For all you checking in for Monster Cubs and Goblin Sox T-shirts, thanks for coming by. I am in the process of getting a new order of shirts and expect them within 3-4 weeks. If there are any changes I'll post them here in Monthly Updates. Until then, sit back and enjoy the OZZY.
Just when you thought things couldn't be any more mentally taxing along comes the year Two-Thousand and Seventeen. At the recent Pungent Basement stockholders meeting we discussed this past year and ideas for the new year.
2017 list of reflections and projections.
1) I relocated the Pungent Art studios approximately .78 miles S/E from my former studio. Many positive changes came with the move including the addition of a refrigerator and a long awaited dirty rug for me to drop crumbs from my snacking. Still haven't vacuumed yet. Projection: Hang that Empire Strikes Back poster.
2) I did my first form of peaceful protest by joining the "Ides of Trump" postcard campaign. The idea was to flood our new Presidents mailbox with cards telling him he needs to quit his job. I'm fairly certain he had no idea this protest happened but....(insert your own Trump joke here) Projection: Continue to fight the power.
3) I lost a perfectly good tent to the hurricane force winds of Lombard Illinois. So tragic, both losing the tent AND me trying to fix it with duct tape and bungee cords during the storm. Also hilarious. Projection: Not going outdoors anymore.
4) I learned that Mick Jagger has a collection of dick paintings. Projection: Change your subject matter?
5) I think that I may have been effected by the "Lunar Eclipse A-Rama 2017" on a cellular level and I am waiting for my superpowers. Projection: Keep trying to lift heavy things like canned Ham or long boxes of comics.
Things I burned onto my hard drive this year.
Angry music and old man music again win this year. Some old stuff, some new stuff. Bottom line: I might need to lighten up next year.
Well that about wraps up this year. Special thanks to anyone that has taken an interest in my work and thanks to all the weirdos that I've met at shows and conventions in 2017. Maybe next time we meet things will be a little different. Who knows? Check back and see.
Check out my year in pictures below....
It goes without saying that this is a big month here in the Pungent Basement. My collection of Horror movies have been unpacked as well as piles of Halloween decorations. Yes, I am the weirdo in your neighborhood that fill his yard up with polystyrene headstones and rubber/paper mache' monsters almost to the point of it being sad. I am a Suburban yard special effect wizard. My new neighborhood gets to see what kind of madness I can bring onto Forest Ave for the first time. Oh yea, there is a lot of pressure, but I can handle it. As long as that damn monster I made last year stops twisting around causing me to go outside several times a week to fix it.
Well, how did it go?
Wizard World at the end of August was great. If you didn't come by, it's your loss. Lots of art, lots of toys, and lots of people. I ran into many old friends including the fine crew over at Cheeselord Entertainment. Jon and Leo are truly fine fellas and I fully support their lifestyle choices. Look them up, you will see stuff you can't un-see.
New Stuff & Happening Things
Short notice but I am making an appearance Sunday, October 15th at the Brauerhouse in Lombard IL for the Hardcore Hearse Club's Haunted Weekend. I'll have NEW shirts, art, pumpkins and so much more Halloween stuff. It's my only show for Halloween so come on out Sunday only from 12-5.
Stuff I Have Burned Onto My Hard Drive This Month
Mick Jagger did a video (thank you Andy for bringing this to my attention) promoting the Tattoo You album way back in 1981. It was so effective that even I went and bought the album after I saw it three weeks ago. So I have Tattoo You on my hard drive and you get this video.
I may or may not have these paintings in my art studio.
Thanks for checking in, keep in touch on Facebooks, or Instagrams, and I'll see you,
The summer tradition of going to the Wizards Worlds Rosemont is right around the corner on August 24th through the 27th. That's a lot of days to dork out on pop culture so please be safe in your consumption of Batman fidget spinners. I've been going to these shows in some way shape or form since 1957 when Sterenko took his shirt off and bare knuckle boxed some kid who didn't believe he was Flash Gordon in the 1928 serials.
But here are THREE bits on info you'll need to enjoy the show more thoroughly:
1) Pre-Order your tickets online and use the code word "PUNGENT" for 20% off your tickets!
2) My table number is F21
3) Go to Maria's Mexican Restaurant, but the trick is you have to find it. Trust me it's worth it.
New Stuff and Happening Things
It's a big show so I'll have a bunch of new stuff for you to see including NEW T-shirts, NEW prints and NEW 3D art. But guess what weirdo, you have to skip out of the line for Kevin Sorbo and come see me in artists alley. I mean, I did get you in for 20% off your ticket.
Stuff I Burned Onto My Hard Drive This Month
ZZ Top and Yes are the newest additions with a special impulse buy of Abbath's solo album. Ever since I saw him roll down that hill at some Metal festival I knew I needed that album. I never knew such evil could be that clumsy.
Well that's it for this month weirdos, come see me at Wizarding Worlds and say hey. Remember, cocktails are not necessary, but they are appreciated.
Doing some research I have found that there are official dates for the "Dog days of Summer" and right now until August 11 we are sweaty as Sirius the Dog-star's ass. As I go sweat no less than two shirts a day unpacking the Pungent Studio. In the new Pungent Basement I have found a bunch of fun crap that somehow made it from the last house. Things like:
Dozens of Marvel Essentials comic trade paper backs, including Man-Thing and Werewolf by Night. Comics about a werewolf that rides a motorcycle.
"Overflow CD's", Music I'm too scared to put into my already full CD case upstairs because it may be too unsavory for family and friends and I don't want to explain that Goatwhore are really very good to any of my kids friends. So those CD's stay downstairs.
A Burger King Kids Meal toy from the 1997 Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition release. It's a cube with Yoda on one side and Darth on the other.
A rubber Chewbacca coin purse. Yea, Andy gave me that a million years ago. If you don't know who Andy is that's your fault.
WELL, HOW DID IT GO?
The Hardcore Hearse club show in a windy parking lot proved to be very challenging but not impossible. My tent got trashed but I just sat with an umbrella and did my best to keep my art from flying on to I-355 northbound while seeing some old pals and meeting new ones. Thanks to my table neighbors for helping out. Later in the month I visited Indianapolis for Days of the Dead and besides working the show I ate at an old drive in called Mug N' Bun and it was a happy greasy slice of Indiana. But be sure not to burp too loud, there are other cars with their windows open.
NEW STUFF AND HAPPENING THINGS!
I've got a lot of extra prints left over from the shows last month so be sure to check out the store for all the new stuff. It's a midsummer sale before the next show I have in August. More on Wizard World Chicago soon.
STUFF I BURNED ONTO MY HARD DRIVE THIS MONTH.
Municipal Waste made it on to my hard drive this month along with a dark depressing folk album by The Handsome Family. But I also spent a lot of time getting my Iron Maiden collection on the hard drive. I was inspired by a project I did for a friend of mine.
That's it for this month you sweaty bunch of weirdos, go play with the garden hose,
Due to circumstances mostly out of my control I have not done an update since C2E2 in April. If something cool had happened I'd have told you, so calm down spazz. I'll cut the crap and just get to the updates on where I'll be seen in the month of June.
June 10th from 2pm to 6pm,Hardcore Hearse show at the Brauerhouse in Lombard Illinois.
June 30-July 2nd Days of the Dead Indianapolis, Indiana.
I'm still setting up the Pungent Studios and un-boxing all my crap so hopefully next month's updates will have more stuff to talk about. Thanks freaks...
I"ll be at C2E2 this very weekend April 21-23 South Building At McCormick Place Chicago. Artist alley table E3! New Monster Team t-shirts, new prints, and new stickers. Join me won't you?
The big news is that the Pungent Basement is currently being packed up and re-located several blocks away from its current location to a new, state of the art basement, with heat, light and possibly a refrigerator to store beverages and snacks. But fear not true believer, I will still be churning out sub-par weirdo art for my many legions of well wishers even though the basement will be different. It's all in the spirit people, all in the spirit.
Instead of the usual monthly rants I'm cutting it short and only giving you some news headlines:
-Check my Instagram and Facebook for updates on my possible appearance at this year's C2E2.
-My new Cubs and Sox T-shirt designs will be out and in my store by the end of the month, if things go well I'll bring them to C2E2 on April 21-23.
-I am confirmed at this year's Hardcore Hearse show on June 10th, Days of the Dead Indianapolis on June 30-July 2nd, and Wizard World Chicago August 24-27. More news to come but lets not schedule the rest of the year right now, right?
It's a bigger deal for me to move than it is for you. I mean, all you have to do is just sit there and wait for me to bug you again.
I managed to go see a couple of shows this month, even though I should've been putting my shit in boxes, and the big surprise for me was seeing Power Trip at Chicago's Bottom Lounge. I'm old and I like that young people are playing music that sounds like something I would've been into back when I was sixteen. So, here is Power Trip:
Now I can unplug this computer and put it in a box.
Thanks to Facebook, (something I NEVER say) and one of those stupid chain lists about favorite albums in my teen years, I mentioned Z Rock. Thanks to punishing my brain in my 20's I had completely forgotten about Chicago's only real METAL radio station until this list. One morning, pimply faced, denim clad, Iron Maiden shirt-wearing me turns on my radio and hears Master of Puppets at 8:30 am! Holy Shit! Metalheads had won a long fought war for acceptance and legitimacy. No longer would we have listen to our Metal during the hours of 8pm and 1 am with two guys pretending to be smoking bongs on the tiny radio station WVVX. (That is a story for next month) That year, Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Metal Church, Motorhead and Megadeth released albums that made their careers and Z Rock played them all. Of course we had to sit through Loudness, Stryper and (ugh) Judas Priest's "Turbo" record but that's a small price to pay. On Halloween of that Year I ate breakfast in a graveyard with a bunch of Punk and goth friends before school, went to see Motorhead later that night and Z Rock was the soundtrack. Unfortunately for Metalheads about a year or two later WZRC (FM 106.7) Des Plaines pulled the plug abruptly on Chicagoland longhairs in favor of a completely opposite format, New Age Music. So here's to nostalgia and all it's distortions.
Ugh, I guess there was a lot more crap played then I remember...
"Well, How did it go?"
No convention reports this month. I am busy working on new prints and Shirt designs for the spring con season. So please check out my store, Instagram page or send me an email for any commission questions.
"Stuff I burned onto my hard drive this month"
Social Distortion and the Scorpions are the big winners this month with two albums each being put in the collection. I got inspired somehow to hear some Mike Ness three chord songs about chicks, and being a drunk outlaw so I went on a mini binge to find those records. And I have no Idea why I'm on a Scorpions kick right now but, there it is.
That's it for the short month, more convention appearances and new art next time I promise...
Lets get this over with already, right? Smarter people than me will go over everything this past year has had to offer and give it a funny and thoughtful spin. Me, I've got a list.
What the hell happened 2016?
1. Well first off I lost my goddamn notes on what happened this past year so this will be all from memory and hearsay. Crap 2016.
2. I'm pretty sure the Cubs won the World Series. Only good thing 2016.
3. I managed to see about a dozen new movies in 2016 and I can't remember any of them. Oh SHIT! I saw Pete's Dragon!? Entertainment 2016.
4. The gunk on my monitor screen has been steadily increasing this year and is not coming off by simply scraping it off with my fingernail. Maybe something will be done in 2017.
5. Costume quality has been at an all time high at this year's Comic and Horror conventions. However the personalities of people wearing the costumes is on the decline. Crapplay-Cosplay 2016.
6. On that same theme, a Pikachu danced for me in front of my table at Count-I-Con this past August. I did not tip her/him. Conventions 2016.
7. I bought a tent for my first outdoor event back in June and I didn't extend it to it's full height which made people have to bend over to get in to see me. I kept thinking all day "This tent totally sucks, it's not big enough." User error 2016.
8. I witnessed the 20th annual Running of the Wieners in Cincinnati Ohio. I lost big money betting on Dr. Schnitzelfluff to win. Recreational drinking 2016.
9. People like to rip off my designs and make shirts out of them. Jerk-offs 2016.
10. Meeting rock stars at a prearranged photo-op is not as awesome as I was hoping. Still kinda worth it 2016.
What did I burn onto my hard drive this year?
Music in no particular order, and generally worth a listen for 2016: Baroness, Cheap Trick, Ghost, Anthrax, Witchcraft, Pallbearer, Kvelertak, The Faces, Alice Cooper, Crowbar, Monster Magnet and Nails.
Note: Cheap Trick and Alice Cooper come in first with the most albums I burned onto my hard drive this year, they were presented with an award this past November.
Thoughts for the end of the year.
It's almost too easy to say, but I'm gonna' say it, screw you 2016, until next year...