Here are some buttons I made last night for Sink Or Swim Tattoo. Gary, aka: Mr. Sawdust (follow him on twitter), will be at the Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival next weekend and wanted some promotional goodies. He sent his designs yesterday and was able to pick these up this morning.
Pretty good turnaround time, if you ask me. Also, I think they turned out awesome.
If you want some buttons made for yourself to promote your band, art, business, etc. let me know. Leave a comment, use the contact form or call the gallery at 805.541.3932.
The 1″ buttons are 100 for $30. Also, you can split the order and get 50 of one design and 50 of another.
It’s raining like mad here in SLO Town, but that won’t stop me from posting some old school drawings. These are from Sketchbook #6, which I worked on from June – November in 2000.
I always thought exaggerated features were hilarious when I saw other people do it, so the zipper on that hoodie was my attempt.
Back in the day from time to time while working my customer service job (phone operator/skateboard salesman) I’d flip through the fashion magazines people left laying around the sales floor and use them for source material. Yeah, I logged in LOTS of drawing hours at that job. It was sweet.
And that concludes this week’s “Flashback Friday“.
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Have a fantastical weekend!
A few weeks ago artist, Sandra Saenz, came into the gallery. We talked for a bit and she asked me if I make the buttons as she sifted through a bowl of them on my counter. I said that I did and I added that I am now making them for other people as well. She instantly had an idea…a button for her friend Terry DeLapp. And here they are.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the lighting right for the photo. It’s hard to tell, but the graphic is baby blue background with brown font, which I think is a great color combination. As you can see Sandra wanted to mix up the order, which I totally encourage, so there are some 1″ and also 2.25″.
If you’re interested in getting some buttons with your own design let me know by using the contact form.
Aubrey Beardsley is one of my favorite artists. Not only is his work super spectacular, but he’ll light a fire under your ass. The guy was extremely prolific and in 1898 he died at the early age of 25. Just a kid. I was still working my dead end customer service job at 25 and Mr. Beardsley was an accomplished artist/illustrator who was actually fortunate enough to enjoy fame during his own lifetime. At 25 years of age that’s something most artists never get to experience. If I find myself procrastinating with my art or feel that I’m slacking off and not taking it very seriously I need to look no further than Aubrey to get myself motivated.
Here are some of my favorite pieces.
“Of A Neophyte, And How The
Black Art Was Revealed Unto Him”
“The Stomach Dance”
“The Peacock Skirt”
Find out more about Aubrey Beardsley.
Yes, it’s auction time! Like the previous auctions you’ll have to bid on the Facebook Fan Page.
This is the first time I’ve put up on auction for brand new work, so I’m anxious to see how this works out. The previous auctions were for older work that I had packed away and forgotten about.
For more info or to place a bid click here.
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Today we’re diving into Sketchbook #7, which I worked on from November 2000 – September 2001.
Yes, it took me almost an entire year to fill this book. I think it took a long time for two reasons. First, it has brown paper, which allowed me to draw with a white out pen. Since I was drawing with black and white that means I spent more time per page than on my other sketchbooks that are mostly just black ink on white paper.
Second, I tried my best to make each page worthy enough to be framed. Of course, there are a few exceptions, but all in all I’d have to say that this is my best sketchbook because of those two reasons.
As you can see, all of these are “full spread” drawings, which is something I never seemed to do with my white paged books.
If you like drawing in sketchbooks and want to try some stuff with a similar effect here is what I used:
- 8.5″ x 11″ Recycled Sketchbook
- Rapidograph Pen
- Black Sharpie Fine Point Marker
- Presto White Out Pen
Also, check out previous “Flashback Friday” posts.
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Let’s face it. Ice cream trucks are badass. I love them and I love what they’re all about. Here’s a collection of ice cream trucks that I think are super awesome.
This first one is probably my favorite out of the bunch.
Silver flames with pink outline…hell yeah!
The classic look of this yellow one is pretty sweet.
This one looks like it might be a short bus converted into an ice cream truck. Also, it had me at pink.
I wonder, does this truck only serve rainbow pops?
This amazing baby blue vintage truck is super awesome. I almost didn’t include it because it’s not used to sell ice cream, but it’s so cool I couldn’t resist. This post is about the trucks, not what they sell out of them. Check out Mr. Tastees for more info.
Possibly an old mail car transformed into an ice cream truck. Either way, I’d be stoked to cruise this thing around town.
This truck is straight up gangsta! And it’s got the hydraulics to prove it. That’s right, this baby hits the switches and can get all 3 wheel motion on your ass.
Another hydraulic one. And this shade of green gets me really excited.
Oh my gosh…ice cream drips off the roof and a waffle cone bottom! I want to eat this thing. Bonus: It also has hydraulics. Check the video.
And last but not least…
The graffiti ice cream truck!
Unfortunately, I have no idea where you can find any of these on the streets, but I know if I came across one I’d be getting myself a tasty drumstick.
Now that Valentine’s Day has come and passed I can post this without giving anything away. Mid January I received the following facebook message from Dorian:
I have 2 of your little pieces (“fly away” and “i own this town“) and would like to find out if you would consider doing an original for a V-Day present for my husband. I have an idea of elements I would want represented, but that is it, the rest could be yours to create.
I would want it to have three characters representing my husband, me and our son Brody. I would like it to be titled “One Love” (after the Bob Marley song), but it doesn’t have to be cheesy lovesy. You could do faces or people or birds (3 little birds…another Marley reference).
Anyways, thought I’d ask. I just like your art and thought it might be a nice gift. Let me know if you do something like this and a price range.
Naturally, I said yes. I love commission work that has very little direction. The more freedom the better. Eventually, Dorian decided that three faces would be best and after a look around the gallery she had pointed out that my “blockhead” style faces were among her favorites. Oh, and she also told me she would like to see some red in the painting since it was, afterall, for Valentine’s Day. Here is what I made for her.
16″ x 20″ – mixed media on wood
If you are interested in commissioning me to make something for you let me know. I’m usually game for it.
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I have to make this short and sweet because I should be at home helping my lady pack for our upcoming getaway.
This week I pulled out Sketchbook #3 from 1998. There are a couple of different styles going on here. Enjoy!
That’s it folks!
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San Luis Obispo is nice and all, but I would be naive to think that it’s such a progressive town that it’s the only place smart enough to paint white lines on the street to designate the space in which motorists park their cars. In my opinion, it would also be naive to think that a person with enough brains to operate a vehicle would be too dumb to figure out what the lines could possibly mean. In other words, I think if you’ve never encountered these parking space indicators you should be able to figure it out the first time you see them. Ah, but this young lady proved me wrong!
I can only imagine what she was thinking (you know, if she was thinking at all) while parking.
“Hmm…I wonder why all the other cars are parked in between these funny white lines. I’m no comformist so I am going to park right on top of the line. Ha! That’ll show em!”
“I could back up…”
“Or I could pull forward. Oh, what the hell…I’ll just leave my little 7 foot long car in this spot taking up two spaces. Also, I have a total disregard for bicyclists, so I’m going to block the bike lane a little bit.”
“HAHA! Did I mention I’m in college? Look here, I have a parking pass to prove it! Now get outta my way so I can get my Jamba Juice.”