Blackout Show

June 17, 2007

The show was amazing. When I first got there it was pretty dead. So my wife and I went out to get some coffee, then explore St Pete (Florida). We drove past Blackout again, and saw that Chris was still getting ready for the show. So we (my wife and I) decide to drive around and see what we could find. Probably the most exciting thing we saw while driving was a Mobile Home Outlet Store. We were quite humored.

So about a hour later, we got back to Blackout Creations and the place was packed. They had a dj set up, lots of Red Bull, Beer and Water, as well as some desserts that Chris’s girlfriend made. She did a great job. My pieces were right up front by the door so you saw them pretty much first when you walked in. I brought probably a couple hundred stickers, some left over silk screen prints, shirts and smaller canvas pieces. The stickers were pretty much gone by the end of the night and sold a decent amount of shirts and silk screen prints. So thank you!!

I was hanging out by my prints for little bit talking to different people about them. Met some great people at the show. Over all the response on those pieces were amazing. Quite a few people just stood there looking at the prints and saying things like ‘damn’, or ‘sick’. The highlight of the night was when Joe Boccia, a designer I have talked with before hand comeover to me and wanted me to sign the xgames board I designed. I guess, according to his girlfriend, he went to 4 different Targets looking for it. It was very flattering because the gallery thing is odd only because i consider myself a digital designer and not a fine artist. We ended up talking for most of the show, so i wasn’t able to get as many photos as I wanted, but below are some of the highlights with comments:

My pieces on display
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The lovely works of Julie West. I’m going to buy them probably.
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Chris Parks piece. I call it the phallic pirate cod piece since the arrow seems to be more errect than anything…
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Great Illustration By Sam Barde. My only thought is that he is inspired by ‘the Hydro’.. But still, i loved the piece, very well done.
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Robo-Christ by Red Labor (i believe) Got to talk with him for a short bit. Great guy!
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Some hot Asian girl…oh, that is my wife. She was quite the trooper since she new she was going to be bored since when I talk to other designers, it’s about business and design. However, Joe’s girlfriend kept her busy as they talked about our kids and her kid. Leta was awesome tho!! She loved the Julie West pieces.
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Me and Joe and the skateboard. This is the reason why never post many pictures of myself.. paisty white and design fat, ha!
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Scott Lukacs. He’s one of the owners and Tattoo Artist at Blackout.
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Chris Parks & Me. The other owner and graphic designer over at Blackout. Chris is a amazing guy. Hopefully there will be a Hydro74 Typography Show coming soon to Blackout. Fingers Crossed. Maybe a Book Release party. Still working out ideas and details to see if it works out.
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String Republic

June 12, 2007

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I’ve been invited to be part of the next artist series for String Republic over in the UK. Quite exciting, however the deadline is far to quick to do anything custom. So my question to you is this: What is your favorite Hydro74 Illustration, or what would look sick on a shoe. I’ve already mocked up one, but i wanted to give a few other mock up’s as well.

So let me know your thoughts.

*Above shoe is by Attaboy. He is co Founder of Hi-Fructose, a great Vinyl toy magazine. I had the pleasure of working on a few things for Hi-Fructose and Attaboy a while back.

Finally Done…

June 7, 2007

Ah… Feels nice to get this project done.
Basically, the events for today were fun. This morning I picked up the canvas prints. Then shortly after, went over to the framing shop where they said they could get them set up before my deadline, which wasn’t anything complex on their end. Found out that I got some misdirection and that it would take over a week for them to get finalized. So my wife and I picked up some stretcher bars and spent this evening trying to get them looking halfway decent. There are a few flaws and a few things that could of been done better, but no biggie.

so yeah, these are the final pieces. Not too bad…i think.

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Here is the first piece. Sending this as well as the others over today to get framed up.

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These two prints are in process of getting printed. Should have them in hand tomorrow afternoon. I’m going to be dropping them off at a upcoming show for opening night, but if anyone is interested, let me know, I will give you the ‘blog’ discount, which will be $40 + shipping. At the show, they will be set at $60 since they are limited editions.

email me if interested:
joshua@hydro74.com

Gallery | Cosh Prints

June 4, 2007

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Here are a few pieces that were prepped for for Cosh today. I changed some of the art a little or added some changes to get them to where they feel a bit more ‘gallery’ esq.

IdN

June 4, 2007

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The new issue of IdN is coming out (or may already be out…not sure) but i have a nice 4 page spread in there. IdN is a very high end amazing magazine. It was just utterly flattering to be in it or even mentioned.

Alright, need to go and print some pieces off, going to be a busy day driving around town!

Hydro74 Interview

May 16, 2007

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Shannon Zhao over at Guu Press did a interview with me a while back. Honestly, I hate doing interviews because I never know what to say. But this one turned out really good. Shannon did a great job catching my several typos.

Guu Press :: Here
Hydro Interview :: Here

Photoshop Master?

May 14, 2007

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A while back I was on some list as a photoshop master. Which is funny since i spend maybe 30% of my week in photoshop. I guess i would consider myself more of a Adobe Illustrator Master than Photoshop. Anyway, this list was going around which was on a few forums, then i noticed that China Visual posted it recently. I highly respect China Visual, and for them to take the time and publish the list, it’s pretty cool. Along with the list was:

Adhemas Batista : http://www.adhemas.com/
Bert Monroy : http://www.bertmonroy.com/
Derel Lea : http://www.dereklea.com/
Eduardo Recife : http://www.eduardorecife.com/
Ian Keltie : http://www.iankeltie.com/
Joan Charmant : http://www.joancharmant.com/
Justin M. Maller : http://www.superlover.com.au/
Nik Ainley : http://www.shinybinary.com/
Scott Hansen : http://www.iso50.com/

That is some talent.
Well, I’m very flattered to be part of any list that goes around, and nice to see it’s something positive. You know know how tired I get of seeing the ‘Gayest Designs’ list that floats around.

Check out China Visual. The site takes a while to load, but it’s worth it.

Site Revamp

May 13, 2007

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Spent some time yesterday trying to figure out a decent looking solution for the main page of my site. Still pretty raw, but hopefully i’ll be able to post it live with new work updates tonight.