Saturday, June 23, 2012

THICK AS THIEVES second edition coming soon.

Here's a little teaser for the next edition of the THICK AS THIEVES mini print packs. As with the first edition, it will contain 6 prints from six new artists. This pack will also begin the use of themes.

First up, childhood fears. I wanted these designs to reflect the personal fears that each artist had as a child. More to the point, fear of monsters, events, or terrifying figures in their lives. We all have those things that we feared as a child that made us hide under our covers. Well, I wanted them to draw that. With each design I also asked the artists to include a small write up or story about they why's and how's of how their fears came to be.

 I've already seen 3 of the designs and snippets of a couple more and I'm excited to get them all printed. All the artists are awesome and these prints will not disappoint. I will post updates concerning pre-orders, release date, and other news related to the TAT2.

You can check out this editions' artists here:
Alison Lilly
Mike Fisher
Alexandros Pyromallis
Christopher Parry
Demian Johnston
Konstantinos Psichas

Thank you all for your support in this endeavor and thank you to all of the artists who are participating in this continuing series. Big thanks to Andy Crawshaw and Broken Press for printing these all so beautifully.

The first edition featuring Tom Denney, Mark McCormick, Casey McKinley, Glyn Smyth, and I is still available here:

THICK AS THIEVES first edition

Thursday, June 14, 2012

TORCHE in the house. Literally.

Once again, the Torche guys came through and destroyed the Pacific NW. This time they were on their 2nd leg of their tour with old heavyweights, Corrosion Of Conformity and accompanied by Black Cobra and Gaza. I caught up with them at Studio 7 and they were so damned heavy that half the crowd probably went home sterile. Afterwards, they stayed with me and we hung out in the Womb Room. I'm was happy to show them the original drawing of the Harmonicraft cover and just happy to be hanging out with my friends again. Lucky me, I got to catch a ride with the guys to the show at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland and hang out an extra day. Can't wait to see them back around our way in August.

The Corrosion Of Conformity, Torche, Black Cobra, and Gaza tour will finish up June 23rd in Boston, MA and Torche will be playing Orionfest the next day in New Jersey on the 24th. Show up and support a bunch of incredible guys!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A decade of art for HIGH ON FIRE.

The design was called the "Santos" by Des. It took 42 hours to ink sitting on a couch.
10 years ago this month, I inked my first HIGH ON FIRE design. The design ended up being used for a couple of years and sold a ton of shirts in different styles and on many tours. I have a short sleeve, baseball jersey, and a long sleeve with sleeve prints and hand drawn tour dates on back for their European Tour in 2005. It's the first piece to take me to the next level in my progress and is how I was able to start doing some work for Kylesa.

I remember finding out that Pike had started a new band and eventually picked up the Man's Ruin release of Art Of Self Defense. From the moment that I threw that cd on, I was hooked. They toured through Denver but most of their shows were sold out asap due to playing small as fuck bars. I finally was able to catch them a few times and one night while doing a two night stint at the 15th St. Tavern with Jucifer, I decided to ask if they needed art. Pike was behind the merch table smoking a cigarette and I just straight up asked if they needed any art (that's how I used to do it in those days). Pike said "Nope" and I turned and left. I must have looked like Charlie Brown walking away with that sad music playing, because Pike called me back and told me to draw something up and bring it the next time that they came to town. I did and he and Des loved it. It took about 6 months and a move to the NW until I was able to get them the file. After that, I saw that shirt everywhere. Over the years, many more designs have been made and I still have to thank Pike for that first chance.

Thanks Pike, Des, Jeff, and George. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work for an incredible band and an amazing group of guys & friends. You all helped me along this path.

The new design that I'm currently working on is in part a homage to this first design.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


 I broke down and started a Twitter account. You can now follow me here:

Santos Illustration

Monday, June 4, 2012

Two nights of SLEEP.

SLEEP - Night one at Neumo's
The awesome Infinite Productions is celebrating it's 25 year of promotions with one of the best month for shows in years. Red Fang kicked it off by tearing up the Highline on the 1st. The crown jewel on the schedule was a two night stay from SLEEP. Not only did they kill it tonight (night 1), but they'll be back tomorrow night performing an entirely different set.
 If you're able to see them live or were able to catch them in the past month, you'll know that they have my design for sale. Jason was cool enough to hook me up with some merch and also brought me a couple of goodies back from Europe. One being a tote bag with my "Beyond" design and a mission patch from ATP.

I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity to work with such an incredible band and amazing group of friends.

UPDATE: Night 2 was loud and heavier than night one. If that's even possible. The vibe seemed to be flowing more as classics and a few new tunes, expanded past their original point to elongate into improvisational beasts of puff riffs.
 My body the morning after feels like I've been trampled by elephants.
SLEEP - Night two - Heavier than night one.
Middle pic: Tote, shirt, and hoodie with my "Beyond" deisgn.
Bottom pic: SLEEP mission III: Europa patch.