Oh my gosh this guys laugh after he set up two motion sensor trash cans to trigger each other endlessly… it brings me so much joy.
I’ve spent many mornings before and nights after work to complete my first typeface. From what I can gather from internet searches (so take it with a grain of salt) there was a tee shirt shop in Brooklyn in the 70’s and 80’s where this typeface orginated. The legend goes that an Old English / Blackletter typeface was simplified enough so it could be cut out of felt letters and ironed on to shirts and jackets of many a rapper and b-boy crew. From Grandmaster Flash to the Rocksteady Crew, Biz Markee and Joe Strummer visiting on tour with the Clash. I couldn’t find a digital version of this font anywhere so I decided to make one. With a focus on making similar replica shirts of that era - I didn’t include much for extra characters but I did throw in some alternate Y’s and T’s based on different versions I’ve seen (Do you Like Big Audio Dynamite's “Y” or the version on Joe Strummmer' s “C. City Rockers” shirt?). Either way I hope you like the font.CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE PURCHASE PAGE
Melding Heavy Metal and Fine Art with @BenVenom
"I’m interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society," Ben Venom (@benvenom) writes in his artist statement. In repurposing discarded denim and old heavy metal t-shirts into quilts of painfully exacting detail, Venom questions and challenges his audience’s conception of fine art.
"My current body of work is directly inspired from the Gees Bend quilt exhibition I saw at the de Young Museum (@deyoungmuseum) in 2006,” says Ben. “I was blown away by the attention to design, craft, and handiwork by women from a very rural region in the American South not to far from where I grew up. They did not have a lot of materials at their disposal and would use recycled denim jeans, blankets, and fabric scrapes to construct some really amazing work.”
Ben cultivates an even deeper appreciation for his craft through Instagram by bringing people into his studio and documenting his process. “For me Instagram operates as a timeline that visually displays the progression of my art and life. I tend to post works in progress and occasionally finished pieces to give the viewer an idea of how the work has progressed.”
Join Ben Venom in his studio as he continues to explore the intersection between heavy metal and fiber arts by following him on Instagram, @benvenom.
So inspired. Time to start really practicing on the old sewing machine.
Black Forest Cherry Garcia Brownie Sundae:
- Top a brownie with 1-2 scoops of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream.
- Add 1-2 spoonfuls of fresh cherries, halved and pitted.
- Top cherries with a dollop of whipped cream.
- Layer on a second brownie.
- Top with another dollop of whipped cream and put a cherry on top.