Happy Halloween from me and my pal Boo Berry. Here he is, shaped like Minnesota, home of General Mills, the company that makes Monster Cereals.
Paul Frees was the voice actor who voiced Boo, impersonating Peter Lorre. Frees died November 2, 1986, coincidentally, the Day of the Dead. You probably don’t know Frees by name, but chances are, you’ve heard him. He voiced K.A.R.R., K.I.T.T.’s evil counterpart in Knight Rider, Boris Badanoff of Rocky & Bullwinkle fame, a hoard of characters from Rankin/Bass Christmas specials (including Santa and Eon, the evil buzzard from Rudolph’s Shiny New Year), and hilariously enough, John Lennon and George Harrison from The Beatles’ 1965 cartoon AND Berry Gordy from 1971’s The Jackson Five. How’s that for range?
I normally don’t post works in progress, because, well, who cares what a painting isn’t going to look like, right?
But this is a special exception, partly because I’m so busy that I don’t know when I’ll be able to update the site with new work again. The other reason is a little more in-depth.
A few years back, a friend had asked me to design a logo for his website, an advice blog titled Dating’s A Game, which has since springboarded (sprungboard?) him to write for sites with greater presence. I don’t read anything on advice columns because opinions and asshole, y’know, but if dating’s a game, I’m either the reigning world champion or I lost in a deluge of flaming buildings falling on my head…s, what with a pregnant wife in under a year and all. (Either way, I am the PIE CHAMPION.)
Anyway, I logoed Johnny up, and we both liked the final product. A pair of dice with some sultry lips instead of snake eyes. He recently asked for a painting of said logo. It’s here, and it’s shit.Everything about this is absolutely boring and terrible (in that order) and I’m sending it to the figurative paper shredder. I don’t know why I feel beholden to the original logo THAT I PUT TOGETHER (with help from the top images searched in Google… I embrace the hackiness here), but the next time you see anything remotely like this, it will look nothing remotely like this.
I think there’s some deeper issue at play here. Like, as an artist, sometimes I get caught up in rules, boundaries and regulations. Here’s some advice – for art and life – to hell with the rules, boundaries and regulations. Pay your taxes and fuck the rest… Maybe this attitude is why I have a baby coming any day now.