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-666Facebook 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 email@example.com.
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!
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