Best Friends He-Man and Skeletor

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The print is up in the store now! Winners of the contest have been announced on my Instagram!

What If He-Man and Skeletor Were Best Friends? The Return!

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I know, I know…I said that this would never come back. But with the success of my Best Friends show at Gallery 1988, I was flooded with requests to bring this one back. Plus, I wanted one that would match all of the others in the series (more on that later). This will be the ONLY and LAST time you will be able to get this poster, any version. This new version is the 6 color screenprint version with fluorescent inks, and printed by Danny Askar. If you’ve picked up some pieces from my best friends show, Danny printed half of them. He specifically printed Duke/Cobra Commander, She-Ra/Hordak, Lion-O/Mumm-Ra, Jem/Pizzaz, and all of the Real Ghostbusters ones, so if you grabbed those, you know how great the quality is.

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This piece holds a special place in my heart. If was the very first print, for the very first art show that I was ever in. It’s something that has stuck with my forever. In the image above, you can see the difference in the two. The older version was a giclée print with added distressing, while the new one is a screenprint. I’ve see this thing get posted all over the place, on tumblr, instagram, everywhere (without credit). Countless bootlegs and knock-offs with this art have been made. I’ve even used parts of this image for shirts and pins. I wanted to give it one last hurrah, it all of it’s brightly colored glory.

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The piece goes on sale Monday, November 21st at 9am PST. I can’t stress this enough, this will be the LAST TIME this will be available to buy. But before that, I am holding a contest over on my Instagram. All you have to do is follow me, and tag a friend in this image that you think would enjoy this as well. Winners will be announced and contacted on Instagram before the print goes for sale.

Spooky Storyteller – Enamel Pin

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It’s no secret that growing up, I was a huge fan of the Goosebumps book series, written by the living legend, R.L. Stine. That book series may very well have been my introduction to the horror movies, comics and art that I love. Not only did the stories grab me, but the cover art has always been something that has been truly influential to me.

During the series first run, a mascot was created, most likely to make it easier to merchandise product around the book series. He acted sort of like The Cryptkeeper, the face of the book series, and even graced a few covers of the Tales to Give You Goosebumps series. He was always a mystery to me when just appeared one day on a bunch of Goosebumps related products, without any mention of really who he was or where he came from, but his design was always so interesting to me.

This is my homage to the great book series that was a huge part of my life and hopefully it’ll help you get into the Halloween spirit this year. This is a 1″ Hard Enamel pin that glows in the dark and has a bubblegum pink rubber clutch. (And for all of you die hard Goosebumps fans, the cardback color-scheme is a callback to the very first Goosebumps book, Welcome to Dead House.)

Evil Friend – Enamel Pin

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This is something that I have been meaning to put out for quite a while now, and I finally had the time to do it! Based off the “What if Skeletor and He-Man Were Best Friends” print, you can now carry your favorite villain with you, wherever you go!

A limited edition of 100 were made, with hard enamel and black nickel plating. Each piece is 1″ tall, individually numbered and with my logo as a stamp on the back! You can go grab them in my new shop. If these do well, there might be an opportunity for a reprint of a certain print. (Please bear with me as I work out the kicks with the new shop)

“Best Friends” For Sale!

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All of the “Best Friends” prints are up on the Gallery 1988 website!! Go grab some now! The show will be running at the gallery until July 9th!

Best Friends – Gallery 1988 Solo Show

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As I start writing this, it’s about 2 hours before my solo show starts. I am currently reflecting on the past 6 months, and the amount of time I spent staring at my computer, drawing lines, balancing a full-time job (designing skateboards for Primitive) as well as freelance work, gallery shows and spending time with my wonderful and understanding girlfriend. It’s been quite a while since my last blog post, what looks like 6 months. Right after I posted that last post, I was knee deep in preparation for this big project that opens tonight at Gallery 1988, “Best Friends”.

Years ago, 2011 to be precise, I did a piece for a show that dealt with He-Man and Skeletor, and what it would be like if they were best friends. In between now and then I had been getting constant requests to reprint it, but haven’t so far. But ever since then, I had thought about carrying on the theme, with other characters and other cartoons. Last year, when Gallery 1988 asked if I wanted to work on a solo show with them, I jumped at the chance to tackle this theme once again, in a much greater capacity.

With this show, I pay homage to the the cartoons that I loved as a kid, and still obsess over today. Each and every cartoon, and each and every character represented has a special place in my heart. These cartoons are the reason why I do what I do and draw what I draw. I spent countless hours, days, even years watching cartoons and drawing. This is my love letter to those cartoons, my childhood, and my introduction to art.

The show opening is at Gallery 1988 tonight from 7-pm. All remaining work will be put up on the Gallery 1988 website tomorrow at 12pm pst.

Crazy 4 Cult – Escape From New York

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Hello everyone! It’s been quite a while. I have been severely lagging with updating this thing. The past few months (like always) have been incredibly busy with work, Halloween, traveling back to Colorado for Thanksgiving, and recently getting a PS4, it has all eaten up quite a bit of my time. With that said, I do have some new art to share with you, and it’s for Gallery 1988‘s annual Crazy 4 Cult show, this time back in Los Angeles. I am continuing on with my John Carpenter series for the show (first with The Thing, then They Live), and decided to tackle one of my favorite movies, Escape From New York. I saw this feel much later in life, but instantly fell in love with it. The atmosphere, the story, everything is great, and it’s even better with Kurt Russel as the main character, Snake Plissken.

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The print is reminiscent of an old 2 page spread you might find in an old 80’s action comic book. This might very well be the last comic book style print I do for quite a while as I gear up to work on my solo show that will open towards the middle of the year. You can grab the print here, as well as check out Gallery 1988 West to see it in person.

Also, a reminder, you can still grab my Captain Planet print from Strange Kids Club.

Captain Planet – The Power Is Yours!

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It’s no secret that I am obsessed with 90’s cartoons. In honor of one of my favorites cartoons, Captain Planet and the Planeteers‘, Strange Kids Club and I teamed up for a limited edition screen print celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary. Taking inspiration from old WWF (yes, WWF, not WWE) magazine ads, the print features Captain Planet and the Planeteers squaring off against the evil the Eco Villains.

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This is an 18″ x 24″ 4 color screen print, printed by Danny Askar on recycled newsprint paper. 5% of all sales go to the Captain Planet Foundation, a charity that “supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that [help kids] make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities”. The print is up for sale over at Strange Kids Club, so head over there and grab one now!

Fright Night – Private Commission AP’s

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Just in time to celebrate the beginning of the Halloween season (yes, it is a 2 month celebration). I just added AP’s of my Fright Night poster in my store! These are super limited to 13, and this is the only way you are able to get these outside of the private commission group! Once these are gone, they are gone for good an aren’t coming back.

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The poster references one of my favorite scenes in the movie, when Charley first discovers that his new neighbor isn’t exactly what he appears to be. If you haven’t seen this movie, I would suggest you stop everything right now and watch it, or at least add it to your must watch this for the Halloween season.

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There is also a subtle reference to the old EC Comics covers. I’d be shocked to hear that those old horror comics weren’t a huge influence on the film. And, while not shown in these images, there is a secret glow layer on the poster, revealing to Jerry’s true nature!

So, what are you waiting for? Go grab one in my store before they are all gone!

Life Could Be A Dream – Gallery 1988’s Clue Show

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while hasn’t it? I’ve been super busy working at my day job for Primitive Skateboarding, and a few freelance projects here and there, that I haven’t had time to update my website. It’s about time for a complete overhaul, and that will happen soon. But for now, I have some new art to showcase.

I saw the movie Clue fairly late in my life. I wasn’t really aware of the movie until my girlfriend showed it to me a few years back, as it is one of her favorite movies. I instantly fell in love with it, and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t seen it, since Clue is my favorite board game. When Gallery 1988 wanted to include me in their Clue: The Movie tribute show, I had to say yes, not only for me, but for my girlfriend as well.

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I wanted to find a way to combine the movie with the board game, as I love both so much. I also wanted to incorporate the “comic book” style that I have been working with on the past few art pieces, and I felt that referencing some of the old murder mystery comic book splash pages was the right way to do it. The characters were the most important part of the movie, so I felt like it wouldn’t be a true Clue poster if they weren’t included. The weapons are another thing that are important in both the movie and the game as well, so I wanted to represent those, and bring them out of the board game and into the real world of the movie. The entire movie is a murder mystery, and the only time you ever see the murderer (before the murderer is revealed at the end) is by the black glove. I wanted to keep that aspect a secret for the poster, and you will find out why in a little bit. Other parts of the board game are represented as well, included the game pieces, the cards, the board and the suspect sheet.

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When the movie was released in theaters, it had three different endings, and those endings were randomly placed in the different theaters that the movie was playing in. When someone back in 1985 went to see this movie in a theater, they would have possibly gotten a different ending than another person seeing it in a theater across town. Now of course, with the release of the DVD, we are able to see all 3 endings, but it was something that was very unique for a movie, and further referenced the movie’s board game origins. I wanted to reference that unique aspect of the movie with including 3 different versions of the poster. Each different version follows one of the 3 different endings of the film, and are randomly placed in the stack of posters you will be able to get from Gallery 1988.

The show opening is on June 26th at Gallery 1988 west, and I imagine will be available for sale online in the following days. I’ll update the post when they are available.

*AP’s of the Sold Ot print are up in my store right now!

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