Friday, February 27, 2009


Raw materials are always inspiring to me, no matter what they are. A friend of mine recently gave me a beautiful box of large French Paper to do with whatever I saw fit. Well, I have been trying to make the time to get back to work on a series of monotypes for a few weeks, and last Sunday was the day. 

Studio views and details of unique, metallic copper enamel monotypes, above, each 26" x 40".

Happy Birthday, Dutch Giant!

Thursday, February 26, 2009


A friend recently visited the Globe Poster HQ in Baltimore and said it was simply amazing. He also sent me this great link to an online story with a thumbnail gallery of Globe's incredible work over the years...check it out. (And it seems to me that those pickins are purty ripe for someone to produce a Globe monograph).

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


An old friend of mine, Josh Frazier, owns and operates a little skate shop in NC called Black Sheep. He recently got in touch with me to see if might do some graphics for him and while I am working through a small heap of in progress sketches, I thought I would throw this one well as a vintage photo I shot/published of Josh in Streetscribe, Issue #4, Summer 1988.

(thanks to pen pal Jeremy Dean for the inspiration.)

Friday, February 20, 2009


I rarely get it 'right' the first time...already on version 15 and I am still not happy with the rough.


Andy Cruz of House Industries will be back in LA early next week for a lecture at Cal Arts. It's free and open to the public. 

(Now, if he can just hire a more competent proof reader for his print projects...)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


The new website and blog for Cool Disco Dan has a few, full frame Globe Poster examples. Not to mention, a comprehensive background info on the legendary underground D.C. writer (I am not even a graffiti dude, but I kinda dig his timeless tag). When asked about Go-Go, Cool Disco Dan had this to say...

Q. What is Go-Go?

A. 80's Go-Go is a kind of music from DC that is kind of in between funk, jazz, blues, mellow latin groove, heavy funk and hip-hop. Go-Go bands are all live and play for 2-3 hours with no breaks between the song. And it’s all special to DC! My favorite Go-Go band is Ayre Rayde.

Monday, February 16, 2009


Globe Poster of Baltimore was to go-go music as Hatch Show Print of Nashville was to country music. Some details of amazing and vintage showcards advertising various shows around the D.C. area.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


No subject is too high brow (or too low brow) for reference fodder....hand-lettered Voltaire quote by Dick Bird, "Freehand Lettering" book.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Amazing analog typography from the master hands of Herb Lubalin (1918-1981), for an article on Warhol's Factory Girls.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Nothing helps to bridge that gap between digital and analog design the way that ol' fashioned pen and ink least, for me. Tight cropping of final ink on a commercial graphic. More info to follow, once I am 'permitted'....

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


"Free country!? I should fuck you up for saying that stupid shit, alone!"

Spike Lee at his finest...two of my favorite scenes from his 1989 classic, Do The Right Thing. Also featuring Public Enemy, Fight the Power!

"Who told you to buy a Brownstone, on my block, on my neighborhood on my side of the street?!"

And for the record, I was never a fan of Larry Bird.


I would never try to define something as simple/complex as skateboarding, but this little stacked lockup of type does a pretty decent job, IMO.


South Carolina/skateboard-inspired graphic/type; Peace, Love, Layback. Thanks, Hank!

Monday, February 9, 2009


I have to admit, the novelty of finding long, lost friends via Facebook can be fun and surprising...

When I graduated from Wando High School in June of 1989, my family packed up and moved from Charleston, SC back to Indianapolis, Indiana, where I was born. It was a strange transition for me, because shortly after moving to Indy, I again moved back south, to Savannah, GA, to attend art school. Summers were spent in Indy, where I made friends with the locals there, who shared their spots and general good old buddy of mine from Indy recently got in touch with me via Facebook. He sent this link with tons of footage from the skate scene there in Indy and surrounding area. Most of it was shot in 1990, just before I launched off on a cross county skateboarding tour with some of the Virginia Beach Pool Service crew (Bobby Lake, Ron Seigel). Footage really highlights local Andrew Wood, aka Droopy, who was a real shredder. I miss Ian Davis too, who was always a blast to skate with. Great to see tons other forgotten faces/friends, too; Eric Bose, Chad Norman, Todd Hinchman, Mitch, Rob Stamm, Jerry Johnson, Jeb Stuart, Jon Schaub, Byron Kothe, Donnie Harper, Chauncey, and many more. 

And even much more to my surprise, I make a few curb appearances at 6:42 and 13:43. (Note the super wannabe-Tom-Knox dorky-grinding, curb tricks. EXPRESS YOURSELF!)

Also, there's some rare stuff in there of pros Sal Barbier, Brian Patch (then-local to IN), Rob Dyrdek, Mike Vallely, Ed Templeton...

Friday, February 6, 2009


T&P Fine Art in Philadelphia presents 'Cut/Copy', which opens tonight, February 6th at 7pm. I am grateful that the proprietors invited me to participate. I created a handful of new Drip Paintings for the show, and they're being shown alongside more 'traditional' stencil-weilding artists. The Drip Paintings above are available for purchase thru the gallery, and info can be found here.

Monday, February 2, 2009


I am proud to announce that I am now part of the Artist Roster at RRock Enterprises. We have already worked on several projects together, including print designs with RISK, Live at the Masque, Deathbowl to Dowtown and the upcoming TAKI 183 series.