Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The ubiquitous coffee kiosk

Sunday, August 17, 2008. Java Junkie coffee kiosk near Thrashers Corner in Snohomish County. (Pigma Micron 08. Drawn on location, gouache paint added later.)

I lived in three states —Nevada, California and Virginia— before moving to Washington. The coffee kiosk was a new thing for me here. There seems to be one in every suburban parking lot. Some have even been controversial because the baristas wear provocative clothes to attract more customers and tips —they call those kiosks "Sexpressos." (Read this Seattle Times story for more on that.)

Most people drive up in their cars to get their drinks, but during the 20 minutes I took to do the sketch the only customer came on foot.

I'm going to try to sketch more of these kiosks. One thing I really like is that they all look different, which gives them a unique personality versus the usual chains.

Michelle is also telling me right now that I should do a coffee table book of coffee kiosks drawings, similar to Kramer on the Seinfeld episode. Well, that's an idea!

• Live in Snohomish County? Here are more drawings around that area.

[ Antes de venir a Washington he vivido en otros tres estados: Nevada, California y Virginia. En ninguno había visto kioskos para comprarte un café por todos sitios. Aquí parece que están en medio de cualquier aparcamiento en las zonas suburbanas. Algunos incluso han creado polémica porque te atienden dependientas en ropa interior para así atraer a más clientes y ganarse mejores propinas. A esos kioskos les llaman "Sexpressos". (Lee este artículo en el Seattle Times para más información.) ¶ La mayoría de gente va en el coche hasta la ventanilla para comprarse el café, pero durante los veinte minutos en que estuve haciendo el dibujo sólo se acercó una persona a pie. ¶ Creo que voy a intentar dibujar más kioskos de este tipo. Me gusta que todos son diferentes y eso les da un aspecto singular, diferente de las franquicias de cadenas multinacionales. ¶ Michelle también me está sugiriendo ahora mismo que debería hacer un libro para la mesa del café con dibujos de kioskos de café, algo parecido a la idea que tuvo Kramer en el conocido episodio de Seinfeld. ¡Habrá que proponérselo! ¶ • ¿Vives en Snohomish County? Aquí hay más dibujos en ese condado. ]


  1. Hey, Gabi--I've only lived in one other state besides Washington, and in Texas these would be taco stands! Although espresso is beginning to catch on there (I can always count on the ubiquitous Starbucks--I don't usually patronize them in Washington but am always glad I have that option other places!)--Carol C.

  2. Did you really create this sketch only 20 minutes? Brilliant!

  3. hi Carol, the taco stands in Texas makes sense. near where I live here there's also a Taco bus that I hope to sketch one day. btw, i like the ubiquitous Starbucks too!

    vhrsti, my wife and kids were finishing their icecream at Dairy Queen next door while i literally run out to do the sketch. i took more time later at home to add the color

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