So…who’s Kate Pierson??? She’s one of the 2 female singers in the legendary band, The B52s. It matters a whole lot to this post because I did have a reoccurring dream about the B52 girls for like 14 years. It wasn’t dirty or nothin, we just sat around a table talking about regular stuff. The cool part was everything they said, they said in harmony. It made me very happy to hear them talking about how I should lace my shell toed Adidas in perfect unison. I’ve been a B52 fan since I was about 12 and music plays a huge role in my little existence…it’s core. So when I got the call from my client and friend Tony Brown (best man-hugger ever!!!) to do the art for the 2015 Utah VW Classic, I jumped at the chance. I’ve done this job for the Utah Transporter Association a few times before, including last years design which went over really well so I was excited to give it another “go”.
One of the things I like about the job is the fact that they give me a lot of line. They might have a general idea, or concept, but they allow me to get down how I get down and that is always nice. I have been going through a lot of life changes so I ended up taking a bit longer than I wanted, but Tony was patient and understanding and supportive…(see? more friend than client…Thanks man.) So when I finally got through the issues that had me all “Art-stipated” It was nice to get back to this.
The design came out ok for me. Knowing that KCW (Kustom Coach Werks) is onboard was an added bonus. JJ of KCW is da man!! If you don’t know…find out! Amazing work…no joke. I think my buddy Ben is kickin it with those cats up there now. I hope he sees this. Tucson misses him. Great guy.
Getting back to the whole “let me get down how I get down thing…” I have a couple good friends in Lake Havasu City Arizona. One is a total legend. he was a founder of the world famous Jerome Jamboree and a founder of the equally world famous Buses By The Bridge event, and as if that wasn’t enough, he likes summer sausage…with or without cheese! His name is John, or VW Howard, super cool cat. If you ever get a chance to meet him you can email me and tell me how right I am. Another good friend from Havasu is my buddy Art. Now…he doesn’t know this, but I figured out why I like him so much. He’s cool. I mean like smoooooth cool. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but man….this guy reminds me of my Dad!!! No he’s not black and doesn’t wear Star Trek boots (to my knowledge), but this cat reminds me of my Dad. First time I’ve had that since my fathers passing, so Art holds a very very cool spot with me. Next time I see him we’ll laugh…that’s cool too.
All that being said I thought it would be fun to draw my 2 Havasu buddies buses for this event. I’m secretly hoping this will encourage all the London Bridge Bullis (Havasu Bus Folk) to make the trip up to this show. Utah is beautiful…nuff said. I know all the LBB would have a blast and enjoy the trip.
None of that however explains the whole Kate Pierson B52 Utah tie though. At this point either me or my keyboard is schizophrenic, but wait…I smell what I’m stepping in. Utah is known as the “Beehive” State (see the beehive in the design?) and when I think of Beehives all I see is Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B52’s sitting there with their amazing beehive hairdos, talking to me in harmonic unison about how to apply charcoal dust with a q-tip to a car drawing, or agreeing with me when I present my argument that “Dirk Wears White Socks” is the best Adam and The Ants album of all time!
Ahhhh…that felt good…just like this piece.
Huge thanks to Tony and the entire Utah Transporter Association that run the Utah VW Classic, and big thanks to John, Art, and especially Kate for letting me attach a tad of my weird to you. If you get a chance to go to this event….go. These are great people.
Here’s a bunch of the steps I took in doing the drawing. Enjoy!
You know…Kate’s latest album is available on itunes and Amazon. here’s one of the vids I dig from it.