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Saturday, April 04, 2021

skullz to pay the bills
I like the above detail from a largescale mural by Mister Cartoon, the Southern California graffiti artist who’s crossing over to widespread commercial exposure:

Cartoon’s graphic designs, illustrations and artwork have also been used to add visual punch to a crazy quilt of pop cultural offerings:

He rendered the gang scrawl seen throughout the bestselling video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” He designed clothing for companies including Levi Strauss, Stussy, Vans and Supreme. He designed a customized T-Mobile Sidekick. He did detail work for a concept car for Scion. In 2005, Nike hired Cartoon to create limited editions of its Air Force 1 and Cortez shoes.

“The mainstream is coming around to his aesthetic, not the other way around,” said movie producer Brian Grazer, who is planning a film based on Cartoon’s life. “He doesn’t change. He’s still hard-core. He’s a gatekeeper to that world.”

I think Mister Cartoon’s particular style is a good fit for enhancing commercial design. Personally, I find it to be a bit overly-ornate for my tastes, the yellow-sombrero skull pictured here being an exception.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/04/2021 12:18pm
Category: Creative, Pop Culture
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