Friday, December 10, 2010

Vincent Price - Tribute Poster

Let me set up a scenario for you.

I’m wandering the rows of my local family-owned video rental store, just perusing the shelves for any title that may catch my eye.

It’s obviously a slow night. I hear the faint sounds of another customer lost in the aisles somewhere near the old war movies. The two girls behind the counter look like your everyday bored to death high-school students. But what’s this? Strolling through the front door, come two women, quite possibly a mother and daughter, in their 30’s and 50’s respectively. As they approach the teenagers behind the counter, it should be noted that there are now three generations of people convening together. They approach the counter and this is how the conversation plays out.

Customers: Do you have anything by Vincent Price?

Clerks: I have no idea. I can look him up. Is he an actor? (STRIKE 1)

Customers: No, a director. (STRIKE 2)

(I’m eavesdropping pretty hard at this point and every word exchanged is killing me a little inside.)

Clerks: Ok, let me check. *type type type* I don’t see anything under director, was he in Edward Scissorhands?

Customers: No. (STRIKE 3)

(Cue Intervention)

Me: Uhm, yeah he was. He was the Inventor. It was one of the last things he did before he died.

Customers: OH.

Clerks: Well sorry, that’s all we have.


Following this exchange, I checked out the "Horror" section to be greeted with a slew of Vincent Price classics, including (but not limited to) House on Haunted Hill, The Masque of the Red Death, The Bat, and House of Wax.

I don’t know why that bothered me, but it did. How could three generations of people be that oblivious to the existence of the great Vincent Price? Aside from his status as a legend of the horror film genre, he’s done plenty of “pop culture friendly” things to appease the masses.

He was on Hollywood Squares, he voiced Professor Ratigan in Disney’s (DISNEY’S) The Great Mouse Detective, he was in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, and he was the narrator of Michael Jackson’sFAMOUS Thriller video. Perhaps, even more important than that, he was on the freaking Muppet Show. Does it get any better than that? How could it?

See what I mean? Long story (very long story) short, the whole experience inspired me to make a poster of Vincent Price as a tribute to all of the great films that he made throughout his life, and of course, as a tribute to that famous mustache.

Vincent Price
1911 – 1993

(click image for full size)


Update: 12-13-10

This post was featured on the two awesome horror genre sites Classic-Horror & Horror Society. Thanks guys!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Prints for Sale - Minimalist Muppets

Well, here we are.

Just one week from my original Minimalist Muppets post, and thanks to hundreds of people spreading the word and reblogging the crap out of this thing, my blog has received almost 6,000 page views in 2 days, and the term "Minimalist Muppets" has gone insane on both Twitter and Google.

I can't say enough how much I appreciate all the kind words, and yes, I know that Gonzo's nose looks phallic. That was pretty much happening already without my help.

Over the last couple days, I have had more than a handful of E-mails and messages asking if prints would be made available. Well, without further ado... drumroll please... they are. (I've never been good at building dramatic tension.)

I've chose to make the prints available through, because they allow for a wide variety of dimensions, paper types, and even canvas and framing options.

Click on the handy box below (or click here) to check it out!

If there is enough interest in these suckers, I will take a look at getting some t-shirts made available as well. If you would like specific prints of individual Muppets, just leave a comment below and let me know so that we can work something out.

Thanks, and spread the word to all your Muppet-loving friends!


Update: 12-05-10

Due to multiple requests, I have now made available through individual prints of each Muppet, as well as prints of a few of the more popular duos (Bunsen & Beaker, Waldorf & Statler, Kermit & Miss Piggy, etc.)

All of the currently available prints can be found be following the this link.