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  • Mab Graves Talks Origin Stories and the Dream World with POW

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    Mab Graves is one of those otherworldly, super rare –  yet very much in existence – people who you dream about living in a cotton candy houses and communing with squirrels. She is whimsical, humble and quirky to the most cavernous depths of her bones, all neatly packaged atop a pair of boots and with a pastel pink swirl of hair to seal the deal. The talented and accomplished young ethereal illustrator sat down for a Q&A about origin stories, the dream world and plans post-DCon.

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    So Mab, you have two Prints on Wood collaborations under your belt currently, both of which are in our view here at DCOn. Can you talk about those two pieces and their content?

    "The Entomologist's Daughter" is the special edition piece we did with a run of 20 prints. It was actually originally for a show in Australia that I did;  the theme was 'wilderness.' In working on the piece, I wanted to incorporate forest elements of course, but it's called "The Entomologist's Daughter" because the idea is that she's the little girl of a father who is an entomologist, someone who studies insects. I imagine she spends her days befriending the animals and not being afraid of bugs, because I know I was.

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    I really liked bugs when I was smaller. This for sure progressed into me eating a bug at some point though. 

    I still to this day have a fear of bugs. I don't know why –  especially cockroaches. I live in the city and it's basically the bug of the city. But yes, I love the idea of this little girl who understood bugs in a way that I don't, and who has this lack of fear which I definitely do have. So I think there was definitely a lot of that feeling going into it; I also just wanted to paint a kind of romantic, really pretty, medieval-colored, little fairy-tale child.

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    And this piece ["The Feral Exodus"] was for a show I did a couple of years ago called The Runaways. It was basically the story of the land where children go to when they run away. Some of the runaways are more feral than others, kind of like a Peter Pan or The Lost Boys.

    They all look very determined. 

    Yes. Yes, they're all heading somewhere. They all have some place to go. I also wanted the land to be a little bit strange though. There's not a lot of green. The trees are bare. There's strange animals like spider rabbits and cats with two tails roaming.

    Your character seems to come out a lot in your paintings, where as some artists are a little more detached or ambiguous with their work. Do you take note of this when creating? Is it important for you to feel reflected back in your work?

    You know it's funny. Sometimes I'll meet artists and be like. . .'huh, i wouldn't have expected that.' With me, I'm absolutely a part of my work. Sometimes, I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I'm the only one whose face I can get to stay still, so I like accidentally end up in a lot pieces. But yes, my work is so much a part of my life and my thoughts. Most of my paintings come from dreams or strange ideas; it's just so much a part of me. It's actually hard for me to let them go. If I didn't have to survive, I would probably keep all of my paintings.

     Essentially, if you could stomach it, no one would probably even know you do this.

    Oh and they didn't! That's the strange part.

    What's the story behind that?

    I'd just always been told that being an artist is not a job and that it's not a good way to make a living; which is harsh, but true to an extent. I'd loved drawing and painting my whole life. I was just working as a bartender and I'd get off work and I'd go home to this little house I was renting which had a room upstairs that was always closed and it was just full, floor to ceiling, with paintings.

    Someone I knew found out about it and let a gallery know and they came and then did a show of the work. Things kind of took off. No one had seen my early work or beginning work, I was just kind of out of the closet as an artist at that point. This was about seven years ago.

    I'm from Indiana, so on the coasts, you have so much more of a scene and a culture. I didn't do a whole lot on line; I was just surviving and working. I didn't realize that there was this world happening, like this really healthy thriving scene where real people were actual artists.

    I used to be very afraid of [that idea] and being myself and would be very professional with what I was posting online. Now, I've gotten bolder and braver with sharing my personality and myself and people seem to really connect.

    You mentioned a lot of your paintings deriving from dreams. Do you always remember your dreams? What's the Dream World like for you?

    You know what, I don't always remember my dreams; but i do know my dreams are really funny. I wake myself up like three times a week laughing. My husband will try and wake me up, but I'm just totally preoccupied and laughing while trying to remember what the dream was about. But when I do remember dreams, it'll be of deep importance with a lot of symbolism and a lot of weird strange things. I'm also never myself in dreams; I'm often not even in them, just observing a story. Also when I dream, I'm a male. I'm a boy. . .in like all my dreams, which someone told me meant that I was a boy in a past life.

    Super bizarre, Mab. What do you have coming up after DCon. 

    I have a solo show in Philadelphia in April that I'm working on that'll take place at a gallery called Arch Enemy Arts and in May, I'll be back out here for a three-girl show at Corey Helford Gallery. I'm actually legitimately booked until 2018. I was hoping to take a vacation next year and I looked at my schedule and I basically can't; like i don't have a week.

    I'm so grateful though. In three years I could be bar-tending again, you never know.

    Keep up with Mabs on her Instagram linked in here, and stay tuned for more print releases to come.

  • Buff Monster talks Future Plans, the Renaissance Era and the Unexpected Existential Reasons Behind Why He Paints Melty Things

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    Established painter, illustrator and aficionado of melty things, Buff Monster, had just finished up a taxing hour of signing and doodling on several hundred prints and knick knacks when we finally found time to chat. In a lone corner of DesignerCon 2015 – while thousands of enthusiastic design lovers from far and near strolled the aisles scoping out munny, dunnys, exclusive prints, rare apparel and more – we sat munching on energy bars, chatting about future plans, examining how Buff's art is inspired by the Renaissance era and finally, getting to the root of why he has such a disposition for melty things.

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    It's really exciting to be chatting with you here at DCon2015. You just drew on a ton of stuff for a ton of people, so thanks for taking time to hang out. Can you talk about the print you have available here through Prints on Wood? It's also worth noting to readers that it's entitled "Self Portrait."

    You know, sometimes I just paint sort of blobby, melty guys and for a die-cut piece of that size, I just thought it would be such a strong image. Derric [of POW] and I started talking about working together a few years ago and he hit me up one day to say 'we can do die-cut stuff."

    Your expression tells me you were really excited about that.

    Yes. I was like 'now you're talking; that just makes sense.' So we've done a couple of little guys and that's been fun, and we'll do a third one soon.


    In August of 2015, Buff released his first POW collaboration with the affable and adorable "Strawberry Terry" over an exclusive three-day timed release. He returned again just earlier this month with the equally lovable "Vanilla Camilla."


    Awesome. I'm glad you were receptive to that. Die-cuts do add another layer of intrigue to the product. You can essentially print whatever you do on anything and it's going to look cool, but die-cuts especially interested you?  

    Yeah, because it has to make sense, you know. The means of productions have totally changed to where anybody can make anything: a sticker, a t-shirt or anything. I mean you can print on wood— you can do anything you want. So it's not about 'if you can do it,' it becomes about 'should you do it' and how does each new thing you do fit into what you've been doing. So that's why I feel like with [these collaborations] things have just made sense.

    Sick. And you have a third little guy coming out with POW which you mentioned; are you able to talk about what that release might be like?

    Yeah, yeah. Actually, if anyone reading this is an avid follower of me on Instagram, they will have an idea of what the third one is. Otherwise, it'll be a happy surprise for everyone.

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    That was just like a blatant plug to go follow your Instagram; you just made this so click-baity. You do this often?

    [Laughs] Just part of my job.

    So Buff, ice cream, blobby things, melty things— can you just tell me a little bit about why you're so keen on these melty substances. What's up with that?

    Well ice cream and melting things in general have become a nice metaphor for life.

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    Response just got way deeper than I was expecting it to get, but continue please. 

    Yeah. Especially with the skulls; there's all these skulls usually in everything I do and that goes back to Renaissance paintings. I love Renaissance paintings because they're just amazing. I have no interest in painting the human figure whatsoever. It's just not interesting to me at all; like who cares. But, I love those paintings from the Renaissance. Those were the masters and that was just like the peak of painting.

    And with Renaissance paintings, they always had skulls in there which symbolized the uncertainty and frivolity of life, with the certainty of death. And I think that's an interesting thing.

    So usually, the guys that I paint are these ice cream characters that are delightfully unaware of their certain fate.

    So that's just something to chew on and digest. What's interesting about what you just said is that I didn't take your work as this obvious attempt to paint something contrasting or conflicting in nature. I'm glad I asked; otherwise, I wouldn't have gone down that road with you. Thanks for taking me on that trip, man. 

    You are very welcome.

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    What do you have coming up that you're able to chat about; what're you working on these days?

    The big thing right now is the book. I have a new book coming out in a couple of weeks and it's my first book in like 6 years. It covers just the last 2-3 years of my work. It's a nice little thing, you know: there's over 600 photos, 224 pages and it's hard-cover. A lot of behind the scenes stuff in there as well. And also an essay by my friend who's a big writer.

    Can you drop a name? 

    His name is Carlo McCormick and he's been writing about art for probably 30 years. So he wrote the intro and that was just really nice of him. Carlo's great. Living in New York, I get to see Carlo pretty regularly and he's always been a nice guy and really supportive and I appreciate that.

    So yeah, it's a good project. It's called Stay Melty and it comes out on Ginko Press, so I'll be posting more info on that soon.

    Thanks for chatting Buff. 

    You can pre-order Stay Melty right now over at Ginko Press by clicking here. Stay tuned for more on Buff's third release soon in the coming weeks. Stay Melty, friends.

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  • POW x DesignerCon 2015

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    This weekend, the POW team soaked up our fair share of art appreciation and positive vibes while in lovely Pasadena, Ca attending the third annual DesignerCon.
    DCon brings together the who's who in the worlds of custom art, illustrations, apparel, miniatures, and all around exclusive finds. With over 70,000 sq. ft. and over 300 vendors to explore, this event is a yearly MUST for anyone intrigued by the design trade.

    2015 brought an all-star lineup to the convention overall, but the energy was well-felt over at booth #512. Several of our favorite artists came to hang out and sign prints; the roster included Mab Graves, Jermaine Rogers, Buff Monster, Camille Rose Garcia, Luke Chueh, Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez, Bioworkz, Joe Ledbetter and Jeff Soto.

    Over the two-day event, wood prints found new homes, laughs were shared, good times were had, but also photographed; and since photos are totally worth a thousand words, see below for visuals of DCon 2015 and be sure to check back soon for updates and interviews with Buff Monster, Mab Graves, KMNDZ, Jermaine Rogers and more!

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    Joe Ledbetter graced DCon with this wall installation, where a team of POW 1 of 1 prints hung out for the weekend. Below, see work from Ron English (left), KMNDZ (center) and Buff Monster (right).

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    Throughout the course of the event, KMNDZ live painted, shaping up a sweet tribute piece centered around some of our favorite characters and their original illustrator's noteworthy designs. Can you spot any?

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    Fans lined up for a chance to get a doodle from Mab Graves as soon as she entered the booth. The intoxicating, humorous and welcoming demeanor of the artist adds volumes to her dreamy illustrative appeal. Worth noting, the Indiana born artist's backstory into the art world is about as surreal as her paintings. We've got the proof.

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    Photographed here: Rock illustrator and man of many-a-positive vibes, Jermaine Rogers signing. prints of "The Exchange." Below, a look at his 1 of 1 large format print titled "Frida and Vincent."

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    Photographed here: Ron English's "Stormtrooper Grin."

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    Put Buff Monster at a booth for an hour with a Sharpie in hand and the people will come. After his signing, the busy man of melty talents sat down for a one-on-one conversation about his brand new book, the Renaissance era and why he paints melty things. Get the insight here.

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    Over Dcon weekend, Camille Rose Garcia talked art and inspiration with fans while signing prints, note pads and copies of her various books. With titles ranging from Tragic Kingdom, The Saddest Place on Earth and her latest, Mirror, Black Mirror, she brought the magical gloom in the most ingenious of ways. Filled with all-telling creatures, inquisitive spirits and a sense of macabre intrigue, her work is some of the most easily distinguishable in the dark arts.

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    Painter/designer Luke Chueh took time out to attract some star attention. A favorite of many intrigued by the areas of "lowbrow" pop art, he is beloved for his "Hello Lukey" reiteration among many other minimalist adaptations of familiar images.

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    Hundreds of these little guys found new homes over the weekend, with one of POW's biggest giveaways having taken place at DCon. Snapping a photo of the POW booth, posting it to Instagram, then tagging and hashtagging @PrintsonWood is all that was needed to talk away with one of these Jeff Soto owl prints. DCon attendees were given the opportunity to grab a print, then take it right behind the POW booth over to Jeff's to get it signed. Convenience at its finest.

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    Photographed here: 1 of 1 "Ornate Elephant" by Bioworkz. View all of Bioworkz work available through POW here.


  • POW @ DesignerCon Nov. 21-22


    DesignerCon is JUST around the corner, and that means cool toys, awesome artistry and print releases from your friends at POW. The two day convention is here extending a spotlight on the world of customs, apparel, miniatures and art. This year, we're doing a few really exciting things for the two-day event, including a release of our (very first) Prints on Wood t-shirt! Lot's of cool stuff to look forward to this weekend, so get a taste of what to expect here.

    First things first, know that you'll be able to find us taking up spaces #512 and #513 on Saturday and Sunday, so just refer back to here if you get lost. We will be decked out in all of the proper POW insignia, so you shouldn't miss us.

    Secondly, we'll have some signings going on! If you're into getting your art certified by the ingenious hands who designed it, come hang out. Want Buff Monster to hit your print with a little doodle just for you?  Awesome, so do we. This is why we'll have a handful of amazing artists hanging out with us during DCon; follow our Instagram here to stay in the know with our schedule-- or for the sake of convenience, you can simply view them below.


    11- 12 pm Mab Graves

    12 - 1 pm Jermaine Rogers

    1 - 2 pm Buff Monster

    2:00 - 3:00 Camille Rose

    3:00 - 4:00 Luke Chueh


    10 - 11:00 Mab Graves

    12:00 - 1 pm Bioworkz

    1 - 2 pm Joe Ledbetter

    2:00 - 3:00 Camille Rose Garcia

    3:00 - 4 pm Jeff Soto

    4 pm - 5 pm Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez

    Another heads up, all of the prints available this weekend will be limited edition, signed and numbered just for Dcon. Bioworkz, a.k.a Ben Kwok stopped by the POW offices earlier this week to get some signing action in. Gotta wonder who the lucky individual will be who buys his 1 of 1 large print of "Ornate Elephant" photoed above.


    Next up, who doesn't love the art of Jeff Soto? We think he's kind of great and really want to share the wealth. We are giving away 4"x4" mini-wood-prints of Jeff Soto's owl designs right at the booth. What's even cooler is that you can simply walk right behind our booth over to Jeff's and get your print signed then and there; convenience, cool owls, lots of good stuff going on Saturday and Sunday, so stay on your toes.

    With that said, below you can check out the prints available this weekend. Make your purchase, get it signed then go home feeling 110% accomplished. See you this weekend!

    Owl Guardian by Jeff Soto

    Owl Guardian by Jeff Soto

    The Art Seeker by Jeff Soto

    The Art Seeker by Jeff Soto

    Stormtrooper Grin by Ron English

    Stormtrooper Grin by Ron English

    The Entomologists Daughter by Mab Graves

    The Entomologists Daughter by Mab Graves

    Frida and Vincent by Jermaine Rogers

    Frida and Vincent by Jermaine Rogers

    The Exchange by Jermaine Rogers

    The Exchange by Jermaine Rogers

    Totem by Joe Ledbetter

    Totem by Joe Ledbetter

    Ornate Elephant by Bioworkz

    Ornate Elephant by Bioworkz

    Hello Lukey by Luke Chueh

    Hello Lukey by Luke Chueh

    ___ by Buff Monster

    Atoll by Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez

    Atomic Love by KMNDZ

    Atomic Love by Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez


    The Escape of Palilla Phantasma by Camille Rose Garcia

  • 'Prints on Wood Show' at Distinction Gallery Opening Reception


    This weekend, the Prints on Wood team made way to Escondido's Distinction Gallery to attend the opening reception of the PRINTS ON WOOD SHOW. Featuring 35 artists, the show exhibits work from POW collaborators and Distinction Gallery represented artists all printed on glorious, durable, eco-friendly wood. Experience the show and learn more about the artists below.


    Michael Aaron Williams is a painter and street artist from Knoxville, TN who uses paint and ink to portray individuals. Intrigued by the vulnerability of humans, Williams is quoted as stating this about his work:

    "Similar to the outdoor installations, my gallery artwork also focuses on the
    ephemeral nature of people. Through my paintings and drawings, I attempt to
    represent the fragile nature of life, purity, and culture. Paint and ink are the vehicles
    by which movement and conflict are expressed. The beauty and pain of human
    nature are represented by the creation and deconstruction of the artwork. Rather
    than wholeness necessitating beauty, I portray the human soul as complete despite
    the fractures. As such, the artwork becomes more relatable to the viewer and
    consequently more impacting."


    Pamela Wilson has become well-known in the art world for developing haunting work that evokes the moodier end of existence, creating a unique and compelling narrative for audiences. In her piece "The Absinthe Drinker and the Hostile Silence," she captures the essence of a lone, tattooed, red-eyed woman indulging in a a bit of liquor and likely an unwanted bout of silence.


    French-born Virginie Mazareau brings a layer of youth and innocence to the show with her colorful, illustrative pieces "L'Amusant Cavalier (The Fun Dancer)" (left) and "Playing, Fishing, Fishing Again," (right).  Mazareau will have a solo exhibition at Distinction gallery next month so stay tuned(!!!).


    Pop Art is alive and well with the work of Scott Rohlfs. His pieces "Awake Too Long" (left) and "Haute" (right) offer bubbly, glossy and comic-inspired aesthetics cohesively in-line with the rest of his expansive portfolio. Widely known for his surreal take on Pop Art, Rohlfs spends his time focused on the changing scheme of femininity and capturing it in each unique stroke of the brush.


    Amanda Lynn is a visual artist from San Francisco who earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in illustration at the Academy of Art. For this weekend's POW Show, Amanda brings forth three unique pieces including a panoramic that would look uh-mazing on all of our living room walls. Here's a look at "Season of Change," (top) "Seasons of Change - Spring" (bottom left) and "Seasons of Change - Summer" (bottom right). All, even more vivid in person.




    The buzz surrounding artist Victor Roman is serious these days for good reason-- I mean, just peep his work. Most recently, he was featured in Beautiful Bizarre's September issue as an On the Rise artist and even designed a label for Blue Moon. In his three-piece series for the POW Show, he delivers "Nebulous," (left) "Reject the Sorrow" (center) and "Lost in the Haze" (right).




    With a genuine and publicized "life-long love for birds," Heather McKey brings us exoticism through a trio of feathered friends in her pieces "Hope Sparks," (left) "The Queen Mother" (center) and "Natural Attraction," (right).


    Philadelphia artist Joka is sort of a character. While he pushes an informal sense of humor and comical humility in his online presence, he is best known for his precise, anal retentive and obsessive hyperpointillism-- which is a more mature-sounding big brother of 'stippling,' The craft is remarkably exhibited in Joka's  three above prints titled "Astro Cortege 1" (left), "Astro Cortege 3" (center) and "Astro Cortege 2" (right).



    Jimbot, also known by his less colorful, parent-given moniker 'James Demski,' gives us a bit of adorable robot fusion in his trio of characters: "Heat Vision" (top) "Specimen X" (bottom left) and "Moving Day" (bottom right).


    Nick Berry offers up something kind of psychedelic with his POW Show trio. His squared illustrations introduce us to three varying characters in his head: a sabertooth, an owl and a bum. Check out "Sabertooth" (top), "Owl Jack" (bottom left) and "King Bum" (bottom right).



    You can never go wrong with notable names and faces, and presumably, Joshua Roman has figured this out. The California-native, who's been exhibited in dozens of galleries up and down the California coast, is revered for his portraits of beautiful people and beloved celebs. Check out his geometrically colorful and very wavy adaptations of "Salavador Dali" on the left, and Billy Murray as "Steve Zissou" on the right.


    Rooted in the folklore of her Scandinavian heritage as well as her experiences growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Kari-Lise Alexander’s work exudes mysticism through her portrayal of women, animals and nature. For the POW Show, she offers a beautifully small and discreet portrait entitled "Seventh Maiden" (left) and a larger, more provocative and dreamier image entitled "The Reveal." "The Reveal" is an alluring piece in the show, as it's never really quite clear if the damsel is being draped in lace or asphyxiated by plastic. Ohhh, the wonders of perception and art.


    Megan Buccere brings forth two unique pieces to the POW Show; firstly, her adaptation of Snow White partaking in the age-old tale's poison apple, entitled "Sweetest Bite" (left), and lastly, a striking and sobering image of a woman, hair silver and greyed, weeping. This piece is entited "Live Again" (right). The latter, in case you were wondering, is in fact embellished by the artist with gold leaf over the wood print, making it one-of-a-kind.


    Ethereal illustrator Cathrine Swenson brings us into the light with her POW Show contribution entitled "Just Over the Bridge." The delicately dark work of Swenson-- primarily noticeable in her depictions of lone, tiny human subjects-- is balanced off by her keen ability to instill an unusual sense of innocent and ignorant hope into each scene.


    Kelly Vivanco uses a consistent color pallet and execution in her portfolio of paintings capturing (mostly) depictions of young, albeit, self-assured looking young ladies. Her three pieces photoed above "Grace" (left), "Hiding Place" (center) and "Jeweled Bird" (right) all capture a sense of mysticism and knowing.


    Ross Jaylo's "Vibrations" kind of hits you where it counts, reminding us of the comfort of connecting with someone kind of mind-blowing on a level above and below the surface. Jaylo's ability to capture the experience through two glowing skeletal beings is all the more intriguing. It's one of those pieces where you just get it, leaving you wanting to squeeze your honey's hand and convince him to buy you more art.

    All of these pieces are available for purchase on Distinction Gallery's website. Click here to see the entirety of the items available, find out their measurements and make your holiday purchase for that special art enthusiast in your life.


  • Punk Photographer Ed Colver Chats About his POW Releases and the Early Punk Era

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    For five years, Edward Colver photographed the Los Angeles punk rock scene we have all grown to know and admire-- or hate, depending on what side of the venue doors you chose to stand behind in. But for those in-the-know in the late 70s and early 80s, Ed Colver did the music world a dutiful act when he decided to photograph the early era of punk.

    Between late 1978 and 1984, Colver acted as a major game-player in the scene, documenting the overall look and feel of an American counter culture quite unlike any before it. Fast, loud, sweaty, destructive, angry, bold and bloody, the images of Ed Colver will live on as relics from a a culture that continues to define and sculpt alternative ideals and personas.

    Luckily for us, Ed Colver has graced POW-- and music lovers worldwide-- with a new print installment in his series featuring Social Distortion guitarist and frontman, Mike Ness.


    HR of Bad Brains, also available for purchase. Click image for more info. HR of Bad Brains, also available for purchase. Click image for more info.


    Prints on Wood: Your third release with POW is a shot of Mike Ness of Social Distortion. Can you talk about seeing Social D in the early days and what those past shows were like?

    Ed Colver: I saw them numerous times and photographed them probably every time I saw them. They always put on a good show and they were always such a good band. I mean were just teenagers when they started out, ya' know. They worked wonders though, they did good. A lot of those types of bands that I was seeing, I'd just go seem them on a Tuesday night and there'd be 20-30 people there. It'd just be empty. And then by about 1983, Black Flag was drawing three thousand people at the Olympic and things changed.

    POW: What do you think is the major reason the scene changed so rapidly, so fast?

    EC: Well it kind of came above ground. It still wasn't socially accepted, but it got recognized and more people came in; It got publicity. I mean Black flag tirelessly toured the country in a van playing anywhere they could for years. They had more work ethic than anyone I'd ever met, just about.

    POW: I've been reading around, and it seems you have some thoughts on bands that were coming up around that same time, but got lumped into the punk category--

    EC: This always gets me: People go 'are you into New-Wave' and I go 'fuck no I'm into punk rock.' They would be used in the same sentence which is just ludicrous because they have nooothing to do with each other. People call Blondie and Talking Heads punk rock and it's just like [laughs] no. It's funny. It's always been strange that they'd got lumped together. Maybe they rooted their ugly heads at the same time, but that's it [laughs].

    POW: You are one of very few people able to say they photographed the album covers of some of punk rock's most important bands. Can you talk a little bit about some of your favorites?

    EC: Black Flack Damaged, Black Flag Louie Louie, Circle Jerk's Group Sex, the first TSOL album, those are all ones I'm real happy with. 45 Grave, I did some nice stuff for them. Channel 3 with the backward gun, that was actually done for Black Flag's Damaged when I was working on it and it didn't get used-- the Channel 3 Fear of Life cover with the bad graphics [laughs].




    POW: Do you have a database of images that maybe didn't fly with band members or labels at the time, but that you look back on now with fond thoughts?

    EC: Yeah, I'm still finding stuff from bands that I photographed and never even looked at. Like I was never into English punk music and I photographed The Exploited and the UK Subs and a couple of those bands and I never even looked at them. There are some really, really funny photos of the UK Subs though since I shot 'em when they were teenagers also.

    POW: You've done two other releases with Prints on Wood including HR from Bad Brains and a Keith Morris shot which I especially love.

    EC: Thanks. He chose that one in particular actually. I have others that I like better; but he chose that one so we went with it.


    keith_morris_edward_colver_print_on_wood Keith Morris image, also available for purchase. Click image for more info.


    POW: How did that decision come about?

    EC: He kind of just decided on that one. He just said 'I'd like to use this one,' so I said ok.

    POW: You seem to be an extremely easy person to work with.

    EC: [Laughs] Yeah i just get along great with him really well. I've known him for over half, actually, maybe two-thirds of his life probably.

    POW: Looking back on your 5-year-run of punk photography, what words do you have about your role now decades removed?

    EC: This stuff has become history, ya' know. It was a total underground culture of people that weren't recognized.  Being involved in that real early era was the same as being in the Beat Generation movement or the early Hippe, Anti-War movement-- those types of people, it was the same thing.

    Available until December 1st, Ed Culver's Mike Ness release is obtainable through POW as a 12 x 15.5 in., framed or un-framed fine art print on birch wood. You can purchase it by clicking here.

    mike-ness_edward_colver_wood_print Un-framed Mike Ness image. Click photo for purchasing info.
  • Vanilla Camilla by Buff Monster Release Ends Friday @ Midnight



    Act fast! Our second release with quirky, illustrative genius Buff Monster is coming to a close tomorrow, November 13th at Midnight.

    "Camilla Vanilla" showcases a lovable and jolly one-eyed scoop of vanilla ice cream goodness, and is available in two varying options.

    The first option is  cut to shape and measures 9 x 9 in. This is a fine art wood print measuring 1/2" in diameter on sustainable Birch wood. The option also features a sleekly finished black edge.

    The second option is a framed fine art print measuring approximately 10 x 10 in. on sustainable Birch wood and features a custom white Italian frame. This option includes a very groovy pink, yellow and green gradient background taking the print to a new, color-infused level.

    Both print options will be hand-signed and numbered, then shipped out December 1st just in time for your holiday gift-wrapping.





  • PRINTS ON WOOD SHOW November 14 @ Distinction Gallery

    Vibrations by Ross Jaylo Vibrations by Ross Jaylo


    ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery have teamed up with the Prints on Wood team to bring the Greater Los Angeles Area a 35-person group exhibition featuring exclusive and timeless fine art prints.

    Opening November 14th, the PRINTS ON WOOD SHOW will feature limited edition reproductions on durable, sustainable, eco-friendly wood, featuring art by Distinction Gallery represented artists, as well as artists who regularly work and collaborate with POW.

    For a variety of affordable, resilient and exclusive art this holiday season, head to the event's opening reception on November 14th from 6-10pm. Featuring work from pop surrealist Scott Rohlfs, portraitist Mike Bell, and celebrated figurative oil painters Victor Roman, Jana Brike and Pamela Wilson among many more, we're sure you'll find exactly what you're looking for for that special art enthusiast in your life.

    Among the many enticing qualities of this show, the sheer exclusivity of the pieces to be presented acts as a stand out asset. Several of the artworks available are hand-embellished by the artists themselves, giving them genuine, one-of-a-kind status. Additionally, all works will be hand-numbered in limited quantities, giving buyers the peace of mind that they are investing in not only exceptional, but rare crafts.

    The event will feature live music, a welcoming environment for mingling and complimentary wine and Stone Beer for those 21 and over.

    If unable to make your way to Distinction Gallery between November 14th and December 5th, you can still acquire works from the show’s online store which will go live in the coming days. For more information, head to www.distinctionart.com and follow Distinction Gallery on Twitter and Instagram to stay in the know.

    Woodsman by Jana Brike Woodsman by Jana Brike
    You by Jana Brike You by Jana Brike
    Live Again by Megan Buccere Live Again by Megan Buccere


    Prints on Wood Show Opening Reception:

    Saturday, November 14, 2015 |  6 – 10 PM

    Exhibition Dates:

    November 14 – December 5, 2015

    Distinction Gallery

    317 E Grand Ave

    Escondido CA 92025

    (760) 707-2770

    Participating Artists:

    Heather McKey, Pamela Wilson, Linda Herzog, Kelly Vivanco, Jana Brike, Kari-Lise Alexander, Michael Aaron Williams, Virginie Mazureau, JoKa, Josh Taylor, Mike Bell, Elena Karavodin, Amanda Lynn, Pako Pablos, Megan Buccere, Nick Beery, Catherine Swenson, Audra Auclair, Scott Rohlfs, Major Morris, Victor Roman, Sylvie Demers, Joshua Roman, Jimbot, Ross Jaylo

  • Rob Reger Wraps Up "Stranger and Stranger" Release; Set to Unleash Second Collaboration with POW Titled, "Swamp Dreams"


    Stranger Stranger

    Rob Reger, the mastermind behind Emily the Strange, is gearing up to release his second collaborative print with the POW team.

    His first release Stranger and Stranger-- available until tonight, Thursday, Nov. 12 at 12am PST-- is a limited edition, 12 x 8 in., hand signed print on sustainable Birch wood. The title is pulled from Reger's 2010 book released through publishing house, HarperCollins, entitled Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger.

    Just announced in time for Friday the 13th is Reger's second collaboration with POW titled, "Swamp Dreams."


    "Swamp Dreams" showcases 16x20 in. dimensions and is laid out with a bright white finish. The release will be available beginning tomorrow, Friday the 13th, and is limited to just 13 available prints. To avoid self-induced bouts of guilt, or the dreaded FOMO effect, prepare to grab this exclusive print while you can.

    Rob Reger is a well-known name in the illustrative and comic worlds for masterminding the globally recognized Emily the Strange brand. Reger, who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1993, began making t-shirts inspired by a graphic created by friend and designer, Nathan Carrico, that same year.

    Throughout the 90s and onward, the dark haired, eerie persona of Emily has inspired legions of alternative girls to embrace their individuality and oddities, and to do so with the very unique, nonchalant  disposition of Ms. Strange.

    Emily the Strange made her first debut in literary print in 2001 with the hardback graphic novella, Emily the Strange.Three more graphic novellas followed suit titled: Emily's Secret Book of Strange (2003), Emily's Good Nightmares (2004) and Emily's Seeing is Deceiving (2006).

    Beginning in 2005, Reger began publishing comics featuring Emily with publishing powerhouse, Dark Horse Comics. This further extended both Emily and Reger's global comic reach. Four issues of the comic came out between 2005 and 2007: #1 The Boring Issue, #2 The Lost Issue, #3 The Dark Issue, and #4 The Rock Issue.

    Reger continued to firm up more publishing deals in addition to his Dark Horse Comics deal, and went on to release titles with Chronicle Books and HarperCollins as well. Emily-- along with her pet cat Sabbath-- continue to grace apparel, school supplies, accessories, guitars and much more. Emily is a subtle, yet cleverly impactful figure still recognizable and imprinted in pop culture some 20 years after her grand debut.

    To get a piece of the illustrative icon, be sure to grab "Swamp Dreams" and stay tuned for more releases.

  • Vanilla Camilla by Buff Monster Release

    Buff Monster signing prints on wood

    Buff Monster is back again with another release! For those of you who don't know Buff Monster, he is an extremely talented artist, who creates paintings, stickers, toys, shirts, and much more. He uses the color pink in all of his work to symbolize confidence, individuality and happiness. Many of his projects are displayed on the streets, in galleries, and murals around the world. His work is heavily influenced by ice cream, Pop art, Japanese Culture and Graffiti. Buff Monster has also worked with many well known brands like Disney and Hello Kitty.



    We are extremely honored to be working with him again in our second release, "Vanilla Camilla".  This piece incorporates a vanilla flavored ice cream scoop that is personified with one eye, a couple of horns and a mouth. He adds his signature color, pink, around the eyeball and cheeks of this creature.



    (Vanilla Camilla Framed Option)

    "Camilla Vanilla" exclusive time release begins at 10 AM PST on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 and closes Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST. We are happily offering two different twists to this super rad print. The first option will be the "Vanilla Camilla" cut to shape piece.  The second option will be framed, with a cool pink, yellow, and green gradient background within the white Italian frame. All Camilla Vanilla pieces will be hand signed and numbered by Buff Monster himself. The prints will be numbered in the order received (the first person who orders get #1, second person gets #2, so on). The prints will ship out around December 1st.



    (Vanilla Camilla Cut to Shape option)

    Vanilla Camilla Cut to Shape Dimensions:
    Approximately 9 x 9 in. (22.86 x 22.86 cm)
    Fine art wood print on 1/2" sustainable Birch, bright white finish cut to shape with hand finished black edge

    Vanilla Camilla Framed Dimensions:
    Approximately 10 x 10 in. (25.4 x 25.4 cm)
    Multi-dimensional fine art wood print on 1/2" sustainable Birch, bright white finish cut to shape with hand finished black edge, mounted to 1/4" sustainable Birch, natural gloss finish with a custom white Italian frame.

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