van Gogh, Starry Night
Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Kandinsky, Improvisation 28
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Van Gogh was an expert at capturing turbulence. Daniel is a surfer, and has an intimate connection with turbulence—he rides the ocean waves.

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
Kandinsky was considered the father of abstraction, but his sensory experience was most interesting—Kandinsky had synesthesia. For him, the colors and composition of his paintings evoked certain sounds. A fitting muse: sensual, like Daniel.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
While Picasso was famous for his art, he was also well-known for his tempestuous relationships with women. There is an animistic quality to his cubist paintings, reminiscent of Hawaiian naʻaumakua. Picasso was brilliant at depicting duality and distortion in his paintings, displaying a patchwork of human and animal. The reader will understand why Picasso was another fitting muse for Daniel.


Music played an important role in how some of the scenes came to be. Music also inspired the behaviors and personality traits of several characters. Here's a peek into the soul of Ugly Things We Hide.

1.  Moon, Little People
2.  Breakers, Nearby
3.  #1 Crush, Garbage
4.  Malagueña, William Wilson
5.  Exhumed, Zola Jesus
6.  Street Spirit (Fade Out), Radiohead
7.  Machine Gun, Portishead
8.  I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You, Colin Hay