“There’s a tale in the Caballa that suggests that the Angel of Death is so beautiful that on finally seeing it (or him, or her) you fall in love so hard, so fast, that your soul is pulled out through your eyes.” – Neil Gaiman
If you have never read any thing by Neil […]
In the early day of the Hemp movement when Jack Herer and Elvy Musika, a couple of the like 14 patients that were receiving cannabis from the Federal Government for their medicinal needs, were getting rolling on their cross country activism, I was right there working my activist butt off in central Pennsylvania. One […]
I can’t say that I’m a super-fan of the character The Joker from DC comics. They ultimately made him an extremely evil mofo. To say that one is really in to The Joker is kind of sick. I only ever made a couple of these shirts. The design is awesome, but they would have been […]
Isis as you should all know was one of the pantheon of Ancient Egypt. Isis was considered a goddess of Nature and Magic and was wife of Osiris (an underworld God) who was also her brother. It makes sense that Isis would also be considered an Earth Mother type goddess.
I was a voracious reader as a child. Everything I could get my hands on, which morphed into a preference for Science Fiction and Fantasy. I first read an X-Men comic when the original series was busting out into the Uncanny X-Men with Wolverine, Colossus, Banshee, Storm, etc brand new to the world. What outsider […]
What can I say about this one. Bugs Bunny rules. Just today my daughter was watching some of the classic Bugs (Kill the Rabbit (Wagner) and the Barber of Seville). If the classic run was still going up into the 60s, no doubt there would have been a stoner Buds Bunny. This is another batik […]
I have a bit of an affinity for this symbolic image. If through some sort of improbable twist of fate you have never seen it, it comes from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, with the illustration by John Tenniel. Linda Goodman considered the Caterpillar to be a Scorpion, and emphasized his question “Who […]
Although this image is instantly recognizable as a Yin Yang Symbol, it is also recognizable as not being the symbol you are used to seeing. It be quite honest, the Yin Yang Symbol as normally depicted is quite boring to batik. The image I settled upon for my work comes from a book called “Real […]
From the early days with Syd Barrett to the Roger Waterless Division Bell, Pink Floyd laid down an impressive body of sound images that few bands can ever hope to rival. There’s even allot of great solo work to love. The most known symbol for Pink Floyd is the Dark Side of the Moon cover […]
Being a big Led Zeppelin fan, I had to make some sort of Zeppelin shirt. But what was I to do? Unlike a band like the Grateful Dead, who had a plethora of iconography to choose from, Led Zeppelin had limited visual symbolism. The two items I settled on as instantly recognizable imagery, Led Zeppelin […]
I’ve done many batik requests, that ultimately were one off pieces. This Robert Johnson image came from an vinyl album cover that a friend handed to me and said, I want you to put that on a shirt for me. I think he was exceeding pleased with this one.
Who doesn’t like unicorns? Hopefully, one day they will really exist here on our earth. Hopefully they existed in the past and inspired the mythologies that we have today. The custom tools I use make this kind of sketch possible. Other tools I’ve seen wouldn’t let you do it, no matter how skilled.
The Ankh is one of the great symbols that we have coming down to us from antiquity. The Ankh was (is) the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that reads “life”. Or perhaps more accurately the concept of eternal life. Life! Live it! My version of it would suggest a life burning with intensity. This is a […]
Jimi Hendrix is still the undisputed psychedelic guitar master. (You wanna’ dispute that? Comments below!) For me and the tools I used, this was a rather easy image to create. I listened to Jimi every time I crafted one, and I put every bit of that madman’s transcendence I could into each image. Goddess bless […]
One of the greatest hallucinatory things I even saw in a concert was the Bubblemen doing the Bubblemen Rap at soon to be demolished Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh PA, probably in 1991. What a great place to see a Psychedelic Show. That night is a story in itself. I love the Bubblemen, and god […]
Many folks would have been introduced to this image with the Led Zeppelin 4 album, sometimes called Zoso. They lifted the image from one tarot deck or another. This card is associated with the Hebrew letter yod, which is the first letter of the Tetragrammaton. It is also associated with the Zodiac Sign of Virgo. […]
I stood upon the balcony with my brand new bride, The clink of bells came drifting down the mountainside, When in our sight something moved Lightning eyed and cloven-hooved, The great god Pan is alive.
He moves amid the modern world in disguise, It’s possible to look into his immortal eyes, He’s like a man […]
A quote I have in the back of my head goes something like this, “What we experience as life and time is simply gods hand moving faster than the eye can see.” This image is connotative of Shiva dancing the world into and out of existence with every movement and gesture. The eternal dance on […]
These images go out with love to my Leo friends. Batik has some limits as to how fine a detail you can put on some images. In this case I was able to create an image that I could be proud of, and evocative of the Leonine personality type that I have been woven up […]
Here are a series of Sun and Moon themed batiks. This is just a sampling of the many many celestial symbols that I have crafted over the years. Milena from now, our descendents will still be looking to the heavens and marveling at the at the wonder of the moon and the sun.
I like to warm up to batik sessions with free form psychedelic sketches. One of my favorites to do is the old stand by, the peace symbol. Here are a collection of various ones through time, starting with two hemp shirts. Most of these images are a burning sun type peace symbols. When there is […]
“The Wheel keeps turning and you can’t slow down, you can’t let go and you can’t hold on, you can’t go back and you can’t stand still. If the thunder don’t get you then the lightening will. Small wheel turn by the fire and rod, big wheel turn by the grace of god, every time […]
Ahh, who doesn’t love Tolkien and his merry bands of folk. One of my favorite images to create, it’s that dangerous old wizard Gandalf. In this case it would be Gandalf the Grey I suppose.
This is an instance where I used a green dye to color the crackles of the shirt, […]
There is something fun about creating a shirt that will draw a persons eyes to where you want them to. That’s what happens with these spiral batiks, the flashier the better.
The next three images are the front, side, and then back of the same shirt. I put color on the front […]
When I’m doing really precise batik work, I like to keep a sketch shirt nearby that I can drain my tools onto with random sketches until the tools have just the right amount of wax in them to do my difficult work. Also when I’m starting a long session, I like to draw some free […]
Here are just a few images of the many Chaos Symbols that I have drawn over the years. The design works well with the free from style I like to use when sketching with wax. The Chaos Symbol is simply 8 arrows radiating outward from a central point. This is a symbol that suggests […]
This is an original Hawkwind design, based on the kind of iconography that this kick ass psychedelic band is associated with. Hawkwind is another favorite for studio music. When I’m doing free form sketching there are few bands that can deliver better inspiration.
This image combines the double-headed-hawk as a burning bird […]