This is a mural that I designed along with Factory North and hand-painted inside Portland's new Beijing-style restaurant, Danwei Canting. The painted scene is the result of a huge collaboration of ideas between the Danwei owners and myself, topped with a green light to "get weird", which I love. The final product is a mash-up of Pacific Northwest and Chinese landscapes and more than a few visual nods to Chinese culture. The "space baby" itself is inspired by the official Portland city seal used in the 1940s and 50s. Beautiful photos by: Dina Avila
Q: Who is Five Eight?
A: Only the greatest band you've probably never heard of. These guys blew my mind and my ears drums, and even scared me a little bit, way back in 1994, and ever since they've been putting out the most energetic and vulnerable rock and roll on the planet. Ok, that's biased but I love this band. And this is a poster for a show at The End in Nashville, TN...Music City, y'all.
Coming soon! Some new work for a special client with some serious talent for brewing kombucha! Stay tuned ...
Q: What the heck?! There's some anatomical issues with this "zebra" that you obviously overlooked! That, or you're drunk.
This past year Coava Coffee Roasters overhauled their entire website with the help of Factory North and Human Shapes, and I was asked to provide illustrations for various sections of the site. Experience the new site here.
Art Direction: Tyler Segel and Nicole Sakai
Development: Human Shapes
A rejected tee shirt idea that still makes me happy.
A crossword style poster made just for fun. See if you can find all the words your dad used to say when you broke something expensive in the house as a kid.
Q: Some branding?
A: Yep. Identity and some fun packaging for a select line from southern Oregon's Ananda Farms. Stay tuned ... lots more to come!
Q: Whats this?
A: It's a tee shirt graphic commissioned by the good folks of Ore-Cal Sportswear! Check out their inaugural line of clothes here, and you'll fully understand the post-coitus situation depicted here. Damn fine people at Ore-Cal and I'm stoked to know them! Art Direction: Bob Smith.
Not much explanation needed for this one. A bunch of middle fingers aimed at the new POTUS, who I hear is really opposed to people taking refuge in our country.
Each tee shirt is $23, and $5 of that will go to the International Refugee Assistance Project, in honor of the new President. The rest goes to the printer. Yes, finally you can wear your thoughts on a tee-shirt and it will make a difference.
Q: What's this about? They're all blue!
A: I know, it's because the original drawing was called Out of the Blue, Into the Black. Based on the Neil Young song Hey Hey, My My. Then I decided to keep going with it and make more illustrations based on his lyrics, with the simple color limitations and just the one object per image. I'm doing this to practice editorial illustrations because I want to attract more editorial work and I want to be good at it. And it allows me to listen to more Neil, which is good.
My submission to the Portland Mercury's "Resistance & Rallies" section in response to everything surrounding the Trump election.
Q: Whaaaaaaaat is this?
A: The Beatles White Album is on Spotify now so why not start a new series of drawings inspired by some of the songs?! Yup. Stay tuned, more to come!
UPDATE: All of my proceeds from this tee-shirt will be donated to MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) which supports immigrants and families of immigrants here in the USA. Each donation will be made in the name of Jeff Sessions, the appointed Attorney General and well-known enemy of immigrants in Donald Trump's administration.
Q: Is that Spanish? What does it say?
A: It says: "We want a world without borders!". This is a tee-shirt I made for myself and my partner so that we could express our support for refugees and immigrants around the world who are forced out of their homes by economics, war, etc. If you want one too, go here. No one is illegal!
Q: What's going on here? Tell me please.
A: Evil Rainbow. Web-comic in the works. He's a rainbow. He's a jerk. Stay tuned for more. And go here to purchase a sticker if you'd like!
Q: I live in Portland, can I buy this as a post card and mail it to friends and family?
A: Heck yeah! It is a 5 x 7 digitally printed post card, printed by Jakprints, and it is available for purchase here! Get at it!
Q: What's the meaning of this?!
A: It's an ongoing, self-initiated project where I draw the crazy, cosmic, sometimes psychedelic stuff my 3 year old son Milo says. The drawings are made specifically for Instagram but eventually shared elsewhere.
Q: Whoa! What is this?
A: Only my piece for the Love For Sale group exhibition at Land Gallery in Portland.
Q: What's that?
A: It's a Talking Heads themed Valentine's show!
Q: And you drew a sperm and semen themed, LP sized, rainbow colored, something or other thinking that this could be your awesome contribution to a show filled with your peers, heroes, mentors, and design-crushes?!
A: Yeah, I guess.
Q: What the hell is wrong with you?
A: Not sure.
Q: Do tell, what is Broth Bar? Also, I hate when people start questions with "do tell", so pretentious sounding. Anyway, go ahead.
A: Broth Bar is Portland's first dedicated bone broth cafe, and it is also the second project of the amazingly talented Tressa and Katie Yellig who run Salt Fire and Time, a community supported kitchen. I was lucky enough to be tasked with branding the business and developing collateral that gave it an elevated feel and could stand on its own next to SFT products, which will be sold in the cafe.
Q: So what is this and why is there a city balancing over the edge of a diving board?
A: Jeez, so many questions! I dont know, its just some imagery that was fun to cram together. It makes me feel like there's a little bit of serenity in the nice city scene but also a feeling that it all could come crashing down at any moment. It's temporary. Everything's temporary. It's something made just for fun, ok?! Buy it here if you want! Please.
Personal project that never got printed.
Q: I just clicked this, what's it all about?
A: Great question! This is lettering and pattern design I did at Factory North for a local Portland hair salon called Flux. Cool huh? They like it. This was lovingly and smartly and awesomely art directed by Tyler Segel and Nicole Sakai, the head wizards over at Factory North.
Q: What's Record Hounds?
A: A quick little branding project for some friends' pop-up record store in Louisiana. Also, the dog illustration is an accidental reference to my friend's dog Gunny who passed away long ago. Happy accidental immortalization!
Q: What's up with this?
A: It's something made just for fun, putting different objects in odd situations together, and practicing new illustration techniques. Definitely my favorite kind of thing to make. Like it? Buy a print here.
Q: What is GoSkatePDX?
A: Check it out here.
Q: Is this what you made?
A: Yep. They asked for something skate related or Portland related, so since I don't know shit about skating, I thought that a huge, classic looking 503 (the Portland area code) would be rad, AND it would be great practice for honing my painting skills.
My design for Art Takeover 2013. Thirty artists and designers were asked to create a piece based on an original Timbers Army chant to be screen-printed on a classic felt pennant. It was a rad show with lots of great work, and they raised alot of money for a great cause! Check it out. Photos by Cameron Sandage
Q: So what's this thing?
A: Something I made just for fun. Late nights, gettin' weird, you know. You can buy it here if you want!