st. Mars art 101

Mars’ art history 101

Variety: Never making up my artistic directional mind(thanks ADD!): ….fine art(BFA…large scale painting & printmaking)…..

….then an airbrushing biz, then web design….

…then a failed attempt at comic-styled art….

…then digital illustration….

& now, circling back to fine art….

…a new cycle of Mars is coming!

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Artist Bios part 2

Artist Bios part 2


Hey! As a second preview for my upgrade….here are a few gems!


Brian Ewing


1. Brian Ewing

3. San Francisco, CA (for now)

4. 1/12/74

5. Single

6. zilch

7. Illustrator, designer and gig poster artiste’

8. Pencil and ink. I draw and ink everything by hand and then rock the rest on the computer. Most of my gig posters and art prints are SCREENPRINTED. Like Emek but not as “fancy pants”.


10. Working in the music industry is part of my job so I listen to way too much music. Uhh… Nick Cave, Ramones, Coheed and Cambria, Brand New, Stiff Little Fingers, Generation X, Buzzcocks, X, The EX, Turbonegro, Iron Maiden, Taking Back Sunday, The Michelle Gun Elephant, The Damned, Screamin’ Lord Sutch, Interpol, Mastadon, High On Fire, Atmosphere, N.E.R.D., Gym Class Heroes, Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Slo Burn, Radio Birdman, Tom Waits, and anything that has to do with Billy Childish. I suck at answering this question. It’s my job, so I listen and like a variety of music. Blessing and a curse.

11. Oy vey…Hmmm… Dave Johnson, Moebius, The Hanuka Bros., Hernandez Bros., Adam Hughes, Ryan Sook, Tara McPherson, Bradstreet, The Drink and Draw Social Club, Serpieri, Dave Crosland, Ash Wood, Mahfood, Mignola, The EC guys, Paul Pope, The Studio, Becky Cloonan and Wrightson. There are a ton more but nobody gets past the first few names.

12. Pushead, Emek, Andrew Bawidamann, Methane Studios, Invisible Creatures, Ragnar, Terada, Nirasawa, Takeya, Moser, Mucha, Klimt, Hohlwein, House Industries, Burlesque, Jay Ryan, Phil Hale, Dan St. George, Stephen Somers, Frazetta, Range Murata, Kozik, Coop, Forbes, Hampton….make it STOP!

13. My friends. They keep me honest. They also inspire me. We’re always recommending stuff to one another. Music and movies are a big inspiration to me. So is a stroll through an art museum or looking at porn. What, like I’m the only person that does that?


15. Cartoons: Ghost In The Shell (1&2), FLCL, Jin-Roh, Appleseed, Family Guy, Samurai Jack, Venture Bros., and the Simpsons.
Comic Books: Hellboy, 100 Bullets, Black Hole, Pirates of Coney Island, East Coast Rising and the old EC Comics.

16. Useless dust collecting crap. Like: Frankenstein, Pushead, Hellboy and Kid Robot Stuff. I also started collecting original art. I’m a book junkie too. Moving sucks for me.


Van Arno



1.) Artist Name: VAN ARNO

2.) Legal Name: VAN ARNO
3.) Location:(Country,State): LOS ANGELES,CA,USA
4.) Date of Birth :1-24-63
5.) Married_____ or Single__X_____
6.) # of Children 0_
7.) Profession/Primary Skill : FIGURATIVE PAINTER
8.) Preferred Medium:_OIL PAINT

9.) Your URLs: (if any ) WWW.VANARNO.COM

10.) Favorite Music/Bands: JOHNNY THUNDERS
11.) Favorite Comic Artists: MIKE MIGNOLA
12.) Favorite non-Comic Artists: GAMBATISTA TIEPOLO
13.) Other inspirations:_______________________________
14.) Favorite Links (List two or so…): NA
15.) Favorite Cartoons/Comic-books LIL ABNER
16.) What do you collect: NOTHING





Question 1.) Artist Name:
KMNDZ (command Z)

2.) Legal Name:
Johnny Edward Rodriguez

3.) Location:Pomona California

4.) Date of Birth : 1974

5.) Married

6.)# of Children 3

7.) Profession/Primary Skill :
Design Director, Fine-art

8.) Preferred Medium:
Acrylic on wood

9.) Your URLs:

10.) Favorite Music/Bands:
Bob Marley, Dead Can Dance, Clash, did I mention Bob, Ozomatli

11.) Favorite Comic Artists:
Bill Watterson, Berkeley Breathed

12.) Favorite non-Comic Artists:
Ryden, Arron Horkey, Daniel Despain

13.) Other inspirations:
Juels Verne, Robert Rodriguez, my family, Life of Christ

14.) Favorite Links

15.) Favorite Cartoons/Comic-books
Avitar, Songe Bob, Invader Zim, Jon K’s mighty mouse

16.) What do you collect:
Art, some hot wheels, working on my motorcycle collection




– st. Mars

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Artist Bios part 1

Artist Bios part 1

Hey! As a preview for my upgrade….I will be posting some of the new featured artist profile/bios!  I have been collecting these artists’ profiles for several years now.  Its really fascinating to discover about an artists interests and influences!  The Valentiger site already hosts about 60 bios (all completed by the artists themselves) & a few interviews. The site will be completely upgraded in a few weeks with about 20 new bios…..but first, here are a few previews!!

Colin Christian

1.) Artist Name: Colin Christian
3.) Location: Florida,USA
4.) Date of Birth : 30/03/64
5.) Married
7.) Profession/Primary Skill :sculptor
8.) Preferred Medium:fiberglass
9.) Your URLs: (if any )
10.) Favorite Music/Bands: movie scores,Radiohead,Zero 7,Bjork,Mozart,Beethoven,electronic and ambient music
11.) Favorite Comic Artists: Joe Chiodo,Milo Manara,Simon Bisley
12.) Favorite non-Comic Artists: Ron Mueck,H.R. Giger,Carlos Huante,Wayne Barlowe.
13.) Other inspirations: Stanley Kubrick,Barbarella,H.P.Lovecraft,60’s/70’s interior design, 50’s sci-fi movies,fetish girls,supermodels and hot chicks in general…
14.) Favorite Links (List two or so…),
15.) Favorite Cartoons/Comic-books: The Incredibles,the Simpsons,Family Guy,Tom and Jerry,Heavy Metal,2000AD.
16.) What do you collect: movies,movie scores,hot chick photos and autographs.


Gary Taxali

 1.) Artist Name: __Gary Taxali 
 3.)   Location:(Country,State): ___________Toronto, Canada 
4.) Date of Birth :____Nov 5, 1968
5.) Single___X____
7.) Profession/Primary  Skill : ____Pictures
8.) Preferred  Medium:__________Mixed Media
9.) Your URLs: (if any )  ___________
10.) Favorite Music/Bands: ____MC5
12.) Favorite non-Comic  Artists:  ______The Russian Avante Garde, Dr, Seuss
13.) Other  inspirations:__________typography, package design
14.) Favorite Links (List two or so…):  ___
15.) Favorite Cartoons/Comic-books_____BLAB!
16.) What do you collect: ____Vinyl Records, Old Books

Chet Zar


2.) Legal Name: Chet Zar
3.) Location: u.s.a., ca.
4.) Date of Birth :Nov 12th, 1967
5.) Married: Yes
6.) # of Children: 2
7.) Profession/Primary Skill :Painter of Dark
8.) Preferred Medium: Oils
9.) Your URLs:,
10.) Favorite Music/Bands: Minutemen, Devo, Nomeansno, Dead Kennedys
12.) Favorite non-Comic Artists: Beksinski, Giger, M.C. Escher, Mucha, Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta, Christopher Owen, James Zar
13.) Other inspirations: Alan Watts, Wesley Willis, Jello Biafra, Noam Chomsky
14.) Favorite Links (List two or so…):
15.) Favorite Cartoons/Comic-books: Milton the Monster
16.) What do you collect: Vintage Walter T. Foster Publications 

More previews this week!

– st. Mars

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Popcalyptic Design


Eric Sin : 



 Jericó Santander :

I am sooo in love with this pic (detail):



There is something soooo POPcalyptic about this collection: Public Handryers

(plus…check out his mural/graffiti pics!)



Messy Art: real product,

Frame Napkin:


– st. Mars


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ArtTube: HeartThrob

Miss Van, Junko Mizuno & Aiko Nakagawa at Merry Karnowsky of show at

Miss Van:

Junko Mizuno: ,


 Aiko Nakagawa: , – st. Mars

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Artist Mike Giant // spotlight

Artist Mike Giant // spotlight


OK, after a quick peak at the images on this blog: start reading this travel diary of Mike @ Fecalface & get a taste of what being an art star is like!! – Celebs, Catacombs and Fresh Bombing!!! :


Mike Giant is: drawing, tattoos, photography, and graffiti


Nice Bio:



Podcast interview:



Mike Giant Time-Lapse Tag:






Mike & ‘Giant vs Giant’


Current Show :


You Rock Mike!

– st. Mars


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POPspace: Pop Art on Myspace

POPspace: Pop Art on Myspace

  I confess, I resisted Myspace as long as I could, but I gave in a year or so ago; I am glad I did!  Myspace has become a great ‘starter’ site for a lot of artists & is utilized for marketing for most of the Lowbrow 2.0 crowd.  I myself only use it for art surfing and news posting, but other than that, I find Myspace ugly and the ‘social networking’ aspect defunct.  Before we get to the art, I am plugging VIRB @ !  VIRB’s design is slick, and I actually socially network….I’ve met some great people on there: visit st. Mars @ !

  OK, here are a handful of some of the great Popcalyptic artists of Myspace:


 James Roper

Matthew Bone


Jughead Jones


Chistophe Lambert AKA Captain Electric




Atsushi “KRNPX” Kurono






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