Turning childhood passions into a career can be difficult, unless they suddenly start paying people to read Wizard and rub one out every 15 minutes, possibly while continuing to read Wizard. Managing to mainstream his boyish interests, the guy behind El Moro Art.
From the e-brush of an aspiring Italian graphic designer known for his standout concert fliers, El Moro's a wildly colorpoppin' run of nightmarishly cool prints inspired by "robots, sci-fi movies, and Chinese art", two of which are fixtures of adolescent interests, and the third of which is robots. Highlights start with "Alone in the Park", featuring a sinister, hoodie-wearin', bunny-faced man on a bench next to a beer and cig butts; a pink & orange Lucha Libre-esque robot with two different sized heads crouching in front of a mysterious heiroglyph called "Tekno Drug Machine"; and "Mecha Sound System": an enormous, Transformers-esque android floating Buddha-style with two long tubes extending from its chest to the faces of tiny breakdancers, who lay down sheets of linen, then battle on them. Things continue with more message-driven steez, including "Kill All The Hipster" -- two skeletons dudded up in skinny jeans & thick-framed specs, tied together and being prodded with pitchforks -- and "Future?No!", with a brain-in-see-through-dome alien dressed in biz cas (collared robo-torso, necktie with a cyclops eye and open mouth...) who looks like an extra from the classic business-sci-fi series Opportunity Cost in Space.
If you're into wearing stuff, there's a whole slew of t-shirts covered with both current print designs and works from previous projects, including a sex-covered handgun called "Gun Love", which given your childhood proclivities you should be a Wizard at by now.
Published: June 29, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
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