So August is already here and Tiki Oasis is one week away! Happy to say that I will be attending again this year and I will be participating in the ART SHOW. I hope to see you there... don't be shy, say hello!
In case you can not attend here is a little peek at what I made for the show....
"We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat" 18" X 18" X 7" mixed media
I have no shortage of ideas....that does not mean they are all good by any stretch of my imagination. I'm always open to new ideas and I want to create solutions for peoples needs and wants. SO....if you have an idea of something you would like to see made....let me know.
Is there a product that does not exist yet that you want to see? Maybe you want to see more "how to" videos....or just my process. Just drop me a line and tell me "WHACHA WANT".
Just a friendly reminder that I do have an active Etsy shop. It has made it easier for me to put items up for sale, track inventory, receive payment .....and most of all add insurance for my clients. Please check out my shop and "follow it". There you will see the latest items that are available for sale.
As always...THANK YOU!....
Hi everyone....It has been a while and I have been busy! If you have visited this site in the past you might remember that there was an online store. As of today I have temporarily disabled it because I have too many other things going on to keep the store stocked with product.
I have been doing more commissioned work for private parties (that's right IM FOR HIRE) and it has taken up most of my time as of late.
I still have some items for sale and will periodically advertise them on my social media accounts and or other sites such as ebay. This website will be completely updated in the near future to make it better for myself and for you. As always if you have any feedback or questions please email me and I will respond ASAP.
Thank you for your continued support.
So once again I get to share a project that has been in the works for a while. Thanks to the great people at Iconic Brands I got the opportunity to revamp one of their bottle designs. Introducing Apocalypto Tequila!
This is the good stuff! You have 3 options: Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo...It should be hitting your local store soon or you can contact them for more information at : www.ApocalyptoTequila.com
The slideshow above shows the actual product as well as the original clay sculpt before it went into production.
I'm happy to announce that the great crew at Iconic Brands gave me a wonderful opportunity to sculpt and revamp the bottle for the unmistakable, award winning, DEADHEAD RUM.
It all started back in 2013 at the Invitational Deadhead Rum bottle art competition. Myself and 9 other artists altered the original design and they were put on display. Later, I was approached by Iconic Brands to sculpt a new updated bottle design that incorporated some of their favorite elements from several of the submissions, including my own....hence the 2.0 version.
This is an established brand....we needed to stay close to the original design but add a little flair and character. The new bottle has: enlarged eyes, a furrowed brow, DEADHEAD logo on the forehead, reworked mouth and nose, more human-like ears, a scar on the back of the head.... and "drunk-O-meter" holes on the back (so you can see when your running low...or brag to your friends).
This has been a great ride! ... and there is a lot more to come (still keeping my mouth shut). This new bottle should be showing up on your local shelves soon...so keep your eyes open. If your local place does not carry it you can order from the website: www.DeadHeadRum.com
I thought a comparison might be fun so here are some photos of the two of them side by side.
As always Thank you for your continued support!
Just wanted to let you know that I will be vending some of my art at the International Tiki Marketplace on October 11th at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach!
I will have some new work and some of the favorites that you all know. Not to mention some great One day only discounts!
Stop by and say hello!
Every once in a while I get a request that is really fun and exciting. This is no exception. The wonderful people over at DEADHEAD RUM commissioned me to make a new bottle design for their single barreled dark chocolate rum. This will be in a shrunken monkey head that I sculpted...soon to be at a retailer near you this Fall! Please check out the press release below...and check out the link if you want more information on the dark chocolate rum and its story.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEADHEAD® RUM ANNOUNCES DARK CHOCOLATE RUM EXPANSION
Sculptor Odd Rodney Commissioned to Develop Shrunken Head Monkey Bottle
June 2, 2014 – Industry, CA Iconic Brands, Inc., known for its innovative products, announced its intent to bring to market a single barreled aged rum infused with decadent dark chocolate from the country of Mexico. Deadhead® Dark Chocolate Rum is a small batch, hand crafted spirit made at an old family owned distillery near the Caribbean coast.
Deadhead® Dark Chocolate Rum was developed by founder, Kim Brandi, in her quest to bring the finest aged rum infused with the most decadent dark chocolate to the United States. To hold this world-class rum a shrunken head monkey vessel was developed to
compliment Deadhead Rum’s flagship brand.
Kim Brandi explains the idea of the new bottle.
“The shrunken head monkey vessel housing our dark chocolate rum pays homage to the ancient spiritual beliefs of the Maya and Aztec cultures. Monkeys, as depicted in pre-Colombian legends and art, are often juxtaposed with Cacao. A shrunken head monkey is a vessel befitting rum infused with Cacao.”
The most challenging aspect of developing the new bottle was to retain the integrity of the brand while changing it completely.
"We turned to artist and sculptor Rodney McLellan, known as Odd Rodney, Arizona who, recognizing the significance of branding, diligently worked to help us bring the shrunken head monkey to life," said Kim. "With his help, our new bottle began its journey from
concepts to become a complimenting line expansion of the Deadhead® Rum brand; true to form with its eyes and mouth sewn shut with natural hemp lacings and a scar, from ear to ear on the back of its head.”
Deadhead® Dark Chocolate Rum will be available at fine retailers, bars and restaurants throughout the U.S. this fall. The 750ml bottle will carry a suggested retail price of $28.99.
Deadhead® Dark Chocolate Rum 40% alc/vol (80 proof) is imported by Iconic Brands Inc.,
Industry, CA. Available Fall 2014. www.deadheadrum.com.
Don’t lose your head. Please sip Deadhead® Rum Responsibly
Well I finally did it... as much as I liked my old site I needed something new that I could update easily. This is the first site I have made...and its a work in progress. Please let me know if you find any BUGS. The only way I can make this better is with your help.
This has already been a crazy year with work and projects! Many things are in the works... top secret commissions and items for sale. Big things are on the horizon! There will be more art in the shop soon...and when I get permission, I will let you in on those "top secret" projects. Never thought I would have a blog...but stranger things have happened. I will do my best to keep you updated here.
Thanks everyone! Your support is appreciated....Cheers!