Tuesday, 31 January 2012

'Unreal Estate' a solo show by Tim Doyle @ Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco

Spoke Art Gallery is proud to present the debut solo show by Austin-based serigraph artist Tim Doyle. In “Unreal Estate,” Doyle explores locations found throughout popular culture in a variety of limited-edition hand-printed screen prints and original art. 

From Moe’s Tavern to the Bluth Banana Stand, Doyle’s realistic and illustrative reinterpretations of television’s most iconic places is a captivating voyage. 

In the artists words, “Unreal Estate’ is a collection of locations that many of us know and have been to on a weekly basis at times, but can never actually visit.These places are in our memories transmitted and entrenched there through a cathode-ray tube. Some of us have been going to these places for decades, some of these places were taken from us, way too soon.”

Opening night is this Thursday February 2nd, 2012 6pm – 10pm.  showing until Thursday February 23, 2012.

NKD NOZZEL s00? retailer release. New Squadt available now via your favourite retailers

Just had an email from Jamungo informing us of this this new Squadt - available to purchase now (if you can find somewhere stocking them that is).







'NKD NOZZEL s00? with qpmnt pacs 5 and 6 - Retailer Release Available Now.'

 'Please contact your favorite retailer for availability.'


NKD NOZZEL - 6" vinyl, ABS and cloth. Includes: 3 sets of eye lenses, 2.0 arms (not shown here) union suit with not so hidden
tanto knife and as always a removable helmet.


QPMNT PAC 5 INCLUDES: zip-up hoodie, duffel bag, homemade pistol, pipe bom, and silver lenses.


QPMNT PAC 6 INCLUDES: FB shirt, Scarf, sM4 with scope/supressor, sling bag and FB patch.

Digital interior view of the Sistine Chapel

This is quite an amazing piece of technology which allows viewers to take a 360˚ look at Michelangelo' s masterpiece inside The Vatican's, Sistine Chapel.  Although this type of technology has been used before, this is a level up from the awkwardly stitched together panoramics of old.

Monday, 30 January 2012

A collection of 100 illustrated horror movie posters collated by WellMedicated.com

Just found this absorbing collection of illustrated horror movie posters over at WellMedicated.com. The author of this excellent blog (Andrew Lindstrom) has compiled a list of 100 illustrated nasties for our viewing pleasure! Sadly, S.O.B have not seen half as many of these movies as we would have liked. (some would say we spend far too much time blogging)  But anyway, if you're into graphic design, make sure you check out WellMedicated.com for lots more pixel porn.  

Die & Break feat MC Fats and Buggsy - Peace & Dub ( Grand Funk Hustle EP )

Ouch! this tune is heavy. For those readers tuning in from far away lands, this is a portrait of the city from which this blog broadcasts. Big up Bristol!

"Fortress of Solitude" by JC Richard, (artists leftovers) onsale later today

Remember this print released by Mondo last year? Well there's a few 'leftovers' going onsale today via JC Richard's blog, HERE. But hurry, these prints will be sure to fly!

'9-color screen print, 36"x12"- $95 (yes they are signed)'

'WHERE/WHEN: I'll put up a new blog post with 'Add to Cart' buttons on Monday, Jan. 30th at a random time in the afternoon (EST).'

More about the piece by RC Richard:

'I felt very fortunate to get the opportunity to create this DC-licensed print for Mondo, and even more so since it involves the most iconic superhero of 'em all. Even though I knew the comics and enjoyed the cartoons & 50s TV series, my first real gateway to the Superman mythos was through the Richard Donner films. One of the first 'grown up' books I ever bought was a text-heavy Making of Superman: The Movie; I pored endlessly over the few black and white "behind the scenes" photos, made up mostly of shots of wire flying tests and carpenters building the massive Pinewood Studios sets.

The largest of these was the Fortress of Solitude, and it seemed the the greatest cathedral ever built. The film's crystalline design just felt more 'otherworldly' and exotic than previous comic book incarnations of the Fortress (with mountain cave and clunky keys) and much more like a piece of an alien landscape replicated in an Artic wasteland. This image is a direct homage to Donner's universe (quickly corrupted by the hack named Richard Lester); if there was a goal, it was to make it feel like a long-lost original piece of concept art for the '78 film.'

'Crazy Love' custom pre-order from B.A.L.D

Why not scoop one of these nice little customs by one of the best in the business, Bryan Lopez aka, B.A.L.D.


'For those who know love is crazy and it sometimes breaks you...'
Materials used: 4" Munny, super scuply, leather and acrylic paints.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

2012 Chewie plush by Denn Rodriquez

 If you fancy one of these furry bad-boys for your collection then send an email over to Denn Rodriquez, you never know, she might even make you one! 

'This guy is available as a commission, so hit me up if you are interested. dennrodriguez@gmail.com'

Have a look at these earlier Star Wars softies also created by the talented by Denn Rodriquez.

New prints coming soon from Ashley Wood of 3A Toys

Looking forward to these prints dropping soon from Ashley Wood. The talent of this man is astonishing. He sets the bar far too high for most of us, so all we can do is dig deep into our pockets, hand over our hard earned cash and surrender to his genius.

The word from Ashley Wood:

'Over ten years ago I used to make Iris prints and then Giclee's of my work, soon i'll be offering an ongoing selection of my work printed and agonized over by me and T P. We are  making a new store to handle these and other stuff. Check back soon for more info!'

156st Dskunk Squadt from dust

The Squadt range of toys by FERG is one of S.O.B's favourite toys ever created. They are so perfect in their design that it is very hard to customise them for the better. However, we think this Squadt-custom from Dust entitled "156st Dskunk Squad" could be a contender for the top spot! This privately commissioned piece is grubby, grimy, intimidating and ready for any assault you can throw at it. Great job Dust! 

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Gravity Stool by Jólan van der Wiel

The process of making these 'Gravity Stools' is almost as beautiful as the stools themselves. Watch the video below and gawp in amazement as they appear to grow organically from the bowl of goo!

Words by Jólan van der Wiel

'The Gravity Stool thanks its unique shape to the cooperation between magnetic fields and the power of gravity.

Departing from the idea that everything is influenced by gravitation, a force that has a strongly shaping effect, I intended to manipulate this natural phenomenon by exploiting its own power: magnetism. The positioning of the magnetic fields in the machine, opposing eachother, has largely determined the final shape of the Gravity Stool.'

'It is the combination of the magnetmachine with the plastic material, developed especially for this purpose, that enabled me to start a small but efficient chain of production. The forms and products  are characterized by the freakisch and organic shapes that are so typical of nature itself.
As a designer, I see future potential in the joined cooperative forces combining technology with natural phenomena. It is my believe that developing new  “tools” is an important means of inspiring and allowing new forms to take shape.'

Gravity Stool from Miranda Stet on Vimeo.

Wu-Sciples print illustrated by Adam Hathorn and released via Two Rabbits Studios

To celebrate the 20yr anniversary of the Wu Tang Clan dropping the ultimate hip hop album, 'Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)', Two Rabbits Studios are releasing this print of the whole clan getting busy on their last supper. I wonder if Raekwon cooked up that feast? I love the little touches like Ghost rockin' the fishscale, RZA having a sneaky game of chess, ODB throwing up the W and a swarm of killa Bees looming ominously overhead....SU!

The Blurb from Two Rabbits Studios:
What better way to celebrate Wu-Tang’s 20 year anniversary than with the release of Wu-Sciples, a ten color print celebrating one of the rawest groups in music. This print has been a long time in the making for us at Two Rabbits. When we had the idea we knew only one person could illustrate it right, Adam Hathorn aka Honkey Kong. We were already major fans of Adams work. He has illustrated jobs for us, been a great host when we were in San Diego and he is one of the best tattoo artist we know. Adam is also Wu obsessed, like us. With that said here is Adam in his own words…

“So far as my memory takes me, my introduction to Wu Tang was when 36 chambers was released in 93. I had to wikipedia that, my memory is not that good. My friend Strobe Beats played me “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit” on a walk man, or some shit, in the cafeteria. The beat made me wanna punch people, much like the hard core and punk rock music that I was listening to at the time. I immediately got a copy, and it was on constant rotation. That was what got me back into hip hop music. Previously I was listening to alot of Public Enemy and alot of the native tongue stuff, Tribe Called Quest, LONS, De La etc. After that hip hop was getting boring. I was young and turned to hard core music, especially in Boston where it thrived at that time. When Wu came with that raw sound with production that was stripped down and unpolished, it was an easy step back in. Wu Tang has been a huge part of music in my life since. I’m sure there’s been few days since that have passed without me hearing Wu in some form. I tattoo all day, or draw all day, so there’s some form of music always playing, and there’s plenty on shuffle.
I was lucky enough to be asked by the guys at Two Rabbits Studios to create the “Wu-sciples” print. Their idea was solid out ofthe gate. Wu Tang last supper with Big Baby Jesus front and center. I said sign me up. The illustration took a bit to do since they’re artist deep, but nonetheless a fun project. Thanks for choosing me to do this print, see you Saturday for the show….. Wu Tang is FOREVER!” -Adam Hathorn

Edition size 200 

100c Old Green Speckltone by French Paper 
10 Colors (white, silver, light brown, medium brown, dark brown, dark red, gold, yellow, orange, black)

'Fat Tony' by Ron English - new vinyl figure available now

This is Ron English's latest vinyl figure, 'Fat Tony'. The price on this piece is really reasonable at only $60 (£40). The fat bastard certainly provides plenty of vinyl for your money (Tony that is, not Ron)! It stands at 9” tall, is an edition of 500 and features articulation in both arms. You can order one of these now HERE, They're Grrrrea......better not. 

Check the blurb:

'Introducing Fat Tony: A Ton of Tiger with a Short Shelf Life. The 100% Nutrition-Free Vinyl Toy! A delicious shortcut to attention deficit disorder! Fatten up Your Vinyl Art Collection!

Sugary cereals captured the hearts of Young America by giving away cheap toys made in China in every box. This prize at the bottom of the box actually ate the cereal.'

Friday, 27 January 2012

New 3" resin sneakers by Niels de Jong - project SOLE released today!

Hello Niels de Jong and thank you for getting in touch! This is his newest release of 3" resin sneakers and are available now to purchase from his online store
Limited edition SOLE mini sneakers!
- Made from resin
- Size 3”
- High gloss finish
- Hand painted with love and signed!
- Comes with a nice little shoebox

These bad boys also come in tiny sneaker boxes - how dope!?

More about the artist:

Dutch artist Niels de Jong (1982) lives and works in Berlin and is found most of the time in The Lunartik Studios of Matt JOnes from lunartik.com. Niels de Jong has a background in various disciplines such as model making, urban design, sculptures, drawing and painting.
You will find his drawn or painted art pieces often portrayed as a group of colourfull characters in a multitude, huddled together in a composition on the canvas. His work is constantly evolving and his characters are transforming continuously.
Niels de Jong is currently working on a project called SOLE, a multiple series of mini sneaker sculptures. More info and pictures about his SOLE mini sneaker project can be found HERE
Niels de Jong is also continuously working on new paintings, more info and pictures can be found HERE!
Feel free to contact Niels de Jong:   info@nielsdejong.nu

New Johnny Cupcakes - hockey tees

Sadly these new Johnny Cupcakes tee's are only available in the LA and Boston JC stores. So for those of us that can only dream of such exotic places, lets just admire them from our dreary computer desks in who cares where :( 

'LA and Boston exclusives dropping Friday in-stores only! When you pick up one of these gems you’ll not only show support for your home team, but you’ll also enter yourself into the drawing for a pair of tickets to a Bruins or Kings game. Not a bad deal, right? The contest will run between January 27 and February 11 (or while supplies last). Winners will be drawn and announced on Sunday, Feb 12. Show your support and pick up one of these bad boys!'

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The American Nightmare - a breakdown of the horror film genre

Warning! This film contains disturbing imagery from actual events in history...oh and some fake blood thrown in for good measure. This comes highly recommended as a guide to those classic horror films such as, Night of the Living Dead, Last House on the Left, Dawn of the Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre etc. - with interviews from the likes of John Landis, John Carpenter and Tom Savini. The American Nightmare looks at how horror became influenced by the events in the real world that surrounded it.

Here's the blurb:

'This is a serious look at some of the most groundbreaking and innovative horror films ever made. It is also incredibly graphic, disturbing and somewhat bleak and depressing, so consider yourselves warned. No hardcore fan of horror will want to miss this, but people with weak stomachs may not be able to take it.'

Tell Tale Heart scratch-Off cards by Brian Ewing

At this time of year we will see a whole host of Valentines Day merch appearing from across the art and design world. I say that positively because of this card. You won't find these on your local high street, so buy now, and avoid those anxious chest pains come Feb 13th. 

Here's the blurb

'Brian Ewing has collaborated with animator CRANKBUNNY to create a Valentine scratch-off card.

The card reveals a secret message underneath a heart within a skeletal chest cavity. It can be used for more than just a traditional Valentine’s card. Use it to break up with someone. Tell them they’re fired. Or to pay your rent late. Great for someone you love or hate any time of the year. Soften the blow or sweeten the deal.'
5 x 7 inches
Printed on heavy cardstock
Comes with an A7 envelope

More info on Brian’s website.
Choose one of 3 messages.
1. Your Coffin Or Mine
1. I’ve Got A Heart On For You
3. Your Heart Belongs To Me

Go ape for Mondo's latest 'Planet of the Apes' poster orgy!

 (top right) Poster by Martin Ansin. 24"x36" screen print. Hand Numbered. Edition of 415. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. 

'Tomorrow, we will release our poster series for one of the best science fiction franchises of all time.... PLANET OF THE APES. We are GIGANTIC fans of the series and worked with Sideshow Collectibles for almost a year on making it happen. Artists in the series include Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, Rich Kelly, Phantom City Creative and Florian Bertmer. If you purchase the entire set of five, you will also receieve the GO APE! poster painted by Jason Edmiston!
Please follow us on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time AS A SET on Thursday, January 26th and INDIVIDUALLY at a random time on Friday, January 27th.'

(above left) Poster by Ken Taylor. 24"x36" screen print. Hand Numbered. Edition of 395. Printed by D&L Screenprinting.

(above right) Poster by Rich Kelly. 24"x36" screen print. Hand Numbered. Edition of 320. Printed by D&L Screenprinting.

(above left) Poster by Phantom City Creative. 24"x36" screen print. Hand Numbered. Edition of 370. Printed by D&L Screenprinting.

(above right) Poster by Florian Bertmer. 24"x36" screen print. Hand Numbered. Edition of 345. Printed by D&L Screenprinting.

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