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

 

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!

 

 

He Hono Tangata

You may or may not remember this painting from the previous post about Skulls.

Well, back then this painting was a work in progress. Now it has been finished and sent to it’s new home in Auckland.

The rerenga on the red ribbon reads – He Hono Tangata E Kore E Motu

and is taken from the whakataukī that says:

He hono tangata e kore e motu; ka pā he taura waka e motu.

Nā, ko te tikanga o taua, kāore e taea e ngā hononga te tāngata e whati.  Engari ki ō rātou whakaaro.  Ko tēnei whakataukī e whakamahi ana ki ngā kōrero e pā ana ki tētahi mārena.  Ki a au nei, ko te mea nui e pā ana ki tēnei taonga, ko te kōrero, ko te tikanga rānei.  Tērā pea, ko te tūmanako rawe hoki.  Ae, ko taua te mea nui e mauria ana e tēnei taonga.

The reo pākehā translation of this proverb is

A human bond cannot be severed, unlike a canoe rope, it cannot be severed.

This speaks about the permanency of marriage and betrothal, the closest western proverb I can think of is ‘the ties that bind’.

These loveskull paintings are absolute joys to paint.  Despite my tough, rough n guts exterior (lol) I’m a big softy and love love love! to hear that my friends are shacking up and settling down…  Life. I fucking love it.

So the idea and hopes and wishes behind this painting is to wish my two friends all the best for their marriage and a very long, loving and prosperous life. Two skulls pressed together to form a heart, all wrapped in a big red bow.  Ta daa!!

Mauri Ora ki a kōrua!

WHAT YOU NEED IS SOME HANKY ACTION, BABY

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