Normal History Vol. 367: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

I’ve been posting old photos on Facebook, which has more to do with moving stuff around my apartment to make a bigger space to paint in than any sort of nostalgia. I found a box of old letters last night, including one addressed to me, sent from my dad in 1966 when he was in NYC working as an art director for a Vancouver ad agency.

The drawings (cartoons, really) were part of an ongoing situation while I lived at home. My dad would walk up to me and hand me these things, and I’d laugh. It seems like it happened all the time over the years. I should have saved them all. No idea why I didn’t, but I kept my favorites. In what other conditions is daily life turned into a personalized cartoon? He still makes things like this for my mother, but her reaction has never been as good as mine.

“The Way Of Love” from the album Who Shot Elvis? (Matador, 1996) (download):