Robert Wm. Gomez's

June 2009

Chocolate (8/10)

Well done Kung-Fu flick about a retarded girl who knows how to fight.

Tokyo Gore Police (6/10)

Japanese splatter. Despite the gore, it gets boring pretty quickly.

The French Sex Murders (5/10)

Mediocre giallo from Dick Randall and Mondo Macabro

The Dark Knight (9/10)

Even better than Batman Begins.

Sabata (8/10)

A better-than-most Spaghetti Western with high-flying acrobatics.

Sukiyaki Western Django (9/10)

Super stylish Japanese tribute to Spaghetti Westerns. Only hindered by the thick Japanese accents.

Wall-E (8/10)

A fun movie but it felt shallow in the the end to me.

El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (8/10)

Very good ghost story from the producers of Pan's Labyrynth.

Get Carter (7/10)

Still not sure what I think of this. A brutal character study of an anti-hero with a confusing plot.

An Art-Related Quote for You...

"For decades, the liberals have pretended that they can be anti-big-business, anti-commerce, and anti-marketing -- while still being staunch defenders of free speech. But in a free society -- where art and literature are not monopolies of the state -- the private sale and marketing of books, movies, music, etc., is the indispensable means by which artists and intellectuals express their ideas.

Artist's Statement (retired)

My work is in the tradition of the satirical print. My goal is to portray the absurdities that exist in the world around me in both my personal sphere and the greater world of mass culture and politics. Many of my pieces are about the advancement of creeping authoritarianism within our society and people's willingness to let the government and other higher powers take responsibility for every aspect of their lives.

Art Friends (retired)

One of things that the web is useful for is tracking down former acquaintances. I find myself going to a search service like Google and typing in the names of people I used to know in hopes of finding out more about what has happened to them since we last saw each other (a Google hint: type the name in quotes for more accurate results). I do this half out of curiosity and half out of jealousy over those who went on to bigger and better things.

Pages of Fun: Version 1.0 1997-1998

Pages o' Fun Version 1

Wow! This page is pretty clunky looking. Although I think there was briefly a version before this which didn't use frames, this is the initial version of my pages. I like the puke-inducing pastel colors (seriously). I still enjoy the raw, whos gives a crap about usabilty feel of this version, and the oversized, safe-for-toddlers navigation. Otherwise..eccchh!

Pages of Fun: Version 2.0 1998-1999

Pages o' Fun Version 2

This version is many ways a slickened up version of v1.0. It uses much of the same color pallette, but uses frames in a much more... er... elegant way. Say what you will, I think frames are a great idea and wish they wouldn't get phased out like it looks like they will be. Anyhow, this site was typical of its time in that it was loaded with plug-in requiring sound effects, bloated rollovers, and lots of tables.

Pages of Fun: Version 3.3 Dec 1999-Sept 2000

Pages o' Fun Version 3

One of the first things I did when I bought by new computer was update my personal site. I was and am still pleased with this result. It was my first serious use of style sheets, and for awhile had some cool animated buttons at the top. The animations were kind of flaky so I got rid of them early on. I liked the organization and relatively clean text layout.

Art

I have an MFA and I ain't afraid to use it. Click around to find out more about my artistic endeavours.

Think Pleasant Toughts - Pen and Ink Drawing with Digital Coloring

This is a cover illustration I did for the Chicago-based lefty magazine, Lumpen. The general theme of most of the articles in the magazine is of the "Corporations are evil" variety. In this issue, there was much about the Genoa riots against free trade.

State Sponsored Art - Oil on Canvas

This painting depicts how you can't have state sponsorship (of the arts) without state censorship. Someone has to decide who get which grants even though we all pay for them with our taxes. This picture has also been featured on the cover of Lumpen Magazine.

Zardoz

While on Vacation several years ago, I had the pleasure of viewing the 1974 Sci-Fi epic, Zardoz. This film, John Boorman's follow up to Deliverance ranks amongst the most confused and misguided pieces of cinema I have ever witnessed. Read my review of this cinematic masterpiece.

CDUniverse: My Online Shopping Woes

Recently, I took my first foray into ordering music from a major online retailer. Normally I avoid online music vendors. Unlike books, where you can find sites offering up to 40% of the cover price, there aren't any good discounts on CDs at the major vendors like Amazon, CDNow, or CDUniverse. Sure, they always say you are geting a 10% discount, but that's usually off the mall-markup price where CDs tend to go for seventeen-fifty bucks a pop. I pretty much refuse to pay more than $13.50 for music, and even that's excessive.(a good rule of thumb: never pay more than a dollar a song)

Music & Sounds

Do you like the Rock 'n' Roll? Well, I do, and for whatever reasons I feel compelled to post stuff about music on the Internet. My music pages are divided into a several different sections...

Hillbilly Wolf: Missing Links Vol. 1 by Link Wray (9/10)

Format: 
CD

This is the CD reissue of Norton's Link Wray series. The CD includes some 5 bonus tracks. If you don't own any Link Wray I'd go out and buy some of the later volumes of this CD. These songs are at bit more hillbilly/rockbiully than one would expect from link Wray. However, if you like the Hill/Rockabilly thing this album is great. Link's guitar isn't always the focus but the songs still are great.

154 by Wire (10/10)

Format: 
CD

Wire is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. Sure they're arty and all, but I can't get over the richness of their songs. I only have their albums from the late 70's, this included. All 3 of these early album feature a different side of the band. 154 shows off the studio experimentation of producer Mike Thorne. The songs are richly textured and atmospheric and layered with noise. None of these songs (except Map Ref) will jump out as pop songs, but they are all intelligent and still pack too much of a whallop to be concidered pure experimental art rock.

Teenage Doll by Various Artists (9/10)

Format: 
CD

This selection from the ever-growing Buffalo Bop re-release CDs feature only female rockers from the 50s. It's much more interesting than some of the series other releases. The songs don't all sound the same, there's coutryish stuff mixed with rock 'n' roll and even some jumpy swing stuff. This CD is really good.

Sin Alley Part One by Various Artists (10/10)

Format: 
CD

This is the first CD reissue of the classic Sin Alley rockabilly reissue series. Contains 30 Rockabilly and R&B "Howlers." A must from Crypt records (Along with the Las Vegas Grind, Strummin' Mental, and Back From the Grave Series)

Beat, Beat, Beatsville!: Beatnik Rock 'n' Roll by Various Artists (9/10)

Format: 
CD

This is a comp of late fifties early sixties novelty rock songs about beatniks. It's very much in-line with stuff like Sin Alley. There a ton of great tunes on here. It's an import, though, and is a bit too pricey for what you get.

The Planet Pimp Records Good Tyme Jahamboree by Various Artists (10/10)

Format: 
LP

Another winner from Sven-Erik and the gang. New David Nudelman song "Vegetabless" and also Deke Dickerson song and a Go-Nuts tune. All the tracks refer to a story line about a grocery store. I don't get it, but it still is great.

More detailed info on my Planet Pimp Tribute page.

Strummin' Mental Part Two by Various Artists (8/10)

Format: 
CD

This is a compilation of instrumental music from 1957-65. It's equal in quality to the stuff in the Back From the Grave series and a lot of the same bands show up here. A source book of cover songs for bad guitarists like myself.

Jungle Exotica Part 2 by Various Artists (10/10)

Format: 
CD

I have yet to wipe the tears of joy that flow down my cheeks since I bought this disc. Like its predecessor, Jungle Exotica 1, is simply incredible and an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE. Swinging 50's instrumentals, a soundtrack for striptease in the deep jungle!

Las Vegas Grind Part 3 by Various Artists (10/10)

Format: 
CD

FINALLY!! Part 3 in the incredible Las Vegas Grind series. This disc, like its predecessors, is simply incredible and an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE for EVERY record collection. Swinging 50's instrumentals, a soundtrack for striptease!

Youth Runs Wild by Untamed Youth (9/10)

Format: 
CD

This is the follow-up to Planet Mace and continues much along the same lines. They rely a bit less on originals this time. U.Y. have never release anything that wasn't excellent and this is no exception.

An Invitation to Planet Mace by Untamed Youth (9/10)

Format: 
CD

This is the long awaited new release from these kings of Jethro Rock™ And this is one of their best records to date. Along with the expected surf tunes are a few new, more garage sounding songs. Guaranteed excitement!

Untamed Melodies by Untamed Youth, The (10/10)

Format: 
CD

Deke's old band. CD compiles a bunch of this band's great surf tunes. All the tracks are also available on vinyl in various formats.

Smells Like the Big Time by Three Stoned Men (8/10)

Format: 
LP

As the band name may suggest, this album contains a bunch of songs about smoking dope. This trio is lead by David Nudelman and they do some of his solo songs rock 'n roll style. Great cover photo. Really dumb lyrics.

Ages 3 and Up by Supernova (7/10)

Format: 
LP

After loving Servotron's latest, and hearing about the similarites with that band, I decided to give Supernova a try. At first I wasn't too excited. The song lacked the electronics of Servotron and were short on the sci-fi themes but I soon realized the strength of this band. They write funny songs about pop culture that are insanely catchy. The singer sounds like a mix between Mark Mothersbaugh and David Byrne and the guitar hooks never decend to the level of most of the crap on Lookout records.

Everything Is Falling Apart by Subsonics (8/10)

Format: 
CD

This bands rocks in a Cramp's style rockabilly sound with a heavy dose of The Velvet Underground. The mix is stripped down to the barest of essentials. There's no reverb here, just a raw minimalism that has a lot of charm. The singing and guitar playing take a front seat over the unmotivated (and, at times, intentionally wonky) rhythm section.

Barnyard Favorites by Smith's Ranch Boys (7/10)

Format: 
10"

This is a side project by Big Sandy's guitarist. They rock in swingin' western rockabilly style, not unlike the Dave and Deke Combo. The album is on Deke's Eccophonnic label to boot! These songs are fun and you'd have to be a vegeTABLE to sit through this one without tappin' your toes.

Celebration of Annihilation by Servotron (9/10)

Format: 
7"

Robot rock! This band is rumored to contain member(s) of Man or Astroman? and Supernova (I've since found out that this is not true), and follows those bands in their taste for goofy sci-fi rock. Servotron's theme is robots and they play in a Devoesque robotic style. Bad birthday is a classic.

No Room for Humans by Servotron (10/10)

Format: 
CD

The first full-length outing by Servotron. More songs about the elimination of the human race. Includes songs about Small Wonder, Magnus Robot Fighter, Robbie the Robot, and the much ignored red robot R5-D4. This is a great record, although admittably it could be annoying to some people.

Around the World With Satan's Pilgrims by Satan's Pilgrims (9/10)

Format: 
LP

A collection of mildly exotica inspired tune from this Portland surf band. It's much better than some of their earlier releases. The high point being their cover of the theme from The Godfather.

The Best Of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (10/10)

Format: 
LP

I found this used for $4! A 1967 collection of the best of this clever band from the 60's. It's got Wooly Bully, Li'l Red Riding Hood, and Ring Dang Doo plus about 7 more hits. There just aren't enough songs here! I want more!!

Salaryman by Salaryman (8/10)

Format: 
CD

This is the Poster Children's electronic side project. The music is generated mainly with analog and/or cheap synthesisers and electronic gizmos. It has an ambient techno feel to it but maintains a live human feel. This works to the band's advantage, helping to distance themselves from the boring techno dance music (which usually boils down to being EZ listening for the stupid, ie people who own Amiga computers). Their songs tend to sound too similar after a while but it's still interesting nonetheless.

Oh Yeah, Baby by Royal Pendletons (8/10)

Format: 
LP

This is the debut LP from this New Orleans frat-rock combo. This is a really good album. The opening track is one of the best instro's I've heard in a long time. Although they have a much fuller sound, these guys sound very much like the Hentchmen. I may just be saying this because both bands prominently feature organ. Unlike most neo-surf-frat rock bands lately, these guys actually have some energy behind their music!

Can't Stand the Rezillos: The (Almost) Complete Rezillos by Rezillos, The (8/10)

Format: 
CD

This is a scottish punk band from the seventies. They are responsible for the original Destination Venus. The songs on this album song sound like lots of British punk from that era but with a much more new wave twist. They sing about trash culture icons and refrain from the Anarchy in the UK crap. These songs have much more of a 60s pop appeal to them. Also, the mix between male and female vocals is swell. Lots of great basslines too.

96 Tears by Question Mark and the Mysterians (9/10)

Format: 
CD

This is a recent reissue of the 1966 album of the same name. This is an excellent collection of great 60's garage tunes by these legendary Michigan Rockers.. Most of the tunes match the energy and snottyness of their 1966 hit 96 tears and the CD includes 4 bonus tracks. Look for their reunion follow up album coming out soon!

Fresh Gasoline by Phono-Comb (6/10)

Format: 
LP

Phono-Comb is comprised of the Shadowy Men's rhythm section and a new guitarist. The songs are in the same vein as Shadowy Men, smooth instrumental tunes that aren't quite surfy, but good (not great) nonetheless.

The Great Surf Crash of '97 by Phantom Surfers, The (8/10)

Format: 
LP

The title of this great release refers to the recent glut of surf bands out there. The cover art is in the style of Mad Magazine and was penned by Jack Davis himself. This is the best Phantom Surfers LP since Big Screen Spectaculars mainly because of the variety of songs and the goofy vocal incursions. It also has a cover of Captain Zoom's birthday song.

Popular Favorites by Oblivians (10/10)

Format: 
LP

Another amazing release from these lo-fi Memphis rockers. Buy this record! It will change your life... well, not really, but sure as hell will put some that rock n' roll back in your cakes! (also, check out the Dollface sticker on Greg Oblivian's guitar)

Oblivians Play 9 Songs with Mr. Quintron by Oblivians (10/10)

Format: 
LP

A concept album from the Oblivians, the kings of overdriven blues trash?!? Well, kinda... this is a collection of gospel tunes played in the raw Oblivians style. A new addition here is Mr. Quintron who provides the church organ which really fills out the bands minimal sound. It seems that Greg O. really took the reigns here and is responsible for all the originals and the majority of the vocal parts.

David Nudelman Lays an Egg by David Nudelman (10/10)

Format: 
7"

Speaking of David Nudelman, I think it would be mistake to leave this record off this list. This is David's greatest release to date. Not only does the record itself look like a fried egg but the songs are some of the stupidist recorded moments ever. For example, from the song "Too Lazy to Pee", "Go down the hall and pee, and while your at it take a pee for me." See more detail and listen to samples on my Planet Pimp tribute site.

Runnin' on Empty Vols. 1 & 2 by Mummies, The (10/10)

Format: 
LP

The title is very appropriate for this posthumous release from one of the greatest garage rock bands. These two records are basically resissues of some of the bands harder to find singles with 1 or 2 new songs thrown in unapologetically to get people to buy the album even if they own all the singles. The first record has a side of a bootleg live recording. Both albums are utterly lo-fi. This is essential stuff for your trash rock collection.

Last Time Around by Mortals, The (7/10)

Format: 
CD

This is the final full length from the great band, The Mortals. This, however, is a collection of previously released material scanning the band's short existence. The quality isn't as consistent as their past LPs but their are some good songs on here. I especially like Atomic Cocktail taken from the Estrus Cocktail Companion.

Et Vincere et Mori by Monarchs, The (9/10)

Format: 
LP

Lo-Fi rockers!!! Snotty female lead vocals. Some of the best garage music from the 90s.

Every Song we Fuckin' Know by Marauders, Los (7/10)

Format: 
CD

This is one twisted piece of work. It contains a bunch of fun rockabilly tunes. All of them are accented by lead singer Nobody's Freddie Blassie-like wail. The songs are fast and extremely stripped down.

Experiment Zero by Man... or Astroman? (9/10)

Format: 
CD

This release represents a revitalized MorA? after a string of average releases. Albini's production makes the band sound a bit more strppied down and kinda like they're playing in your living room.  They are perhaps one of the most exciting and entertaining live bands around.

Shot by Jesus Lizard, The (7/10)

Format: 
CD

The JL's worst album thusfar. Still it kix rox.

Presenting Jackie and the Cedrics by Jackie and the Cedrics (9/10)

Format: 
10"

Jackie and the Cedrics are a surf revival band hailing from Japan. In addition to Jackie's trademark hyperactive drumming, Rockin' Jelly Bean's pounding bass, and Enocky's speedy guitar playing, the band has added a new organist for this recording, Tucker. The organ fits in great and the songs on this EP are as kinetic as anything they have put out in the past, and have a nice clear production quality.

Big Guitars, Western Style by Huntington Cads, The (6/10)

Format: 
7"

This is a band lead by ex-Fink Chris Barfield. There a four neat instros on this single. They all have a Morricone feel to them because of the mix of acoustic and electric guitars. The record's best song is their version of The Vice of Killing from For a Few Dollars More.

Broad Appeal by Henchmen, The (7/10)

Format: 
LP

This is the bands first full length offering with their new drummer and it is their clearest sounding stuff to date. This is one band that isn't helped by their past lo-fi sound. This pretty much follows the Henchmen's formula here: organ driven frat-rock songs about cars and girls.

Bartender the Laugh's On Me by Neil Hamburger (10/10)

Format: 
7"

WOW!!! Neil provides the side-splitting fun on this awesome work of comedy genius. It includes his take on religion, birth, and the O.J. trial. Buy this record and send me any Neil Hamburger stuff you don't want anymore!!!

America's Funnyman by Neil Hamburger (10/10)

Format: 
LP

Neil's premiere long player is an instant classic. It's much less off the wall (e.g. there's no obvious laugh track) than his 7" releases, and it works beautifully! The album's highlights occur when he loses control of the crowd, his censored top ten list, the return of his zipper shtick, and the erotic hog dog vendor (a visual joke). What makes the album even more poignant is the fact that it was recorded during Neil's difficult divorce, proving that laughter will cure all! NEEEEIIIILLLLL HAAAMMMBBUURRGGEEERRR!!!!!

Lift Your Skinny Hands Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You Black Emperor (7/10)

Format: 
CD

Godspeed is, at last count, a ten piece outfit from Canada. This double CD plays like an epic soundtrack. The songs are rich in dynamics but are rhythmically quite trite. After about the first fifteen minutes or so, it's pretty clear that (on this release at least) Godspeed is a one-trick pony. Don't get me wrong, it's a neat trick and, despite the fact that they come from the renegade U.S. province of Canada, I do recommend this album. Essentially, what they do is take four or five chords, repeat them endlessly, and gradually add more instruments until the song crescendos in a wall of sound, then begin removing sounds from the mix until they are back to quiet again. I have heard this band described as Phish for the punk rock set. I could picture a greasy-haired rocker with nerd glasses excitedly talking about how last night in Detroit they played a 40-minute version of the same song, but used a vibraphone instead of piano.

Stop, Rock, and Roll by Drags, The (9/10)

Format: 
LP

This debut full-lengther from Tucson's the Drags clocks in at under 20 minutes. But this LP offers more in that scant amount of time than most big time rockers give us during their entire careers. Each song is a insane 3 chord punk blast. The bands best moments are "Who's Got the Electricity" "Leopard Skin" and "Explosives" The song "Cannible" rocks so hard I'm willing to excuse their spelling of the word cannibal.

Dollface Lights the Pilot!!! by Dollface (10/10)

Format: 
CD

This band was perhaps the best kept R'n'R secret in the nation. Hailing from the not-so-exciting Peoria, IL, these guys have turned out some unbelievably great songs. Their previous CD (Corvette Summer) had a definite Beatles flavor to it with a raw edge. This new CD leans a bit less on the beatleque quality but maintains the same excellent song writing. The songs here are catchy, not-too-serious, but not-too-stupid, plus they rock with the best of 'em. Always a treat!

Tasty by Demolition Doll Rods (7/10)

Format: 
LP

The Doll Rods' debut LP delivers with the sam energy as their previous 7"s. Drums (well maybe a floor tom and a snare), 2 guitars, and some pure rock energy are what comprise this Detroit three-piece. Partially produced by Jon Spenser, this album bares little resemblance to that bass-less band (at least their current stuff). The songs are stripped down to their barest of essentials, one of which seems to be a general lack of high fidelity. The album's best moments are "Psycho Kitty" and "Raw". The latter features synchronized limbo moves in their live shows.

Solid Sender by Deke Dickerson (9/10)

Format: 
7"

This is a wonderful single by Deke (of Untamed Youth/Dave and Deke Combo/GoNuts Fame). Most of the songs are rockabilly with the exception of the wonderful Link Wray meets Les Paul "Double Zombie" instrumental. The single also boasts a nice hard sleeve designed but Johnny Bartlett of the Phantom Surfers.

Hollywood Barndance by Dave and Deke Combo, The (10/10)

Format: 
CD

Great hillbilly tunes. These are perhaps some of the most talented hicks around.

All Night Burner by Crown Royals, The (5/10)

Format: 
LP

Do you like G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live Band? Do you view Paul Shaffer as a musical Legend? Then maybe you'll enjoy the Crown Royal's new Estrus long-player. This is a collection of sax-driven instrumentals that are just a bit too funky for my taste. It's not awful but it's not that great either.

Audio Visionaries: Street Pranks and Put-Ons by Coyle and Sharpe (9/10)

Format: 
CD

This is the second CD collection of this duo's hilarious Candid Microphone style man-on-the-street interviews from the mid sixties. This collection isn't quite as solid as the last CD, Coyle and Sharpe on the Loose, but it contains some great bits nonetheless. My personal favorite is "Threeism" in which Coyle and Sharpe try to convince a man to combine with them and live as a single unit, making all decisions collectively. They follow the guy onto the bus while Mal Sharpe speaks of Threeism in a biblical tone, the victim trys his best to get away.

Get in your Ear by Budget Girls, The (10/10)

Format: 
7"

This is a killer single from Planet Pimp. This group is headed by two screaming chicks that know how to rawk! The songs titles are: "pop-a-wheelie cop-a-feelie", "Teabaggin'", "French One", and "Go Away Geek!" Go Away Geek is hilarious and the single is worth it just for that song.

Pet Sounds by Beach Boys, The (10/10)

Format: 
CD

I finally bought this CD after hearing so many good things about it from various sources. I found this CD for cheap, and it contains both the MONO and STEREO mixes of the record. Although the CD is too mellow to be called a rock album by my standards, it is still very infectious. The production is lush and and inventive (for the time it was released... 1966!). It predates all the hippy stuff the Beatles did by almost 2 years! The liner notes are extensive and help put the whole thing in context.

Haunted Hill by Bassholes (10/10)

Format: 
LP

Drums, Guitar, and a howling blues freak. Need I say more? Well, I will anyway. These songs rock to the high heavens!!

Goldfinger by John Barry & Shirley Bassey (10/10)

Format: 
CD

This is an essential item for your record collection. It contains the best Bond song from the best Bond movie. The incidental music is great too. It constantly refers back to the melody of the title track.

The Golden Band by American Analog Set, The (10/10)

Format: 
CD

Admittedly, I was originally drawn to this band because of the cover of their first album, The Fun of Watching Fireworks. Seeing the Farfisa organ, I figured they some sort of garage-rock revival or lounge/exotica band. Turns out I was wrong, but not disappointed with what I heard. AmAnSet plays soft, dreamy pop songs. The organ and various percussion parts keep the music from descending into cheesy slacker-rock cliches. Many of the tracks have a trippy, repetitive structure with just enough subtle variety to hold the listener's interest. The Golden Band is the band best work. Songs flow nicely from one to the other, and plenty of lyrical hooks within the low-key vocal parts. I could see how the repetition could put off some listeners, but for me it simply draws me deeper into to music.

Bomb the Twist by 5.6.7.8's (10/10)

Format: 
CD

Extremely cool Japanese all-girl garage rock. All six songs on this release are amazing this was one of my top ten favs of last year.

Rock Invasion by 1-4-5s, The (7/10)

Format: 
LP

The self proclaimed Recyclers of Rock bring us their debut album. The low-down on this band is this: all their songs sound the same and are really more or less a parody of the whole garage rock genre. All the song titles are fake and jokingly contain the word rock. They sing about their "Dodge Caravan" and "El Camino" and have about 3 or 4 different 1-4-5s theme songs. It comes with a funny zine-like insert.

Hello Young Lovers by Sparks (10/10)

Format: 
CD

A masterpiece of epic, symphonic goofiness and left-of-center pop structuring. This, along with Lil' Beethoven is Sparks best since Kimono my House.

My Studio Space (2000-2007)

Here are some pictures of my workspace from about 2000-2007, which was just a corner in my apartment. I work primarily as a woodcut printmaker. Of all the printmaking processes, woodcuts (relief prints in wood) are perhaps the least toxic. This means I can get away with doing my work in the confined space of an apartment. The process also requires very little in terms of equipment. A knife, wood, paper, an ink roller and ink are the only supplies one needs.