SLUTO art

Maybe the problem in the end after all these mad years searching for the right place, the right woman, is that I am the real problem, a sickness for which there is no cure in sight.
— Sluto

Sluto is one of my favorite street artists that remains very under-the-radar, as he essentially rides a freight train from place to place, and doesn't have an official spot to call home. A somewhat admirable lifestyle for those who get tired of the same shit different day approach, but also a little bit extreme. He has three of his sidewalk scripts in Fishtown that I pass on a daily basis (the "nothing's changed/everything's changed" being my all-time favorite sidewalk anything), and when I stumbled upon this one in Brooklyn this weekend, I went down the rabbit hole trying to find out as much as I could about him. Well, to much disappointment, there's not much out there (seemingly on purpose), but the interview that I did find proved to be enough, as the above referenced quote has just now become maybe one of my top five favorite quotes ever. If there was ever a quote to really sum up what goes on in my fairly-twisted head, this might be the perfect one. But ultimately, everyone is their own worst enemy, you just have to admit it. Either way, if you ever stumble across some white cursive paint on the sidewalk with an undoubtedly thought-provoking statement, it's probably a Sluto. 

Oh Hello

So it's been almost a year since I updated my blog - sorry - but I'm back at it. I've been really missing the design/art/music scene, so I'm gonna be bulking up the site with more of that along the way. Music and art makes the world go 'round, after all. Or something like that. 

Anyway, just a bunch of interwebs inspiration I've been collecting below. Will be doing a bit of a rebrand in the near future, but for now, enjoy other people's work that I will post (mostly from that magic site called Pinterest). 

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My newest collection of art inspiration coming at ya.

I've been pretty much digging any and all collage-based art lately - especially the ones that mix pop art and illustration. Tyler Spangler's work has been a recent obsession, as is Ashley Edwards (both I just happened to stumble upon on Pinterest - who would've guessed...). Unless noted below, images found via Pinterest.

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So. I'm back.

Slowly heading into a somewhat-normal schedule again. July flew by without a single weekend to myself (not that I'm complaining - it was the best July ever - but I cannot wait to actually spend a full weekend in my apartment getting stuff done), and now early-August is entering mid-August, and I'm ready to get things back in order. Or just in order ("back" is probably not needed here).

I've been on a serious art streak lately (not that I'm ever not on an art streak - I pretty much live it - but you know..) and have been trying to get my desk/creative space and art supplies organized to get back on track with my hand-lettering and watercolor endeavors (more on that later). 

Looking forward to trying out all sorts of mixed media things this month, but here's a look into some of the art I've been admiring lately (general theme: everything)

Note: some of these are from Pinterest and are untitled/anonymous, but here a few links to the ones that are from external sources: kissing couplewoman undressingballoon tomatoespink/yellow mirror art, dripping faces portrait, Pantone art, land art.

PHILLY street ART

I feel like the best street art always starts popping up right before summer. Everyone is bored of the cold, bitter winter, and the first hint of warm sunshine has the best of us running to walls and covering them with whatever awesome concept comes to mind first. Philly has an amazing amount of incredible artists crammed into one (albeit large) city, and I would be lying if I said that wasn't one of my favorite things about this dirty/beautiful/crazy/perfectly un-perfect city. Here's a few local artists/artworks that I've been loving as of late (seriously though - that #PhillytheBern mural is everything).

Old Broads - my god, when I first saw one of these pieces pop up in Northern Liberties a while back, I thought it was the best thing I've seen in years. "Geriatric Philly", as she calls it, is pretty much exactly what I imagine the Fishtown millennials looking like in 40 years - probably myself included {-_-}. Either way, it's a completely fresh and welcomed addition to the lonely Philly walls, and I'm loving it.

(images below via Old Broads)

Amberellaxo - I'm a big believer in the simpler the art, the better, and Amberella's work nails it. You can find her pieces hidden all over Philly (in fact I took a pic of her work last night at Tattooed Mom's here), and it's the perfect mix of sweet and sour. Her "Cat Call" series "stems from daily life encounters on the street as a woman. The Cat Calls are placed back in their original habitat and are made to be just as public and uncomfortable as actual cat calling." (via Paradigm), and her goth hearts give candy hearts a run for their money.

(images below via Amberellaxo)

#PhillytheBern (Old Broads x Disto) - like I mentioned above, this mural is everything. Color, concept, general freaking awesome factor - can we get this on every street corner? Of course, I am a Bernie supporter, so I love it a little more than say, a Trump supporter would (I heard there are actually people out there that do in fact support him - crazy, right?) - but politics aside, I think we can all agree that this is just a good piece of street art. 

(image below via Streets Dept)

BOWIEdelphia

I've been working on a little side project in my spare time the past month or so that I'm calling BOWIEdelphia. I'm a big David Bowie fan, and way back when at UArts I did a little Bowie doodle that I ended up really digging. After hearing about his passing last month (seriously, a very sad day was had here), I decide to expand on that doodle and turn one Aladdin Sane design into 20 Aladdin Sane designs. From there I decide to turn 20 designs into 20 stickers - and 20 stickers into 100 stickers - and 100 stickers into Philadelphia bar art (because what else are you going to do with 100 Bowie stickers?)

So for the past few weeks I (and some friends here and there) have been slapping Bowie stickers in the Fishtown/Northern Liberties area (mostly dive-y bathrooms, don't want to rock the boat in the fancy ones -_-) - not so much as a tag, but as a tribute. Everyone needs a little Bowie in their life.

PHILADELPHIA, YOU'VE BEEN BOWIE-D.

Follow my Instagram to see more of my BOWIEdelphia posts - and other cool stuff (mostly dog and food related).

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It's been a hot minute since I posted some of my favorite art of the moment, but fear not, I got you covered. 

I've been really loving Joan Cornelia's work lately - it's super strange, but it's so addicting. His Instagram is one of my favorite follows - it never disappoints. 

I've also been working on a little project of my own, which I'll do a separate post on later, but it includes a lot of David Bowie designs and a lot of stickers. So so many stickers. And I guess a lot of Philly bathrooms too ;)

But in the meantime, enjoy some fresh art inspiration via Pinterest below. Happy weekend!

TATTOO stuffs

I finally got around to getting my new tattoo (quite a few months later than expected, but as always, life gets in the way), and it's almost fully healed enough that I can take some photos and it doesn't look like a giant disgusting scab still. And trust me, it was a giant disgusting scab for a while. I'll definitely need to get it touched up soon, but I'm pretty happy with the outcome! My bestie Em is getting the same one on her forearm soon (but in color, which will look great), so I'm really excited to see them together once she takes the plunge. Here's a few shots of the design in action:

I've also been in the midst of designing some bigger and more intricate pieces for my upper arm and assorted blank spaces on my lower forearm  (which will eventually - hopefully - become a sleeve at some point), which has been an ongoing effort. I think the hardest part of getting a tattoo isn't actually getting it, it's designing it - especially when you're a graphic designer who redesigns everything 30 times over. There's also so many beautiful pieces out that that inspire me, it's hard to try and come up with a cohesive design that incorporates a little bit of everything you want. Here's some recent Pinterest pieces I've been coveting big-time:

P.S. If you have any ideas or pieces you think I'd like - I'd love to see them! I'm always making inspiration boards full of great graphics and designs that I draw inspiration from all the time.