new favorite artist – Christoph Mueller

Last June I picked up an amazing t-shirt after following a link from Boing Boing.

Cigar Box Nation

Not so much because I’m into cigar box guitars (sure, i love ’em, but i don’t play well enough to need to own one), but because the design blew me away. It’s my of my favorite t-shirts.

My friend Cuddy asked me where to get the shirt (because he *is* into cigar box guitars. Alas, Cigar Box Nation doesn’t seem to have them anymore.

However, in digging up the original link, I found Christoph Mueller‘s site (the guy who designed the shirt, above).

If ever there was an artist who shares my aesthetic, it’s this guy. He’s simply amazing.

Check out his galleries. It’s all fabulous; his portraits of R Crumb and Bukowski alone are things I’d kill to own. His drawings of muscle cars, his logo designs, his crumb-esq women; they’re all just amazing.

The thing that made me compleyely love him, though, is his playing card designs.

You can’t buy these; they’re a concept he hasn’t actually done yet. If they were for sale I’d have them already, i don’t care what the cost.

He gave me permission to share a couple samples; the ace-of-spades designs, and my personal favorite, ‘lost at sea’.

These are beyond fabulous, and I must have them.

 
 
 
 

Aces of Spades

Lost At Sea Ace

Categories: art

Le Chagrin

I just ran across what I find to be a stunning collection of artistic erotic images (pretty porn), on a Tumblr blog called “Le Chagrin”.

This site is decidedly NSFW, so don’t click if your boss is standing behind you – http://chagrin.tumblr.com/

What I like about this site – aside from just pure hotness – is that it’s a completely non-themed collection defined by one thing; beauty. Every single picture I’ve seen is artistically gorgeous. But it doesn’t suffer from the tendency some ‘artistic’ erotica sites have, of mistaking demure and soft-core for artistic; many of these pictures are profoundly hard-core (there’s plenty of fucking, plenty of pegging, plenty of cock-sucking and come). But there’s also a lot of romantic imagery; that’s one of the things I love. There are photos of couples kissing, embracing, and even sleeping.

There are images where the erotic content is implied, and many where it’s front and center. The selections below are chosen because they’re all work safe, but trust me, the first page you hit from the link above is a profoundly hot pegging image, so don’t be fooled by these.

(Thanks to the beautiful and talented Monica for sending me a link to this site)

Join or Die

I think I’m in love with Justine Lai.

This is a bit of her ‘Join or Die’ series. In her words:

“In Join Or Die, I paint myself having sex with the Presidents of the United States in chronological order. I am interested in humanizing and demythologizing the Presidents by addressing their public legacies and private lives. “

(you can read the whole statement here)


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Art for Arts’s Sake

Thirty-four student artists from public schools throughout the county were honored when their work was accepted for display at the COE. Their work—selected from 280 submissions—now will hang alongside more than 600 other pieces that have been collected in the past 12 years.

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has been, for the past twelve years, been building an impressive collection of children’s artwork. I wasn’t aware of this until recently though.

From the SCCOE web site:

Thirty-four student artists from public schools throughout the county were honored when their work was accepted for display at the COE (County Office of Education). Their work—selected from 280 submissions—now will hang alongside more than 600 other pieces that have been collected in the past 12 years. We welcome visitors who want to stroll through our hallways and view the creations of our talented students.

My daughter Olivia was one of those selected this year. A month ago, we attended an unexpectedly moving awards ceremony, at which educators and major Bay Area arts figures spoke about the importance of art in both education, and life.

This year’s winners are here, and below is Olivia’s piece, which now hangs in the main hallway in the SCCOE building (click to see larger).

Yeah. Dad’s proud.