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The first in a series of hand painted studies that aim to psychedelically capture the individual styles of influential skateboarders. Music: ‘Fawn’ by Tom Waits.
ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME TRAVELERS
What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here’s what I’d do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70’s, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars.
I’ve explored that idea in this series by re-imagining four common products from 2010 as if they were designed in 1977: an mp3 player, a laptop, a mobile phone and a handheld video game system. I then created a series of fictitious but stylistically accurate print ads to market them, as well as a handful of abstract posters (you know, just for funsies).
I’ve learned that there is no greater design element than the anachronism. I’ve learned that the strongest contrast isn’t spatial or tonal but historical. I’ve learned that there’s retro, and then there’s time travel.
The irony is that all post-modern, smugly self-referential retro porn aside, I’d gladly trade in my immaculately designed 21st century gadgets for these hideously clunky, faux-wood-paneled pieces of ?ber-kitsch. Sorry, Apple.
Since 2008 I’ve worked with the Irish band Funeral Suits in designing the artwork for their singles and EPs.
I believe in beginner’s luck. If you don’t know the right way to do things you also don’t know the wrong way. As long as you have a solid idea, a point of view, and honest communication you will always make something more then decoration, you will make something culturally significant.
I don’t believe eggs should be kept in one basket. That’s why I’m a writer, who can illustrate and an artists who can art direct. Sure a person with one job title fits into corporate shoes more comfortably, but let’s face it, a person who can fill more then one pair of boots can kick more ass.
Above: 360° Monochrome Mural.
Just finished this big wrap-around mural in my friend’s dining room down in Boston. It was a really fun one to paint!
The little library of factory sleeves