I was invited to transform my studio at the Ansonia into a temporary bar, themed around Absolut’s Peppar flavor. The drink is accented with the taste of chili pepper, and I was paired with Virginia King, the queen bartender of Miami’s beloved Broken Shaker. The flavor lent itself it to Mexican iconograpfy, so I decked out the room with palms, a flower crucifix, giant paper mache Frida Kahlo bust, and transformed an automated fortune teller into an interactive shrine. Guests dropped tokens into the shrine, and the flower-laden gypsy would announce their lucky color, and vend a branded loteria card.
Brisk and Noisey teamed up to highlight what’s brewing (iced tea pun) in major cities across the US on the Brisk Bodega tour. I got mixed into the Miami date with this 8′ x 16′ mural. Every character is a shout to someone on the Miami event roster. From left to right you have, Raider Klan (top), DZA (bottom), personal Boston shout (top), Metro Zu (bottom), Strange Ways zine held by an everglades gator, Slow Roast Records piggy, and Big Booty South Beach chick with a Mike Duece bikini, and a Peachfuzz tattoo.
I asked the homies to doodle “teapot Elvis” and this is what happened:
20 artists see Teapot Elvis
5.5″ x 4.25″
black and white zine.
Travis Swain Pendlebury
MCA Evil Design
Mike Del Marmol
Danielle Knee Estefan
You can get the zine here.
I was invited to make an alternate cover for The Regular Show comic issue 2. I gave them a few options, and they chose the version where “everyone is probably on drugs”. Which was awesome, as it was the most fun to draw. I was just looking for a picture of the cover, for this post, and I discovered that it’s already being sold on ebay for twice the cover price! A small fortune!
I asked my new pals at KaBOOM if I could also make a short comic. I submitted a few ideas, and got approval to move forward on the one about Rigby’s tension with rollercoasters entitled “Thrill Baby”. It ended up in the first issue, and in a bunch of comic convention promo issues. Which rules. I wrote and drew it, and Maarta Laiho handled color. Thanks guys!
Look out for a story I wrote alongside Aaron Zimroth in a later issue!
Blanc Gallery presents |nfinite scro||
curated by Judd Katz
featuring work by Brian Butler and Cody DeFranco
Opening reception May 11th 6-11pm
Special collaborative video piece with Ghostdad and
rare dj set by Banana Seat
“In preparation for the show, Cody and Brian collaborated over email on a series of digital collages. A reacquiring theme of 90′s graphics and allusions to early Internet culture emerged, and a conversation about endlessly scrolling through news and photo feeds established the exhibition’s title Infinite Scroll.
Infinite Scroll showcases Brian’s collection of illustrative drawings on paper, alongside Cody’s recent collage work. Both artists share a background in printmaking and are well-versed in the use of layers to create detailed works of art. Brian’s drawings begin with a foundation of abstracted shapes to which he finds meaning before rendering them out with layers of gouache, ink, and graphite. Cody likens his collage work to the world of Photoshop, simulating the program’s masking and transparency options by hand. The product combines two complimentary bodies of work that sample recognizable New England icons alongside imagery that is symbolic of the years each artist spent growing up here.”
Sweat Records is a pillar in the Miami music scene. Naturally that was the first place I hit when I moved down here. I’ve had the pleasure of rocking the promo materials for their annual local showcase Sweatstock for the past 2 years.
Wounds are a loud band from Ireland. I designed their debut album and complimented their existing “W” emblem with some proper/aggro typography. Then we made some merch with an over-dressed tiger eating a naked chick in the tropics.