This is part of the Brains are Buttheads series.
I will be live painting at the Art Motel and Zappos activation at LiB. Come say hi!
I will be painting a mural at Life is Beautiful Festival this year with art collective PRZSM. In preparation for it, we decided to do some murals on the Zappos campus and film it for an announcement video. This is my contribution, a FORTY FOOT YERMAN!
We started this on Friday at 9pm and painted throughout the night, finishing that first night at 5:30 am. Then on Saturday we reconvened and painted from 10pm to 3 am. It was a pretty busy weekend, but so much fun.
Here are some pictures from the night:
If you’re reading this, you already know my story and how depression has impacted my artistic endeavors. If you haven’t, I wrote about Yerman and his genesis a few blog posts ago. I was contacted a few days ago from a mental health care giver who told me that not only was Yerman impacting people’s lives, but Plastic Smiles as well. I really can’t believe the impact these projects are having on people, I used to dream about this when I was going through my darkest times and now it’s a reality. My eyes well up when I think about what others are going through and how these characters can help. Thank you everyone for the warm reception and support. It means the world to me and I’m glad my work can mean the world to others.
When Jimi told me that he was utilizing Yerman in his therapy sessions, it was enough to make me cry. More recently however, I’ve been getting texts from people telling me they’re drawing their own monsters to cope with their depression. It amazes me that this little dude can inspire in others what he’s inspired in me. I discussed this in a bit more detail on a podcast this week if you would like to listen:
A few months ago, my buds in Priory (2013 Life is Beautiful alum) asked me to paint their lead guitar; a custom Telecaster. I was over the moon excited to work on this bad boy and after some long hours, it’s finally done! Brandon Rush will be bringing this on tour with him so be on the lookout for Yerman when Priory plays a town near you!
I used mostly acrylics with this one, but also utilized some glow in the dark ink so it’ll shine bright like a diamond on stage.