Olga of Yo la Tejo! She very graciously offered up her home and felt bananas to Joaquin. As you can see the drawing was handled entirely by the monkeys, and although I'd like to assure you there was no "monkey business", alas, of that I cannot be sure. The monkeys were all quite taken with your comments, but I did notice Joaquin's eyes light up the minute he heard about the felt bananas. And I thought they shuffled the names up really well, but... you know monkeys and bananas... it's hard to tell.
To tell the truth, he is pretty bossy about the whole picture-taking process and is forever throwing out comments like: how about more blue filter? As you can see, Joaquin loves working with vintage cameras - his favorite being the Duaflex. He's particularly interested in shooting the indigenous peoples of New York, taking a special interest in the employees of our local deli. He's also a big fan of Joaquin Phoenix, although he admits that being stopped constantly on the street by people saying "you look just like Joaquin" can be "tiresome." He's looking forward to his new home in sunny Austin, and contributing to the simian art scene there.
Here are the results of our final picture taking session or "proper headshots" as Joaquin called them:
And to all the people who responded to the monkey giveaway, thank you!!! I read and treasured each and every comment - I was amazed at all the little connections I found with each of you - with shows, bands, and movies (and unabashed love of Joaquin Phoenix). Again, I truly wish I had monkeys for all of you, but you never know when the rest of the monkeys may decide to travel next....