Here’s a new one in the music inspired series. Sunset needle. Get a print HERE.
This is a series of artwork including type, portraits, and paintings that are inspired by music and musicians. If you’re an avid fan of any genre of music I hope you make you smile. I definitely love making them.
This one is for the music lovers. It doesn’t matter which genre, as long as music is something you can’t get through the day without. Could be for musicians or the fans. The image represents two 45 adapters. These adapters are used to secure and play 45 rpm records. I chose these colors because they are complementary and I love the color the overlay of them creates. check out some of my other “Music Inspired” drawings and paintings.
Here is my 7th annual collage of character’s, this time with some typography that I felt went with the feeling. For this year I wanted to go with a theme for once and might play with that again. The theme? Analog sound! I wanted to remember what it was like as a kid to listen to hip hop, soul, jazz, funk, etc. And I’m also thinking of young kids and parents trying to introduce their kids to music.
1. Digging– Young sis digging for 45’s 2. Youth Sound-Sis wearing the headphones 3. Walkman-Turn up the bass boost 4. Boombox-Tapes & the box 5. Play that Beat – type! 6. Percussion-Drum & banner 7. Headphones – meditate w/ sound 8. Listening– next to the record player 9. VINYL –Type 10. Dad’s – who dig 11. Stereo-Remember this? 12. Turn it up!-Type 13. Lyrics – still matter 14. Speakers -Paying dues
This one is for my Dads or fathers who dig, especially my vinyl junkies. I took my son to the record store a few times and although he wasn’t as excited as I was, I’m happy I got to do that. I will leave my records for him one day. Is there a record that comes to mind when you first started digging? Did your parents take you to look for music at record store, swap meet, convention, or thrift store? Who is a dad you know of that still digs? You want a print of this?
The LP the dad is holding is a remix of the record “TAXI” by Sly & Robbie; a record I grew up hearing in the house.
How many of you had a stacked stereo system like this in your home growing up? Mine was similar to this, with a turntable for playing records, a cassette deck, and an amplifier. Parents had an eclectic record collection underneath too. What was your favorite to listen to from your parents collection of music (cd, tape, or vinyl)?
Everyone digs and digging just means falling down the rabbit hole or looking for more of an item , topic, or feeling. This is of a very young lady digging for records, specifically 45’s. You know, those small 7″ records that usually have one song on each side. Singles! I used to dig for records. In fact, I started leaving my high school at lunchtime to go dig at Amoeba and Rasputin’s in Berkeley around the age of 15. I’d usually dig because I didn’t have much to spend and the deals or bargains were sometimes hard to find. When is the last time you went digging? For records, shoes, toys, heels, an insurance agent?
I grew up with records, and I hope that my son will remember me playing them. Some of the first records I remember were in my parents house. Sade, MDK, Public Enemy, The Clash, Fela Kuti, Steel Pulse, an odd mix. The first record I ever purchased with my own money was “Bus Stops” by the Nonce (I’d purchased tapes up until that point). What was your first vinyl record?
Did you ever fall asleep to a favorite record or album? Or was it a mix? I can remember spending hours listening to music; pouring over the liner notes. This is a tribute to those long nights listening to records, tapes, cd’s, and mp3s. I made this last year as a way to celebrate analog music and feel like it fits perfect with record store day. Keep listening….
Where all my father’s that dig at? This is a scene from my book Furqan’s First Flat Top. Had to put that in the book because I love music and records. I grew up with them and I plan to pass them on to my son some day.
Just wanted to remind folks that its record store day and to go support your local record store by buying vinyl, tapes, cd’s whatever you can still play in your home or car. If you’re in the Bay Area here are some spots I recommend:
Amoeba Records – Berkeley & SF
Down Home Records – El Cerrito
Green Apple Books – SF
Half Price Books – Berkeley
Park Blvd Records & Tapes- Oakland
Rasputin’s- Fairfield & Berkeley
Streetlight Records- San Jose