Saturday, April 28, 2012

My friend, director Mark Ford, recently completed this fantastic documentary that examines the connections between music and the LA Riots. Entitled Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots, the film features compelling rare footage and interviews.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Vinyl Revisioned: Gang of Four/Entertainment!

Gang of Four's debut 1979 release, Entertainment! is an underground classic that I never tire of hearing. Oddly enough, I only just discovered it a few years ago and for someone that is a huge fanatic for just about every other UK punk, post-punk and new wave band from the same era, I am still shocked that I was not exposed to it much sooner.

Perhaps it was the fact that the Gang of Four lacked a particularly, dynamic or iconic visual element associated with it, compared to a band like the Buzzcocks or the Sex Pistols. Those albums are so ingrained in my mind as the pure forces of that musical era. With that in mind, I set out to tackle a redesign of an underground classic, that was new to me.

Appropriating a contextual cue from the original album artwork, I incorporated both stereotypical imagery of "Cowboys and Indians" and topical information such as newspaper headlines. I have designed a visually dissonant work that echoes with themes of disillusionment and alienation found amongst the content of the lyrics.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Vinyl Revisionists

I'm proud to be one of the exhibiting artists in Vinyl Revisionists. Opens Friday, March 30, 2012 at Warner Brothers Records in Burbank, CA.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gang Of Four - Entertainment!

Ether, the opening track from the debut LP, Entertainment!, by Gang Of Four. Released in 1979 by Warner Brothers Records in the US and EMI in the UK.

This LP is also my selection for an upcoming exhibition at Warner Brothers Records, where my redesign/reinterpretation for this post-punk classic will be displayed. The show opens March 24, 2012. More info soon...

Sunday, February 19, 2012


I'm not sure how, but I got on Soundgarden kick a few weeks ago...only the first few records still do it for me; UltraMega OK, Screaming Life/Fopp and Louder Than Love. I love that early stuff.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Jason Jessee 1988

Because the Minutemen, Santa Cruz, Jim Phillips and Jason Jessee were a lethal combo.

Friday, January 27, 2012

From PiL: First Issue

Lydon's anthem that cast aside the Pistols' legacy and declared a more interesting and more sophisticated group, Public Image Limited.

From 1979.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Six Stair Super 8 Scraps

Great stuff from the boys at Six Stair, who've also been doing the Grosso/Loveletters series for Off The Wall TV.

PLINC Exhibition Chapman University

The folks at House Industries and PLINC have an upcoming exhibition at Chapman University, which opens February 6, 2012. Details over at the PLINC site.

Fanatical Mechanical: Photo-Lettering and the Paste-Up Era
Opening: Feb. 6, 2012, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Opening Lecture: Rich Roat of House Industries, Feb. 6, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Place: Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, Calif.
Exhibition Runs from Feb. 6 through March 9, 2012
Open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

House Industries celebrates the craft of Photo-Lettering’s past while presenting it in the context of contemporary relevance. David Dodde’s prodigious hand-printed panels and substantial scrims mingle with custom lithographic layers and fascinating alphabetic fixtures by fanatical fabricators Marc Wiegers and Roger VanTill of Greenwood Studios. Sprinkled throughout the exhibit are carefully excavated and curated historical Photo-Lettering components including original films, rare specimen books and ceramic artifacts.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Disposable Heroes Live

There's always inspiration to be found in music. One of my favorite Metallica tunes, especially as performed above in 1985.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Eames: The Architect and The Painter

The missus and I ventured out to an early Sunday morning Laemmle screening of The Architect and The Painter a few weeks ago. It's a new feature length documentary on Charles and Ray Eames, and I highly recommend it.

Thankfully for you, PBS has recently posted the entire film over on their site. Check it out here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bill Daniel

Bill Daniel is a pretty interesting guy. He's most well known for his documentary, Who is Bozo Texino?, which is an amazing film about a nearly-extinct slice of American subculture.

Daniel has also spent years wandering the country, doing still photography, hand-crafting silver gelatin prints, making zines and generally doing good stuff. Check him out.

Monday, January 2, 2012


Kicking off 2012 with a few selected pieces of references and mood board grabs from my digital desktop.