A VIEW IN TO A DAY OF MY BELT PRODUCTION

This is a video view into my process… and a break to play Donkey Kong.

Thanks to my friends Justin Tripp, Sean Nagin, Brian Close, and John Dennis.

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TIJUANA TAXI… DRIVER OF SALES.

Nothing funny here… sorta: Just good art & design for commercial purposes. These days we would never see new music so deliberately branded with major corporate brands. But there is something wonderful about it. Direct and smart. If you have a favorite major brand (EVERYONE DOES, do stop being falsely PC!) then perhaps good free music cobranded with your favorite music genre or artist would give a little bit of a smile or a warm feeling. Wait… weird! But you know what I mean!!!!!

Additionally: These album covers, in this modern era, would be seen as culturally insensitive since the band members and other elements reinforce stereotypes. But to play “devil’s” advocate, don’t mariachi bands do a good job all by themselves of dressing the part of the stereotype? No?  I understand it is a cultural uniform. So is it that they characters in the illustration are having fun and being festive/happy? Doesn’t seem so harsh to me, but what do I know. That being said… it is still amazing commercial art and design.

A bit of the back story: Back in the 60’s there was a trend of “Tijuana” style jazz records inspired by the the sounds of mariachi bands in Mexico. Herb Alpert is the best know artist of this style and one of it’s pioneers. It became a parody of itself since the sound became the tracks for game shows and elevators everywhere. A lot of great albums were created in the genre… but the album art is often AMAZING!

At the peak of this trend in music, MARK 56 Records, with producer George Garabedian, created albums as promotional sales pieces that they cobranded with top South Western US brands. Taco Bell, Alpha Beta Super Markets, Der Weinerschnitzel, and more, all saw it a worth while collaboration and thus led to the production of some incredible album cover illustrations / designs.

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NOTICE: the illustration of an early style Taco Bell restaurant. I used to go to one exactly like that when I was a child. And it did have a lavarock fire pit like the one the musicians are around. The restaurant had actual stone archways, and old replica style outdoor oil lamps with lightbulbs. Taco Bell was a fun restaurant when I was a kid. And yes, Taco Bell did have an actual bell at the top of each location, but I don’t know if they ever worked.

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76-Gas-Station

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tijuana_taxi_weinerschnitzel

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Der-Wienerschnitzel

OLÉ!!! … no bueno?

FOCUSED…

!!!!!

ON THE SEW....

ON THE SEW….

GOOD AND BADVERTISEMENTS…

My LOVE / HATE relationship with the fiendish and fantastic world of advertising and marketing. A true art!?!?!

I love classic ads. From the early days of ON THE GO MAGAZINE with my friend Jimmy, we would fill the empty ad pages with ads we loved! Jimmy worked at old Mitchell & Ness store on Walnut street in Philly and upstair was a old archival “store” with every magazine known to man going back as far as magazine had been published. They would on occasion have fill up bins with old magazines for like 99cents. Of course it tended to be magazines that no one seemed to want. I am sure plenty of people would have bought them had they know they were even there. Ahhhh… the days before the internet.

Anyway… Jimmy and I would buy tones of cheap stuff for the ads alone. From Good Housekeeping to Ebony, to Playboy and our favorite magazine “Sepia”. We had ads from the late 1950’s up to the early 1980’s. But the best ones were always from 68-78. The creative ad guys ad designers were having a sexually charged field day on those politically INcorrect times.

So… reaching into our archives… I am posting just a few gems from the era, both sexually awkward and dietarily unhealthy.

this is as good as it gets!!! Good packaging, good design, menacing illustration, and a concept that fits perfectly with the idea of how many men feel on alcohol. 100 PROOF RAGING BULL. Kudos.

this is as good as it gets!!! Good packaging, good design, menacing illustration, and a concept that fits perfectly with the idea of how many men feel on alcohol. 100 PROOF RAGING BULL. Kudos.

"LUSTY LIFE!" in a can. And here I was working so hard on my intellectual appeal! Stupid me!

“LUSTY LIFE!” in a can. And here I was working so hard on my intellectual appeal! Stupid me!

Paint your fence in style!!! Drink malt liquor while you work!

Paint your fence in style!!! Drink malt liquor while you work!

SPACE SEXY!!! Cult45 even works on space chicks!!!... EVERY TIME! Now do as the ad says... find that display in a store near you... put a couple "extra" six packs in cold storage... and then get ready "completely unique experience"... "that is out of this world."

SPACE SEXY!!! Cult45 even works on space chicks!!!… EVERY TIME!
Now do as the ad says… find that display in a store near you… put a couple “extra” six packs in cold storage… and then get ready “completely unique experience”… “that is out of this world.”

Pepsi is an important element to YOUR successful education! Read on...

Pepsi is an important element to YOUR successful education! Read on…

When I think of flashy player attire I always picture medieval weaponry! Sword, mace, and cheap flashy shoes clearly equals lady killer... of sorts. This just speaks for itself.

When I think of flashy player attire I always picture medieval weaponry! Sword, mace, and cheap flashy shoes clearly equals lady killer, of sorts.
This just speaks for itself.

The filter on your cigarette is as good for you as the filter on your tap water. And if you send in $5 dollars (and tow Tareyton wrappers) you can have a water filter on your tap as well as on your cigarette. ahead of their time on the health kick hustle... and right on time with their horrible lies.

The filter on your cigarette is as good for you as the filter on your tap water. And if you send in $5 dollars (and tow Tareyton wrappers) you can have a water filter on your tap as well as on your cigarette.
ahead of their time on the health kick hustle… and right on time with their horrible lies.

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This next ad BELOW says A LOT in between the lines! Very unintended racism in their words, while fully knowing their marketing and profit is race based. (in my opinion)

Below is a double page advertisement, from the original BELL Telephone company, that was in EBONY Magazine. It appears to be selling trust in it’s new armored pay phones because so many have been vandalized on “street corners” to the tune of $12 million dollars!

So the pitch is like it’s a public service. Bell seems to be saying that they will fight on with more vandal proof pay phones on your  “street corner” and want you to snitch on anyone that you see vandalizing them (aka robbing them for the petty change) or call and report vandalized phones so they can repair them.

Mind you, this is a double page ad in an oversized EBONY Magazine. I wonder if this ad ran in Esquire, Good Housekeeping, or Playboy? Not too many pay phones on “street corners” in the suburbs… or affluent city blocks. So this public service is a not so subtle fight for corporate profits. Hey… that is fine but don’t dress it up as concern, and public defense!

Maybe I am reading in to it too much. But being 30 years into the future here in 2013 we all know how the new armored pay phone went on to rake in the profits for a couple more decades and did little to help any community it was in. Hell… the only reason we used those damn phones is because BELL cut the home service off for lack of payment on their GROSSLY over priced services. Remember those long distance charges just to call 12 blocks away. Being blindly charged for calling other counties like they were foreign countries. Keep in mind this is an expensive double page ad. Only the auto companies were doing that, and their product costs thousands. Hmm.

Too deep? Too soapbox? Too liberal? Too bad! Click to enlarge and read… between the lines.

WHAT ARE THEY REALLY SAYING?!?!?!? Or what should they have said.

^^^ WHAT ARE THEY REALLY SAYING?!?!?!? Or what should they have said. ^^^
sophisticated caveman style

sophisticated caveman style

AMAZING , and apparently substantiated, statistics of the Playboy "reader". This is why PLAYBOY is exactly where you want to advertise your malt liquor, cheap cars, and spit water cologne. But then again this was from a 1969 issue. I am sure by the mid 70's the "better" brands were paying a bit more attention.

AMAZING , and apparently substantiated, statistics of the Playboy “reader”.
This is why PLAYBOY is exactly where you want to advertise your malt liquor, cheap cars, and spit water cologne. But then again this was from a 1969 issue. I am sure by the mid 70’s the “better” brands were paying a bit more attention.

"... what a man wants a man gets..." Errr uhhh...

“… what a man wants a man gets…” Errr uhhh…

Membership has its privileges!!!READ THIS AD!!!

Membership has its privileges!!!
READ THIS AD!!!

BAR TO GO!!!***women not included!

BAR TO GO!!!
***women not included!

uhhhhhh... what?

uhhhhhh… what? What am I supposed to buy here? Or believe? Or relate to? Dogs? Blizzards? Fresca? Summer? Winter? OH YEAH… Johnny Carson! No?

all you really NEED is acidic sugar water to wash down all the discomfort food! Mmmmm chitterlings!!! YIKES!

all you really NEED is caffein laden acidic sugar water to wash down all the discomfort food! Mmmmm chitterlings!!! (BURB)

this months belt focused flavors…

Here is a mixed bag of flavors from the past month or so. Playing with techniques and textures. A true full range of colors.

Love these colors. My hand painted white and rose paisley... buckle and belt

Love these colors. My hand painted white and rose paisley… buckle and belt

favorite colors as of recent. Citrus spring!!!

favorite colors as of recent. Citrus spring!!!

conservative tones with custom speckled D-rinds

conservative tones with custom speckled D-rinds

burlap tones. 5 layers of material and custom painted O-rings

burlap tones. 5 layers of material and custom painted O-rings

Orange is the color of life!!! My hand painted orange and rose paisley... buckle and belt

Orange is the color of life!!! My hand painted orange and rose paisley… buckle and belt

ADAM’S FAMILY… visit.

If you have never heard of Adam Wallacavage then you have been cheating yourself!!! Adam is an old friend of mine going all the way back to Spikes Skates in 1986. Besides being just a really great person and fellow lifetime skateboard enthusiast… he is an absolutely AMAZING artist!!!

Over the past decade plus, Adam has been “restoring” a beautiful row home / brownstone on South Broad Street in Philly. To call what he is doing a restoration is only a tiny aspect of the mission he has been on. He has not only brought back much of this gorgeous houses old luster, but he has mutated it, twisted it, and made it a house that is part timeless museum, part Tim Burton movie, and all the rest is the genius that floats around in Adam’s brain!

His love for the restoration of this house coupled with his creative vision has turned his skill from inside his house to inside the houses and businesses of the world! The moldings, chandeliers, and fixtures, all hand made by him, could not be contained in his 4 story home. So, he has been making custom chandeliers, sconces, lamps, and so much more from homes, art shows, collectors, and anybody with a check and a love for the eclectic.

Besides this amazing chapter in his life, he is also a skilled and published photographer for over 20+ years, makes amazing wallpaper designs, screen prints, and an avid collector of the “bizarre”, as some might considerate.

Below are photos from my recent visit to his house to take in this years progress. My words don’t do his home and his skill justice, so I am hoping these photo do, if just a little bit.

the foyer... and a perfect light fixture of his doing.

the foyer… and a perfect light fixture of his doing.

another angle of the first floor hallway and staircase

another angle of the first floor hallway and staircase

first floor hallway and staircase

first floor hallway and staircase

one of his many light fixtures

one of his many light fixtures

wonderfully scary light fixture Adam made. Something like barracuda meets Medusa meets ceiling fan. But NOT a ceiling fan at all.

wonderfully scary light fixture Adam made. Something like barracuda meets Medusa meets ceiling fan. But NOT a ceiling fan at all.

Me in one of the many amazing rooms that Adam has customized... every single inch.

Me in one of the many amazing rooms that Adam has customized… every single inch.

Legend on the wall of a future legends house

Legend on the wall of a future legends house

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Adam looking as interesting as everything around him. Not easy to do!

Adam looking as interesting as everything around him. Not easy to do!

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watch the throne...

watch the throne…

painting room

painting room

Adam, Jimmy Wentz, and all the things that are in the process of mutating into his visions

Adam, Jimmy Wentz, and all the things that are in the process of mutating into his visions

studio room... and his handcrafted chandeliers

studio room… and his handcrafted chandeliers

we were on his balcony talking when Adam suddenly jumped up and became frantic to get to the roof and capture the days wonderful sunset. I quickly followed him feeling like I would miss something is I didn't. And I was right. A perfect view of a perfect sunset. What I never knew before was Adam's house is one of the tallest houses in the whole area. So you can see for miles unobstructed. A perfect view of the sky and the city.

we were on his balcony talking when Adam suddenly jumped up and became frantic to get to the roof and capture the days wonderful sunset. I quickly followed him feeling like I would miss something is I didn’t. And I was right. A perfect view of a perfect sunset. What I never knew before was Adam’s house is one of the tallest houses in the whole area. So you can see for miles unobstructed. A perfect view of the sky and the city.

Adam capturing the great sunset as if his life depended on it.

Adam capturing the great sunset as if his life depended on it.

Adam and Jimmy against the perfect fall backdrop

Adam and Jimmy against the perfect fall backdrop

this is just a taste of what this man does. If this is your first intro to him… then… GOOGLE HIM!!! (Adam Wallacavage) Your creative spirit will be slapped into motion!

DARK DAYS… courtesy of Hurricane Sandy…

It’s hard to say anything funny about something that hurt so badly. This blog is not for my “emo” moments in life. But this bitch Sandy really doesn’t bring many amusing things to mind. From the cold dark nights, to the treks uptown to get devices powered up and signals for the cellphone, it was trying. And it also showed me who was in my corner when things literally got dark.

Sooo… below are a few views from my eyes. Dark… literally and figuratively.

my lights out kit

my lights out kit

first stage... lights dimming to about 10% for a few minutes before total blackout.

first stage… lights dimming to about 10% for a few minutes before total blackout.

lights out!

lights out!

The store downstairs was just built and had several hours of backup generator power to protect the massive food refrigerators. So this was the only source of bright light left... until that went out.

The store downstairs was just built and had several hours of backup generator power to protect the massive food refrigerators. So this was the only source of bright light left… until that went out.

The view uptown from my corner showed signs of life in midtown.

The view uptown from my corner showed signs of life in midtown.

40 blocks of darkness... looking north from my roof.

40 blocks of darkness… looking north from my roof.

This is Broadway in SoHo at Broome looking south.

This is Broadway in SoHo at Broome looking south.

Houston Street looking east from West Broadway

Houston Street looking east from West Broadway

again... the view of the lights in Midtown teasing us from my roof.

again… the view of the lights in Midtown teasing us from my roof.

The flood at Grand St and West Broadway as seen from dry ground a block over at Wooster and Grand Sts.

The flood at Grand St and West Broadway as seen from dry ground a block over at Wooster and Grand Sts.

The local real estate hustlers around the corner had 30 gallons of gasoline, a strong generator, and guns. They were able to stay powered up the whole week. They were like an awkward politically conservative oasis in the middle of a blackout liberal ocean. I am sure they would like that analogy.

The local real estate hustlers around the corner had 30 gallons of gasoline, a strong generator, and guns. They were able to stay powered up the whole week.
They were like an awkward politically conservative oasis in the middle of a blackout liberal ocean. I am sure they would like that analogy.

the glow of civilization SOME WHERE over the buildings of SoHo.

the glow of civilization SOME WHERE over the buildings of SoHo.

ANOTHER... glow of civilization NORTH over the buildings of SoHo.

ANOTHER… glow of civilization NORTH over the buildings of SoHo.

ghost dog!!!

ghost dog!!!

The closest source of power was the basment of a Duane Ready Pharmacy Around 35th St. People huddled around every available outlet... anywhere!

The closest source of power was the basment of a Duane Ready Pharmacy Around 35th St. People huddled around every available outlet… anywhere!

Power serge when the substation blew up a half mile away.

Power serge when the substation blew up a half mile away.

A police station in the East Village/ Alphabet City. Plenty of generator power there but nothing for their neighbors in the dark for a week.

A police station in the East Village/ Alphabet City. Plenty of generator power there but nothing for their neighbors in the dark for a week.

Dinner in the dark. Trying to use up food before it spoils.

Dinner in the dark. Trying to use up food before it spoils.

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... pulling eggs from the trash.

… pulling eggs from the trash.

... part two. Reblog this

… part two. Reblog this

Finally… heading in to my cold dark apartment… in my dark cold building… on my dark cold block…

… goodnight?