Thursday, April 21, 2016

RIP Prince 1958–2016

I'm shocked and heartbroken that another musical genius has died far too young.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dead Media 5: Newspaper Skull

I was invited to speak at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas and as part of my visit I worked with students in the graphic design program to create a new large scale anamorphic installation in the lobby of the School of the Arts building. The timing was appropriate as it was just announced that the local newspaper would no longer be printing in town, but moving production to another city before eventually transitioning to just a digital format. This temporary piece will stay up for just a few days before it is disassembled and recycled.

This piece is part of my ongoing Dead Media series. Would you like me to make one at your school? Get in touch.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

365: A Daily Creativity Journal – New & Expanded


I'm pleased to announce that the brand new edition of my book 365: A Daily Creativity Journal is now available! 

This book is your guide to making your own daily yearlong creativity projects, inspired by the success I had with my own Skull-A-Day project. This new & expanded edition features an additional month of prompts to keep you going after you finish your own yearlong project and new resources & interviews to keep you inspired!

Ask for it at your local independent bookstore! Don't know where one is? IndieBound can help you out.

Of course it's available at your favorite online book retailer as well, including Amazon.com,
Barnes & Noble & Quarto.

If you'd like for me to do a book signing/talk/workshop in your town drop me a line!





Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snowmageddon Skull

My hometown was hit by this year's crazy blizzard and since we're not used to dealing with snow down South, everything shut down. After 2 days stuck at home we all start to get a bit stir crazy. Luckily the sun was out today and snow was finally packing friendly, so I decided to add another snow skull creation to my collection...




And after two days in the sun...



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

RIP David Bowie 1947–2016

David Bowie's death was surprisingly shocking, he'd always been in the background of my life and I guess I unconsciously expected him to live forever.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

RIP Lemmy 1945–2015

Lemmy was a truly one-of-a-kind guy. I'm so glad I got to meet him in person briefly many years ago. He will be missed.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Fire, Flour & Fork Skull


I was commissioned by Real Richmond to create a piece of artwork for the Halloween portion of their Fire, Flour & Fork event this year.


I created this papel picado style illustration to be used on all of their marketing materials at the Beaux Arts Ball held at The Jefferson Hotel on Halloween evening, which also happened to be the 120th anniversary of its opening!




As well as being used online and in print, my image was also projected onto the hotel itself and used as decoration inside the lobby.


Some of my other work was also on display as projections in the space!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Chop Suey Skull II




For this year's Halloween window display at Chop Suey Books here in Richmond, Virginia I created a giant skull out of pages from my Skull-A-Day book (which they published)! Don't have a copy yet? Get yours HERE. Or look for it at these fine stores...

New York City
Raleigh, North Carolina
Quail Ridge Books
Durham, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Richmond, Virginia



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dead Media 4

I was asked to create a new site specific installation at the Science Museum of Virginia here in Richmond, Virginia as part of the RVA MakerFest. The local creative reuse organization Stuff Redux helped me collect the hundreds of CDs & DVDs I needed to create this anamorphic piece.








See my previous Dead Media installations HERE, HERE and HERE.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Anatomy of War: Match Skull

Another skull from my upcoming Anatomy of War exhibition opening this Wednesday at Krause Gallery in NYC. This one was made by arranging and burning matches directly on the work surface.

The show runs September 9 through October 13 and if you're in the NYC area you're invited to come out for the preview reception this Wednesday, September 9. Get more details and RSVP for the reception HERE.

You can take a look at the process of creating some of the work for this show here...

Monday, August 31, 2015

Anatomy of War: Bullet Skull II

For my upcoming solo exhibition Anatomy of War at Krause Gallery in NYC I created a brand new bullet hole skull inspired by my piece on day 344 of the original Skull-A-Day project. This one was made by shooting directly into a large wooden panel...



The show runs September 9 through October 13 and if you're in the NYC area you're invited to come out for the preview reception on Wednesday, September 9. Get more details and RSVP for the reception HERE.

You can take a look at the process of creating some of the work for this show here...






Saturday, August 29, 2015

League of Space Pirates Album Release


The project I have been working on the hardest since the completion of my original Skull-A-Day project is the collaborative science fiction universe League of Space Pirates

Now after 7 long years of work our first album has come out! Precognitive Universe of Emergent Desire is 13 tracks of 80s inspired electronic rock made by a band of anti-corporate outlaws 500 years in the future!

The album is available on pretty much any digital music service you can imagine. Here are a few links to easy ways to listen and buy the tracks right now...

And for those of you (like me) who still like a tactile product to go with their music I've made a limited run of CDs which you can purchase directly from me HERE.

Thanks for listening!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

[BONUS] 434. Dead Media 3

I was recently invited to go to Austin Peay University for a short residency where I created a new anamorphic installation in my Dead Media series. In this case I worked with old vinyl records. Around 100 were used to create this site specific piece...








See my previous Dead Media installations HERE and HERE.

Monday, March 2, 2015

[BONUS] Skeleton Damask Stencil

 My Skeleton Damask pattern is now available as a DIY PDF download!

http://spacepirate.org/skulladay/skeletondamask.pdf





To make the repeat pattern you'll need to make two copies of this stencil and reverse one of them. For doing an entire room I recommend two sets of the finished stencils so that they can be alternated while they dry.  

It's Creative Commons licensed so you can use it for any personal projects, but if you want to sell it please get in touch first! Also please send me an image of the end results so I can share it. Have fun!