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

Life Could Be A Dream

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.

Life Could Be A Dream

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.

Life Could Be A Dream

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.

They Live AP’s

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AP’s of the sold out They Live print are up in the store! Go grab one now!

They Live – Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult

They Live

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.

They Live

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.

They Live

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

TMNT - 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.

TMNT - Brawl

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!

Are You A God? – AP’s In the Store Now!

Are You A God?

AP’s of the Sold Out “Are You A God” poster from Gallery 1988’s Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary show are now up in the store! Only a small amount available!

8-Bit Zombie – Summer 2014

8BZ Summer

 

Man, it’s been a while since my last post hasn’t it? A lot of things have changed for me, the biggest one being that I took on a full time job with Primitive to focus mainly on their new skateboard division. But before I started working for them, I had a slew of other fun projects that I was working on, and the main one was the new stuff for 8-Bit Zombie‘s summer release. The 8BZ releases have been getting better and better with each drop, and it seemed like last year’s halloween release couldn’t be beat, until now…

8BZ Thrashor 2.0

Thrashor 2.0 is here, and he is better in every way from his previous version. We tried to replicate the feel and look of the old Masters of the Universe toys as much as we could, even down to the packaging. Ross took on the huge project of getting these produced, and I know that it was a huge headache from him, but the end result is just fantastic. I will admit, I was a bit skeptical on how everything would turn out when he would give me updates, but having these toys in hand, all the hard work paid off. Those of you who buy the figure will get a better look at the packaging, specifically the back and how we tried to keep it as true to MOTU as we could. The back also showcases potential action figures in the future if Thrashor 2.0 turns out to be a success. It’s a dream come true to see something that I designed turned into an action figure that I can hold and play with.

8BZ Summer

The first 100 orders also get a limited edition Thrashor patch, so make sure you get in early to get this. And what would an 8BZ release be without a lunchbox? These things seem to be getting more and more popular, with these ones selling out incredibly fast. We tried to cram in as much nostalgia as we possibly could, and I hope everyone enjoys the characters this time around. This might be the very last one due to limited supply of lunchboxes. Lastly, we have another action figure shirt, this time referencing my favorite toyline, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Roadkill’s backstory is crazy, but you’ll have to grab the shirt to get the full story of who he is. You can read more about the release, and get Ross’s side of things over at the 8BZ blog.

This 8-Bit Zombie release marks the end of a big chapter in my life, the end of full-time freelancing. But with this release, it’s an ending that I am extremely happy with. I’ll still be doing projects on the side when I can, but the bulk of my work will be moved towards skateboard designs, and a bunch of gallery shows I have coming up in the next few months. So keep a look out for all of that on my instagram and twitter, and I’ll try and update this blog as often as I can.

Are You A God? – Gallery 1988’s Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Art Show

Are You A God?

Ghostbusters has always been a huge part of my life. There is something about that movie that just speaks to anyone, at any age. I think my first introduction to The Ghostbusters was through The Real Ghostbusters cartoon and the classic Kenner action figure line of the same name. It’s one of those few cartoons you watch as a kid, that is still incredibly watchable as an adult. Once I got a little older, my parents showed me the movies and they both immediately jumped to the top of the list of my favorite movies. I am terrible at quoting movies, but Ghostbusters is one of the few movies I could probably quote from beginning to end, verbatim. The 2nd one, while not as critically acclaimed, is still one of my favorites as well.

Gozer the Gozerian

Gallery 1988 asked me to be a part of their official Ghostbusters art show, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie, and I was incredibly honored to be a part of it. Back during Crazy 4 Cult, when I did The Thing poster, Ghostbusters was on the short list of movies that I wanted to do in this old comic book style. This time, focusing on one of my favorite comedic scenes in the movie, with an 80’s title splash layout, complete with introductions and legal type.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the artwork printed in time for the New York stop, but it’s available to view at the LA stop, in their west gallery on Melrose. It will then travel to Chicago and end in San Diego during Comic-Con. The only way to buy the print is to attend these stops. If there are leftovers, they will be available on the Gallery 1988 website after the Comic-Con stop ends. If they sell out, I will have some AP’s that I will put up on my site. I’d suggest, if you can, to make it to one of these stops to check out this piece, and all the other great artwork as well.

Electric Zombie – Wrestling Sneak Peek

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Wrestlemania is upon us once again. Back when I was a kid, and well through high school, I was a huge fan of professional wrestling. Be it WWF (now WWE) or WCW, I did my best to catch it each week, and Wrestlemania would fall somewhere around my birthday, so my friends and I would get together and watch it. Once I got into college, I sort of lost touch with wrestling, until recently, a few weeks ago when I started watching it again (per the suggestion of Kyle Crawford). Electric Zombie will be releasing a bunch of wrestling related product in the next few days in celebration.

EZ Death Match 2

Of course, with any new EZ release, there is a bunch of fantastic shirts. I worked on one that is a mash-up with one of my favorite wrestlers, Mankind, and Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I only worked on one shirt this time around, but the other two shirts pictured are by the incredibly talented Brandon Hart, and there are a couple other shirts by another talented guy, Horsebites. If you grab some shirts, they come in a box (similar to last year), that includes art from my Legion of Doom shirt that I designed for EZ last year. This is, in my opinion, the best box that EZ has put out.

EZ Wrestling Deadies

Now, possibly the most exciting thing to come from this release, is the inclusion of the Wrestling Buddies, or Wrestling Deadies as EZ is calling them. I loved these things as a kid, and I helped EZ update the buddies to fit in with the general them of Electric Zombie, emphasis on the Zombie. This first go around for these includes Hulk Hogan and the “Macho Man” Randy Savage (“Macho Man” is, of course,  my all time favorite wrestler. These things will be fairly limited, but I can say without a doubt that you don’t want to miss out on these.

I believe everything drops friday, but I believe Kyle was thinking about releasing them a day earlier so you might want to check the Electric Zombie site tomorrow. I’ll update with the appropriate links when the items have been release. And don’t forget to watch Wrestlemania on Sunday!

Update: You can grab all the new stuff right now, unfortunately the Wrestling Deadies sold out before I could edit the post.

Your Fate – When The Lights Go Out 2

Your Fate

The best part about doing art for gallery shows is having the freedom to experiment. My very first screen print for a gallery show was “Three” for the the first “When The Lights Go Out” show for Bottleneck Gallery. Well, Bottleneck decided to have a sequel to the very successful show, and I decided to do a sequel, of shorts as well. Over the past year I have learned a ton when it comes to screen prints, and with “Three”, I learned what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to glow in the dark in. I took that knowledge and applied it to “Your Fate”.

Death

 

*Actual glow photo

With “Your Fate” I wanted to take things a bit further in terms of the illustration, but I wanted to keep the similar themes of skulls, death and nudity in “Three” and make them work better. I took inspiration from those coin operated fortune teller machines, even down to the fortune ticket you would receive. I’ve had this idea in my head ever since the last glow in the dark show ended, so it’s nice to finally execute it. The glow this time around looks amazing, and I’ve found myself flicking the lights on and off, amazed how how well the reveal works. Danny really helped me execute what I wanted it to look like in print.

The “When The Lights Go Out 2″ opening will be happening this Saturday (March 22nd) at Bottleneck Gallery in NYC, so be sure to stop by. I hear that these openings are a lot of fun. I’ll post up links when it’s for sale online.

*Update: It’s up for sale here!

“Back to Missoula” – Spoke Art – In Dreams: An Art Show Tribute to David Lynch

Back To Missoula

This new year has already brought some amazing opportunities for me, and among those, is getting to work with other galleries that I haven’t worked with before. One such gallery is Spoke Art in San Francisco. The timing for them to get in touch with my couldn’t have been more perfect. Last year I became obsessed with Twin Peaks, to the point where I would hunt through message boards and 10-20 year old articles just so I could get more information and knowledge on this incredible show. In turn, Twin Peaks lead me to the “Lynchian” world, where I discovered David Lynche’s wonderful, and thought provoking movies. It just so happened that Spoke Art wanted me to be a part of their David Lynch tribute art show, and I knew I had to do something with Twin Peaks.

Who is Killer Bob?

Spoiler Alert! Click the image to reveal the secret identity of Bob.

[Spoiler Alert] I knew I wanted to revisit the same comic book style as my The Thing piece, I feel that Twin Peaks really lends itself well to the comic book and graphic novel medium. However, I have also been wanting to experiment a little bit with some of those “secret decoder” images that were all around when I was growing up. Either as a prize in a cereal box, or in a pack of stickers, it was always something that I loved playing with as a kid. This was the perfect opportunity to show, possibly the biggest reveal in the whole series of Twin Peaks, the reveal of killer bob. The whole piece is a scene at the end of episode 14 (directed by Lynch), where Dale Cooper, the Log Lady and Sheriff Harry are at The Road House, listening to music when cooper gets a vision of the Giant telling him that Bob is killing again. And then we cut to the scene where Maddy is murdered and the reveal of Bob’s true identity, and the identity of who killed Laura Palmer. The title “Back to Missoula” is a reference to Maddy wanting to return home after her time in Twin Peaks, and also the name the the song in the background as she is being murdered. [End Spoiler]

This one is really fun, when you put on these special red glasses (that will be provided with each print), the true identity of Bob is revealed (watch a video of how it works, but it’s a huge spoiler if you haven’t seen the series). This is a 4 color screen print and an edition of 50.

The In Dreams opening will be at Spoke Art Tomorrow (March 8th), and all remaining pieces will be available the following Monday. I will update this post with the proper links on Monday.

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