Thursday, December 30, 2010

DANK Video 011 | Station Wagon Spaceship | Music by JOE PURDY


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When I was little, my spaceship was a broke down 1976 Ford station wagon...

MUSIC IN THE VIDEO
This American by Joe Purdy
ARTIST: Joe Purdy
ALBUM: This American
SONG: Ride Off On A Cloud

For years I've been listening to the music of singer/songwriter Joe Purdy. In those quiet moments while driving home from work or while making the brushes dance in the studio, his lyrical stories and tunes found a way of pulling me in. This last drawing of mine, Station Wagon Spaceship, revolves around a story, so I was stoked when Joe said I could use his song for the video.

By choice Joe's records are self-released, and what he's been able to accomplish as an independent musician speaks to the quality of his craft. The song in the video, "Ride Off On A Cloud", is off of Joe Purdy's latest album This American. The entire album, including that song, can be downloaded for free on his site through the end 2010. Check it out. Get the latest Joe Purdy news and goodness online at the following places:
http://joepurdy.com/
http://www.myspace.com/joepurdy
http://twitter.com/joepurdy


ART IN THE VIDEO
Station Wagon Spaceship

Currently Listening To:
Song: Outlaws (listen)
Artist: Joe Purdy (get it)

Monday, December 27, 2010

A New Gorilla...a New Stencil

A few months ago I came up with a new design for the Gorilla Stickers. After almost 8 years it was time for the hairy beast to evolve a bit. I first released this new ape via a couple of paintings (see below), and then recently the stencil version was let loose in the city.

Keep an eye out in 2011...it's only a matter of time before the new Gorilla Stickers, T-shirts, etc...start showing their face too.

Read the story behind the original Gorilla Sticker here.

The Gorilla #1
Sidewalk Gorilla
Gorilla Stencil
The Orange Gorilla painting

Currently Listening To:
Song: New Dance (listen)
Artist: DEERPEOPLE (get it)

Friday, December 17, 2010

DANK Video 010 | Three Gorillas | Music by WHITE ARROWS



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An experiment with latex paint...

MUSIC IN THE VIDEO
Coming Or Going (RAC Mix)
ARTIST: White Arrows
ALBUM: Coming Or Going (RAC Mix) Single
SONG: Coming Or Going (RAC Mix)

A few months ago my friend Creeping Elm introduced to the tunes of the WHITE ARROWS and they've been echoing off my studio walls ever since. Originating in NY and now calling LA home, this is definitely a band I'm looking forward to checking out once I get back to Socal. The song in the video, "Coming Or Going (RAC Mix)", along with the rest of the White Arrows discography is available on their website here. The White Arrows can also be found in the following places:
http://www.myspace.com/whitearrows
http://twitter.com/whitearrows
http://www.facebook.com/whitearrows


ART IN THE VIDEO
The three gorilla paintings were inspired by a stencil I made about a month ago. Rather than just letting the beast live out on the streets of Buenos Aires, I thought I'd domesticate him and let him live on indoor walls.

THREE GORILLAS
15" x 20" (38cm x 51cm)
Latex paint on wood panel
2010

Click below images to enlarge.
Madly

Madly

Madly

Currently Listening To:
Song: The Voyeur (listen)
Artist: White Arrows (get it)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Another Thanksgiving Abroad



And so passes another Thanksgiving in Buenos Aires. The third for Annie and I. It is always an interesting thing to be celebrating the biggest, purely American holiday in another country, and in the southern hemisphere. Even though Christmas is around the corner, the leaves outside are newly flushed green, and the late-spring temps push into the mid-80's.

We threw the bash at our apartment again this year, with Annie working her magic in the kitchen, and guests potlucking their way through the doors. Numerous countries and close to twenty US states were represented by those in attendance. Even the two turkeys, which had to be specially ordered, came from Brazil.

I'd say this one was our last Thanksgiving in Argentina but I'm pretty certain I said that last year, so I'll refrain from making any predictions. What I do know is that it was thoroughly awesome to be able share a juicy slice of home, with friends old and new, on a day that in Argentina is just another Thursday in November.

Currently Listening To:
Song: Where Dirt And Water Collide (listen)
Artist: The White Buffalo (myspace)

Monday, November 1, 2010

STREET | Halloween Pacman Ghosts

Halloween Pacman Ghost
LOCATION
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Went for a Halloween walk with a ghost and some paint.

Pacman Ghost 004BPacman Ghost 004CPacman Ghost 004DPacman Ghost 004EPacman Ghost Stencil

Currently Listening To:
Song: Weighty Ghost (listen)
Artist: Wintersleep (official website)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Attended an Argentine President's Wake (with a Mohawk)

It's been an odd couple of days here in Buenos Aires. Wednesday was Census Day, where basically the city shuts down and everyone is told to remain at home until they are counted by door to door census workers. Then, to flip Wednesday upside down even more, former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner, a man who some believe was running the country through his wife who is the current President, died of a heart attack at the age of 60 an hour after the census started. The whole of it made for a somewhat surreal day of government math and mourning.

One of the unique cultural events that occurs here in Argentina when a President dies is a public wake is held in their honor. Going to a presidential wake in a foreign country was not on my bucket list, and I don't take any particular interest in Argentine politics or have any special affinity for those in power here, however I figured I might as well add it to the list and check it off while I had the chance.

The wake was held at 10 a.m. Thursday morning at the government building, Casa Rosada. Knowing that the line of people wanting to pay respects would extend blocks and blocks, my friend Linda and I arrived there two hours early thoroughly covered in sunblock. Even with our early arrival there were still two blocks of people ahead of us. Visually there was much to take in. For the most part those attending wore their normal everyday clothes. All of the buildings that surrounded the plaza in front of Casa Rosada were covered with fresh graffiti canonizing the former president and bestowing his wife, the current President, with support. Banners and memorials hung everywhere, while vendors walked up and down the line selling roses and flags.

The sun-drenched line around us was mostly upbeat, often bolstered by people chanting the Peronist March in support of the fallen former Peronist Party leader. Once we passed the final police barricade and were within 50 meters of the entrance, the mood became much more somber. Flowers, police and camera crews were along each side of the line. Upon entering the building the silence grew heavy. We made our way past marble columns, grand stair cases, presidential portraits and a plethora of flower arrangements. The hall eventually opened up to an area where the coffin sat and behind stood dozens of family members and dignitaries.

Being at the front of the line was an intense moment. Not because I had an emotional attachment to any of it, or because I was standing in front of the coffin of one of the most influential people in present day Argentina, but rather because all of the people who were important to him stood behind his polished wooden box in half circle staring back at me. The mohawk and I gave them a nod and moved on down the line. Three hours after first jumping in the queue outside we were exiting the building and on our way home. All in all a pretty crazy way to start to a Thursday morning.






Photo via La Nación


Currently Listening To:
Song: The Funeral (listen)
Artist: Band of Horses (official website)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Census Day: Population Me Plus Zombies

It's 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, and it's Census Day in Argentina. What that means is everything is closed. Even supermarkets. People are supposed to stay home and get counted.

It's probably the quietest I've ever heard the city while the sun was up. The streets are dead as dead. Along my 20 block walk to the studio I half expect/hope to see caribou meandering through the streets, and zombies huddled in the shadowy recesses of vacant buildings, both the possible after effects of some kind of a post-apocalyptic plague à la I Am Legend. Census? Pfff. With five days to go before Halloween this seems like a more plausible reason for the quiet.

As my imagination and I drift further from home I conclude that I am most likely the only survivor in the city. In keeping with the plot of an overly written dime-store novel, it is no coincidence that my studio happens to be located above a bar called The Alamo, or that on Census Day the population of this metropolis has dropped to one. My daily objective has become making it to the studio, where art supplies and Molotov cocktails are fully stocked. It is there that I paint as much as I can, and then return home before the sun sets and the undead lurk the streets.

Each day around lunch I break from the brushes to broadcast this message from the roof on all AM frequencies:

It is Day 844.
I am a survivor living in Buenos Aires.
I will be at The Alamo Bar in Recoleta every day at mid-day...
...when the sun is highest in the sky.
If you are out there...
If anyone is out there...
I can provide food.
I can provide art to look at.
I can provide alcohol.
I can provide shelter.
Mi español es horrible.
If there's anybody out there...
...anybody...
You are not alone.
I AM DANK.








Currently Listening To:
Song: Night Terror (listen)
Artist: Laura Marling (myspace)

Monday, October 11, 2010

DANK Video 009 | Viking Umpire | Music by Portugal The Man


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Stripes, a beard, and solid gold shizzatch.

Music In The Video
Satanic Satanist
Artist: Portugal. The Man
Album: Satanic Satanist
Song: Guns & Dogs

About a year ago, while spinning tunes on Blip.fm I came across the band Portugal. The Man, and was hooked. The song in the video is off their 2009 album The Satanic Satanist. If you haven't seen these guys play yet it probably won't be long before you get the chance. They're one of those bands out there making it happen with a steady stream of tour dates and a flow of new music. Their latest album American Ghetto, released earlier this year on Atlantic Records, is another solid addition to their already stellar discography.

The song in the video, “Guns & Dogs”, along with the rest of the Portugal The Man discography is available on iTunes here. Get latest news and goodness on Portugal. The Man at there official website here.

Click below image to enlarge.
Viking Umpire

Currently Listening To:
Song: The Dead Dog (listen)
Artist: Portugal. The Man (official website)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Things That Never Get Old

On the list of Things That Never Get Old, somewhere near the top has to be "Getting a care package from Mom".

Care Package

I have only been able to visit the States twice in the last 2 and half years so getting a box in the mail from home more than makes my day. The awesomeness that traveled the distance, over 5600 miles (9100km), was a handwritten letter, my favorite gum (that I can't buy down here) and some of my crayons from when I was a little kid.

If I had to trace back my artistic roots they would most likely lead back to an old ice cream bucket full of crayons that my sisters and I shared growing up. When our green and yellow Crayola boxes wore out the bucket was what all the waxy goodness got dumped into. A seemingly never-ending supply of color always at the ready to pillage and plunder the pages of innocent coloring books. It's awesome to see and smell some of them again...to hold a piece of "home". Thank you Mom. Your drawing for the fridge will be on its way soon.

Currently Listening To:
Song: Home (listen)
Artist: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (official website)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DANK Video 008 | Pint of Yeti | Music by The Impossibles


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In case your wondering, this is what he's drinking.

Music In The Video
Back 10 years ago, when I was still living in Milwaukee, and Schlitz was still crap beer (yes...it's good again), The Impossibles were one of the bands I made sure to check out every time they came to town. No matter if they were opening for a band like Less Than Jake, or playing a smaller venue like The Globe, they were always solid live. The band called it quits in 2002 however their album Anthology still gets regular play in the Dank mix.

The song in the video, "Widowmaker", along with the rest of The Impossibles discography is available on iTunes here.

Click below image to enlarge.
Pint of Yeti

Currently Listening To:
Song: Priorities Intact (listen)
Artist: The Impossibles (official website)

Friday, September 3, 2010

DANK Video 007 | Boombox Pilot | Music by Harlem Shakes


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I have no idea where the inspiration for this one came from.

Music In The Video
The music in this one is by Harlem Shakes, a now defunct indie band out of NYC. After putting out an EP and solid full length album, "Technicolor Health", the group disbanded in late 2009. The guitarist Todd Goldstein, is making new tunes though under the band name ARMS. You can check them out here.

The song in the video, "Sunlight", along with the rest of the Harlem Shakes discography is available on iTunes here.

Click below image to enlarge.
Sketch of the Day 8-26-2010: Boombox Pilot

Currently Listening To:
Song: Tiger Tamer (listen)
Artist: ARMS (official website)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

DANK Video | “Unsilent Statue″ | Music by Absofacto


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Took the long way to the studio one day and walked by a statue...

Music In The Video
While listening to blip.fm, and right about the time I did this drawing, I came across the band Absofacto (Thank you @kristenboyd). The specific song was No Power. After hearing it the quest to find out where I could consume more Absofacto deliciousness began. With a few clicks I found what I was looking for, and with a couple more learned that it's the side project of the talented Jonathan Visger of Mason Proper (another tasty band). Both are definitely worth taking the time to get to know.

You can download the song in the video, "Palinopsia", along with the rest of the Absofacto goodness at www.absofacto.com.

Click below images to enlarge.
Sketch of the Day 8-8-2010: Unsilent Statue
original statue
The statue that inspired the sketch (I love the empty wine bottle in his hand).

Currently Listening To:
Song: No Power (listen)
Artist: Absofacto (official website)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

DANK Video | “Never Yawn″ | Music by Manuok



Felt like drawing an astronaut...

Music In The Video
ALBUM RELEASE! The 5th Dank art video coincides with the release of Manuok's latest album, "The Old Horse". The brain child of the talented Scott Mercado, Manuok was a band I had the delight of seeing play multiple times when I lived in San Diego. The song in the video "Warship" is off their second album No End To Limitations. While I'll have to wait until I move back to the States before I see them play live again, I'm stoked that today I'll get to taste a whole new version of the magic Mr. Mercado and his crew have been making.

You can get the new album, along with news and tour dates, at www.manuok.com

Click on below images to enlarge.
Never Yawn

page 5 of On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Currently Reading:
page 5 of "On The Road"
by Jack Kerouac


Currently Listening To:
Song: Hold Still (listen)
Artist: Manuok (official website)

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Mohawk

DANKO

+ 10 yrs of having long hair

+ 120 yr old Argentine barbershop

= Life Goal #143...The Mohawk

La Epoca
Barberia "La Epoca"

The Chair

Goodbye Long Hair

The Aftermath

Tucked away on a side street in Caballito, La Epoca is an amazing little piece of Argentine History. Part barbershop, part museum, part coffee shop Miguel the owner is all smiles to everyone who stops in...even if you don't happen to need a mohawk. Peluquería y Barbería "La Epoca" is located at Guayaquil 877. Tel: 4903 7799

A special thanks to my friend Hobozero for helping me find this place, and to Annie for taking awesome pics and helping the barber understand what a mohawk was.

Currently Reading:
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
by Tom Robbins


Currently Listening To:
Song: This Bird Has Flown (listen)
Artist: The Wooden Sky (myspace)

For more on how I first ended up in Buenos Aires check out the first post of Harmony and Dissonance.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Secret Project: What Lasts

Album Cover - What Lasts
The album cover

For a good part of early 2010 I had a "secret" project in the works. Last week that project saw the public eye for the first time when the band These United States released their new album What Lasts.

Back in February, through the new wonderland of social media, I was contacted by the lead singer and amazing lyricist of These United States, Jesse Elliott. Him and the crew were in search of someone to come up with artwork for their next album, had heard about my work (thank you MsBojangles), and wanted to know if I'd be willing to take a crack at it.

My answer: Hell Yes.

A couple weeks later a package arrived at our door here in Buenos Aires. In it was the band's first three albums. Over the months that followed, whether I was working on the cd package, the vinyl, or the t-shirts, it was those tunes that were rambling through my ear buds, and I'm sure slightly shaping what was coming to life.

A big thanks to the whole T.U.S. crew for making this thing a blast to work on. And an especially big shout out to Sarah Law. I couldn't have done what I did without her amazing photography. The pics below are a sampling of some of the work created for the project. I'd show you more...but now you've got one more reason to pick up their new album.

What Lasts - The full painting for the album cover
What Lasts - original painting created for album cover

Jesse Elliott - These United States
Colored pencil drawing of Jesse Elliott of These United States

Justin Craig - These United States
Colored pencil drawing of Justin Craig of These United States

Colin Kellogg - These United States
Colored pencil drawing of Colin Kellogg of These United States
Robby Cosenza - These United States
Colored pencil drawing of Robby Cosenza of These United States
J. Tom Hnatow - These United States
Colored pencil drawing of J. Tom Hnatow of These United States
These United States T-shirt
T-shirt designed for the release of the album

You can purchase all of your These United States goods at their online store here.

Currently Reading:
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
by Tom Robbins


Currently Listening To:
Song: What Lasts (listen)
Artist: These United States (official website)