Paris/Amsterdam with Royal Talens

Dear Comrades,


with the Mona Lisa. Bitch totally photobombed me.

I’m writing to you from the black and brocade lobby of the Vondel Hotel in Amsterdam.

I’ve spent the past week in Europe, at the behest of my beloved Royal Talens, the art supply company that showers me in nifty toys. The ink, acrylics I use? The motherfucking Arches paper? Is by them.

Royal Talens brought nine of their favorite artists, from a variety of disciplines, out to Paris and Amsterdam.


Nike of Samothrace, my favorite sculpture as a kid. Nary a tourist in site.

We got to eat violet macarons, have a private tour of the Louvre, and see the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House, and even the Royal Talens factory.

It was at this very place I had that surreal, late stage capitalist experience of seeing the disassembled versions of the paint tubes I struggle with daily.

Van de Linde art supplies gave each artist a huge package of art toys, selected just for them.

On my off time, I worked on a portrait series called Amsterdam Demimonde. I drew and spoke to escorts, digital rights activists, erotic filmmakers, and the co-organizer of Vondelbunker, an artspace in a former bomb shelter. Hope to put it online in the next few weeks.


Venus de Milo sketched from life.


Kate, with epic hat

It was an honor and  a delight to see two of my favorite cities again.  Also to meet the other artists- big ups to Casey Baugh, Willow Wolfe, Kate Zambrano, Amir Fallah (founder of Beautiful Decay) and Jessica Lopez.

We all nearly got killed by bikes

Next stop- London, for some meetings.  And then, Athens with journo Laurie Penny, to create DiscordiaDiscordia, our art/journalism mashup about Athens during  Eurozone crisis, will be released by Random House UK as an e-book in fall.

Thank you so much to Canson, Royal Talens, and Kyle Richardson, who organized the trip.


Best ass in art history, sketched from life at the Louvre.


Amsterdam, looking like Gingerbread land


The Louvre during our private tour. Wanted to roller skate.

4 Responses to Paris/Amsterdam with Royal Talens

  1. Kyle says:

    So cool to have you be part of this trip Molly and wishing the best for you in England and Greece. Till soon, Kyle!

  2. Kyle says:

    So cool to have you be part of this trip Molly and wishing the best for you in England and Greece. Till soon, Kyle!

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    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and a Gold Rush Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. She is often asked to discuss her work chronicling the conflicts of the 21st Century, and has appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, Amanpour, NPR, BBC News, PRI, and more. The New Yorker described her 2017 mural "The Bore of Babylon" as "a terrifying amalgam of Hieronymus Bosch, Honoré Daumier, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society.

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