Happy is the artist who can satisfy both himself and the masses -- like that time Freddie Mercury had a transcendent dream of peace and harmony, and millions of record buyers just kind of wanted fried chicken. Satisfying himself and everyone else, Stanley Chow.
From glorious Manchester, Chow's a former illustrator and storyboard artist who produces prints of pop culture icons essentially because they are so popular, and he wanted to stoke interest in his work by whipping out stuff people already liked; the style's all his though, a whimsically cartoonish, updated take on the decades he's most fixated on, the swinging 1960s and the different-kind-of-swinging 70s. Some choice selections:
Serge: A caricature of "Monsieur Serge Gainsbourg", eyes gazing with weary wisdom, cigarette in-mouth, and...daughter being interviewed by social services.
Gareth Bale: Chow esoterically chose Bale for his "interesting face" and "good start to the season"; he's also done Paul Scholes and Messi, the latter after a fan's Facebook request -- which, given the print's 19" tall, must have been for an "actual size" depiction.
You Can Be My Wingman: Riffing on one of Chow's own favorite movies, this print has Cruise and Kilmer staring at the viewer with squinty eyed intensity, with two jets trailing off in the background (somebody tell Kilmer staring isn't nice. Man.).
Chow's other works stretch from a fashionably empowered Wonder Woman fit for 1960s Vogue, to "For Relaxing Times...Suntory Time" -- a fine way to satisfy yourself, until you've got the courage to try and satisfy everyone else.