Best Friends Season 2 and Cinegraphic Solo Show at Gallery 1988

If you’ve been following me on my social media, you probably already know this because I have been posting about it like crazy, but this past Friday, I had a new solo show opening over at Gallery 1988. My 2nd solo ever, and of course my 2nd show with Gallery 1988, I was approached med last year about doing this. I’ll admit, I was hesitant at first, given the current landscape of pop culture are and pop culture galleries. After talking with Jensen a bit, I agreed to do it, and wanted to make it a bit different from my first show, but I’ll get to that in a bit. One thing that I have to mention up front, I couldn’t have done this show without Danny Askar, who printed all of these for me. He sacrificed a lot for me to do this show, and it’s something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repay, but he’s the only printer I’ve been able to work with, who really understands what I am looking for, and his attention to detail on everything is unmatched….ok, back to the art!.

Although wanting things to be a bit different, I knew that I wanted to revisit my Cartoon Best Friends series from my first show, this time handling properties from the 90’s, ones that I actually grew up watching. So that’s where things like Batman the Animated Series, Captain Planet and especially Space Ghost Coast to Coast came into play. However, as soon as I agreed to do this show, there were two idea that I have had in mind for forever, and I knew they HAD to be on foil paper. The first (although not 90’s) was Transformers, and the next one was Sailor Moon on sparkle foil. You can read up a bit more on the back stories of each piece (somewhat) on my social media or looking at the #cartoonbestfriends hash tag.

Like I stated earlier, I did want this show to be a little bit different from the first, so that’s why we decided that I should do some of the “comic book” style posters that I had done in the past. And I am not joking when I say, these things take a LONG time. I’m not the fastest designer by any means, and when we are also throwing in character likenesses, dialogue, special effects, etc., these 6 “Cinegraphic” pieces (that my girlfriend has now coined) just about killed me. I can’t tell you how many times I had to draw Pee-Wee to get it right, or how long it took to draw the damn Endoskeleton. I will say I am particularly proud of, and is my personal favorite of the show, the A Nightmare on Elm Street piece.

If you haven’t checked out the pieces from the show, I would love for you to either head over to the Gallery 1988 website, or go see it at person at the actual gallery as it’ll be up until July 27th. I can’t tell you how great it was to see everyone who went to the opening. I met a bunch of people I’ve talked to over the internet, as well as some people who’s names I’ve seen come trough in my store orders. This solo show stuff is no joke, It consumed a good 6-8 months of my life. I had to sneak all of this stuff in between all of the other freelance work I was doing, so that meant a lot of late nights, working on the weekends, and a few all nighters. I’m not so sure how my girlfriend Ciara put up with me (she was super helpful with me resolving some ideas), or even my friends, as none of them really saw me throughout this time. I also had a lot of help bouncing ideas off Ross from 8-Bit Zombie, he was super helpful when I was unsure of certain things. He also acted as my spell check, as well as Kyle Crawford. And another thanks to my friends Danika and Greg for helping me through the Sailor Moon piece as well. I’m super lucky to have this opportunity from Gallery 1988, and am floored that some of these have already sold out, so I can’t everyone enough.

Once again, if you want to check out the whole show (some aren’t pictured in this post), you can see everything here!

The Wizard – Private Comission

The Wizard is just one of those movies that conjures up so much nostalgia. So much of what is in this movie, just isn’t around anymore. Arcades, the NES, The Power Glove, the original King Kong and Universal Studios Hollywood, this movie is a perfect time capsule of this time. So when I was approached by a private commission group to do a poster for this movie, I jumped at the chance. And, from the groundwork laid out by the Robocop poster I did, I knew we had to use some kind of foil for this!

This time, however, I oped to use rainbow foil and boy does it look fantastic, There are so many different spots on the poster where the foil creates a sense of movement, it really is quite a think to experience. And on top of the regular “comic book” format that I usually adopt for certain posters, I wanted to fill this poster with as much NES nostalgia as I possible could! I hunted for old NES game manual, and tried to recreate some of the illustrations and images found in some of these games. And all of the games referenced in this movie were show in some form in the movie!

The private commission is already sold out! But you can buy the AP edition right now!

He-Man and Skeletor Blacklight Edition!

Wow, is it already the end of February? Why does time feel like it’s going by faster and faster? Before I start to get self reflective, and go off into a tangent! HELLO! Happy 2019, 2 months late!

Anyways, I didn’t get a chance to put up a post about this new version of the Best Friends He-Man and Skeletor print! It was for sale over at the Gallery 1988 website as a special Black Friday release! It’s is now, sold out! But Don’t worry! I will have some AP’s available for sale tomorrow morning. You’ll be able to grab one here!

More news to come tomorrow on a brand new print release, at the same time tomorrow! If you aren’t subscribed to my newsletter, you already missed out on the early news! It you don’t want to make that mistake again, you can subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of my website!

The Deadman – Gallery 1988’s Official WWE Show

If you know me in real life, you know how much I love professional wrestling! I remember throwing birthday parties where my friends and I would watch Wrestlemania, as it you be held on or around my birthday. I continued that love for wrestling as I got older, to today, where I still watch it pretty regularly (to the dismay of my girlfriend). So you can imagine how excited I was when Gallery 1988 asked me to make a piece of their official WWE Art show.

While Stone Cold Steve Austin is unquestionably my favorite wrestler, I decided to do something on The Deadman himself, The Undertaker. This idea had been in my brain for years, even doing a vector version of this piece a long time ago. But for the show, I decided to completely re-do it and apply all the things I learned from my Love Witch piece, and apply it to this. This is a 5 color screen print with a glow in the dark layer, beautifully printed by Danny Askar. The Piece is available right now, on the Gallery 1988 wesbite!

“The Return” – Spoke Art NYCC

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I have posted. As you can tell, things have been pretty busy over here! But I had to write up a post, over a month after it’s release, of the latest in my Twin Peaks series of graphic novel/comic book prints. New York Comic Con has come and passed, but you can still grab one of these over at the Spoke Art website.

This one dives right into the strange, but wonderful, 3rd season of Twin Peaks. I don’t know about you guys, but my brain was completely fried watching every episode of this season, and I absolutely loved it. The print itself deals with the different dualities in the show, specifically the idea of “Tulpas”.

As usual, each print comes with it’s own secret decoder glasses for the red mystery reveal. Now, since there aren’t anymore seasons left, this might be the very last of the graphic novel type Twin Peaks prints, but I do have one more idea up my sleeve to kind of encompass the whole show and these prints. It might act as a cover, or it might be something completely different…you’ll have to wait and see…but hopefully you wont have to wait 25 years for it.

There are a few more exciting things coming before the end of the year, and I promise I’ll update the site when I can say more about them! But if you want to keep up with me on a more current basis, following me on Instagram is always your safest bet!

One Ugly Motherfucker – Hero Complex’s John McTiernan Art Show

Ending out the year with one last poster, this time for Hero Complex Gallery’s John McTiernan art show. We were able to choose any of his movie to do a piece for, and I instantly got this idea for one of my favorite movies, Predator.

The screen print incorporates the use of halftones for color variation, red fluorescent ink and also a custom blue metallic ink, all beautifully printed by Danny Askar. You can grab one online at the Hero Complex website.

Another year down. I hope everyone has a good 2017, which had to be one of the most ridiculous years yet. Lets hope 2018 is better!

“Love Me” – The Love Witch for Crazy4Cult

“Love Me’, my The Love Witch inspired print is now available from Gallery1988 as part of their annual Crazy4Cult show. This piece just about killed me. As you can see, this is VERY different from all of the other stuff I have done in the past. I really wanted to do something different for this piece, the movie was incredibly unique, and a regular old poster would not do it justice. I did a lot of research on old movie posters from the 1960’s, particularly Giallo posters, and most of them were painted in a particular style that I really wanted to replicate.

I cannot tell you how many days I worked on this, but it was A LOT. I stayed up until super early in the mornings for multiple days working on this, I became obsessed with trying to make this work. The only times in the past where I had tried to pain things were the Chiquita skateboard and an unreleased Elvira skateboard. This one was a little different though as I had to figure out a way to paint it show that it would work as a screen print. I looked at a lot of work by Robert McGinnis, George Petty, Alberto Vargas and Olivia De Berardinis to not only figure out how to paint the female form, but also how to paint sheer clothing on top of it. I plan on exploring more of this style in the future!

Danny once again did an amazing job on the printing. The piece is available now on the Gallery 1988 website! Go grab one now…Love Me!

“Between Two Worlds” – Spoke Art NYCC

Spoke Art and I are back at it again with another Twin Peaks print, this time for the highly underrated movie Fire Walk With Me. This was exclusive to the Spoke Art New York Comic-Con booth this past weekend, but you are now able to get the remaining prints online! Following the same themes of duality, reflections and evil, we once again have the same secret decoder reveal feature as the past two Twin Peaks prints had.

Spoiler Alert! Click the image to reveal the secret identity of Bob.

I remember the first time I watched Fire Walk With Me, I remember hating it. I just wanted more of the same show, more Cooper, more of the quirky town. Instead, we got a darker, meaner look at the world of Twin Peaks. I must have forgotten, while watching the show, that it was all about a murdered prom queen. After I shook all of that off, and watched a bunch of other David Lynch movies, I watched it for a second time and began to really appreciate this movie. It’s not only as a great Twin Peaks movie, but it is a great movie in general.

You will also get a pair of custom secret decoder glasses. One one side we have the Black Lodge Ring and my logo, and on the other side is the Fire Walk With Me title logo. You can grab a print right now, as of writing this there aren’t that many left.

Robocop – Private Commission

Robocop has always been one of my favorite movies. I can’t remember when I was first aware of this movie, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve loved it. Upon rewatching the movie to make this poster, it really struct me how incredibly violent and fucked up this movie is. I always knew it was this way, but my older brain really took in all of the violence, and man this is a crazy movie. I still can’t believe they made a cartoon based on this movie.

I was so happy to be able to do a poster for a private commission. This was my first time using foil paper, and there was no better movie to test this on. Danny Askar, once again, did an amazing job printing this. Not only was it my first experience with foil paper, but it was Danny’s as well and he absolutely killed it with this. The piece is currently sold out, but keep an eye out as I might have a few extras pop up in the future.

Store Update!

New stuff added to the store! We have a couple new pins, a 2nd edition of the Evil Friend pin that glows in the dark, a new Slimer pin, a Toxie pin and a Robocop pin that was previously only available to a private commission group (and are VERY limited).

New patches are also available as well! We have a new Evil Friend patch, as well as a Death Commander patch previously only available as a shirt from Death Shred!

Go grab all this stuff now!

10 Deep
8-Bit Zombie
Baker Skateboards
Blacklist Boardshop
Bottleneck Gallery
Burton Snowboards
Cavity Colors
Creep Street
Creepy Co.
Death, Shred!
Deathwish Skateboards
Electric Zombie
Fearless Records
Fright Rags
FRONT Magazine
Fueled By Ramen
Gallery 1988
GOODBIE Skateboards
Hero Complex Gallery
Humanoid Wakeboards
MNWKA (Mishka)