Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Cartoon gave us a lesson in sign painting over here at the studio; not a practical one where I get to make a mess of his sign, but a historical one. He showed me where he started off from, before the tattoos, before the sneakers, before the cars and the clothing lines it started from his sign painting.
From the outset it looks crazy, difficult to control the brush, with various kinds of strange and unusual paint stock you apply it to uneven and different forms of surface to create letters, forms and symbols. This is one of the oldest crafts and a craft that is in Cartoon's words, "dying out."
Historically, apprenticeships were the only means of learning this craft, and an apprenticeship could last for years, depending on the skill of the
apprentice and the knowledge of the "master". The other skills Toons like'nd this to were gold-leafing, pin-stripping, stenciling, and silk-screening.
I guess with the advent of the computer, sign-painting, amongst other traditional crafts, have been displaced with computer driven tools. The
"craft" has all but disappeared, and in only a few "technical schools" or specialty schools such as LA Trade Tec, where Cartoon studied back in 1988, it is it still taught. While sign-painting is considered a dying trade, here at the studio Cartoon is a big advocate of his apprentices and any others who want to follow in his footsteps taking up sign painting. He says, "It is good way to start out. It helps you develop your brush skills, it gives
you good habits and helps you understand the weight and form of lettering and when the electricity goes down or the computer breaks you still have a skill that you can put into good use."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
For the ladies, Mr. Cartoon will be releasing a new Women's Long-Sleeve T-Shirt in Black, with his Tattoo Skid Row logo in Pink and White.
Estevan will be releasing his LTD Edition Estevan Oriol x SURU LA Hands T-Shirt in Royal Blue. This is from the special collaboration project with SURU called 'This Is Los Angeles' which premiered at SURU on January 31st. We have a very limited quantity of these on available so don't sleep. You're not going to find this one anywhere else after this.
Also, for this special event, Estevan will be releasing his Estevan Oriol x Acclaim, Limited Edition Box Set. This comes in a custom made box with hard cover magazine and t-shirt. There were only 75 of these available in Australia and given out at the Acclaim launch parties. This is your only chance to swoop one of these up.
Finally, Mister Cartoon will be tattooing Estevan with his very own OG LA Hands Logo, right here at Skid Row Tattoo.
We are located at 129 East 6th Street Los Angeles, CA 90014. If you need more info, you can call us at (213) 488-0313. Don't forget to visit our Store.
For more info on the Downtown Artwalk click Here.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
More photos from the event. Thanks to Jae Bueno!
Mr. Cartoon just dropped another new t-shirt. Hand drawn Toddler with Mr. Cartoon script logo on the back and character patch logo on left sleeve. Printed on 100% heavyweight cotton, it's available in White or Heather Gray. This is another limited run, Exclusive to The Last Laugh Store. Mark your calendars because Mr. Cartoon will be dropping another new t-shirt next Thursday Feb. 12th. This special release will be in conjunction with Estevan Oriol's new t-shirt drop and on the same night as the Downtown Artwalk. To purchase the t-shirt now, please click HERE or stop by The Last Laugh Store.
The Last Laugh Store
129 E. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Here are a few shots of the SURU x Estevan wall. Thanks to Eriberto Oriol. We will be dropping the SURU x Estevan Oriol LA Hands t-shirt next Thursday February 12th here at the shop, during the Downtown Artwalk. These shirts are extremely limited and we will only have a handful of each size. This one is not to be missed. Mister Cartoon will be tattooing here as well as dropping a new t-shirt of his own. Stay tuned and save the date, Thursday February 13.