It’s Day 81 and I was stumped on who I wanted to pay tribute to today. I wanted to do something fun so my friend Karli told me I should do Buff Monster! I went and looked him up and freaked out. Join me in celebrating Buff Monster today!
Buff Monster became known as a street artist in Los Angeles whose work has
been visited by juxtapoz, among others. On 19 September 2012 he took part in a street art panel discussion for Doyle New York. He is featured in the Banksy movie Exit Through the Gift Shop. He is influenced by Japanese culture and his work usually combines the color pink with some form of ice cream.
His painting Happy Pink Explosion is in the collection of Bristol Museum and
Buff Monster currently lives in Brooklyn.
This biography is from wikipedia.
The one below is from his website!
Buff Monster made a name for himself by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles, and other far-away places. His work is characterized by happy characters living in brightly-colored bubbly landscapes.
Along with meticulously executed paintings, he has created a wide range of merchandise ranging from prints and stickers, to vinyl toys and plush. In 2012 he created an ambitious homage to Garbage Pail Kids called The Melty Misfits; a collection of vintage-style trading cards, complete with wax wrapper.
The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in
everything he creates. And he often cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese Culture as major influences. His work has been shown in galleries worldwide, often accompanied by large installations.
In 2010, the Bristol City Museum acquired a painting of his for their permanent collection. His art has been published in a variety of magazines, websites, newspapers and books, including Juxtapoz, Paper, Nylon, Cool Hunting, Angeleno, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, The New York Times, and many more. He was also featured in Banksy’s movie: Exit Through the Gift Shop. In 2012, after 15 years living and working in Hollywood, he moved to New York City.
I really wanted to be careful and not completely copy one of his pieces…which was tempting. So I decided to do a sketch of my own
and then paint it in his style. I had to borrow a bunch of pinks from Karli’s paint stash. The neon pink really started hurting my eyes when I was painting, but it’s just so darn cool. I also dug out a wood panel to paint on so it’s not on the usual 10 x 10 canvas, but on a 8 x 10.
I hope you enjoy my tribute to Buff Monster. What a cool dude! I also hope I captured his spirit…I think I would’ve done a bit better if I had more time. I felt a little rushed and was also doing some house chores (also fun!).
I will see you tomorrow on day 82…I can’t wait to break a hundred! I should have some sort of celebration on day 100. 🙂 Best, Linda