Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Frickin' Holidays!

I just wanted to say thanks everybody...it's been a great year! May you and yours have a Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years or anything else you might be into this time of year!! See you in 2013!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Anchorman!!

Anchorman
19x20"
mixed media
As mentioned before I'm a big, big fan of the comedic genius that is Will Ferrell. When presented with the opportunity to contribute to G1988's tribute to producer icon Judd Apatow, there were several exciting ways to go but ultimately I chose the route of one Ron Burgundy. Being that I very recently depicted Mr. Ferrell in a Boats 'n Hoes/ Step Brothers poster, I decided (this time) to take it to a 3-dimensional level. This sculpture will be available at the opening reception on December 4th in Los Angeles. Sculpture is sold.

"I'm not a baby. I am a man. I am an anchorman."

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Holiday Sale...All posters are $5 off!!


Nothing says "I guess I kind of like you" better than giving the gift of art! Now through December 10th every poster in stock is $5 off!  While checking out with Paypal, click on "ADD SPECIAL INSTRUCTION TO THE SELLER" and enter "HOLIDAY SPECIAL" to receive this offer. The savings will consequently be refunded back to you AFTER placing your order. There is no limit to this deal and the offer expires at 11:59pm EST (12/10).

Happy Holidays folks!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Punch-Out!

Mac & Doc 
20x24"
 mixed media
King Hippo
 20x24"
 mixed media
After working exclusively on a computer for years I reached the point where I HAD to slap on the old apron and actually make something with my hands. I haven't ventured into the 3rd dimension since college and found it to be very refreshing and a nice change of pace. I quickly learned that this is a beginning of a new aspect of State of Shock Studios and will be proud to present similar pieces in the future in addition to the usual poster & design work.

When I was asked to contribute to Gallery 1988's Old School Video Game show I knew I wanted to focus on Nintendo's Mike Tyson's Punch-Out. When this game came out in 1987 it quickly became a favorite. I was not only enthralled with the playability of the game but was also fascinated with all of the unique characters. I've always had an interest in (and therefore am influenced by) all things cartoonish and these boxers each presented something exciting to me visually. I didn't own this game as a kid and had to pretend to tolerate the nerd down the street to have access...apparently it was worth it. Many moons later I do not consider myself a gamer but have very fond connections to the games of my childhood. Punch-Out and Baseball Stars are easily my favorite games of all time and it was great to be able to honor one of them.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Unknown Hinson: The Pumpkin



So I thought I'd take a stab (hilarious...I know) at spending more than 15 minutes half-ass carving a pumpkin. He's the king of country western troubadours, he's the all-american alpha male, and most importantly he's undead so it seemed a fitting subject. I give you...Unknown Hinson...the pumpkin. HAPPY HALLERWANE!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dentist on the Job poster now available!

Dentist on the Job
24 x 18"
5 color screen print w/ metallic gold
Limited edition of 100

We have just made available our remaining prints of the Holy Grail poster that was recently featured in Gallery 1988's Crazy 4 Cult. Each print is $40 and can be purchased here.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Step Brothers tribute

Huff 'n Doback
18x24"
4 color screen print
limited edition of 50

Gallery 1988 is such an amazing place and shows like this are exactly why I love working with them. I am such a big, big fan of the very underrated, eventual cult classic film Step Brothers. I could on and on about how I worship the comedic genius that is Will Ferrell, but instead I'll just state that I consider this his best film to date. G1988 is celebrating the 4 year anniversary of it and I'm proud to present my contribution.

There were so many highs in this film that deserved my focus but (no matter how obvious) I had to depict Huff 'n Doback and their music video for "Boats 'n Hoes." Pure genius. Middle aged white guys rapping like they're 2 Live Crew meets N.W.A. meets Wreckx N Effect meets 3rd Bass...genius. "The Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria...I'll do you in the bottom while you're drinkin' sangria!" 

In addition to Ferrell's genius I should also give proper credit to writer/director Adam McKay and co-star John C. Reilly, who has somehow seamlessly transitioned from serious dramatic actor to comedy...the anti-Tom Hanks if you will. These guys make a great team and hopefully they'll do more together in the future.

"Huff 'n Doback" is available for $35 here.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Big Lebowski Book!


We're proud to announce that our Jesus screen print was recently featured in the new book The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time. We havent read it yet but at first glance this book looks awesome and is full of fascinating material for all levels of Lebowski geeks. Here's a look at the print...


It's an honor to be involved with this project with so many other amazing artists and of course, the subject matter. If interested, the book is available on Amazon here and surely elsewhere. We also have a few prints left...available here.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dentist on the Job....Crazy 4 Cult



Dentist on the Job

5 color screen print with metallic gold
18x24
limited edition of 100

First off, I'm a huge Holy Grail fan. It is, in my opinion, Python at their best and there are very few things even on the same level as Python at their best. They changed the game and this was their masterpiece. When given a list of cult classics to focus on, it was immediately obvious what I had to do. It was an honor to have to watch it no less than 15 times while doing research and designing...this film NEVER gets old. I'm also proud to say it's probably my girlfriend's favorite film...which is sexy as hell!



Prints are currently available for $40 here.

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Magician Named GOB



This is my contribution to Gallery 1988's "There's Always Money In The Banana Stand"...an Arrested Development tribute. When this opportunity presented itself I immediately knew I would focus on my favorite character of the show, GOB (played by Will Arnett). Arnett's comedic timing and delivery of the spoiled, rich imbecile was simply fantastic and perfectly set the tone of the show. I'm also fascinated with the concept of a bad magician.

A Magician Named GOB is a 13x19" giclee print and is a signed and numbered limited edition of 50. It is currently available for $30 here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Nathan Blake Lynn & The Sluegrass Boys


This is a logo recently designed for our good friend and amazing musician, Nathan Blake Lynn and his band. If you're unfamiliar and dig on bluegrass/folk/transcendental gangster rap, check him out.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ween calls it quits (if I believed in sideways frownie faces I'd use one here)


Ween, one of my all time favorite and most influential bands, has apparently called it a career. The news at this point is still unofficial but I wanted to take the opportunity to state how thrilled I am that I was able to work with them for their Indianapolis poster in June of 2010. I'm disappointed that I may never get the chance to do more but at the same time am extremely thankful I am able to say I've worked with them. If I have a top 5 favorite bands of all time list (and let's not kid...I do) Ween is definitely on there. I love a lot of music but there are a few bands that, although a listenable medium, have a direct influence on me as a visual artist. Ween's craftsmanship, storytelling, inability to label as a genre, and (most importantly) sense of humor very much reflect my approach on art and life. If this is indeed it for them, I am quite sad but wish them the best of luck in future endeavors. Gene and Dean Ween helped provide a number of tracks on the soundtrack of my life and for that I am forever thankful!

We have a small number of these posters available for $20 here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lord Biggums Poster


I have just released the remaining copies of my Lord Biggums print. Featured and sold out at Gallery 1988's Is This Thing On 2 exhibit Lord Biggums is a 13x17" giclee print on 100 lb. paper. A regal portrait of everyone's favorite crackhead, Tyrone Biggums, this poster can either be framed traditionally or can be trimmed to fit in an 11x14" oval frame. There's a trim line in the design and every poster comes with instructions in case you wish to display it in this manner. Lord Biggums is available for $30 and I also have a few that are already framed for $70. These have since sold out but an updated/improved and framed version is available here.

"He who is without sin cast the first rock...and I shall smoketh it."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mr. Show posters now available!



My recent Mr. Show poster, featured in Gallery 1988's Is This Thing On exhibit, is now available for purchase on our website. It was sold out at the gallery and being a limited edition of 75, only a small portion remain. If interested, it is available here:

Mr. Show poster

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wheaties Champion: Richie Tenenbaum


I am releasing my portion of the Wheaties Champion: Richie Tenenbaum poster, which was featured in the most recent Bad Dads exhibit (the films of Wes Anderson) at Spoke Art. Sold out at the gallery, this guy is a limited edition of 50 (though much less remain) and measures 13x19".  It's a giclee print on 100# paper and is available here for only $30.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mr. Show Poster


I am quite pleased to announce my contribution to Gallery 1988's Is This Thing On 2 exhibit. Mr. Show is an 18x24", 5 color screen print on manila tag paper...and a limited edition of 75. Stop reading now unless you're REALLY interested in the level of "nerd" put into this design!

Ahhhh....Mr. Show....where should I begin? I'll start off by saying that in my opinion, it's by far the single greatest sketch comedy show of all time and when I say that, let me also add that I have tremendous appreciation for SNL, Monty Python, Chappelle's Show, The State, Kids in the Hall, SCTV, etc. To be honest, I'm currently trying to decide if I consider it my favorite show of all time. The style of humor, the cutting edge, the writing, the cast, all of it right up my alley. It's one of the few shows that I can revisit over and over and laugh just as hard as I did the first time I saw it.

When Jensen at Gallery 1988 mentioned this comedy inspired art exhibit, I immediately knew what I had to do. I honestly couldn't believe no one had done it already. I got out my dvd's and sketchbook and spent hours/days/months trying to narrow down what I would depict in this design.  There's a balance between what should be on the poster and what works better visually. Some classic characters simply weren't visually interesting (Dream of a Lifetime, Thrilling Miracles, etc.). It took a long time for me to commit to the chosen design and composition. There were many things I had to unfortunately omit which deserved to be there (Cockring Warehouse, Bob the streaker, pre-taped call-in show, etc.). I knew I wanted (what I consider to be) every main cast member depicted once. I also tried to balance the number of Bobs vs. Daves. I wanted to incorporate some important objects from the show into the design as well. There weren't as many that worked well within the composition as I had hoped, so I had to throw in a few I didn't consider to be as important (Value Monkey, Kiddie Massage Cream, etc). You always want posters like this to be a certain "greatest hits" sort of tribute but sometimes things just don't work out, plus sometimes you get selfish. For example, Sarah Silverman wasn't a main cast member but one of my favorite lines from the show was her role in Indomitable Spirit. When she declared (among a group of handicapped musicians listing their handicaps) that "I'm Fran and I'm a woman" it was positively classic--I had to out it in there! I guess what I'm trying to say is that I could have easily done a series of these. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to do this one and I could go on all day...but I'll stop. A show of this magnitude deserves a poster of significance...I hope I did it some justice!

They are available for $40 at Gallery 1988, then soon after on our website. Update: Posters are now sold out.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Our Adult Swim poster featured on....Adult Swim!!

video

It was recently brought to my attention that my Xenomorphis Mooninitus Aqua Teen poster was featured on an Adult Swim bump on Cartoon Network. Don't blink and you'll catch it! I'm quite proud to have it featured among SO many great pieces in the show and on a program I have immense respect for. I'll be releasing my copies of this limited edition print very soon so stay tuned!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Free poster giveaway!!!


Our good friends at Inside the Rock Poster Frame blog are giving away a copy of our Carl poster. Carl is the 2nd installment of the ongoing "Greatest Side Characters in Cinematic History" poster series. Just go to the comment section of this page...

Inside the Rock Poster Frame

...and leave a golf related comment with your name. You have until midnight tomorrow (pst). Also, be sure to check out this awesome site!

We still have a some remaining for sale as well and they can be purchased here.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jeremy Lin


Being a die hard Knicks fan I felt inspired to create something of instant phenom, Jeremy Lin. I'm not saying this kid will live up to the hype because it's a ton of hype and it's still too soon to say, but he has given some excitement to a franchise I've frankly been ashamed of since they let Ewing go in 2000. I suppose there was also a small amount of excitement last year pre-Melo. Regardless, Lin's instant success is the classic underdog story and who the hell can't appreciate that? It would be fine by me, though, if I never had to hear the term "linsanity" again.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Questlove/ Sexual Chocolate


And now we've had the pleasure of selling a number of Sexual Chocolate posters to the one and only Questlove of The Roots! As with John Landis, our respect for his work inspired us to throw in a small portrait...this is said portrait. Our most popular design to date, Sexual Chocolate posters are now in the hands (and hopefully on the walls) of John Landis, Eddie Murphy, Nile Rodger, and now Questlove. Not that everyone else who owns one is not special but DAMN that's exciting!!

There are more available here.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Adult Swim show at Gallery 1988


We are very excited to introduce our contribution to the officially sponsored Adult Swim group show at Gallery 1988. Xenomorpus Mooninitis is a 24x18", 5 color screen printed limited edition of 50...printed by the fine folks at Half & Half Printing.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Zella Shock Birth Announcement


Hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's! Thought I'd start off the 2012 posting with a gift we gave to our family for Christmas.  We made a limited edition poster/ birth announcement of our daughter, Zella. As much as I cringe at the thought of producing art that is "cute" I (apparently) better get used to it.