Was recently contacted by an old friend to spruce up his new leather waistcoat.
So he sent me a few werewolf pics and said “something like this.”
So – given free reign – I made a couple of sketches.
And then over Christmas in between the good films on telly (I watched Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension while painting it – I say “watched” – I listened mainly!) And this is how it went:
Luckily he liked it!
This jacket was painted in 2009. I was asked to combine a couple of iconic punk images – the archetypal Rancid image and The Exploited logo.
Frankly – it was easy. The only challenge was building up the layers of acrylic to make the flat colours nice and cartoony. Didn’t need to buy new tubes of paint either.
Looked OK too.
And it was markedly different to most punk looking jackets in that it didn’t look painted on using Tipp-Ex.
I don’t just paint on awkward uneven leather surfaces such as jacket sleeves, but I recently painted a Frank Zappa pic on a shiny plastic VW spare wheel cover.
I was sent this graphic image – sorry can’t credit the original artist – it’s a nice image. But only a nutcase would try and copy it by hand onto a highly reflective curved plastic circle.
So armed with some time on my hands and the mind of a nutcase I set to work and eventually came up with a solution. To make a stencil – and cut out hundreds of small squares – then stick it over the wheel cover – give it a white plastic spray undercoat – and then paint in by hand the individual stars in the three different shades of colour…
Piece of piss!
It was nice to see it out and about in location shots too – looks a good match with the colour of the van.