Sunn O))) & Boris - West Coast Tour 2005
Courtesy of Burlesque Design:
Our absolutely huge, meticulously six-color screenprinted ode to the chest-crushing sounds of Sunn O))) and the ever-astounding Boris of Japan. Their spectoral images pictured here garnering strength from the power of a glowing amplifier tube within the decayed womb of a dead tree. Trust us, your head’s gonna vibrate if you go see them, so bring your earplugs and some sturdy shoes. Joined by Thrones and Earth, Sunn0))) and Boris showed the West coast a thing or two as they traversed the Pacific Coast throughout the late Fall of 2005. Two different color versions here - one for the road, and one for Burlesque.
Continuing with the Sunn O)))/Boris theme, I figured everyone would enjoy this set of prints produced for the bands’ 2005 West Coast tour. Pictured first is the “altar blue” variant, followed by the web edition (yellow lettering) and the show edition (orange on brown). Aaron’s illustration must have impressed the bands, as they later used it on the cover of their 2006 Altar album. As an added bonus, be sure to check out Burlesque’s "making of" video.
Sunn O))) & Boris - May Tour 2006
Information on this one is extremely scarce. I couldn’t seem to locate it on Burlesque’s site, and it predates most other reliable sources. Printed with 9 colors for Sunn O))) and Boris’ May 2006 tour, it depicts a thistle plant growing out of some rusting machinery. This one packs plenty of hidden surprises for those who look closely. There are tons of insects crawling all over the image.
One interesting tidbit I did turn up in my research. Many of the signed artist edition prints picked up a minor ding during shipping, when their box was dropped. You can see evidence of this on my copy in the upper right hand corner. Letta from Burlesque has all the details in the print discussion thread on EB.
Sigur Rós - St. Paul 2013 / Night Comes Black - April 2013
From Mega Fauna:
5 color screenprint (including custom platinum metallic) on French Construction Grout Grey 100#c stock. Edition of 338 with 12 APs. Printed by Ben Lafond at BRLSQ, March 2013
Available first at show, expanded art print version forthcoming
Night Comes Black
8 screens/11 colors (including a custom mixed metallic) on 110# Crane Lettra 100% cotton pearl white stock. Edition of 263 with 18 APs and 2 PPs. Printed by Ben Lafond at BRLSQ, April 2013.
To commemorate the 2013 Sigur Rós tour stop in St. Paul, Aaron came up with this awesome image of loggerhead shrike impaling a horde of mantas. At first, I thought this scene was just one of Aaron’s fanciful creations, but it turns out that the loggerhead really does impale its prey.
The lighter version on the grayish paper is the gig poster version. It was first released at the show, and features the event details integrated into the image as scraps of paper hanging from the thorns. The art print, titled “Night Comes Black”, was released afterwards with the blue background. The lettering has been removed and replaced with some additional blood spatter.
Remy Adrift - March 2014
Courtesy of Mega Fauna:
Regular Edition of 275 pieces.
8 screens/10 colors (including 2 metallic inks) on French Poptone Whip Cream 100#C stock.
Variant Edition of 125 pieces.
6 screens (including 2 metallic inks) on French Speckletone Kraft 100#C stock.
Printed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Ben Lafond, February 2014. Produced for Disney x Mondo “Nothing’s Impossible” exhibit in Austin, TX - March 2014.
Starring Remy from Pixar’s Ratatouille, Aaron’s most recent print debuted at the “Nothing Impossible” show during SxSW a few weeks back. The first image above shows the variant on brown paper, followed by the regular edition on white. I’m particularly fond of the variant - the vintage feel of the kraft paper works great with Aaron’s illustration style.
A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to track down a copy of the show edition of Aaron’s 2007 ISIS print. As mentioned in the original post, the print is marked “RMSE” which is rumored to stand for really messy show edition. I’ve included a number of comparison shots against the red and whitewash editions for your inspection. To be honest, I can’t really spot the “mess” - it looks pretty great to me.
The epic collaboration album between Sunn O))) and Boris received some spectacular packaging. The jacket is actually a book featuring photos of the bands, as well as artwork by Aaron and Fangsanalsatan. Aaron contributed the tree/druid image on the cover in addition to the thistle image on the last page (also partially seen on the back cover). Both of these images were featured on earlier Sunn O))) prints that I’m still trying to track down. The album was produced in a number of different colors - pictured here is the purple edition.
This is my first skateboard with an Aaron Horkey graphic, and I have to say that I’ve really been missing out. The illustration and printing are top notch - I’m really digging this one. It was available in a number of other colors (purple, black, and copper) and looks fantastic in person. I believe that the design is Aaron’s tribute to a classic Powell Peralta Lance Mountain deck, as seen here.
NFS Showcard - August 2005
As seen on the cover of the Jack Spaar record, Aaron’s “No More Noir” painting was also used to promote his NFS show at BLK/MRKT’s in Culver City. Pictured above is one of the showcards from the event. Aaron also contributed an awesome text treatment on the back of the card. While BLK/MRKT’s gallery space is now closed, their site contains a glowing quote from David Choe about the show. Well worth a read if you get a chance.