Remember when the WWE was the WWF? Remember when professional wrestling was so cool you carried a Rowdy Roddy Piper Trapper Keeper in your duffel bag? Yep! It was so cool that even Andy Warhol himself bought into the hype.
In this vintage clip from 1985, the legendary artist is interviewed by the equally legendary Mean Gene Okerlund backstage at The War To Settle The Score! Andy is so thrilled, so excited, so beyond himself he nearly bursts into hysterics.
I hadn’t seen Andy this excited since he paid a pack of down-on-their-luck street hustlers to sit around, drink Mexican beer, and urinate on specially prepared canvases for what would ultimately become his ‘piss paintings’ (check out some of those after the jump).
A friend of mine recently pointed me in the direction of an artist called Scooter Laforge. He lives and works in New York City. I was drawn to him immediately and soon found myself lost in his nasty little Tumblr. Yummy!
He works in a variety of different media and it feels like he’s constantly creating—making things on, how, or wherever he can. It’s certainly not to say that he isn’t thoughtful. It’s quite the contrary. I see references to Basquiat, Philip Guston, Queercore, and even an appreciation of Fauvist color. All these things and more have been processed through him in a kind of haunted deconstruction of kitsch, anger, child-like playfulness and sexual wonder. I can certainly relate.
He’s created a visual vernacular that is wholly his own. The results feel like they were thrown out of him with great confidence.
Jump in for some more examples of his work and even a video of his world. It’s called ‘Castle Laforge’.