Art Attack! News: Episode 33: Okilly Dokilly

Art Attack! News: Episode 33: Okilly Dokilly


Hardcore “Nedal”

Hardcore “Nedal”


  Meet Okilly Dokilly, the world’s first Ned Flanders themed metal band.



  As strange as it may sound, Ned Flanders, the neighbor of fictional character Homer Simpson, is the inspiration behind this unique band. Established in 2015, this group from Phoenix, Arizona is the world’s first and only “Nedal” band, and swiftly became a phenomenon after releasing a few press photos and a 4-song demo.



    The members of this one of a kind group go by the names Head Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, Stead Ned, and Bled Ned, and perform wearing the iconic pink collared green shirts, manicured mustaches, and circular glasses worn by Ned Flanders in the T.V. show The Simpsons.





  Even though Ned Flanders is depicted as the ever nice, religious neighbor, any fan of The Simpsons knows that he started out as a little hellion. In the episode “Hurricane Neddy“, Ned loses his cool after a hurricane tears down his home, and returns to Calmwood Mental Hospital to seek psychotherapy. Here, he is visited by his childhood psychiatrist, Dr. Foster, who tells him about his childhood life as a completely out-of-control brat raised by beatnik parents who did not believe in discipline. Ned discovers that in his youth he went through the University of Minnesota Spankalogical Protocol, which involved eight months of continuous spanking, turning him into the hi-diddly-ho neighbor he later became.






  Okilly Dokilly is the perfect embodiment of Ned’s hidden inner rage, and seriously rocks the stage in doing so. The guttural screams, pounding drums, and fans crowd-surfing on inflatable Homer-style doughnuts make their stage shows a fu-diddly-un time.


  Before playing their first show, the band gained nearly 30,000 Facebook fans, and continues to grow in popularity worldwide with their unique songs; most of the lyrics being quotes of Ned himself. Their high energy shows weave together comedy and brutality, and have created the sub-genre of metal now known as “Nedal”. The genre is described by lead singer, Head Ned, as “Not as fast as Bartcore (a comical twist on hardcore punk), and a little cleaner than Krusty Punk”, (crust punk).



  Okilly Dokilly’s unlikely theme has exploded on the scene, and has been featured by numerous publications, including Billboard, Time, The Independent, BBC, Esquire, Vice, and many more. The growing interest fueled the fires of creativity, and in November of 2016 the band released their debut album, Howdilly Doodilly.


  The album is full of “Flanderisms, rushing guitars, and more than enough left-handed puns”.



  The band released their first official music video for the single White Wine Spritzer in November of 2016, which features the band getting lit off of white wine while tearing apart a Simpsons-esque living room, before beating a Flanders impostor in a circle stomp and burying him in a shallow grave. It’s brutal-inio.





  I love all things strange and unique, and you can’t get much more bizarre than Okilly Dokilly. From their attire to their lyrics, this strange new force is surely going far, and has plenty of shows ready to prove that fact coming up on their current tour.


  I can’t wait for them to come to a town near me, and if you’d like to see this hi-diddly-hardcore band for yourself, check out their tour dates here.


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To learn more about Okilly Dokilly, click one of the following links!


Art Attack! News: Episode 32: Animal Fancy

Art Attack! News: Episode 32: Animal Fancy

Fancyville

Fancyville


  There’s a lot of animal lovers out there, but Donna from Animal Fancy goes above and beyond to turn our favorite critters into whimsical characters.


  While I tend to collect dead animals in jars, I am an animal lover at heart, and love their company day to day. I level with them well, and I’d even go as far as saying I may have been a dog in a past life, because I’m curious, loyal, and love having my head rubbed. (Maybe I got promoted to human for being a “good boy”).



  While I tend to collect dead animals in jars, I am an animal lover at heart, and love their company day to day. I level with them well, and I’d even go as far as saying I may have been a dog in a past life, because I’m curious, loyal, and love having my head rubbed. (Maybe I got promoted to human for being a “good boy”).

  With that being said, it’s every animal lovers worst fear that one day our furry friend will leave us, but that doesn’t mean we forget about them. Ever.

  Donna found herself faced with the heart-breaking dilemma of loosing her furry friend, and unable to replace that friend, she soon found her way into paying tribute by creating something absolutely amazing; the whimsical world of Fancyville.


 This whimsical world is an eternally happy place; an animal sanctuary. Each critter to inhabit this magical community is an anthropomorphic animal with class, style, personality, and a unique story.



    Like Bern here, whose life story is quite a tail (get it?).


  Bern is a skilled mountain dog living atop the Dogskill Mountains. With his acquired knowledge of natural remedies, he created his own burn ointment, which is so effective that when applied burns heal in mere seconds. Soon, he founded his own company, “Burn-Ease, Inc.”, and became well-known for his creation. He was so well-known he became fondly referred to as “Bern, the Burn-Ease Mountain Dog”.


  Because of his stature among the inhabitants of Fancyville, humans decided that a breed of dog be named after him; the Bernese Mountain Dog.


    Like Bern here, whose life story is quite a tail (get it?).


  Bern is a skilled mountain dog living atop the Dogskill Mountains. With his acquired knowledge of natural remedies, he crafted his own burn ointment, which is so effective that when applied burns heal in mere seconds. Soon, he founded his own company, “Burn-Ease, Inc.”, and became well-known for his creation. He was so well-known he became fondly referred to as “Bern, the Burn-Ease Mountain Dog”.


  Because of his stature among the inhabitants of Fancyville, humans decided that a breed of dog be named after him; the Bernese Mountain Dog.



  Of course, for every dog lover there is an equally emphatic cat lover, and Fancyville has some of the finest felines you’ve ever seen.





  Of course, for every dog lover there is an equally emphatic cat lover, and Fancyville has some of the finest felines you’ve ever seen.


  For instance, Paris, who is named after the place of her birth, but now resides in the land of Fancyville.


  Growing up as an orphan, Paris understands how it feels to be less fortunate. After growing from a wee kitten to a full-bodied feline, she began spending her days volunteering and raising funds for abandoned kittens and pups. She also plans events, such as her yearly “20 Mile Catwalk for the Cause”.


  Similar to Paris, Fancyville’s creator Donna also enjoys helping less fortunate animals. She has been involved in rescue, rehabilitation, and activist work for many years, and uses a portion of her proceeds to support animals in desperate need of help.





  Not only do those funds assist domestic animals, but farm and wild animals as well.



  Even animals like “Jane Eare” the jackrabbit.



  Jane Eare is a strong and individualistic rabbit, who is not fearful of the trials of life. She empowers feminine strength, overcoming all obstacles that come her way. Having overcome many challenges, she is considered a respected role model for young females across the land of Fancyville.


  Not only do those funds assist domestic animals, but farm and wild animals as well.


  Even animals like “Jane Eare” the jackrabbit.



  Jane Eare is a strong and individualistic rabbit, who is not fearful of the trials of life. She empowers feminine strength, overcoming all obstacles that come her way. Having overcome many challenges, she is considered a respected role model for young females across the land of Fancyville.


  With characters as grand as these, it’s no surprise I was drawn into Donna’s shop. Her imaginative storytelling brings each of these wonderful critters into a new light. As much as I love the fantastical fables behind the lone characters, I was most intrigued by a collage of animals having a good old fashioned party.

  With characters as grand as these, it’s no surprise I was drawn into Donna’s shop. Her imaginative storytelling brings each of these wonderful critters into a new light. As much as I love the fantastical fables behind the lone characters, I was most intrigued by a collage of animals having a good old fashioned party.


(I can’t help but think these animals are partying because the Aflac duck holding the champagne bottle just got them a great deal on insurance.)


  Whether crafting a play on words, characterizing morals, or just having fun, Donna creates wonderfully imaginative works. Each of her pieces gave me a chuckle, and had me dreaming about my furry friends that have passed. (R.I.P. Twitch the rat.)

  In knowing that some of the proceeds go towards helping animals, I will surely be grabbing a few prints myself!


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To check out more Animal Fancy critters, click one of the following links!



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Art Attack! News: Episode 31: Mark Gagne

Art Attack! News: Episode 31: Mark Gagne


Eye-popping Pop Culture

Eye-popping Pop Culture


  Mark Gagne of MSG Imaging creates incredible pop culture paintings and original artworks.


  I’m a fanboy of sorts (mainly for 90’s cartoons), and when I happened across Mark Gagne’s amazing renditions of pop culture icons and characters, I became enthralled.

  As a life-long art lover, he has trained in several artistic mediums, but painting has become his greatest passion. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries, cafes, restaurants, festivals, and busy art markets, and capture crowds just as well as they capture each character.


  There’s a ton of pop culture and fan art finding its way around the web, but Mark’s style is one of a kind, standing out among the others.


“Rocko” of Rocko’s Modern Life


“Zoidberg” of Futurama


  Each of Mark’s works seem to pop from the page, and breathe life into their fictional counterparts.


  Some of my favorite pieces in his gallery include renditions of Ren and Stimpy, Pinky and the Brain, the cast of Archer, and Futurama. But, why stop with television shows? He also creates astonishing paintings of some of my favorite video game characters, from “Kratos” of God of War to “Birdo” of Super Mario Bros. 2. 


  Even classic comic book characters have found their way onto paper through Mark’s skilled hands, with a MSG Imagery twist.


“Blarchie”

MSG rendition of Archie


  While I am infatuated with all the fan art Mark produces, his original creations “wow” as well. These characters truly display his incredible skills, and vast imagination.


“Bitchbot 5”



“BearSlug”


“CalaMary”


  Speaking of imagination, Mark has even turned a few old thrift store pieces into re-purposed masterpieces. These recycled pieces take bland, forgotten works and invigorate them with new intensity.


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After


  With so much imagination coursing through his veins, it’s impossible to predict what fascinating feature Mark will paint next. Whether creating fan art, original works, or re-purposing forgotten treasures, I’m sure he will continue to “wow” all who come across his fascinating pieces. Very soon, I would like to grab some work from Mark myself. That is, if I can make my mind up, and figure out which to choose!


  If there’s anyone out there as indecisive as me, know that Mark also takes special orders, so feel free to contact him with your requests!


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To see more of Mark Gagne’s amazing work, click one of the following links!

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Art Attack! News: Episode 30: Dark Alley Dolls

Art Attack! News: Episode 30: Dark Alley Dolls


Into the Darkness

Into the Darkness


  Veronika Lozovaya employs a wide range of artistic skills to create disheartening, Gothic dolls.




  Originally from Russia, Veronika came to the U.S. after working as an interpreter for five years. Here she discovered doll making as an art form, and decided that it would be a perfect outlet for her creativity.



  These are not your average dolls. Each is one of a kind, and made from scratch. Veronika must make each mold, sew, and paint, using a variety of mediums. These can include paper clay, polymer clay, different paints and pastels, fabrics, leather, mohair, and even wood.


  She enjoys working with all these mediums, approaching the challenge head on.

I would never be completely satisfied confined in only one medium. “


  Each doll is a challenge from start to finish, but Veronika embraces every moment.

My skills are continuously growing. I am curious to see how my work evolves over time.


  Most Dark Alley Dolls are small children with large disproportionate heads, and eerily innocent faces. Each is as enticing as it is disturbing.


  Veronica’s use of faded and gloomy colors deepens the unspoken story of each doll.

  “I never strive to create a complicated piece that looks perfect in every way, but one that tells a story and makes you feel.” 


  Though the dolls have simple features, the disheartening dismay of each is illustrious.


  Veronika’s own childhood experiences inspire the dolls themes, and it is important for her to be able to express her own emotions and fantasies in them. Because of this, she DOES NOT take custom orders. She also does not recreate past projects that have been sold.



  Though Veronika’s doll making skills are remarkable, her photographs are what capture each creation’s essence. Each shot adds a little more wonder to the unspoken tale hiding beneath each’s surface.


*You can snag yourself some of Dark Alley Dolls art prints in Veronika’s Etsy shop.



  Not all of Dark Alley Dolls Creations are ghostly children. In fact, my favorite character from this shop is actually an old alley cat.


  Apparently, Harold the ginger alley cat has a drinking problem that landed him on the streets. His vibrant blue eyes shimmer in contrast to his bleak, tattered coat, and soiled red fur. With a lonely stare, he sits in his depression, longing for a friend, or another drink.


  I can almost envision him squatting in a dark alley, tightening his scarf, pulling up his collar, and hiding from a brisk winter wind.


  Though I’m not a doll collector, I found these peculiar pieces worth the share. As eerie as they may be, I find them charming, and am inspired by their Gothic elegance.


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To see more works by Dark Alley Dolls, choose one of the following links!

Dark Alley Dolls

Gothic Art Dolls by Veronika Lozovaya



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Art Attack! News: Episode 29: Jesse Wamboldt

Art Attack! News: Episode 29: Jesse Wamboldt

Inked Imagination

Inked Imagination


 Today, I will introduce you to another incredibly imaginative artist who creates peculiar ink characters.



  Jesse Wamboldt is a self-taught artist from Vancouver. She creates works using a variety of mediums, including acrylic, oil, watercolor, ink, pencil, and pen to create images both dark and light-hearted. She attributes her love of all things mythical and imaginary to an “unhealthy amount of stories” in her life, and has created amazing renditions of myths, legends, and stories.



  I was initially drawn into her shop, JesseWamboldtArt, by her creative characterizations of raw emotions; and because I adore ink drawn images.

  I was initially drawn into her shop, JesseWamboldtArt, by her creative characterizations of raw emotions; and because I adore ink drawn images.



 This piece is of a character simply named “Anger”. With its beaked-nose and pointed teeth, this monstrosity wails at the heavens in a fit of rage, as blood cascades from its eyes and drips from its clawed fingers.


 I can relate. I turn into a monster myself when I’m enraged.




 Worrying is one of the most stressful human emotions, and apparently, it’s a hassle for monsters too. This next character, named “Worry”, is presented as a strange beast chewing on its nails.



 This fanged beast looks as though it could be terrifying, if it wasn’t burdened and terrified itself.


 Though these characterizations of emotions drew me in, I soon found my way to a cast of other imaginative creations.

 Though these characterizations of emotions drew me in, I soon found my way to a cast of other imaginative creations.





 This piece, named “This or That”, features a simplistically sinister being in a black robe.



 With an emotionless face, this being releases mysticism from her out-stretched hands, wielding wonder.



 Speaking of wonder, have you ever wondered what the call of a raven is trying to say? (I’ll bet it’s not ‘nevermore’.) Well, you and I may not ever find out just what those big black birds are squawking about, but perhaps the “Raven Whisperer” could clue us in.



 This piece, entitled “Raven Whisperer”, depicts a massive raven, blind to the world, and engaged in conversation with a small, ghostly individual.


 My absolute favorite character by this artist is a dark ink creation with as many questions about life as I. Simply named “Ponder”, this macabre plague-doctor-like being performs the classic finger-to-lip contemplation we all know so well.



 With so many intriguing creations, it was hard to choose only a few to represent Jesse Wamboldt and her unique shop. Each of her pieces left me in a state of wonder, and I will certainly be following her work to see what other curious characters she brings to life!


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To see more works by Jesse Wamboldt, click one of the following links!



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Art Attack! News: Episode 28: Sam Ectoplasm

Art Attack! News: Episode 28: Sam Ectoplasm

Grotesque Elegance 

Grotesque Elegance 


 Sam Ectoplasm is an ink and watercolor artist who expresses transformations of the soul through deformed anatomical drawings.



 Ever intrigued by her dark ink drawings, I slowly found my way through this unique shop, simply known as Ectoplasm.

 Born in Marseille, France in 1986, and currently living in Montréal, Qc, Canada, Sam creates pieces described as ”neo-gothic” and ”Glam-Gore”, which deal with “the vulnerability of material existence confronted with the timelessness of ecstatic spirituality”.


 Each piece is characterized by thin lines, vivid portraits, and nudes ripped open in sacrificial postures.





 The first piece by this artist to catch my eye is entitled “Silence”, and portrays a woman entangled by darkness. She stands silent while carrying her “inner child” upon her back, as well as a tentacled creature.



 ””Silence” deals with carrying the ”inner child” on our shoulder, which is a burden of the past, and at the same time, a creature to save us from the chaos and the darkness our world can sometimes be“. Sam Ectoplasm


The coexistence of violence, tension, control, and letting go are symbolized in each of Sam’s intricate works.





 Entitled “The Trap II”, this piece expresses a feeling of despair, as felt by many throughout life, and is meant to portray the alienation, self-destruction, and struggle we face when trapped in this mental state.


 This next drawing was among two artworks exhibited at Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo Japan in April 2016, which was curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.

 I adore the contrast and morbidity in each of Ectoplasm’s pieces, and feel that the anatomical illusions created in each accurately represents the dark emotions lingering in every soul.




 My absolute favorite piece in this gallery is entitled “Elastic Heart”.




 To me, this raw anatomical drawing captures the union of life and desire with juxtaposition, representing the dark ambitions lingering inside our hearts.


 Each of Sam Ectoplasms’s works left me in a state of astonishment and horror in the best way possible. The merger of symbolism, surrealism, and psychoanalysis has definitely made me a follower, and I can’t wait to see what creative union she spawns next!


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Check out more works by Sam Ectoplasm by clicking one of the following links!



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