Vinyl Wednesday: 3 Inches of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal

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It has been a LONG time since I did a proper Vinyl Wednesday post. Actually, it’s been a full 6 months and that’s a bit excessive. I guess that’s what happens when you move, get a new motorcycle and end up spending most of the summer outside on it. Unfortunately, it’s going to be one more week before I completely start to get back into the groove.

The photo above is from my latest attempt at getting some decent lighting set up in the upstairs of our house. I think it’s beginning to get where I want it. I don’t love it but it’s a start and that’s good enough for now. Keep your peepers peeled for a full post with multiple photos next week.

Flourishing

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It’s been a long few months for me. I started a new, full-time job on November 2 of last year. Couple that with the holidays and there hasn’t been much time to post to the blog or design fun things or photographing oddball shit. Hopefully that can change now that things are calming down.

Anyway, the above image was created during my first week at my job. I wasn’t really busy at the time and I had a really old sketchbook with me so I decided to vectorize some old designs I had laying around. I remember these being created during my internship at Todd T Designs in the summer of 2009. I was either on the train, sitting around the house or staring out the large windows of the office when making these weird ornamental things. I have a few pages filled up with different variations. All cool and flowing. When I saw them again in the sketchbook I decided there was no better time than the present to sit and actually draw them out digitally.

I took some photos with my phone, emailed them to myself and pulled them into Illustrator. It wasn’t an overly complicated process to create them, just kind of time consuming and I’m still not totally happy with the larger curves. Not quite perfect for me. Whatever though. I then grabbed some paper textures and a quick Wikipedia definition of “ornament” and slapped this little design together.

Quick and dirty. Just the way I like it. Ha! Hopefully some new small projects or photos will be coming your way soon. I’d also like to get back to doing the vinyl posts. Lots of newer goodies to share with the world. Keep checking back for more fun.

Cranium Case

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Jason over at Kustom Persuasion worked up a helmet for me about a year or two ago and I’ve finally gotten around to taking some photos of it. I handed him faded-white 30 year old helmet with a weird checker pattern stripe and he presented me with this colorful monstrosity. Look at the patterns and colors on this thing. Ridiculous, right?

It’s a wonderful example of old-school kustom painting work. I told him he could do whatever he wanted and he went with it. Sunburst, lace, gradients and more. Real cool stuff. I honestly didn’t know what to think of it when he first showed me but it grew on me the more I used it. It’s unique and I like that about it. There are certainly no other people around my area of Cleveland that are rocking anything like it.

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