On Hypebeast is an article featuring 10 artists they consider to be influential in fashion right now, and they chose me as one of them. Pretty cool…there are some incredible talents on the list, so i’m deeply honored and humbled. I’m even more moved the image chosen is my pigeon with a condom in his mouth. Influential indeed! Read the whole article here: http://hypebeast.com/2015/3/10-visual-artists-making-waves-in-fashion
I’ve got three new large pieces showing at Subliminal Projects Gallery in Los Angeles from January 24- Feb 21. The opening reception for the show was haywire and well attended, if you want to see the group show in peace, now is your chance. Some great work from artists like Ed Templeton, Cleon Peterson, Sean Cliver, Mark McKee, Michael Sieben, Mark Foster, Ben Horton, Donny Miller and lots of others. All the work is visible and available for purchase (including my paintings and a limited edition Antihero Andy Roy Roaches screenprint) at Subliminal’s website. http://subliminalprojects.com/exhibition/agents-provocateurs/pigeon-trio_change-your-prescription_lo-res/
Seb Carayol, who edited my recent book “Look Away,” has written and edited a new book, “Agents Provocateurs,” published by Gingko Press. Its a collection of 100 of the most provocative and memorable skateboard graphics of all time, and there’s tons of great work by filthy animals like Sean Cliver, Todd Bratrud, Ed Templeton, Jeremy Fish, Mark McKee, Michael Sieben, and Alyasha Moore. And i’ve got a bunch of my favorite work in there too. And on the back cover too, yes! Buy it online or anywhere else you might buy your filth. Support your local bookstore if you can.
2014 was a busy one. Here are all the decks i designed last year, including the ones that coincided with my book “Look Away: The Art of Todd Francis” from Wins Publishing (available online). The year started with a bang with Vagrant All Stars, and ended with another bang in Raney Beres’ first pro deck. And 2015 is gonna be even better.
Getting to do a deck for the legendary Jeff Grosso is one thing…but to celebrate a Live And Let Live mentality with a pro-gay rights graphic, and at the same time knowing you might be alienating much of Grosso’s fan base….well, it adds up to be one of the more meaningful board graphics i’ve done in my sweet, short life, and it went over big. The Gross Gay Pride decks sold out remarkably fast, and got a lot of people very stoked. Fun fact: the inspiration for the graphic was via Grosso’s instagram feed, where people were arguing back and forth …
As part of my ongoing monthly page for Penthouse Magazine, here is my piece for their March 2015 issue, on newsstands now. I hope you’re viewing this on your phone right now. It might be my favorite one so far. Stay tuned for more updates and artwork appearing in Penthouse, this stuff is fun.
During the June 2014 art show and release party for my book “Look Away: the Art of Todd Francis” at The Branch in Costa Mesa, CA, i showed a new charcoal drawing that was displayed in the men’s room. This piece was a real crowd pleaser, and it led to a flurry of comments throughout the night. Seen here for the first time, its large (60″ x 44″) and in charge. For inquiries, contact Yong-Ki Chang at email@example.com
If you don’t already know, i’m doing a monthly art page for Penthouse Magazine. Really fun ongoing project. Every month i get to explore today’s pressing issues: peace in the middle east, global warming, racial tensions, and frozen yogurt. Here is my piece for their January 2015 issue, on a magazine rack near you. Yummy!
Recently completed artwork for a series of articles on Xgames.com for ESPN exploring the economic concerns for athletes and participants in “the industry”. Called Money In Action, the articles discuss those who’ve cashed in, and those living in a van down by the river. Here’s one of the illustrations. To read the articles, and to see the artwork in its natural habitat, go read them for yourself. Here’s a link to the few: http://xgames.espn.go.com/article/11781311/money-action-living-dream http://xgames.espn.go.com/article/11904068/money-action-future-esports
Starting with the December ’14 issue, i’ll be doing a monthly page of art for everyone’s favorite source for cutting edge journalism, Penthouse Magazine. Yep, its true. The fine folks at Penthouse gave me very specific rules to stick to: Do Whatever The Hell You Want. With this in mind, i hope to give readers exactly what they’re looking for when they pick up an issue of Penthouse….really good, thought-provoking artwork! Here is my first piece for Penthouse’s December issue, stay tuned for monthly updates on this. And get yourself a subscription to really take it all in.