Here is the window display i did for Mishka..This was my first time in Tokyo and I have Mishka to thank for having me out to get wild on this window display! Greg Rivera ( or Greg Mishka, if you prefer) was instrumental in making it happen,,he has done alot for me and remains one of the best examples of how doing something ridiculous like art as a career can introduce you to some of your favorite people....If you find yourself in that Shibuya area go check out Mishka Tokyo! i have some paintings in there with Lamour Supreme, pushead and Coop..
Heres an awesome sign to a book store that Kristie and I loved..We bought a cool spooky comic book in there that had mat Brinkman art in it!
These chicks went wild for the skinman!
Love of my Life !! Took my sweet baby to a temple to get a Omikuji or poem drawing composed in the traditional 31 syllable form...written by either Emperor Meiji or tyhe Empress Shoken..
Entrance to the temple! was very cool to be in an environment that you knew was created to advocate presence and peace..Even walking from one building to the other quietly, and listeneing...It brings on a special calm.
This is Shigeru. He is a special mutant. He is a rad artist and person. Here he is holding a baby doll I gave him. He hates it though. Thats ok.
Here is a shirt I released with Mishka..I think you can get it at the mishka tokyo store or maybe online soon.
Greg Mishka! This is one of my favorite dudes! Ever since I met him we have been laughing and also he has a vast understanding of cursed souls and mummy hands and cool shit like that! he is rad! we look like some weinies in this photo!
Went to the robot cafe AND IT WAS INSANE! GO THERE RIGHT NOW!
COOL CAT ART THAT WAS ON THE FENCE OF A PARK...THESE ARTISTS WERE TRYING TO SAVE THE PARK!
I think they are trying to nuild over the park maybe!
Save the PARK! this art is cool.
After the opening of my window display where some really sweet people came by to say hello, We got drunk at the club. It was my birthday! I turned 37 and i stayed up real late like a bad boy. no big deal thats what bad boys do you cant stop me.
NOW TO MANILAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
In MANILA!!!!!! The view from our room! The Gallery in Manila, Vinyl On vinyl treated us so good!
Installing my paintings for the show! Seduction of the Innocent was the name of my show! Check out my last blog post for details about the show!
Pile o' Paintings! 24 x 36 inch paintings on canvas!
Laying out my prints!
People trying to figure out what is wrong with me.
Its not all autographs, supermodels and millions of dollars man, sometimes you gotta climb a ladder!
The opening was Incredible!! so lucky to have met everyone!!
Lotta rad people that came out!! Loved meeting everyone!
This is a young epic artist named Blic! he kills it! His show ran simultaneously with mine! Check out his paintings of hands, below!
Young Blic! kills it!
This young painter is incredible! Patcho Quinto! Gave us this piece!
What a fun guy
Rode some ponies up TAAL volcano! I didnt ride mine because i felt guilty but we ran side by side like wild pony twins it was rad, we felt so free together like we were brothers, even. This volcano erupted in the 60's and ended American occupation because it scared them off! HAW HAW. It smelled like sulfur and also there was smoke coming out of holes in the ground, it was awesome!!!
At the top of the Volcano!! on the right is the gallery ownwer sweet heart named Gaby DeLa Merced! She is a race car driver and a totally wonderful person! Not pictured here are other people from the gallery..Pia, who was also amazing as well as Alex, Rob and Carlo who made us feel so welcome! then to Gaby's right is Kristie, my wifey! then to her right is our bodyguards Degie and Chuck Norris Jones!
I got to referee a boxing match! Then we had drinks.We are old alcoholic friends!
They punched my balls repeatedly. I paid them extra for that.
FAREWELL! I love VINYL ON VINYL CREW! I am coming back to Manila and it will be crazy! This trip was such a privilege! i cannot wait to go back!! If you are interested in buying any originals from the show then email email@example.com
Have a beautiful day!!!
Over the last two months I have been working on paintings for my show at Vinyl On Vinyl in Manila, Philippines..
10 paintings that were to combine my love of silver age comics, and a recent more intense obsession with Jack Kirby as an artist and master of fantastic fiction. The aesthetic style of it influenced from different kinds of comics at the time of the silver age.. A little before or after as well.. KIRBY/DITKO bombast and action, E.C. Comics creepiness and sci fi weirdness as well as pre silver age stuff of the likes of L.B Cole.. I set out to do some weird comic book panel art that would be fun and easy to do for the show in Manila.. It was fun and indulgent even, but something happened as I was painting these... I was listening to Jack KIRBY interviews on YouTube and after I listened to all of those I was referred to Alan Moore interviews and grant Morrison interviews.. The Jack KIRBY interviews fascinated me because I love Jack Kirby and what he has done is sort of Mentor me from beyond the grave by providing the most incredible example of blue collar work ethic not to mention how weird and impressive and beautiful his imaginings always are.. He's not called the king for nothing.. Well the Alan Moore and grant Morrison interviews really set my mind off into a kind of interest in the psycho mental and spiritual involvement that creativity can invoke.. A sort of journey beyond the normal dimensions of story concepts and art as an imaginative astronaut willing to take on a mental freedom no matter how bizarre it could be.. A few Alan Moore interviews really got me thinking about how important socially active and antagonistic art is.. That it is at its best when it is for the people, not the status quo standard of self congratulating upper art echelons not available to the average joe.. It renewed my sense of this, although my modus operandi is to put my art in the hands of anyone if I can.. I then was in a mutational stage of silver age comic book social antagonism, which is ridiculous enough but then I started on the Robert Anton Wilson and Terrence Mckenna interviews.. Which completed my journey by bolstering my love of the absurd and the freedom it brings by overthrowing any current form of social niceties and standards, as well as kind of opening my mind to the spiritual shift that human beings are capable of through drugs and consciousness.. So of course whatever paintings I was working on by the time I was listening to Terrence McKenna, were completely taking an aggravated stance towards mentally inhibiting institutions.. The church, military industrial complexes, etc.. Of course i had to buy a couple of ounces of mushrooms so I could take them when I get back from my trip over seas.. Summer is good for hiking and spirit morphing! Haha!! So as I was painting this batch of weird paintings, I realized that a lot of what I was commenting on in these paintings were very Americanized themes and concepts.. Some emotional and some political.. I then thought of how the show was in the Philippines which is a country that I hear loves aspects of our western culture.. I thought of Fredric Wertham who wrote a book called " Seduction of the innocent" in 1954, which all but destroyed the comic book industry in the late 50's.. It put EC comics out of business, and the book claimed that comic books were influencing children with horrific themes and violence to be terrible, twisted future criminals.. It struck me that what really turns us into twisted versions of what could actually be, a peaceful beautiful organic occurance on earth, are our warlike behaviors, our social conditioning and standards, our subjugation and mental enslavement via stupid religions of ourselves and others..( there's a lot more to touch on but let's stick with only a few for now) .. Comic books don't make for a shitty world.. People doing the same dumb shit for generations and continuing the stupidity and lazy minded selfishness because we are addicted to things that work for us as an individual but put others back, make a shitty world.. We can't evolve if only a couple of people can afford it.. So I named the show "Seduction of The Innocent", an art show of my Wacky and critical commentary on some of our collective struggles as well as social/political institutions that I think will never get enough spankings.. And laying it out in my favorite art form style, comic books.. It has been an incredibly fun exercise into trying new things and pushing myself to do things I never had the discipline to mess with.(im looking at you, insane old tymey comic fonts) the show starts on March 25th.. A few days after my opening in Japan at Mishka Tokyo, which is where we are showing my new window display/installation for them on March 20th.. If anybody an come out and see me Id love though your face!
Thank you for reading my long pontificating description on how I arrived in a place of total confusion.
All paintings are on canvas
Acrylic, airbrush and ink
1. Dysfunction, my old friend
2. Cosmic child, won't you love me?
3. Army of none
4. Hide the abnormal sense of self
5. The strange notion of equality and why it pisses off half the population
6. Be not afraid, little man
7. Reboot the system.
8. The green man hates them all
9. God and his uncanny ability to judge you
10. The zen of peace and it's fleeting nature
Unveiled! I debuted these freakish beings at Designer Con!
Was hard to keep it secret for so long! My new, first ever self produced japanese vinyl figures, Morgoog, and Ogos!
I have been working with David Arshawsky on several projects and thought I would spice it up by making epic large scale figures that I would have lost my shit over when i was little. I tried to touch on just the right balance of, 80's nostalgia, Kaiju giant monster cinema energy, as well as mythology and tripped out fucking weirdness...I grew up obsessing about the Hulk, the war of the Gargantuas, Frankenstein...giant terrorizing creatures that may eat you and your friends...or are they here to help?
I give you:
MORGOGG, THE WHISPERING PRINCE
born with an evil in him that would not stop growing! His tiny whispering face on the back of his skull will drive you mad! Within his cursed club lies the soul of his mother, who was trapped the day he was born! Their village had ostracised them to live in the mountains where they have only each other to keep company.
OGOS, THE EYE OF THE WORLD
Born to kill the bravest warriors that find their way to his island. All cyclops weakest point is their eye. That is why the Mad gods that birthed him have given his club many eyes to find their target. For even if the Cyclops may lose sight in his one angry eye, there are several more that mayt guide him through the power of his club! may you never wash ashore on the island of Cyclopes.
13 inches of teeth gnashing japanese vinyl
Gamma Ray Green
6 points of articulation
limited sets for $300
singles of each for $175
Available Friday Nov 28th at noon pacific