I’m happy to announce I’ll be back at Compilation for the July Art Crawl here in Hamilton on Friday, July 10th, alongside Steeltown Suds and Glen The Hamilton Kid! If you’re lucky, you might even catch me drop a few records with Carla Coma. I’ve got lots of new goodies in store for you, including some new Fazoolry earring designs on sale for a limited time, so come out and support local artists, musicians and shop owners – there’s something for everyone at Art Crawl!
Super stoked to be setting up my booth outside of Compilation at 22 Wilson Street for the May Art Crawl in Hamilton! I’ve got lots of new items to check out, including some new jewelry I’m working on. I’ll have some great deals going that are only limited to Art Crawl, so come down, check out some awesome music and art! Support local artists!
I’m a huge animal lover – I never thought I would end up doing this kind of thing. But a couple of years ago I sold my house to a delightfully creative woman named Ankixa Risk who introduced me to the world of casual taxidermy. Since I first took one of her classes, I’ve been strangely drawn into this as a hobby and now find myself brainstorming all kinds of different scenarios I’d like to create in the near future.
And y’know what? It’s not as gross as I thought it’d be. Because we work with ethically-treated frozen animals, and really, you’re only removing the skin and fur, there’s no blood and guts or major smell to worry about. It’s actually less disgusting than stuffing a turkey or cleaning a fish. You just gotta get over the initial shock of working with a dead animal. If you’re a meat eater, it won’t be that challenging. I mean, we EAT dead animals all the time, right? And there’s nothing wrong with gaining a new understanding of the balance between life and death. Plus, all of the animals have died of natural causes and the “meat” goes directly to a retile zoo where it’s used as crocodile food.
Since then, Mortimer’s been gaining a bit of a following. Shortly after the first class, he made an appearance in the GTA section of the Toronto Star weekend edition, which was super exciting and really boosted the exposure for Ankixa’s Casual Taxidermy classes. And just last week, he was featured in a TV segment on TFO’s “24.7”!
This Friday both Mortimer and I will be heading to Club Absinthe for the James North Art Crawl. Our art show will include a few other artists and we’ll be doing some live art alongside some great musicians, so if you’re in the Hamilton area, please come check it out – it’s sure to be an interesting night to say the least! If you can’t make it out, you can always check out my Abominable Ink shop and pick up some of my great items for sale!
And if you’re ever interested in partaking in Ankixa’s Casual Taxidermy classes, check out her website!
Can’t get enough throwin up on trains? Or mini graffiti supplies? France’s All City stores have got an innovative product that takes the train yard back to your desk at home – the Mini Subwayz! Packed flat so as to ensure an easier time of writing, these miniature subway cars are the most economical and hassle-free way to get your burner up in full colour without the bullshit of having to hop fences, get grimey, or avoid the third rail.
Compatible with most paint marker brands like Posca or the OTR.165 and OTR.265, their study construction is comprised of a rigid and varnished cardboard. That makes them easier to manipulate and decorate, as well as more environmentally friendly than plastic or metal. There are several popular styles to choose from, drawing inspiration from major cities around the globe: New York, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, and even a little delivery truck straight out of the Belleville market!
Quite possibly the most adorable thing Montana Colors has ever come up with – the mini wall. Ideal for perfecting your skills as a graffiti artist. Wall2Wall is a project by Oscar Clemente, esclusively for Montana Colors.
Find out more about it on the Montana World website.
Just wanted to share some of the new works I’ve been exhibiting around the Greater Toronto Area lately. Take a look at what I’ve been up to if you’d like…
Check out my “Fazooli Prints” page to get all the details and see what’s available! Any feedback is greatly appreciated since I’ve only started doing this since May of 2014. There’s only room to grow from here on out!
Chinese-born graffiti artist DALeast is as unusual and creative, as he is secretive and elusive. Currently living in South Africa, and working quickly to avoid arrest, he’s travelled the world and made his mark on almost every continent, spending half the year every year on the road. The scale of his work, and three-dimensional approach to a two-dimensional concept, are just two of the many qualities that set him apart from most of the street artists in the game.
In some instances, he’s taken over buildings and structures with pieces that span hundreds of feet across with beautiful designs that appear to pop right off of each surface, like an explosion of metal shards that coalesce to form incredibly intricate compositions, that mostly involve animals in dynamic motion, and the inherent behaviours associated with natural life – predation, evading, emotional states, and how the natural world unfolds in the infinite space that encompasses everything. Each piece incorporates the aesthetic juxtaposition of the organic and mechanic, vibrating at high speeds with intense kinetic energy and a deep, resonant connection from one particle to another. The process of depicting the tight-knit nature of molecular construction unravels on itself in a vortex of expression and movement.
To read more about DALeast, and discover more of his works, visit his website.
Twenty-something self-taught Chicago street artist Vicente Jasso has been widely recognised for his controversial artworks painted on the walls of Little Village and Pilsen. Though originally working in mixed media on canvas, he’s now graduated to bigger and more prolific works in public. His handiworks include Mexican revolutionary “Emiliano Zapata” as a rebel Jedi with a lightsabre, NARC agents shooting at Super Mario and Abraham Lincoln wearing a Dr Seuss hat. His stencil and wheat-pasted works, said to be inspired by Banksy, Blek le Rat, and Picasso, depict his opinions on immigration, political corruption and gang violence in Europe and throughout the world. He’s not always the easiest artist to come across, but lately he’s been making headlines and there’s something about his mixture of cartoon and real life that portrays the message of how ridiculous and detached from reality a lot of the senseless murderers and greedy politicians of this world are, that opens an avenue for dialogue.
To read more about him, check out this article.
In 1963, 28 year old Cuban architect Hilario Candela designed a 6,566 seat stadium specifically created for the presentation of world class water sports, at a cost of around $2 million. On the day it opened, a famous speed boat racer, James Tapp, was killed during a race, which didn’t bode well for the stadium’s karma. Regardless, it thrived for many years, and even evolved in the 70’s to include concerts and other sporting events like boxing as part of it’s purpose. Then Hurricane Andrew hit. On September 18th, of 1992, it was finally declared unsafe under the Miami-Dade County building code. Since that time, it has been overtaken by graffiti artists and photographers alike, due to it’s prime location and panoramic view of the city of Miami. On April 28th, in 2009, it was listed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. And on April 18th, 2012, the American Institute of Architects added it to the Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places list.
Bored hit the city of Chicago with some really innovative street art in the summer of 2012 that pretty much put the anonymous artist on the “must see” list of up and comers. His public installations mostly revolved around an interesting spin on the popular board game Monopoly, with stacks of plywood Chance cards bolted to the sidewalks and foot-tall little green plastic houses and dice in interesting locations, as well as painting sidewalks to look like property cards. His quirky approach is a direct reply to the lack of three-dimensional art in the greater Chicago area, since the city is mostly overrun by two-dimension-driven graffiti artists.
Since these installations were created, many people have now painted over the cards with fresh, and often hilarious content. If you’re lucky enough to live in or visit Chicago, they’re well worth hunting down to have a look-see.