Mitch O'Connell

Thanks to you, the Trump They Live billboard is up in Times Square!

Mitch "the World's Best Artist" O'Connell (Not "Moscow" Mitch McConnell, the sell-out senator) got enough money in his crowdfunding campaign to erect this terrific They Live homage featuring reality TV show host Donald Trump. The VOTE billboard is ready for selfies at 7th Ave and 48th St!

Mitch said, "Mostly due to Boing Boing, it’s UP!" Yay!

Mitch received enough funds to keep the billboard up for a month, but if he gets more money it'll stay up longer. Contribute here. Read the rest

Artist Mitch O’Connell (not Moscow Mitch McConnell) wants to erect his famous Trump/They Live billboard in Times Square

In 2015 my friend, the fabulous artist Mitch O'Connell, created this excellent illustration of Donald Trump as one of the evil aliens from John Carpenter's 1988 science fiction film, They Live. Once Trump became president, Mitch tried to install a billboard with the illustration, but no one in the US would let him. He ended up displaying it in Mexico City, though.

Well, Mitch recently found out that a Times Square billboard company will allow him to display his illustration on a billboard and he's started a gofundme campaign to make this dream a reality. Go, Mitch!

It seems since 2017 New York billboard companies might have loosened up a bit, and as long as I sign one of those fancy lawyer letters that says everything is my fault, they’ll take our money and slap the art up on vinyl for the world to see!

We have three billboard options starting at $7,892, then $14,112, and the huge supersized one at $45,000 (I'll be posting pics of the locations)!

If we don’t reach the minimum, all money gets returned. I’m only raising the exact amount that we’re being charged, no extra cash goes in my pocket.

The more we take in, the bigger and better the billboard, but the only way this is going to happen is if everyone chips in a bit, shares, promotes, and pesters their friends and family. Especially rich friends and family. Sadly, I mostly know artists, and they’re always broke.

This time, instead of the “Make America Great Again” tagline on the illustration, I wanted to get a little more proactive, and switched it up to “VOTE!”.

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Monster shirts based on an episode of Leave it to Beaver

My friend Mitch O'Connell, "The World's Best Artist," recreated the cool shirts featured in an episode of Leave it to Beaver and is selling them on his site.

If you never saw the peewee version of ‘The Wild Ones’ on tv and are a little confused about what I’m yacking about, watch it for free.

I did see it as a youth, and immediately salivated over the surfin’ wild Rat Fink-like graphics, but sadly, they only existed in tv land. According to Tony ‘Wally' Dow, a talented stagehand actually painted the iconic incredibly icky shirts that you see hanging in the window at Tildens. It took me 56 years to get around to doing my best to replicate those cool duds, and through Threadless, you can finally get all four Beaver horror heads printed on pretty much whatever your heart desires, including grey sweatshirts!

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Naughty Tijuana Bible about Trump and Stormy

My friend Mitch O'Connell (that's O'Connell, the world's greatest artist, not McConnell, the invertebrate fascist symp), sent me a cache of Trump Tijuana Bibles, secreted in Tony Schwartz's 1987 book, The Art of the Deal.

Tijuana Bibles are little 8-panel pornographic comic books that were popular during the Great Depression, and usually starred famous comic strip characters, like Blondie, Popeye, Dick Tracy, and Mickey Mouse, engaging in all manner of carnal congress.

Mitch is selling copies from his stash of Donald Trump in "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?", by I.P. Freely, on his Etsy shop for the low price of $5 a copy!

Here's what Mitch has to say about it:

"Tijuana Bibles" or "8-Pagers" were palm-sized pornographic comic books produced from the 1920s to the early 1960s. The usually crudely drawn hardcore thrusting and pumping was illustrated by anonymous artists, and produced in secret printing facilities, as these spunky pen and ink hi-jinks violated about 20 different ye olden laws. Their popularity peaked during the Great Depression era selling millions of "under the counter" copies.

Well, I thought those were just memories from a bygone era, until I came across a source while taking my annual Tijuana vacation and bought all the store had, which was a boxful of little porno pamphlets called “Donald Trump in 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me’?”

It’s 8 (not including covers) sweaty 3" by 4 1/4" pages of palm pounding fun as our President and the lovely Superstar Stormy Daniels (plus a surprise love interest) get it up, get down and get it on!

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Gallery of vintage swingers personal advertisments

Artist Mitch O'Connell has curated a sizeable gallery of swingers ads from old magazines. Some are not safe for work. All are a testament to the varieties of the human experience.

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Only Mexico City has the cojones for the Trump/They Live Billboard!

A few months ago my artist pal Mitch O'Connell launched a crowdfunded plan to pay tribute to the cult classic movie They Live, about a race of space creatures who secretly take over Earth by brainwashing people into supporting policies that are bad for them. He got enough money to erect a billboard in Mexico City! Read the rest

Support the They Live / Trump Billboard campaign

My dear old friend Mitch O'Connell designed the art for this fabulous They Live tribute billboard, and he's looking for your support to rent billboard space for it.

“Clear Channel Outdoor” tells me renting one month of a 10’ 5” by 22’ 8” billboard can be had for as cheap as $850, plus a production fee of $225 every 60 days. So let’s set the goal at $1930 for one 2-month rental to begin with. If more money is raised, break out your pen and paper to do the math to figure out how many more billboards could be acquired.

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New book of Mitch O'Connell tattoos

Artist extraordinaire Mitch O'Connell has a new book out, called Tattoos Volume Two: 251 Designs, Bigger and Better! Mitch and I've known each other since we were both 16 years old at Boulder High School. (He was in marching band. Here's his photo.) He was a terrific artist then and I hated him for it. Decades later, my hate has mellowed to mere jealously and bitterness.

You can get a copy on Amazon, or buy a signed/inscribed copy direct from the Mitch (with extra surprises).

Here is how I remember Mitch:

And here is Mitch's drawing of his studio in the late 1970s early 1980s.


Dirty Needle tattoo art show opens tonight in Detroit

Temporary zombie tattoos by Mitch O'Connell

Mitch O'Connell at Tattoo Factory in Chicago

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Lovely Trump / They Live mashup T-shirt

Mitch O'Connell has designed not just one, but two T-shirts depicting Donald Trump as one of the elitist alien creatures from John Carpenter's cult classic movie, They Live.

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Unrequested tour poster for Paul McCartney

My friend, the artist Mitch O'Connell, wrote, "I decided to stop waiting for Sir Paul to give me a ring requesting that I design his tour poster, and just went ahead and whipped one up. So if you know the second cousin to Paul's lighting guy, someone who works at the dry cleaner where Paul drops off his shirts, or have 3rd row tickets to an upcoming concert, please pass along my art! Who knows, not that he'll like it, but with your help, he might actually see it- so please pass it along!

"I was happy that, out of the 27,876,542 Paul McCartney illustrations that exist, I actually came up with something new (I think)! I combined about 50 references in the drawing, a few obvious ones being the walking pose from Abbey Road, the profile from Relvolver, the garb of Sgt. Pepper, the lettering from Magical Mystery Tour, and on and on and on, all rendered with a nod to Yellow Submarine. If I ever get the time, I can easily see matching John, George and Ringo pieces in the future!" Read the rest

Chicago prankster makes awesome flyers comparing artists to rats

A Chicago based artist/rat spotted this excellent prank flyer on a phone pole in Chicago. He has so far managed to avoid eating any of the artist bait that's been left out for him and his kind. Read the rest

Mitch O'Connell the World's Best Artist by Mitch O'Connell - now an ebook!

Holding off purchasing Mitch O'Connell the World's Best Artist by Mitch O'Connell because you just didn't have the room for a giant 4 lb. book?

You're in luck!

Now it's a featherweight ebook!!

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And it has THIRTY EIGHT EXTRA PAGES of sexy art and sensational stories!!!!

"A pop surrealist and low-brow luminary over-the-top, kitschy, vibrant mood-elevating coffee table book!" -Huffington Post

"Oozing charm! Bright and Brash!" -Chicago Tribune "A Brilliant American artist!" -Hi-Fructose Magazine

"An eye-popping curation of the pop artist's finest illustrations!" -Yahoo! Music

"We're smitten with everything Mitch has ever done. There's no escaping that his art is awesome!" -Bizarre magazine

"I'm tempted to tear out the pages and hang them on the wall!" -USA Today

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Last Gasp's "Humble Underground Book Bundle"

Our friends at the world's greatest underground publisher Last Gasp launched a Humble Underground Book Bundle! Pay what you want for digital editions of killer art/culture books by Mitch O'Connell, Basil Wolverton, Kirsten Anderson, Diane di Prima, the Cacophony Society, and more. Read the rest

Dirty Needle tattoo art show opens tonight in Detroit

Mitch O'Connell is curating the the "M.O'C" Dirty Needle, an erotic tattoo art show, that opens tonight in Detroit. Read the rest

Dynamite embroidered cloth patches that tell it like it is

Artist Mitch O'Connell has posted his astonishingly large collection of 1970s embroidered patches. I hope somebody starts making them again! Read the rest

Freaky baby clothes and accessories by Mitch O'Connell

Artist Mitch O'Connell recently had a baby. After making a pipe pacifier for his infant, he started a line of baby clothing featuring sideshow characters!

Step right up! The Fair has come to town!

From "The Prince of Pop Art," artist Mitch O'Connell introduces "Lil' Sideshow," a tent full of adorable carnival cutie characters ready adorn all your baby wear needs!

Have your wee one look fashionable on the midway as they turn over a prize winning plastic duck or ride high on the Ferris Wheel!

A circus parade of choices, including the cute "Lil' Mermaid" to mighty "Lil' Strongman" or the even spookier "Lil' Spidora" and mischievous "Lil' Devil Child" on everything from diaper bags to onesies!

Alive! Real!

If your heart can take it, see them all by clicking on the link

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Big gallery of toy cigarettes and pipes for kids

Mitch O'Connell asks, "What boy wouldn't want to emulate the suave sophistication and rugged manliness of a Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Steve McQueen, and that guy that lives in front of the 7-11?"

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