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Creative Loafing: How long have you been in this apartment?

Conley: I've lived in these lofts for about three years now. There used to be some major parties here. This was a bad neighborhood about 10 years ago but it has become a lot nicer. It's on the edge of Inman Park and the Fourth Ward and has been gentrified a lot lately.

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Thursday January 13, 2005 12:04 am EST
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James runs T-shirt company K and J Running with his roommate and co-owner, Lance Gittens, at their home. Originally started with his younger brother, Jason, James has been in the business since 1995. While still a college student, James and his brother started off by making shirts for track and field competitions. Initially they just developed the slogans and designs and paid someone else to put the entire thing together. Eventually they decided to cut out the middle man and create the shirts themselves.

Creative Loafing: How did you decide on the name of your business?

James: My brother and I ran track — that's where the "Running" came from — and I'm Kendal, so that's the "K," and he's Jason, so that's where the "J" comes from.

What's it like working out of your home?

Oh, it's the best thing in the world. You can set your own schedule, you can work at your own pace and you can work at anytime you want to. Most of the time, my business partner and I usually start making shirts at 1 a.m. and finish up at 2, maybe 3 a.m.

Do you think that you get more things done at night than you do in the day?

Mostly during the day I meet with clients. I do advertising and often go to the mall and hand out fliers until they chase me away. I also go to events and hand out fliers and meet with people about screen-printing and then do the work at nights.

Do you get a bit lazy sometimes due to the fact that you work from home?

No, it works out. As long as I don't work between the hours of 1 to 2 p.m.

Why don't you work between the hours of 1 to 2 p.m.?

I have to watch my soap opera.

You're a soap junkie!

Yes. I watch "All My Children."

I dig the way you get the word out about your business, posting the company website, www.kandjrunning.com, and information on the side of your truck. Is it effective?

Yes. Most of my business has been by word of mouth. Of that, 20 percent has been from people I know, and 80 percent is from fliers and the side of my truck. I have people say to me, "Hey, man! We saw you driving down I-20 and I had my cousin write down your information." So most of my business is from people driving and flagging me down, slowing down and writing down my information while giving me a thumbs up and saying, "I'm going to call you later!" And they do.

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You're not going to let them push you out, are you?

No way! When I move out of here, it will be to live on the beach in Florida.

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Mostly from thrift stores, but we find stuff from the sides of the roads, too. People don't really know how to recycle things. Just because it gets a little dusty, they throw it away.



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It all goes back to Eats.

Your second home?

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A Fir-Ju Well plays at Eyedrum, Sat., Dec. 18. 9 p.m. $7. www.afirjuwell.com.



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We enter their practice room covered in red velvet curtains.

A Fir-Ju Well: This is where the real magic happens. We just practice whenever everyone is around. These curtains reduce the volume for the neighbors. Everyone just kinda plays whatever, any instrument.

I've heard the band keeps a wacky rotation of instruments.

I don't know if you consider an accordion wacky, but we've got that. Tambourines, kazoos, wind chimes, too.

What has it been like to live together?

It's great because we're all playing in the same band, and so the focus of the whole house is to play. It's really easy to practice. There aren't too many fights, not much drama. Except when we play Risk for money.

And what about other cities — do you ever feel at home when you're away?

Yeah, we've been all over  and the fans are always good. Hey, did you see our front yard? The neighbors think it's right out of Home & Garden. They always come over and compliment it.

We reach the front yard to find tilled land and a small trench running across.

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We relax on the front porch, sitting on a hodgepodge of seats.

Where does all your furniture come from?

Mostly from thrift stores, but we find stuff from the sides of the roads, too. People don't really know how to recycle things. Just because it gets a little dusty, they throw it away.



How have you managed  to get along so well while existing in such close quarters?

It all goes back to Eats.

Your second home?

Yeah, everything from the past three to four years revolves around Eats. A lot of musicians come there and hang out. It's real communal. That's why so many people work there for years.



A Fir-Ju Well plays at Eyedrum, Sat., Dec. 18. 9 p.m. $7. www.afirjuwell.com.



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Do you still make art?

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What got you interested in Asian art?

When I moved from Maine to California to go to graduate school, I wanted to do an internship at the San Diego Museum of Art, and the only available position was interning in the Asian art department. I ended up absolutely loving it, and I wanted to get a degree in Asian art. For my graduate degree, I needed to be fairly fluent in the language. I got a scholarship to Taiwan and went there for a year so I could speak Mandarin.

This is a really broad question, but what do you think is the most rewarding aspect of collecting art? What is the purpose of art?

Oooh. The purpose of art! I think everyone collects and lives with art for different reasons. For me, it allows me to create an environment that feels like an extension of who I am. It allows me to live with things that I absolutely adore on different levels. I just love living with everything.

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No, I actually don't. As time goes on, you get so busy, and now I do other things. I have a horse now. So, I guess I look at that as my art form these days. I board him at a very small stable that's about 10 miles from here. I ride three to four times a week. That's my art form as well as exercise.

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When I moved from Maine to California to go to graduate school, I wanted to do an internship at the San Diego Museum of Art, and the only available position was interning in the Asian art department. I ended up absolutely loving it, and I wanted to get a degree in Asian art. For my graduate degree, I needed to be fairly fluent in the language. I got a scholarship to Taiwan and went there for a year so I could speak Mandarin.

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Oooh. The purpose of art! I think everyone collects and lives with art for different reasons. For me, it allows me to create an environment that feels like an extension of who I am. It allows me to live with things that I absolutely adore on different levels. I just love living with everything.

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Creative Loafing: What do you collect?

Speed: I collect Japanese scrolls, Chinese furniture, and early 20th-century modern furniture. I also collect contemporary art, and I try to support the artists wherever I am living.

How expensive is your collection? I would assume it gets pretty pricey.

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Residing in his outwardly modest, inwardly cavernous Northcrest house with wife Vanessa, son Kyle, dogs Lucy and Chuck, and cat Monk, Mullen's home is a museum of eye candy. Every room in his late-'60s contemporary California-style home boasts pop culture spanning the mod-1960s to the modern hum of post-millennial Macintoshes. Mutant cartoon art by everyone from famed artists Charles Burns and Lynda Barry to local artist R. Land line the living room. Beatles action figures, antique photo equipment and a gallery-worthy display of his own pictures cover the walls, combining sensory overload with homespun charm.

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As he motions toward the freezer, he also points out the two gigantic windows on both sides of the living room.

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Residing in his outwardly modest, inwardly cavernous Northcrest house with wife Vanessa, son Kyle, dogs Lucy and Chuck, and cat Monk, Mullen's home is a museum of eye candy. Every room in his late-'60s contemporary California-style home boasts pop culture spanning the mod-1960s to the modern hum of post-millennial Macintoshes. Mutant cartoon art by everyone from famed artists Charles Burns and Lynda Barry to local artist R. Land line the living room. Beatles action figures, antique photo equipment and a gallery-worthy display of his own pictures cover the walls, combining sensory overload with homespun charm.

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Creative Loafing: How did you find this house?

Mullen: My wife found it. The house was up for sale by the owner but it doesn't look too cool from the outside. It had a really lame flier posted, too, so we never really checked it out. When we finally did, we were totally blown away.

As he motions toward the freezer, he also points out the two gigantic windows on both sides of the living room.

From the front you can see all the way through to the back, and we get these kamikaze birds that fly right into the front window.  We keep finding them dead on  the porch.

He removes two plastic baggies from his freezer, each containing a tiny red and blue dead bird. One is an Indigo Bunting, and the other one is a Scarlet Tanager.

We're hoping to get them stuffed. Bummer for them, but they look cool.

You also have a lot of bullhorns and clown paintings around your house. Are these things you're really into as well?

No. It's funny how you suddenly realize you're collecting something. I really like fringe artists, folk artists, that kind of stuff.

Northcrest is just outside of the Perimeter. Do you think a suburban neighborhood like this might not be the most accepting place of you and your passions?

Not really. This is the most neighborhoody neighborhood I've ever lived in and I get along with all the neighbors. Our basement flooded recently and one neighbor helped us suck the water out. Another one brought some fans. On top of that, I'm only 20 minutes from places like the Echo Lounge, and with the hours around what I do, I don't ever have to fight with traffic.

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Absolutely!

Now that you've cornered the market on shark showers, any other ideas in the works?

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One last question. Can I take a shark shower?

Of course!

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Velez: We were very lucky to get this apartment. There are only eight this size on the entire property, and they aren't on the floor plan. You have to know to ask.

Creative Loafing: Was it difficult to move all your stuff here?

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The posters really cover a diverse range of movie monsters: Godzilla, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and a variety of Aliens. Are they collector's items?

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My brother made those for me.

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Did you say you had a huge Incredible Hulk in the dining room?

There he is. (She points to the dining area where a hulking green movie stand-up guards the dinner table.). He's pretty frickin' huge.

Good Lord, I could fit in his hand.

The Hulk is 9 feet tall, and that is after I cut some off. We had to trim Hulk so we could transport him back here. I think he used to be 12 feet tall. And, it's funny ... when someone sits at the far end of the dining table, and you're sitting at the opposite end, you can see Hulk's hand just over the other person's head.

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My brother made those for me.

__Is that a morning star or  a mace?__

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__Did you say you had a huge Incredible Hulk in the dining room?__

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Their solution: live in a big home. Velez and her family reside in a three-story, 2,000-square-foot townhouse. Two balconies, an attached garage and two fireplaces provide abundant mantles, shelves and wall space on which to display some of their amazing finds. And while Velez acknowledges that finding a perfect home requires as much luck as finding a rare vintage collectable, knowing where to look certainly helps.

Velez: We were very lucky to get this apartment. There are only eight this size on the entire property, and they aren't on the floor plan. You have to know to ask.

Creative Loafing: Was it difficult to move all your stuff here?

It wasn't too difficult. Most of my collectibles were still boxed up, and I didn't have as many at the time. What you see in my living room is a very small fraction of what's in the garage.

The posters really cover a diverse range of movie monsters: Godzilla, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and a variety of Aliens. Are they collector's items?

Well, most of the posters are reprints, but we do have a couple of originals. The 101 Dalmatians poster is an original. It's hanging on the wall leading upstairs.

What about all the weapons? Where did they come from?

My brother made those for me.

Is that a morning star or  a mace?

It's a mace — a morning star doesn't have a chain. In our old apartment, they were hanging on the walls leading into the basement. Guests would be walking downstairs and thinking, "What is she leading me to?"

Did you say you had a huge Incredible Hulk in the dining room?

There he is. (She points to the dining area where a hulking green movie stand-up guards the dinner table.). He's pretty frickin' huge.

Good Lord, I could fit in his hand.

The Hulk is 9 feet tall, and that is after I cut some off. We had to trim Hulk so we could transport him back here. I think he used to be 12 feet tall. And, it's funny ... when someone sits at the far end of the dining table, and you're sitting at the opposite end, you can see Hulk's hand just over the other person's head.

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Creative Loafing: How do you find the dogs who need your help?

VanCamp: I go to the shelters and say, "Give me who you're killing today." We've gotten to be really well known as the group that takes the dogs that no one else will take. Forty percent of the ones the shelter kills are gorgeous, fantastic dogs whose owners have given them up. For example — and I wouldn't have believed this if I hadn't seen it — a lady had gotten a dog, and it would no longer fit in her sports car, so she was giving it up.

I was at the dog park in Piedmont Park this summer, and several of the dogs  who'd been adopted from Second Chance all had celebrity names. Do you name all of your rescued dogs after celebrities?

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How many dogs do you have right now?

We have around 100. They're in the barn and in the chicken coop, and the rescued goat from satanic worship is up behind the feral cat barn. He had his ear cut off. The rescued rooster from cockfighting is in with him — they love each other.

When we walk through the ancient barn to visit them, both animals are sitting in a plastic igloo together, like some offbeat animal friendship described in children's books.

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It is. When people give up their dogs because they're dying, I take the dog to see them one last time and we're all crying. But then I see someone who takes their dog to the shelter because they want to travel, or the kids have lost interest.  There has got to be a  distinction, something that doesn't allow owners to give up dogs so easily.

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__''Creative Loafing:'' How do you find the dogs who need your help?__

__VanCamp:__ I go to the shelters and say, "Give me who you're killing today." We've gotten to be really well known as the group that takes the dogs that no one else will take. Forty percent of the ones the shelter kills are gorgeous, fantastic dogs whose owners have given them up. For example -- and I wouldn't have believed this if I hadn't seen it -- a lady had gotten a dog, and it would no longer fit in her sports car, so she was giving it up.

__I was at the dog park in Piedmont Park this summer, and several of the dogs  who'd been adopted from Second Chance all had celebrity names. Do you name all of your rescued dogs after celebrities?__

We do. I was on my way home from the shelter years ago, and Captain and Tennille came on the radio, so we named one dog Captain and the other dog Tennille. Then we had Sonny and Cher, then Tony Orlando and it just grew from there. All the younger volunteers have started giving the dogs names like Britney Spears, Orlando Bloom and Harry Potter.

__How many dogs do you have right now?__

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''When we walk through the ancient barn to visit them, both animals are sitting in a plastic igloo together, like some offbeat animal friendship described in children's books.''

__Would you say that it's important to see pet ownership as a privilege?__

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