Amongst the madness, I managed to put together a little experimental painting as an homage to a cartoon that both helped me appreciate the macabre and simultaneously deter me from drugs.
Countless hours of Scooby Doo drenched my eyes and brain growing up and the creators and writers were smart, because i have seen every episode of Scooby Doo countless times. Not on purpose, but because the show had such a standard formula, that every episode really was the same, so it took 20 of the 30 minutes to realize you had seen that episode already. And then they were even smarter when it came to the guest star episodes, because they made multiple episodes with the same guests, so that way you would turn it on, and be like, "aww, fuck this, ive SEEN Don Knots already....wait, is he running from a PUMPKIN?? Shit i havent seen this one!" So then next time a Don Knotts episode is on, even if you thought youve seen it, you watched it anyway. Genius...
Oh, also, when I was younger there was only one channel with cartoons so I guess that might be why I saw each episode a ton of times. I don't know, my past is hazy.
And how did it DETER me from drugs? Well, easy. Though i have always liked scary things, i didn't always like to BE scared. Hell, I ended up going to the mental hospital because I was scared. But anyway, I knew what hallucinogenic drugs were since i was really young, but i basically just figured they made you see both scary AND friendly shit that wasnt there, and thats that.
And after I noticed a few things about Shaggy, I caught on quick and realized what Scooby Doo really was. The only REAL thing in the entire Scooby universe was Shaggy. The dude was just an aging hipster that was a little kooky and schitzophrenic and took mad LSD. Everything else in the entire cartoon, from the talking dog, the "ideal" friends who would never be his friends in reality, the ghosts, the castles, etc, they were all just figments of Shaggy's consistently bad trips. When they would encounter other characters, ever notice how EVERY other character that the gang interacted with looked confused?? Thats cuz some Fight Club shit was going on and Shaggy was just talking in like 3 different voices and characters to these dudes.
And you would think that i would be like "holy shit, i see spacemen with skull heads and talking dogs when I do LSD? Rad!" But once again, the creators succeeded, because they made Shaggy CONSTANTLY SCARED LIKE A BITCH for 22 of the 30 minutes. No way did i want that fear. Hence, Hanna-Barbara, Casey Casem and Shaggy-whatever-the-fuck-his-last-name-is led me down the road of a drug fee life.
And here is a detail of part of the painting, which was done in all watercolor and ink on paper.
With all that being said, I guess i should at least tell you WHY i had to make this decision to paint my favorite villains from Scooby Doo in the first place. My homie Steven Daily has put together a sequel to last years successful "GAG ME WITH A TOON" art show at the ultra-ill MELTDOWN COMICS in Los Angeles. There's going to be a ton of amazing artists showing works based off of their favorite cartoons. And i mean it when i say "Amazing" artists. below is the flyer, the press release and all of the information for the show. I may or may not be in attendance depending on my schedule.
or you can click here to go to MELTDOWN'S website to get the info.
GAG ME WITH A TOON 2: HARDER! FASTER! RADDER!
GAG ME WITH A TOON, not the mold, but the twin!
It’s the second go-round for this glorious show in which pop cartoon art is all that we know.
The original rocked but what shall we do it’s time to install what we call GAG TWO?
How is it HARDER? Because of the people whom we have corralled under our ink-stained steeple.
These artists are strong and accepted the task of eclipsing what we have recently passed!
How is it FASTER? We tempted the fates and shortened the time in-between GAG ME dates!
How is it RADDER? Is that even a word? I’ll leave that to Webster and remain undeterred to exhort you and your cronies to meet in the rear of the place we call Meltdown in the fifth month of the year where we shall show you dangers and demons, cereal mascots and spinach-filled sea men, double the lions that form into knights, brilliant blue dwarves and robotic lights.
We’ve multiplied madness and aggrandized our art, now it is up to you to come do your part!
Drink with two fists and view with two eyes this wonderful show that is littered with lies.
But this is line is truth, lest I burn in the fire; within these walls you’ll find much to admire.
GAG ME WITH A TOON NUMBER TWO is the name!
Don’t hate on this sequel. It’s not more of the same.
GAG ME WITH A TOON 2: HARDER! FASTER! RADDER!
Contemporary Confabulations of Childhood Cartoons
Curated by Steven Daily
MAY 2, 2009 @ MELT GALLERY AT MELTDOWN
7522 SUNSET BLVD, L.A., CA, 90046 www.meltcomics.com
Featuring new work from the minds of:
ADAM HATHORN - ALEX PARDEE – BARSOM - BRENT NOLASCO - BOB DOB - CHRIS DEVIOUS GLIEBE - CHRIS PRYNOSKI -CRAIG EDMUNDS- DAVID FINCH - DANIEL BIGELOW - DANIEL GALVEZ - DANNI SHINYA LUO - DONNY MILLER - DAN QUINTANA - ERIK ALOS - GEAR BOXXX - GIL KUNO - GINO GESUALE – GRANGER – GUNNER - GUSTAVO ALBERTO GARCIA VACA - JEFF MC MILLAN - JEFFERY PAGE - JIM MAHFOOD - JON DRAGONETTE - JOE HANH - JON SCHNEPP - JONATHAN WAYSHAK - JUSTIN BLOOMER - KEVIN LLEWELLYN - LES SCHETTKOE – LOLA - MAC N. ZIE - MATT TAYLOR - MAXX 242 - MIKE KELLEY - EL MAZ -NATE VAN DYKE- NATHAN CABRERA - OVERTON LLOYD - ROMAN DIRGE -SARA ANTOINETTE MARTIN- STEVEN DAILY - STEVE GIBB – MARCO ANTONIO RACHED - TARA MCPHERESON - THE CHUNG - TRAVIS LOUIE - TOMI MONSTRE - VAM POTNA