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April 18, 2014Great art show tonight at the Fourth Wall Gallery in Boston. Kenji Nakayama is having his first solo show. Chris Faraone and I met up with him last week for interview and photos. Go check it out!
April 18, 2014Great art show tonight at the Fourth Wall Gallery in Boston. Kenji Nakayama is having his first solo show. Chris Faraone and I met up with him last week for interview and photos. Go check it out!
February 26, 2014Fellow Mid-westerners The Lawrence Arms have released a new album. The first in 8 years. And it’s stellar, but not like shitty Hoobastank's \”Stellar." I interviewed singer/bass player Brendan Kelly. We chatted up the Chicago native on his love of the beer, touring with Scott Stapp, and the new album "Metropole," released last month.
December 20, 20132013 was a great year in punk rock. It’s not dead, just morphed and sweaty. Here are my top ten punk chunks of the year.
December 19, 2013I finally saw "Cannonball" performed live! The Breederswere in Boston the other night covering the entirety of "Last Splash."
December 3, 2013If 14 year old Scott could talk to 31 year old Scott, he would be so thrilled. I interviewed Fat Mike of NOFXfor the Dig. He hasn’t done too many interviews during the band’s 25 year career, so he’s a bit surly, but it was worth it. Their show at House of Blues in Boston proved also that they’re still quite rad. I tried out my new camera, too! The bandlooks swell, even in high res!
October 2, 2013When I was 16, I bought the Cinema Beer Nuts VHS from Hopeless Records. It held a vast collection of punk and ska music videos. AFI, a hardcore band at the time, tapped right into my teenage need for loud, fast, hard music. They've developed widely over the past 15 years, I had the great pleasure of interviewing guitarist, Jade Puget recently as they head to Boston with a new album.Read why you should leave their junk alone when they're performing live.
September 20, 2013Throughout the year around the world, concert festivals take place. Some can be intensely odorous, full of terrible music or neon and come with an unhealthy dose of hacki sack. Others are a blissful 3 days of punk rock that get force you to walk about with a throbbing musical erection. This would be Riot Fest Chicago. The fest was chock full of gratifying, live punk music. Get the day-by-day run down complete with photos HERE!
May 3, 2013There's a great poster art show tonight in Boston at Upstatement. Screen-print mastery!
April 15, 2013The Boston Marathon has been hugely influential on me since I first saw it nine years ago. The city is full of joy bringing people together from around the world. It's a glimpse of Spring and a day to watch folks push their physical limits. It really is one of the most beautiful times in Boston. My heart goes out to everyone affected this week in the bombings. It's been very disappointing and upsetting. Boston will run again. Support those affected here.
April 12, 2013Running. Sometimes it just feels right. Head to DigBoston and read about gear to help you keep going! My words and photos will inspire you, maybe.
April 6, 2013Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art is now showing a mid-career survey of Barry McGee's work. He's damn good. I wrote all about his impact in art and on me here!
March 27, 2013Hot on the streets today: DigBoston's 5 Drink Minimum issue! I did the cover!
March 9, 2013Donuts and Sliders with Chicken and Waffles on the side. Oh my hometown culinary roots make me proud and bloated. The dig covered all the hotspots for comfort foods. I got some lovely photos and illustrations into this one.
March 7, 2013The Onion may have pooped all over our city, and had some solid points in the meantime, but hey, Menino still has moves no matter what they say.
March 5, 2013Hot damn, what a snotty treat for Boston. Last night Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder and local lads, the Acrobrats opened for the Queers. I got some sultry photos and video. Check it all out here!
January 30, 2013Although he puts an "A" in his version of "Murry" I can't help but think of Bill Murray as my favorite uncle who isn't directly related to me. He is a phenomenal actor and human being. With Groundhogs Day approaching, I am happy to announce the Bill Murray $3 Bill is available over at my Scoutmob shoppe! It's our right to Bill.
December 11, 2012There are an abundance of films being made in Boston. They aren't all enjoyable, or even stomachable, but Ted is a fine work of modern, crude comedy.
December 6, 2012This Fall, The Middle East Club has been showing some of my favorite bands. They've brought the beloved Japanther, OFF!, and Lagwagon to town recently and I've loved them all. Click those links and see excellent they were. If you like the bands, you'll enjoy it. If not, then well I apologize; you'll have to wait until I cover a band you love.
October 21, 2012The "Death of Childhood" show last night at Orchard was awesome. Tak Toyoshima put together a great group of adults with humorous stories. I'll post my epic Where's Waldo piece soon. Now, it's time to gear up for the holidays. I'm making some greeting cards with Catprint.com, they're a good bunch of folks. Enjoy the gorgeous New England weather out there today!
October 10, 2012My last name is spelled MURRY, no "A." I love and blame Bill Murray being so rad for my name being misconstrued. He is a phenomenal actor and human being. He holds a firm grip on the country's subconscious and regular conscious, therefore he deserves to be our next national bill.
October 4, 2012Orchard, the finest skate shop in Boston is having a group show "The Death of Childhood" in their Extension Gallery. I'll have there to make you laugh and cry. Come treat yourself to rad art from locals and beyond on October 20.
Sept. 17, 2012There are some damn fine record releases. See how I feel about them (spoiler alert: they're all bands I really like.) NOFX, Deerhoof, and Teenage Bottlerocket!
August 16, 2012My friends, we are in the final days of the summer's greatest two man art show. If you haven't seen the new work by Adam O'Day and myself, scramble over to Lord Hobo and indulge yourselves! If you're feeling lazy, you could just enjoy Jaws.
July 22, 2012Camping and wilderness are a great passion of mine. You may know this by now. I'm giddy with pride and joy over this Dig article.
July 20, 2012REFUSED were in Boston with OFF! Lives were changed, check out the review!.
July 10, 2012I designed a rad NEW T-SHIRT for the Dig, and it's even on sale through the end of the week! Get passionate about your paper.
July 2, 2012Super Precious Art Gallery has put together an art show of summer blockbuster art. I have a piece in the group show that is over at Trina's tonight.
June 21, 2012I have a new collection of paintings in a two man show with Adam O'Day. It kicks off tonight at 6:30pm at Lord Hobo. You can get a taste of the work in my fine art section, but the full effect is at the Hobo, yo! The show is up through August 22.
April 16, 2012Johnny Ramone's autobiography recently came out. A punk rock fan or not, this book is engaging based on his unique personality and views. I even whipped out candles to read it when Boston's power went out a few weeks ago! Here's the full coverage. It got me all worked up on my passion for punk, so I also did a fresh little Johnny illo.
The Boston Marathon wrapped up yesterday on a sweltering afternoon. Hopefully, readers and runners took my chafing advice!
March 21, 2012The good people of Glovebox have recently done a feature on my art studio! Since getting an apt with more space, that studio has been a major bonus. You'll also hear about my cat/assistant, Waffles.
Hitting the streets and web today with DigBoston is an article by Heather Vandenengel about local food. I scrawled out some illustrations with it and we're both quite proud of the whole result. Extra, extra, read all about it!
February 22, 2012Oh hey there. You haven't heard my sweet, familiar words in a while. I apologize. Don't think I wasn't thinking about you. It's been a great couple of months and I return to you with great news! I've been showing some art over at Allston's finest new cafe, Refuge Cafe. A collection of paintings have been up on the walls for a month with a multi-talented fella, Adam Lorusso. We're having a closing reception this Saturday, February 25 from 9pm - midnight. It should be a night of good fun, friends and art loving. One of my paintings is on the cover of Dig Boston right now as well!
December 7, 2011The Lincoln Arts Project! Opening TONIGHT! Bundles of new work to oogle over in the fine art section!
December 5, 2011The Lincoln Arts Project continues to come up with cool show ideas and I am very excited and proud to be a part of the fun! Opening this Friday is their Hundreds Show. All work is priced at either $100, $200 or $300. It's gonna rrrruuule! So come see fun art.. or not.. but you should.
October 28, 2011Happy Halloween, jerks! This weekend is full of spooky fun and art show receptions. Tonight in Waltham at the Lincoln Arts Project is the Boston Artist Collective show. It brings together a variety of great illustrators and artists in our area. And tomorrow night, Space 242 is having their annual Halloween show, but this year at the Fourth Wall Gallery in the Fenway area. Both are group shows I'm participating in and excited to dress up for, so look out for a giant plush hotdog-man!
October 18, 2011This month I have 7 new paintings in The Man Show up in Portsmouth, NH at the Three Graces Gallery. There are characters involved in woods murders, ill-dressed Ramones and more boozehounds! Over on the beloved, Fanartica site, I recently did an illustration of Milton of Office Space. He's falling for his new obsession of Skyline Chili! Don't forget about good old NOFX who just played in Boston!
October 4, 2011It's National Taco Day! Check out the art show and festivities tonight in Union Square! It's Taco Time!
September 28, 2011I'm a little late on the post, but last week was the MICE show (Massachusetts Comics Expo) in Cambridge, MA. I had a great time hanging with fellow AIB alumni Ellen Crenshaw, Renee Kurilla, Keith Zulawnick, Michael Rapa, Julia Denos, and Amanda Atkins. They're a ridiculously talented group! Don't forget we're pretty much all on Fanartica, where illustrative dreams come true!
September 21, 20111,2,3,4, there's an art show tonight! It's a over at North Star in Boston from 8-11pm!
September 13, 2011For starters, today is my brothers birthday, so this is for him: Go to hell y'old bastehd. Next up, the Bombay art show at the Mills Gallery. A little over a month ago I did some live painting for the Bombay art series. 5 other artists did the same throughout the series and now we're all converging our work for a show that's opening this Saturday from 4-7pm! Next week is the Mice show with new goodies, so stay tuned!
August 11, 2011There's a swell new tshirt for sale at my easy site! It's the hot dog and taco lovers coming together once again. I call it Condiments with Benefits. Go get them for yourself and/or the one you love!
August 5, 2011My pals Ellen Crenshaw and her hubs Matt Boehm have started a club of illustrators on Tumblr called Fanartica. The idea is that we illustrate pop culture heroes every couple of weeks. It's already off to a splat of a start with a focus on 90's Nickelodeon characters. I honed in on Pete and Artie for this one.
July 27, 2011Do you like imagining what I look like when I create art? You do, really? That's weird. Well tonight I'll be at Church in Boston doing some live painting while everyone drinks booze. Details here!
July 19, 2011The Dwarves were in town this weekend. Here's the highlights of the show!
June 29, 2011Having the Bouncing Souls in town last week is now on the highlight reel of my life. Indulge in photos and videos from Night Three and Four.
June 24, 2011Night number two of The Bouncing Souls in Boston was epic. Photos and videos of the magic.
June 23, 2011Night number one of The Bouncing Souls in Boston was beautiful. Photos and videos of the glory.
June 22, 2011The Bouncing Souls are playing all eight albums across a four night stretch here in Boston. I got a phoner with the lead singer, Greg. It's in the dig this week! You can also read it here-we-go.
May 10, 2011I'm quite in love with this new album by Le Butcherettes. It's a rather noisy, explosion of good.
May 7, 2011The Hive Gallery is having another May group show LA. I'll have a piece hanging and they're promoting that the show has "Sexy Elves," so check it out! As for you, Boston, pick up a copy of the dig this week. J.Pat Brown and I put together an uncle moneybags spin on our Mother's Day/Spring Dining special issue, called "Momopoly."AND a review of Teenage Bottlerocket's re-release of "Another Way." Have a great Mother's Day, Moms!
April 21, 2011My older brother, Jeff, and I collaborated on our first app for this Easter. I illustrate and designed it, he made it functional. It's a memory based game in which you match rotting bunnies and other decrepit zombie creatures. Zombie Easter is available now and free for download! The creepy soundtrack in the background is scored by me as well. I'm sorry to say it's not functional on iPhones just yet, but everyone else enjoy!
April 8, 2011The hot dog and taco relations will not come to an end. They just get along so well! I recently had some 3 inch stickers made by Sticker Mule of a young couple in love. Hot dog, meet Taco. Oh, you kids are so cute together. If you want one, shoot me an email with your address and I'll send one along for free (max 15 peeps, I'm not Daddy Warbucks, here). Thanks Sticker Mule, great stuff!
March 16, 2011Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is having their annual auction again via the "Pin Project". They asked me if I'd like to paint another pin and I was eager to tackle the wobbly surface once more. Lucha 4 Life was my creation, another surly character with chest hair, a rad tattoo and a penchant for livin' lucha. My wife, Jana, painted a pin as well and stitched some amazing sailboat sails creating a boat-pin. Our friend, Ellen, painted up a bee inspired beaute. So feel good and get some gold by bidding on these pins to help the kids.
March 10, 2011The Dig put out its beloved 5 Drink Minimum this week. Our writers put their livers on the line and took to drinking at live shows this time around. One guy even did his time at a Motorhead show! I loved assembling the layout with a gritty appearance and am very proud of the booze-blaze cover that I illustrated. I worked from the classic Jimi Hendrix hunched over his burning guitar motif for inspiration. And for your reference, that is a "Flaming Homer" in the middle.
March 2, 2011Well... James Franco didn't win an Oscar and was chastised for a lackluster Oscar hosting. BUT, I had the pleasure of reviewing 127 Hours for the paper this week. It's the story of Aron Ralston, the gent that had to cut off his own arm to free himself from a boulder. It's an unbelievable story and fine film.
February 1, 2011It's time to battle the snow piles in New England and get out into the world. Specifically, visit Space242 for the Heroes vs Villains show! Blif, Bam! I'm showing a new piece in this group exhibit. You can also head North to Portsmouth, NH to the Teeny Tiny Art Show #8 at the Three Graces Gallery. Fellow AIB artists, Ellen Crenshaw and Amanda Atkins are up there too, so it's a win, win for art lovers! Not so art related is my love of Skyline chili from Cincinnati, OH. Last week I won their Skyline Story of the week for my joyous experience with fellow Skylinites in Boston.
January 13, 2011Me oh my, time flies when the holidays are nearby. My last review for the Dig last year was of Goldeneye for the Wii. If you loved this game growing up, you're bound to love this one even more. Try it, it's worth it. Looking forward, 2011 will bring grand new adventures! I'm most excited to now be the Art Director at Dig Publishing. I look forward to working on spreading good in this city!
November 24, 2010All the hassles of the airport around this holiday season lit my imagination on fire. It's awkward for everyone involved. I blasted out an illustration for the cover of the Weekly Dig to hit the streets as people prepare for travel. DigBoston has it up right now as the background and near the bottom. Grab an issue off the street, too! (Also in the illustration section) Gearing up for the holidays there are new greeting cards available on my etsy site featuring a lumberjack! Grab a pack and share with your friends! And finally, Screeching Weasel re-released Television City dream, and it's a doozy. Click that there link to read about it. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 20, 2010Happy weekend my dear friends! Just wanted to share my review of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. It's a personal look at his life from friend, and director, Tamra Davis. There are also some fun, new print designs in the design section as well, which I realized had been neglected for a while!
November 10, 2010Last weekend the Beer Brothers, Jason and Todd Alstrom put on their annual Belgian Beer Fest here in Boston. I design and layout the guides as part of Beer Advocate, and was very excited when they wanted to go with an illustrated cover. They suggested something cartoony, like old Belgian beer labels. I drew some upbeat 50s animation style charaters,and with a simple couple of details... wah-la! The drawings became the bros. The comical final cover came out rather amusingly.
November 1, 2010Ever wonder about my inner thoughts and feelings? If anyone answered yes I apologize, but will not be taking a long walk on the beach with you. On the upside, I recently did a Q&A with Ryan of the Art Institute of Boston's illustration blog. You may never learn about how I feel about zebras or sprinkles in my ice cream, but at least you'll learn my feelings for Jay Leno.
October 26, 2010Sultry Vampiresses oh my! My five newest paintings from the Halloween 242 show are now in the fine art section. The opening was a real hoot with inventive costumes and a good crowd! There will be a second Halloween art celebration this Friday at 242 as well. Finally: reduced prices of rad art from previous shows on Etsy since my wedding isn't paying itself off, and something to get you in the Halloween spirit! Now quick, go get together your goth Elmo costume!
October 22, 2010It's a hot week in Boston! There have been top notch punk shows including Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls, Teenage Bottlerocket, MeFirst, and Cobra Skulls this week. I had a brief phone chat with Devin of the Cobra Skulls for an article in the Dig this week. They were an amazing live band, playing super tight and with great energy. Taylor also asked me to do a quick pumpkin beer illustration for the Beer Advocate article in the Dig. The best news of the week, however is the halloween show at Space 242 where I've hung 5 delicate subjects. If you're in the area (South End) come check it out!
October 16, 2010This week Space 242 is having a Halloween inspired show! I'll have 5 new pieces up displaying sultry vampire women, a boozehound, and a smoking frankenstein. I've been working on watercolor paper with acrylic paint and building up the surface by adding layers of gloss medium. The backgrounds are a watercolory texture I got from teabagging the paper initially. I'm quite proud of the new mini collection, so join the "costume encouraged" opening this Friday, October 22 from 6-8pm. ALSO, I have freshly reduced prices of great artwork from previous shows on my Etsy site! Why? 'Cuz this wedding isn't paying itself off!
September 29, 2010Are you a fan of David Choe? He's one of the most multi-talented artists of our time. He released a book about his life and work recently. It's a personal, layered look into who he is. I reviewed the book this week in Boston's Weekly Dig. Thanks Chronicle Books!
August 29, 2010This is a good week for lovers of my art, so I'm speaking to all 2 of you! I have a couple of new paintings about
kitschy, fisherman souvenirs. I remember my older brother always had one in his room and they've become a source of inspiration in my work space as well. These weathered individuals will be showing in Portsmouth, NH starting Friday along with some Conan O'Brien inspired watercolors. The opening will be from 5-8pm at
Three Graces Gallery. If you're in Los Angeles, stroll by The Hive Gallery where I also have a piece in a group show; opening Saturday.
August 11, 2010Lots of action at the paper! Last week, my Weekly Dig cohort, Taylor Seidler, had me illustrate a food piece about oysters and liquid nitrogen. It was fun to explore textures and mark-making to express the different objects. This week I reviewed The Dopamines' new record. They're a fun, blazing punk band from my dear old hometown of Cincinnati. They're playing Boston this Sunday! Come raise a brew and sing along. Also, stay tuned for details on an upcoming Teeny Tiny show in early September at the Three Graces Gallery.
July 26, 2010In the July edition of Beer Advocate magazine I illustrated a guy rediscovering the British empire and enjoying their tasty brew along the way. Deep in Tour de France fever when I read this piece, I was very excited to illustrate a cyclist in fervently charged pace. I completed the line work with a brush pen this time as well to loosen up. It was a fun change of line! Pedal on over! PS - Andy Schleck should've won, but will be on top next year, no doubt!.
July 8, 2010My wedding this past May was a blast. Me and the missus have been together for a long time and it feels great to have her as my wife now. We did a lot of hands on projects with our big day to make things more unique and of our own flavor. It was a lot of fun collaborating and brainstorming on the details. I'll be posting more goods in the days to come, but for now I've posted the invites and RSVPs (one of my favorite pieces. I'm very proud of the end result). Our day was sunny, gorgeous and all around amazing. Thanks to friends and family for being there and making it memorable in epic proportions.
June 2, 2010Last fall my dear Christine Liu got a new condo. She loved the space but didn't feel like it had enough personality. She hired me on to paint her kitchen with a roughly 7 ft x 6.5 ft mural, or as we affectionately called it, a "smural." Through process of sketching and laughing up new ideas it came to a scene essentially of a cat with lazer eyes exploding something in the sky, thus raining food and feeding the people. It was a lot of fun to work on and has been mentioned in today's Boston Metro. Snag a copy of the daily rag if you're in the city, otherwise enjoy the link here!
May 7, 2010My lousy older brother likes to call me every time his company sends him to California, just to rub it in that he's enjoying a Double Double burger. They are an American past time stuck in the past time, and that's part of why they're so epic. Are you enjoying In N' Out burgers in sweet, sunny LA right now I ask? If so, send me a fry and also make your way to The Hive Gallery where I'm showing a couple of pieces right now for their May exhibit. They're a fun, eclectic gallery so I'm happy to be in it!
April 16, 2010Wow, busy times in Smurryville. I'm getting hitched in May and the many fun projects associated with that are dominating my time. Jana (the missus) and I have been making some rad stuff that I'll be sure to post here soon. In the meantime, you can enjoy my review of NYC artist Grotesk that ran in Boston's Weekly Dig this week. He's a designer/illustrator fella with a killer, classic style. Think 50s meets modern Brooklyn culture.
March 11, 2010Now is your time to care about the children! Bidding has begun for The Pin Project with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah. Lumberjack Gus is over there lookin' super surly and burly. He'll bowl you over. Pun score: 1.
February 19, 2010Tonight at my dear old Art Academy of Cincinnati the annual minumental exhibition was held! Artists create whatever their little hearts desire as long as 2 inches aren't surpassed in any dimension. The show will be on view through March 12. I focused on a creative mind who you may have noticed is near and dear to my heart:
Conan O Brien. I submitted five pieces. Comic the Insult Dog in the upper right of that link didn't make the cut. It was fun to play with watercolor again!
February 5, 2010Should you happen to be in the Portsmouth, NH area tonight, come indulge your eyes at this group art show I'm participating in through March 1st! The opening is 5-8pm at Three Graces Gallery. Kick off the delectable viewing with Sneaky Squirrel. I have 3 new pieces that relate back to my love of the outdoors and weird characters. Portsmouth is a rad New England town, I myself can't wait to wander their nook.
January 23, 2010Did you catch the final episode of "The Tonight Show with Conan O' Brien?" It was true to his form of his humor and quality. I've been watching him on NBC since I was a kid in the early nineties; he's an inspiration that has always made me laugh and sent me to bed with a smile. Thanks Coco, I truly hope to see you soon.
January 20, 2010Menacing... menacing yet lovable. This is how I would describe Lumberjack Gus,(in fine art) a bowling pin I painted and made a hat for. Gus will be part of an online auction raising funds and benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.
"Won't someone think of the children??" I'll post the link when the auction begins in February and you can help those little kids out there... or just selfishly enjoy the art. Geez, you're selfish!
In the pages of the Dig, I reviewed some good stuff:
The new Bouncing Souls album and a design book, "Dirty Fingernails."
January 13, 2010When I transferred to AIB, Robert Kaufman was the dean of the illustration dept. I took a number of classes with him through the years. He was always willing to listen to me ramble in his office about my ambitions and intentions with my work. I don't know that we fully understood each other, but he was always a listener and provided good feedback. I always appreciated that he would yell at students for doing crap work and not following assignments. It's important for a teacher to whip their kids into shape; that's how you know they care about your goals!
Sadly, he passed away last Friday. He was a great teacher and a humorous man. Thanks Kaufman.
December 24, 2009Merry Holidays my friends! Tis the season to post some updates. I put in some new illustrations and design bits. There's a lovely holiday e-card I made for the Dig as well as the STD I designed for the missus and I. We've been having a fun start to the winter season, with truck loads of snow being delivered out of the sky's mouth-hole. I haven't made a fire escape snowman... yet. Thanks to everyone for supporting the greeting cards, your recipients of those will be overjoyed indeed. Happy holidays to all and to all a good night!
Nov 15, 2009
Warmly greet your friends and family this season with adorable, original cards! They're blank on the inside, so they can be your thank you cards, party invites or deer enthusiast cards. Showcasing the "All Knowing Deer" from the "Dicks and Jane" show last December, these little gems are available on my etsy site.
Click the link above to get your set!
Oct 22, 2009It's been a fun fall full of weddings. Have you ever seen your friends get married in a castle with a pirate/renaissance theme? Jana and I did just that over the weekend in Ohio. I also happily ate too much White Castle and Skyline. I'm pretty sure I'd gain the freshman 50 if I moved back.
Don't you love owning original artwork? I hope so, because there are some paintings available from the "Dirty Duality" show that I've now posted on etsy. I created the cover for this year's Belgian Beer Fest, as well as a fun ad for a
New Hampshire Beer Fest. I'm still enjoying the woodsy, outdoor, rustic animal type of theme. It's in my blood!
I'm sure you can expect more burly stuff this year!
On the literary front, I got to interview
Teenage Bottlerocket. They're an awesome punk band from Wyoming on tour so check your local music listings!
Sept 12, 2009YES! I've put up nearly all the pieces from my new show, "Dirty Duality." It went really well, my romantic installation with hand sewn hot dog and taco were alluring to all. I had the Phil Collins going, some candles for ambiance; it really set the mood for taking in the new collection! There are a few things I'll further update Monday, but the brunt of the collection can be seen in the fine art section. Thanks to everyone that came out and for all the support! Now it's off to Montreal with the missus to see our beloved Guttermouth! Fun times, eh?
August 27, 2009"Dirty Duality" at Space 242 tomorrow night! It's new paintings galore. Come enjoy the opening from 6-8pm. I'm beginning to upload images on the site here as well. "The Moustache That Melts All" and "Pigeon at 2pm" are now in the Fine Art section. Unrelated, but certainly awesome... congrats to my brother and sis-in-law on their newest addition! Hopefully you decide to name her Scottina.
August 16, 2009Are you excited like I'm excited for my upcoming show "Dirty Duality" at Space 242? It's less than 2 weeks away now. It looks like I'll have right around 20 new pieces with an installation as well. There will be hot dogs and tacos! (disclaimer: hot dogs and tacos may not be edible.)
August 1, 2009My buddy Jan is in this great band, Yes Giantess. They're hitting the road to tour and he asked me to make a shirt design based off their lyrics. They're pretty damn funny and were a blast to work with. Ice cream melts away in the poor lad's hands.
July 25, 2009I'm been working many late nights and sunny days in my studio (corner of the apt) to prepare some rad paintings
for my show "Dirty Duality" at Space 242. It's all about characters and their seedy sides. That opening will be August 28 in Boston... so mark your calendars and
show up! Fellow AIB grads Ellen Crenshaw and
Amanda Atkins will also be presenting nice new collections. Underground HipHop needed a nice
new ad to brand their store and I was pretty pleased
with its outcome.
July 10, 2009Yes, it seems most illustrations posted are Beer Advocate illos. Well, here's more of that! Super Mash Bros and something Star Trek-y! Because you know Spock loves his brew, his Vulcan liver knows no limits!
June 17, 2009Ever visited Etsy, the website for artists and crafty folk to buy and sell their goods? Well I'm on there now! I have paintings for sale on there. It's smurder187.etsy.com
so go get your originals stat!
June 9, 2009I noticed the sketch section to be a little underloved. I have some favorites sketches from recent months though, so updated the section is. I'm all into doodling blue birds
right now for rad cousin Ryan.
May 1, 2009I'm showing 3 pieces in a group show at the Hive Gallery this weekend. So if you're in or around LA, check it out! Here's the new little Huffy Woodchuck that is part of the fun. If you're on the opposite coast, this weekend is the Mayfair in Harvard... as long as it doesn't get rained out! I created the cover and guide for this event through the Dig. It's a good spring festival of local music/arts to get the season rolling.
April 17, 2009This weekend is the Wine Riot put together by the good folks of Second Glass. Tyler Balliet of SG wanted to do up some temporary tattoos and I was more than happy to help on such a fun project...Wino 4 Ever! I hear Johnny Depp has this phrase on his forearm. Originally it was Winona from when they were like cinnamon and sugar on each other, but when that didn't work out he redid the tat to reflect his true love.
April 8, 2009Another Beer Advocate illo. The April article is about combining the best of the best to create a
March 16, 2009I've been getting to make some new print advertisements this week that I really like. Cask and Flagon's spring ad and a new look for Hong Kong in Harvard Square.
Feb 18, 2009Need something to do around Cincinnati this weekend?
Hit up the Art Academy of Cincinnati's 22nd annual "Minumental" show! Artists create work no larger than 2 inches in any direction. This show was always a favorite of mine in Cincy, and I'm showing 3 new little paintings in the theme of lumberjacks at this year's exhibit. The show opening is from 5:30-8:30pm on Friday, February 20. Directions here.
Feb 11, 2009Did you miss beer illos? There's a newbie to be seen!
Inner Beer Nerd. It's about scientifically splendorous ways of brewing brew.
Feb 3, 2009I added a couple friends from AIB on the links page.
Sam Hamilton and Chris O'Neill are both pretty rad illustrators. Enjoy their grandeur.
January 19, 2009Snake, my 80's metal alter-ego, has been an ongoing joke for some time now. Snake's band, Snake in the Bush, performed their only song ever written "I Need Love, Baby Don't Ya Know It?" with Josh Hill in a high school band competition. Snake has also been known to show up to many a party, drink heavily and say lewd things. Now there is a baseball sleeve shirt to commemorate the band! It'll be for sale over at the Dig site soon. Whooo!
December 29, 2008Merry post-Christmas! Still in the groove of painting the animals of the wilderness, I painted a buffalo for me mums.
December 11, 2008Tomorrow night is the grand opening of the show I'm in, Dicks and Jane. It'll be from 6-9pm at Space 242 with Tak Toyoshima and Taylor Seidler, my beloved dig design cohorts. It's a shame if you can't make it out, but you can view the whole wildernessy collection in my new fine arts section. (Thanks to Micah for putting that new section tab in!) All the paintings are for sale, so shoot me an email if you're looking for the perfect gift. Little Chimp Society, great resource of illustration, also put my work on the top of their main page as editor's choice today!
December 6, 2008Today I hung my new collection of paintings at Space242! It's a humorous theme of lumberjacks and grizzled characters. I've also created an installation to give the kitschy cabin feel. The opening is this Friday, December 12 from 6-9pm. Come visit! I'm very proud of this new collection. Directions and some info: Space 242
November 25, 2008As you warmly gather around with your loved ones this Thanksgiving, don't watch the Macy's parade or football. Cluster around the computer screen to watch my version of Pillow Talk. My dear BFF, Paul Fenech and I made this greatly low budget film about 6 years ago while I was in art school. Don't worry though, it isn't an "art film"
November 20, 2008Travis Milliard, aces illustrator, has put out a reference book about flatulence. I covered Farts in this week's paper. Everything about it is funny, but I admit it's the grimey art that pulls me in. Milliard is great!
November 5, 2008Alright Obama! I think that fella will do a lot of good. My Dwarves cover mentioned yesterday can now be seen on the Dig's website. The interview with Blag is up for fine reading as well.
November 4, 2008Today is your day to get out and vote, but don't mess it up and vote for old man McCain. Aside from that I'm pleased to say the great punk rock legends, the Dwarves, are in Boston this Saturday. I did an interview with their front man, Blag as well as the Dig cover this week! The illustration is in its section.
October 28, 2008Last week I spent some time with my gram in Montana and I had great research in Glacier Park for an upcoming group show in December. I was verbally assaulted by a squirrel in the woods even! The show will revolve around oafish hunters and lumberjacks in the great outdoors, so the setting was perfect inspiration. This week at Space 242 I'm participating in a Halloween group show, "Phantasmagoria" with 2 pieces. The newest is posted in my illos, so get all up in it. The opening will be at 6pm this Halloween Friday. Costumes are a go!
September 24, 2008The Dig will be releasing our annual manual to Boston entitled "Finder" this week. It's an overview of all the good stuff to do in Boston, not just touristy. We slaved for months, and may have put ourselves a few years closer to being senile in the process, but there's a lot of effort behind it and the thing looks sweet I must say. I've added a few of my ads from that, as well as a new BYOB drawing, check out the little beer helper!
September 17, 2008Beer Advocate featured sweet Cincinnati this month in their "Beer Destinations" and mentioned the city hosting this year's National Homebrewer's Conference. So I tapped in some Cincy references in my newly posted BYOB illo. Chris Sabo lives on! There are 6 Mass politicians lookin' fresh from this year's Boston Finder Guide as well.
July 29, 2008HUGE! Yes, huge additions to the design and illustration sections. I've added 4 new items in each section. Some freelance logos, paintings for friends, Beer Advocate work, etc. Check the shiz out!
July 25, 2008One small addition in the design section of a MAN-RAM logo. It's what I think he should make his new logo.
June 15, 2008I'll start with a Happy Father's Day to dear old Dennis, and follow with a "We're live now!"
Keep posted to this site as I'll be adding more delicious work. My gracious thanks to Micah Tischler for helping make this site possible, he's a programming wizard! So thanks for coming, and enjoy!.