When I was young, there were very few films that my parents wouldn’t allow me to watch. In fact, the only film I remember specifically not being allowed to watch was Pulp Fiction. At the time I was distraught, with hindsight it was just good parenting. Even at the age of 10 I had still developed a keen interest in films and something about the marketing for the movie just grabbed me!
With Pulp Fiction reaching the grand old age of 20 this year, it is deservedly getting some artistic attention. One of our favourites so far is this great poster by Doaly! Read on for the full reveal!
There are many filmmakers who have produced one or two masterpieces in their careers, but it is a rare thing for them to produce consistently critically acclaimed, commercially successful and just damn exceptional movies. Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers are an exception to that rule.
As a celebration of their phenomenal careers, Spoke Art have brought together 60 exceptionally talented artists to interpret their favourite scenes, characters and movies from the filmmakers back catalogues for their upcoming exhibition, ‘Quentin Vs Coen’.
Joshua Budich is well known for creating vibrant pieces of pop culture art featuring many of the characters that we know and love from the movies and televison shows that they represent. Joshua’s work has spanned genres and been featured in many galleries. Recently, as testament to Joshua’s great eye for character likenesses, he created the only print in Gallery 1988’s Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary tour to be official licensed by every actor for full likeness rights. We recently had a little chat with Joshua about that piece.
Joshua has just released the next screen print in his Tarantino line for Spoke Art, “Vengeance is a dish best served cold”, inspired by Kill Bill Vol. 2.
You can pick up Joshua’s screen print, “Vengeance is a dish best served cold”, over at Spoke Art now. Hurry though, this print has been out for a few days and it will go quick!
Odd City and Polish artist Gabz have a fantastic creative relationship, which spawned last years amazing Fargo and Pacific Rim pieces. Gabz and Odd City have once again partnered, this time to present Gabz’s take on the 1993 Tony Scott directed and Quentin Tarantino scripted True Romance. Gabz’s flair for capturing stylistic yet picture perfect likeness’, compounded with great composition has led to this fantastic piece. The image itself features every character whose actions impact the Clarence and Alabama and it is all encapsulated within the silhouette of Cupid himself.
Odd City and Gabz have also done something rather clever, rather than producing a standard and variant edition, and just as the film featured both the cities of Detroit and Los Angeles, this print will be released in two versions, one for each city. The blue Cupid on white background for Detroit, and the black Cupid on cream for Los Angeles. Take a look!
Odd City Entertainment – True Romance Los Angeles Edition by Gabz.
24″ x 36″, 6 colour Screen print, edition of 85, $55.
Odd City Entertainment – True Romance Detroit Edition by Gabz.
24″ x 36″, 6 colour Screen print, edition of 85, $55.
Gabz, or Grzegorz Domaradzki, to give him his full name, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland with a Masters Degree in Graphic Arts and Drawing. He is quickly becoming one of the industries most sought after artists, and it is easy to see why. His creative process has evolved from a desire to make his work more broadly appealing and optimistic. Each piece he produces captivates and brings a unique illustrative story to the subject from which he drew inspiration. It’s clear that he has a love for the pieces that he works on and here is what he had to say about working on True Romance for Odd City;
“Coming up with a concept for a movie like True Romance, that I have been a huge fan of for years and is among my favourite Tony Scott films of all time, wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be when I first got the proposal. There are so many brilliant quotes, memorable scenes and a mind-blowing soundtrack on top of it all.
The Hawaiian shirted Cupid I went with, symbolizing the bizarre romance between Alabama and Clarence, came to me as a revelation and I felt I had a winner. I desperately wanted to not only catch the mood of the film, but also include as many characters as I could possibly fit. I love every single performance from the movie and I felt like everyone deserved a tribute.” – Grzegorz “GABZ” Domaradzki
Both True Romance screen prints by Gabz will be 24”x36”, limited to 85 for each the Detroit and Los Angeles version and printed with 6 inks. Each versions will be $55 will go on sale at a random time on Friday, February 21, 2014 on Odd City’s Online Store. Follow Odd City on Twitter and Facebook for the official drop announcement, but be quick, Odd City Prints are starting to go like hot cakes!
My oh my, what a week this week is shaping up to be, with Mondo’s ‘The Art Of Laurent Durieux’, Bottleneck Gallery’s ‘It Came From 1984’, Spoke Art’s ‘Unreal Estate III’ and Hero Complex Gallery’s ‘Adventure Show’ all opening this weekend, you would think that there would be no more room for anything else. Well that idea has been smashed right apart with Odd City Entertainment and Matt Ryan Tobin chucking their hat into the ring with two fantastic pieces of art for Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece True Romance.
True Romance by Matt Ryan Tobin, Regular Edition, 24”x36”, edition of 95, 6 inks. Regular edition $45. Printed by Seizure Palace.
True Romance by Matt Ryan Tobin, Variant Edition, 24”x36”, edition of 35, 7 inks. Variant edition $65. Printed by Seizure Palace.
We have waxed lyrical about the great work that Odd City Entertainment do here before at Cult Collective, the Austin, Tx based company of art enthusiasts whose mission is to bring original art and high quality licensed screen prints to the world at large.
It’s hard to know what to say about a film that is so perfect. It could be argued to be both Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino’s best film. And that would be a fun argument. What can’t be argued is that this film contains some of the best dialogue and performances from some of the greatest actors of our time. This film needs to be honored with repeated viewings and multiple artist homages. Matt Ryan Tobin’s print is a testament to the philosophy of Clarence Worley and words we here at Odd City, try to live by: “Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse!” – Odd City
Matt Ryan Tobin is another favourite of ours, having previously provided artwork for Post No Joes poster documentary, 24″ x 36″, this poster feels like it belongs to a Tarantino script. It has a pulpy, pop culture vibe and the comic style captions work wonderfully, especially in the context of the relationship comics share with the movie. Matt Ryan Tobin is a freelance illustrator, designer and musician living in Hamilton, Canada, A musician at heart, he toured for ten years playing music all over the globe, and originally delved into the world of merchandise design for the sole purpose of creating t-shirts for his band, eventually designing for merch for many well-known acts. His passion evolved and as a self pronounced cinephile, he recently entered the world of poster and art print design.
“When Odd City approached me to create a poster for True Romance, my jaw hit the floor. To say I was flattered is an understatement. I fell in love with this film from the first time I viewed it on VHS…. A rental copy, no less.
It’s a film that has always stuck with me – so much so that, at one point, I was seconds away from a past girlfriend and I getting matching “Clarence” and “Alabama” cupid tattoos to commemorate the film. This movie is so vivid and colourful in its writing, characters and film style. I really wanted to give my all in complimenting the film, by approaching the artwork in the same way.” – Matt Ryan Tobin
Both the True Romance by Matt Ryan Tobin 24”x36” limited edition, regular ($45) and variant ($65) editions, will go on sale at the Odd City Entertainment store at a random time on Friday Feb. 7th 2014.