First, Adam Davis drew not one or two or five, but 100 robots.
He saw it as a creative challenge. “Within the constraint that it has to be a robot, you can make each one completely different. A robot can be a giant Voltron or R2D2.”
And he is creating a scavenger hunt with them. Clues lead to each of the paintings. The paintings are the prize.
Davis, 34, is also married to , who . The couple live in Alameda with their 4-month-old baby boy.
When did you start creating art? I started drawing when I was five. My brother had drawn a bunch of pictures of Superman flying, but he hadn’t finished any of them. One picture had a head missing. One had its feet missing. I went through and finished all of them. At that point, I said I can do this. And I just kept drawing.
Then I got sidetracked and started playing music. I never went to school for art because I was always on tour.
What bands did you play in? I started playing guitar seriously at 20. I played with Link 80, which was a fairly successful punk rock band. (It was called Link 80 because all the guys who started that band lived off Route 80.) After that, I was in a band called Desa. I spent most of my 20s with $20 in my bank account. I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.
Do you still play? I don’t have aspirations to be a huge rock star anymore. I’m currently in a group called Gnarboots. (Gnarboots is skater slang for doing something extreme.) It’s weird because we put no effort into it. Our drummer doesn’t even own a drum set! Yet we play more and record more than my old band did. It’s nice to know that I can still have fun even though I’m a dad now.
When did you resume creating art? Recently, I realized what makes me happy. I have an office job which provides regular income, but what makes me happy is making things.
What were the influences on your art? I would look at the art that a lot of bands would use and it was real tough guy stuff like skulls. I felt I had to emulate that. For a long time, I rebelled against drawing cute stuff. Then I realized that even though I’m a big guy with tattoos, I like to draw robots and kittens.
Now, I am painting the 100 dinosaurs. As I finish each one, I hide it. Then I send out clues and whoever finds the painting first gets to keep it. I’m about halfway through.
When I started, the clues were easy. For example, I’d post a picture of and the picture would be inside Julie’s. I thought that was kind of boring so I made the game a little harder and more fun. You have to decode things.
What geographic area does the dinosaur scavenger hunt cover? As far as I can reach. Most of the pieces are hidden in the Bay Area, but I hid one piece in Australia with the help of a friend.
How long does it take people to find one of the paintings? Less than a week. I don’t think any of the first 25 lasted more than an hour, which was impressive, because I thought some of the clues were really difficult but people were burning through them.
What’s next? I want to do 100 zombies. Zombies take a lot longer to draw than dinosaurs since they have a lot more detail. They’re more of a niche than robots or dinosaurs which appeal to everybody. I don’t think there’s anything cute about the undead.
What’s it like being married to a famous blogger? I’m really impressed with how much traffic and how many comments Stephanie gets on Patch. She’s a really good writer.
I dated Stephanie in high school and we went to Winter Ball together. Then she went to college and I was with the band. Years later, I stopped by to see her family and we began dating. I had an epiphany and I realized she was the one I wanted to be with. We’ve been married three years.