Matariki

Almost exactly a year ago, I drew this design to celebrate Matariki.  (I’ve been furiously blogging a storm up in June 2014 to try and get this site up to date with my work – but have back dated everything).

Matariki, for me, is generally a time to reflect on those who have passed on, and the new year that awaits us. Unsurprisingly, it happens in the middle of winter, pretty close to the Winter Solstice.

So of course I thought a nice skull was in order. With eyes. One possible translation of Matariki is ‘the eyes of God’ so I took this literally in a pop-surrealist way.  There’s seven wrapped in this ghoul’s hair, representing each star of the Matariki (Pleiades) cluster. And some blue frosty breath, leading to more representations of stars up above the banner. I like stars. I use one as a logo. Ahurr. The banner says Aotearoa 666, because well, why the hell not. Probably more user-friendly than Mel RULZ, innit.

Just to reach back in time again, I ran a giveaway on my Facebook page. And I gave away this hoody (which I photographed first before I sent it off to the winner in Australia) for Matariki! Awww, ain’t I nice. I usually like to do things that coincide with my birthday or Matariki. Something for everyone. It used to be having a gig, but now it’s all about the art, baby!  Any excuse for a piss-up. In the spirit of totally contradicting myself,  I’m not bothering to do a Facebook giveaway this year. I’m waiting until I get over one thousand likes before I start handing out the treats again.  Seems like a worthy goal, plus I can procrastinate over what to give away for the rest of the year.

Here’s some pics of the final design, and the hoody blowing in the wind. You can get an idea of how the printing process translates into fabric. It’s still something that’s a bit mysterious to me, pretty sure a visit to the printer would cure my curiousity.  If you’d like to own of these – and I’m confident that you will ROCK IT – you can check out my t-shirt store here

Nga mihi mahana

 

 

Poster Ghouls

Poster Ghouls – chicks who are skulls with hair wot have flames and hearts and were built (for speed) to go on rock n’ roll posters.
I always thought my Deathpunk Ghoul looked a little lonely, so I drew some friends for her.

The first one is Tweeti Pai – a Maori transliteration of Sweetie Pie. She’s purple, she’s in love with the world and she’s not just wearing her heart on her sleeve. They’re in her hair, her eyes, or floating beside her.  She was a lot of fun to draw, after a caffeine fuelled weekend, I believe. I tried not to go toooo overboard on the skull detailing, because I thought she might look like she had stubble! (Sorry DPG, you’re still beautiful in my eyes). If you like the look of her shirt, you can buy one here.

Her friend is the Flame Ghoul. Yes, I did listen to Firewoman by The Cult rather a lot while I drew this. And the colours were definitely inspired by Flame Princess in Adventure Time. What would Flame Princess look like if she was a skull ghoul who listened to The Cult? Look no further. I gave her a Maori name too – Hana for Flame. You can find her here.

First Ever Australasian Welt Turbojugend Day

This one is all about a poster I made for the Turbojugend.

So, there’s this kick ass punk rock band called Turbonegro.  They are from Norway.  They have a massive fan club, called the Turbojugend.  There are many different ‘chapters’ of Turbojugend around the world.

Here, in New Zealand, there are 3 official Turbojugend. There’s Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666, Turbojugend RocknRoll Vagabonds, and Turbojugend Taranaki.  If you haven’t already twigged by now, I am the President, Glorious Leader, Pacific Princess and Senior Arthole of TJ Aotearoa U-666. We’ve been doing this for the last 10 years, but the band have been going for a lot longer.

In Hamburg, once a year, there is an intergalactic meetup of various Turbojugend from around the globe. It is called the Weltturbojugendtage (WTJT or World Turbojugend Day) and it is apparently a grand spectacle, involving a hell of a lot of denim and even some mini-golf.  If they’re lucky, Turbonegro will play a show, like they did at this year’s one. And the worldwide Turbojugend members party on, like Wayne. Excellent!  After this year’s WTJT, many thought it would be the last one before Doomsday.

But it wasn’t.

Thanks to Turbonegro announcing an Australian tour earlier this year, El Commandante (aka Janne, of TJ Munster, Aotearoa U-666 and Melbourne, AmbASSador extraordinaire to the Pacific Rim) started co-ordinating the First Ever Australasian WeltTurboJugendDay.   This means us gutter snipes down here in the basement finally get a chance to see The Band we’ve all been yahooing along to. Finally! Just like the CeCe Peniston song!

Designing the poster

And Janne asked me to do a poster, for the Turbojugend meetup.  He told me to put anything I liked on it.  And mentioned something about gay sailors. Then I watched the end of the Olympics ceremony with George Michael (yes, I squealed) and it was all over.

I based the design for the poster on the insignia for the Royal Navy (of which Australia and New Zealand are a part).  I changed the crown to the Turbonegro/Turbojugend peak cap, and added plenty of swelling hibiscus in the background. Down the front are some dancing sailors – Andrew, Wayne and Craig, the Sisters of Denim! In the middle, Andrew is in denim ecstasy as he holds a bunch of flowers (poppies – obvious ANZAC reference there!) and is covered in tattoos that relate to just about everything Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666 have achieved, or humped their way through in the last 10 years to get to this point.

And in front of the sailors is a tiger snake. It was either that or some large anchors, but I thought some rudely suggestive phallic imagery was called for. Show us yer tiger snake, ASStralia!

Only 3 A1 posters were made, one is in Janne’s hands, one was stolen from Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane in Melbourne and the other is still hanging in Reverence. I will not be making prints of this poster.

BUT!

If you would like to get your hands on this, then the best way is to buy a t-shirt from my Print Might store. I am immensely pleased with how the prints have turned out.

Before I left for Australia, I got some pre-orders made and gave each member of Turbonegro a t-shirt each after the Sydney show on Thursday 6th of December, 2012.  Thank you for the music!

And yes, they were AWESOME live. Everything I could have hoped for, and a whole lot more on top of that.

You can buy the shirt from here:

http://aotearoa666.printmighty.co.nz/products/first-ever-australasian-wtjt

 

And here are the photos! I put in some cell phone snaps of my trip over to Aussie as well.

 

Check out these Love Skulls! Again.

Do you remember the Love Skulls paintings? I wrote about them here.

Well, I vectorised the second painting I did, in Adobe Illustrator.  Flash, aye bay?!?!  Now you can buy prints, iphone covers, laptop covers, and t-shirts from Red Bubble (good if you live in Australia) or Society6 (Stateside).

Here’s a couple of pics showing the old and the new, plus a product mockup of the iPhone on Society6.

Yurp, artist sites, I have been joining them. No doubt plenty of my other stuff will show up here too. Some of them I will only turn into prints (like the gig posters) some of my other stuff will be available as things you use wot to put on your gadgets.

And t-shirts… always the t-shirts!

 

Mauri Ora!

 

 

 

Electric Frankenstein

This is my latest poster commission. It’s quite different to anything I’ve done before.  I seem to always get carried away with the details, and as you can see, this poster is no exception.

Do you want the long story? OK then.

At the end of last year, Sal Canzonieri asked me to create a poster for his band, Electric Frankenstein.  They are an awesome punk rocknroll band from New Jersey, USA.  Electric Frankenstein created their own art book, which featured the best rocknroll poster artists.  Sal asked if I would like to be included in the next one. Naturally, I jumped at the chance.  Once I’d picked myself up again (jumping was never my natural talent), I started out.

The brief was for a Psychedelic Zombie BBQ fest that they had played at.  There were zombie go-go girls with hula hoops, I was asked to add a Frankenstein girl barbequing, and to tie it all together with the band, a rocknroll Frankenstein.

So I came up with a rocknroll Frankenstein at the bottom, while a Frankenstein girl and her zombie mate watch over the BBQ. Which happens to be going on inside Frank’s head.  The Frankenstein girl is carefully lifting out his (electric) brains, while the blue zombie girl looks on and salivates.  Because zombies love brains!

Meanwhile, Frankie isn’t bothered by what’s going on. That’s how tough he is. I bet you he doesn’t care what type of smarties he eats first either.  And besides, he’s got hula hooping zombie girls popping out of his head. Who doesn’t have hula hooping zombie girls on their mind?

This poster took quite a while to complete.  I had no time constraints and was able to work on it until I was totally satisfied with what I had done.  If you can’t tell by now, I really enjoyed working on it.

 

The book was released in March 2014 and it’s called “It’s Only Rock n Roll but I like it”. La la la like it. Mate.

A brief description
“This volume is another brain-frying collection nearly as big as a Marshall stack showing an up-to-the-minute cross-section of today’s booming rock poster scene, showcasing hundreds of works by top poster artists from every dive, hellhole, dungeon, and landfill from sea to shining sea, creating a deafening visual tribute to just about every goddamn cool band you can imagine! Get kicked in the eyeballs and give your sensibilities the beating they so richly deserve! Grab this amazingly cool collection of the wildest Rock Art you have ever seen!”

I’ve got a 2 page spread and you can find me in the index under my real name, Melanie Tahata.

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/Its-Only-Rock-Roll-Like/dp/1482391538/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362344137&sr=1-3

Mauri Ora!

Tiki Rerea!

Tena koutou katoa!

Since I last posted here I have been busy doing my thang. I’ve now gone to two Craft Markets in Gisborne and enjoyed both of them. I’m looking forward to August’s market.  Over the last year or so, I’ve started making hair clips again. I used to make clips over a decade ago, just because I felt like it. Well, now I feel like it again.  It’s mainly because I can’t find the sort of things I like to wear, so in a true DIY spirit, I make my own. I’ve developed a new found appreciation for tiki and have paired them with various other items that I would like to wear in my hair.

I made the skull flower the Deathpunkfest ghoul is wearing in a poster from last year by cutting up a bracelet and a lei and adding the elements together.  I often make things that influence what I draw, or I draw something and then I make it.  Either way, it’s all conducive to the creative process.  I thought I would put that in there for people who get confused about what I do. I do everything! Preparing end of year financials, planning, making the art, photography, marketing. Everything! Haha, all that and I’m a mother too.

These flying tiki, or tiki rerea came about by combining glittery butterflies, plastic tiki and hair clips. I like to take things from popular culture and put my own take on it.  It’s a very Māori take, but with a good dose of fuck you attitude too. Orite ki a Maui, hahahahaha!   I’m never sure if other people would like to wear them, but I’m pretty stoked when they do.

These are all the tiki, past and present, that I have made to date. None of them are the same as any other, they are all individual little snowflakes.  They are unique, and are made for ladies who like to feel unique too.
Hey – how do you catch a unique lady? UNIQUE UP ON HER! 😀

The all black bow tiki is affectionately dubbed the Bela Lugosi tiki bow.  While I was making it, I kept humming ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead‘ by Bauhaus.  You really can’t kill a vampire. They hang around forever.
Oh, and I included some clips I made from some specialty beaded fringing I’ve had for about as long too.

I have many other things on the go, namely three large vector projects. I’ll post them up when I am satisfied that they are finished.

Until then, if you would like to purchase a tiki, or see what else I have for sale, check my Facebook page.  Or leave a message below.  Be quick! People are baggsing them already. They are all NZ$20 plus shipping.

Mauri Ora ki a koutou! <3

Gizzy’s Little Craft Market

Kia ora!
This Saturday I will be hosting a stall at Gizzy’s Little Craft Market.

That’s Saturday 30th June 2012, 9.30am – 4pm

At the Gisborne Army Hall.

It’s tomorrow! Eeeek!

I’ve got a small selection of things to sell, ranging from paintings, prints, and postcards.  There are even some crafty little items I made.

 

Here’s some photos! Cos we all like looking at photos 🙂

 

 

There’s more stuff posted on my facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Aotearoa666

 

May the 4th

This is a poster for a gig in Palmerston North. It’s tomorrow!

It also happens to be on May the 4th – Intergalactic Star Wars Day.
So I made a homage to Star Wars, while referencing an old Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666 photo.

Go to the gig!  The best band in the galaxy are playing!

If you would like a print of this poster, you can purchase one (in all shapes and sizes) from Society 6.
The Deathpunkfest 2011 one is up there too.


Competition Time!

Kia ora mai ra!

It’s that time of the year, when I celebrate another year of financial trading. Another year of getting older! And loving it.

Last year I ran a poster competition and two lucky winners each won a signed print. This year, the stakes are higher and I am giving away a hoody or t-shirt from the Print Mighty store. I’ve added 3 new designs; a full colour Kaiti Aki; a skull print design using the star logo; and Rangi the Raptor. Click on the following thumbnails for a good look at these designs:

Now, all you have to do is get your mates to like the Aotearoa 666 page on Facebook, and then post on the wall, saying they were sent by you.  The person who has generated the most likes, wins a garment of their choice!

Make sure they post on the wall, or I won’t know who sent them.

This competition is WORLDWIDE, and not just to those living in Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Because that’s how we ship!

I will announce the winner on May the 23rd.

Mauri Ora 🙂

Kaiti Aki

Nga mihi nunui ki a koutou!

I have recently finished working on the t-shirt designs for the Ka Pai Kaiti Waitangi Day festival. This is a whānau day that has been regularly held for over ten years, in the suburb of Kaiti, which is a part of Turanganui-a-Kiwa. The place where I live and work.

I started donating my time and energy into the t-shirt printing in 2008.  What happens is that every year we come up with an idea/whakaaro to promote where we live. I come up with a design, it gets put on to a screen, then I print the shirts during the festival.  People can bring their own t-shirts along on the day and give a small koha (a one or two dollar coin) to help cover costs.  I got this idea from going to Punkfest in Wellington; nothing like a bit of DIY inspiration!

The whakaaro was to make shirts promoting Kaiti cheap and affordable for whanau (members of the community) who live in the area.  So everyone can wear a Kaiti shirt. Before the weekend we print about 30 shirts for the volunteers who work hard to make the day a success.

This year two shirts were designed. The Kaiti Aki shirt and the K.I.N.G.s shirt. There’s a bunch of photos on Flickr of people wearing them, and you can look at images over the last month of our little Kaiti Aki as it was created on Webstagram.

And of course there are the pictures I have uploaded here.

 

Mauri Ora!