“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.

I Love The Monster Hero – It Came From 1984

Toxie

Later this week, Bottleneck Gallery will have a new gallery show, “It Came From 1984”, showcasing movies that came out in 1984, and curated by Chogrin. My movie of choice, was The Toxic Avenger. I found out about The Toxic Avenger pretty late in the game. I think I was in college when I found out about it. I vaguely remember watching the cartoon when I was a kid, and I had a Toxie action figure, but I had never scene the movie. Upon first watching, admittedly, it was a little hard to get through. I am a huge fan of campy horror movies, it wasn’t the gore in The Toxic Avenger that bothered me, the movie is on it’s own level of crudeness, bad acting, and the campy dialogue. But I gave it a chance, watched the whole thing through, and then watched it again a few months later with a friend, and that made the whole experience better. And with each viewing after that,  I began to enjoy it more and more, even seeking out the sequels, and while Part II isn’t my favorite, I love Part III. Part IV, is still a struggle to watch.

Toxic Crusaders Variant

But, like I stated earlier, The Toxic Crusaders was my first introduction into the world of Toxie, so I had to pay tribute to that as well. As soon as the show was available for DVD a few years ago (when you bought The Tox Box), I had to own it. I didn’t remember much about the cartoon from when I was a kid, butI must say, it’s pretty rough. It’s sort of a mix between Captain Planet and Ninja Turtles, and while that sounds awesome, the animation and writing aren’t up to par with those shows. While that is part of the show’s charm, the action figures that accompanied the cartoon, are probably the best thing to come out of The Toxic Avenger universe. They were made by the same company that made the TMNT  toys (Playmates), but were so much more crazier and colorful.

This piece was influenced by one of favorite skateboard series, the Roskopp Santa Cruz boards by Jim Phillips, that coincidentally first started in 1984 as well. I think that the skate culture (especially back in 1984), with it’s anti-establishment views, are incredibly similar to the way The Toxic Avenger and other Troma movies were made, and created a perfect mix, and a nostalgic nod tied to that time period.

The Regular version of the poster (Yellow/Green and Pink) is and edition of 30, and the Toxic Crusaders Variant is an edition of 10, both printed with fluorescent inks by Danny Askar. They even look cool under black light. You can grab both of these prints at the Bottleneck “It Came From 1984” opening this Friday, February 7th. If you can’t make the show, they do an early release with a small number of prints the day before (Thursday, February 6th) at 8pm eastern, and the remaining pieces will be up on their website on Saturday at 12pm eastern.

UPDATE: The remaining pieces are now on sale, you can find the Regular Version here, and the Variant here!

*Pictures do not do the prints justice, fluorescent ink is incredibly hard to photograph.

 

Strange Kids Club #4 – Kickstarter

If you remember, I teamed up with Strange Kids Club a while back on the Night of the Demons poster. Well, they are now preparing to release the 4th issue of their Magazine, through their Kickstarter. Not only did I contribute some art for the issue, but it includes a slew of other fantastic artists. This issue in particular, focuses on legendary toy designer, James Groman, who designed Madballs, My Pet Monster, Barnyard Commandos and more! So head on over to their Kickstarter right now and support a great magazine and great art!

Electric Zombie – The Real Ghostbusters

EZ Real Ghostbusters

Most of you who known me, would say that my favorite cartoon and action figure line is The Ninja Turtles. While, that would be a very good guess, seeing as how my office wall is filled with TMNT action figures, The Real Ghostbusters (RGB) was, and will always be, my first love. I think my dad first introduced me to the action figures, which debuted 2 years before I was born. Once I caught wind of the toys and the cartoon, I instantly became obsessed. The one and only reason my office walls are filled with RGB toys, is the fact that they are so damn expensive on eBay. However, the cartoon, for as old as it is, still holds up today and I would personally rank it near the top, right below with Batman The Animated Series.

Anyways, enough nerding out. I worked on a project for Electric Zombie that dealt with The Real Ghostbusters. Not the Ghostbusters themselves, but the villains and action figures we all loved ad a kid. You can grab the design in a bunch of different ways, t-shirt, hoodie (that features some elements not on the shirt), and a poster. If you love The Real Ghostbusters, you should go grab all three of these right now. And look out for another drop from Electric Zombie in a few weeks featuring more of my work.

p.s. expect more Ghostbusters art from me in the near future.

Orcus – Smoke ‘Em Up

Smoke 'Em Up

Orcus released a few new shirts earlier this week, featuring a new “gang” of characters. I got to work on a shirt featuring their “Smoke ‘Em Up” character. This is one of my recent favorite designs, and you should go grab one and and the rest of the shirts, to support a really great artist driven company. You also get a killer mousepad featuring the very first design I ever did for Orcus.

Something Toxic Coming Soon

Toxie Preview

If you are in New York next friday (February 7th), go stop by Bottleneck Gallery for the “It Came form 1984” opening, and have your eyes melt out of your skull. More details to come next week…

The Thing AP’s

The Thing

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!

DUCQETS

Ducqets

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.

Electric Zombie – The Baxter Box

The Baxter Box

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.

The Baxter Box

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 Baxter Box

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.

The Baxter Box

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!

The Thing – Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult NYC

The Thing

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.

thing2

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!

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