobic, anti-intellectual, racist, and elitist) was scheduled to have a live audio discussion with a certain billionaire who now owns a popular micro-blogging platform that I use as my primary social media hub, and that event (in which the owner of this platform that I had been using almost daily is now ENDORSING the policies that I find completely hateful) was the final act that I simply cannot ignore. I wrote a rant against Elon-Musketeer and Meatball Ron on my account, said that I was done with the TWEETERZ, and erased the program from my phone. (It's PHONE-OFFICIAL.) I've already pulled back from Zuck projects (FaceBoot and InstaGlam), want out of the big-tech-spying-on-us game (Googlers), and I want the full utopia. OR, at least as much of the utopia as I can muster for next to no money.

I use Brave Browser. I use DuckDuckGo for my search engine. I just signed up for a Proton Mail account...
EMAIL: richardfyates @ proton.me (no spaces, but I added them 'cuz "BOTZ.")

For anyone who is interested in staying in contact with me (as I'm basically no longer using the big platforms), here are some methods for seeing my creative output and, in some cases, contacting me directly! (Not all of these are decentralized, but that's fine. I'm not putting all my EGGOS in ONE BASKETCASE...)

Just signed up for this one: https://iris.to/richardfyates (which is on Nostr network...or whatever...)
I've already posted a couple of handwritten notes (on paper, photographed with my phone) to the site, but I haven't set up a Lightning Network wallet yet, which is what this platform uses for "tipping." (I'm looking at maybe setting up MUUN on my phone, but if anyone knows a better wallet, let me know!!!)

Here are my other socials that are still active (or that have so much stuff on them that I still think they're worth exploring...):


For even MORE links to my junk, go here:


That's it for now! I'm in a transition phase, but I'm hoping to get the whole SHE-BOP up and running pretty soon. We'll rock and we'll roll, as St. Bowie would want us to do!!!

---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



"Skull" by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

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[Ultra fine point Sharpie, felt pen, brush pen, and paint pen on reclaimed cardboard with digital embellishments and color.] I'm pretty sure this skull is looking at something unpleasant. I hope everything is going to be okay! ---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)



25 May 2023


Also started a Mastodon thing... Maybe I'll like that one (better than Iris / Nostr, and definitely better than MINDS, which I loaded onto my phone then uninstalled a few minutes later...) Here's my Mastodon info:

I'm @richardfyates@mastodon.social on #Mastodon! Come follow me at https://mastodon.social/@richardfyates


[These images were posted to both my IRIS page AND my MASTODON page. I don't know if anyone will see them at either of those spaces, but I'm going to PRETEND that I'm not talking to myself... That's what I do on HIVE, as well! Ha!]

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What I really want is a place to gush, to shitpost, to share art and family photos and nonsense and rants... If only there was someplace like that... If only...


---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)
Wandering the cyberspace desert looking for the Promised Land


Musk is trashing Twtr, so I expect many more will leave. I hope some come to Hive for the freedom.

You're certainly prolific with your art. Have fun!



Thanks! "Fun" is my middle name! (Honestly, it's "Franklin," but you know what I mean...)