Larry West Featured on ArtsProjekt!

This was pretty damn sweet:

ArtsProjekt, in case you didn’t know, is an awesome website dedicated to some of the greatest artists on EARTH… to sell you t-shirts and mugs designed by them. I AM ONE OF THESE ARTISTS! Not only that, but I got featured on the front page! AWESOME!

So check out my shop on there and support me! I’ve got tons of new stuff, so… yeah, check it out!

So Obama Hasn’t Been Quite the President You Tought, Huh?

As we see Obama essentially fail on everything he said he would be, I am reminded of a lyric; “I beg your pardon/ I never promised you a rose garden.”

In a way, that’s the case here. He never really did promise us the moon and the stars, and he never said he would bring about world peace. He did, though, promise us “Hope” and “Change”, among other things. So far, he has failed to shut down Guantanamo Bay, delivered a really mediocre health care bill, kept up warrant-less wiretapping, sent more troops into war the same week he got a Nobel Peace Prize, and now he’s given the Republicans something else they wanted; a tax cut for the upper-class.

As weak as he’s been… it would be ignorant of me to ignore the good he has done. A really awesome site to see all of this is “What the fuck has Obama done so far?” It’s really good, incredibly informative.

One of Those Years…

Its been one of those weird years for me. When, during the entire time you’re bitching and moaning about nothing happening, where you don’t think ANYTHING is really getting done, and you feel like you’re spinning your wheels the entire time.

Then, when you need to sit down and put something together as a sort of retrospect, you look back and go… WOAH! I did more than I thought! Its been a pretty good year!

I launched my Black Label line this year, and even though I didn’t do as much as I wished for now, I have a lot more in my back pocket planned for the future. I also entered a contest to try and create a new logo for the City of Philadelphia that I’m incredibly proud of! I got an awesome Ace of Spades design that, in turn, finally helped me form an idea for a playing card deck!

I did gig posters (on my own, mind you!) for Anvil and Arch Enemy, Between the Buried and Me, Devin Townsend, Kreator, Hole, Fear Factory, and Otep! WOAH! I just realized I did eight of these this year! I also almost got to meet Otep, but I met a lot of great people because of these posters, and had a ton of fun doing them!

I also put on an awesome art show in September, “Monsters in my Head“, at Digital Ferret in September! It was a lot of fun, and a LOT of work, to pull it off! I still plan on getting a book together of all the piece that were in the show, as well as a few that weren’t!

Also, I did my first album cover for the awesome pop-punk band from Colorado, Left Foot Green! Their album “Fun With Vengeance” should be out soon, and it sounds AWESOME!

As we go into December, I’m quite pleased with where things seem to be headed for me as an artist. I’ve got some new ideas and projects in the works, and the concepts in the past may soon blossom into great things!

For now, check out my new calendar, “The Artwork of Larry West”. For the first time ever, I sat down and actually created a full poster of my work! Head on over to my shop on ArtsProjekt run by Zazzle and check it out.

I Present to You… THE CHOSEN!

So I recently joined the incredibly awesome ArtsProjekt on Zazzle.com! To celebrate, I decided to release a new poster of one of my favorite pieces, “The Chosen”!

I had started working on an illustration that I had in mind for about a year. The idea was to create a sort of shield in a medieval feel. The piece shows a demoness in rage in front of a light gray shield. The elements surrounding her are vectors that were assembled from various sources and places.

The coolest part to me is that this was inspired by the song “The Chosen” by Unearth.

My SWINE FLU Poster Made the New York Times!!!

….. OK, their art blog, but still!

Conversely, the poster titled “Swine Flu Beware the Pandemic,” by the artist with the nom-de-crayon LuvataciousSkull, (available through the online poster and T-shirt store zazzle.com), which shows an eerie drawing of a pig’s head atop the universal toxic waste symbol, suggests the film “28 Days Later,” in which a virus turns the world’s population into zombies. This is not exactly the scenario we want to conjure when thinking about the flu.

Pretty sweet, huh?

So, want an awesome poster for yourself? Check it out here:

Introducing BLACK LABEL – 25 Years in the Making!

Larry West's Black Label Line!

Well, today’s my birthday, and I am THRILLED to have it! My god, 25 years old. What’s that line from that Megadeth song “Of Mice and Men”? “At 25 I was surprised / That I was even half alive / somehow I managed to survive!”

On top of that, I am pleased to basically announce a bunch of things at once!

First off, I am pleased in ways you can’t even begin to imagine to announce the new “Black Label” line of products! “Black Label” has, in my life, always stood for quality and brilliance, and the best of the best! Also, I love the Lamb of God song “Black Label” as well. The Black Label emblem has been in the works for over 10 years, and I finally created the one I like the most and works the best. You can read all about the piece on Deviant Art.

Next, I am pleased to announce that the new LARRY WEST PRODUCTION SHOP is now up and running! What is it, exactly? The purpose of the shop is to basically connect all the shops I own to on pipe-line that’s easy to navigate and highlight new products and lines that I have available! Zazzle, Cafepress, and Board Pusher are all here! Look for new partners, special offers, and original artwork and prints to come REALLY soon!

Finally, I’m pleased to note that I am now officially old enough to run for either Mayor of City Council in Philadelphia. So corrupt and inefficient politicians beware! Next year could get interesting!

20.10% OFF ALL T-SHIRTS, MUGS, AND BINDERS!

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

I’m having a massive sale on all t-shirts, mugs, and binders! Be sure to head over to my account at Zazzle.com and check out the selection!

The sale runs from now until January 5th! Use coupon code NEWYOUZAZZLE !