Best Friends – Gallery 1988 Solo Show
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
They Live AP’s
They Live – Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult
With my 2nd full year in the books of doing gallery shows, I was lucky enough once again to end my year with Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult, this time it’s back in Los Angeles. Ever since finishing my Twin Peaks poster, I wanted to revisit the “Red Decoder” process that I used. One of my all-time favorite movies, They Live was the perfect movie to use this technique. However, instead of doing only a small portion of the poster as the Red Decoder, I decided to use the process on the whole poster.
The Red Decoder actually fits well into the theme of They Live, where Nada finds a pair of glasses and can all of a sudden see the the real world around him. Magazines and signs reveal their true message, and certain people begin to show their true appearance. The same happens with this poster, when you put on the special Red Decoder glasses, things begin to change.
Danny Askar once again did a fantastic job printing these posters, and even helped me create custom They Live glasses, which come free with each poster purchase.
Working a full-time job these days, it doesn’t leave me a ton of room to do much else outside of it. However, when I do have the time, it’s nice to be able to experiment and try different things for these gallery shows. The poster is up for sale right now on the Gallery 1988 website, and you can also stop by the gallery and see the poster in person.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary – Brawl
If you have been following me for a while, you probably already know that I am a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. From my countless rantings on twitter about TMNT, to my endless action figure postings, it hasn’t been something that I was trying to hide. This year marks the 30th anniversary for the turtles, from their very first appearance in their Mirage comics. Bottleneck Art Gallery teamed up with Nickelodeon for an art show the celebrate the anniversary, and I was lucky enough to be involved.
Like the majority of everyone else, my introduction to the turtles was through the 1980’s cartoon. Aside from The Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is at the top of my list of favorite cartoons and action figure lines. I remember watching my old F.H.E. VHS tapes until they weren’t able to play anymore, and it seemed like my dad would bring home a new TMNT action figure weekly. I still cherish all of those things, and they hold a permanent fixture in my collection. However, as I got older, I started to become familiar with the comic book, and became a huge fan of that as well. Eastman and Laird’s work has become a huge influence on me in the recent years.
For this piece, even though I loved the cartoon so much, I wanted to pay tribute to the comi and to the art style that Eastman and Laird perfected when creating the turtles. A few years ago, I explored the Duo-Tone process (but digitally) for a Threadless shirt, and wanted to revisit that, but on a grander scale. Brawl is a one color screen print edition of 40, and you can go grab it now on the Bottleneck Gallery website!