How can you go wrong?
Buff Monster is another street artist I came across randomly in the early 2000s. I’ve always been drawn to art that takes traditional connotations and adds an edge. If you incorporate pink and/or skulls, it’ll probably make it’s way into our home.
Needless to say, I fell in love with Buff Monster right away. Back then, he’s images were typically pink and black dreamscapes littered with sexual innuendo, cherries, skulls and a small collection of cartoonish characters that inhabited this imaginary world. They were playful yet edgy pieces.
While his art has evolved over the last decade, his subject matters has come to center more on a new species of these characters focused around ice cream (my favorite food in the world). Again, you can see why I love his work.
He’s worked with:
- Hello Kitty
Buff Monster was an LA-based screen printer (now NYC), who made a name for himself by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles. Branding in its simplest form (art and marketing).
I remember on my first trip to LA spotting numerous of these flyers and even venturing down to Venice to catch a dream-team of a mural he’d recently been part of.
Check out this roster of artists on one mural:
- Buff Monster
- Flying Fortress
- London Police
- and Shepard Fairey
As a North Carolina based street art enthusiast, I was in awe. I don’t think anyone in the group I dragged to see it had any idea what they were saying.
But enough of my babbling.
What really inspires me about Buff Monster is his ability to continue to innovate and create these otherly worlds, all while remaining a kid at heart. In 2012, he even produced an homage to the Garbage Pail Kid trading cards, he called the Melty Misfits. You could purchase individual decks and collect the whole set. Genius.
That ability to tap into an untainted imagination inspires me. Too often we take ourselves too seriously or we get caught up in things that don’t really mean much on the grander scale. Thank you Buff Monster for reminding us of that amazing youth imagination many of us have lost, and thank you for putting a smile on our faces with your witty, and edgy, creative endeavors.
Buff Monster’s work just speaks to me. Below is a collection of his work. Maybe some of it will speak to you as well.