Monday, August 18, 2014

blankness possibilities and surprises

hello. today i am sharing with you a project that i've been working on for a while in collaboration with Plumb Goods, designers Mcfadden & Thorpe, and head project guru Tucker Nichols. the deal is this: we dreamed up a group of notebooks or sketchbooks or blank books or whatever you want to call them, hid all kinds of secret art things in them (which i am not showing here because we all love discovering and looking and finding) and then made them. and i am stoked on them.
here i will show them all to you and maybe you can go to the plumb site and look at the ones some other artists made, all of which are special in their own way. ok here we go:
 this is the WAKING WAITING WALKING set of three notebooks
one for when you wake up. 
one for when you are waiting for something. 
one for when you are walking around.
they ar all bound differently... 
like a regular book
like a journalist's pad
like a landscape
 and it comes with an accordian fold out book of a drawing i made about the notebooks
 here they are
that gold stamping came out rad
and each book or set of books comes with an interview card where i talk about stuff
katie took that photo in terri's backyard a year or two ago

and now this one:

 this one is the fake book one
you know me: i love fake books
so i made some real ones
 each sketchbook, a nice hardbound thing, comes with two double-sided book covers for a ttoal of four fake books you can look like you are reading or drawing in so you can look smart or dumb or whatevber these things are supposed to make you look like
 here they are
and here it is open 
it really is a nice feeling thing

and we made some inside art and some surprises. 
lots to look at i promise

 and look: another interview card

and then this one:
 this one is record size
and the idea is maybe to use it while you are listening to records
or you can keep it with your records
 and everyone loves inserts with their records so we made some
 here's the pad
 here's a fold-out poster
 here's a mail-order catalog
and here's another interview card 
with a photo by andrew hutchison 
from a show i did at big car in indianapolis indiana

and remember there are secret art things in each one
so please take a look
because we made these for you
and we hope you like them

Monday, July 28, 2014

vans bowl again

i went to huntington beach and helped paint a bowl for the van doren invitational sponsored by vans. this is the true story of that trip. what a thing!
first off: free chardonay in the lobby 5-6. for classy people like me to sip while we are sketching out ideas for a giant mural to paint in a skateboard bowl  for which we have not planned much.

day one! i drew some stuff out in chalk after deciding against something really stupid.

here's a detail of that sketch up. notice the snake. we are getting allegorical up in this piece. 
artist jay howell can be seen peeping on me in the upper left corner.

got them colors down the first day! i tend to think of these things like a print: what color goes first and then what goes on top of it. banana is for scale.

day two!  a dude cometh! it's starting to get hot already and it's like 8am.

in true tom sawyer fashion i tricked michael hsiung into doing some fill-ins for me. not really! michael is a great guy and offered to help! still, i sat in a chair and took this photo of him.

end of day two! the white is in and the black has begun! oh my god there is so much black to do! i am so hot and i want to lay down on the bottom of the ocean.

lucky for me on day three doctor cool banana showed up with a bagel for me. thanks, bro. did i mention this was the last day to paint? yeep!

detail of the strawberry/foot touch interaction area.

here you can see from under the shade tent that it's starting to make sense. the health food is transforming the dream rays into a snakeworm, or is it the other way around? art!

accidental photo that just looks cool. i have finished the black and started to put in some starry dots. time lapse from the photo before: like 5 hours.

stev van doren made me this hot dog and i ate it

finished! agh! if you squint you can see me sitting on the extension. maybe this is the biggest thing  i have painted? i'll find better photos on the internet and put them here. but jeez! this was fun and hard and i am stoked and tired. 

sorry clothes. see you next year!

not shown:
-all the rad dudes i got to hang and paint with
-all the rad food i ate
-how hot it was
-tired bones
-balcony hotel view
-the vans headquarters ramp

sorry! i am terrible at blogging!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

where it is

lately it's been about having the fever for creedence. let us choogle!

lately it has alsobeen  fairly obsessed with listening to "mel" by east river pipe over and over and over. it's sad and sweet and heavy duty. and that cover art is great. will trade a drawing for this on LP, just saying. i am in deep on it.

and i want to get a brat and have ruth gordon drive me around and jump stuff.


Monday, July 7, 2014

california working week

i painted a couple faces on a couple doors at some friends' new place to eat and drink that might confuse people but whatever you can just go in wherever. it's unisex.

i went to my buddies' Thomas and Tiffany's house in Bonny Doon, California and painted their backyard trailer. i got to sleep in the trailer, hang out with the dog, eat good meals, look at david lee roth videos, go skating with famous skateboarders, laugh at stuff, and generally just hang out and get weird. it was a great weekend! there are many good people in the world and more everyday, i feel.

i went to see one of my favorite musical groups, the range of light wilderness play in a redwood grove in Berkeley, a hop skip and a jump from my old stomping grounds down on milvia street. i miss milvia street and  imiss the way berkeley smells. 
i went to the office and worked with my brothers and sisters at mollusk making drawings, drinking coffee, and making jokes. i love work weeks with the dudes. 

and then i got to come home to the people who were waiting for me to come home which is a really good feeling to have. you should try it, it's great! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

rainbo riders

do your find yourself drawing things over and over and you can't explain it or where it came from? do you want to keep drawing these thigns because you think it will show you something? do you kinda get it but not totally? is this the wonder and magic part of making things? to create a mystery for yourself and others that is not a total mystery but mostly? let us ride.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

fourth dementia by sandy's

i was very happy to make a poster for Sandy's
their new album is out on Um Yeah Arts
did you see them at the Jamboree? did they blow your mind with positive vibes as they did me? did you see them at the mollusk holiday party? did their version of "linus and lucy" bring a tear to your eye?
do you feel like you sing songs to nothing/everything?
do you feel a part of it?