Why cigar bands?
It started with my best friend, who was having a birthday. I was super-broke and had no idea what to get him for a gift. I had a stash of cigars bands and decided to make him something. So I made the Shakespeare portrait out of the cigar bands.

Did you have to smoke all those cigars?
Every single one. Not really. I have three cigar shops that save bands for me.

How many cigar bands does it take?
An  18″x24″ painting takes around 300 bands.  The Hitchcock collage (36″x60″) was probably a thousand bands.