MTV just did a piece on my friend Justin Van Hoy who passed away recently. The spot turned out great and I was interviewed for it as well. Justin was an amazing guy, so please take a few minutes to check it out. We miss you Justin!
His book is available at amazon.com
I am joining Three Days of Love, UNIFY and Birth 2012 along with millions around world to unify common goals and dreams with folks who want to move forward.
I’ll be speaking on a panel with David DeGraw, an independent investigative journalist and the founder of the 99% Movement, with moderator, Steven Starr, producer of the documentary, FLOW: For Love of Water and founder of Revver, a video sharing website that hosts user-generated content.
When you buy the gold package for $145 you can attend a special live panel tomorrow morning with me from 10:30-11:30 AM.
Buy tickets here for the event in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 21, and 22 http://dld.bz/bSakJ and attend the Gateway on Friday night at Agape, the Saturday gala event at Agape, the VIP reception with speakers and the Saturday night Dance After Party with Donna De Lory, Android Jones and many others.
OR watch for free at the Birth 2012 Global TV Broadcast http://dld.bz/bTJGW.
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“My very talented former coworker, Ernesto, and I collaborated on a Day of the Dead skull print a couple of years ago. Ernesto has created an ongoing series riffing off of that print design. This print, which he releases tomorrow, is the latest in the series! Check it out. ”
18×24 3 Color Screenprint, Signed and numbered edition of 100, $35 USD + Shipping
To Be released Thursday December 20th on hechoconganas.bigcartel.com
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A lot of people ask me what I think about the brouhaha around Jeffrey Deitch and LA MOCA. I think he has been treated unfairly and It puts me in an awkward position… I’ll be perceived as biased because Deitch has included me in commercial and museum projects and my design studio helps MOCA with graphic design(for very modest fees). I am biased in favor of Deitch, but not because of personal interest, but because I’m biased in favor of people who share my philosophies about art and culture. In my opinion, Pop Art eroded the perceived barriers between high and low art. Good art is good art, and something being called “high” or “low” is often based on elitism and where the art and artist reside on the ever changing curve of acceptance by cultural gatekeepers. I think Deitch tends to be ahead of the curve. It was refreshing to see this video interview with Kathy Grayson, director of The HOLE Gallery discussing Deitch. The beginning of the video is silly, but hang tight for Kathy’s commentary, I think she gets it right. Check it out.
This year I’ve been ridiculously fortunate to work with some of my favorite bands… the Black Keys, Bad Brains, and the mighty Led Zeppelin! After I did the Mothership package for Zeppelin they were happy enough with the art to ask me to give it another go for the package of their concert album “Celebration Day”. I have loved Zeppelin most of my life, so I figured I could pencil them in. At one point in high school I think Physical Graffiti was in my car tape deck for 3 months straight. Anyway, the band liked what I came up with, so BAM!, I have now done TWO album packages for one of the greatest rock groups of all time… which is surreal beyond explanation. I’m releasing an edition of 300 signed and numbered screen prints of the Celebration Day art. There will be an additional 50 prints signed by the band sold for charity at a later date, so if you are a big Zepp fan keep an eye out for that.
The concert sounds amazing and the DVD of the show looks amazing. Zeppelin’s power has not waned a bit since their prime in the 70′s, and I personally think that “Celebration Day” is better than “The Song Remains The Same” as a live record. Check it out for yourself.
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I think yule dig this. This video uses “Pay To Cum” the first Bad Brains song I ever heard in late 1983. The song rules and so does this Peanuts mash-up. This video provided more sheer joy than I’ve felt in a while. Now that I have kids who love Sponge Bob and The Ramones this kind of thing makes me very happy. Watch it and forget that you’re a cynical asshole for a minute or two(literally). Peace together, not a piece apart. Happy holidaze.