Because the biggest freak on your walls should never be found in your high school portrait, pull down those photos off your walls and replace them with works from Jason Edmiston, a commercial illustrator who uses "exaggeration" and caricature to twist everything from cult flicks, to sci-fi lore, to rock stars, while evoking a "certain degree of humour". A taste:
Musicians: His "Monsters of Rock" series morphs icons from Joey Ramone to Tommy Lee into gruesome, improbably even-unholier versions of themselves, including a trademark-bandana-and-shades-donning Axl with spikes jutting from his leathery skin, and eyestalks squirming out of his grotesque, cracked snout, all in all still less appalling than The Spaghetti Incident.
Pulp: Lighthearted takes on '50s-esque magazine covers include a face that's been crudely sewn together using pieces of The Wolfman, Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy ("Monster Mash"), Cobra Commander wanting you like Uncle Sam does, and a coyly bathing Creature From the Black Lagoon surrounded by a rubber duckie and bubbles, though they aren't enough to scare him out of the stalk market.
Film: A sword-swinging Indiana Jones from the Temple of Doom bridge scene, an enormous Stormtrooper helmet floating beneath the ocean with the top disguised as an iceberg, and King Kong atop the Empire State Building pounding on a laptop, exposing him as the biggest freak of all: a code monkey.
Published: August 24, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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