The Swinging Artwork of Shag
August 31, 2003 2:46 AM   Subscribe

Shag's Online Galleries (NSFW). Pour yourself a martini and slip into some hip retro art by Shag. I particularly enjoy Dead Musicians Suite and Death's Endless Vacation, but there are plenty of images with no skeletons in them for those of you who prefer celebrities, monkeys who wear fez or dangerous women.
posted by Joey Michaels (15 comments total)
FYI: I marked this NSFW because there is some nudity, albeit very stylized. It may be SFW in your office - you be the judge.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:49 AM on August 31, 2003

...monkeys who wear fez...

Hey! I didn't comission a portrait! I'm suing!
posted by Katemonkey at 3:50 AM on August 31, 2003

Oh my, this is absolutely brilliant! I didn't laugh watching paintings since 1999 or something, but i just did and i'm glad. Thanks!
posted by Sijeka at 5:13 AM on August 31, 2003

I've been a fan of Shag's art for awhile's high time I made it to one of his shows (it seems there are two upcoming in September, both in the L.A. area).

This picture gave me a laugh (being a Scorpio myself) and it's even better if you recognize the in-joke of the portrait on the wall.

Psst. This card makes an excellent way to say Happy Birthday to your favourite MeFite or 9622er
posted by filmgoerjuan at 7:32 AM on August 31, 2003

I love this stuff! A friend is doing the Peace Corps thing in Micronesia and she asked for stationary last Christmas. I sent her the Shag's Tiki set. It just seemed like it would be really cool to get letters from Micronesia on that.
posted by ukamikanasi at 8:08 AM on August 31, 2003

I think the NSFW stuff is going too far, this is totally harmless stuff from the 60s.
posted by mathowie at 9:28 AM on August 31, 2003

This is great.
posted by plep at 10:16 AM on August 31, 2003

This shirt is so me but I am so not spending money on clothing right now.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:33 AM on August 31, 2003

Is there a name for this particular art style? I remember reading an old Volvo manual drawn entirely in this style, ladies with spidery gloved hands changing oil etc...
posted by Termite at 11:29 AM on August 31, 2003

I've got #82/250 of this guy hanging in my bedroom. It's probably the coolest thing I own that doesn't plug in.
posted by uftheory at 11:34 AM on August 31, 2003

mathowie: I know that and you know that, but these are the days when Ashcroft has to cover up the breasts of a topless Greek-style statue... I have no idea what the rest of the world considers SFW these days.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:33 PM on August 31, 2003

Old post, i love it though, have it on my faovrites.
posted by sourbrew at 8:52 PM on August 31, 2003

I've always found Shag's stuff a little lightweight compared to some of the other artists in the Juxtapoz scene. If Shag is a Bartle's and Jaymes, Robt. Williams is a couple shots of Appleton 151. Matter of taste of course.
posted by arto at 10:10 PM on August 31, 2003

posted by mokey at 9:57 AM on September 1, 2003

I always loved Shag's stuff. Between his use of color to the theme of something slightly sinister always going on in the picture his art is awesome. Too bad he doesn't really put out posters... just prints that a poor college kid couldn't afford. Otherwise awesome stuff.
posted by asterisk at 8:33 PM on September 1, 2003

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