Sep 2009

New Merch, You All

Hi Everybody.

I keep a Café Press on hand for non-wearable merchandise. Just visit the merchandise page here on the site and click accessories. I find the sublimation printing process Café Press uses looks fantastic on non-fabric surfaces such as greeting cards and coffee mugs. I’m giving the shop a test run just now, and for the moment I’m featuring the image you see below. New designs will be featured on some sort of basis once I get my head wrapped around a schedule. Anyway, check things out and if you see anything you like, by all means, click. If you see something you would like but isn’t there, by all means let me know.

Thanks!
John

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The D'Zturbanites

Enter the D’ZTURBANITES

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Hi everybody..

Be the first to own a piece of my new line. The first four D’Zturbanites are available in my Etsy shop right now (one was donated to a local function). In keeping with the prevalent graffiti in my neck of the River Arts District, I’ve decided to take a basic sock creature construction method and embellish it a bit. I’m using cutouts from elaborate printed cottons and solid T-shirts. The results are really striking. More D’Zturbanites (pronounced Dis-turb-an-ites) will come soon. I couldn’t wait to make a ton before I started posting. This should tide you all over till more Zombabies and Glumys appear.

“Urban” art and fashion is very popular in our culture, even in places that are largely rural like Asheville. It seems few people, especially youngsters, want to cultivate or glorify (or even develop) aesthetic motifs that represent a more rural surrounding. So, with the D’Zturbanites, I’m kind of poking a little bit of tongue in cheek at this unacceptance of situation I see around me. Some of the local proponents of “urban” ism probably couldn’t even define what “urban” ism means without resorting to tons of buzz words delivered with imitated ethnic inflections. Still, it’s a great aesthetic and I’m glad people are actively developing and propagating it. Maybe I’ll learn something the more attention I pay, and wind up changing my opinion about these locals and their motivations. I’m always open to that.

Ultimately, I’m very fortunate that my studio overlooks a vacant lot full of constantly changing graffiti murals. The work is incredible and I hope it stays there always. There’s a good chance it may since the lot is privately owned, and I believe the owner allows all of the painters to come and contribute. The murals change perhaps weekly. I’ve taken advantage of the exceptional work as backgrounds for my photo shoots. Gosh I love this area.

Thanks everyone!

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The New Box Set is Ready!!

Hi, Everybody!! The new box set for Stupid Sock Creatures is READY TO MEET THE WORLD! My editor, Terry, sent me this photo. Make Your Own Stupid Sock Creatures is available but not yet in stores. Go to your favorite bookstore and do the emergency bathroom dance and ask, beg and plead for this awesome new box set to be stocked!! Generate some buzz. Make the book store people want to set up massive kiosks and intimidating displays.

The book within is a slimmed-down version of my original book, and it contains instructions for Zarzak, the Silent Terror, a new creature you can make out of the provided toe socks within. This box set is perfect for sock creature veterans who need something new to wet their whistle, and great as well for newcomers.

I must give mega big-ups to Terry (pictured) for pioneering this revamp of the original box set after production of the old one got really pricey all of a sudden. Spread the word everyone. I can’t wait to see new pics of new creatures from new fans, current and veteran.

Thanks!

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