Saturday, September 1, 2007

Saying goodbye to the Jam...

So, after much deliberation, I have decided to shut down the Global Art Jam blog.

Even though I've gotten to know some incredible artists, and been able to bring you the amazing art that they do, I've made the choice to move on.

I'll be starting up another blog soon that focuses more on my OWN personal art as well as my personal art interests, my love for fabrication, etc...

I wanted to say thanks to all the artists who participated to the blog on a regular basis. You're the guys who really made this blog special.

Pull any images and links you want, as I'll be shutting her down in about a week or so.

Thanks gang!

Rob Schwager

Thursday, August 30, 2007


THE DATE IS SET. October 6-7

Our Fourth annual Pinstriper's Ball and Kustom Kulture art show. Special guests from Nash's "Burnout Network" of Japanese Kustom Kulture artists include Makoto, Mr.G and Low Hide! Meet Kustom Kulture Icons and Pinstriping Masters! View and purchase awesome works of art! Bring your vehicles to be striped and painted. On-site painting and demos all weekend! Check out past BNB events HERE and HERE.

Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th, 2007
12pm to 10pm both days

Check this page often for updates about "BNB" 2007 and join our mailing list.

Artists should contact us here about submissions for the show


"Brushes, Needles and Burnouts"

We are sending out this e-mail to ask you to submit a piece of your artwork for (and to attend if possible) our Kustom Kutlure and Pinstriping art show Brushes, Needles and Burnouts 2007. The show runs from October 6 'til November 17, with a two-day party/live event on October 6 and 7, 2007.

"Brushes, Needles and Burnouts" is a showcase for painting, illustration, pinstriping, and tattoo art that reflect the kustom kulture lifestyle"

You can visit our website to see past "BNB" events.

"The Burnout Network" is attending from Japan again. Makoto, Mr.G, Low Hide and others will all be here to pinstripe anything you bring to the show (Yes, cars and bikes too). Special thanks to Nash from Burnout and Hard Core Rod & Kustom magazines for bringing these artists back to New York!

October 6th and 7th, 2007
Brushes, Needles and Burnouts 2007
Pinstriper's Ball & Lowbrow Artshow

Pinstriping & Airbrushing on site by the world's finest artists!
Artist's Reception~Live Event: October 6th and 7th, 2007
Show hangs until November 17


All artwork will be considered for placement in the show, but space is limited. We are not accepting posters, prints or artwork that is "not for sale."

E-mail a bio, your contact information and an image of your piece. Please include the dimensions.

Please include the "Gallery asking price" for your piece and remember that in the event that your artwork is sold, you will receive 60% of the "Gallery asking price". Checks will be mailed immediately following the close of the show on November 17th.

E-mail images (gif or jpeg please) to:
You can also send a slide or printout via snail-mail to the gallery. Deadline still applies.

Pieces submitted after the deadline will not be included for consideration.

ARTWORK Drop-Off Deadline:
Selected artwork must arrive at the gallery no later than SEPTEMBER 30

Artists are responsible for shipping their art to the gallery. In the
event that it does not sell, the artist is responsible for shipping
the artwork from the gallery back to themselves. Please make
arrangements in advance as we cannot store artwork.
It is suggested that you ship your art with insurance and in a
reusable, durable container with return shipping guaranteed.

Please call us with any questions.


Keith Ciaramello
Kustom Kulture Ink, inc.
Gallery, Tattoo, Graphic Design & Gifts
778 Merrick Road
Baldwin, NY 11510-3523
Monday through Saturday, 1pm-9pm (EST)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I also made this.

This is only the front view. The sides are striped and there is a set of miniature bowling pins affixed atop the piece. I will get more pics soon.

kustom sneaks by keith...

Email me for more info

Monday, August 27, 2007


Here are three shirt designs I did for Black Cherry Clothing.

BNB Tshirt/Poster Preview

Art by Lamour Supreme

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sex and Science....

Sex and Science....
Here's my finished painting for the "Sex and Science" show at Bear and Bird Gallery. Watercolor and gauche on cold press board. 7x10-ish.... Prints available.
Thanks for looking!
Keith Ciaramello

Fearless Vampire Buckle

Originally uploaded by brianewingdotcom.

David Clark and I collaborated on a belt buckle for the fun of it. David is an awesome jewelry maker and sculptor who (by chance) lives a few blocks from me. He showed me some of his work and I asked if we could do a project together. Let me know what you think. Should I get a bunch made?

It's based off the "Fearless Vampire Killers" piece I did.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

"Night Prowler"

Some quick pics of my latest piece...

She's finally finished, and now she's prowling for a good home...

Approx. 45" x 38"

Friday, August 17, 2007

New Gasoline Tee, "Scavenger"

Check out my new GASOLINE GALLERY tee design, which should be available in a few months:

OK, so check it out dawgz, the bird is an amalgamation of the cartoon birds i remember from when i was a wolf-pup: the vultures from Jungle Book, the crows from Dumbo, Heckle & Jeckle and of course the EPIC vultures from the immortal TEX AVERY cartoons. The type is influenced by that modern typographic master, LAs own Mr. Cartoon.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Muppet Rawk! (Augie Pagan Re-post)

Reposting some pics from the Muppet Rawk show that Keith and I were in. Enjoy.

For those that didn't make it out to the Muppet Rawk show last night, here are some pics for you to check out. Lots of people came out to Ouch My Eye gallery to check out the art, and considering that people were still there around midnight, when I left, it looked like everyone had a good time.

The guy pointing the camera in the above pic is Lawrence Ruelos, one of the art pimps responsible for putting together the show. The other art pimp that had a hand in putting the Muppet mayhem, together was Dev Madan. That's him below, um, pointing me to the bar, yeah, that's what he's doing.

What kind of show update would this be with out the obligatory, overhead, gallery shot? You can just make out the projector in the top left corner. They were showing Muppet show clips all night which added to all the madness.

Most of the art was 12"x 12". (album cover size of course) Besides myself, only one other artist did 24"x24" paintings. You can kind of make out my painting on the left wall on the end.
I didn't get good pics of all the pieces, so here are a few shots of just a hand full of the paintings.

Here's Jordan Kotzebue riffing on a G'n'R' album cover with the Electric Mayhem Band. Easily the most represented set of characters of the night.

Todd Lovering did a great piece by painting right on the actual album cover. The colors were so perfectly matched on this thing. Todd is a madman.

There were also a handful of digital pieces. Travis Kotzebue did his take of a Hendrix cover.

Dev and I were the only ones that did Iron Maiden covers. Here's his take on the self titled Iron Maiden with Bert in place of the Eddie character that's always on their album covers.

Jaime Burton did a killer AC/DC cover with the Electric Mayhem.

I was glad to see Grover represented in the show. Karin did a killer job on this Def Leppard cover, High 'n' Dry.

Keith, from Kustom Kulture Gallery in New York did a cool digital piece of Kiss's Rock and Roll Over.

Jay Z (no, not the rapper, duh) threw out some Purple Rain action. Just glad he didn't bring doves to the show for the unveiling of his painting. If that was the case, I would hope that they would be muppet doves.

Bill McEvoy did a cool Elmo vs Motorhead peice. Apologies to the artists who's names I don't know. Except for Ricky's Police cover with digital representations of his muppets.

I was talking to Joe Kresoja about his Dio cover, and I think he agrees with me. Next time, NO COVERS WITH CHAINS! Sucks to draw, and sucks to paint. You'll see what I mean when you see the Maiden cover I did.

Another digital piece done for the show was Memo Diaz doing GnR. Robert Williams did the original cover. I thought Memo was crazy for taking that on, but he came through. Hard to see form the pic, but there are little Zoot characters flying around Animals's head.

All in all, a great show. Thanks to Ouch my Eye, and everyone that came out for the show. Always good to see some new and old faces. I'll post the piece I did for the show soon. Still putting together the scanned pieces. Not easy scanning a 24"x "24 painting on a tiny scanner and then piecing it together. Check back soon for that...........


ANIMAL!!!!!(Augie Pagan Re-post)

Here are some shots of the piece I did for the Muppet Rawk show that went down last night. If you didn't know already, the theme was to take an album cover of your choice, and replace it with muppets. I'm a huge Grover fan, and was pretty hell bent on doing a painting of, who I think, is one of the most underrated comical geniuses of our time. I thought, cool, I'll do Grover in place of the Eddie character from Iron Maiden's Piece of Mind cover. Done.
Not quite.
When I flew out for my art show at Keith's tattoo shop over the summer, I was telling him about the Muppet Rawk show, and the idea I had for the cover I wanted to paint. Immediately Keith was like, "No man, it has to be Animal!" As he was going into more detail about it, I started to get a mental image of it right away. I couldn't argue with the guy. He was right on all points. That cover was tailor made for Animal. Sorry Grover. Your time will come.

The pencils for this were pretty loose. No need to get detailed, because the thought process was already kind of done by the original artist that did the cover. Derek Riggs. The shading and palette work is already figured out, all that needed to be done is add Animal. Easier said than done, but still fun to execute.

I know it's hard to find an 80's album cover that doesn't have chains in it, but I'm telling you right now, no more paintings with chains for a long time. I didn't realize how much detail went into the original cover until I started really picking it apart. Derek Riggs is a madman. I left out half the detail he put in. Every link in the original was totally rendered out and had a secondary reflective light source. Yeah, real good idea Keith. Thanks. Ha!

'Till next time.............

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Itchy-Scratchy...Scratchboard for Hyperspace studios show 5x7.
Thanks for looking!
Keith Ciaramello

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Southpark / KISS parody

Hahaha, after seeing the Muppet parody, I dug this out of my archives.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Muppet Show...

All Done!Artists were given the opportunity to take famous rock covers and replace them with the Muppets!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Fresh Paint

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Bonneville Speed Week

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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Rock and Roll Molars..

Almost there....Work in Progress for the Muppet show. Artists were given the opportunity to take famous rock covers and replace them with the muppets!
Thanks for looking!

Sex and Science WIP

Messing around with the lighting in Photoshop. The BG is watercolor. I'll finish with acrylics I think. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Sex and Science...

Monday, July 30, 2007

Something lil' different

Same art different medium
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Burnt Out SD Comic Con exclusive print

Sorry for posting so damn much this week.

Burnt Out - Art Print (Red and Orange Colourways)

Made especially for SD Comic Con EXCLUSIVE
I'll be at BOOTH #433

Dimensions: 18 x 24
Media: screen print
LTD to 250 pieces (Red)
LTD to 150 pieces (Orange)
signed and numbered

for more info go here

brian ewing

brian ewing

The Skull Project...

In 2003 Matthew Amey created the Skull Reference, a book which contains 151 contour-line drawings of a human skull.

In 2006 he decided to take that book one step further, to show how a variety of artists can use a similar framework to produce a wide range of imagery. Therefore, he invited 150 artists to each take one page of the book and draw on their own experiences and inspirations to draw or paint their interpretation of the image.

Skull Project is the culmination of those efforts and is available as a limited edition hardbound copy. Each book is individually numbered and comes with a slipcase to protect this fantastic collection of artwork.

'Limited Edition' - 2000 signed and numbered hardcover books with slipcases.

151 artists, 151 skulls, 18 countries, 1 book.

I'm on page #40.

For a list of participating artists visit:

The Skull Project

Monday, July 23, 2007

New Purchase...

Just bought this MADBALL tribute painting from Lamour Supreme! Jealous?
More of his work for sale here and here

New Shirts for Comic Con

Just got these from the printer yesterday. They'll be available at the SD Comic Con booth#433. In men's and women's sizes. Printed with water-base inks.

These are limited to 144 pieces each and won't be available on my site until August 1st.

I didn't want to crowd the blog with pics of all the designs you can see the rest here:

I'm really happy with how they turned out. I think they look better than any other shirts I've had produced. Even though there is a lot of coverage the inks are water-based so you can breath in the shirt. Unlike the Plastisol inks that feel like a sheet of plastic on your chest.

The shirts are currently being carried at the TOYROOM in Sacramento, CA. Only available in the store and not online.

Respect The Rock - Mens.JPG

Revenge Through Better Living - Men's.JPG

New Painting: "Dewey Does Nine"

19 X 23", Acrylic on Used Silkscreen.

Done for the 07 OC Artists Showcase. This is an homage to one of the seminal noseriding hotdoggers, Dewey Weber. A South Bay (LA, CA) fixture in the winners circle at 60's surf contests, Dewey's nickname was the little man on wheels, due to his diminutive stature and nimble moves 'in the pink'. For me the synthesis of Ed Roth "fink" style works perfectly to communicate the stoke of THE GLIDE...not that my tip skills in anyway resemble those of the immortal Dewey Weber!!!!!
Apologies to Gary Prettyman, who's killer painting of Dewey i used for reference...Beautiful giclee prints of Gary's version are available at Tell him BigToe sent you!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Another 3-D cutout

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Friday, July 20, 2007


finished my sketchbook a couple of weeks ago.
it is 50 pages printed on creamcolored cardstock. the original non-photo and indigo sketches were converted to B+G.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Druid Princess Next Door to KKG!!!

First the Kustom Kulture Gallery and now this!!! I have come to find out that just a few doors down the Roth creation "Druid Princess" is being worked on right here in beautiful BALDWIN NY!!! Coincidence? MUHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!
Me and the Princess....
Nice Rear!
Hemi Goodness with icing on top!!!
Thanks Bobby at A&B upholstery!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The genius of Lucky Rudy...

I've been following Lucky Rudy's work for well over a year or two now. I first saw it in an issue of Nash's Burnout magazine, where there was a Crowd of Hoods ad, and I instantly became a fan. Rudy's blog is in my top 10 Japanese artist blogs that I hit, virtually every day. His site encompasses things about Japanese greasy kulture that I love: rockabilly, psychobilly, skulls, zombies, horror movies, hot rods, punk, tattoos, and rock and roll. His amazingly hand-crafted figures and sculptures are out of this friggin' world. His clothing line, would make any rockabilly cat drool....

I was stoked when Rudy wrote me that he would dig being a part of the Global Art Jam.

One day when I meet Rudy, I want to check out his studio, which seems to be packed FULL of eye-candy. Collections of cool stuff that would keep someone busy looking for hours. I know when I get lucky enough to own a Rudy original, my house and my private collection of artwork will be much better with his work in it.

Check out his blog. Add him to your favorite's list.

He's on MySpace too.

And for now, enjoy just a SMALL glimpse of some of his amazing work...