Stoked to have a new set of patches up for sale. These are screen printed on blue fabric, for your own sewing project or jacket. My good buddies at Bearded Lady helped me get these all set up and nice. They are being released in small amounts at the moment, but Bearded Lady will be selling full sheets of these at discounted prices very soon.
Very excited to be a part of this rad show coming up put together by Moniker Guitars. The artists were asked to do their thing on one of Moniker’s sweet custom guit-pickers. I took mine and beat it up a bit, cut my own headstock shape and added some one-shot paint on the back. This guitar will be for sale at the show coming up on December 7th at Up Collective.
It’s been a busy couple weeks. I’ve finally had a second to think about actually doing a blog post, so here goes:
Austin Zine Fest
Jess and I took our trove of Crummy House books, zines and posters up to Mass Gallery where we met and ran into a bunch of nice zine makers and creatives from around the Texas area. We got a few good trades and sold a couple books, but overall had fun just hanging out and talking to people.
Birds Barbershop hired me to paint a mural for their Cuts for a Cause booth at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year. I tapped my buddy Rich Cali for an extra pair of hands and his creative vision to help me execute this 200 square foot panel. We ended up coming up with some cool, desert, space-landscape in a limited color palette. It was a bunch of fun! Thanks, Birds and Rich! That as FUN!
Love from Texas at Busy-Being
Literally a day after the mural, I helped hang Alexandra Valenti and myself’s show at Busy-Being. We were super excited about the way it turned out and anxious for the next day’s opening. It went great and we had a good turnout and fun time hanging with the great homies on the steps of Busy-Being.
If you’re still interested in seeing the work, the show will hang through December, so get by there or check out some of the work online here.
Oh yeah, and know what? East Austin Studio Tour is this coming weekend and the opening of David Clark‘s show at Common House on Saturday from 6 – 9 PM. Looks like it’s gonna be another busy one. I’ll have some updates about EAST and where you can find some of my stuff, but for now, that’s all folks.
A little slow on relaying this information, but Saturday, November 9th from 6 – 9 PM we’ll be hanging out checking out some work from myself and Alexandra Valenti at Busy-Being here in Austin. If you’re around, we’d love to see you out.
I’m also going to be working on a mural for Birds Barbershop next week at FFFFest. If you’re heading to the fest, stop by the Birds tent and say what’s up!
Also, EAST is coming up and I’ve been working with Bearded Lady this year on some prints and patches that will be for sale at their new retail space.
I’ve been working with Xavier on a zine we’ll be releasing with Crummy House this weekend at Common House. It has some rad writings by X.C. himself and a bunch of content about our fascination with wolves. Come on out and say hello and snag a zine while they last.
William Gaynor will be showing some of his work in the main gallery at his opening for Cowboys and Indians. This will be one not to miss Austin! Hope to see you there.
The remaining days of our stay included mass amounts of rest and relaxation. It was a much needed break from work and regular life. We saw some cool places around San Francisco and Oakland and ate some good foods in parks and good restaurants.
Also, it was great to catch up with our old friend Ryan, pictured here below with Jessica.
He showed us the sights and sounds that we’d have never found on our own and kept us fed and laughing. Also, we met our new California family Cati, Charles, Laz and old friends Pancho and Cricket.
There’s more pictures out there if you’re handy with Instagram. Or we could do it the old fashioned way and talk about it next time we see each other. Back to work for now, more things coming this week. Stay tuned!
Our first full day in California was spent getting our bearings. We rode the MUNI and BART and found it pretty easy to get around. First stop, the haul to Oakland for the Neu Folk Revival show at Lequivive Gallery.
On our way, we wandered to a street gathering where we saw more art at a new spot called Naming Gallery. We met some rad people who swear they knew Jess and I from somewhere else. After a long talk about past places and faces, We could never figure it out, but there was some good music playing, so we just hung out with them before the show. Also, a sweet interactive music performance by Zach Huston was enjoyed by all.
Then we walked over to Lequivive Gallery where we hung out and checked out the early end of Neu Folk Revival’s opening night. We met Rich Jacobs, a great inspiration of mine and Max Kauffman, who curated the show and also an amazing artist. Thanks to Max and Mike at Lequivive for all the hard work on this show. It was really great.
A view of the wall and the amount of artwork.
Works from Other, Ryan Bubnis, Justin Lovato and some others.
My work along with Robert Hardgraves, Jaime Molina, Chris Silva and some others. WHAT!?? So cool.
And more from Rich Jacobs, John Casey, Matt Leines, Mildred and so, many, more.
Since I was a small child, California culture has influenced me. I was the kid growing up in a small town in Texas, reading Thrasher magazine, skating up and down our single strip of concrete, dreaming of waves to surf and California girls. As I got a little older, I started making art and found that a large concentration of artists were making things that were somewhat similar many miles away. I’ve no doubt been inspired by many of them and can see many of the parts and pieces I’ve picked up along the way.
Tomorrow, Jessica and I will make a journey to meet some of those artists, see the sights and places I’ve dreamed about for many years. It’s been a long time coming and I’m super excited about the trip we’re about to take. See ya in a week or so.
Get out to Common House for their two-year anniversary and a sweet show and zine release. This show will be full of great work by artists from around Austin.
Chrissy P and I collaborated on a work for the show. Using canvas and acrylic, I painted and she stitched and constructed a sweet wall piece. Get by the show this weekend to check it out.
Snapshots from some recent projects in the works. I’ve got a few things lined up for the next couple months, so stay tuned to see me try and do them all at once. If you have any projects you’d like to get started before the end of the year, it’s time to start planning on getting those things done.
I can’t wait for some Fall temperatures! 100+ degrees all this week.
Exhibition: October 5th – November 2nd
A Group Show Curated By Max Kauffman
LeQuiVive Gallery & guest curator Present, Neu Folk Revival a group show exploring notions of traditional art making. The title refers to a new movement working in these confines, or rather a cross section of artists from different realms that make work that speaks to this tradition. By celebrating these techniques, it is hoped that new appreciation for work done by hand, done for the simple act of creation is looked at in line with great artists spanning back to the dawn of civilization. At its core, it is visual storytelling, done by the everyday man, the craftsmen, the self taught, and the sometimes obsessive.
Ryan Bubnis, John Casey, Chip 7, Lisa Congdon, Uriel Correa, Cosmic Nuggets, Jennifer Davis, Cannon Dill, Doodles, Bill Dunlap, Mike Egan, Ghost Patrol, John Fellows, Christian Brock Forrer, Katy Horan, Anthony Hurd, Rich Jacobs, Yellena James, Max Kauffman, Austin Lane, Scot Lefavor, Matt Leines, Linsey Levendall, Justin Lovato, Troy Lovegates, Maseman, Erin McCarty, Mildred, Jaime Molina, Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair, Daryll Peirce, Faring Purth, Ryan Riss, Brian Robertson, Katherine Rutter, Lucien Shapiro, Chris Silva, Colin Van Der Sluijs, Zio Ziegler
Busy with a load of things including, painting, drawing, designing, building. Will be back to report on the collection of projects later this month. Exciting things happening, stay tuned.
Just about one year ago, my brain made it clear that I couldn’t go on doing the same thing that I had been doing for 7 years. My job up until that point was great, but in the end, it didn’t feel right. I needed more challenges, more freedom to make art and less stress from a place that didn’t want the same things.
All in all, I was ready for a change. With support from friends and family, I made the leap to working for myself. It has been a scary ride to say the least, but I have gained back my sanity and laughter.
I wanted to tell everyone who has helped me along in the first year, THANK YOU. You helped make this change and you kept it going. I can only see good things in this next year, although I know there will be ups and downs.
Stay in touch and let’s see what new things we can come up with this year.
Super excited to show off a new website for Crummy House.
We’re going to be diving into some new collaborations with many new folks and are looking for possible collaborations. Email us on the website!
Made some work for an upcoming show at HI5H.
Who doesn’t love pizza and cats? Here’s my take on the theme:
This work is inspired by the original Pizza Hut logo, revised with a kitty cowboy and some extra type. This was a fun piece, available at the show coming up!
Super excited to announce a new web space for good friends at Bearded Lady. We’ve been working on updating their brand and this is one of the big pieces of the update. I have a print for sale over there, so click through to check it out. Also, get in touch if you need a website like this for your company!
My best friend in the world, Jessica Clark, and I were recently featured in Tribeza magazine. I figured since people were coming up and saying they saw it, that it was okay to tell you all about it. Glad to be featured in there with some other Austin people.
Oh yeah, we also made the illustration below highlighting our neighborhood delights!
I was super fortunate to work with Bearded Lady on a print that appeared at the recent BYOBeard event at Pump Project. Josh and Abi hit me up asking if I had any bearded characters that could be printed. I found this guy and Abi separated it, added color and Josh printed them up! TEAMWORK!