Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666 shirt design

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.

Inspiration

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.

Design

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 

 

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!

 

 

 

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!

May the 4th

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.


Competition Time!

Kia ora mai ra!

It’s that time of the year, when I celebrate another year of financial trading. Another year of getting older! And loving it.

Last year I ran a poster competition and two lucky winners each won a signed print. This year, the stakes are higher and I am giving away a hoody or t-shirt from the Print Mighty store. I’ve added 3 new designs; a full colour Kaiti Aki; a skull print design using the star logo; and Rangi the Raptor. Click on the following thumbnails for a good look at these designs:

Now, all you have to do is get your mates to like the Aotearoa 666 page on Facebook, and then post on the wall, saying they were sent by you.  The person who has generated the most likes, wins a garment of their choice!

Make sure they post on the wall, or I won’t know who sent them.

This competition is WORLDWIDE, and not just to those living in Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Because that’s how we ship!

I will announce the winner on May the 23rd.

Mauri Ora 🙂

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!

 

 

 

 

Know Thyself

Early next year some of my work will be in a group show.
It is called ‘Know Thyself’ and is an exhibition with 3 other women artists.

The show will be held at ‘The Winemakers Daughter’, a local cafe and winebar at 88 Grey Street right here in Gisborne.

We will be previewing the show on Friday 6 January 2012 at 6pm. Wine and nibbles are provided so please feel free to come along.

Ma te wa, have a very Merry Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year.

Nga mihi o te wa me te tau hou.

Mauri Ora!

T-shirts for all

To celebrate Deathpunkfest this year, I opened a clothing shop on printmighty. It features my illustrations on T-shirts, hoodys and bags.  There’s something there for Deathpunk demons and Ghouls in the hood.  All the products are printed and shipped by Print Mighty.

The link to the shop is http://aotearoa666.printmighty.co.nz

I will definitely be putting more full colour designs up here during 2012.

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

Deathpunkfest 2011

Been a bit quiet haven’t I? Well after the Peter Steele posters, I dived straight into Deathpunkfest 2011. That’s our annual gig for the Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666. We’re a bunch of denim-clad demons who like to get together, watch some fucking choice bands and have a laugh. Or several. This year was the 5th Deathpunkfest, and the Turbojugend has been plowing along since 2003.  Honestly, you couldn’t find a better bunch of people to rocknroll with. The gig was held in Napier earlier this month, you can read about the gig here.

And this is the poster I made this year.  It features a Poster Ghoul, inspired by the wonderful ladies in our Turbojugend. And skulls, of course.  And Pania of the Reef.  My way of acknowledging my Kahungungu links! This design was done entirely using Adobe Illustrator, based on reference photos I took myself. Totally DIY, mate! Punk fucking rock!

The skull flower in her hair is based on an actual hair clip I made, although I changed the colours in the poster to make it ‘pop’ more. If you ever bothered to look closer, you’ll see some fishy shapes and seaweed swimming around her. At that moment in time, the drunken captain on the MV Rena had smashed into the Astrolabe reef, off the coast of Tauranga. Tauranga Moana (it’s real name) is a few hours drive from Gisborne. What affects their ocean, eventually will affect us. The resulting oil spill is a major environmental tragedy, not just for the life forms on the reef itself, but for the surrounding tribes that the ocean sustain. It’s like tipping petrol into someone’s fridge. So, if you don’t give a fuck about the marine life, perhaps you might give one for the people it affected? If not, then just fuck off entirely and get. your. fucking. boat. off. our. reef!

And all of that went into making this poster.

Seee, I can be romantic! (To quote this awesome lady I know). And political, too. While making art. About going to a rock n roll show.

Mauri Ora!