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(#135) MR. ESPRESSO (Coffee Grinder):

Edition of 2739 of which 300 copies are signed 1-300; 26 are signed A-Z as artist's proofs, two copies are signed as dedication copies and three sets are signed as progressives.

December 10, 1988 Fourteen colors (CAUTION: Fugitive inks) 17" x 24"

Influence: Lucian Bernhard

Client: Mr. Espresso, Carlo DiRuocco, 696 Third Street, Oakland CA 94607. Telephone VOX (510) 287-5200 FAX (510) 287-5204 A-Z: Artist's own use

A-Z: Artist's own use

Five dedication copies: Carlo & Marie Françoise Di Ruocco; Luigi Di Ruocco; Laurence Di Ruocco; Giovanni Di Ruocco Progressives: One set to Carlo Di Ruocco

(Graphis Posters 90)

When a woman loves you she does things to make you happy. It's not a chore, it's a pleasure. There's no difference between a little thing and a big thing. The warp and weft of love are giving and receiving and there's not much distinction between the two. She does things for you to make you happy because if you're happy she's happy and if you're happy you'll do things to make her happy. It's a two way street.

One of the big things that a woman does to show that she loves you is make you food. It's probably biological, but no kidding, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Men are not complicated animals: keep them fed and they'll treat you right. If she can get in there first thing in the morning and make you a lovely cup of coffee it means two things: she was there first thing in the morning and second, you'll start the day out right with a big hot cup of love.

The other time she wants to feed you is at night, when you're tired and the day's anxieties and cares have worn you down a bit and you need a pick-me-up. An outpouring of love in the form of dinner and conversation usually does the trick. A woman was asked what she needed to keep her man and she said that she only needed two matches. One to make his coffee in the morning and one to light his cigar at night. I don't smoke but I do enjoy a cappuccino in the morning. She can use the other match to light the dinner candles.