hug life (love, bryan)

I have no idea how to eulogize anyone, especially close friend that I saw everyday. For now I’ll just put up some of my favorite pictures of Craig and try to update with more stories and memories later. Shit’s pretty rough. He was really loved.

The first time he went to use this pullup bar he ripped it out of the door jam and broke his nose. I’m sure it was awful but he loved telling that story.

He really liked tofudogs and he kinda reminded me of one so I took this picture.

He gave the cats hell.

Craig and Lyssa were my first new friends in New York.

Usually aroused.

A fine artist.

This was a potential tattoo.

This was an actual tattoo.

The infamous Hug Life.

He was working on a sock rather than a sleeve.

This is one of many Craig/Greg kiss photos.

They had something special.

The TNMT hat was mine but Craig breathed a whole new life into it. I feel like he’s been doing that his whole life.

Snacks every night.

This is probably how I’ll remember Craig best.

I love that guy.

If you’re interested in more digital memories of Craig you can check his Myspace, his fairly recent photo blog LOOK IT!, and Williamsboard. I’ve also heard that someone is putting together a with photos and stories and a place to donate to the anti-hunger coalition that he worked for.

36 Responses to “hug life (love, bryan)”

  1. 1 eliz

    bryan – i was at your apt yesterday but we didnt have a chance to meet. i'll be working on and i'd love if you submitted your photos to it. email me if you can –

  2. 2 flax

    this is great thank you so much for this.

  3. 3 tyjk


  4. 4 sandy


  5. 5 han

    this is a great dedication.

  6. 6 pp

    this is beautiful bryan.

  7. 7 pp

    Craig, I didn't spend to much time with you but I love you and wherever you are I hope you're enjoying all the best vegan cookies in the universe. You're still breathing life into the masses.

  8. 8 lin

    im in complete shock. how can someone so beautiful, talented and full of life and crazy energy be taken away from us? nothing makes sense anymore. craig will always be the best chalkboard cartoonist i have ever known.

  9. 9 danilo

    its the most important blog i have ever seen :crying:

  10. 10 Mark

    Hey Craig — this is your Uncle Mark. I'll always miss you, guy. Who am I gonna kid about eating grass clippings for dinner?

  11. 11 Hallie

    Bryan- Nice blog. In general, I feel as though Craig Murphey may have been the biggest "missed connection" of my life.

  12. 12 christine

    love you, bryan. this is beautiful.

  13. 13 Ivon

    :crying: It was a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for the tips on baby food. You are an amazing spirit. Thanks for sharing yourself with our family.

  14. 14 sara

    That's was such a sweet memoir. I'm sorry bro, I hate it for ya. I wish there was something i could say or do. I love you bro!

  15. 15 tanner

    bryan–i'm very sorry for your loss. this memorial is beautiful and moving.

  16. 16 sarah

    I don't know any of you. I am sorry you lost a dear friend. He must of been a very special guy for so many to love him so much. You have brought me to tears.

  17. 17 Ed

    I came across this by accident on It's obvious that you love your friend. I can only wish that I will someday be worthy of the same kind of love.

  18. 18 Harry

    few things cause me to think about myself, my friends, and life in general as deeply as this has done. He seemed like an amazing person. I am very, very sorry, I'm sure he will be missed beyond words.

  19. 19 Molly

    Found myself here somehow, surfing. Craig. Wow. How fortunate he was in life, to be so himself and experience the world with such love in his heart, and surrounding him. I feel my life a little more whole for having seen this tribute. My heart aches for you that he has left behind, but now, when I think of lives well-lived, Craig's will be one of them. I am so sorry for your loss, all of you who loved him, and I thank you for sharing him. Today, I'll do something just for Craig.

  20. 20 Mark

    Holy cow, somehow got here randomly through surfing links from BC Camplight, of all people. It made me simultaneously really sad and happy. You people seem wonderful, and so does Craig. I really hope I meet guys like you when I have my year in New York, 2009.

  21. 21 Sven

    I don't know you, Bryan, nor do I know Craig. I was browsing your site when I came upon this and it brought me to tears. Im so sorry you lost such a dear friend. This is one of the most touching memorials I've ever seen. I'm sure wherever Craig is he's watching over all of you, smiling. I wish I'll be remembered with half the force that your friend was when I go. Good luck, my friend.

  22. 22 SYDNEY

    Craig, I don't know you but I was surfing and came across this beautiful tribute. You sound like a great guy with so many great friends. Going through your photos I find it hard to know if anyone else had as much fun in life as you did in your short time on earth. Somehow, I can see you smiling and laughing down on us from above. RIP.

  23. 23 adr!ana

    During my search for pictures of studio apartments in New York, I managed to come across this little slice of heaven today (sunday octobe 19th, 2008). I don't know you Bryan, and I don't know Craig either, but wow…thanks to this memorial website, i feel like I DID know Craig (and I hope that doesn't offend you). This was a great way to remember someone. Through your pictures (which are great by the way) it felt as though i were there experiencing everything with you and your friends. It brought me to tears that you lost someone so incredible, and I'm totally getting a "Craig" T-Shirt and Pin (from I love that tattoo he had… Be Better. It's completely inspired me and made me really evaluate my own life. Now everytime I feel too lazy to do something, or I feel like doing something wrong, the quote pops up in my head… Be Better. I want to share Craig's story with everyone I meet. I want everyone else I know to try and "Be Better". That's why I'm getting the shirt. I hope you know this has really affected my life, and once again, I'm sorry for your loss. much love, adri

  24. 24 Israel

    Hello, My name is Israel. I stumbled upon this beautiful tribute page while looking for cool tattoos. I don't know you, Bryan, and I didn't know Craig, but I now feel like I do know him. I am so sorry for this loss. Craig looks like someone so full of life, its hard to realize that he is gone. These photographs are beautiful, they truly capture the spirit of the moment. I don't know what it is like to lose a close friend, but I have lost a little brother, so I know a little bit about the pain. Life is so short, take nothing for granted. I don't know you, but my heart is with you tonight. ~Israel

  25. 25 sam

    the only way i can express what i feel is to say that my heart is so full after experiencing this, my resolve to live wholeheartedly and be a better person and encourage others to be better is even stronger now, and that i realize that it is never really foolish to truly love. thank you for sharing this. may you and yours, here and there, blessed be.

  26. 26 sam

    …and you do know how to eulogize someone. i love, enjoy and admire this beautiful person, i have a sense of who he is, and am inspired by him, and i never met him. and that seems to be the point of a eulogy. may we all be remembered so beautifully and well.

  27. 27 patti

    My son Jamie called me the day Craig died and was crying hysterical andvery upset. Craig sounds like he was a very good person and full of life. Now Jamie is also gone, this site has engouraged me to do the same for Jamie, it’s time. great job!!

  28. 28 Clinton Connor

    I knew Craig briefly. My now wife was a VISTA and introduced us. He just popped in my head; just now. Just a random memory. Craig was trying to convince my now wife Andrea that I would ditch her for him. He spent the better half of a night trying to seduce me. Apparently they had a little bet as to who would make out with me first. It was a pretty typical night at the Cherry Tavern. I believe he won.

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