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Baby Tatooville No. 9: The Grand Finale


Recently, a merry gang of happy mutants gathered for the ninth and final time to revel in Bob Self's incredible Baby Tattooville event.

Over the past nine years, artists, entertainers, creative minds and enthusiasts have been gathering together at Baby Tattooville to create art, and to celebrate one another while spending 72 hours in a reality where everyone is a kindred spirit. I have never been fortunate enough to be able to attend, and now I may never have a chance: Bob decided this installment will be their last. Boing Boing has been following these events since 2007, and I should have paid attention sooner.

This year Baby Tattooville featured Anthony Ausgang, Sas Christian, Olivia De Berardinis, Ron English, Camille Rose Garcia, Bosko Hrnjak, Marion Peck, KRK Ryden, Mark Ryden, and Isabel Samaras. I am certain you'll recognize a lot of familiar faces in these photos. Some of my favorite performers were there, too! Musician Marquis Howell II, and the fabulous contortionist Bonnie Morgan were among them.

As you can see from these brilliant photographs by Mark Berry, Baby Tattooville No. 9 was amazing.

Congratulations to Bob and his entire team! What an amazing run! Bob is still planning events and you can participate in the magic.

In fact, if magic is what you want I suggest you join us at Beyond Brookledge. I've already bought my ticket! This time I don't want to miss out.

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Humble Last Gasp Bundle!

Pay what you like for DRM-free ebooks featuring Basil Wolverton, pop surrealism, Hi-Fructose, Ron English and many more quality titles from our favorite underground press, Last Gasp. Read the rest

Giant Ron English art-book: Status Factory

Whether putting up his own US/Mexican border-crossing signs or appearing on the Simpsons, street artist Ron English is a versatile, trenchant, eyeball-kicking master of the form.

Help fund Last Gasp Books!

For 45 years, our friends at Last Gasp have kept the counterculture busy with books, publishing wild, weird, wonderful, and subversive works by R Crumb, Robert Wilson, Diane di Prima, Mark Ryden, Timothy Leary, and a slew of other greats; Now they need our help. Last Gasp has launched a Kickstarter to fund the printing of their next season of books, a stellar line-up of projects by the likes of Camille Rose Garcia, Ron English, the Thanatos Archive, and Mike Davis. The awards are fantastic! Read the rest

My most popular book-reviews: Part II (Fall 2012)

As said yesterday, I love reviewing books on Boing Boing. A lifetime spent flogging books has addicted me to the rare pleasure of helping other people fall in love with my favorite books. This week, I'm looking at the past year's most popular book reviews and rounding them up quarter-by-quarter. Here's today's installment, Fall 2012:

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Gift Guide 2012

Welcome to this year's Boing Boing Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved stuff from 2012 and beyond. There are books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides: click the categories at the top to filter what you're most interested in—and add your suggestions and links in the comments.

Ron English's Hulk baby

Ron English's wonderful "Temper Tot" will be born as an 8" vinyl toy early next year. (Popaganda) Read the rest

Ron English's Stickable Art Offenses: Wacky Packages meets AdBusters

Ron English's Stickable Art Offenses is an inspired collection of stickers from one of the world's most iconic sticker artists. Ron English designed the iconic Ronald McDonald parody for Super-Size Me, and has built his reputation on grotesque, trenchant, and funny graphic attacks on corporate logos and marketing.

The book opens with English's reminiscence of one of the many times he was arrested for stickering in New York City, then leaps into more than 40 pages' worth of die-cut, full-color vinyl stickers. English's stickers are a bit like a highly politicized Wacky Packages or Garbage Pail Kids for grownups, with a bit of Warholian whimsy thrown in, by way of AdBusters. The book ends with some lovely photos of English's work in the wild, from giant murals to billboard defacements to guerrilla re-branding in the grocery store cereal aisle.

Ron English is a great favorite around these parts, as this extensive collection of Ron English posts from our archives can attest. I can't wait to start decorating my environs with his work

Last Gasp, English's publisher, were kind enough to send us some hi-rez outtakes from the book for your pleasure. Visit the jump to see more.

Ron English's Stickable Art Offenses: A Sticker Book

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4 superstars of American street art in episode 501 of The Simpsons

This Sunday night, March 4, the 501st episode of The Simpsons will feature four superstars of American street art: Kenny Scharf, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, and Robbie Conal.

Kenny Scharf came up in the East Village art scene in the 1980's and covered the walls at last year's amazing "Art in the Streets" show in L.A.; Ron English hacks popular brand images (think "Super Size Me" posters and 2008's groovy "Abraham Obama"), and favors billboards; Shepard Fairey is...well, Shepard Fairey; and Robbie Conal is the genre's outlaw godfather — a whip-smart, wisecracking political satirist who's been wheat-pasting posters of white-collar bad guys (remember CONTRA DICTION and Cheney as the Energizer bunny?) since before most of today's street artists were zygotes.

Conal says: "I consider it one of the highest honors in the land to be 'Simpsonized.' To me it's the American equivalent of being knighted by the Queen of England.”

The episode, titled "Exit Through the Kwik-E Mart" (get it?) runs at 8PM ET/PT on FOX. The four artists will be guest-voicing themselves.


Gritty guerrilla poster artist Robbie Conal's new book features... cute animals!?

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Conjoined II art show in Santa Monica

Artist Chet Zar curated Conjoined II, a mind-bending group show that opens tomorrow night at Santa Monica's CoproGallery. Featured artists include Charles Krafft, Ron English, Jason Hite, and many others. Above is the absolutely stunning La Petite Mort, by Christopher Conte.

Chet Zar’s : Conjoined 2 in 3D / Copro Gallery / Jan 21 –Feb 11 (Ransom Notes)

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Artist Ron English's April Fool's sign at US-Mexico border

Artist Ron English went to the US-Mexico border for April Fool's day and pulled a few pranks. The above sign is one of them.

Unfortunately this piece of sociopolitical satire is going to backfire because the Tea Party will find out about it and demand that it be permanently installed at every border crossing.

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Andy Warhol bust by Ron English

Artoyz says: "We got a few of the remaining DCon exclusive Ron English Andy Warhol "FIGMENT" busts. Each measures a whopping 13" tall, 10" deep, and 9" across."

Yours for just 220 €.

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Lampshade made from X-rays

Swedish design student Sture Pallarp created this "X-ray lamp" as a school assignment, incorporating real X-rays in to the lampshade for a lovely effect. With digital radiography becoming the norm, there's a limited window to produce this kind of thing: get cracking!

X-ray lamp (via Street Anatomy) Ron English's X-Ray Guernica X-ray pin-up calendar X-ray videos of people talking Gummi X-Ray Fish TSA: X-ray of MacBook Air may be "sensitive security information ... Bionic cat X-ray X-rays of toys Read the rest

X-rays of toys

Stuart sez, "This Flickr gallery shows highlights from Scan Toys, an exhibit currently at Buenos Aires Centro Cultural Recoleta. The artists used X-rays to produce these and the resulting images are beautiful, with a hint of social commentary."

Scan Toys 1ºEdición (Thanks, Stuart!) Ron English's X-Ray Guernica X-ray pin-up calendar X-ray videos of people talking Gummi X-Ray Fish TSA: X-ray of MacBook Air may be "sensitive security information ... Metal plates send messages to airport x-ray screeners Bionic cat X-ray Read the rest

Ron English's X-Ray Guernica

Ron English recently painted the X-Ray Guernica mural in Rome. Read the rest

100 artists decorate 100 models of Darth Vader's head

Rat Fink Vader helmet by David Krys

Bob Self of Baby Tattoo says:

The Vader Project is the result of 100 contemporary artists customizing an authentic, full scale replica of Darth Vader's helmet. Artists involved with the project include: Shag, Peter Kuper, Jermaine Rogers, Gary Baseman, BXH, Tim Biskup, The Pizz, Dalek, Paul Frank, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Michelle Valigura, Frank Kozik, Plasticgod, Simone Legno - Tokidoki, Bill McMullen, Secret Base, Joe Ledbetter, Alex Pardee, Suckadelic, Cameron Tiede, Mister Cartoon, Marc Ecko, and Amanda Visell. The art objects will be sold at auction on July 10, but you can check out Vader's many faces at a Los Angeles exhibition this weekend. There's also a full color catalog available featuring multiple views of every helmet.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 11, 2010 6-10pm Los Angeles Exhibition On View: June 12 - 20, 2010 Noon-6pm 6812 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, California

The Vader Project Catalog Signing - Los Angeles Featuring 20 Participating Artists Saturday, June 12, 2010 2pm

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The Society of Illustrators in NYC presents “BLAB!: A Retrospective”

The opening night reception for the BLAB! art retrospective in NYC is Friday, March 26th, 6-9 PM. There will be 100 pieces in the show!

The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators presents “BLAB!: A Retrospective,” a periodic anthology of works from leading contemporary illustrators, painters, sequential artists and printmakers worldwide. Founded by acclaimed Chicago-based graphic designer and art director Monte Beauchamp in 1986, BLAB! invites more than twenty-five visual artists each year from the fields of sequential art, graphic design, illustration, painting, and printmaking to contribute to BLAB!, a selection informed by Beauchamp’s distinctive vision and aesthetic. The anthology will be on display March 24-May 1, 2010 in the museum’s galleries in New York City’s Upper East Side.

From its roots as an exposition of comic illustration, the original BLAB! anthology format has evolved and diversified, with recent editions incorporating the work and vision of renowned illustrators and artists including Chris Ware, Gary Baseman, Sue Coe, Camille Rose Garcia, The Clayton Brothers, Owen Smith, SHAG!, Joe Sorren, Ron English, and Mark Ryden. BLAB! also features selections of vintage "found" graphics, such as Depression-era matchbook covers, obscure Valmor cosmetic labels and pre-1920 European Krampus postcards.

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