Hola! The world can be shitty place, but can you believe that who you LOVE can also mean that you get treated all shitty? It’s ridiculous. My good friend Allan Shaw runs a LGBTQ advocacy organisation powered by cycling called ‘Gay’s Okay’.
In his own words: :
“… Gay’s Okay is a small cycling apparel brand with a big, positive, empowering message: that our cycling community welcomes those of all sexual and gender identities, that we are here to change bad attitudes and celebrate our diversity from the grassroots up, while supporting organisations and events that work hard for equal rights and against discrimination. It is with pride that for every item purchased we donate a portion of the profits to a range of LGBTQ+ organisations and cycling events that promote full inclusion.These include; Outright International, an international organisation that addresses human rights violations and abuses against LGBTQ+ people, and Rainbow Railroad, an organisation that helps LGBTQ+ people escape violence and persecution in their home countries and seek asylum…”
It’s a true honour to be allowed to make graphics for Gay’s OK’s latest project – ‘Queer Ally’.
I did this art event where I drew a ‘Cosmic Manifestation’ of their breasts or penis as a kind of one-on-one performance. It was inspired/stolen from Ken Kagami’s similar works. It was interesting because in retrospect I wish I’d offered to draw women’s genitals as well instead of their breasts. It seemed like a lopsided concept to do it the way I did. Many thanks to all that played along.
I used to do a lot of work about ‘ The Environment’ – but then the dogma, the politics and the psychology got the better of me. It’s not the job of artists to save the world it’s a job for everyone together. And people don’t like being together – it’s an anathema to their individuality.
I recently got asked to sum all this up in a talk at a Royal College of Art. Here are the slides.
Medicom in Japan was the driving force behind the vinyl toy collectible craze. They also make soft goods under the name Fabrick. They also like to call me Jordy Barton. I like that. It sounds regal. Hmmm. I painted this repeat design on the theme of plumbing for them. It was quite a challenge to get a perfect repeat of watercolour tones and colours.
As part of a project to mark 40 years since the original ‘release’, a group of graphic art types like myself got asked to ‘remake’ Linder Sterling and Malcolm Garrett’s original cover art. As you can see I got my Y-fronts in a big old panty twist.
It also got featured in my fave commie-liberal rag.
Come see my art show at Heimdalsgade 22, Copenhagen 2200. It’s on for a few weeks. From now to whenever? Here’s a preview for the challenged of movement. There’s also the official cycling race cap by Cinelli for the AlleyMouse alleycat race which took place on the opening party.
In Japan they have this Rock Festival called Arabaki. I did one of the T-shirts and it’s Tie-Dye! I’m going to follow the Grateful Dead on tour in it innit. Click the link and scroll all the way to the bottom.
I made the logogram for this new organisation which does collaborative projects to improve society and help people.
“…WeAreOne is an emerging movement aimed at addressing social injustice. We aim to bring together individuals, groups and organisations from humanitarian, corporate and creative sectors, to collaborate on developing innovative programs which inspire and bring about positive change and facilitate skill sharing opportunities. Creating environments where Solidarity is not just a good intention …..but instead it becomes a part of daily life…”
Well, it’s been emotional! And we made so many items – badges, socks, books, stickers, T-shirts, jerseys, wristbands, Bookman lights, posters, flyers, race numbers, spoke cards, maps, Cinelli caps, Bagaboo bags & hip-pouches and even Mikkeller beers! It’s crazy. My studio is looking like a shop. Here’s a small selection.