The textures in this series of letterpress mockups by Hydro74 (aka Joshua Smith) are almost tangible.
His story of becoming an artist is pretty inspirational, too:
Before I discovered illustration & design, my life was filled with tragedy, abuse, foster care and forced to figure out how to finish school when my family kicked me out because they were not getting money from the government to support me living with them. Instead of going back into the foster care system, I struggled to find places to stay just to finish school and start college. It wasn’t till a dark moment in my life that all hope came forth, it as a moment of self discovery and that moment of defiance. not defiance towards people, but towards my past and what was expected. I was never meant to be where I am, but because I found this hope in wanting to become rather than be defeated, I pushed forward and found meaning for a life that I wanted to give up on and the hope became the realization that it is only me that can change tomorrow. So Defiance was born and became a foundation of never giving up and knowing I can do better than yesterday. Thank you for taking time to read this.
Greg Escalante, a pioneer in the lowbrow and pop surrealist art scene, respected gallerist, and co-founder of Juxtapoz magazine, has died. He was 62. From the OC Weekly: A native of Los Alamitos and bond trader by profession, Escalante started scouring the art galleries and swap meets of Southern California in the 1980s to find […]
Calling cards were popular among a number of 1970s subcultures, including street gangs (previously) and CB radio enthusiasts. When two operators met off the airwaves and in real life, they called it “eyeballing.” William Hogan and David Titlow collected these fun cards for their new book Eyeball! Cards, out next week.
Micki Myers paints very realistic vegetables and fruit. Just one item in each case, floating in a pure existential realm of nutritious plant life. Pictured above is an apple. Here’s a pickle: Also, an obligatory banana.