Breaking taboos with your art can land you in big trouble, unless of course you are Taboo, in which case making music from sh*t'll just get you straight paid, son! For some art so offensive you'll ask "Where is the love?", check out Butch vs Joel.
An American expat with "no formal art training" and highbrow personal heroes including Mike Judge and Larry Flynt, BvJ's a collection of fantasy-esque paintings covering everything from pop culture to "warped" takes on the history of Christian art, so no more waiting around for Vans to land Bad Religion! The least offensive we could find:
Iron Maiden Brewing Beer in Hell: The band's iconic mascot Eddie surrounded by a foursome of barely dressed ghoul women in a fiery dungeon, sneering and hoisting a gigantic mug of sudsy brew, clearly inspired by their smash hit "Run To The Pils".
Hui Tai Lang Day: A twist on a popular Chinese cartoon in which "a wolf is constantly tricked by Pleasant Goat and nagged by his shrill wife", this joint shows the wolf using chopsticks to munch on the goat's succulent hot plate-cooked ribs, while his wife sits topless and ready for some bondage in the corner -- basically this dude's really into racks.
Darth Vader, Bob Marley, and Dick Cheney Walk Into a Bar: The unlikely trio sits around a table beneath a single dangling light bulb, yukking it up whilst indulging in a pint of Jack and a spliff, though wisely no beers, as Cheney can't be trusted when shotgunning.
If he's already sold a design you like, he's willing to recreate it for you, and he's also down for custom jobs, as he "love[s] a challenge", although if that's the case, he should probably try to get B.E.P. to Shut Up.
Published: February 15, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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