Clark Orr’sPop Culture Postage is the most awesome thing you will see all day. At least most awesome retro-inspired pieces of art you will come across today. I realize that is a rather bold statement but I stick by what I’ve proclaimed! Fortunately for myself you can look on some of Orr’s Pop Culture Postage artwork below and judge for yourselves.
All images courtesy of Clark Orr and Gallery 1988.
As you can certainly see – all manner of pop culture properties have been selected by Clark Orr. Besides He-Man from the Masters of the Universe for example there is Skeletor as well.
Many movies have been included in the Pop Culture Postage collection. Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and even Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Of course how when picking from pop culture legends could one overlook 1933’s King Kong?
With this in mind is it any wonder that Clark Orr chose to also showcase a Universal Monster? In this case it is for 1954’s classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon!
Equally important in the collection is none other than Count Chocula. Although I have to add that I am certainly disappointed that Boo Berry wasn’t included in the Pop Culture Postage. I will remind you I am rather biased on this subject however.
Clark pays tribute to history as well with his artwork entitled “Challenger”.
Pop Culture Postage is in fact part of Clark Orr’s show at the Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, California. A solo show which opened on February 3rd and will run until the 18th of this month. As well as this exciting news – his artwork is available for purchase at the Gallery 1988 website!
Hopefully you’ve stopped drooling over Clark Orr’s Pop Culture Postage now. Because thanks to Creative Mornings HQ you can totally watch him give a lecture on his art style!
The only positive side about knowing nothing virtually about any music at any period of time is that I can count on friends to steer me in the right direction. Yesterday on Facebook Matt Lappie was kind enough to share this AWESOME music video by John 5 and the Creatures entitled “Making Monsters”.
Friends, I can hear what you are asking though. What does this have to do with the Retroist?!
Well, that is a valid question and I can say that while Making Monsters employs some beautiful stop motion animation of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Wolf Man…it also features glorious clips from those very Universal Monster films.
Plus there is that whole Aurora Creature from the Black Lagoon model kit kicking it off…
…and to make it even better the music by John 5 and the Creatures is really great. I suppose that is only natural as he has worked with David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie!
I think I have something here to make your day better. I present for your perusal the artistic talents of Ben Dunn from over on deviantART. Ben is wise enough to realize that the only way to make a Creature From the Black Lagoon illustration better is to add a fight between the classic Universal Monster…and an alligator!
Wow! How is that for a way to start your Saturday morning, huh?! A big thanks to Quint as always for his excellent behind the scenes series over on Ain’t It Cool News! This time we have the absolute classic Universal Monster, the Gill-Man, or the Creature From The Black Lagoon as he is better known!
Just look at that costume…I really do not think that even today with all of our special effects we can bring to life something as awesome looking as that. We’ve come close of course with the Monster Squad and the fabulous works that the Stan Winston Studios brought to life.
That photo came from Steve Wang’s MySpace Page and make sure to take the time to check out his page because he has been involved with a TON of great monster effects!