On sleepless nights, I tell my boy stories about our cats. Stories are a great way to distract sick children and they work better than movies. Hoomins often project personalities on to their pets, and their habits on to ourselves.
In some stories, Chewbarky is a vampire – the great Count Chewbarkula! He was a courageous Crusader hero that fought against the infidel but sadly, lost his way. Now he wants to drain the life force from any can of jellymeat he can sink his fangs into.
Freddystein aka Freddy, had a second chance at life when he was reanimated by a discarded cheezburger…it was electric…! Now he hunts his way through the frozen voids looking for the perfect fries (see what I did there).
Mz. Peyonce glides through the night skies on her broomstick, hailing the dark forces in her true, diabolical Witchypoopoo form. Don’t leave your Type O Negative dvds lying around! She’ll sacrifice them!!
We still can’t decide which famous monster Fatty Catty should be… Elvis or Wolfman…? Only time will tell…
You can view colour vector versions of these fabulous monsters at the Aotearoa 666 Red Bubble store .
Well, weren’t we all about the Turbojugend at this time of year? You’d almost think it was Christmas!
This is a t-shirt design that I worked on in 2012, specifically for Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666. It’s something that I started a while ago, and is basically a reworking of the mask face I painted a few years ago. You can look at that here.
This time, I got all fancy and vector-fied it in Adobe Illustrator. Inspiration for this shirt came from the Hinematioro pou that visited the Tairawhiti Museum earlier this year.
Hinematioro was a high-born lady who was alive around the time Captain Cook ‘discovered’ New Zealand in 1769. There’s plenty that has been written about her, follow the link on her name and learn yourself some East Coast history.
I wanted to use pre-European Māori art and use it to tell a story from contemporary times, with plenty of contemporary touches, of course.
I looked at the facial structure of the pou and the lattice-like work around her.
I imagined that the lattice structures were really small manaia working their way around the face, but attached, like hair. Mmmm, writhing hair pieces…
Then I added the Turbojugend peak cap, some makeup and ANA!
There she is. Baleful one-eyed glare and all. I used purples and greens on a navy shirt to get that whole underwater feeling, adding a few highlights to try and mimic the way sunlight bounces off objects in the water.
But what are the manaia getting up to? They look like a bunch of mischief, madness and mayhem…! A bit like the Turbojugend…
So here are the photos. They are all of the shirt itself, there were no prints made of this design. I have included some pictures of Yours Truly wearing the shirt at the Turbonegro gig in Melbourne this year. ROCK!
You can purchase this shirt from my Print Mighty store.
The link is here: http://aotearoa666.printmighty.co.nz/products/turbojugend-aotearoa-u-666-ladies-navy
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.