TextaQueen (TQ) takes felt tip markers to a whole new level. They are used to create larger than life portraits full of detail and complexity. TQ’s series of movie posters titled We Don’t Need Another Hero, references a pop cultural format, using humour to comment seriously on the effects of colonialism on Indigenous and other people of colour.
Sacramento artist Skinner states that he is ‘influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths, violence, dungeons and dragons, and the heavy metal gods’. This is very obvious in the many formats his work shows up in: whether it is a t-shirt, skate deck, toy or a mural.
What do you do when you find yourself with five truckloads of salvaged century-old rough Douglas Fir beams? Lisa Brawn turned them into amazing woodcuts, mainly referenced from popular culture and painted in bold, vibrant colours. I recently got the chance to see a few up close and was really taken aback by the depth and texture in her work, which can be lost in print or online.
I found the illustrations of Fabian Ciraolo whilst trawling through some Tumblr site. I stuck up his Dorothy and Salvador above my desk and every creative that has come to chat to me stops and says out loud ‘Wow, who did THAT?’ And then I tell them, Fabian Ciraolo. So now I’m telling you. Who else would be mashing up pop culture references, like what looks like Lana Del Rey’s body with Judy Garland as Dorothy and Salvador Dali in a Vampire Weekend tee? I love it.