This is my original rendering of a cowboy skull which I have affectionately named Ol’ Clootie. Is it the Devil? Or is it a reanimated skeleton come to taunt us as society falls apart….
We already know about my love for skulls. In this picture I put together some of my favourite things; a skull, a cowboy hat and a nickname for the Devil. I remember a friend mentioning the Ol’ Clootie name once, he said it was from Nemesis the Warlock. The all-knowing Google informed me that it’s also from the Scottish calling a cloven hoof a Cloot; hence we have Old – or Auld – Clootie. Another name is Old Nick. Old Hornie (haha!), all of which are allusions to earlier pagan gods.
This picture was made with colour pencils and pen on watercolour paper. It is180mm high x 130mm wide, so it’s about the size of a large postcard.
I would like to thank everyone who took part in the survey for the May Birthday Giveaway. I enjoyed reading through the responses. Those sentences sounded a bit dry, but believe me, I was fucking stoked. All of you helped to make this month FUN and gave me something to look forward to at the end of it. Apart from getting older, hehe.
OK so after waiting until very late in the evening, I have used all my numerological powers and black bitch magick to draw two winners for the poster competition!
Drumroll please, Lemmy!
(He’s doing a drumroll in his dreams, honest) … anyway here are the Winners…!
The winner of the SKOOTA poster is ….. Richard McKenzie of NSW, Australia
and the winner of the Moko skull poster is …. Jenny White of Birkdale, Auckland.
Congratulations to you both! Your posters will be sent off to each of you shortly.
Thanks again to everyone else, you’re all winners to me.
Ah, the wonderful month of May, the last month of Autumn – te wā o Tanemahuta – here in Aotearoa. This is also the month I was born in, and what better way to celebrate it than having a birthday giveaway?!
You could win one of these posters! They are both signed and will be shipped to the winners ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
So what’s the catch? Well, all you have to do is answer a few questions in a short survey, leave your name and address and I will draw a winner on the 1st of June 2011.
I will pick one winner for each poster, depending on your preference!
You may or may not remember this painting from the previous post about Skulls.
Well, back then this painting was a work in progress. Now it has been finished and sent to it’s new home in Auckland.
The rerenga on the red ribbon reads – He Hono Tangata E Kore E Motu
and is taken from the whakataukī that says:
He hono tangata e kore e motu; ka pā he taura waka e motu.
Nā, ko te tikanga o taua, kāore e taea e ngā hononga te tāngata e whati. Engari ki ō rātou whakaaro. Ko tēnei whakataukī e whakamahi ana ki ngā kōrero e pā ana ki tētahi mārena. Ki a au nei, ko te mea nui e pā ana ki tēnei taonga, ko te kōrero, ko te tikanga rānei. Tērā pea, ko te tūmanako rawe hoki. Ae, ko taua te mea nui e mauria ana e tēnei taonga.
The reo pākehā translation of this proverb is
A human bond cannot be severed, unlike a canoe rope, it cannot be severed.
This speaks about the permanency of marriage and betrothal, the closest western proverb I can think of is ‘the ties that bind’.
These loveskull paintings are absolute joys to paint. Despite my tough, rough n guts exterior (lol) I’m a big softy and love love love! to hear that my friends are shacking up and settling down… Life. I fucking love it.
So the idea and hopes and wishes behind this painting is to wish my two friends all the best for their marriage and a very long, loving and prosperous life. Two skulls pressed together to form a heart, all wrapped in a big red bow. Ta daa!!
This is a piece exploring the colour Black in different mediums. It was inspired by Jo Tito’s Painted Rock of the Day called Paru. I read about the black mud and how dense and oily it was… and I thought “wow – I want some of that!”
Knowing me I would probably try putting it in my hair. Mud is awfully good for hair you know. I used to buy this African Mud stuff from the Body Shop and put that in my hair. It was heavily perfumed and processed of course, but still, silky black mud? I’d give it a whirl.
Anyway. Back to Black.
I wanted to experiment with some gloss gel I had just purchased – it has a very nice sheen to it when dry, so I added some black acrylic to it. Mmmm shiny black. I drew a star (cos I like stars, as well as skulls) and built up the gel around the edges. I stained the wood with Indian Ink. Then I used one of my old stencils and sprayed the words Mauri Ora on it.
Now, if any of you art knobs out there are thinking – “dude that’s pretty Ralph Hotere” (but in a more complicated lexicon of course), then you would be Correctamundo! as the Fonz used to say. Ralph (I don’t know him personally I just always refer to Him as Ralph) is a HUGE influence on the art I like to make. I don’t think I’m anywhere near as good as him and it’s a bit art school to admit your influences these days, but his black paintings are FUCKING COOL. Alright, that’s the Ralph rant over.
Yeah so I like black. I love all the things I associate with it, but don’t care for other’s interpretations. Leather, denim, latex, rooms, velvet, cardigans, hair, lace, night, warmth, goths, teddy bears, sad pandas, nuns, goats, Chrome, cats, witches, deep space (9, ho ho), Darth Vader… no wait, I don’t like black metal very much.
To me, the colour black also represents peace, and the realm of Te Pō. I read Cleve Barlow‘s take on Te Pō, where he described it as a place of ignorance (presumably because it is dark). I don’t like this reading, I thought it was too heavily influenced by colonial ideas of black being negative and white being positive. And I’ve heard enough of black being the bad guy. Te Pō is the birthplace of the gods, the actioning of ideas, the place where life continues to grow. Where things take form and set you on the path to Te Ao Mārama. But you can’t have one without the other…
Back in Black.
So all these ideas were running through my mind as I layered on these different mediums. I enjoyed the experiment and the process gave me plenty of ideas for more creations!
The Man In Black.
I swapped this small piece (it’s about A5 sized) for the Paru rock, which is now next to my Perfectionism one, under the watchful eye of Darth Vader. Because I picked up Mr. Paru on the anniversary of Peter Steele‘s death, I called him Pita Paru. (Pita is the transliteration of Peter!)
Peter Steele wrote this wonderfully sardonic song called Black No. 1 – about goths dying their hair….black! So that’s what this post is named after, as well as my rock. Thanks Pete, you will always rock! hyuk hyuk.
After I dropped this piece off, Jo created a black rock and wrote her kōrero about Black. Awesome! Check it out here. I get a shout out too. Kei whea mai!
Treat me nice, treat me good, treat me like you really should…
So sang Elvis in Wooden Heart. I thought of that song while I was painting this, but the whakataukī I used has an entirely different meaning!
Last year, in my teaching work we were using small A5 sized pieces of ply and drawing on them in pencil. I took this idea a little further when I came home and sketched a picture of a heart (I have a medical model of one at home, a gift from a friend many years ago). I added the ribbon and whakataukī He kokonga ngākau e kore e kitea. This is the last part of the Māori proverb that runs –
He kohonga whare e kitea, he kokonga ngākau e kore e kitea
The corner of a house can be seen, but not a corner of a heart.
Basically I understood this to mean that you can never know someone’s intentions, or what’s truly going on in their heart, or what their motivations are.
So earlier this year I spied a hand painted rock over at Jo Tito’s site. I thought it was really mesmerising and the colours were really choice too. So I asked Jo how much they were and she suggested we trade art.
I like trading art. Trading is good.
And finally, yes, FINALLY I finished a little something to trade in return.
So, because this site is all about (fist) pumping out the pictures, here’s some of the piece I made and Jo’s Perfect Rock.
They were taken with my phone, using my favourite gadget. The first one gives a reasonable shot of the shed and all the other things I got going on.
The small collage I made was done using an old frame, clothes dye and varnish. The collage itself was constructed from some red envelopes I picked up at Wah Lees while in Auckland last. And the background is filled with Aotearoa 666 stamps and a phrase in te reo Māori.
The last one shows my rock in my hot little hands. I love her! She’s sitting in an eastern pointing window sill, she can catch plenty of sun there in the mornings.
Hank Von Helvete is the lead singer of Norwegian band Turbonegro. I like drawing pictures of him and using them for my Turbojugend website. These pictures show a progression from ‘Old Hank’ (2003) to ‘New Hank’ (i.e when I got better at digital illustration in 2008 – now I just need to focus on being faster!)
This illustration ended up as the centre fold for Black Chrome‘s Homorockclub CD, and as well as the mast head for the u666 site.
Here’s some Hanky Action, for you Zillion Dollar Sadists
This is the poster design from Deathpunkfest 2009. Several developing images have been included. Click on any thumbnail to view full versions.
The show and promotional poster was a tribute to Skoota AKA Scott Wallace Webster (26/12/68 – 31/5/08), a member of the Turbojugend Aotearoa U666. The poster depicts a portrait of him dressed as a nun. Because we like Nuns.