Monday, October 29, 2012

Son of Monsterpalooza..Hello to new folks i met this weekend

My first experience having a table at Son of Monsterpalooza was wonderful.  It was a great way to really premiere the Vintage Beauty Monster series of ceramic dead flower vases!  Thanks to all those who chatted us up and supported our table.  Those of you who visited and picked up cards saw there was just an email address or maybe handwritten direction to this blog; over the next few months I will be in the process of getting up a website and trying to make it easier to find your way to my new mug, print, art, etc. releases.  Until now,  please email me to be put on a mailing list and visit my Etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/junkhauler.  My releases are a bit sporadic as my schedule making monsters for films can be eratic, so thanks for hangin in there.


Thanks again all for a killer weekend and for checkin out my works!
p.s. I will post better photos of the individual ladies as i have time to shoot the ones who came back home

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Ocea Otica collaboration project....junkhauler applying his junk to others masterpieces











(lt to rt: Falin (Tiki Kaimuki), Notch, Miles (Munktiki), and junkhauler, after a lite night of drinking at book signing)






So it started at the announcement of a book signing at La Luz De Jesus on March 7th 2009 for Jay Strongman's Tiki Mugs: Pulp Artifacts of Polynesian Pop.











Or wait, a couple of steps back, other mug artists had already done so, think the Bosko and Tiki Diablo Left Coast Oki Oki mug and Squids work with Gecko, and I had been invited by Squid to customize one of his Luau pigs for an online show and Miles Nielsen had re released my extremely limited Zombie (moai) with his incredible glaze work in the Munktiki store, but it had been sporadic team efforts with years in between, and i wanted more opportunities.
Squid Luau Pigs show from a few years back seen here

So back to this line up of collabs....
I had many wonderful conversations with Jay during his time writing the book, spurned on by Sven Kirsten's directing Jay my way. Jay seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the material and had quite a history of interest and participation in the "tiki" community. I took the opportunity in our conversations to point him to other artists who had not been added to the list yet, and to sharing my knowledge about the artform as a whole.









Jay Strongman






When the book was slated to be released, a book signing and event night was set up to be hosted at Wacko/La Luz De Jesus Gallery. Billy Shire has a had a long time relationship with "tiki" artists and has had shows featuring Bosko, Miles Thompson, Heather Watts, Crazy Al, etc., and was an early retail spot to pick up Bosko mugs. Tiki Farm was in the mix and supplied Mai Tai's for the event.

(I had fired and glazed some ceramic paper bags from a ceramic shop for us to customize with stickers and painter markers and drink the mai tais from at the event, pictured left Falin's and mine right.)




So there being the back story, I started calling some of the out of towner artists, some who i only knew from years of phone conversations, to urge them to make the trek down. Excitement built as Tiki Kaimuki, Notch, and Miles from Munktiki all made a plan to come on down. In that time, and those conversations, i mentioned collaborations to some of the artists, and they brought either a mold or greenware down with them.
The signing was March 7th, I am just now releasing some that i finished and still have a few to fire. To this date, not sure if any of the other artists have worked on theirs, guess you could call it being on island time.
Only one of the mugs from this initial grouping have been displayed/sold, the Notch Roberto Loco mug i customized and made into Notch-O-Bob, pictured below.












His original edition can be seen here

So this month, aside form the aforementioned Notch Bob mug, I am starting to put these collaboration mugs up for purchase on Ebay. many of these are out of production mugs by the other artists, so they are also the last chance to add that artists design to your collection.
Last week the Tiki Tony X Ocea Otica Fatutu was up.....




















Tony released different versions of his Fatutu, which can be seen here

This week the first of the four stacked skull Munktiki X Ocea Otica mugs...more can bee seen in auction description, but these were from a single skull salt shaker mold. I cast and stacked three to make a mug, trimming where needed to make a long cylindrical mug. The original salt n pepper shakers can be seen here . The auction for the below mug, posted today, April 8th, here



















all four can be seen below:














Future releases will include a Tiki Tony Papua,below:



















I also have one of his small shrunken heads that i hope to make into a ceramic style cocktail coupe.
Tony's standard and handpainted editons can be seen here

The ceramic work is done, but have some lashing with shells to add, to a Tiki Kaimuki Skoai. I added a center bowl for the drink, turning the outer Kaimuki design into a weathered skin and stone version that will hold dry ice, releasing the "fog" form the eye areas.



















some of his originals can be seen here

And last, one i work on from time to time, and may take some time to finish, one of Notch's Ren Clark Tribute Severed Heads. His release can be seen here
I am excited about styling out one of his limited, long out of production tributes the the gruesome mug; the original Ren Clark has come to be a "holy grail" mug amongst vintage mug collectors. Seen here is my progress so far on adding detail onto Notch's greenware.



















In the end i hope this is the beginning of more collaborations. i so enjoy the time working on other peoples greenware, hopefully retaining their sense of design and, well, not screwing up thee work! Hopefully this year I will reconnect with some of the other artists i previously spoke to about collabs and to new artists just picking up the craft to release some special ceramic for the mug shelf.

check our more work by the above listed collaboration artists below:
Tony
Kaimuki
Miles Neilsen
NOTCH

Thursday, April 5, 2012

promise to myself, this is the year....


older mug, new camera, just testing out new camera and light box i built on one of my THIRSTY mugs

cocktails served up while traveling the south earlier this year

"Papua New Guinea storyboard" for the Mary Blair; Its a Small World After all at Boomerang Gallery at HeebeeJeebee in Petaluma. Photo show collage of photos of the painting work on sides of wood/pressed bamboo "Canvas"

one of my ongoing series of Raisinette Unbound customized over sized shrunken heads, this one "the Burnt out Shrink-O-Rociter" now hanging at my resident spot at the Hive Gallery

a recent pinewood car for the Knotty Pine Derby races at Bigfoot Lodge in Atwater Village, the "Raised Grain Rusty Roadster". this little rust bucket made an hour and a half before the races...
My continuing war with myself to update this blog wages on, thanks to those who check in periodically. My hopes are to get some consistency here. For now, here is a round up od some stuff form the last few months, or at least a mish mash of new and old stuff i have been pullin out

Saturday, October 15, 2011

sorry..a wee bit overdue


Rat-O-Chrome, Do You Still Prefer Stock?, auto and model paint
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Have not been able to update in a while, so here is a wrap up from the last several months. This year I have been trying my hand at participating in more art shows, i believe its been 10 so far this year. This has been a leap for me as in previous years i have only done 1 to 2 shows a year. Also, i now have a shared resident spot at the Hive Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, so if you make it for an opening there, or come down for Artwalk, stop in the resident area and say helllo. Below are images of some of the artwork created for shows this year, will preview more soon in an attempt to update the blog more.
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Trophy Head Jewelry Box, ceramic, wood, metal, gold leaf. tassles

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'46 Fuel Stop 151, auto and model paint, frame wood and epoxy


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Raisinette Unbound, resin, fiberglass wood and grass braid

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Coming up in November Gallery De La Cruz presents Merry Krampus, which is the next show I will have new work for. Hope to see you then!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mitchell

Mitchell Atkinson, tattoo artist and twin brother to family friend and tattoo artist Watson Atkinson passed away this week. Here are photos from 2001 of me getting work done by Mitchell at our friend Reba's house in Athens Ga. There is a memorial page set up on facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100002307656504, http://www.youtube.com/user/mitchellatkinson71
RIP Mitchell, Thank you and hope you find peace and serenity in your next voyage!

















behind on gettin images up, hopefully to get caught up in the next week or so. More shows comin up, will be junkin up the art show at Ink and Iron Festival put on by Gallery De La Cruz. http://ink-n-iron.com/

Here are custom Tim Gore Piss N Vinegar junkhauler mugs. Soon to follow up will be a round of one color wash versions and some that will be customized by T-Gore himself.
Things chillin some with work schedule so hope to get updated with photos here of recent gallery pieces and mugs.



Thursday, March 10, 2011

this ones for da monster lovers...

To be ready in time for Monsterpalooza, here are preview pics of the junkhauler collaboration mugs with Tim Gore and Russ Lukich.
Tim's Piss and Vinegar sculpt, a creepy soon to be functional art depiction of the T Gore style, is molded and almost ready for casting, and will have separate teeth added to every casting. See more of Tim's work at http://extremegorestore.bigcartel.com/ .





























Russ has brought HP Lovecraft, whose work we are both very fond of, to life in this stunning portrait mug. You can check out Russ' other Lovecraft work at lovecraftlives.com






















Both mugs sculpts are stunning, and will premiere at their tables at Monsterpalooza. Check out info on the weekend of monster fun at http://www.rubberroom101.com/monsterpalooza2011/

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

one step closer to a empty table...Lady Lagoon


working my darndest to clear off my project table. Mind you project table, the dry erase board still makes me wanna vomit.
to get bisque fired this week:
Ocea Otica: AP's and Numero Uno Zombi Bob, Fog Bank number 1 and 2, collab on Tiki Kaimuki's Skoai- the Fleshy Skoai, collab on Notch's Roberto Loco- NOTCH-O BOB, and a Notch Ren Clark's Severed Head Tribute mug. These collabs were started in 09, will be nice to finish them up and have them posted with the Munktiki and Tiki Tony collabs.
Also in Ocea Otica news Miles from Munktiki has signed on to do a limited run of THIRSTY. This run will be the last of that design; Miles will have the sledge hammer ready to return that mold to powder once his run is complete. More on that later.
Their work can be seen at munktiki.com, tikikaimuki.com, tikitony.com, losttikiisland.com
(pictured) junkhauler Vintage Beauty Monster series- Lady Lagoon, another one off handbuilt on a greenware bust from a vintage mold, which i will do some china painting on. Started in 2008 or 09, looking forward to finishing her up.
From junkhauler ceramics Tim Gore's mug sculpt will be completed this week and molded soon, hoping to have a good number completed for his booth at Monsterpalooza in April. More junkhauler artist mugs are in the works, more on that later.

sleep now!