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Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

Dave Long stands in the shop beside his Fruitvale house, which says “Tom’s TV and VCR Service” over the door. The shop serves as both Long’s repair place for TVs and electronics as well as his art workspace.

Paint & Repair

'If I like it, I paint it,' says TV repairman, artist

Honestly, it wasn’t much: three mediocre birds rendered in oils, flying through an insipid sky of puffy, dimensionless clouds. Maybe someone thought they’d take up painting, relieve a little stress, express things, and that’s just fine. That’s art.
Still, though, it wasn’t very good.
But it was cheap, $3 for a decent-sized frame and canvas at one of the many yard sales in which Dave Long is able to see possibility instead of limp, tired flotsam.
So, he forked over three bucks, loaded those birds and clouds into his truck and took them to the shop beside his house, which says “Tom’s TV and VCR Service” over the door that looks like old wood but is actually metal (he had the paint and a free afternoon). Left turn around the front counter, right turn around the tall shelves filled with flat-screen TVs and VCRs and stereo receivers, to a U-shaped workspace in the back left corner.





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