Recently it was brought to my attention that my artwork, along with art from a large number of other poster makers, was being sold without artist authorization on a couple of home decor/’art’ websites. Art.com/Allposters.com had the brilliant money-making notion to buy the books Gigposters Vol 1 and 2, cut out the pages, and offer them as framed “art prints.” This has not engendered good feelings from the poster artist community affected. Discussing the copyright/intellectual property legalities of this situation is beyond my purview, so I’m not going to get into that. What I’d like to do here is discuss the poor business decisions and murky ethical practices of this endeavor. Continue reading
I was in three gig-playing bands previous to The Demographic: TALLER THAN gOD (early 90s), HAPPY (mid 90s), and then The No-Shadow Kick (1998-2007). I used to make all the gig posters, because making the flyers was more fun than playing the shows. Funny thing was, I never put a whole lot of effort into making them (as you will surely see in the images below). I’m definitely not posting these because I’m proud of them, that’s for sure. I post them as my own little visual record of the non-existent music scene of early ’90s Haverhill, Mass. and the actually-pretty-cool Northampton music scene of the late ’90s/early aughts. Continue reading
Clowny. A man? A myth? A pop culture icon or simply a scary disembodied clown head? Or as a painting instructor in college once commented to me, “It looks like two sunny side up eggs, a bun, and a smiling sausage on a plate”? Probably none of those things. Much has been written and postulated about Clowny over the years, all of it by me. Let’s take a vainglorious and introspective look back at this deformed reject that has been quietly populating my comics for untold decades. Well, three. I guess around about three. Decades. Continue reading
I have two pages of artwork in this lovely and imposing book by super-cool Canadian person Clay Hayes. 11×14″ inches of rock mixed with 208 pages of roll published by Quirk Books. The work I’ve got featured: The New Pornographers (full page), Mission Of Burma, Farm Aid 2006, Melvins, and Stereolab. Some of the original prints are for sale on ETSY (except the Farm Aid one). It’s a great cross-section of artists working in a bunch of different styles. I recommend it (& Volume One, too!).
You can order either volume directly from Clay on the gigposters site, as well as peruse the overwhelming list of fantastically talented contributors.
I have a page in the latest volume of the Gigposters Coloring Book. My drawing is of a gigantic cat, cuz kids love to color in shit like that and hang it on their parents’ refrigerators, dig? Big Shouts Etc. to Ravi Blevins for organizing the project. Featuring some excellent artwork from Mike Rheault, Schizo, Steve Tenebrini, Adam Swinbourne, Allan Lorde, Bas van Genugten, Nick Rhodes, Dan Springer, Lonny Unitus, Lonny Hurley, The Half and Half, Jeff Lamm, and many more folks. The new book (and previous volumes, and lots of other cool stuff) is available for sale over on the gigposter.com merch page.
Hello, Tom-Update-Starved-Ultra-Fanz. How are your empty meaningless lives? Feeling a bit low, lately, huh? It’s probably because I’ve been busy. Well, cancel those suicide plans! I’m here to tell you what I was up to in the third quarter of 2010.
HCR: I’ve been chipping away at a new WordPress Continue reading
I’ve got some artwork featured in this nice-looking German design collection, Gestalten’s Naïve: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design. I just got my contributor copy, and it is a pretty, pretty book chock-full of talented folks. I’ve got one piece included, the cover of The No-Shadow Kick’s 2005 EP Spatializing Sound in the Time Domain. Available on the Gestalten site.
Being a graphic designer/illustrator can be funny sometimes. You make work you really like and/or are proud of, so you show it off on your portfolio site. You (hopefully rarely) make work that embarrasses the hell out of you and you bury it in a deep hole somewhere. And then you have work that you think is pretty okay, but it falls into the netherworld in between: not nearly bad enough for the hole, but who wants an over-cluttered portfolio? Not me, man. Continue reading