Dead Man - September 2009 - Graphite Study
Pictured above is the graphite study that Aaron created in the process of painting Dead Man. While the level of detail and craftsmanship on this is incredible, you can clearly see that this isn’t a final piece. Strips of paper have been taped to the top and bottom to fit the whole image, and there are faint guidelines and notes in the margin. It’s a cool glimpse into Aaron’s process, as well as one of the most treasured items in my collection.
Tallow - September 2012 - COA Original Ink
This is the original ink drawing of the certificate of authenticity for Aaron’s “Tallow” print from 2012 (full details here). While the print itself continues to elude me (and probably will for eternity given it’s rarity), this original is an excellent consolation prize. It’s also a bit of an oddity in the Horkey world - one of the few cases where the original drawing is significantly larger than the final printed result.
The Decemberists - Northwest 2009 - Lettering Original
This original ink drawing is part of Aaron’s contribution to the 2009 collaborative gig poster with Emek (posted here). Aaron routinely turns in great lettering work, but I think this is one of his most elaborate and fanciful creations.
The Horkey Club (T.H.C.) - 2014 Sign Ups
It’s that special time of the year once again for Horkey fans. Make sure to head over to Expressobeans ASAP to sign-up for this year’s festivities if you qualify. Entries will close in the next few days, and you don’t want to miss out on the fun (which culminated with this last year). My submission photos are posted above. I was a bit daunted by the effort that would be involved to photograph everything in the collection, so I went with just the highlights.
Forensics - Summer Tour 2004
After its debut on the cover of Forensics’ 2004 album "Things To Do When You Should Be Dead Anyways", Aaron’s illustration also appeared on the Summer 2004 tour print (gray/green background) and on an album promo poster (blue background). The EB listing claims there are two editions of the tour print (a green and a gray), but I haven’t found anyone to confirm this. I’m beginning to suspect that there’s just some confusion about the paper color.
Ouroboros - June 2014 (with Jay Ryan)
From The Bird Machine:
In-person collaboration with Aaron Horkey.
18 x 24 inches. Four screens on 140# French Speckletone stock.
Signed and numbered edition of 95. Signed by Aaron Horkey and Jay Ryan.
Made at the twelfth Bird Machine Screenprinting Workshop, with ten (+/-) guest printers on the afternoon of Saturday June 28th.
Jay and Aaron’s fourth collaborative print depicts their whimsical take on the mythical Ouroboros. The print has some excellent details - note Jay’s signature bear doing a headstand and some owls face planted into the ground.
Wood and Parts Catalog - 2003 (Cover Art)
Aaron’s father runs a successful pickup truck parts business out of Windom, MN. This catalog (from 2003 judging by the back cover) features artwork by Aaron on the front. I can’t tell you much more than that, but figured people would enjoy seeing something a bit unusual.
Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book Cover Lettering - August 2007 (with Aye Jay)
Aaron contributed the cover text on perhaps the most bad-ass coloring book in existence. Designed by Aye Jay Morano, the interior is packed with awesome activities from all your favorite metal bands. Check out OMG Posters! for a peak inside or just grab your own copy from Amazon.
Patchwerk I - July 2011 (with Pushead)
From Arrested Motion:
Thursday afternoon at the Toy Tokyo booth at San Diego Comic Con was the event many Pushead fans have been waiting months for. Alongside Pushead was Mike Sutfin as well as the elusive Aaron Horkey, whose first Comic Con appearance was shrouded in secrecy until two days prior to the event.
The event marked the release of three new prints from Horkey, one being the silkscreen print HOARFROST (previewed HERE) and the other two being giclees which are collaborations with Pushead (one of which was a mystery release and not available at the signing).
Patchwerk I, one of the two giclees referenced above, is shown here. My copy is an AP edition, which includes an additional acetate overlay of the original ink. The last image shows the overlay on top of the print, giving it a purplish hue.
For fans of either Aaron or Pushead, be sure to check out their upcoming Hyperstoic show in NYC. Who knows what surprises might be in store?