Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year To All

From all of us here at the Collective

"Have a Smashing New Year"

image from the Collective studio

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Nelson Mandela

Rent Space in Notts, UK

Switch Studio Space

Studio space (Centre of Nottingham) available from end of Jan. if any one is interested (would suit smaller scale work) email for more info 

Hang Outs...Nottingham, UK

Catchin The Switch

We hit the Switch Studios not so long ago and as you know, we like to experience the place where it all happens, the place where art is produced, where people sit around and talk about their next projects and then 'Get on with it'! 

Switch Studios has it all, the gallery, the work space, the slight underground feel that gives it character and charisma.

Thanks to Smallkid, Shrunken Heads and the other artists that make up Switch and help make the place comes together really well!

More from Switch in some up and coming posts...

 And if you fancy a display space it looks like there is one up for grabs (see above post)

Artists work shown on this post includes:

Get in touch if you wanna look around...

Find them at 17a Huntingdon Street, just off Mansfield Road, Nottingham
Next to BJM carpets

Friday, 30 December 2011

Flesh Cut Fridays With Luci Westphal

To close out the old year (as a thank you to all the creators and the viewers) and as a welcome to the new year (as an inspiration) here are 10 of my favorite video channels from 2011.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, creative and productive 2012!!!


Droppin the 'The'...

Due to popular demand we have taken a leaf out of Facebook's, umm... book and dropped the 'The' in The Rad Dad Collective - (Our email address will remain the same).

You the readers, thought it was a bit too much to have the extra word and we totally agreed with you. So now we are officially called 'Rad Dad Collective'... Enjoy.

Keepin Up With... Craww

Hey all,

I hope everyone's had a great Christmas and is looking forward to a prosperous New Year!

I wanted to drop you an email to give you a heads up on some new work I'm making available through my Big Cartel store

I've had a lot of interest in the sketches I've been showing through my blog/Facebook and on Instagram, so I thought the end of the year would be a good time to make some of the work from my 2011 (mostly Moleskine) sketchbooks available.

I've added 8 pieces to the store, each one demonstrates something of the process I go through when I'm working on new ideas so hopefully you'll find them an interesting departure from a standard print release and also an affordable way to get hold of an original piece of Craww artwork!

Thanks all for the support you've given me over the past year, there's much more to come so here's looking forward to an awesome 2012.


Thursday, 29 December 2011

Off The Shelf

Bike Art
'Bicycles in Art Around the World'
Author: Kiriakos Losifidis
Publisher: Publikat

Firstly, we want to congratulate Publikat Publishing for getting such an agreeable book out on the shelves for us to enjoy!

So that sorta sets the scene for this interesting title.
You'll find tandems, unicycles, tricycles, hand bikes, folding, race, mountain, BMX, choppers, the list is endless. We particularly are smitten with the concept bikes where KTM do an ace downhill jobby! 

What's in the contents:
Urban Art
Concept Bikes

Some of the  Artists  on show include:
Linda Apple
... and many more who have contributed to an eclectic and culturally diverse collection of pedal powered wheelers. 

As you slip between the covers your eyes are hit by the intense variation of colour and form. They are also fortified by the way this title depicts sprockets, spokes, cassettes, down tubes, fixed wheels, shocks and steering tubes ... sorry we are going on again!

Have a look for yourself...

Big thanks to Samways, Derby, UK for use of their premises for this shoot.

Get more than your leg over on the logo

And the shop link here

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Is Bigoom For You?

RDC: Bigoom have been in touch with the Collective. 
They are printing without printing and your in control of design and sales??
... take a look

Bigoom lets you sell prints of your images to friends and fans, without actually having to print them! 

We promise you’ll be impressed, and the formats and prices are up to you.

More from the oom... HERE

Flesh Cuts... Chrisi Skate

Holladaze Skate Jam
Edit: All I Need Apparel

RDC: Some ace stuff goin down here... Check!

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Hang Outs... New York

Merry Christmas from The Hole

The Hole
312 Bowery St.
New YorkNew York 10012

Keepin Up With... Deb

Merry Christmas from Deb Art

Catch up with Deb... HERE

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Keepin Up With...Sally Jane Thompson

Hello Lovely Art / Comics Friends! 

Just a quick Happy Christmas note - I hope you're all able to take a bit of a break and have a restful Christmas, and that you can start the new year fresh and rejuvenated and excited for all the awesome things you're going to make for the rest of us to enjoy! :D I hope I get to see you all at cons and events during the new year.

I've attached some Christmas comics cheer by way of a one-page comic drawn for comic anthology project Womanthology's Christmas pdf (partly because I didn't manage a Christmas illustration as I was drawing this instead!)


Friday, 23 December 2011

Flesh Cut Fridays With Luci Westphal

Multi-lingual, multi-culti expat cats in hats Jarmo and Lynch Kater wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, Buon Natale, Feliz Natal, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, God Jul, Boldog Karácsonyt and Joyeux Noël.

If I wasn't restricted to the 1-minute format and hadn't reached the limits of how long a sophisticated cat can wear sparkly antlers, they would also have wished you Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Mutlu Noeller, Veselé Vánoce, Veselé Vianoce, Bon Nadal, 圣诞快乐, Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Nollaig Shona, メリークリスマス, Lorem Nativitatis, Wesołych Świąt, Crăciun fericit, С Рождеством, Vesel božič, Glædelig jul, Nadolig Llawen, Sretan Božić, Срећан Божић, jwaye nowèl and on and on...

Happy Holidays to all!

I'd like to thank Lynch Kater and Slow-Mo Jarmo for their cooperation, Scott Solary for making this video together with me, Teddy, the talking porcupine for the inspiration and last but not least all of YOU for watching, subscribing, commenting, rating, favoring and sharing!

The featured song "Jingle Bells" was written by James Lord Pierpont and produced and performed by Kevin MacLeod ( ), who is making tracks available for free through Creative Commons License. Thanks, Kevin.

RDC: A big thanks you goes out to Luci for her contributions to the blog this year ☋

Street Test... Eastpak 'Getter'

'Getter' Back Pack
From Their Urban Collection

Eastpak has kindly given us a backpack for our Street Test Feature. 

And the saga continues... 

We have had some pretty criminal weather just recently, plenty of downpours with a bitta snow thrown in for good measure. That means soggy ground and a mud bath out on the trails. So it's no surprise that we were mucked up to the 'Getter' on the photo shoot yesterday, even though the sun was out and the birds were singing the joys of spring.

It felt real good on the back and on some of the long up-hill pulls that we had to do to get to the intended shoot area, the bag didn't stress out the shoulders at all (the S and chest straps spread the load to take the stress off your upper arms on a long ride)!

As for visiting friends and artists at galleries - we discovered an almost attractive disdain towards the bag. Someone remarked, "Shit, that's loud" and eventually "I quite like it, it's growing on me" an attitude which seems to follow us wherever we went.

Looks like a big thumbs up to Eastpak so far... 

More Testing to come, keep um peeled!

Coffee shop partner... lacking in conversation though, dang!

In Switch Studio, on the casting couch... read these lines for us please!

Zebster photo shoot... just hangin around outside.

Back to Black...

Your nicked me son...

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