I sit here writing this less than 24 hours after watching the final-cut of the newest Mastodon video that I had the privilege of creating along side some of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with, and which I will say more about soon. Watching this project come to fruition has been an incredible experience during which time I learned the true nature of real creative collaboration. Like most artists I know, I’ve spent most my life being a control freak about my work; needing things to be a "certain" way to match my very specific vision of a creative project. Asking for outside opinions or interpretations of my work has never really occurred to me, which understandably, has made me a pretty tough dude to collaborate with.

That is, until a few years ago when I started to let go.

I don't know if the shift was brought on by overwhelm, or because it was just time to see things differently and transform from an uptight control freak to more of a free moving collaborative, but once I was open I became a kind of magnet for attracting awesome freak energy that could be added mine. Like sometimes I'll have someone sculpt some crazy ass figure for me, and they're interpretation isn't really too much like the drawing I did for it, but I end up loving it. I don't know man, maybe age has squished my ego, or maybe I just don't care about getting recognition for my distinct style as much as I like to see what happens when I let myself work collaboratively with others.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that my art is not going to disappear if I compromise. I still make it with my hands, but I like to see what happens now more than ever when my art goes through the filter of what others bring to it. It's so much fun seeing what someone can do. And to be honest, I’m finding that people are getting into these projects as much as I am, if not more!! It's absolutely incredible to put yourself out there into the universe, openly, and get people that are into it and have faith that it's going to be, not just ok, but fucking amazing! People are really good at what they do and sometimes it's just best to let them do that.

With so many creative cooks in the kitchen, the video I did for Mastodon could have very easily turned into a train wreck. But I guess most everything I do feels like it's bordering on train wrecking while I am wildly trying to build track before it flies off the rails. I don't know if that's good or not, but it just is that way for me. The truth is, I think if you put yourself out there in a big way (with a pretty big amount of risk) you will attract the kinds of things that it will take to make it great, or you'll learn from it not ending up the way you would have liked. Either way you actually win. Sorry if I'm being annoying and positive but having faith in things has been kind of my weakest trait. I have had no faith in anything most of my life. Maybe it's some banal childhood darkness that has trained me to be that way, but that shit needs to go to bed when there's a chance to do something great! You have to reach out there and see what could happen. Sometimes the right people reach back and the Mastodon video is a great example of the perfect storm of creative, freaky cats coming together to make something epic! Looking back at it, I couldn’t be happier with how the video came to be, or how it turned out!



People have been asking me how I got the chance to art direct a video for Mastodon. Well here’s how it happened: One morning I asked Brann, "What do you think your cat does at night when it goes out the cat door? (Brann has an incredible one-eyed giant cat named Don). Do you think he goes on some insane cat adventure?" This is how my brain works when I'm getting that coffee buzz going in the morning. Plus, I've long been suspicious of secret cat adventures for years. Since I was little I’ve thought," What the fuck are they doing out there all night?" Anyways, Brann said," That’s a cool idea. Why don't you write a treatment for a video?" AND THUS IT SHALL BE!



I took the next day off to stay at home, smoke pot, chill with my cats and listen to King Crimson records while I wrote out the story for the video. Somehow this strange idea just started wriggling its way out of my brain and there was not a moment that it felt like a struggle to put together. It came out fast as I could write it, which is rare for me. I think it’s rare for most creative, except maybe Jack Kirby, RIP. Anyway, I wrote this sumbitch' out like crazy, all free-hand, and then I typed it up, drew out the storyboard, and sent it over to Brann! Months and months went by and I kind of forget about it, because stuff takes time and you never know what will happen, and Mastodon tours all the time, and you just never know what will stick and what won't in this world. Besides, I figured Warner Bros might read the treatment and think ,"Cool! People love cats! We can work with this," but then read the whole expansive subterranean psychedelic hero cat journey universe and think something like," Wait, what the fuck is all this other stuff? This will cost us millions! Shut it down!" Like I said, life’s a crapshoot. So time goes by. Then one day Brann hits me up and says," We should make that video." AND SO IT BEGAN! We reached out to Shane Morton from Silver Screm FX lab, the greatest practical effects guy ever, and an inexhaustible wealth of creative knowledge of horror films, comic books, the occult, and all things wrestling. Shane is an unending art tornado, a juggernaut. Trust me, I thought I was a juggernaut, but no, this guy puts me to shame. Shane quickly put together a budget based on the treatment I wrote, we turn it into Warner Bros, and with some coercion from Brann, and some advocacy from the Mastodon team we were able to convince Warner Bros that we knew what we were doing. After a month or two of them deliberating (no we didn't have to blow anyone...this time) the project was approved! Now the only thing we had to do was start, and make it awesome.









Because I'm an ambitious nerd and because Brann is one of my best dudes, I wanted to something absolutely insane-- better than all the Star Wars movies and Dark Crystals combined! I’d have had to rise to the challenge, but luckily I love a challenge! When I got to Atlanta where the filming would take place, Shane had already started work on the sets. I'm talking whole rooms transformed-- big ones. Everyday we added more and more and more. All the people I got to work with on this project were incredible. I made so many friends and got to be around this incredible rebel art spirit everyday. It felt like some kind of bohemian apocalypse puppet art school! I learned so much from everyone there. Thinking of them now makes me miss them all over again. But for almost three weeks straight we worked together building sets, crafting puppets, painting totems, carving mushrooms and sewing costumes. It was absolutely crazy and I loved it! I met Chris brown (not that Chris Brown) who is this wild puppet making genius who trained in Europe and did all this prestigious puppet Illuminati shit that I can't really talk about. I was completely enveloped and the project eclipsed everything else in my life for those weeks. I met video Rahim (director) and Ashley Simpson (assistant director who kept all of us on point person) and they brought an amazing working knowledge of how it could and should be! Together, they've done a ton of amazing videos and are killing it in Atlanta. This amazing crew of young dudes came in to do lights and camera work and it was awesome to see them do their thing, especially since the shoots ended up being over 15 hours a day. The last day we shot for a full 24 hours! It was bat shit crazy, but we needed to do it to get the shots in the time we had.







Rahim directed the shit out of us, and let Shane and I do some directing too! You should have seen me with my long cigarette and beret hat! I fired and rehired everyone like 6 times-- it was awesome! The first cat we tried out for the video was having a hard time not being distracted so we got this other cat! Her name was Skye! She's so beautiful! You can see in the video how cute her face is. She was a natural! The only problem was we had planned on making the cat puppet look like the first cat so we needed to change the fur over to look like Skye (puppet drama).









Luckily it all got figured it out because Shane is the only person I know that actually does better when he's screwed in the moment because somehow some other magical shit happens and he figures it out and then he walks away all smug like he just solved the Rubik's cube of your life and he knows it. It's pretty great to watch. And he does it like 5 times a day. Anyways, while I was painting this ancient one eye cat totem (an homage to Brann's one eyed cat, Don) I got a message on Facebook from Hey Beautiful Jerk who wanted to know if we needed any help with Digital FX. I thought it couldn't hurt to watch their reel, so I stopped and checked it out and Holy shit man! It was absolutely wild, and you have definitely all seen stuff they have worked on! Katy Perry, Rhianna, a bunch of commercials, Adult Swim stuff, Run The Jewels and much more. They were looking to do something really creative and collaborate with us since seeing my ridiculous posts of us in Shane's spooky shop. I immediately replied YES and they said they were going to be in Atlanta in the next day for a wedding and we should meet. Now tell me that isn't some insane synchronicity. Shane and I talked very openly before I flew out to Atlanta about the only way this project would work, and that would be if we came at it like Alejandro Jodorowsky. We would attract spiritual warriors, just like in Jodorowsky's Dune. (Of course his version of Dune never got made but let's not focus on that for now). We needed spiritual warriors, baby!! And they were flying in from NY and they had no fucking idea how insane we were! So Mark and Gina from Hey Beautiful Jerk became a new element of the video. Mark cruised in with an Electric Wizard shirt on so I knew I wasn't gonna have to translate much. They understood exactly the vision for the video. Rahim had made a sick animatic trailer out of my horrible drawings and it was on! Things were poppin'!







After getting the sets done and the puppets ready and the cat all set up, we started filming. It was total chaos and I both loved it and didn't know fully what was happening. Brann insisted I be the stoner guy on the couch at the beginning and end of the video. I'll be honest and say that I secretly wanted to be that guy, but I was open to anyone who looked better for the role. Luckily for me, I got chosen for it (I'm ready for my close up!). Over the course of 3 days we did scene after scene. I got to puppeteer and help direct. Rahim kept it all going with the help of Ashley's schedule. It was clear to me that some magical shit was going on and I was really sleepy! Ha!





Gina from Hey Beautiful Jerk flew in for the last two days of shooting so that she could consult us on what they were able to do with effects while we made the shots. It was good to know what was and wasn't possible because we needed way more time than 3 days to shoot this thing but we didn't have it. It was completely insane to start the shoot at 10:00 am and end it at 9:00 am the next day. The camera and light guys were definitely spiritual warriors at that point because I don't know a person alive that could have kept going like that. I felt so much appreciation for everyone that was there. They stayed up late each stressful night, not knowing if this was going to be the best thing ever or not. They all kept it going and I am eternally grateful. I wrote this insane story and they were bringing it to life. When we wrapped on the last the morning, I hugged everyone and got on a plane. I had to get to LA for a film festival (I had a mini film debuting at the Lovecraft Film Festival). When I got home, Mark and Gina were in the editing process, adding even more animation and FX elements with my art infused in them! They encouraged me to get more wild with a medium I was familiar with, so I paint and illustrated a few sick ghosts that they thought would take the finished product even further. Well, I more like drugged out smoke hallucinations, but they look like ghosts. I did some font changes and title cards and some cat transformation sequence illustrations. It felt like doing two totally different styles of creation for one video and I loved it! First was going to puppet school, then I got to do what I normally do (painting and illustrating) as well! It was incredible! It felt so freeing!







Then I worked with Gina and Mark to add the last insane effects, the flow and the sequence. They were super attentive to what I thought would honor the original story I wrote as well as adding their strengths to make it something bigger. The timeline to get this beast into the cage and delivered to Warner Bros wasn't leaving us much time, so I put my faith into what Gina and Mark could do. Besides, I really wanted to see what the spirit of collaboration pulled out of them. I was blown away at what was pulled out after going above and beyond to bring what started as an afternoon writing down a cool cat hero story, into this 6 minute long epic of cosmic proportions! Everyone involved went above and beyond! This whole thing was limited to budget and time and the people involved did what they had to do in the time allowed and they all did more then they had to go beyond what any budget would allow. With love and vision and involvement this project became everyone's baby. It's beautiful and its what happens when you don't play by the rules. It's what happens when you treat a project as a process of learning and collaborating with others. When you see what happens when you don't limit yourself. When you do your best and pass it on to the next person to theirs. You watch it grow through the filter of the next person…it's almost spiritual. I had have faith in it, in the people I was working with. I had to believe in it in a way that left no room for doubt. I know that sounds ridiculous but watching something happen in this perfectly strange, perfectly beautiful way that can't be quantified by what a demographic likes or what the kids think is cool or what an executive wants to go viral. It’s rare and special to me that this beautiful collaboration happened, it was a gift. The experience, the friendships, the struggles, the times waking up tired and having to do it all over again. It was the best gift I could have received because I learned more about myself and what I'm capable of than I thought was possible. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do. I get a little emotional watching it cuz I know what went into it’s creation and I'm an emo baby. If you get the chance please check out the links I've provided for the people involved! I think you'll love them as much as I do!
Thanks, Skinner





When Cop A Squat Toys hit me up about doing a run of these, I immediately saw the potential in such a weird, and what I would consider to be, traditional looking character in the vein of Battling Kaiju via Ultra Man and vintage Sci-Fi...It just looks cool to me...Then when Adam Saul told me that He could silk screen a header, I thought the project could really be special...well, then I decided to stay home one day and hang out with my cats ( The Clone seemed sad), and draw the header, I kinda just started expanding on what I wanted to do until I had drawn a big dissected version of the Semi Korosiya so you could see the inner workings of the THING! I then sent it to Adam and we decided it should be a print...so what started as a simple run of these bad boys turned into a whole production with a print and incredible silk screen header as well...I painted them up over at Kozik's with V color and gave them an evil Black Iron Golem look with gold armor nubs and an evil all seeing eye...Im really proud of the way this colaboration turned out and anyone who is lucky enough to get one will have the print, the header ( which is a print in itself), and the bad ass toy...there are 10 of them and will be $225...They will go on sale thursday august 29th at noon pacific, I will mail them out that day! available on http://shopcriticalhit.com/products/semi-korosiyra





Here's a lil vid of the header!

and here's a lil video of the silkscreen print!



L' Amour Supreme X Skinner: Installation for Mishka

The answer equals = Not getting sued for interpreting Jim Phillips' art...but getting paid instead. Here's what the moving parts look like.†


This is a film I got to make with an amazing film maker/artist, Marcella Ernest and my animation buddy, Walter Parenton who Is an artist in his own right...He has helped me with the Wisdom of the Lurkers cartoon and the Ultrus Bog promo from awhile ago...he does great things...Marcella asked me to participate in the making of this piece for showing a museum she works with...... I then showed it at my opening in New York, where people got to be enthralled with its general weirdness and otherworldly narrative...Marcella's part is a really gripping style of photo stop motion type of film sculpture, where the moments inbetween the actual frame are just as important in creating a stuttering kind of flow...its sort of an Occult kind of dream lapse into a cold corner of the wilderness wrapped in a sort of David Lynchian nightmare sequence..needless to say, I love it...Walter did an amazing job sequencing a weird animation of symbols and Kochina chase scenes...psychedelic overtures and texture make it fit right in with the incongruent splintering of reality that the film demonstrates...The music is sections of my band out of sequence and providing some of the weird atmosphere...Marcella's music is a stark series of creepy noises which are perfect... I did all my art for it with these Copic Markers that were sent to me by the kind people at Copic who made a sort of Skinner Color set...








Without further ado, Here is the video...check it out, Share it and feel weird...




Marcella Bio and Viz-Hun statement

Marcella is a video artist and experimental filmmaker. Her award winning short films and video projects have exhibited at galleries and film festivals both nationally and internationally. As an artist Marcella tries to articulate the private and the public self through site and sound. Using video as a tool to physically create a sense of place. Her works create images and movement with resonance and Native language that reveals emotion of life and culture; not as stagnant and individual, but as an amalgamation, or a complex mixture.


In 2012 Marcella will have numerous screenings and art exhibitions at such places as the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C, the Seattle International Film Festival, Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, Spain and Nepal. The short film, Viz-Hun, created in collaboration with SKINNER and Walter IV, was produced for the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts ongoing Vision Project. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Viz-Hun is an experimental animation project that negotiates ideas of cultural taboo, apprehension and meanings of fear projected through images. In winter of 2012, Marcella and Skinner worked with Walter IV to create this complex nightmare of imagination and sound; graphic design and artistic production support was in collaboration with the artist Jolene Yazzie, and original music was provided by Ugoliant.
Shit where do I start on this...Ok so the Butcher King's show was an incredible adventure with my buddy Alex Pardee..we got to really indulge in some weird action that was documented in video as well as the small Butcher Kings manifesto which is available for $10 on the Zerofriends site...I will have some with me at New York Comic con so come hit me up if you want one...they are pretty great and have most of the paintings from the show in them...LA was insane and I saw Wiz Khalifa at Universal Studios...did a great Podcast interview on smodcast.com...totally obnoxious and fun...If you want to hear Jenson try to keep me on topic, which lets be honest...is being "on Topic" really that important? Yeah that's what I thought...There's still some really affordable stuff left at Gallery 1988 (click here to view them) ..so get it while you can I think half the show is already gone so go check it...Here's some links to videos and interviews and such...
Funny or Die.com
-- G4.com and SpankyStokes.com also did write ups on our show! Go Check them out!




Also While I was getting ready for the Butcher Kings show I recorded with my heavy ass band Ungoliant for our upcoming album "No More The World of Man" we are going to release all the songs soon but heres one of them
buy the first track for $1
and a review by Doommantia.com...check it...also, follow or (like) us on facebook.com/ungoliantdoom


And so...I also just finished a poster for the Primus tour and I will be selling it as soon as I get back from Cuba on the 28th...I am really proud of it...its here on the Primus Facebook page



So...I am going to be painting live at New York comic con and selling very limited prints there with some other amazing homeys...check it here
...I am also selling custom Ollies at Lash's booth which I don't know where it is...Mutant Vinyl Hardcore...

be lookin' at our twitters or something...I personally will be selling custom Ultrus Bogs which will be as rad as the ones I did at San Diego Comic Con...So try and come find my ass and I will get you laced up...I will be at the LuLuBell booth on Saturday I think...maybe noon or something and then also chillin' at the art hustle booth...I don't know when exactly but i will tweet on my twitter as soon as I know...hit me up if you have any questions ok? peace out!


HEY!!! Comic Con Is Insane!! Made it back...my beautiful beautiful friends how I miss your little faces...Raged too hard...Screamed all night!..John Wayshak!! Dave Correia!! Paul Bustamante! These are the names of the people I stayed with...They are lovely...anyways...Im in talks with some interesting people about some cartoon show action that is going to be really fucking fun and could potentially spread my evil " wisdom" to others all across this world...Goddamnit if I don't see pictures of things I was doing that I barely remember...all kinds of breakdancing and yelling and interrupting award shows and shit...I hope people still want to talk to me...if they don't, well...fuck it...I will make it up...Ok so! For my Solo Show Saturday August 6th, I made some promo videos to talk about my new work, Knife throwing skills and to introduce the world to my number one psycho fan, who won the number one psycho fan of me contest...Here are the videos...ok the show is called " The Fragile Art Of Existence" because I have felt like existing in the last couple of months and years even has been an incredible and intense series of personal evolutions...I am overthrowing control and serious need to dominate my art in exchange for an experimentive and present mindful new direction...Please come to the opening in San Francisco if you can...



...Also Friday!!! Tomorrow night at the Minna Gallery there will be a very special Minna Sketch night...The money made from the show will go to A young girl named Kelly who is struggling with Cancer and needs help with the bills...
Here is the info and all whom will be attending!...
"FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY, JULY 29TH, 111 MINNA, you will not want to miss what is sure to be THE BEST SKETCH PARTY THAT SF HAS EVER WITNESSED. (And yes, you will want to re-read that statement out loud using your best Monster Truck announcers voice!) This sketch party ThunderSlam comes together to help raise funds for Kelly Malone, founder of The Indie Mart & Workshop SF, as she goes battle royale against an advanced stage of cancer AND squares off against the mounting hospital bills and chemo drug costs that have reared their evil heads. Hosted by SF artist Kelly Tunstall and WorkshopSF, this event offers a one-time opportunity to pick up affordable works drawn on the spot by an amazing lineup of Bay Area big guns. There will also be submitted art for auction, as well as special edition designs screen printed on WorkshopSF's favorite never-leave-home-without-i​t accessory: the beer koozie. DJ Sonny Phono & Romanowski will keep the hips bumping while the nimble drawing fingers do their thing. This is the second (and final) "Help Kelly Kick Cancer" fundraiser. It will be a fantastic night, and will support one rad lady. BE THERE!"
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS + ARTIST LINEUP + DATE/TIME

Here are 5 - 11"x17" paintings I did that Will go for $100 each!! Good ass deal!! I will also be sketching and painting all night...
various hideous things you will love and your mom will hate...I hope to see you there...
Much love from my goblin heart to your face!!! Talk to you soon!!!
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Hey!! I will be at the San Diego Comic con going apeshit nerd level alpha and you should come to my booth and say "Wazzup" I am so happy to be teamed up with Dave Correia and Jon Wayshak!!
These are two of the most impressive graphic visionaries of our time and I will be in the booth with them gummin' up the works..I will try not to annoy them too powerfully or often but let's see what kind of zany comic con magic I can whip up..I can't wait to see everybody's new stuff this year..My only regret is that Kristie can't be there this year as it is our 7th comic con anniversary..She will be at her grandpa's 90th birthday...but I will bring her back some stuff...anyway...this is what's going on...I am releasing a super limited 10 piece Black Acid Lurker which is the best toy you will ever see in your life ever and that's a fact forever...It is the only toy that has been officially endorsed and approved by Charles Manson...

The Lurker got his hands on some really high grade shit and has now been coerced by his hippie cult leader to drop out of College and tune into a higher plane of Lurker virtue and wisdom...

Critical Hit will be unofficially launching...New limited prints and Shirts...The shirts rule your face..


The Ultrus Bog will finally be available and unveiled at My booth and the Lulu Bell booth..I will have two customs I have done for sale as well..


I am going to do a super limited print signing at the Dragatomi booth on Saturday at 3:00..right before that from 2:00-3:00 I will be at the Hi Fructose booth signing copies of the Suggestivism book..Nathan Spoor and Ron English will also be there signing as well as othe's I don't know about yet..but everybody in the book is the best artist ever so it will be incredible no matter what..I am stoked just to be next to these people in print and at a table..before that I will be at the data dub toy symposium with L'amour Supreme and Greg Rivera, both Mishka art warriors and I think they are both district managers for the 3 White Castles in Williamsberg, so you know the dudes be stackin'...Also theres a rumor that Alex Pardeezy might be there..So that is my saturday...nothing else really planned except hang out with the Washburn boys over at the Color Ink booth..These guys are my moonshine vikings and I love them so go check them out..the mini Toxic Lurker came out! It's the radioactive one that Ronald Reagan endorsed way back in the day...It's made out of recycled plutonium megazorbz so handle it with care and you should be alright..COLOR INK !

These are some of the other limited prints that will be available at Comic Con!



Anyways Please come say hi and I will try to be there as much as possible and not be a flake...Thank you so much for going to Comic Con because its a spiritual art/nerd/fun/friendship experience if you want it to be...Cool have a good one!
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