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.
To celebrate Deathpunkfest this year, I opened a clothing shop on printmighty. It features my illustrations on T-shirts, hoodys and bags. There’s something there for Deathpunk demons and Ghouls in the hood. All the products are printed and shipped by Print Mighty.
Been a bit quiet haven’t I? Well after the Peter Steele posters, I dived straight into Deathpunkfest 2011. That’s our annual gig for the Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666. We’re a bunch of denim-clad demons who like to get together, watch some fucking choice bands and have a laugh. Or several. This year was the 5th Deathpunkfest, and the Turbojugend has been plowing along since 2003. Honestly, you couldn’t find a better bunch of people to rocknroll with. The gig was held in Napier earlier this month, you can read about the gig here.
And this is the poster I made this year. It features a Poster Ghoul, inspired by the wonderful ladies in our Turbojugend. And skulls, of course. And Pania of the Reef. My way of acknowledging my Kahungungu links! This design was done entirely using Adobe Illustrator, based on reference photos I took myself. Totally DIY, mate! Punk fucking rock!
The skull flower in her hair is based on an actual hair clip I made, although I changed the colours in the poster to make it ‘pop’ more. If you ever bothered to look closer, you’ll see some fishy shapes and seaweed swimming around her. At that moment in time, the drunken captain on the MV Rena had smashed into the Astrolabe reef, off the coast of Tauranga. Tauranga Moana (it’s real name) is a few hours drive from Gisborne. What affects their ocean, eventually will affect us. The resulting oil spill is a major environmental tragedy, not just for the life forms on the reef itself, but for the surrounding tribes that the ocean sustain. It’s like tipping petrol into someone’s fridge. So, if you don’t give a fuck about the marine life, perhaps you might give one for the people it affected? If not, then just fuck off entirely and get. your. fucking. boat. off. our. reef!
And all of that went into making this poster.
Seee, I can be romantic! (To quote this awesome lady I know). And political, too. While making art. About going to a rock n roll show.
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!
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.