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  • Buff Monster Releases "Key Lime Karl," Third, and LAST, in Series of Wood Prints

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    Between now, and Midnight on Friday, January 15th PST, you can get your hands on the third and final installment of Buff Monster's wood print series." From "Strawberry Terry," to "Vanilla Camilla" all the way to the newly released "Key Lime Karl," each of these prints is certified cool AF and here's why.

    Not only has each been a limited timed-release print -- hand-signed and numbered by the artist -- they've also been available for purchase as a framed print with a stellar contrasting back splash, orrr an equally stellar a cut-to-shape, multi-dimensional print. Variety is always awesome when the options are so cool. Some purchased all four priorly released versions of Buff Monster's wood print series, and some were simply waiting around for the very lovable Karl to make his entrance.

    To reiterate, "Key Lime Karl" will only be available for a limited time, so make your purchase in the next 48 hours in order to ensure that Karl will be on his way.

    To learn more about the cut-to-shape version of "Key Lime Karl," and to make your purchase, click here.

    To learn more about the framed version of "Key Lime Karl," and to make your purchase, click here.

    And to check out a very insightful Q&A with Buff Monster from DesignerCon 2015, click here!

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  • 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.

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    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."

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    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.

     

  • Vanilla Camilla by Buff Monster Release Ends Friday @ Midnight

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    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.

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  • Summer Tour of New York Murals

    A quick summer trip to New York would not be complete without a walk around SOHO and Little Italy in search of the murals from a few of our favorite artist.

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    After a few bites to eat in Greenwich Village headed over to SOHO and ran into a mural in process by New York local Soft Circle.  After a quick chat and Instagram exchanges he was back to work.

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    Just a few blocks away we spotted a little Vandalism by Nick Walker peeking around a corner.

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    Little Italy was so colorful already, but this beautiful mural by Tristan Eaton of Audrey Hepburn was still a standout.

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    The vibrancy of color and imagery was amazing.  Check out this vibrant mural by Beau Stanton also in Little Italy.

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    Around another corner we found another huge mural by Tristan Eaton of the Statue of Liberty.

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    A few blocks away we found this towering Baby Hulk mural by New York resident artist Ron English.

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    Ron also had this "little" fella on the Houston Bowery Wall in front of the American flag.  The Bowery Wall is a temporary mural that is changed every few months.

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    No tour of New York murals could be complete without spotting at least one Buff Monster mural, and we did.

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    It never fails to make me hungry for ice cream!

    We almost passed by a mural by Shepard Fairey but thankfully our son caught sight of it before it was too late. It is so elegant it blends in well with the surroundings.

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    After that we said goodbye to Little Italy and headed off to the Cotton Candy Machine to grab dinner with Tara McPherson, Sean and Ronin.

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