We are importing this week’s Open Submission winner straight from New Zealand. Nope, it’s not a sheep, it’s Paul Shih and his Heavy Metal Panda God “Pandara” rocking out in the design, Hollow Threat. The artwork started off life back in 2007 as a Punk Rock themed concept, inspired by the band Minor Threat. But the idea never quite gelled for Shih. In early 2009 he made the connection between pandas and Heavy Metal’s affinity for unsubtle eyeliner and Pandara was born. Check him shreddin’ his guitar in this promo video for Shih’s matching vinyl toy character.
Infectious will be taking a short break from launching new designs until 2010. We hope your New Year’s celebrations are filled with as much head banging, fire breathing and axe wielding as Paul’s panda characters. Have a rocking holidays!
Team Infectious are on cloud nine as we proudly announce our first ever collection of t-shirts. Eight rocking garments of 100% cotton-y goodness that you get to wrap around your torso, just in time for Christmas. All these have been printed in super low quantities, so get them while the getting is good.
Our community of artists sharpened their pencils and fired up Illustrator and Photoshop to create some wonderful and unique t-shirts for our recent Tee Party design challenge. We were shocked and awed by Hollis Brown Thornton reinterpreting the legendary Three Wolf Moon into a Black Panther graphic, Alphonzo Solorzano’s font-tastic stingray design To the Sea, David Szebenyi’s puckish Spirits tee and SteveOramA’s ThEarlYears – a tribute to the late, great Bob Ross. Grand prize and a kiss under the mistletoe however, goes to Kirsten McCrea who takes home $2000 and the community vote for Take Me With You – her nostalgic love letter to the tape cassette.
And because it’s the season for spoiling you, we also asked some of our favorite catalog artists to rustle up a t-shirt design for you to slip underneath the tree as well. Check out MAD’s Homies, Julie West’s Bear Killa and Kristina Collantes’ The Gummy Inferno of Leonard’s Innards. All tees are available for an astoundingly reasonable $19.99. What can we say… you’re welcome 🙂
And don’t forget! Today is your last chance to succumb to holiday shopping at Infectious and get 20% off all products in the process. Simply type in the discount code EGGNOG at checkout.
On Wednesday night Infectious threw a holiday party to be remembered. Team Infectious and our community of artists and friends celebrated the holiday season over at Fabric8 Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission district. Many thanks to Olivia for sharing her beautiful gallery space with us.
Reuben Rude, Nico Berry, Alphonzo Solorzano and our on-staff artists cranked out some mini-masterpieces on the spot and the rest of the night was packed with goodie bags of free Infectious art, festive refreshments and even a testosterone-fueled jumping jack and push up claps contest. Still no word on who was the winner – we’re sure the saga will continue next year… Until then, happy holidays from us to you.
We’re doing a little Holiday throw down at Fabric8 in the Mission. Come join us for a little December libation. We’ve got free drinks, random, quirky goodie bags for the first who show up and live sketching from numerous Infectious artists. All while supplies last.
Time: 7pm on December 16th.
Here is how to find the spot.
This week’s launch is from one of our veteran catalog artists, Sket One. Check out his limited edition Running Ripple skateboard which comes in a rather unique back flavor. Sket’s Ripple character was born when he decided that he wanted to create a mascot all his own. Inspired by gas station toys from the 1950’s and the iconic plumpness of figures like the Michelin Man and Bob’s Big Boy, Ripple gives a nod to days past when corporate icons were so much more than supermodels. This little ice cream cone might be round, but that doesn’t mean he’s not fast… Time to start practicing those kick flips.
ps. don’t forget Friday 18th December is the cut off date for holiday shipping. Just type in the discount code EGGNOG at check-out to get 20% off all products.
Infectious is a little hot and bothered as we announce this week’s catalog launch from Dennis McNulty. His pieces, titled Zoe 1981 and Medcalf 1981, were inspired by the iconic pin-up artists Zoë Mozert and Bill Medcalf. It all started when a six year old Dennis stumbled upon his Father’s stash of vintage Playboy magazines. Although he was a little unsettled by the photographs in the magazine, he was strangely transfixed by the drawings of pin-up models nestled amongst the advertisements for cars, cigarettes, and bachelorwear. An artist was born and years later we see the fruit of his creative labor with work from his most recent show, 1981 Pervert. With his latest additions to the Infectious catalog, Dennis holds true to the urban inspired aesthetic that he is known for while still keeping us guessing as he expertly combines retro and modern imagery with iconic dames of years past.
We’re adding a twang of Rock and Roll to our catalog today with the addition of renowned Southern rock and roll poster artist Jermaine Rogers. He’s created concert posters from everyone from The Shins, to Morrissey, to Radiohead. Today he shares with us two pieces of art featuring his trademark bunny that started off life as Foo Fighter posters. Aleppin Sane riffs off of Bowie’s legendary Aladdin Insane cover. The Clash’s London Calling album cover was the trigger for Jermaine’s Smash artwork. In the words of the man himself: “Culture is hijacked over and over again and I’m proud to do my little insignificant part in the process. I find it kind of comforting that absolutely nothing is ‘new’. We’re all fake.”