Maxwell Paternoster is frequently asked to design characters for magazines (recently, Business Week and Dry UK). However, he has also slapped his graphics on shirts, skateboards, BMX bikes, and customized tennis shoes. Paternoster’s elaborate doodles are playful, but he often hides darker themes in his illustrations. (Check out the processed chicken graphic at the end of this post and see if you still want some chicken nuggets!)
Essentially, Black Sheep is a collection of photographs, stories, and reflections on family from the perspective of individuals involved in underground scenes, aiming to challenge the presumption that people involved in subcultures—be it hardcore, punk, graffiti, skate, tattoo culture, or whatever else–come from unstable homes or have poor family values.
There are over 100 contributors: everyone from Darryl Jenifer of the Bad Brains to Melissa Auf der Maur of Hole; Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins to brothers Dave One and A-Trak. In some cases I really felt like a peeping tom looking into a window at the lives of some of the icons who molded my youth. The book is about family values: how these people were shaped as kids, and what values they’d like to instill in their own children.
A big part of this book also seems to be helping people not familiar with underground scenes to break the negative stereotypes surrounding people who are in some way against the grain. Yes, you can be a tattooed hardcore frontman who takes his kids to the park every day and has Sunday brunch with his grandmother each week. This is really “The Osbournes” meets Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Not only is Black Sheep a great book but it was also compiled by Karyn Gray, one of my all time favorite B/D interns. Karyn moved to LA from Canada to work with us for a few months and it’s so great to see that she’s started a career in publishing. Congrats Karyn!
The Creators Project recently interviewed digital-installation renaissance man Karl Sadler about his role as both an artist & a director. The interview highlights his latest project, “The Sculpture of The Album,” made in collaboration with popular London-based band The XX. Through harnessing technology and art, Sadler gives visual form to the band’s music, creating a physical representation of the intangible. The piece sheds light on what happens when media and message are mixed, and, on a broader level, the creative process. Visit The Creative Project site to read the full interview with Sadler, as well as explore other creatives from around the world working across a broad range of media. If you’re in the NYC area, stay tuned for The Creators Project Launch Event June 26!
Harrison Roberts’ work combines vertiginous, mandalic quality linework, texture and patterns with a pop color sensibility. Harrison is near and dear to our hearts as he actually was a fearless B/D intern earlier this year! We’re really excited he’ll be part of our upcoming “Art Works Every Time” exhibition! Just 4 days away now…
Andrew Bannecker is an illustrator from Washington D.C. His style is a mix of clean, simple shapes, with textures giving it an aged look. But his work is far from simple: just looking at it work sparks your imagination. Traversing a variety of different subjects, his characters have a retro 60’s cartoon twist to them. I dig it!
Hugo Arias is a Toronto based artist. He describes himself as an illustrator with the ambitions of a writer: “I want to have the world see what I see because for whatever reason I have come to the conclusion that my head is an interesting place to be, and I would enjoy some company.” To check out other works, or just discover the wonders that is the mind of Hugo Arias, check out his blog!