May 1, 2014

MAY 2014: TexASS Art Tour, yo!

Whelp…it's the month of MAY, so MAY i share something with ya?! I'm gonna be a damn, busy SHY BEE this month!
That's right, I'm loading up the tour bus with Microns, Haribo Gummi Bears, brushes, ink, art & farts & hitting the road for a TexASS Art Tour/May 2014!! I hope you can join me for ALL these events, but realistically I hope to see you at at least ONE of them. Let's see where the road will take us shall we?":
FIRST STOP, May 2nd: Austin, TX - Mindzai Creative
I luckily won't have far to go to kick this "tour" off, as I'll be sitting comfortable in my home base of Austin. The fine folks at Mindzai put on an art show every first Friday of each month & they asked me to join them for May. I(along with a few other rad artists) will have some original art(along with prints & goodies)up & for sale this evening at the Mindzai Creative gallery. I'll be debuting a newer 40"x30" acrylic/ink painting that I'm excited to share with you toooo(If you follow my Instagram, I've been sharing some process shots…) So I'll have around 15 pieces up & the show will run from 8-11pm w/ music, drinks, live art/screenprinting…ALL kinds of fun that you shouldn't miss out on. If you bring a blank shirt they'll even screen print my ALF design on it for FREE!
They'll also have it for sale along with other great mercy, so come enjoy a drink, some great art & let's hang out! This'll be a fun one, guys..
Click on the images above or HERE for all the info about this ARTXPLOSION event

The very next morning I'll be jumping in the tour van for a 3 hour drive to the border….:
SECOND STOP, May 3rd: Laredo, TX - Legacy Comics/Free Comic Book Day
Yep…back to LaRADo for my second consecutive Free Comic Book Day! Legacy Comics is THE BEST comic shop out there & I had so much fun last year doing signings/sketches with my brother & David Marquez that I was thrilled when they asked me back for this year's show. This FCBD is going to be HUGE with their new remodeled store which added a crazy amount of extra square footage & some cool guests like: my brother, Lance, Paul Maybury, studio roomie Nick Pitarra, Carlo Barberi, Tom Nguyen & David Angelo Roman. You's got's to come by for some free comics & maybe pick up some art from one of our ugly hands… It'll run 10am-7pm & all the info for the event can be found here. Yeah!
THIRD STOP, May 8th: San Antonio, TX - Alamo Drafthouse - HATCHET Trilogy!
Hatchet is one of my favorite slasher films. Victor Crowley has tapped into the horror community with his beautiful face & can easily stand toe to toe with any of the classic slashers of our time now that he's become a franchise with three movies. So why wouldn't you want to see ALL THREE OF THE HATCHET FILMS IN A ROW?!?!
The amazing folks at Alamo Drafthouse with Blood Thirsty Thursdays will be showing this bloody, movie marathon this coming Thursday & it's not going to be your average screening! This will be a fundraiser event for SCARES THAT CARE! which benefit women fighting breast cancer & sick children. They'll have signed goodies from Kane Hodder(Crowley) AND Tony Todd(Reverend Zombie), Fright Rags will be giving away some Hatchet shirts AND those that stay for ALL THREE MOVIES will go home with my Victor Crowley Monster MugShot print!(you may get one regardless though:):
Tickets are on sale now at the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes & it's only $15 for ALL THREE FILMS! Do not miss this chance to these gory gems on the big screen, in their unrated versions!
FOURTH STOP, May 10-11th & 17-18th: Austin, TX - Mindzai Creative WEST Austin Studio Tour
So I'll be heading back to lovely, homely Austin AND Mindzai Creative as their studio is included in the 3rd Annual West Austin Studio Tour. WEST is a free, self-guided tour that shows off a butt load of the talent in Austin. Everyone's invited to check out working studios learning about techniques & tools while supporting the local artists doing their thing. As mentioned above, I'll have about 15 pieces up & for sale & will be hanging out at Mindzai Creative as well as checking out ALL the other amazing art/studios in West Austin. I urge you all to check it out & get inspired!
My next "Art Tour" stop will be at yet another Alamo Drafthouse cinema…this time in a little German town:
FIFTH STOP, May 22nd: New Braunfels, TX - Alamo Drafthouse - SLEEPAWAY CAMP
We're continuing the horror with the cult classic, 80's flick: Sleepaway Camp. If you haven't seen this movie then you're still unaware of THE BIGGEST TWIST ENDING in not only horror films, but ANY movie of all time! This showing will be the Sleepaway Camp BluRay pre-release party for SCREAM FACTORY & the first Blood Thirsty Thursdays at the New Braunfels location. There will be giveaways including my ANGELA Monster Mugshot print. There will be 40 signed prints, so grab a ticket to the show & take her home with you! Here's some info for ya where they'll also release when the tix go on sale..
Guess who's birthday party I'll be going to on THIS day?…that's right! Mr. Stephen Patrick Morrissey's: 
I've been a HUGE fan of his &, of course, The Smiths for a loooooong time now, so to get to see him perform on his birthday in Texas at a SOLD OUT intimate venue is something super duper special. I know this doesn't really fit in with my TexASS Art Tour, but I just wanted to share my excitement. Here's a terrible, little watercolor picture I did of him about six years ago to keep with the art theme….i guess:

I'll try to also leave a 'Free Art Bag' of goodies somewhere in Dallas too, so follow me on Twitter &/or Instagram to find the secret location & get a chance at grabbing it!
SEVENTH STOP, May 23-26th: Houston, TX - Comicpalooza
And the final stop of my May 2014 Art Tour takes me back to Houston, TX for my third straight year at Comicpalooza. I love this convention & I'm excited to show at it with my brother, Lance, once again. I'll do another post for this show closer to the event as I'll be doing a new Monster MugShot for it & will share it when it's finally done, so please check back for more info.

So that's that. Six Texas cities in one month, spreading my gracefully grotesque art all over people's faces & high fiving the whole way. I really hope you can some out for some of these events so we can stare into each other's eyes & enjoy this life in each other's presence for a short time….that sounds like fun. So I'll see you then, friends!!
Oh yeah!…go listen to The Movie Crypt's newest podcast with amigos Adam Green (of HATCHET fame….speaking of which), the sexy Joe Lynch & their guest: super high-fiving badass, Alex Pardee, who gives me a "Schibi Shoutout" this episode. With Alex being the guy who inspired me to go freelance when I met him years ago, I always draw inspiration from artists like him & this particular podcast delivers…it's a must listen for any creator out there. Here's some artwork I did for The Movie Crypt as it's become by Monday ritual when Geek Nation posts the new ones:
I always look forward to sticking on my headphones & inking away at my table while Adam & Joe fill my earholes with hilarious knowledge & entertainment. GO LISTEN TO THEM ALLLLLLLLLLLLL!
Okay…Hope to see you in either Austin, Laredo, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Dallas or you guys…mean it. 

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