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I recently completed a illustration for the back cover of Relapse Magazine, which is a fashion zine featuring gorgeous and creative fashion stories. I actually collaborated with photographer Tyler Mitchell on a ten page story for the title as well. I’ll share those as soon as I can. In the mean time, I wanted to talk about the drawing I did for the back cover for a little while. (I’ll share the final colored illustration once it’s published) I was given free reign to do what ever I wanted. So, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to play around with a subject that I thought pertained to beauty and fashion.

In some Asian and African cultures the idea of the “neck ring” is a symbol of beauty, wealth and status. However, they differ very greatly between the two cultures. In African cultures, particularly the Ndebele people of South Africa, the rings are separate and don’t really create the appearance of an elongated neck. In Asian cultures, particularly in the Kayan culture, the ring is a single coil that can weigh a max of 11lbs. The weight of the coil pushes the clavicle and the rib cage 45 degrees down from their original position creating the appearance of an elongated neck.  At first glance it seems like a rather painful process, and it might be for all I know. However, it does create this idea of what we in the western culture identify with beauty. A long, graceful, swan like neck.  The ancient tradition actually has unknown roots, however from my readings it really does seem to have “some” cultural roots in beauty and status.

neck ring


In my drawing I tried to blend the Western and Eastern cultural ideas of beauty to create my own unique take on it. I was very much inspired by the fashions from the age of Marie Antoinette. Luckily enough, I had this copy of Vouge laying around my studio, so I referred to it a lot while working on my drawing. (It wasn’t lucky at all. I got it back in 2006 and saved it because I knew I was going to use it for something. Oh, the confessions of a magazine hoarder.)

The main idea of my drawing was hair as a neck rings. Hair plays such a integral part of beauty, fashion and more importantly life. It can be a symbol of status, wealth, religious devotion or hippie rebellion. The lack of hair also takes on important social stand points. Soldiers, monks and skin heads all shave their heads to show devotion to a specific cause.


Of course this whole project was fueled by love of drawing hair, but as I came up with the concept I was really blown away by how it all tied in. Anyway, here’s the drawing. I’ll post the final as soon as I can.





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Taking Stock


I recently came across this picture a friend took of me while we were painting in some undisclosed location in the 90’s. The picture of course brings back a few distant memories from that specific day, but more so of my life back then and who I was. When looking at this, my first instinct is to say not much has changed within me deep down inside. I’m the same person. I’ve just grown a bit older, wiser, lost my hair for the traded ability to grow a thick beard like my pops before me, got married, gained a career, acquired debt, etc. Those things don’t change a person. No way, no how, not possible. Dumb, dummy am I, how wrong could I be? I am wrong right? Probably, but it really doesn’t matter, because I’m just taking stock, remembering where I came from, to get the slightest idea of where I’m going. Learning from my past in other words. What have I done in my life to reach the point I’ve already reached? It’s insane how that works, but it’s also very simple. I don’t think it’s a concept to dwell on, but it should be acknowledged and I’m simply doing so. And so it’s done and I’ll move on from that specific thought today. Mission accomplished.



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