Friday, December 5, 2008

Elvis Presley

Pen & ink portrait of '68 era Elvis Presley for the annual music issue of Oxford American magazine-- Order up a copy of Oxford American (new music ish comes with 2 CDs!) at their website--

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Alice Coltrane

Commissioned pen and ink portrait of harpist Alice Coltrane--

Thursday, October 9, 2008

XNO's NEWAVE! Cover (color by Jim B.)

Brownfield Press/Starhead Comix guru Michael Dowers asked me to add color to XNO's splendid black & white art for his mini comix collection NEWAVE!, and it was a pleasure-- This book is out now from Fantagraphics--

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ike Turner

A commissioned pen & ink portrait of the great Ike Turner-- I had the privilege of seeing Ike live at the Experience Music Museum in Seattle shortly before he died, and the man could definitely still shred on a guitar at age 70--

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bear In Water

A pen & ink piece I did 10 years ago as a Christmas gift for my folks--

Friday, September 26, 2008

Charles Bukowski

A painting of writer Charles Bukowski which hung at Greg Lundgren's cozy "art bar" The Hideout in Seattle for a year or so-- Acrylic on hardboard, 40 X 40 inches--

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pharoah Sanders

A commissioned pen & ink portrait of saxophone master Pharoah Sanders-- This art was done for Richy Boyer, who plays drums in the band Police Teeth, and who used to run a great punk rock record store in Bellingham, WA called Viva La Vinyl--

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Anna Nicole Smith

A pen & ink portrait of addled sex pig Anna Nicole Smith which appeared on the cover of Seattle alternative weekly THE STRANGER--

Monday, September 1, 2008

It Was Fifteen Years Ago Today...

Of all the pranks I've been involved with, the one I'm most proud of is attaching the 700 pound ball and chain to the Hammering Man in front of the Seattle Art Museum on Labor Day, 1993 (That's me with my arms raised above my head in the photo)-- I was good friends with Jason Sprinkle and Rob Shealy, who built the giant ball and chain, and when Jason asked if I would help "install" his inspired creation, I gladly agreed-- We did a "practice" installation without the ball in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood the day before, and when it came time to do the real thing, it went very smoothly-- Jason Sprinkle went on to create many other giant metal sculptures and illegally install them in downtown Seattle, and I helped with a few of those, too-- Sadly, Jason was killed by a freight train in Mississippi in 2005-- There should be a book, movie, or website documenting all his work, but unfortunately it hasn't happened, yet-- For more info, here's an article from The Seattle Times and one from The Seattle P.I.--

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Jim B. Mixes It Up With OpWound

I recently did an interview with Jason Thibault from OPTIMUM WOUND COMICS for his MASTERS OF INK series-- The interview is short and painless, and includes photos of some of my prized original art pieces by Daniel Clowes, Rick Altergott, J.R. Williams, R.K. Sloane, and Stevo Winters-- Here is a direct link to the interview--

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Flaming Skull

This painting appeared briefly at my CLASS OF '06 show in Bellingham, and was snapped up by rock maniac and art connoisseur Dave Crider-- Acrylic on 20 X 20 inch hardboard--

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Dt's Hard Fixed Poster Art

This art appeared on a fold-out poster for the HARD FIXED CD by my wife's band, THE DT'S-- So you ain't seen it unless you bought the disc! And yes, it's a total cop of R. Crumb's CHEAP THRILLS LP cover-- Check out some sample tunes and videos at The Dt's MySpace page--

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Bruce Lee

A commissioned painting of Bruce Lee-- Acrylic on 40 X 40 inch stretched canvas--

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Freddie King

Commissioned pencil portrait of blues guitar monolith Freddie King--

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Duke Kahanamoku

Commissioned pencil portrait of celebrated Hawaiian surfer, Olympic swimmer, sheriff, and Hollywood character actor Duke Kahanamoku--

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Slim Pickens

A Rick-Klu-commissioned pen & ink portrait of Slim Pickens-- Strangely enough, Slim turned up on an episode of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. I was watching ("The Iowa-Scuba Affair") the day I finished this art -- TECH NOTE: This is the first time I've used a pen nib instead of a rapidograph for stippling--

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Thirsty Pig Vs. Rocket Dog

It's nice to get a postcard from S. Clay Wilson-- They are always funny, weird, and impeccably lettered-- The latest one he sent is the above photo of a pig flying through the air (He added the beer mug sticker)-- The reason he sent it is because the pig reminded him of my Smooth Fox Terrier, Lucius, whom he dubbed "Rocket Dog" after seeing him soar off my backyard deck (see photo below pig)-- These 2 photos are remarkably similar, and I feel compelled to share them-- And to show off the fact that S. Clay Wilson sends me postcards!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Zappa Comix No. 1

A fake comic cover featuring Frank Zappa with the fabled Fender Stratocaster once owned (and smashed!) by Jimi Hendrix-- This art was created at the behest of Len "Shavin' Rosie O'Donnell's Back" Callo, whose choice and diverse collection of comic art can be seen at his gallery on the ComicArtFans website--

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bikini Irony 101

The good folks at John Wiley & Sons, an esteemed Australian publisher, have seen fit to include an illustration from my GLAM WARP book in RETROSPECTIVE, their latest 11th grade History textbook! The art is used to illustrate a chapter on nuclear testing in the Pacific islands-- It even includes a sidebar question in which students can expound on the "message" of the artist-- What a wacky world!

Friday, February 15, 2008

New Paintings At Tigertail March 4 - May 4

I'm delighted to be showing over a dozen new paintings on stretched canvas at Seattle's TIGERTAIL bar and Pan-Asian eatery-- The show will be called EMBLEMA PSYCHOPATHIA and will have a 2 month run from March 4 through May 4-- TIGERTAIL was founded in late 2007 by my pals Carl Carlson, who ran Seattle lowbrow gallery VOX POPULI, and Tim Hayes, ex-proprietor of FALLOUT RECORDS-- Their new bar is very swank yet comfy and located at 704 NW 65th Street, in Seattle's comfy Ballard neighborhood--

Monday, February 4, 2008

Django Reinhardt

A commissioned pencil portrait of mythic Belgian jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt--

Friday, January 25, 2008

John Chandler From The Young Savages

A pencil portrait of character actor John Davis Chandler from the John Frankenheimer film THE YOUNG SAVAGES-- This art was done for porcelain artist Charlie Krafft, who's a big fan of Mr. Chandler-- Coincidentally, THE YOUNG SAVAGES is finally available on DVD this month--

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sticker Truck Turner

My second contribution to Jacques Boyreau's Re-Imagined Cult Film Posters project-- See Sticker Magnum Force below for more info--

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Camilo Cienfuegos

A commissioned portrait of Cuban revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos, who swung tough with both Che and Fidel, and died in a mysterious plane crash-- Acrylic on hardboard, 8 X 18 inches-- For more on Cienfuegos, see his Wikipedia page--

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Young Jamie Johns In Squiggles

I get asked to do portraits of people's children a lot-- As a general rule, I turn them down-- But I couldn't resist this request from my main man in Sunderland, U.K., Jamie Johns, who sent the childhood photo from the 70's that this art is based on--

Fred Bradna

A pencil portrait of Fred Bradna, the Equestrian Director and Ringmaster of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus for over 40 years-- This art was made for the blessed Jeff Voris, who created the Comic Art Collective website--