NERD INTERESTS: COLLECTOR.

Several years ago I became obsessed with collecting art prints from my favorite artists.  I find my favorites online, at gallery openings, at comic-cons and craft fairs.   I like to think of myself as a “collector”.  After running out of space on my walls and money from my wallet I held myself back a bit.  This blog is a great space to share some of the artists I obsess over and work that I will eventually purchase.

One of my favorites would have to be Dave Perillo.  Right after becoming captivated with the show Breaking Bad I found ‘Jesse & Walter’s how to guide to not get rid of a body’ at my favorite Los Angeles Gallery 1988.  I love the step by step detail and the tension from that memorable Breaking Bad episode.  His work captures the essence of a movie spot on with a simple quote like “I’m your density” or “Thats no moon”.

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EYE POPPING POP ART.

Pop art has always been a style of art I’ve admired.  Roy Lichenstein, Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud are a few of my favorite artists of all time.  Bright colors, recognizable imagery drawn from popular media and products.  This style of art is a wonderful way to show whats going on in the world we live in.

Grégoire Guillemin, aka “Léon”, is a leader in the “Geek Art” movement.  His work celebrates science fiction, comic books, video games and pop culture icons. Consumerism, lust, gluttony and vanity are things that are explored in Léon work.  His artworks rediscover and reinvent styles through experimentation and a clean minimalist approach.

These pieces are so relevant to our generation.  The series “The Secret Life of Heroes” is just one of his mind blowing series is a that is a hilarious inside look at the hidden, colorful and slightly steamy, life of our most beloved heroes.  So called ‘innocent’ childhood favorites smoking cigarettes, taking selfies with Iphones, picking their nose, holding a gun and groping one another?  So rad!  I mean there’s nothing hotter than Superman eating a cheeseburger.  Mmmm yummy.

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http://www.greg-guillemin.com/85780/gallery

PLAY ON WORDS PLAY WITH MY HEART.

Greek artist and t-shirt designer Teo Zirinis is the clever mind behind HandsOffMyDinosaur!
His art has a great blend of puns, pop culture references and whimsy.
Whether its inanimate objects doing something silly, a play on words or your favorite character doing something out of character all of his work is great fun.

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The  delicious truth about Bloody Mary.
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I’m not sure if I’ll ever look at gumball machines the same again.
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The Iron Fry Throne.  Only the one true cheeseburger may rule the seven kingdoms.
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Dhalsim brings the heat to this ‘Street Barbecue’.  We all knew E. Honda would come to the party, being a heavy man that enjoys a steak or two.  I’m happy Zangief could make the party as well.
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Collecting those crystal blue rupees.
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The true danger of burned toast.
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A cheesy pun.
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“To be, or not to be:  that is the question.”  What else can Skeletor do at Castle Grayskull besides read tons of Shakespeare?
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What about Ring Kong?  This play on words is so simple and amazing.  I wonder if Peter Jackson would be down to throw a quick film together.  I would so be there!
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http://www.handsoffmydinosaur.com/
http://society6.com/artist/teozirinis

HEY NERD! EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES!

Graphic designer Darkchoocoolat aka Florent Rousseau has been creating some super fun nerdy art.  8 bit fruits and veggies can brighten up my day.  Pop culture anything always sparks my interest.
You should probably eat five fruits and vegetables a day to be in good health.  Its easy when they look this delicious and adorable.
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This health bar is super clever. Not a bad idea if you’d like to see some of your video game characters zombiefied. Something like this would be pretty useful in a game when you’ve died. Plus you gotta think that zombies have different character abilities. Sounds like a fun game to play if you ask me.
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What about everybody’s favorite Mario Bros mushroom? What about all your other favorite characters? The Eye of Sauron, Link, Robocop or Darth Vader? Mushrooms have to dress up for Halloween too ya know.
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Be careful At-At! Banana peels are dangerous.
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Lets not forget about our favorite Breaking Bad scalawag Walter White. Those of us that watched the show know he makes a killer breakfast for Walt Jr so why cant he make a delicious bread?  Actually maybe his bread would taste a little meth-y.
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Here’s the kawaii version of the same print. Besides, we all love inanimate objects with little faces.
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http://www.darkchoocoolat.com/
http://society6.com/darkchocolat

FAMOUS CHUNKIES.

I can easily say Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of the greatest movies of all time. I mean whats more amazing than animated characters mingling with real life people?  I went crazy for it when I was a kid.  I still get pretty pumped when I see animation fuse with real life objects.
Artist Alex Solis does amazing illustrations that are unique, fun and playful.
This series is called Stealing My Food
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He also is doing a series called Famous Chunkies. He illustrates recognizable pop culture figures as little fatties. I like the consistency of this series but it also has a strong message.
Usually when unhealthy eating is discussed it tends to come off as preachy and a little annoying. I think Alex Solis raises awareness without it being too much to digest….(see what I did there?)
Even though they are simply adorable, it gives you a little food for thought.  Some of these drawings make me think about cheeseburgers a little  more than usual.  Then it immediately makes me rethink eating that cheeseburger.

Ariel/Flounder/Sebastian from Little Mermaid
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Link from Legend of Zelda
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Ryu from Street Fighter
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Darth Vader from Star Wars
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The cool thing is that he experiments with different art styles and its never the same thing over and over.  He constantly posts super entertaining stuff on Instagram @alexmdc

The Ruler
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Real life Fruit Ninja
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Pencil Death: A little morbid and a little cutie 
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http://society6.com/artist/alexmdc

http://cargocollective.com/oddworx