Wednesday, May 18, 2016
After a number of requests over the years I decided to produce the Randy Watson/Sexual Chocoloate t-shirt...derived from one of our best selling posters. Printed by the masterful VG Kids, this 5 color screen printed shirt is available on Alstyle 100% cotton. They're "good and terrible" (mostly good) and you can get one here.
Friday, April 22, 2016
I'll have my copies (cut and uncut) plus 2 types of foils (cut and uncut) available on Monday at 2pm EDT here.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Allow me to present my Avett Brothers print for their show tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This one is quite unique in that (instead of the usual screen print) it's a very high quality giclee print. Printed with archival inks on museum cotton rag paper, photos simply cannot do it justice! It's 18x24" and designed to resemble a vintage early 80's basketball poster.
When hired for this gig, being my very first Madison Square Garden poster, my brain immediately went to basketball. MSG, often referred to as the Mecca of Basketball, has had so many monumental moments that it only seemed fitting. I'm admittedly a huge Knicks fan and it's a subtle tribute to the days where I wasn't quasi-ashamed to admit it. I was more importantly thinking, though, about the old promo college basketball posters you'd see hanging in bedrooms, basements, garages, etc. Growing up in Kentucky, UK and UofL posters like that were (and still are) everywhere. The poses were ridiculously cheesy and so 80's. I thought it would be great to see the band in such an environment. They're not messing around as these are some serious game faces...with feathered hair....and mullets...and glasses straps...and striped knee high socks!
I'd also like to give a ton of credit, respect, and sincere thanks to the band and their management. One of the benefits of giclee over the usual screen print is the ability to print an endless amount of colors as well as more photorealistic gradients. These elements were necessary to pull of the look of an authentic 80's poster. The downside of giclees of this quality is the cost of production is considerably higher than the typical screen print. A lot of bands would never entertain the possibility of going this route as the profit margin is minimal. These guys put the art first and that's simply rare in this business. It's basically what every artist hopes for from a client, but it's certainly understandable why it's so rare. Even with them raising the price on these prints, the profit barely covers the overhead. Again, I like to give a huge thanks to these guys and make sure everyone is aware of their dedication to their fans!
I'll have my own copies to sell, as well as a few interesting variants, available on Monday at 2pm EDT here.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Old School, the first release in the "AfFOILdables" print series, now available for only $30! It's a 20x16" screen print on rainbow foil that's a limited edition of 50. There's an even cheaper version on chipboard kraft paper for $20. Both available here.
Note: There's also a customizable option where you can request a band or album name be written on the cassette in the boombox. Just leave a note when checking out or send an email with such a request.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Screen prints on holographic foil paper can be astonishingly beautiful if designed specifically to consider its properties. Unfortunately a lot of foil prints are variants and therefore may not necessarily translate to the medium. Also, the cost of paper, combined with the exclusivity (predominately being variants), has resulted in the market dictating some high costs. I therefore wanted to present a series of foil prints designed specifically for foil paper at an economical cost for the buyer. Certainly not every foil print I release will fall under the AfFOILdable name/concept, but I do intend to occasionally release prints for this series whenever I have time between commissions and other demanding projects. The first limited edition release will be available tomorrow with more info coming soon. Stay tuned!
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Did you know that I be on the Instagrams @darinshock? I've had an account for a while but one of my resolutions is to dedicate more effort to it. I'll be posting behind the scenes, works in progress, and general content entirely exclusive to Instagram. If you're into all that, give me a follow....https://www.instagram.com/darinshock/.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
I'm always fascinated with side characters in film that make a tremendous impact regardless of screen time. A few years ago I started a series paying tribute to these characters with "The Greatest Side Characters in Cinematic History". First it was Jesus Quintana, followed by Carl Spackler, and now I present to you....Squirrel Master!
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the cult classic Half Baked. Dave Chappelle is an all time hero of mine and this film is a prime example of his (and co-writer Neal Brennan's) genius. It's fantastically ridiculous that Tommy Chong plays the incarcerated heroic character that declares fragile Kenny to be his bitch and protect him from the feared Nasty Nate. It's even more utterly, fantastically ridiculous that this prison badass is not only apparently a martial artist, he's additionally a whisperer of squirrels. With his faithful companion Fuzzy Nuts, Squirrel Master is a true defender of all that's right as well as "Kenny's sweet, virgin ass"!
A tribute to this brilliant character, "Squirrel Master" is a 12x24", 4 color screen print that's a limited edition of 70. This print, plus 10 foils on lava, sparkle, and rainbow are now available here.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Season Greetings from the Shocks! The card may be absurd but the message is pure...I truly hope everyone out there has wonderful time this holiday season! There's obviously a lot of bullshit and conflict in the world right now and this is the time of year to focus on the positives and blessings. May you have an abundance of both (positives and blessings...not bullshit and conflict)!
Sunday, November 29, 2015
|The World's Most Dangerous Group|
limited edition of 100
When I first heard about the N.W.A. bipoic I was cautiously optimistic. I just assumed it would be a low budget production and would love it no matter how bad it was. Then the first trailer came out and I couldn't believe how great it looked! The anticipation was The Force Awakens-esque and honestly a little greater! To avoid this becoming an in depth movie review, I'll just say that I saw it 3 times in the theatre. I'm fairly certain I haven't seen anything that often on the big screen since Batman in '89 and that's no easy feat for a grown man with a family and a job! The film is spectacular and I am officially re-obsessed.
Anyway, this music (and film) has meant so much to me that I had to do a poster in between commissioned gigs. The World's Most Dangerous Group is a 24x12", 3 color screen print, a limited edition of 100, and printed by the fine folks at VG Kids. There are also 20 foil variants on holographic sparkle and rainbow foil...all will be available here on Cyber Monday at 2pm EST.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
|The Greatest Gift|
4 color screen print (sparkle pictured)