Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Upgraded Graves

 Speaking of older drawings that have been recently revised, here's an oldie that I did for the Independents some years back which I did some finicky fine-tuning on a few weeks ago. Independents guitar ace Willy B used it in this ad for the recent reissues of their back catalog using the new and improved version(sorry cheapskates, I'm pretty sure these low low sale prices are no longer valid). I seem to find myself doing these kinda minor revisions on a lot of older pieces lately. Maybe I should start a new OCD tag here on the blog to group 'em all together for easy reference. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Last Wave

 Here are the last of the older pieces that I revised for submission to the Surf Graphics book, both of which made it into print. Mainly minor cleanup and editing work done on these. I had to scan the Boyz Nex' Door art from the printed CD insert as the original art for that one is long gone. Thanks to the folks at Korero Books for inviting me to be a part of such a great collection of surf art. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bikini Blast

 Here are a couple more reworked pieces that I submitted to the Surf Graphics book. Above is the poster I designed some years back for masked French surf instro combo The Bikini Men and below the front art for their subsequent picture disc LP. I didn't do any major revisions on these, just some general cleanup work and retouching. Neither of these made it into the book so they are making their public debut here. Stay tuned for MORE BIKINI BEACH ACTION!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Surfin' Wild!

Last year I was surprised and honored to be asked to contribute to an amazing art book called Surf Graphics. I was already a fan of the great series of full color hardcover books covering the worldwide Lowbrow Art scene put out by Korero Books over in the UK and eagerly culled all the best surf related work from my archives to send to them. Some of the older pieces needed a bit of touching up so I revised, added color and made various changes wherever I felt it necessary. Over the next few days I'm gonna post all the pieces that were reworked for Surf Graphics, including a few that didn't actually make it into the final version of the book. Some of these have been posted here before but all have been revised from their previous appearances and there are a few that have never been seen before. Starting off today with the unpublished Satan's Pilgrims drawing I did for Estrus Records back in 1998 which has been revised quite a bit and is seen here in color for the first time ever. Below is a quick but fun Xmas card I made a few years back. Neither of these made it into the book so you can consider these to be the cartoon equivalent of unissued bonus tracks. Surf Graphics is available from hip bookstores and websites everywhere so check it out for a wild blast of wave shreddin' action from a wide array of great artists hailing from here, there and everywhere. More of this stuff to come in the next day or two so... Stay tuned for MORE TOES TO THE NOSE ACTION!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fuzz Fink

New 3 color T-shirt design for Costa Rican surf/garage swingers Los Cuchillos. This is the first work I've done for a band from Costa Rica. Yet another country falls before the mighty King Merinuk juggernaut! Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!

If You Dug It... More Brazilian Nuggets

Here's the long-awaited cover for the third volume in the Brazilian Nuggets series featuring yet more ultra obscure and primitive garage, instro and psych tracks unearthed from the deepest dark jungles of Brazil. Among the zillions of bands that played there in the '60s they had one called the Flintstones and another called the Jetsons and both these combos are gonna appear on this epic third volume. The limited edition vinyl version should be out real soon (as always on the mighty Groovie Records label) with a CD version to follow. Don't miss it if you can. Stay tuned for MORE JUNGLE JUNGLE JUNGLE JUNGLE ROCK ACTION!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Gunness

Here's the cover art for the forthcoming debut CD by Winnipeg's one woman rock'n'roll band, The Gunness. Alana aka The Gunness is a veteran of a ton of great local bands over the past 10 years or so and in this solo project she plays a mix of garage, punk, alt rock and whatever else she feels like playing in a totally raw emotional style. I was stoked to help her out with this cover art and am looking forward to hearing the album, which should be out pretty soon on Winnipeg's one and only rock'n'roll label, Transistor 66 Records. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Savage Sword Of Hamzig

With the new issue of Roctober (#51) only a few weeks away I guess it's time to post the Hamzig installment that was featured in the gargantuan 50th issue a few months back. I was trying for a Williamson/Frazetta type of look with this one which didn't really come off but what the heck.  I have an amazing Roctober-related project lined up which I'll be working on later this year so keep an eye on this blog for more info on that. Meanwhile, pick up the new issue to see the latest Hamzig chapter and the usual array of weird cultural detritus that is synonymous with the esteemed Roctober brand. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Go Mental!

Hot off the greasy griddle, here's a cover design for my pal Axel's new rockin' combo Mental Shakedown. Right now this is just gonna be the cover for their demo CD but I'm sure we'll be seeing and hearing this stuff on vinyl in the not too distant future. Stay tuned for MORE BOP'N'DESTROY ACTION!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Headshrinkin' Fun

Here's a T-shirt design I recently did for one of the coolest labels on the international rock'n'roll scene, Groovie Records. Another piece that kinda speaks for itself. Stay tuned for MORE VOODOO VENGEANCE ACTION!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Smash Hits

Logo design for Winnipeg's punkiest rock'n'roll radio show Smash It Up. I guess this one kinda speaks for itself. Stay tuned for MORE NOW WE'RE GONNA DANCE TO A DIFFERENT SONG ACTION!

Friday, May 10, 2013


 Mo' bang for your buck today in the Rubber Room, kids. I recently designed a tour poster for amazing Mexican garage combo Los Explosivos (who if you haven't heard 'em are a wild mix of the Sonics and MC5 at their most ravin'est; Go check 'em out NOW!!!) and in my usual politically correct fashion I reduced, reused and recycled the art into 3 distinct variations, all of which are on display for you right here and now. Above is the original tour poster version and below you can see the same basic art kustomized into a swingin' 45 sleeve and a debonair T-shirt design for all you fashion victims out there. Los Explosivos are currently on a nutty 6 month tour of Europe so go see 'em, buy all this stuff and have yourself a blast! Stay tuned for MORE DON'T YOU MESS WITH ME ACTION!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Super Soul Sucker

Here's the third of my recent posters for upcoming Winnipeg rock'n'roll shows. Kind of paying tribute to the late, great Bill Ward and his legacy of overdeveloped babeage with this one. Stay tuned for MORE SUCCUBUS ACTION!

Rock'n'Roll Wrestling Women

Poster for an upcoming burlesque/rock'n'roll/wrestling show here in Winnipeg. Looks like it will be a real cool event so check it out if for some unfathomable reason you are in Winnipeg on May 17. Stay tuned for MORE BODYSLAMMIN' ACTION!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Arcade Action!

Sorry for the dearth of posts lately, kids. I got a big backlog of stuff to put up here so look for more new updates soon. Here's a drawing I did for Winnipeg's rock'n'roll upstart Greg Arcade and his combo for his upcoming show at the new and improved (?) Royal Albert. These guys have a fun, upbeat rockabilly style along the lines of early Buddy Holly so I tried to get that feeling into the drawing. I just did the illustration on this; the poster was put together by Mr. Arcade himself as he's a talented designer in real life. More stuff coming soon so... Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!