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After getting married (15 years ago) my wife and I left Chicago and moved out to Phoenix, Arizona for a few years. We’ve crisscrossed the country a few more times since then, but my heart has always remained in Arizona.
Over the past year or two, I had been kicking around an idea to do an Arizona-themed print, but it was while I was researching my favorite 1930’s advertising illustrator, Vernon Grant, that I came up with the idea for this print. (Vernon is best known for his creation of the characters Snap, Crackle and Pop for Kellogg’s.)
It’s both an homage to the genius of Vernon’s amazing artwork and also to the southwest landscape of Arizona, one of the places I love best in the world.
- 18″ x 24″ on 100lb American made Cougar natural cover weight paper
- Printed with water based non-toxic inks
- Signed and numbered, edition of 100
$25.00 each + shipping
LIMIT TWO PER CUSTOMER / HOUSEHOLD.
Orders containing more than two, or if it’s determined to be to the same customer or household WILL BE CANCELED AND REFUNDED.
Available tonight, July 31st, at 7pm EST in the Tiny Bird Press webstore.
This is my latest hand-pulled screen print, “firefly girl”.
Fireflies. Lightning Bugs. Glow worms, etc… Different names, depending on which region of the country you grew up in, but they all meant the same thing.
Growing up in Chicago, June and July meant the lightning bugs were back! At night my friends and I used to catch them and put as many as possible into jars. We’d almost always release them before our parents called us in for the night. Unfortunately, since moving to Florida, we don’t have lightning bugs around here. My kids had never seen a lightning bug and hadn’t experienced the fun of chasing and catching them. That is, until last year, when my daughter went up to Illinois to visit her grandparents for a couple weeks. She went in June and got to experience the thrill first hand. This print is a depiction of my daughter’s first experience with catching and releasing fireflies.
The nitty gritty:
The print is 18” x 24” in size.
The edition size is 40 pcs.
Signed and numbered
$25.00 + shipping SOLD OUT!
Available tomorrow evening (July 23rd, 2012) in the Tiny Bird Press webstore.
*update* SOLD OUT
Ever since I first painted this guy on one of my faux bomber panels back in 2007, people have been asking for him on an art print.
Well, here it is. An extremely limited edition run of only 30 pieces. Due to the limited availability of these, limit 2 per name and address, please. Grab it for sale in the Tiny Bird Press store. Thank you!
18″ x 24″ Limited Edition hand-pulled silkscreen print
- Image is approx. 15” square and printed on 18″ x 24″ on 80lb. Cougar Natural paper
- 3 colors
- Signed and numbered, edition of 30
Snippet of a new tribute art print I’m working on. Inspired by the King, comic book legend Jack Kirby and my favorite band, Monster Magnet. I’ll be screen printing it as my schedule allows, so no release date has been set yet. Yes, I’m going to be printing it with black light inks.
Side by side glimpse of a title I’m currently working on for DC Comics. G. I. Combat. Written by the always awesome team of Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray. Drawn by that art super-stud, Dan Panosian and digitally painted by yours truly. This comic hits stands on May 2.
I have always been a huge fan of the “space race era” and space exploration in general. I had wanted to create a print that captured the feeling of awe and wonder that we Americans shared back on that night in 1969. When it was broadcast live on TV that man had first set foot on the moon.
I was getting ready to print last week when I heard that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos had found the Apollo 11 booster rockets and was planning to recover them. I couldn’t believe that the timing of his announcement coincided with my latest art print. I’m glad that private individuals like Bezos are able to pick up the mantle held by NASA for so long and continue to try and explore space.
I hope that future generations can feel that same sense of awe and wonder and be inspired as I have been.
“One Small Step”
19″ x 25″ Limited Edition hand-pulled silkscreen print
- 19″ x 25″ on 100lb. Cover French Construction Steel Blue paper
- 5 colors
- Signed and numbered, edition of 50
There’s also a Glow-in-the-Dark ink variant version. BOTH VERSIONS ARE SOLD OUT!
Visit the Tiny Bird Press store for details.
In honor of Women’s History month, I wanted to create an art print of an American icon symbolizing strong women. One who epitomizes the hard-working, patriotic women from the greatest generation.
I have been wanting to do this print for a long time. I’ve been slowly working on the drawing for this print and for a sister print, for about two years. Rosie and the dedicated women like her and the contribution they made to the war effort have always held a special place in my heart. They helped build the bombers, which as a child, I became obsessed with. Now that I’m grown, their sacrifices have strongly influenced my artwork. As seen in my B-17 nose art bomber panel series. I can’t think of a more perfect icon that symbolizes the true American spirit, which my daughter can look up to and I can have proudly hanging in my own home. I hope you enjoy her as much as I have.
A tribute, to Rosie the riveter.
“Rosie the Riveter”
18″ x 24″ Limited Edition Art Print
- 18″ x 24″ on 100lb American made Cougar natural cover weight paper
- 7 screens
- Printed with water based silkscreen non-toxic inks
- Signed and numbered, edition of 140
These are designed, illustrated and hand-printed by myself. Since my prints are hand-crafted, please expect and be conscious of the fact that small variations on each print are part of the hand-made process. Each print is unique and original, no two prints are exactly alike. Please, consider this before making your purchase.
So, the Amazing Spider-man issue that I worked on with the ever-awesome Matt Clark comes out today. Make sure you grab a few copies and spread the love. Thanks in advance!
I also wanted to take a second to apologize for my lack of updates recently. Been dealing with some issues on the home-front. If you’d like more frequent posts from me, why not follow me on Tumblr if you’re part of that community. I post there much more than I do here. The link is in my blogroll. Thanks!
More of my work also out this week…
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI; Art by JORDI BERNET, EDUARDO RISSO, NELSON and FIONA STAPLES; Cover by JORDI BERNET and ROB SCHWAGER.
Can it be true? Jonah Hex has a wife? Find out in these tales from issues #61-67, including a tale illustrated by Eisner Award winner Eduardo Risso (100 BULLETS). 160pgs. Softcover. $17.99 US. On Sale November 30, 2011
My latest art print is for sale here and over at Tiny Bird Press. Click here for more details.
Since the tour starts in a few days, I figured I’d post this. I was asked by my bud Dave if I wanted to create the art for his band’s new STUDIO13 vinyl release. Being a long time Monster Magnet fan, of course I jumped at the chance. I chipped away at working on it in-between my usual crazy deadlines. 5 mins. here, 5 mins. there… etc. All in all, I think she came out looking pretty good.
Here’s some more about the release: Coinciding with their “Dopes To Infinity 2011” European tour, Monster Magnet will release “Dopes”, a 3 song, limited edition EP on 10 inch vinyl. According to Magnet front man Dave Wyndorf the limited edition record contains “all new, re-imagined versions” of “King Of Mars”, “All Friends and Kingdom Come”, and the title track from the band’s 1995 album “Dopes To Infinity”. Wyndorf comments, “We wanted to turn a few songs from “Dopes To Infinity” inside out, y’know? It’s good stuff that we thought deserved the “Studio 13 treatment: Lo-fi, decidedly deranged and extremely psychedelic.”
If you catch them over in Europe, snag a copy.
So, over the past few years I’ve been trying to get a small screen printing business set up here at the homestead. Nothing major. Just a place where I can hand-print my own limited edition art prints and also do stuff for friends of mine. It’s been well over a decade since I hand-printed my own work, and I had an itching to start doing it again. So, I started Tiny Bird Press. There’s been many, MANY set-backs and lots of trial and error in that time, but I’ve finally gotten my first print done and it’s ready for sale. It’s called “Remember When”.
Here’s the story behind this art print. I have 3 young children. In our home, we try to encourage and foster our children’s creativity and imaginations whenever possible. This print is a nod to a simpler time. A time when kids were kids and they weren’t inundated by technology and hand-held gadgets at every turn. A time when simply running, playing and pretending was king. Feel free to swing by the shop and order a copy. It’s a limited edition of of 50 pieces.
I showed my bud Tommy a copy of it yesterday and he said “Dude. I love that guy! He’s so Rockwell meets Pixar meets Pearl Harbor.” Heck yeah, I’ll take that compliment!
**update – Just wanted to say a BIG “thank you” to everybody that purchased one of my prints and helped it sell out. I’m honored.**
I originally posted here about folks using my art for tattoos. I’m re-posting it AGAIN, because I’m noticing HUGE amounts of google directed people right clicking and saving certain images of mine. As I mentioned before, if you see something you like PLEASE ask me if you can use it for a tattoo. I’ll say yes, 99.9% of the time and just ask for a pic of the final piece in trade. Heck, i’ll even give you clean images instead of jpgs to use. But please, just ASK.
I’ve been going over my site stats for the past few months. Seems there’s been a LOT of people Googling and clicking on my “pinstripe skull design” and also my “Ol’ Nasty cat” images lately. People possibly wanting tattoos of them…? Dunno. But it made me decide to write this post.
About tattoos. I have a lot of them. Some I’ve designed for myself, some not.
Regardless, I feel a sense of real responsibility after I see a person getting my artwork tattooed on themselves. It’s a huge honor. But, it also kicks me into overdrive to make sure I don’t get complacent and start churning out schlock. I see too many other artists getting lazy and re-hashing stuff they’ve done a million times before. I don’t want to fall into that trap. People digging my art enough to make a lifelong commitment to having it added to their bodies, keeps me in check. So, to all of you fans of mine whom have, thank you.
There is a flip side to everything. As my fellow artist bud Von Glitschka says regarding people using his art for tattoos, “For those who commission me it’s a great gig. But for those who don’t, it’s a flattering copyright infringement when they use my art without paying for it. So ask permission before you become a walking portfolio of mine.”
So, if you’re somebody who wants to blatantly steal my art to make flash sheets, please don’t. Ask first. I’m sure there’s something we can work out.
Now, what if you’re simply a fan and you see something of mine that you enjoy and you’re thinking of adding it to your body…? Please, feel free to contact me. I can get you nice, clean line art that your tattoo guy can work from. That way you won’t have to use a cruddy saved jpg or a potentially blurry photo of my stuff which you found in a magazine.
Either way, if you DO decide to add my art to your body, thank you and please, send me pictures!
Lately, both of my sons have been bugging me for pocket knives. They saw my vintage Italian stiletto out on my desk one time and that was all it took. My boys are 5 yo. and under and (in my opinion) are both too young for a real knife. So, being a creative-minded kinda daddy, i did the next best thing… I made them both pocket knives out of recycled corrugated cardboard.
The boys loved them. Ran around the house all day with them. Then, my wife came home from a play-date with the boys at their friend’s house last night. She told me that both of my son’s friends couldn’t put down the knives either. So, today I had orders for more knives! I love making things like this with my hands, and as a child, I spent countless hours creating things out of cardboard. This was awesome super-fun for me.
10 years ago today, one of the good guys got called back home. Now, I didn’t know Ed personally. But I had met him on a few occasions. All of which I’m sure didn’t make nearly the impression on him, that it made on me. In a roundabout way, I once got Ed on a Chicago talk radio program for an interview back in the 90′s. I kinda knew the DJ, who was a Roth fan, but he had thought Ed had long since died. I told him, “dude he’s very much alive and lives in Utah, hunt him down”. Lo and behold, the next day, there was Ed on talk radio. DJ guy let me ask the first question. Which consisted more or less of me thanking Ed profusely for his inspiration and then it ended with me babbling like an idiot, cuz i was soo nervous. I have it on tape, somewhere…..
See, Ed was a childhood hero of mine. He was a monster-maker. A hot-rod builder. A lowbrow artist extraordinaire, even before the term “lowbrow” was invented. A modern day Da Vinci, slinging fiberglass and paint. I remember I used to build all his models and send off for his catalogs in the mail. I’d order all kindsa Rat Fink stuff, some of which I still have to this day. All of which I’m sure my mom thought, was a total waste of money.
But I didn’t care. She just didn’t “get it”. You either “got” Big Daddy and Rat Fink, or you didn’t. Period.
It’s been a great barometer for me all my life, especially in social settings. Ya see, regardless of how cool I might actually be, I’m not the most social of cats. I like to keep to myself. When people ask, “so, what do you do for a living…?” and the subject of being an artist comes up, I occasionally slip some lowbrow doo-dads into the conversation. Rat Fink being one of them. Then, I wait for a reaction. If I’m met with a glazed, blank lifeless stare, I wrap it up and head for the chips and dip. If a slow kindred sparkle and glow comes over their face, I know I’ve met somebody I can really hang with.
Anyway, the man was an inspiration to me.
Even moreso now that today, I read his response to a question asked of him a year before his death.
Posted by his wife Ilene “Trixie” Roth:
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MOST REMEMBERED FOR?
“We are all trying to get to heaven. Everybody is born with a talent. Use the talent. I encourage a person to use their talents to the best degree. Take the talents you were born with and use it. If somebody has a problem with it, then you say.. Man, I just know this and that’s all I know, and Big Daddy told me to use it. Encourage people to use what they got. There is nothing else to be remembered for.”
Wise words indeed.
R.I.P. – Big Daddy.