Mustaches are Infectious!

26/08/2008

Our meddling production manager Dennis, has a little fascination with Burt Reynolds’ mustache. So what happens when we let Dennis get a little too involved in ‘marketing’ projects? Umm… well this…

We were doing a little free Car Art giveaway with our friends at über-hip blog Hustler of Culture. Dennis somehow got in the mix and convinced us to challenge the readers of Hustler of Culture to email us a picture of their best Burt Reynold’s-inspired mustache (be it stuck on, inked, or home-grown). We got a little overwhelmed with the responses!

Well… huge congrats to the beautiful Christine (above) and her fake Captain Morgan-esque facial hair who hands down won the free hood piece.

Beth, Jennifer and Christopher all receive a free Icon piece of their choice for their impressive runner-up efforts.



Announcing the Obama Car Art Winners! Products on sale now.

25/08/2008


As CRO, the founder of Gotellmama.org puts it – “on the road to the Whitehouse, this atypical candidate is going to require a fresh approach”. And atypical it has been. Artists all over the United States have risen up in a groundswell of support for Obama and channeled their passion into their art.

Infectious is feeling the love too. For our first themed contest we asked artists to blow up the political bumper sticker into something big and beautiful, so that we can all take that collective Obama passion to the streets in the form of Car Art.

Here are our winners…
Juan Pa Molina was inspired by the posters of Russian Constructivism to communicate his ardent belief in Obama.

Jack Martin’s Car Art reflects his belief that now is the time to go from a country run by fear, to one run on hopes and dreams.

We feel the car is the perfect canvas on which to shout out to the world your support of Barack Obama. We hope you think so too.

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SOME ADDED NOTES….. or “Why didn’t you #!?$#!’s do a McCain contest?”

We’ve had a number of irritated and feisty people contact us asking “Why didn’t you do a McCain contest?!” Well, we didn’t do a more general one that also supported McCain for three reasons:

First off, we had artists proactively approach us wanting to do Obama Car Art – so it was partially reactive.

Second, we felt that there was a significant art movement out there around the Obama campaign that was conducive to this project. For instance, just search Flickr for Obama art and McCain art and you can see the difference. 4604 results vs. 353 results – with much of the McCain art being derogatory. We honestly didn’t think we could have successfully done a McCain car art contest.

And finally, yes… we are admitted Obama fans here.

However, all that said and done…. Prove us wrong! If you want to do McCain Car Art, we welcome you. Heck, bring on Nader Car Art too! We’ll offer the same booty that we offered for the Obama Art Contest to those submissions. Just submit your idea for McCain Car Art into our open submissions.

We love Obama here, but we love freedom of speech and open communication of ideas even more.

Thanks for telling us what you think.


Happy Owls and Burlesque Vixens: Our first Car Art Submission Winners

14/08/2008

A month ago Infectious launched its Open Submissions so that any talented artist, regardless of who they are, had the opportunity to join the Infectious family. Today we’re launching the first winners into our catalog.

Andy J Miller’s design Happy Hippy Clouds and Owls was inspired by tribal patterns and children’s book illustrations. On the message boards it elicited responses such as “dreamy”, “heartbreakingly pretty” and “…looks like a Shel Silverstein illustration”. We agree – we “love, love it” too and so we nominated Andy’s uplifting art our favorite submission of the month.

Devin Lawson’s Car-tini Car Art will also be joining the catalog with its homage to Dita Von Teese’s infamous martini glass striptease act. Check out his drunken fez monkey and evil pimiento of doom here and see if he can tempt you into adding a little lounge style into your life.

Think you can dream up some Car Art? We’d love to see your vision of art on a car too. Check out our submission guidelines here: http://www.infectious.com/submissions/overview and maybe it will be you that we’re inviting into our catalog next month…


Go Tell Mama We’re For Obama: CRO teams up with Infectious

07/08/2008


CRO (aka graphic designer Ray Noland) was inspired to create his Obama campaign (www.gotellmama.org) after a serious bike accident in 2006. His six week recovery period in hospital inspired him to re-evaluate what he wanted to do with his life. He realized that his goal was to support Barack Obama. Ray felt that “on the road to the White House, this atypical candidate would require a fresh approach”. When he got home, he took a TIME magazine cover as inspiration and created a portrait of Obama above the words “The Dream”. The response from his friends was unanimously positive, and it wasn’t long until he started printing them up by the thousands. With a little help from a wheat paste recipe on his website, his guerrilla street propaganda has taken on a life of its own, and Ray’s unofficial Obama campaign can now be seen in cities all across the US.

Check out his Obama Car Art for Infectious, and see why he got a cease and desist letter from The Harlem Globetrotters when he first unveiled his design 😉