Fluxus Maximus

Five years ago, in March of 2011, I made a photo album on my Camp Jessop FaceBook page called “The Cherokee Scene (Official Publication)”.  The photos in the album were intended to be comprised of events/outings/normal-days-walking-down-the-street-type photos.  This idea came about after spending the prior two years just kind of hanging out around Cherokee Street once in awhile, checking out live music venues and absorbing the life vibe on the street.  The photo below was taken the morning after my first visit to Cherokee Street (July 26, 2009).  It was a visit to O’Malley’s Irish Pub at the corner of Lemp and Cherokee, directly across from the Lemp Brewery.   I can’t remember the name of the guy playing guitar and singing for tips was that night but I do remember having an epiphany, a personal one.  After having a nervous breakdown of sorts, contemplating a life of working-to-pay-the-rent-to-have-a-place-to-sleep-while-I-get-rest-to-go-back-to-work-and-pay-for-the-car-to-get-there… I could see past my blinders and witness people living more, in the moment so to speak.  Doing the thing they loved.  No matter what it was, just to take time to do it.  Doing things you enjoy, for a profession, for fun, for enjoying living and doing what you enjoy while living… it’s a fairly simple idea.  I remember that night, feeling that I did not want to continue in that machine.  If it took sacrifice of not having all the things, then fine.  What were all those things for anyway?  Or to still build and create something for yourself.  Taking every waking moment of life to do. If that’s what you want to do.  I wanted to document it, build it, be a part of it and experience it.  This happened to me and began this night.  Life has changed dramatically for me, my mind and the experiences I’ve had seem to have meaning.  “Fluxus Maximus” – it’s just a title that seems catchy to me for this “throw-back” section of The Cherokee Scene.  The Cherokee Scene is the title of this blog and is a reflection of my personal experiences on Cherokee Street and the immediate surrounding neighborhoods.  I hope you may enjoy seeing what I have.

~Jamie Jessop

FirstCherokee Picture
Photo by Jamie Jessop – July 27, 2009 (#1)
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Where on Cherokee am I?!

 True to Cherokee standards, art pops up seemingly overnight.  “Where on Cherokee am I?!” is a new segment designed to encourage you to explore your neighborhood.  Answer, “Where on Cherokee am I?!” with the most accurate and descriptive story you can muster and be crowned King or Queen (your preference) of Cherokee Street for the day.  Winners will be crowned on Mondays.  Have fun exploring!

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One of MANY wonderful Cherokee nights!

Cherokee Street always has something going on.  No matter who you are or what your tastes, you find a comfortable little nook to put yourself in and enjoy your day.  Our friends at The Fortune Teller Bar (2635 Cherokee Street) say they are a bar lost in the mists of time and space. Mystic foretellings speak of craft beer, cocktails and food to strike fateful chords on the heartstrings of the connoisseur and layperson alike.  Give them a call (314-776-2337) or just drop in, you won’t regret it!

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The art of Freaky Steve!

Keep an eye out for Freaky Steve.  You’re likely to miss him hiding in some corner sketching some Cherokee scene. You can find his work in many of the fine establishments on the street and in the surrounding areas of the South Side.  Steve regularly switches up his method, sometimes utilizing oil paints and others drawing with dollar store markers (that make great RGB reactive art if you’re into that type of thing) and often even uses plain pencil and ink.  His subject often includes landscapes.  Some of them might be Cherokee scenes, some just come out as fantasy western sketches, who knows.


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