Saturday, September 27, 2008

Art we own and love, Shawn Wolfe

So stoked! We finally received the title painting "I'm Nauseously Optimistic", we scored it at Wall Of Sound's show for Shawn Wolfe.  The Shawn Wolfe painting below "I'm Nauseously Optimistic" is entitled "These Colors Run", the quote is from William S. Burroughs. We picked that up in Portland at the Grass Hut, a great gallery owned by two super cool artists Bwana Spoons and Scrappers. Shawn's art has been a fave of ours for a longer than we knew he was the one doing it! He is super super prolific, don't believe then go buy his book Uncanny or see his posters or go here and be blown away. I think Negative Land album art was the first taste I had anyways it hardly matters by the time I was living in Seattle the whole place was covered with posters of his Panic Now campaign featuring the Incredible Remover Installer.  All of this was apart of Shawn's Beatkit as he explains in this excerpt from an interview with CrownDozen.  
Beatkit™ was a brand without a product that promised to cease and desist in the year 2000, which it did. Beatkit's mantra was "the general gloss of falsity is our only product", which was a long-winded way of saying "Beatkit: it's all lies." So despite what I say it actually did have a product, the RemoverInstaller™, which was a baby rattle type of device except with no rattle and no moving parts. It had no function or utility of any kind, except to inspire an ad campaign around itself, Panic Now. Panic Now was similar to other real-world ad campaigns, except it dispensed with any pretense to romance or amuse you and instead just focused on the naked howling truth of all ads, i.e. "Stop whatever you're doing and look at this. You don't even know what it is but you need it. Don't try to reason your way through it or out of it, just panic. Now.
Have Fun!
Hairy McSpecies

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cozy Cabin Creations in the middle of Hot Pounding Artist On Artist Action!

Cozy Cabin Creations is a stone cold fox esty seller of whom creates plush wearable goods for the enitre fam. Cozy also rolls her own blog and walks amongst the stars as a member of Cafemoms Etsy Moms. We've been trying to infiltrate Cafemoms Etsy Moms group for a while now so we are taking this review as a sign that our natural pheromones have wafted their direction. 

Secretly luring distracted parents to their kids by way of the Football Team Pillowcase Dresses 
Cozy Cabin creates beautiful, subtle and powerful tools for parents to leverage a little family unity. Poppa was wondering if he could get an adult sized NFL pillowcase dress as his wife always seems more in the mood when he puts his NFL pillowcase over his head.
Please keep in mind we've used the terms like "parents" and "kids" rather than moms, dads, daughters or sons as we are well aware of families not always fitting into the nuclear family box. The McSpecies family is as far from norm as families get, Katherine Dunn wrote a book loosely based on our family called Geek Love.

While checking out Cozy's fabulous  etsy store Face McSpecies went from his usual dashing handsome self to near tears. We all understood when he explained that two of Cozy's products brought up hard memories of a Eugene ren faire love story gone awry. Seems Face fully embracing the ren faire lifestyle was drowned in mead with a chaw full of sour pig when a beautiful maiden wearing the U of O pillowcase dress beckoned him with her siren call to the back of a horse stall. It may have been the poor lighting or double vision that got Face there in the first place but neither were around to hide the truth in the morning light. Poor Face woke snuggling tightly with the not so fair and even less so maiden under a blanket with the same print as Cozy's A Family Outing Buck Fawn and Doe Rustic Table Runner. Face humming Lola boogied out as quietly as possible with his heart in one hand and dignity in other, this time it was the siren call of the mead barrels that caught him off guard. Face woke the next morning back in the horse stall and not alone.

Cozy's fabulously plush Eyelash Scarfs are finely crafted on her loom of eternal cremglocksnar . Yes we made up that word, we define it as; a golden encrusted object that spews forth the cream of crafty goodness like a pornicorn (2) on speed. After that fine definition all should grok cremglocksnar fully.

Corporate was just smitten with Cozy's aprons. The Transformers was his fave while Oliver is leaning to the Go Diego Go model. Sorry folks just gotta say that as Oliver's father I've watch many Diego shows. I can't think of a cartoon I would rather see have their vocal chords ripped out by glass laden flaming battle axes dripping with hot acid. Say click, take a pic!
Poppa was not about to let us leave off without sharing his excitement to find the Matching Mommy/Child Christmas Aprons. Let's keep it a secret but Poppa plans to score this one for he and his little guy.

We give Cozy Cabin Creations 5 guaranteed pounding "smell my" thumbs up!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Missemilygene's HOT Artist ON Artist Review!

Missemilygene aka Ashbury Lane

It’s not too often we come across a shop with the
diversity of not only highly polished graphic design
capabilities and services
but also a homage to
George Carlin’s 7 dirty words! This “review” is
going to be fun!
Magnet Sets

insect magnet set would be a great way to capture
the various entomology found in the pants of the Mixed
Species guys. Our code word for this product would be
“Crotchstacean”. And what better a way to redirect
attention from your ugly fridge than
Isaac Hayes?
Better yet, if you have a “thing” for overrated wall
eyed manorexic singers there’s always a
Thom York magnet!

*note to selves –start a doom metal Radiohead cover band
called WallEye!
Jewelry – Ear/Necklace sets:
After explaining the “Crotchstacean” project to the
various Mrs. Mixed Species we’ll definitely be in need of
Missemilygene’s jewelry! We’d start with the
AquaPod earrings or perhaps the Bang Bang earrings.
Although the irresistible innuendos of giving Bang Bang
earrings would probably lead us right back to the doghouse.
Maybe we play it safe and go for the
Dimensional Olive Glass Pendant.
Skeleton Keys:
Don’t even get us started on the Skeleton Keys! Where did
they come from? Hairy McSpecies suggested they may be used to pick
chastity belts and
Face McSpecies wonders if missemilygene is some sort of
closet diary hacker!?

Graphic Design

We’ve been looking for an accurate way to capture the
of -the Mixed Species guys-
. Primarily we’ve experimented
with the senses of taste and smell but perhaps
would be the best way to capture what IS Mixed Species. Maybe we can get one in scratch and sniff.
This, our new friends is how you get FIVE out of FIVE
Mixed Species thumbs up! Yes, there’s only four
Mixed Species guys. (you do the math)

Have Fun!
-the Mixed Species guys-

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Hairy McSpecies flaunts his hair growing abilities in this latest Mixed Species video ending in a quick preview of our newest "Lets French"  design!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Art we own and love, Arbito

Arbito is from Seattle and is one of the nicest most talented cats one could happen to meet. I was introduced to Arbito and his wife Snaggs (also a fantastic artist, we'll get to her in the future) through my wife in 1997, we've been following their radical popish creations ever since. I often joke to my wife that Arbito must be some sort of closet engineer as much of his art is not just painted but is multi dimensional.    

The top piece is titled Motion Notion and is far and away my favorite thing in the house. Please keep in mind this is coming from Hairy McSpecies and I not only have most of the MS stock in my house but a full keg on tap in my garage. I took a quarter angle shot of Motion Notion so you could see the layered rainbow concentric head shapes of the headband sporting hippy fox. 

Next are two in a series of 14 (or more!) characters that Arbito has created, you can check out more in the series here. The coolness of this series just blows me away! Arbito has created a silk screen with a bicycle on it, he prints the same bike in the same place on rectangular wood painted white then paints one of his fabulous characters over that. Super cool super genius!

We also own a couple of rock posters Arbito designed a number of years back. They hang in my office and I did not have time to photo them before posting this blog. Needless to say rad work for rad bands. The poster Arbito did for Aphex Twin can be folded like origami to make the A shape of the Aphex Twin logo. I know dudes, totally mind blowing!

You can find out more of Arbito and his fantastically talented family on myspace
Don't forget flickr!

Below are two you tube vids of Arbito art in action   

Friday, September 12, 2008

Precisin Muffer found!

I can't believe it, two (Turdles was the first)radical "fun with english" sign finds in one month ! I think I'm huked on fonix. The great thing about signs like this is that we don't have to do anything but hang out and enjoy them. Muffer from (check out the other fine muff terms to the left). Another random and funny find this week was this youtube video of some spanish rocker kids air banding (or something) to Grasping Air a rad song from our good friend Travis's band Yob. 

Monday, September 8, 2008

We just had a Sporkasm!!

Both Hairy and Face McSpecies have always had moistness for the spork. They usually start out as an innocent spoon, but once our pheromones kick in, the spoon quickly becomes erect! Any shop that runs the gamut of Blueberry Pie in Beer Cap Pendants to Shaved, Pierced (complete with pubes) pieces gets our attention. In fact, you should have seen the amount of mayo slung around the room as Hairy McSpecies shook his head in disbelief!

We chose to review Etsy shop, The Curious Spork using a Rorschachian interview format. Face and Hairy McSpecies will review several wonderful products from The Curious Spork by sharing what comes to their minds and nether regions when admiring each.

Wakey, Wakey Eggs and Bacie and Eggs Earrings

Face: This reminds me of my favorite wake up call of “wakey, wakey hands of snakey”. My mom was funny.

Hairy: Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day even when eaten at 5pm. My favorite wake up call was “wakey, bakey” ….ah um I forgot the rest.

Pink Dice and Sea Green Faux Pearl Bracelets

Hairy: Had I found this shop sooner, every classy lady in my life would have received this bracelet for Valentines Day.

Face: looks down at the pink dice and sea green faux pearl bracelet he received from Hairy for Valentine’s Day. WHAT THE!?

Tetris Charm Bracelet

Hairy: This bracelet gave me some mean flash backs of skipping school to go to a friend’s house and slay a few Tetris lines not to mention scope out his mom!

Face: HA! I’m betting they created “Tetris Effect” based on Hairy imagining THOSE two shapes fitting together.

Creepy Severed Toe Keychain

Face: I’m thinking this would make and awesome addition to any little kid’s trick or treat bag! I can just see the look on that little face as they discover the severed toe nestled between the box of Nerds and the Sweet Tarts.

Hairy: Plus it’s much nicer than the old razor blade in an apple trick! That one is better saved for near-blind rich grandparents.

So at the end of this review the Mixed Species guys HIGHLY recommend you spend some time perusing this shop and rate it Five out of Five hot sporkings!

“Let’s French and Have Fun”’

The Mixed Species Guys

This review has met all standards of weight, measurement and grammatical good taste put forward by Corporate McSpecies

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hairy McSpecies on new 90210!

Adding a healthy dose of sexy to the already engorged barf bag cesspool that is the CW line up, I will make a brief but timeless guest appearance on the new BH 90210. This could possibly be the easiest role I've ever taken! I'll portray "Biff Lang", a long haired, headband sporting, van driving, pot smoking drug dealer that rolls in a perpetual circle around the Peach Pit and West Beverly H.S. servicing the latest crop of rich consumer sheep and their lonely moms. Now that's not it mind you! The fine sheep or kids or what ever, have taken it upon themselves to attempt to solve Biff's problems. One of them finds Biff's picture in their mom's (Jennie Garth) West Beverly year book and by reading between all the "Have a great summer!"s, "Keep cool"s and "Stay Stoned"s is able to glean that Biff was once Brenda Walsh's (Shannon Doherty, also guesting) boyfriend and up and coming pro tennis star.  Biff had acquired a strong addiction to high waist stone washed jeans and when they went extinct from the 90210 area code, Biff's life light soon went out. Viewers can expect a climactic resolution to these issues in an epic 13.5 minute closing scene of Biff slowly unzipping a pair of acid washed jeans with a waist almost to Shannon Dohrety's neck. Yes, the unzip takes place in the back of Biff's van while parked in front of the Peach Pit.  
Don't come a knockin' !  
Hairy McSpecies