NOW IN STOCK: Snow Yak Show by Mark Ryden, Horimasa, New Ed Hardy, Gear Worms Calendar
Posted Monday, December 21, 2009

The hits just keep on coming! We got a bunch of great alt-culture and outsider art stuff in today from our friends at Last Gasp and Picturebox, and now we're sharing it with you! Check it out:

The Snow Yak Show Microportfolio

By Mark Ryden, $14.95
17 Postcard set, 4" x 6", with slipcase

Traverse Mark Ryden's vast wintry landscapes into the frigid domain of the majestic Snow Yak, gracefully depicted within this set of 17 postcards from Ryden's acclaimed Japanese Snow Yak Show. The works were originally shown at the prestigious Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo in February 2009.

It's worth noting that every single Mark Ryden release of his career has sold out, and fairly quickly, and increased in value. So if you're on the fence about this one, at $15 you should probably just go for it. You will feel bad when you see it up on the wall at the store for $50 next year.


Ed Hardy: Beyond Skin
Text by Alan Govenar, $106.95
240 Page Hardcover Art Book, 10" x 12", 200 full colour illustrations

Internationally renowned for breathing new life into tattooing, Ed Hardy has created a startling array of artwork "Beyond Skin" over the last four decades. Hardy's drawings, prints, paintings, and newest pieces in porcelain effortlessly cross boundaries. Text in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.

Horimasa
By Horimasa, $169.95
228 Page Softcover, with slipcase, Japanese Import

This is a collection of illustrations, sketches and photos from Japanese tattoo master, Horimasa. A tebori artist by trade (the traditional Japanese method of tattooing by hand), Horimasa breathes new life into fundamental Japanese tattoo motifs in this compilation. That he's studied the masters of traditional ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) is evident in his work, and his approach to traditional Japanese iconography is bold and confident. His lines are incredibly clean and his color use is brilliant. This book includes a wide variety of Japanese traditional tattoo imagery. It features a variety of samurai, Gods and Goddesses, oni, goblins, tigers, Hannya, dragons, geisha, koi, foo dogs, animals and insects... it has a little bit of everything. It includes full color, full page illustrations, complete single line drawings, preliminary sketches and sketches devoted to particularly tricky details, like hands, feet, eyes and claws. It also includes a 50 full page, full color photo section of Horimasa's tattoo work, shot by world renowned photographer Geoff Johnson. This book is nice and big, printed on thick, high quality paper, and comes in a cardboard slipcase for protection. It is an amazing resource for anyone interested in traditional Japanese tattooing and imagery. Text in English and Japanese.


Gear Worms is the 2009 calendar by Paper Rodeo alumni Leif Goldberg. Gear Worms is a gorgeous hand silk-screened all-purpose calendar by Goldberg, full of new drawings and eye-popping colour. This is a beautiful object, hand-assembled and weighing in at 28 pages for just $27.95. It can be found on the main floor.

Next up is the long-awaited second English-language Herge art book, The Art of Herge, Creator of Tintin, Volume 2: 1937-1949. The second in a three-volume series, this is a selection of Herge's outstanding and often unpublished drawings, showing the diversity of his work and offering the reader a view of the range of his talent. Georges Remi, better known as Herge, the creator of Tintin & Snowy, was born a century ago. He left an exceptional legacy, the center of which was Tintin, but also included much other work.

This second volume of The Art of Herge covers the years 1937 to 1945. The period illustrated is fascinating on a number of counts, marking the maturity of Herge, the creator and artist. In 1937 Herge was only 30, but he had already laid down enough markers to lay claim to his future territory -- the strip cartoon. It was during this period that he began to render the Adventures of Tintin in color. The period covered in this volume was also marked by global political tensions and mounting dangers that boiled over into the Second World War. From his childhood onward, Herge produced a vast number of drawings. The Art of Herge, Inventor of Tintin presents them all in chronological order, with many high quality reproductions, each accompanied by concise commentary allowing us a closer look into Herge's daily routine, and by extension, his thoughts. Oversized Hardcover, $42.95.

All these and many more products are arriving at The Beguiling every day this week!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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