Friday, April 22, 2016

Dopapod Diptych


May I present to ye my Dopapod diptych for their shows tonight and tomorrow night in Philadelphia. I collectively call them the "cosmic conductor". Each poster forms one body of art that, not to get too philosophical, deals with my belief that music (and the arts in general) is likely this planet's greatest contribution to the universe. There's a central theme to discovering the "key" to this knowledge while other cultures and planets observe. Plus it subtly deals with the dualities of heaven & hell, right & wrong, etc. Also, Dopapod's music is very exploratory and visual to me so there are some lyrical inspiration as well.

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

Avett Brothers New York Prints


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 foil prints available!!


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

AfFOILdables


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

Instagram

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

Squirrel Master


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

The 2015 Holiday Card

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

The World's Most Dangerous Group
24x12"
limited edition of 100
I personally credit 4 bands/groups for altering the musical direction of my life. When I was in the 5th grade, my 5-year-older sister irresponsibly introduced me to Eazy-E (and N.W.A.'s) album Eazy-Duz-It. For many reasons this album and movement became an immediate obsession that only grew as I got older. The lyrics, the lifestyle, the music, the anti-establishment nature, and the "cool" of it all was absolutely mesmerizing. I became infatuated with not only EVERYTHING N.W.A. related, I spent the next several years devoting my musical interest solely to hip hop (with an emphasis on West Coast gangsta rap).  I personally consider gangsta rap to be my generation's "punk". Although N.W.A (and the solo careers) has always been a constant, over time I eventually developed interest in other music and all but lost interest in modern hip hop. I'm now that uncool middle aged white guy that doesn't particularly listen to new stuff but will never stop listening to the hip hop of the mid 80's to late 90's. I still say that N.W.A is a top 5 favorite group and I'll put their limited body of work up against anyone. They simply changed the world (and mine).

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 foils and wood veneer variants

The Greatest Gift
18x24"
4 color screen print (sparkle pictured)

I just released some very limited edition variants of The Greatest Gift. When I originally debuted this print last year, my printer at the time had yet to print on foils. I thought it warranted such an edition, so I altered it a bit and tailored it specifically to the variants. There are 20 on lava foil, 20 on rainbow foil, 20 on sparkle foil, and 5 on wood veneer. All available here.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Trey Anastasio Band


Well I can now say I've officially designed a poster for my favorite musician of all time! This 24x18", 4 color screen print was designed for the TAB show that took place in Portland, OR on Nov. 9th. It's a limited edition of 160 prints and my very limited number of prints are available here. Here's a little about the design...

This is the view from inside the mouth of a camper enjoying the beautiful nature that Portland has to offer. He's eating his morning cereal and noticing various deer holding balloons and observing him. It's basically about the balance of man and nature and how we're all in tune with the universe. There's even a Marley and Languedoc appearance for those that know what the hell that means!