The Thing AP’s
Ap’s of The Thing are now for sale on my store. They sold out at the gallery fairly quickly, so don’t sleep on these!
Ap’s of The Thing are now for sale on my store. They sold out at the gallery fairly quickly, so don’t sleep on these!
I am incredibly excited to talk about these new shirts I designed for Ducqets. I designed my version of their Mascot and logo, as well as a flip on Huey, Dewey and Louie from Ducktales . They let me do whatever I wanted with each theme, especially with the Ducqtales shirt, which turns the brothers into the gang of criminals known as the Beagle Boys. You can grab each design in a shirt or sweatshirt from their shop.
A couple weeks ago, Electric Zombie released a great pack of shirts called The Baxter Box. Some of you might remember the name Baxter, but for those of you who don’t, Baxter Stockman is an evil scientist from the Ninja Turtle universe. He was responsible for the creation of the mousers, and if you are familiar with the cartoon, he also turned into a giant fly.
I designed the box that the shirts come in, resembling a shipping crate. When you flip the box over, you can see the mousers trying to break out of the box. The box ties into a certain theme that may not be obvious at first.
The box comes packed with 4 shirts, stickers and turtle ooze. 3 of the shirts are reprints from some of the most popular Ninja Turtle shirts that Electric Zombie put out years ago, are are designed by some really great artists. I missed out on that Mondo Gecko shirt when it was first release, so I am stoked that it was reprinted.
I did mention that there are 4 shirts didn’t I? Anyways, we are keeping this 4th shirt a secret for now, it’s a brand new shirt that I designed. The design wont be revealed or be available to purchase separately until all of The Baxter Boxes. It’s a shirt design that will lead into some other things coming from Electric Zombie and myself later down the road. There are only a few boxes left, with some sizes sold out, so jump on this quick! I’ll reveal the 4th shirt that I designed once all the boxes are sold!
This year has been an incredibly fun year, filled with trying new things. At the end of last year, my goal was to get my work into some gallery shows. I was lucky enough to have work in both Bottleneck and Gallery 1988, and it has been quite a learning experience for me. I was lucky enough to be asked to be in the final (and biggest) group show of the year for Gallery 1988, and it was my chance to do a piece that I have had in my head for so long, for my favorite movie of all time, John Carpenter’s The Thing.
I wanted this piece to reflect some of the biggest influences in my work, horror comics. The subject matter for The Thing fit that perfectly. Tales from the Crypt and other EC Comics were that biggest influence in this piece, but I also took queues from silver age Marvel and DC comics as well. A lot of the drawings are readily available in books and online, however it was a bit more difficult finding out how they were colored back then. I began hunting high and low, and found out just how complicated the coloring process was for older comics. The process is a lot like screen printing. I located a 1970′s DC Comics color guide, and used that as my starting point, and ran from there. The piece is an homage to the opening page in a horror comic, that sets up the entire story (before telling the whole story again, but with more information). Once again, Danny Askar was the right person to help me achieve the old comic book look that I was going for, with CMYK screen printing.
Gallery 1988′s Crazy 4 Cult show is in New York again this year. The opening is December 13th and the show will run through December 21st. Pieces will be available online December 14th. More info on the show can be found on their website.
*sidenote: there are a small number of Night of the Demon’s AP’s in my store!
Holy crap November went fast didn’t it? During Halloween, I felt so ambitious, thinking I was going to do a bunch of blog posts…and as you can see, that didn’t happen at all. My family came to visit me right after I posted the “Monster Cereal” blog post, and after that I got super behind on work. Took on a couple huge projects (one of them being the new season of Goodbie Skateboards), and all of a sudden Thanksgiving happened and now it’s the beginning of December. I swear it was just the end of summer.
In between my last post and now, some pretty cool stuff has been released that I helped out with. This would include some new things from my good friends Paper Root. Some classic streetwear stuff right there.
And I am really excited to show this snowboard for FYVE Snowboards.
Now I am sure there is a ton of other stuff I have missed, so I am going to try and hunt things down so I can post them. Thankfully, this is the first time in years, where I am actually caught up with client work, and can kind of take a deep breath and start getting my life back on track. The first step in that direction is being a part of Gallery 1988‘s annual Crazy 4 Cult show, which will be in NYC again. For this show I am doing a piece based off of John Carpenter’s The Thing, my favorite horror movie (and possibly favorite movie) of all time. If you follow me on Instagram you have seen a few previews, and I am thrilled with how it turned out. My man Danny should be printing these very soon, and I can’t wait to see them. More on that later…
Until next time…
I had stopped eating cereal for breakfast in the past few years. I suppose that when you start growing up, you look towards other breakfast meals that can provide a better source of nutrients. I grew up in, what I would say is the final decade of the “golden age” of cereal. This was all before a lot of the major cereal brands changed their ingredients to be appear more “healthy”, some of the favorite mascots went away, and some cereals disappeared completely. I grew up eating the classics like Fruit Loops, Corn Pops, Honeycombs, Cap’n Crunch, Sugar Smacks, Lucky Charms and the like, but I can also recall how much I loved short lived cereals like the Batman Movie cereal, Nerds cereal and even the Ninja Turtles cereal. I never got into any of the monster cereals growing up, but I definitely knew about them, and would always pause when I’d see the boxes in the cereal isle. For some reason, my mom never bought them for me, and when I was old enough to buy cereal for myself, I never grabbed them. Things changed this year, after my man Dinosaur Dracula broke the news that every single monster cereal was being released this year. Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Boo-Berry had all been available the past few Halloween’s, but this year General Mills was re-releasing Frute Brtue and Yummy Mummy as well, both of which haven’t been around since 1984 and 1993 respectively. And not only that, but Target was releasing them with their classic packaging…it was too much of a cool thing to pass up, so I bit the bullet and bought all of them, in multiples.
Look at how beautiful this cereal looks! I’ll go out on a limb and say that these might be the best looking cereals ever. From left to right, starting with the top row, we have Yummy Mummy, Frute Brute, Boo-Berry, Frankenberry and Count Chocula. I don’t have any prior knowledge on how this cereals used to taste, but I can say that all of them taste great. I dislike most things chocolate, especially cereal, but Count Chocula tastes amazing, almost like a brownie in cereal form. Both Frankenberry and Boo-Berry taste like Crunch Berries, I have heard that the flavor on both of these is a little dull compared to how it used to taste. Frute Brute tastes like Frute Punch candy, and was shocking at first to taste a cereal like this. Yummy Mummy is my absolute favorite out of all of them, and could be my favorite cereal ever. You’d think the orange cream flavor would be gross, but if you get a handful of cereal with the right combination of marshmallows, it’s life changing. It sort of reminds me of what the Nerds cereal used to taste like.
Halloween is such a fun time, and with the addition of cool things like this, and companies like General Mills listening to their fans and bringing back things that people once loved, it makes it that much better. The only thing that I could top this, would be if Minute Maid brought back Ecto-Cooler Hi-C, but I am not holding my breath.
Finally, I can show you something that Strange Kids Club and myself have been cooking up just in time for Halloween. I was late to the game when it came to Night of the Demons. It was a movie I always knew about, I would always see the VHS cover growing up when browsing the horror movie section at Blockbuster, but I never watched it. A couple of years ago when i was living with some of my college friends, we decided to take the leap and watch it. We would always watch horror movies and try to scare the crap out of each other during them, and Night of the Demons was the perfect movie for that kind of atmosphere. From the amazing music from the opening credits, to the very last scene, it’s 80′s b-movie horror at it’s best.
Strange Kids club approached me a while back to do a collaboration print with them, and this was the perfect opportunity to do a poster for a movie I love so much. When we began working on the poster, Rondal (SKC owner) realized that it was going to be the 25th anniversary for the film coming up, so we are releasing it 25 years later, to the day, when NOTD hit theaters. It’s a 3 color screenprint plus glow in the dark element on Grapsicle french paper, an edition of 50, signed and numbered. Once again my man Danny Askar knocked it out of the park on the printing. You can grab one right now, and if you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading this and go watch it now!
*Poster was done in collaboration with SKC and is only for sale on their website.
The Halloween season is almost over. I have been slacking on my Halloween related posts, but I decided to start with my list of Horror movies that I will be watching this year. I have compiled a list of movies that I haven’t seen or had only seen parts of. I have already knocked out about half of these, and so far From Beyond is my top pick out of the bunch, quickly followed by Deadly Friend and Chopping Mall. Demons, unfortunately I disliked every much despite critical praise. I’ll of course be watching the staple movies like The Thing, Night of the Demons and Return of the Living Dead, but finding and watching Horror movies that I haven’t seen is refreshing and exciting.
September and October seems to be the busiest months for me, but there is a lot of cool stuff coming out, and it all starts with something brand new from 8-Bit Zombie. As soon as we finished up the summer release, we immediately discussed what we were going to do for Halloween. I just presumed we’d work on another lunchbox, but Ross didn’t have enough boxes to be able to do it, so he had something a little more outside the box in mind. He mentioned he wanted to do a Halloween skeleton decoration and I jumped at the chance. I knew it had to involve Tarman, or “The Barrel Zombie” as we care calling it, Return of the Living Dead is a much watch movie, every Halloween. We threw in a bunch of other references (Boglings, The Never Ending Story, My Pet Monster, Nintendo) to keep with the fun 8BZ vibe. I can’t wait to get this guy and hang it on my front door, and then hand it on my office door all year-round.
Another cool thing that was released today, was a Cobra Kai shirt I worked on for Fright Rags. It’s funny, I had been a Cobra Kai skeleton for Halloween a few times, it’s my favorite part of the movie, so it felt perfect that I’d get an opportunity to work on a shirt design like this. I’m going to be working on a couple more things with Fright Rags in the near future, and I am incredibly excited to be able to add them to my client list.
As for the rest of the month, there is something very special happening on Monday with my friends at Strange Kids Club, so keep your eyes peeled. I also haven’t forgotten about writing some special Halloween blog posts (non-art related) and hope to get to a few this weekend. I have just been so swamped with work that I haven’t had the opportunity to do anything else. But I have gathered a bunch of great Halloween related stuff to talk about (complete Tales from the Crypt on DVD, Aaahh! Real Monsters, Treehouse of Horror, Halloween Home Improvement, Real Ghostbusters, monster cereal, candy, etc…) I hope I have enough time to get to it. I have also finally figured out what I am going to be for Halloween, my scientific hero Doctor Dreadful. I hope everyone is having a great Halloween season. It’s almost over, so soak it up and watch as many Horror movies as you can!
Later this month I will be a part of a really cool show in the Denver Area. Ink Monstr is running a one night art show competition featuring myself, along with some other amazing artists. You can find more about it here, and if you can, show up and support me! It’s free entry, and free drinks, so you really don’t have an excuse to not go!