Being an artist sounds terrible: you hardly make any money, you experiment with dangerous mind-altering hallucinogens, and, worst of all, you can no longer be known as Prince. For work from an artist who seems nonetheless quite normal, check out Rocom. From the OC, Rocom's a former UCI dude who develops toys as a day job while making wall-friendly pop art at night, and whose official bio mentions his favorite pizza place (Gina's) and the fact that he "enjoys burritos, has a pair of headphones, a guitar, and a Wolverine costume complete with adamantium claws" -- an admission that may have made his last GF, his
Weapon Ex. A majority of the art is actually pop-culture referencing, w/ Star Wars being a constant theme, like a set of three tiny canvas Jawas, and two of Vader: one a playing card-looking print with Darth stabbing himself in the head with a lightsaber, and another with him wearing bling shaped like the Death Star, aka, Michael C. Hall. He also does more plain cool-looking stuff like painted-all-over canvases that look like super-bright boomboxes, a Fantastic Four-referencing series of squares w/ the number "4" on them painted like the comic characters' costumes, and a Pokemon'd-up series called "Pocket Monsters", also the title of Philip Rivers' Op-Ed about dudes trying to sack him. If stuff's sold-out online, some of it's still available at Munky King on Melrose, and -- in addition to the visual stuff --Rocom's apparently also a rapper, which must be tough considering he's been forced to give up rocking those Diamonds and Pearls.