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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bister Mungle- Mr.Bungle's High School Talent Show (1984) Performance

I owned the bootleg cassette tape of this when I was in high School, I was pleased to find the footage thanks to the miracle of Youtubery.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Happens every time...

I originally created this comic for the tragedy in Aurora Colorado, but it's true of every shooting tragedy in the United States. Within even the early hours of media coverage the issue of gun control vs 2nd amendment rights starts getting batted around before the bodies even turn cold. I believe the human thing to do to express sorrow, report facts and give the victims and their families at least 24 hours of respect before debating the politics of the issue.
Our instant culture doesn't allow time for processing tragedy. That means that we have to take the time and do it for ourselves. Remember that what you are seeing on the screen is happening to actual real life people. It's Okay to be sad, it's Okay to be angry, but when you argue politics in the early hours of a shooting tragedy, either from the left OR the right, you look like an asshole. Be it on Television, Twitter or facebook. Keep that in mind for the next one.

- Jert

The Abused - Loud And Clear EP


Thursday, December 06, 2012

The International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA) Convention 2012

 The International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA) Convention 2012

Every year in November a few hundred caricature artists from around the world gather to participate and compete at the ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists) Convention. The main event of the convention is a 4 day competition in a large ballroom where the artists draw, paint and sculpt caricatures of the other convention attendees. Every artist has their own section of wall to display their creations and at the end of the 4 days all the participants vote on the artwork.

Now, most people think they have a pretty good idea of what a caricature is: “they make you into a funny cartoon”, “They find your most important feature and make it really big”. It would be useful however to have a more concrete definition to really appreciate the convention.

Caricature is the abstraction of likeness.

Those are fancy words for: caricature finds the aspects of likeness, the qualities by which things differ and our brains use to identify the subject, and brings it forward, creating a piece of art that ideally looks more like the subject then the subject itself.

Imagine a few hundred artists doing that in a room for 4 days. The real gems are the caricatures that capture more then appearance; they capture personality, attitude, the way they act, the things they do, the sounds they make, the way they move, and more. To really make a good caricature the artist needs to be exceptionally observant.

After several days of essentially stalking each other to make the best caricatures they can; everyone attending the convention gets to know each other pretty well. Everyone working in the same room, learning form each other, inspiring each other, pushing each other breeds a sort of family. Some pretty famous caricature artists attend, and even if you aren't as famous as them they will be pretty friendly, accept your facebook friend request, and even recognize and talk to you like you are their buddy if you visit their table at comic con.

I'd like to share with you my small section of wall from the 2012 ISCA Convention. I did my best to capture observations I made of the people I decided to draw and paint.

Anne Bush

 Eric Goodwin

 Beau Hufford

 Ryan Holman

 Kirby Rudolph 

 Chunco Yamashita

  Sam Arenson
 Johanna Veerenhuis
I won some awards which is really cool, thanks everyone! :)

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Negative Approach- Total Recall

1. Lost cause
2. Can't tell no one
3. Sick of talk
4. Pressure
5. Why be something that your not
6. Nothing
7. Fair Warning
8. Ready To Fight.
9. Lead Song
10. Whatever i Do
11. Negative Approach
12. Tied Down
13. Hypocrite
14. Evacuate
15. Said and Done
16. Nothing
17. Your Mistake
18. Live Your Life
19. Friend of Foe
20. Dead Stop
21. I'll Survive


Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012


listened to this almost everyday when I was 17. I also had an Aus Rotten "Fuck Nazi Sympathy" backpatch on my jacket. One day I came home to find my mom holding a black marker and the word "fuck" blacked out. I tried to explain to her what she had done, but she couldn't comprehend it bc to her the word "fuck" spoke louder than the message. I think I walked around with a "nazi symptathy" backpatch for a week before I covered it up - RR

Germination has been stuck in my head for 10 years. -RR

These Vids are a byproduct of Rob Ruzicka's wasted youth and wasted time

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dwarves Gig Poster- Jert NSFW

I was commissioned by the opening band The Scam to create this gig poster for the upcoming Dwarves concert in St.Louis, Mo. My instructions where "it needs to have Coke and Boners...oh and Tits". So I obliged. I have to admit it's pretty cool to get paid to make "blue humor" art. It's exactly the opposite of working with most of my illustration clients. Most of my notes are to "tone it down" or "needs to be more accessible" whereas The Scam gives me notes like "dude, no nudity? we paid for nudity". 

*Oh and for the record I'm not a fan of Cocaine, it's a shitty drug that makes people do shitty things,
but I believe grown adults should be allowed to do what they want as long as it doesn't directly harm others. Drug Violence is caused by the black market, plain and simple

Monday, November 26, 2012

Characters From Memory Game (by Marlo)

This is a game to play alone or with friends: try to draw existing characters or people from memory. They end up being really funny or stylized... sometimes better than the original. The best is when someone playing never even heard of the character and then draws it from a rough description... ends up being hilarious but also really high concept. Here's some of mine... recognize anyone?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

What is Internet? (1994)

William F. Buckley's 1987 interview with Milton Friedman - (Philby)

 Buckley: His book is in stores. It's called "The War on Fiscal Capitalism." Milton Friedman joins us now. Thank you so much for sitting down with us today.

Friedman: I'm happy to be here, Bill.

Buckley: Let's get right into it. What, if any, are the underpinnings of a free market franchise under the guise of the current administration's T-bill initiative?

Friedman: Well, I have to say, the current administration faces certain, if any, questions, as to the job creation, the private sector, and so on, but particularly, with the approval rating, and finally the Dow Jones at 6%, these questions have yet to be answered. And that's not-withstanding Governor Clancy's foreign policy debacle. Where is this money coming from? That's what I want to know. Who has the troops in mind?

Buckley: It feels like "too little, too late."

Friedman: I tend to agree, but the dialogue is very one sided, needless to say. I can't imagine that the administration would have any kind of vested interest in anything else, though, what with their offices being closed on Tuesday.

Buckley: Well then, you probably know what my next question is...where does that leave Fanny Mae?

Friedman: Well, it's not a question of Fanny, I like to say. It's a question of funding. Who's funding the T-bill? What can be accomplished with another four-year filibuster? Why is the president at Martha's Vineyard? The reports need to be made public so there can be accountability, Governor Clancy not-withstanding, of course. You can't gut the military and then expect social security to be there 30 years down the road. What about the housing bubble? What about Medicaid?

Buckley: --and Medicare

Friedman: --Not so much "Medicare."

Buckley: Is there any other way, though, is what I'm asking. Isn't this ultimately a question for gay marriage? This is the states deciding for the states' special interest groups. Is it not? Are they not more or less legislating from the bench in this case? Is this not the issue? What do you see as being the real issue here as far as the troops are concerned?

Friedman: The real issue is interim spending.

Buckley: But what about abortion on demand? Could the president, for example, get an abortion at Martha's Vineyard?

Friedman: It's something for the voters to keep in mind, definitely. An abortion can be something to chew on. It's food for thought.

Buckley: You've definitely given us some food for thought. Thank you so much for your time, Mr. Friedman.

Friedman: Thank you, sir, for having me.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dropout Boogie weekend Playlist #14

These tracks are recommended listening from the Kansas City .45 RPM DJ collective:
 Dropout Boogie