Sunday, December 14, 2008

smells like teen spirit

Niece: Go and get some more crisps and drinks.
Me: You go
Neice: Your turn
Me: You haven't even had a turn
Neice: Go on.
Me: Ooooh you....
Niece: Go.
Me: You're such
Niece: Boghouse rat?
Me: Yes, a boghouse rat.
Niece: And? Now go and get those crisps.

The inspiration for this drawing was a weekend spent, watching back to back episodes of the Mighty Boosh, with my niece. It was a typical weekend for a couple of boghouse rats. Holed up in a dark bedroom. The curtains drawn. Not leaving except to use the toilet or to stock up on supplies. Taking it in turns to lie on the bed or the sleeping-bag-plus-mattress-combo that we'd set up on the floor. And supposedly, taking it in turns to stock up on snacks. Well, one of us taking more turns than the other. Happy days.

I love my niece. We have lot in common. Including our boghouse ratishness.
Happy Birthday, love.

To find out if you, too, are a boghouse rat, just answer the questionnaire below (it would have been longer but I just couldn't be bothered to finish it).

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Blogger Pippa said...

These are WONDERFUL! I really love the bed. I'm going to have a closer look at the mess. I love drawings of mess.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I think I have been a boghouse rat - I am not currently a boghouse rat but with little effort I could be one again-

Everything is easier to find because things are right where you left them - which is usually right where you are - that's the good part of being a boghouse rat

12:16 PM  
Blogger Felicity said...

I have a teenager that is 100% boghouse rat - and he doesn't even have an alarm clock! (I see the questionaire only went up to 6pm...) Great sketches Andrea - Tracy Emin's bed was boring compared to this!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Jessie Lilac said...

Maltesers AND the Mighty Boosh! I think this has to be my favourite blog post of all! If the answers are yes in your quiz then I'm afraid I may too be a B.R.x

1:39 PM  
Blogger Anita Davies said...

I love everything about it, the drawing, the mess and mostly the atmosphere and emotion both the text and the image stir up together.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...


5:14 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Oh God, that's what has happened to me in my dotage? With no job calling to me, I loll in bed, dress at noon or later, and have more cups with tea stains than I can count. I don't tolerate much dust, but my sweater, sweatpants and socks (All worn day after day)are covered in cat hair. I am becoming a boghouse rat!

Enough. Your drawings are brilliant. As usual.

6:02 PM  
OpenID trudger said...

nope, that's not me! :) I'm a bit of a neat freak. I love the term though... what is a boghouse anyway???

6:03 PM  
Blogger Stephen Hall said...

This is where you belong, making stories out of the the things you do, you have a lucky niece. I'm STILL waiting for that wonderful book that is in there waiting to creep out.

6:58 PM  
OpenID irawinny said...

Hey, i'm from Russia.I only wanted to tell, that your drawings are really wonderfull!!!! Thank you so much!

8:18 PM  
Blogger paolability said...

Oh wow. I love it. I look forward to seeing it available as a print.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Rita said...

Still chuckling!! I am a neat boghouse rat--at least what I have deduced might be a boghouse rat--hehe! I am still in my nightgown and it is 6:45pm in Fargo--ROFL!! You are absolutely delightful!! :)

12:47 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

cI am the worst boghouse rat I know! I fight against it all the time! I do love the humour and imagination in your work Andrea - and your brilliant use of the common or garden biro. BTW thanks for visiting my blog!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Stephen Hall said...

I can never just look at your work once. It has that comebackandhaveanotherlookability about it (is that a word?) So I came back and still love it, worry that I may never touch a brush again after seeing it, and smile at the little bowl and spoon that keeps making appearances. I failed the boghouse rat test by the way, tempted to copy your pic into Photoshop and airbrush under your bed OMG I have OCD!

4:10 PM  
Blogger littlemithi said...

I wish I had an aunt like you ... so talented AND so much fun to be with!

6:47 PM  
Blogger edgar cabrera said...

that bed is a mess, but looks very cozy to take a nap. your attention to details really shows how much you love to draw!

9:08 PM  
Blogger suzanne cabrera said...

Hahahaha...somehow I doubt you are quite the boghouse rat you pretend to be! Sounds like the peeeerrrrfect way to spend a weekend.

Love it!!!!

9:26 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Even your lettering fascinates me.

11:22 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Cheers, folks.

I must admit that I have grown out of being a boghouse rat. Or so I like to think, although when I look around at this chair - the cups, pencils, pens, Jafa Cake wrapper - it makes me wonder. It's just nice to sink into it for a weekend every now and again.

And, of course, Sherry, if I have the day off I never dress until noon.

Micah, a boghouse is an out door toilet. I think Boghouse Rat originates from Liverpool - it's a Scouse expression. Although it was used in a childrens tv programme some time ago, too.

Rita, I like your style!

I like to believe there's a bit of a boghouse rat in all of us. And, I like the idea that maybe I've spread the boghouse name across the pond, across the world even. Boghouse rats of the world unite and take over. What a fabulous mess we'd be in then.

Thank you ALL, guys.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Doda said...

Every time I visit your blog, I am in awe of the amazing gift you have been given. Your artwork is just incredible!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heeheehee !! A mug that says "I love PT ?" I'm guessing even you can't remember how that got into the house....:)


12:43 PM  
Anonymous Rachel H said...

Boosh! Excellent choice. I TOTALLY have a pile of unopened letters (I leave the boring ones like statements for ages), and I have 2 glasses next to my bed, although I haven't got up at 2pm since I was a student. Honest.

I was staying at my other half's house this week without him and I watched the clutter accumulate. I'd been using his car as well, and he returned from his first trip afterwards saying "I assume you no longer need this KFC straw?"

[Mutley wheezy laugh]

3:01 PM  
Blogger kazumiwannabe said...

Love your drawing, it's wonderful! And the questionnaire was fun too : ) made me feel a bit old, though, because I used to be a boghouse rat, and that was a lot of years ago...

4:59 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Uh, how were you able to draw my son's teenage room to such perfection, Andrea? I think there's even a waft of that unique teenage boy smell that ensured the door was ALWAYS kept closed...

A wonderfully entertaining post!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Lawson said...

Great post, Andrea. Love the bed.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Maggie R said...

OMG after all these years I guess I qualify to being a Boghouse Rat....LOL...
I just happened by your Blog from Marva,,,I was looking at her Moleskines and want to do that too.. Love your sketches,,, Beautiful,,,,

4:18 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks everyone. I am very comforted to find that there are many more boghouse rats out there. Of both sexes and all ages.

Rachel, I have a simialr collection of straws in my car, too. One day you may need them....

Thank you ALL, guys. Glad you liked it.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Cubist Comix said...

I LOVE your messy bed! It's so, uh, charming. The notepad drawing is a true work of skill and endurance. Great stuff, Andrea!

3:08 AM  
Blogger Adrian Baird Ba Than said...

I am the quintessential boghouse(or boghoose seeing as I'm Scottish)rat,as is my lovely,scruffy wife.
Love your stuff,it has inspired me to take up drawing again after far too long a time.
Cheers petal,

8:39 PM  

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