From top to bottom – Bill Murray as Big Ern in Kingpin, Alfred Hitchcock, Bon Iver and Caroline Aherne. Check out more from Dunstan Doodles here.
I love discovering cool, funny and peculiar t-shirts (I’m sat writing this in a Jim’ll Paint It design that still makes me chuckle everytime I slip it on). It’s a dream of mine to open an online shop packed with loads of great finds from artists and designers from across the world one day. But today I’m here to push your peepers towards the t-shirt brilliance contained within one particular print studio based in Truro, Cornwall.
Blackwater Studios have specialised in screen printing t-shirts for more than 40 years and have just launched a great new artist shop. Their idea was to create their own collaborative store with a small selection of talented illustrators from around the world. And more specifically, illustrators who could fully embrace the virtues of single colour prints.
The current crop of tip-top illustrators includes Michael C. Hsiung, Engin Oztekin, Bene Rohlmann, Mark Breed, Ivo Matić and Jim Hollingworth (aka JIMP).
JIMP‘s been on my radar for a few years now and I have one of his originals hanging in my home. He’s a master and I take great pleasure in the superb off-kilter art he consistantly produces. But what’s striking about the Blackwater Studios Artist Shop is how great it is across the board. There’s a certain peculiarity and oddness that permeates all their current designs. Take a look at a few of their t-shirts below:
Coming To America is probably my favourite Eddie Murphy film. The ‘Black Awareness Week‘ scene with Murphy as fictional local soul singer, Randy Watson, and his band Sexual Chocolate is one of the film’s many highlights – so imagine my joy when I stumbled across the poster below on Pinterest this week. I’ve no idea who it’s by or how it came to be, but it made me chortle and go and re-watch the whole film once more, so ‘job done’.
Regular Slacker Shack visitors will be aware that we’re big fans of film poster art – official, alternative, fan-made – if it looks cool, we approve and we want to tell others about it too.
So, when London based illustrator and designer, Chris Wharton got in touch to share his love of film poster art and point me in the direction of his excellent work it put a smile on my face. Firstly, its nice to see someone being proactive about their work and looking to independent, relatively ‘small-time’ blogs like Slacker Shack to share their work. Secondly, it’s bloody good stuff (check his website out here).
Chris graduated in 2008 from Bath spa with a first class BA in Graphic Communication and describes his work as “bold, bright and joyful” (which pretty much nails it) – here’s a few examples of his alternative film poster art – enjoy:
Harriet Taylor Seed is an illustrator from Chichester, England. Some of her clients include, The Sunday Times, The Observer, Threadless, Brussels Airlines, and Burning House Records, and she’s exhibited her work in a number of galleries across the UK.
I came across her work on Pinterest today via a link to her website – http://www.harrydrawspictures.com – and I really like her stuff. Check out some examples below:
You can check out more of her work here.