Monday, September 8, 2014

Couch Tour: Fall Variant Pre-Order

I still frequently receive emails about sold out Couch Tour prints. I therefore decided to produce a variant for the upcoming Fall Tour. This is a true variant in the sense that the design is altered in several ways in addition to Fall color changes. First, there are new posters on the wall (thank you to all the artists that once again gave their blessing). Also since time has passed, our couch tour hero has grown his beard, traded boxers for pj's, switched to bourbon, etc. Like last time I have zero idea how these will go over so (once again) I'll conduct a pre-order to determine the edition size. If you would like one, make a purchase between now and Sept. 15th. Again, please note that this is a PRE-ORDER and posters will not ship for about a month. I may have a small number available once I have them, but pre-ordering is the only way to guarantee you'll get one. Pre-order here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Touchdown Bundy Poster

Tis the season and what better way to celebrate than to commemorate the athletic magnificence of arguably the greatest high school fullback of all time! Touchdown Bundy is an 18x24", 5 color screen print that's a limited edition of 100. Available here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zella Sketch

I just returned from a much needed vacation with the fam. Here's a sketch I did of my daughter, Zella,  on her very first flight.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Widespread Panic drawing contest (no, not that kind!)

As a bonus and way of saying "thanks" I'll be including this drawing with one of the Panic variants, reg edition, or og orders. It's 7x7" and graphite on paper. As usual, I'll conduct a name in a hat type thing and will announce the winner sometime soon. Be sure to get your order in before this Sunday night at 11:59 EST to have a chance. There are still green and metallic red variants available here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Widespread Panic Cleveland variants available!!!

The variants of my sold out Widespread Panic Cleveland posters are now available. The two main variants (red and metallic green) are $60 each. There are 5 extremely limited variants (pink, grey, brown, orange, and another green) that are $75 each. All available here.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Widespread Panic Cleveland Variant Drop

At long last, after several obstacles and forces of nature I'll be releasing my Panic Cleveland variants, original drawing, and a few more regular editions. There are two main variants (for $60), five very small variant editions (for $75), and the og will be available for $500. The variants and regular edition will drop tomorrow at Noon EST here. All variants can also be seen at that link.

I'm currently conducting a lottery for the og. It's 18x24" and ink on bristol board. If interested, shoot me an email (thestateofshock{AT}yahoo) stating your interest by Sunday night at 11:59. If any takers, I'll announce the winner on Monday. Specific edition sizes will be listed tomorrow ahead of the drop.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Couch Tour Shirts!!!

I just added some Couch Tour shirts to the store! Being my first attempt at shirts they are very limited and only available in men's sizes...just to see how it goes. They were printed on Tultex Indigo by the greatest porn name in all of screen printing, Mr. Leon Leathers from Ruby Sue Graphics. Available here while they last!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Forecastle 2014

This past weekend we had the pleasure of having our first ever booth at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville. We made some new friends, saw some old ones, moved some paper and experienced some great music! I personally saw a live Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, so bucket list...check! It was a tremendous success and we certainly look forward to doing it again!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Widespread Panic Cleveland posters available!

I just released my artist edition of last Thursday's official Widespread Panic poster from Cleveland. It's a 24x18", 5 color screen print with a metallic gold. Prints are $40 and available here. I'll have some variants as well as the original drawing available at a later date.

If interested, see the previous post to learn more about this design.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Widespread Panic Cleveland Poster

5 color screen print (with metallic gold)
Edition of 225
I do not generally care to explain what's going on in my work for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, I want the viewer to consider my art and interpret it in his or her own way. I feel it sometimes ruins it when an artist puts the "meaning" of something out there as having one's own perspective and interpretation is an integal part of experiencing art. Also, if I'm being honest, I don't always know why I'm doing something. Sometimes it comes to me in the middle of creating it...sometimes it comes to me after the fact...sometimes it never occurs to me. I frankly don't think it's imperative. All that said, with this particular design I had a specific story in my head and I thought I'd share (not a meaning but) what I was thinking.

Before I get into specifics, I would like to provide some personal perspective. As an avid concert goer for many years, I believe the live concert experience can be very powerful. Oftentimes something magical can occur between a band and the audience that's on a whole other level beyond simply enjoying a familiar song. It's difficult to put into words but I suppose it's fair to say it's spiritual....sounds eminating from speakers and amplifiers can force a connection that allows one to turn off the rest of the world and live in the glory of a musical moment. As much as I enjoy several bands, very few bands can connect with their audience on this deeply spiritual level. Panic is, without question, one of these bands. Their shows are unique in content, improvisation and frankly musical vocabulary.

This design depicts the story of a giant, multi-armed, rose-headed goddess that has just appeared before the city of Cleveland. Naturally her arrival and imposing stature has frightened some of the people, though she most certainly comes in peace. She sits above the city, emitting glorious beauty while in a meditative state. The goddess (to me) represents the band. They're in town briefly, projecting beauty and creating some good natured havoc to those that don't understand.

We are all observing this particular event through the unique perspective of the pigeon in the foreground. He's arriving into town, observing this very rare occurrence amidst several other large pigeons scattered throughout the city. The pigeons, in this case, represent the fans. They are all uniquely capable of comprehending the spiritual connection between them and this magnificent goddess. The rest of the world means nothing in this's strictly the relationship between the pigeons and the goddess that matters. 

Also since I can rarely produce something that doesnt have a least a slight attempt at being humorous, I decided to take inspiration from the song "Pigeons"and cover the town in pigeon droppings. If you look closely, there's a window cleaner performing his meaningless task below a pigeon on the roof. Also this idea originated from a personal experience. I've been to Cleveland once and my biggest memory from that visit was the number of pigeons downtown. I'm not sure why they were so overwhelming, but I was young and it was very Hitchcock/Birdsy! It's my understanding that this is not normally the case, it just happened to be the time I was there. Regardless, pigeon domination is one of the first things I think of when I think of Cleveland!

Again, take into account that this is only what I was thinking while making this. If you get something else out of it entirely, keep that and don't let me take it away from you....unless what you get out of it is really that case, it's what I said!

Anyway, I'll have an artist edition of this poster available next week (likely Monday). I'll also have a few variants as well as the OG available at a later stay tuned!