Why Does R. Land Pray for ATL?

If you’ve lived in the Atlanta area for a decent amount of time, there are a few common staples that you’ve become well accustomed to. These include places like Little 5 Points, Old Fourth Ward, Underground ATL, Centennial Olympic Park and The Varsity. (Although I prefer a local burger joint called Zesto’s.) Another common staple is the work of local Atlanta artist Ronnie Land (R. Land for short).


R. Land’s work has covered the local scene sense the early 2000’s. His style can be objectively described as (I mean this as a compliment) a far side vintage nightmare with the love of a quirky cartoon heart.

Though grounded throughout the city, one can likely find his creations throughout the east Atlanta landscape. (Most notably East Atlanta Village and Little 5 Points) However he’s created many different promotional works and has been featured in both Cartoon Network’s ‘Adult Swim’ and ‘The Washington Post’


The Bourbon & Bacon Art Show must admit one simple sad truth. We have not met Mr. R. Land. We have not gained the proper channels of communications and have not been able to reach out to this amazingly talented guy. We have not been given the opportunity to speak with him and discuss his fascinating work. But we’d like to.

So without further ado we’d like to offer an official invitation to Mr. R. Land and encourage all to inform him about this invitation. The Bourbon & Bacon Art Show would love to feature your work! Please let us know how we can bring you on board in any capacity that you are comfortable. We just have one question for you.

Why do you pray for ATL?

The History of Bourbon

For as long as people have walked on two legs, there’s been alcohol. Historians and archeologists of all kinds have discovered concrete evidence of fermented grain, corn and rice within the depths of different caves and ancient dwellings. Basically…man’s primary goal of advancement and self worth are only outmatched by their intent on getting wasted.

Unfortunately, the history of bourbon isn’t as set in stone. The origins are muddied and full of urban legends! Unlike many other fantastic creations, we don’t know the inventor and we don’t know why they invented it. We will say that many stories of bourbon often overlap with the stories of whisky! This shouldn’t be a huge surprise due to the fermentation process of both drinks being extremely similar in nature. So without further ado…here is a rough and not entirely accurate depiction of bourbon’s history.

It all started with a Baptist Minister named Elijah Craig. Though his credit is not 100 percent confirmed, it is widely believed that this man was the founder and forefather of bourbon whisky. (There’s even a brand named after him.) This is because he claimed to be the first to actually age the product in charred oak casks. This process gave bourbon the red color and distinctive taste. Unfortunately this story has some major plot holes and historical inaccuracies.


The likely answer to bourbon’s origins is that there is no single inventor or founder. This is because the process incredibly


The History of Bacon: Part 3

For the conclusion of ‘The History of Bacon’ we are going to provide a timeline that shows this breakfast delicacy throughout the ages.



A type of cured pork known as ‘Petaso’ invented. It is prepared by boiling pork shoulder with figs and glazing said shoulder in a rich pepper sauce.


Smoked bacon is now easy to produce and becomes a staple of the European diet.


An Englishman named John Harris creates the first ‘bacon factory’ and is able to create bacon on a mass scale. He is credited as the grandfather of Bacon.


Oscar Mayer introduces pre-packaged bacon slices to America.


Bacon spin-offs are on the rise. These include deep-fried bacon and Bacone.

Present Day:

Bacon takes social media by storm and the bacon and bourbon art show is born!



Adelaide Tai's work is influenced by the patterns and colors in nature which she expresses through fluid abstractions on a variety of surfaces.

Her unique and exquisite work will be featured at our Tongue & Groove Pop-Up Show this Saturday 8:00pm - 11:00pm. Be sure to stop by and visit with the artist herself and learn from her fantastic insight.

Be sure to stop by and speak with the artist herself and learn from her fantastic insight. 

Mike Rivera

Featured Artist:

Mike Rivera is a globe trotting photographer who's gained a nuanced view in his travels. He understands that the difference between good and bad craftsmanship is perspective. We're just lucky enough to see this perspective.

Mike's work will be featured at the upcoming Tongue & Groove Pop-Up Art Show this Saturday 8:00pm - 11:00pm.

Mike Rivera's work often offers new colors, shadows and textures within everyday objects. He shows the hidden beauty in what we imagined to be the mundane.

'Palm Tree Sunset' simple elegance lives on in this photographer's work. With an eye for greatness, Mr. Rivera is sure to impress.


'Neo New York!' The city of lights never looks so beautiful and bright!

A rare and stunning image captured in a recent excursion to Guatemala. 

Alysha Harding

Featured Artist:

Alysha Harding is local Georgia raised photographer, painter, illustrator and all around graphic artist. Her keen eye and unique style ensure that no two pieces look alike.

She will be featured at our Tongue & Groove Pop Up Show this Saturday 8:00pm - 11:00pm.

This work titled 'Straight From the Horse's Mouth' was a genuine lucky shot. This abstracted photo happened to capture the horse in the perfect moment,

'The Angle' is actually the third in a series. The artist too took the time to create a more saturated version and a solid black and white version.

This unique piece is known as 'The Man' is actually a mixed media creation. It actually contains dried varnish in the inner cracks.

The International ATL Night Market

How often in 2017 do families from all different generations and cultures get together as one and have a good time with one another? Not very often huh? With so much turmoil, and division brought about by political differences and racial malice from events we see on the news, it’s no wonder why a gathering of many different cultures may seem more like a fantasy than a reality.

On April 21, at Gwinnett Place Mall, I saw inclusion, excitement and enlightenment in a way I have never seen before.  The International Night Market, an art festival that included over 70 different countries gave over 50,000 attendees a chance to experience parts of the world that they may have never been able to before. Though there may be hostility between countries from time to time, art knows no borders. Going from table to table, people saw statues and clothing from Vietnam which would be right next door to Spain who was offering copies of Amadis de Gaula.

Food was also prevalent throughout the market. Sandwich Cubano in one food truck, soul food in another, across from Italian Ice. Cultures that are so different from each other that even geographically they are foreign to one another all in one place at the same time bringing people together.

The laughter on children’s faces were complimented by the passion of talented artists displaying the joy they had for their work.  Many companies such as Pic Pic Prints worked together to turn future artists from aspiring to inspiring. Pic Pic is focused around helping artists display their talents on a platform they may not have previously been given. It takes companies like that to keep events like this alive and to insure that future artists will be expressed through their art.

The inclusion and knowledge that was exchanged between one another will hopefully not end where it started this weekend for it was so satisfying to experience. Languages, history and culture was traded, and love was spread with this event. We may not all get along with each other. We may not understand each other at times, but it is never too late to love and comfort which is exactly what art does. Art is something that you don’t have to know a lot about, if it makes you happy then it has done its job. No matter what form or shape art comes in, it will make you think, smile and become excited about your own imagination. 

Tongue & Groove Pop Up Art Show


Local Atlantans know that the 'Tongue & Groove' nightclub is the premier spot for dancing, drinking and socializing. It's a place you can go to release all your troubles and lose yourself in the here and now. It is now the premier spot for a variety of art and printed works!

Saturday May 20th, 8:00pm - 11:00pm

If you're looking for the perfect fusion of arts, culture, clubbing + free admission? Then the Tongue & Groove Pop Up Art Show is for you!  

What is a Pop Up Art Show?

Bourbon & Bacon will be holding a variety of secret 'pop up' shows throughout Atlanta. Attendance is free and the festivities will be plentiful. The art itself is up for auction. So if there's a work that catches your eye, you can buy it!


Our last 'pop up' show was at 'Nakato Japanese Restaurant' on Cheshire Road. We could tell you that it was extravagant beyond compare but we feel it'd be better to show you.