Doris

Introducing Doris, the first of her name.  The lead-in lady for a series about rocknroll women that I’ve been wanting to draw for ages.  I wanted some strong looking wahine to go with the Turbojugend koruru shirt design. They could stand on their own as strong identities or together as one unified piece.  And our Doris is the first of these.

She’s a green lady, with long flowing hair. I don’t necessarily want to reinforce female stereotypes (far from it), I like drawing long hair because there’s lots of lines. And I like linework in vectors. They’re really relaxing to draw. Doris is comfortably seated on the back of a manaia, swathed in a red ribbon that reads ‘In the Gutter‘.  A nod to the Black Chrome song ‘Free Peep from the Gutter‘, and a bit of Oscar Wilde, too.

Doris is an old nickname. My punk rock gutter mates would use it to describe a certain type of girl who loves to do her hair and put on loads of makeup. Cough cough splutter.  This was referred to as ‘Doris-ing about’.

“Has Mel finished Doris-ing about, yet? Better pour us another drink, mate”

‘Dorises’ show up at your regular DIY punk gig, loaded with cider and ready to hear some fucking great music.  It had better be fucking great, otherwise we’re going back to the toilets to put on more eyeliner!

Here’s some photos – of Doris the digital file, Doris the Print, Doris the Shirt and Doris the Shirt being worn at a gig by Jamaine Corpse in Black Chrome.  Doncha just love the way these things go round in circles. Thanks for your support, mate!

Black Chrome photos are by Alex from Long Nights, Short Fuses, and are used here with his permission.

If you want a Doris Shirt, visit my Print Mighty store. If you want a Doris print – I have the last of 3 – please contact me.

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.

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!

BLACK CHROME!

So after my spiel about BLACK it should come as no surprise that one of my favouritest bands ever! is Black Chrome.   And I was lucky enough to design a t-shirt for them.

You can buy one from the band – they are available in red or black. I got the black shirt (shock!) as it has metallic silver ink in the print.  I’ve tried to capture the sparkly print in the detail shots.  The shirts fit really well (I was pleasantly surprised after getting mine as most band shirts are kinda shit), and they are only a meagre $20 each.

If you want a t-shirt you can order them from the band by contacting them at wokeupinthegutter@gmail.com. They have paypal too, if that helps.

Other BC links to check out are their Facebook page and Bandcamp, where you can download some of their older recordings for free.

Many thanks to Sarah-Kate & Li Roadkill for the t-shirt gig photo <3

 

The Shed

Part of our glorious Kiwi culture involves sheds.  They are important places to have. While I was growing up The Shed was a place you could clear out and have birthday parties in.  Paint cars. Fix cars.  Store tools. Build things in.  That sort of thing.  So it’s little surprise that I like to use mine as a studio space.

This wasn’t always the way with Shed.  Oh no. Shed had become a storage space for items last seen in Island Bay in the early 1970s.  Record players that used to belt out ABBA tunes to keep four year olds amused.  And then the records, and everyone else’s unwanted records.   At the start of this year, my brother returned home from Australia and he cleaned it all out.  It was amazing.  I helped some, well, very little actually, but I am incredibly grateful to my brother for completing this momentous task.  Thank you!!

So here is a small collection of photos of things I keep in my shed.  Please excuse me while I ruminate some …

I’ve got the rest of my Ngā Moemoeā (Dreams) series hanging along the western wall.  The first one in the set was sold to the H.B Williams Library here in Gisborne.  Then there’s a photo of a collage that used to be on the fridge in Queens Ave (my old flat in Balmoral), and the next photo shows a clock I added frilly bits to and an old photo from The Blooding.  Haha, what is the time indeed.  Next, a nun and her drunken goat army (because every nun needs one), positioned right next to Maleficent. The evil Disney Queen from Sleeping Beauty.  Mmmmm… feeling goth-stalgic yet?

Because I am.

Then there is Cernunnos.  I had him made for me, and he watches over All.  At his feet sits Elvis, a surprise gift! Then there is an old bottle with Siouxsie lyrics on it. You can see some old paintings in the background.  And finally, the Hank Poster from Black Chrome‘s first gig.

So there you go – a quick twirl around the shed. If you fancy a real dance one night, come over for a visit.

Mauri Ora!

Birthday Giveaway

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!

Sounds good eh?

Click here to take the survey

 

Mauri Ora ki a koutou katoa!

 

 

I LIKE TO ROCK

So earlier this year I spied a hand painted rock over at Jo Tito’s site.  I thought it was really mesmerising and the colours were really choice too.  So I asked Jo how much they were and she suggested we trade art.

I like trading art.  Trading is good.

And finally, yes, FINALLY I finished a little something to trade in return.

So, because this site is all about (fist) pumping out the pictures, here’s some of the piece I made and Jo’s Perfect Rock.

They were taken with my phone, using my favourite gadget.  The first one gives a reasonable shot of the shed and all the other things I got going on.

The small collage I made was done using an old frame, clothes dye and varnish.  The collage itself was constructed from some red envelopes I picked up at Wah Lees while in Auckland last.  And the background is filled with Aotearoa 666 stamps and a phrase in te reo Māori.

The last one shows my rock in my hot little hands. I love her! She’s sitting in an eastern pointing window sill, she can catch plenty of sun there in the mornings.

 

Rockin’! 😀