I love Buddha. He was like the original self help guru. He didn’t call on magical deities for happiness – or preach that you had to torture yourself to attain enlightenment – he understood that life is suffering and the key to happiness is to let go of the material things that lead to suffering. This is a statue of fat happy laughing Buddha with birds pooping on him.
Shoes are so easy to do after a decade of creating creatures, cars and people. This is a revised version of Kanye’s Yeezy 1. I like how a screen of holes change the way shoes look. The original yeezys were by far the best of the bunch. I feel like Adidas has lost the original charm of his first few sets of Nike sneakers.
This is a happy red monster with tentacles and and wings. His tentacles are a jumbled mess like his brain. He gobbles too much junk food. Sugar makes his mind swirly and jittery.
I love listening to birds go off at sunrise in spring. It is like they have been beat down by harsh winter weather and they celebrate the return of warmth and greenery. I live next to a college campus and it is inundated with large old growth trees and songbirds. When I walk outside to go to work I am hit by a deep field of cacophonous echoing happy bird sound that is unlike anything I have heard before. It is like something out of a vast swirling dreamscape where birds are sentient machines and their songs have a secret coded meaning.
I love 90s rap. I remember great records by Ice Cube, De La Soul, Nas, Busta Rhymes and Tribe. I feel like Hip Hop hasn’t progressed much since its golden era in the 90s. It was smart, well produced and made with great skill. Rap is best when it is inventive, funny, thoughtful and peaceful.
This is an illustration of Chris Chan. He is the king of the internet. He became world famous when he had a run in with 4chan a few years ago. He has his own web comic called Sonichu. Hollywood should put him in movies – his life and creations are better than any fiction. He should be selling his outsider art for lots of money.
This is a special ops soldier from the side. He has a helmet with a camera on it and a headset to communicate with his commander. He also has a SEALS patch and desert camo.
This is the Little Prince. He lives on a tiny asteroid called B612. He is a character from a book by the same name written by a French Aristocrat. The major theme of The Little Prince is the importance of looking beneath the surface to find the real truth and meaning of something. It is the fox who teaches the Prince to see with your heart instead of just your eyes. The B-612 foundation is named after The Little Prince’s home world. It is an organization that works to protect the Earth from asteroid impacts and informs and forwards world-wide decision-making on planetary defense.
This is a fish with tiger stripes. He paints them on himself to blend in to the seaweed jungles of the steamy waters of southern Martinique. He is sure it doesn’t matter if he is hard to see because he is the only fish in the ocean.
Noface is a character from Miyazaki’s movie Spirited Away. He is a misunderstood and lonely spirit with a sinister expressionless mask who shows up at the bathhouse looking for friends. He is a glutton who lures people with fake gold to wait on him hand and foot. As he eats he transforms from a skinny, reserved and shy spirit to a growling monster who eats the critters around him and is bent on causing chaos. He is obsessed with Chihiro because she is honest and true and follows her throughout the movie. I remember watching Spirited Away back in 2000 when I was very depressed and alone. It is so strange and psychedelic and its narrative is stream of consciousness like a kid’s air conditioned summer daydream.
Monsters like to watch scary movies in bed. They like to get in chat rooms and watch streams of horror movies from the 80s while they snuggle in their bed. When they are alone in their room in the dark – they pull the covers over them to feel safe.
This is a silly ski mask mask meme from 2012. It represents the retarded anomie of modern life in combination with the angst of appropriation in popular culture. And did I mention stealing stuff?
This a purple monster with green hair and a green nose. He was inspired by Pusha-Ts new album Daytona.
I love chameleons. I used to go to the pet store and look at them for hours. I am pretty sure they are aliens. Just look at their feet – those things are not of this world. This is a tiny orange micra chameleon – they are the size of a match-head. Like all chameleons they are from Madagascar.
I love radiohead. Their bear mascot is so delightfully evil. He is actually an alien. But he isn’t one of those friendly bug eyed humanoid aliens from area 51. He is a carnivorous bear monster who flies between star systems on his polished silver ship and uses humans on earth as livestock to nourish him. He can’t possibly carry enough food on board his ship so he is forced to make food stops along the way. He herds great masses of people into his ship on harvest day. Thom Yorke’s songs discuss this gruesome slaughter at length.
I love mockingbirds. I remember snoozing on a summer afternoon after a thunderstorm and feeling depressed and sleepy and actually hearing a mockingbird for the first time. He was copying a long list of noises he had heard in the environment around him – from tree frogs to crickets and car alarms. I remember looking out the window at him and seeing his intelligent yellow eye looking back at me. It is amazing that they evolved to be aware of their environment to survive and their song is proof that they have wheels spinning in their head as they listen to and appropriate the sounds around them.