Monday, July 25, 2016

Flight of the Conchords NYC Poster


I had the distinct honor of designing the official Flight of the Conchords gig poster for their show last night in New York City. Twas a real treat religiously watching both seasons and listening to the albums while working on it. These guys are geniuses. My edition of prints will be on sale this Friday at 2pm EDT here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

311 Chicago


I had the honor of designing the 311 poster for their show this past Friday in Chicago. Inspired by the Chicago River and the tune "Sand Dollars", it's an 18x24", 6 color screen print with a glitter overlay...printed by the magnificent peeps at VG Kids. My edition (plus lava foils, rainbow foils, sparkle foils, and prints on wood veneer) are now officially available here.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bar Swine foil prints


Allow me to introduce the second installment of the AfFOILdables poster series, which focuses on affordable foil prints. Entitled "Bar Swine", it's a limited edition, 5 color, 24x18" screen print on rainbow and sparkle foil paper.

This design was used for a previous gig poster and since it was so well received, I decided to update it a little and tailor it specifically for holographic foil qualities. I did discreetly pay tribute to the original poster/band with the dice. Anyway, these were printed by the loverly folks at VGKids and they look fantastic if I do say so myself! Available here.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sexual Chocolate shirt now available!


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

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.