A new piece I painted for my 2nd book of tattoo flash art, which features line art and full-color references. Fly the friendly skies!
"Flashbanger'" my new book of tattoo design line art is now available on Amazon!
"Flash" is an old term that refers to tattoo designs that harkens from a time when tattooers traveled with the circus, or independently crossing the globe with their whole shop in a trunk. A sheet of flash would give potential customers their choices of tattoo before most tattooers were expected to labor over a custom piece for each new client. If you didn't see it on the wall or in the trunk, you didn't get it. "Flash" was the "dazzled" feeling the designs were to have inspired in the viewer, who, unless they lived in a bigger city that was frequented by traveling artists (few of them stayed put in the 1920s and 1930s) probably hadn't seen a lot of tattoo art before. These images were magic heiroglyphs of a secretive cleric's transient temple.
"Banger" is a more modern term that often refers to a tattoo piece that is "banged out" in one, frequently short (less than 2 hours) session. While shops full of tattoo flash aren't as common any more, with the demand for custom work being more prevalent, many artists produce or trade individual sheets of or books of their own flash designs.
"Flashbanger" is 50 pages of designs I drew mostly in 2017, that were intended to be traded or collected by people that wanted something in the old-fashioned tradition. It can be used as a stencil-ready professional reference, or as a coloring book by tattoo lovers (or the tattoo-curious).
I am proud to announce that Float On has released a new book about people's experiences in their sensory deprivation float tanks. I was featured in their first book. Artwork From The Void (FloatOn, 2011) which was mostly pictures and a few selections of writing. This book is primarily writing about the float experience, and a handful of illustrations based on the written works. Three of the illustrations are mine, shown below.
The book release party is this Friday, August 11th from 2-5pm at Rogue Hall (at Rogue Ales, 1717 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon 97201), and is part of the international Float Conference.
Hope to see you all there!
Muriel and I are very excited to say that our enamel "I Love My Library" Pins sold out, and have now all been shipped! Thank you to everyone who purchased one of the limited edition pins we had made, which benefits the amazing work that EveryLibrary does to help libraries across the country stay open.
If you didn't get a chance to purchase one, but would still like to donate directly to EveryLibary, you can do so here.
And, if you really want a pin and want to help EveryLibary in the future, we'll be announcing a Kickstarter soon to take pre-orders for another run of these cool pins, so that everyone who wants one will have a chance to show their love. Stay tuned for news on that, and thanks again.
A many of you know, there was a great threat to the federal funding of US libaries and museums this year. In many parts of the country, individual city and county governments that rely on local money to fund libraries have struggled to keep libary doors open. Like this one in Douglas County, Oregon, which closed permanently in June.
Libraries mean a lot to me, and to my amazing partner Muriel, who is a librarian. We wanted to do our part to help raise money for an important non-profit that helps inform voters on how to take political action at a local level to keep libraries open across the country,
Every Library is an amazing organization that works tirelessly to keep access to information, entertainment, and community available to everyone. From their mission statement on their site:
"EveryLibrary is a nonprofit social welfare organization chartered to work on local library ballot initiatives. The organization is registered in Illinois and receives contributions from individuals, corporate, union, and political donors. We work with local ballot committees and PAC leaders in support of local library ballot measures, library staff and leadership on effective Information Only campaigns, on specific state legislative measures which impact libraries ability to act as districts, and independently to advocate for specific library initiatives among the voting public."
Muriel came up with the concept for the pin, which is now available for sale here, and I drew the image. We both hope you like it, and share your love of libraries with the world. Each pin is $15, and proceeds from the sale go to Every Library to help them keep up their hard work. You can also find out more about them or make a direct contribution in any amount at everylibrary.org.
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I nursed a cup of Silly Cow brand Cocoa, foamtopped by a device whose sole purpose is low-speed beverage frothing. 4:51 am glowed tangeringe on the stoveclock. One camoflauge house slipper escaped footless into the dark under an imsomniac computer desk. I don't know why they call their company Silly Cow. Cocoa is a serious business. The internet wanted to give up the mystery of the corporate branding strategy. But first, it wanted to tell me about Cow Face Pose.
Not the satisfied look on your face when you take that first frothed sip from the chocolate teat of the Silly Cow. Which would be the marketing direction I'd steer that moderately delicious ship. Rather, it is a yoga pose, also known as Gomukhasana, where you sit, cross your knees on top of each other, and grab your hands behind your back with one elbow over your head. Fun party game.Somewhere, someone knows why this is called Cow Face Pose. But I'm not the guy.
What I do know is that before I get a real coffee in me to start a day, I am unable to form most words or smile open my eyes all the way. This has been referred to as "Meat Face." This particular morning I was hoping I could trick myself back to sleep, hence the cocoa. I pondered the meat, the silly, and the cow and decided to draw this yogi, demonstrating bovine anxiety.
Anxiety Yoga is a new thing I'm drawing. There are many things to be anxious about. There are words about anxiety and pictures of this series that live on this page. This cow is one.
Inspired by the efforts of the Alt US National Park Service, to talk about the truth of humankind's impact on the global climate, against an executive order, I made this Rise & Resist design based on the National Park Service logo. It's currently up on TeeSpring on a variety of shirt styles, mugs and stickers. Thanks to my ladyfriend Muriel, who researched many options for merchandise and fundraising, the design landed there because the site donates directly to one's organization or non-profit of choice, with full transparency. So, if you like this design and want to wear or share it, please consider visiting https://teespring.com/nationalparkresistance. All of the proceeds of this campaign, which runs until February 14, will go to the National Park Foundation.
It's been a bit since I worked on any People As Birds, my avian caricature project of Portland people. Much of my time has been drawing other birds, including these at www.lovebirdspaper.com. And a new book project which is floating around looking for a new publisher to call home. There's a couple of new comic portraits I made this month living over here, too. But, Portland gets real Portlandy and reminds me that sometimes you just have to draw people as birds sometimes. (And maybe get motivated to curate the collection of previous PAB and put that book of them out finally!) Like this guy who walks his big ol' pig down the street. Or the luchador-masked sandwich eater on wheels, spotted downtown.
Portland keeps changing, but is still my favorite cartoon birdcage.
In looking around the internets at my painty friends, I saw a lot of folks have done a video or .gif of their painting or drawings from start to finish. I took a bunch of photos of my latest piece, "Tractor Face Chain," from start to finish, showing the various layers of watercolor washes, shading, and goauche that I used for the background and highlights. Then I put them all together with an iOS app called "ImgPlay." It was very easy to use, unlike the other 7 or 8 I tried first. I hope to make more of these, they are fun. I'll be hanging this and other piece this Friday at Skeleton Key Tattoo, with the other artists at the shop, as well as a few pieces I've been collaborating on with Muriel, from my other project, Lovebirds Paper. Thanks for looking.
New For May:
People As Birds now has its own page. I started this series of sketches for a children's book called "Singer In The Wordhouse," which is a complete manuscriupt, set pf storyboards, and several finished illustrations. As I was going through the process of trying to get it sold, I enjoyed doinng cariacture versions of real people so much I just kept drawing them. Now people ask for versions of themselves and friends, which is fun. It might just be its own book at some point! See some birds here.
I've also put up a couple of new videos in the video section."The Dream Place" is about a part of ourselves we all have in common, and "Crazy Coffee Face" for anyone who is or knows someone who looks a little rough before that first cup of joe. I'm calling the series of videos "Late Bloomer," and hope eventually to make it available as an alubum/digital download. They also all live on my YouTube Channel: levigreenacres
This month I also finished a portrait of Portland, OR comedian Curtis Cook, who is a very thoughtful and entertaining performer. I haven't worked on as many portraits this year as I did last year, but have a few more lined up to do in 2015. They live here.
Thanks for looking at my work, I appreciate your feedback and support.