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Buffalo artist gets some love from Los Angeles

Veteran Buffalo artist and designer Michael Morgulis -- famous among other things for coining the unofficial Buffalo motto "City of No Illusions" -- was featured in a Los Angeles Times story today.

The piece, by John M. Gliona, talks about the artist's fervent commitment to his hometown in good times and bad:

...Morgulis was always more than slogans. Trapped in his studio during the epic blizzard of 1977, Morgulis designed the "City of No Illusions" work, based on the 1967 post-apocalyptic novel "City of Illusions" by Ursula K. Le Guin. After photos of actor Brad Pitt wearing the shirt ran in several magazines, sales soared.

If the city was cool enough for Brad, well then, maybe Buffalo was back. And Morgulis was going to keep celebrating it.

Other artworks followed. A buffalo in rainbow colors and one in a blizzard with the script, "If you don't like the weather in Buffalo, wait a minute." There's a yin and yang image with — you guessed it — buffaloes.

Recently, some wag in town made a T-shirt to tap the resentment of a city never invited to the party. It reads, "Buffalo hates you too."

That's just not the Morgulis style. His take is the celebration of this ballsy blue-collar heaven.

"Buffalo is what it is," Morgulis said. "There really are no illusions. People look at things as they are: No splash. No glitter. Really hard-edged. But the place is beautiful in its own way."

You can check out Morgulis' designs at his Hertel Avenue shop, New Buffalo Graphics.

Read the full story here.

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