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Name: Big Dog Smith
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Hometown: Mongrolvia
Home country: South Side, Chicago
Current location: Northeast Side, Los Angeles
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A new GERMS limited edition print...

...a 4-color serigraph, is about to be released through Modern Multiples, a Los Angeles based printmaking company founded by the late printmaker/pop/chicano artist Richard Duardo.

A tribute to Richard, the idea for the print is that each artist contributing a design based it on the Modern Multiples logo/chopmark, a French Poodle in silhouette. The edition size was set at 64, to symbolize what would have been Richard's 64th year.

Counting the numbered edition, with 11 more Printer's and Artist's proofs, the total edition size is 75.

Since I am a digital graphics artist and create art for silkscreen prints, I was tasked by Germs to create the art for this print, based on a high-res photo which I selected of one of his paintings. The limit was four colors, and the art had to incorporate the poodle silhouette.

Here is a picture taken this afternoon of Germs signing the completed edition:

(Photo Credit: W. Malone)

Richard was a great guy, he helped many up-and-coming artists over the decades - such as Germs and my own son, who is a painter and printmaker.

Richard was a master printmaker who worked with many notables of the Chicano and Pop Art genres, including, for example, Frank Romero and Banksy.

Richard also co-founded Fatima Records in the late 70s, with L.A. punk rock legend Tito Larriva of the Plugz.

On edit: Here is a jpeg of my digital art the print is made from:

So I'm watching a documentary about TOWER RECORDS...

...on Showtime. Pretty interesting and amusing look at the history of the iconic record retailer that started in Sacramento CA in 1960.

Fond memories are being stirred up...the Tower store on the Sunset Strip is the place that sold my - and another-poster-to-this-forum-who-shall-remain-unnamed's - first record release in 1980.

If you happen to see it in the teevee schedule, I highly recommend it.

It's called All Things Must Pass, but it's not about the late former Beatle George.
Posted by GReedDiamond | Fri Apr 8, 2016, 10:58 PM (2 replies)

Portrait of Bernie by Joe Bravo...

...I was at the Pasadena (CA) City College flea market today, and Joe was there with his excellent portrait of Bernie.

Oil (or acrylic - not sure) on canvas, January 2016.

Joe is known for doing "tortilla art," check out his web site: http://joebravo.net/
Posted by GReedDiamond | Mon Apr 4, 2016, 12:38 AM (5 replies)

Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90...


RIP George.
Posted by GReedDiamond | Wed Mar 9, 2016, 02:01 PM (1 replies)

It's an Old Hippie Christmas...by The Bellamy Bros...

"Here Comes Christmas" by my band...

...Green Sparkle Frog.

Posted to YouTube by CDBaby.com.

Seasoned Greetings to You All.

Mural by my friend, the artist known as GERMS...

This on a building in Pacoima, CA.

Here is a short video showing GERMS at work on the mural:

It took him less than a month to complete.

I helped out by creating the stencils and some foam printing implements used on the piece.

Click for GERMS' web site.

I think the name/word "Shkreli"...

...should become a pejorative and an ultimate insult to those who would otherwise be considered, or who are already known as: assholes, liars, douche/scumbags, war mongers/profiteers, racists/bigots, banksters, trumpsters, etc.

It would be really great if everybody starting saying, in response to the above types of sociopaths and narcissists, "fuck you, you fuckin Shkreli."

Should the opportunity arise, I'll be doing that, starting tomorrow.

Rich Assholes Rule America...

...so, Vote For Donald Trump.

The End.

If you go into a Rite Aid to buy a lighter...

...in this case, it was a BIC lighter...be sure to bring your ID with you.

I just got carded trying to purchase that lighter, but my ID was out in my car.

I pointed out to the automoton at the checkout that "I am 60 years old, why are you asking me for ID? Do I look like I'm 12 years old?"

Clerk sez, "it is corporate policy to require ID for the purchase of smoking products," then he says "in order for you to not get any more stressed out, I will cancel this transaction" (which, btw, included several other non "smoking products"), to which I said "you've already caused me undue stress, and wasted my time, with your ridiculous zero tolerance bullshit policy. And fuck Rite Aid" as I walked out of the store.

I went to a Walgreens, bought a lighter, asked them if they had ever heard of carding people who buy lighters, clerk said "never."

So now, according to Rite Aid, a lighter is a "smoking product." Has this happened to anybody else?

I know that ultimately, this is a trivial event, but I was caught off-guard by it, and aggravated by this fucking corporate rule which treats its customers like children.

Suffice to say, after over 35 years of being a loyal, regular customer at this very same Rite Aid location, I will never set foot in or spend another penny at any Rite Aid, ever again.

Later, after cooling down a bit, I called the store and spoke - in a civil tone - to the manager, but she kept talking over me as I explained why, after 35+ years of being a loyal customer I would never spend another penny there, but she just hung up on me.

Fuck the Corporate Nanny State and fuck Rite Aid. I hope they finally do go bankrupt.
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