August 9, 2013
Words are really not necessary to describe the awesomeness of this convergence, but I’ll try: James Jarvis has very casually drawn up some very wonderful illustrations inspired by very epic Spacemen 3 [here's a fan site] albums. Jarvis posted the sketches to his Instagram account yesterday, and I encountered them while I was listening to Spacemen 3 at work. Each time a real live art gallery or brick-and-mortar shop closes due to Internet competition, I get bummed. But then stuff like this happens, and I think: “more Internet, please.”
One year ago this month, James Jarvis shuttered his long-running toy company, Amos Toys. I wrote about it back then, and many of his fans and collectors (including me) were saddened by the news. But now looking back with a year of perspective, I see Mr. Jarvis dipping his quill into all manner of cross-cultural artistic endeavors. His Instagram account alone is flush with inspiration and contagious humor. These are good things.
Do you know the music of the Spacemen 3? Here’s a worthy clip:
And a little get-to-know-the-band chat: read full article
August 6, 2013
Issue 20 of Design Bureau is out with a short piece I wrote about French fine artist, graphic designer, commercial illustrator and resident maniac, SKWAK. I’ve been following SKWAK’s work since I began chronicling toy art culture, and it’s rad to see him evolving and letting loose with his maniacs in the real world through SNEAKYMOB.
Here’s a little Finish This Sentence game that didn’t make it into print, but proves that underneath the Maniac, there’s a man who’s crazy about his wife, his kid and his cat. Awwww….
- I would love to see one of my illustrations on… A PLANE
- My favorite thing about living in France is… FOOD AND WINE
- If I could live in another era, I would choose NOW because… EVERYTHING IS STILL POSSIBLE
- If my Maniac World was a type of musical arrangement, it would sound like… A ROCK RAP CHILD STORY
- My ideal place/situation where I like to make art is… EVERYWHERE I FEEL INSPIRED
- When designing for lifestyle merchandise, the most important consideration should be… ORIGINALITY
- If I weren’t an illustrator, I would be… CREATIVE ANYWAY
- If my house was on fire, I’d run for the door and grab… MY WIFE AND MY KID, AND MY CAT
- People would be surprised to know that I… read full article
August 2, 2013
This is the funniest, most spot-on superhero comic character vs. self-loathing comedy writer pairing parody I’ve ever seen. (What a genre! More please!) For instance:
“I spent all these years worried about death. Now that I’m indestructable, all I can worry about is sex. I mean, try heavy petting with katanas coming out of your hands.”
Thank you Laughing Squid. Thank you Woody Allen as Wolverine. I needed that. Didn’t you? Have a hilarious weekend!
July 28, 2013
This was last Thursday in Downtown, Oakland. That’s me in the center and JR at far right. For reals. If you’ve been following this blog, you might recall last year’s spotlight on JR x David Lynch in Paris or JR x Liu Bolin in New York. Last Thursday was JR x JB.
OK really rad portrait-within-a-portrait of me by JR aside, Pathways2Justice brought the Inside Out Project to Oakland for a real purpose: to unite immigrants rights groups, racial justice groups and the community in a demonstration of stereotype-defying solidarity and public art.
To participate in local Inside Out Project actions, you just show up. THIS amazing photo booth truck will be waiting. You climb in the back of the truck to get your picture snapped and a poster prints out the side of the truck moments later! You can find a calendar on the Inside Out Project website here, but head’s up to my friends across the bridge: the project is in San Francisco all this week (and then onto Chicago, LA, Miami, Phoenix, New York…). Speaking of New York, JR’s personal timeline is a lot like the plot of LOST. The artist was just spotted sipping coffee with Robert Deniro in Tribeca, and he’s got a crew working with the community to paste up posters in Kenya! read full article