12 December 2010

Snoop Dog Christmas

It's raining buckets outside, I haven't gotten anyone Christmas Presents, and I'm working like mad on a project in order to get it done before visiting the soon-to-be in-laws. I wasn't feeling very christmassy until this morning.
I think this clip sort of explains my mood: trying to remember the "reason for the season" but it's been cut into pieces and covered over by a catchy snappy wall of sound, distorting the original meaning with fat beats and hand claps.

Merry Christmas to all
and to all a good night

03 November 2010

Everything's Coming Up Guns and Roses!

So, today i just finished a pretty long terms job. It was one of my bread-n-butter jobs for the past few months. The freelance lifestyle can be pretty crazy sometimes, and I don't think I'll ever get used to the amount of freedom it offers. So now that I'm finishing up with one client, I can't help but feel a little.... freaked out.

In order to commemorate today's news, I was going to post a David Bowie video for Changes. But right when I was about to search for it, I burst into song, "Everything's coming up Roses". I guess that better represents my mood today.

Yay! Future

31 October 2010

"T" shirts. So hot right now.

Dang thats cool.
Masashi Kawamura turned 5 classic fonts (Helvetica, Caslon, Baskerville, Courier, and Cooper Black) into t shirt silhouettes. I love the way the arms of the T are used as a scarf.

The Cooper Black one isn't that bad neither.

Illustration Friday: Spent

Spent! As in, I am spent. As in, after working on so many designs this month that i had to resort to Redbull in order to get them done, I am spent. As in, now that I've had two days of aimless rest, I still feel like hibernating.
Isn't it peculiar that your body can continue to run on all four cylinders until the point when all your duties have been met, and then it just collapses into a pile of weariness.
This weeks Illustration Friday word might've hit a little too close to home.

22 October 2010

Illustration Friday: Racing

I haven't done an Illustration Friday drawing in months.... It's been a busy busy life. I guess I still am burning the candle at both ends.
I needed a break from the apparel designs for a few minutes, so i made this doodle on my computer. Right now I'm really intrigued by line screen half tones. I think they are sooooo cool. They are making it into all of my designs lately. Can't wait to feel like i have a handle on it.

12 October 2010

10 October 2010

Disturbing Collabo of the day

Banksy Teamed up with the Simpsons to create this disturbing opener. I don't know who gets more street credit out of this, Banksy or the Simpsons?

01 October 2010

Looks like airlines are continuing there search for cost cutting ways of creating a more enjoyable flying experience.
In this case, they are mixing an inflight employee workout with mandatory air flight safety instructions, inflight entertainment, and extra ad revenue from music publishers. Brilliant.

30 September 2010

Where does Color Come From?

Well, that a really pretty looking factory. I am a big fan of visiting printing houses to see how their process works.
I've never seen an ink maker. From the looks of this video, it's a rather beautifully boring place to work.

......but where does the pigment come from?

29 September 2010

Math Magic

"For the life of me, I will always find that the Golden Section remains illusive. I used to try to be more deliberate about using it in my compositions, but never quite got the hang of it. During one of my first seasons at Zoo York, I used it as the basis for a Blue Print inspired pattern.

This design was never made. It was supposed to be on a double layered windbreaker, the black was to be printed on a transparent top layer, with the blue printed under it. In the end, the production cost was astronomical, so it was canceled. :(

I was also in the middle of sketching out the Hooper Heroes comic book, so there are a few subi symbols hiding in the drawing..... they're really, really hard to find though.

08 July 2010


Well, I'm off to see the the Wind come sweeping down the Plain.

Knock 'em Dead Kristine!


"You're in our talons now, and we're never letting go." -this is the refrain that was stuck in my head while I was making this design.

I've been doing a quite a few bird drawings lately for different brands. It's a little mini trend, i guess.

This one that just came out. It's the famous birds of brooklyn. A while ago, a crate of Monk Parrots broke apart and the parrots escaped into the wilds of Kings County. They've been thriving here ever since. I often see them chirping in the trees while walking through Park Slope.

Illustration Friday: Giant

This weeks Illustration Friday is another quick one. It's been crazy at the studio this week, so I don't have very much time for experiments, which stinks cause I got real excited to do something about GIANTS.
I tried to recall all of the giants that I could remember. The one that caught my interest was Orion. His story is so old and convoluted that there are quite a few versions of his life and death. From what i could deduce, Orion is a throw back to old PreAgricultural days; a wild hunter and protector of the wilderness. In most of the stories, he becomes blind and has to be led to Helios by a servant named Cedalion. That's the part that stood out to me, A huge Giant that became so helpless and lame that he needs to rely on a puny human in order to get healed. It reminds me of the fable of the lion and the mouse.... another classic.
Well, here's my attempt. I hope to finish this illustration soon.... unfortunately, right now it's more of a glorified color study.

03 July 2010

RIP RammellZee

New York used to be a Breeding Ground for Unique Individuals who defied explanation. They were the type of souls who made you realize just how freakishly normal you really are.
I first heard of RammellZee while watching a graffiti documentary. Even though the film was filled with a lot of rebellious street kids, RammellZee still out shined all of them. This dude just lives on a different planet than the rest of us.
I don't know, but you gotta kind of envy a guy like that who can be so true to himself.

30 June 2010

It's Gotta be the Shoes

They're changing Wonder Woman's Costume? Are you kidding me?
From this
To this

Okay. Okay. So it's not all bad. But what's with the shoes? honestly. They look like they were made especially for people who don't know how to draw feet well. I mean look at those things. They have to be the clunkiest looking wedges i've ever seen. I'd comment about the early 90's jean jacket and body suit, but I don't have the energy for such a rant.
Yeah... somehow I don't think this costume change is gonna last.

29 June 2010


Testing the pen with some sloppy caligraphy

28 June 2010


Drawing on the subway.

27 June 2010

Illustration Friday: Satellite

After last weeks time killer Paisley Illustrations, I sort of let this one slide a bit...

The Flies. I read this play in college. It's Sartre's version of Electra Story (girl who tries to kill her mother). When Electra and Orestes enter the town of their mother, the place is filled with mourning townspeople covered in flies. The swarms of flies are used to represent guilt and shame remaining from wrongs left unresolved. That image of flies hovering around the townspeople seems to be etched in my mind.

Does this work for describing the word Satellite? I hope so. Thanks for the challenge, Illustration Friday.

26 June 2010


Throwing out another page of my INKT book

22 June 2010

Illustration Friday: Paisley

"Paisley" turns out to be a fairly difficult word to illustrate. Especially if you want to add a narrative to the drawing. And if you add on another challenge – using a Greek Myth theme– it becomes are even more tough. A few things came to mind, but the one that seemed to fit the best was the Apple of the Hesperides. I hope that the paisley helps to make it look a bit more... magical. but i'm not quite sure i pulled this one off as well as i would've liked. But heck, the reason for doing Illustration Friday is really more about experimentation than beautiful drawings, right?

21 June 2010

What defines Creativity?

I feel like I've had this conversation many times before. A bunch of us artists will be sitting at a bar or a party or a conference or something, questioning the finer aspects of art (What exactly is art? What is creativity? What's the difference between being inspired by a work and stealing it?) when the outcast of the group will say, "Why are we wasting our time talking about this stuff? Do you thing plumbers and steal workers sit around talking about the essence of plumbing?" Then, hopefully the rest of the group will ignore the comment and continue to dissect the finer points of the creative spirit.
That being said, It looks like these builders figured out a way of embodying my thoughts about Creativity: Do the best you can do with what you got.

17 June 2010

You Know How People Are, You Tell 'em Something, They Start Talking

Guess what I just watched tonight?
God Bless the Brooklyn Public Library. They have the craziest selection of movies at their local branches.  The BPL is my own public Netflix.

The girl in this movie, Linda, is amazing.  She steals the movie away from Sam Shepard and Richard Gere.  If I could find a stripped down version of the film that's comprised solely of her voice overs, I would watch that thing everyday.

16 June 2010


Pogo is some dude from Perth, Australia.  He like to dismantle Disney movies and turn them into groove-tech. I first started following his stuff when he mishmashed Alice in Wonderland into a few really good songs.  He does an amazing job of cutting up english into rhythms of nonsense. Here's his latest cut-up: Toy Story

14 June 2010

Illustration Friday: Ripple

Keeping with the theme, here's another Illustration Friday submission referencing a Greek Myth from Ovid.  This one is the story of Narcissus.  He stared into his reflection, captivated by his own visage. Lacking any other desire than to gaze at his own beauty, he refused to leave the side of the pond for days and weeks. Poor guy, withered away to nothing.
  Kind of reminds you of a modern day VideoGame Player who dies at their desk while playing Marathon stints of WOW, doesn't it.
The Word for this week's Challenge is: RIPPLE

11 June 2010

Background info about the host of the World Cup

The Glorious "World Class City" of the future has a few problems.  Check out this amazing interview with the mayor.  Don't worry, it's pretty short.  and Hillarious.

10 June 2010

Illustration Friday:Trail

Did you ever hear about what happened when Apollo let his bastard son drive the Chariot of the Sun across the skies?  Trouble.  That's what happened.  A trail of Destruction.  
  I have always liked Greek myth, especially Ovid's Metamorphoses.  For years I've been saying that I should draw some of the stories, I just never have.  Illustration Friday seemed like it would be the perfect chance to do so....when it fits....
  I decided on a looser coloring approach.  Most of the coloring comes from the initial sketch.  Then I went in later, after I'd finished the line drawing, and cleaned up some of the colors.
Hope you like it.

09 June 2010

Dr. Octagon!

Continuing in my talent for drawing Octopi, here's the latest addition to the Portfolio.
3 MCs and 1 DJ
This graphic was surprisingly fast to make. I was really impressed with how it turned out. It's always nice when the client likes your first sketch. They only wanted me to add some stuff to the bottom, which turned out to be an excellent suggestion. Thanks a lot, People of Exact Science.
i just got a box of these shirts in the mail the other day. The Printing was amazing. Really awesome work.

08 June 2010

My Clients Rock!

  I was listening to an Illustration related Podcast the other day (what else am I supposed to do while I'm drawing) and I someone was complaining quite vehemently about their clients.  That's when I realized my good fortune.
  So I'd just like to say: My Clients Rock! They're the Best! Christian, Rob, Matt, Brad, Andrew, Sheree, and all of the rest of you who don't like to be named.  Keep being Awesome.

Thanks for allowing me to draw for a living.

06 June 2010


A few months ago I received a Black Sketchbook from a friend of mine. Now, I think I have about 20 or 30 sketchbooks already, and almost all of them are about 40% full. No matter how small they are, somehow I can never get to the last page of any of them. What's the deal with that?????
So, when I got this new one, I decided that I would make a mission out of finishing it at soon as possible. I wasn't going to concern myself with how well every sketch was done, just so long as the book was finished. On top of that, I added another rule. I would use the same pen for the whole book. My pen of choice: a Pentel Brush Pen. -i would like to them, but i can't find them online.

anyways..... without further ado, Here's the meager beginning page of the sketchbook. Look for better pages coming soon.

03 June 2010

Illustration Friday:Slither

I can't say that it's the best work I've ever done.... but It's something. I've been thinking a lot about coloring and mood lately. So this time I chose to do some intentionally ugly colors. (I never get the chance on paying gigs) My idea for SLITHER was to try to capture that gross feeling of something wiggling around next to you, sort of like that Fear factor show.
Anyways. Here's my little Illustration Friday Experiment. I can't wait for next week.

02 June 2010

Covered Blog

Super Adventure Comic, originally uploaded by Stephen Halker.
A while ago, I became really fascinated with Octopi. I started drawing them after Matt Tapia at Fu Manchu asked me to do an Octopus and Carp design for him. Now I've done quite a few. They are really fun! Anyways.... I wanted to keep on with the trend, so i did this drawing for CoveredBlog. Its a more intense version of Super Adventure Comic #43. You can find the original cover here.
I love Covered blog. it's one of my favorite blogs. Some of the entries are sooooo far removed from the original cover it BLOWS YOUR MIND!
I can't wait to do another one.
thanks a lot Covered.

01 June 2010

Drummer wanted for Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

I had to post this video before Rob beat me to the Punch. I can't say I'm the biggest ZZ top fan, but I could watch this band play their covers for hours.

29 May 2010

Monkey Man

Dang, I wish i could do that. Ever since i was a kid I've wanted to swing from the trees. When I was a kid, I used to repel down from the high branches. It smarted something fierce when the branches broke (and the cradle did fall).
This guy has taken the art of climbing to a new level. He's bested the monkeys at their own games, like Tarzan or Kintarou.(Check out 0:30-0:40. WTF? Who taught him that trick??) Dang, I wish that Rousseau was right, that man is a noble savage. There's something magical about those Lost Boy stories. They always draw me in. 1-14-8, originally uploaded by Stephen Halker.

26 May 2010

Andrew Rose Gregory

Andrew asked me to make him a poster for some upcoming shows. Tomorrow he's playing at the Living Room. Check it out! It should be an Awesome show.

The Living Room
154 Ludlow st.
New York, NY 10002

8:00 PM

Andrew Rose Gregory
& The Color Red Band presents "The Song of Songs!" With Kelley McRae at 9.

just $7

25 May 2010

Illustration Friday:Early

In an attempt to have more fun with my illustration, and do something other than t shirt designs all day, I thought, "You know, Stephe, you should start doing some of these online call for entries. Live a little."

So, here's the first attempt. It's for Illustration Friday. They pick a word every week, and everyone has to illustrate the word before the next Friday comes. This weeks word was:EARLY.

24 May 2010


Since Kimbo Slice ended his UFC career, the MMA world is left with a giant Kimbo sized hole in its heart. Though Tapout has neither confirmed nor denied that they are looking to replace Mr. Slice, many new contenders are vying for the position. This promising contender is whispered to be on the short list:

Yep, that's right, MMA is getting pretty fierce.

Ok, so now you might be wondering, "Hey Stephe, WTF? You watch MMA? You don't seem like that kind of person." You're right. I'm not. But I've started working on some MMA inspired graphics.

piratecrest, originally uploaded by Stephen Halker.
So, in order to get the style right, I started reading about the players and watching the Youtube clips. I think the main thing that I learned is that MMA fighters are really tough. And their graphics for their shirts need to be really tough.... and sincere. Sincerely tough.
This was one of the first ones I did, but certainly not the last. I think i did this about a year ago. I didn't quite get the "sincerely tough" thing down, but it's a good first attempt. It took forever to ink everything. And then it took just as long to clean it all up to print. Can't complain though. It was a lot of fun to do some this ornate. I got to zone out and listen to books on tape.

22 May 2010


Inspiration comes from all sorts of places. For this design, it comes from the Brooklyn Legend: Biggie Smalls. God bless a man who can sound tough while talking about welches Grape Juice.
Thanks also to Jeff Shoop for further inspiration.

TboneSteak, originally uploaded by Stephen Halker.

Notorious B.I.G. - Big-Poppa - Verse Two
Straight up honey really I'm askin
Most of these niggaz think they be mackin but they be actin
Who they attractin with that line, "What's your name, what's your sign"?
Soon as he buy that wine I just creep up from behind
And ask what your interests are, "who you be with"?
Things to make you smile, what numbers to dial
You gon' be here for a while, I'm gon' go call my crew
You go call your crew
We can rendezvou at the bar around two
Plans to leave, throw the keys to Lil Cease
Pull the truck up, front, and roll up the next blunt
So we can steam on the way to the telly go fill my belly

A t-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch's grape
Conversate for a few, cause in a few, we gon' do
What we came to do, ain't that right boo (truuuueee)
Forget the telly we just go to the crib
and watch a movie in the jacuzzi smoke l's while you do me

21 May 2010

The Ripper!

So people have been asking me, "Stephe, Whatcha been up to lately?". And I say, "Well, it takes about a year for my designs to be public. But here, this is something that I did a year ago."

This one just hit the floor, A good old fashioned Skull shirt. They just don't go out of style if you work with skateboarding companies. This one is a reinterpretation of the classic Powell graphic, The Ripper. Often imitated, never outdone.

Here's some more info about The Ripper and its imitations:

20 May 2010

Heman's been taking voice lessons

OMG. When I was a kid I loved He-Man...... what the hell was wrong with me.
Through all those years, i never knew he had such a good singing voice. Skeletor aint bad neither.

29 March 2010

and for passover....

Happy Holy week. Let's all celebrate with a good ol' fashioned religious video game. See how many Apostles you can score! Walk on Water! Feed the Masses! all in under 10 seconds.

(click on image for the link)

it took me a little while before i learned how to walk on water.


Some of my favorite things mixed to form something even better: Japanese and Robinhood, and folk influenced music. gotta love it.