A Stooge Till the End
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A word from the curator:
Comedy never dies. It just starts to smell funny after awhile.
Tell us the background of this design.
It's one of those ideas that pops into your head while half asleep that you need to quickly jot down on some scrap paper thats on your nightstand. The idea was that even though the Three Stooges comedy is a bit on the silly, violent slapstick style of comedy the fans of the stooges tend to be die hard fans. Myself being a Stooges fan; not only of the Three Stooges but also a Stooges, the seminal detroit punk outfit led by Iggy Pop, fan. I wanted something that would successfully depict both ideas. The Three Stooges, Moe, Larry and Curly as skulls typifying the die hard aspect of fans and the scroll with its hand drawn text mixed with the skulls for the Search and Destroy feel of the Stooges music. If not for anything else you'll have some very nicely drawn skulls.
How would you describe your style?
I've been asked that a few times and its always hard to answer. To do that is to pigeon hole myself into a style which I wouldn't really want to do. I like to draw in the style that fits the illustrative concept. I've got my little monsters I'm doing for a children's book that is greatly different from these skulls. If i were to describe it it would be I guess a bold, graphic comic book style minus the cape and tights. But its not engraved in stone.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you pick?
Somebody well know with a lot of exposure. If I can ride the coat tails of someone well established to get my proverbial foot in the right door, then thats what I'd do. But here's a nice list any way. If I had the opportunity to do a comic then it probably be with writers, Garth Ennis, Alan Moore, Robert Kirkman, Mark Milar, Peter Miligan. Artist wise, Barry Mcgee (twist), I'd say James Jean but I'd be too intimidated to do a good collab with him, Jeff Soto, but really I'd have fun collaborating with anyone. I've always enjoyed the concept of mixing of ideas and styles into a single image.
What historical figure do you most admire?
I'd say Leonardo Da Vinci. Dude must have some sort of genius. He did it all and did better than anyone else. Scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, musician. I mean who has the capability or time to do all that. Of course he's no George Carlin when it comes to comedy.
If you weren't designing shirts, what would you be doing?
Well luckily designing t-shirts isn't the only thing I do. Book illustrations, some comic work, logo design, graphic design, editorial art, pretty much anything creative is what I'd do and am doing.
Do you prefer Larry, Moe, or Curly?
Curly was the comic relief of the trio, Moe was the hard nosed father figure and Larry was the whiner. Each has their charm and one could not work with out the other. It would not work as a duo nor individually so you have to accept them all or none.
Reality tv vs. documentaries: which would win the battle?
Depends on the reality show your talking about and depends on the documentary you are talking about. The bachelor I would rather somebody clip my nipples to a car battery and shock the crap out of me rather than watch that garbage. Though I do enjoy Survivor and the Amazing Race. With documentaries you have some real good ones and then some pretty boring ones. Thinking about it I'd rather watch a boring documentary than a bad reality tv show. Documentaries for the win.
What is your favorite t-shirt color?
Right now its a burgundy, maroon, wine type color. I'm pretty sure that will change though
What has been your favorite vacation or travel experience?
Had fun going to Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios the weekend it first opened. That was cool. Then it always good to visit family in Costa Rica and in Panama.
Any shout outs?
Ah. The ever present shout out question. I guess the usual suspects. The kind folks here at Tee Fury that have been gracious enough to print my designs. And all those that have allowed me to make somewhat of a living as an artist.