Tiki Stardust

I am hosting a solo exhibition called Tiki Stardust, at the Tairawhiti Museum.  Here’s a blurb:

Tiki Stardust is the beginning of an adventure. Tiki is a Māori girl. She loves drawing, books, cats and sitting up late to watch 12 O Clock Rock.  This exhibition is a prequel, a heraldic vision of rock n roll glory, originally glimpsed through the television in the 1980’s.

Six illustrated panels tell the very beginning of Tiki and the invasion of the White Devil.  S/he is a glitter clad, gender ambiguous rock god/dess that explodes into Tiki’s life.  And changes everything.

These vector drawings are the product of an unfettered imagination and Adobe Illustrator. And a very good printer.

This exhibition is based on a very simple backstory of watching (far too much) late night television in the 80s. I used to watch a lot of rock gigs and um, I still do. I think the last one I watched was ‘It’s Alive’ The Ramones in 1977.

If you wanted to get serious for a minute (a very brief minute), then you could describe it as an exploration into bi-culturalism, colonialism and pop culture. All described in pop surrealist terms.

Wow, that was a lot of big words. Sorry about that, I’ll try not to do that again.

 

Tiki Stardust opens on Friday 9th October 2015 and closes Sunday 12 December 2015.

There are a limited number of catalogues for sale at the Museum.

 

May 1973

Another lady, imaginatively called May 1973.  She is named after the month she was vectored in. Another month, another t-shirt. With the year ‘1973’ tagged on afterwards. 1973 is a special year, not just because I was born then!

Yes, this one has a song attached to it

There’s this kick ass song called STAR WAR by Supershit 666. It was also recorded by the Backyard Babies. The lyrics go something like this:

I don’t need no doctor
No one’s got the cure for me
Cause i’m a heartbreaker
And a soulshaker
Since 1973

Star war
So watcha waitin’ for?

Awesome rock anthem, great to jump around to.  I may tend to over-identify with it.

The drawing

I drew May 1973 in my sketchbook (I have a whole lot that never make it to vector stage). She was part of the plan to  keep working in the style of Doris and Angie.  She’s got a big heart and shiny blue hair.  The May 1973 design is on my t-shirt store here.  This one is for all the Queens of the May. If you know a special lady who was born in May 1973, or even 1973 (mint year that it was), this shirt is just the thing! Ahaha, blatant selling gimmick 🙂

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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

 

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!

 

 

 

 

All Hallows Eve

 

This is a portrait of Peter Steele (1962 – 2010) from Type O Negative. They are one of my most favourite-est bands ever.  A good friend told me about them in 1995, so I bought ‘Origin of the Feces’, the notorious ‘live’ album.  It was the only one I could find in Auckland! I will be honest and say I didn’t really get the sense of humour at first (“these guys can’t be serious! That sounds like a pretend crowd…”) as I knew nothing about them and hadn’t heard anything else by them.  Then that same friend gave me ‘October Rust’ to listen to in 1996.  And like millions of other goth girls around the world, I was a goner! Sigh, swoon etc.  It was only a matter of time until I got their other albums. And it has all been cheerfully downhill from there.  I never got to see Type O Negative live unfortunately.

Some of my best memories are associated with Type O Negative.  Driving from Auckland to Wellington with a Type O hater in the back, shouting his own version of Black No. 1 lyrics (LOVING YOU WAS LIKE FUCKING A GOTH!) while we giggled in the front. It was funny cos it was true, you see.  There are many many more, I’ll save them for another time.

This is my tribute to Peter Steele and the most excellent music he created.  I wanted to do something special for Halloween, so I have spent the last week of October drawing this portrait and thrashing the Symphony for the Devil live dvd.

Because as we all know, everyday is Halloween.

XII. All Hallows Eve

Fall fires burn ‘neath
black twisted boughs
Sacrifice to above
Smoke swirling quickly
towards misting clouds
Offering of this blood
Into the flames
and without shame
Consumed with howls
and screams
Pumpkins grin
in their despair
On All Hallows Eve

Cruel be the wind
as it quells my words
I shout out to the rain
Incantations I so hoped
you’ve heard
That you live again
From deep Earth
brings forth rebirth
Witness but I shan’t believe
From below a chilling glow
On All Hallows Eve

Be spiderwebbed
and glazed in frost
She wears death beautifully
More stunning now
than in her life
On a bed of Autumn leaves
Into her eyes
and quite surprised
I whispered
don’t you leave
Sing macabre songs
and we’ll dance to dawn
On All Hallows Eve

Saint Lucifer hear me
praying to thee
On this eve of all saints
High be the price
but then nothing is free
My soul I’ll gladly trade

Cold is the night
in so many ways
Luna round, full and bright
Deep be the mud
on the fresh dug graves
On yours I recite
An ancient spell 
I know so well
Success is guaranteed 
I’ll bring you back
from where you’ve gone
On All Hallows Eve

From the album World Coming Down by Type O Negative.  Lyrics by Peter Steele.

 

Texture used in this image by Bitt Box.

Turbo Maori

This is a painting I did a little while ago (last year in fact) and it’s taken me this long to put it online.  It’s already the face of the Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666 Facebook page (oooosh lookit me squeezing those links in!) so this little breather has been on the nets for a while.  But you all want a closer look at it – and even better – a chance to buy it don’t you?!?!

This picture was inspired by my love of all things Turbojugend and my Māori heritage.  This makes it Turbo Māori! I’ve based the koruru (face) on Ngāti Porou carving forms that I’ve looked at over the last couple of years.  If you study them you see their likeness to the people; the large foreheads, piercing stare and sharp, sometimes forked, tongue.  Tāngata like those deserve to wear a peak cap, haha.

The picture uses 3 colours; a warm blood red ground with thick black linework and white highlights.  Red, black and white, the ‘traditional’ Māori colours and also those used on the Tino Rangatiratanga flag.  Layered on top of an old placemat, varnished with polyurethane and mounted on a wooden block with a painting hook. 29cm x 21cm x 5cm (roughly 8 x 10″)

If you’re interested in buying this creation, contact me at mel@aotearoa666.com.

 

Skull Flower

“Why don’t you paint some nice flowers” I thought to myself one day, “that’s something nice” So I set about painting a nice flower.  Oh! let’s make it blaack! I added.  And a nice skull in it. Yeah, I like them types of flowers!

I pondered this greatly as I worked on this small canvas. It is a blue black flower (he pua) with a skull (he tohu o te tangata) in the centre, blossoming upon a vivid blood red background.  As I daubed away at the skull in the centre I asked myself “Geez – why do I like skulls so much?”

Is it all the doom and gloom? A symbol of death?  A morbid fascination with the darker side of life?

 

 

 

Yeah fuck yeah!

 

Ha ha – you thought I was going to say no, didn’t you?

Well, over the last six years I’ve lost a few friends and family, for various reasons.  I am not afraid to die, but I am afraid of what will happen to my son if I should shuffle off this mortal coil before he becomes an adult.

And ever since this started happening, I started drawing skulls.  Lots of them.  Skulls are the ultimate symbol of humanity.  A skull could represent anyone.  It could be me, it could be my son. It could be one of my whānau who have passed on.  It could be you! :O! Nothing represents my essential love for humanity like a good skull.

You can check out photos of the painting in the making on my tumblr or facebook page.  (And while you’re down there, chuck us a like or a follow please? Ta!)

This painting is 8 inches by 8 inches, painted using Golden acrylics and a nice medium as a finishing varnish.  This painting is also for sale! as it is small enough to ship.  I have paypal and can also accept bank transfers.  If you are interested in purchasing this painting, contact me at mel@aotearoa666.com.

This is my first post in Spring! Spring has sprung (at least here in Kaiti, Gisborne) and a merry sneezing season to you all.  I have included some photos of the plum tree blossoms, just in case some of you wanted an actual really nice flower.  Hehe.