The $100 Billion Dollar Screenprint

As I’m sure you’re aware, Japan is in the throes of a devastating humanitarian crisis after an earthquake and tsunami of unprecedented size. More than 10,000 people are likely dead and there is a nuclear contamination problem that threatens to exceed even that of the Chernobyl disaster.

I felt helpless to assist.

Apparently the financial cost of reconstructing the affected areas is likely to exceed $100 billion US dollars.

Then I received an email from a charitable organisation promising that if I was able to donate a screenprint then it could help raise some funds for the Red Cross’ relief effort. But that not only would it help them, it would help me achieve good exposure for my work.

“…We have no money and we’re looking for illustrators that could help us bring this to life, it could be great way to do something good and to get good exposure for your work…”

That clinched it for me. Never mind people with radiation exposure sleeping under a piece of wood in a post-apocalyptic landscape surrounded by decomposing corpses – I now had the motivation I needed.

So, I’ve designed a limited edition screenprint. It’s an edition of 01. And that print costs $100 billion US dollars. I’m expecting interest mostly from governments, especially those with big defence budgets. Co-incidentally Britain is considering spending $100 billion+ on a new nuclear submarine program. What better way to say ‘I Care’ than to spend that money on this print instead.

Click to donate – I did:

Terrain Dur – Bike Polo Show – Le Havre

Pierre-Adrien Dracon and Fabrice Houdry are bike culture freaks and gallerists. They are organising an art and culture show all about Bicycle Polo. That’s Polo – y’know, like with horses that toffs play, but on bikes. Bike Polo is an old sport with a renewed fire. The fixie fashion has stimulated interest in it, and it’s really taken off again.

I need a place to stay in Le Havre in France. Do you know anyone who has an apartment to rent there in May? Or maybe in Rouen? Or somewhere nearby. I thought I’d go down there, soak up the cheeses and also be at the art show to make some film, shoot some pics and do some drawings.

So, who wants to lend me / rent their place? I’ll need something from early May.


Eugène & Pauline – Artists Editions
Fabrice Houdry – Artist & Curator

Paris – This Week’s City of Culture

Er, hi… or should I say “Bonjour”.

Because I’m bourgeois I travel around Europe eating in fancy restaurants, wearing pointy toed suede boots in a fetching maroon colour and looking at fine oil paintings through my monocle. In the past this blog has been too concerned with maintaining an easy and accessible tone. So, from now on I will be dealing with high culture, fine wines etc.

This week we are in Paris, city of romance. And looking at some interesting paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme; a Frenchman. Some of his exquisite works are on show at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris right now. Here’s some I liked.

Enveloppant la Salope
(Throwing a Cloth Over The Bitch)
In this painting we see a sculptor and his new mistress and model throwing a cloth over a nearly completed sculpture of the artist’s old mistress. The sculptor is pretending to wash his trowel while sneaking a glimpse at her vag.

Stagiaire Interminablement Intern
Intern Interminably Interned
Here we see a girl from a good family who has just graduated from the London College of Printing. She is working for free in a sculpture factory in Hackney painting a ‘limited edition’ of mass-produced street art statuettes for the Chinese market. She thinks she’s hit paydirt and is planning to upgrade her iPhone. The iPhone is actually made in China so this is a beautiful example of economic circularity and solid evidence of fiscal recovery.

Aucun Vagin Plus Chaude Jeune Pour Toi Grand-père
No More Hot Young Vagina For You Grand-dad
This poignant painting illustrates the exact moment that despite being a smoking hot piece of ass straight out of school with a un-quenchable desire to fuck, that stupid dried up grump would rather spend all day sanding a cold, boring lump of stone – even if I do an exact impression of it – identical in every way.

Drawings from Magazines – On Your Touchscreen

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I’ve been working on a book of drawings of pages from magazines, some of them are pretty raunchy (from porn)… The book is designed to show both the back and the front of every drawing – the pens I draw with soak through the paper, and often the back of a drawing is as nice as the front.

I’m offering it as a free digital download pdf for devices like the iPhone, iPad and your laptop. There are 44+ pages so far – with more to come. In time it will be released as a printed book. It is in a process of constant improvement.

Nieves Publishing – iPhone App

If you’d like to start a collection of some of Nieves’ classic zines on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad then now you can – for free!

And one of the first free zines for your collection will be one of mine! ‘Drinking Baileys From a Skull’. There are seven others in the first edition of the App – zines by: Lizzie Finn, Alexis Saile, Kevin Lyons, Gabi Berüter, Tobin Yelland, Gareth Bayliss, Rockmaster K. and Tucker Nichols. Others will get added to the App periodically, so your collection will grow over time.

Eugene et Pauline Newspaper & Print

My Chequered Past & These Sceptic Isles

1000 thankyous to Eugene et Pauline for asking me to do a fully screenprinted limited edition newspaper with them this Autumn. Also, they have created a limited edition screenprint in two colours of my Isles design. Soon available to purchase from their website.

50cm x 35cm
3 colour print
Edition of 50
14 Euros
click to see order page

50cm x 70cm
2 colour print
Edition of 25
Signature print, pencil number
Rivoli Blanc 240gr paper
80 Euros
click to see order page

Black Masters – published by Nieves

168 pages
17cm x 26cm
Published by Nieves
buy from Jody Barton online store
buy from Nieves Books

in stock at Colette Paris, Spoonbill & Sugartown Brooklyn, Concrete Hermit London, Analogue Books Edinburgh, Domy Books Austin Texas, Galerie Yvon Lambert Paris, Printed Matter New York, Pro QM Berlin, Cafe Royal Books Southport UK, Motto Berlin, MZN Leipzig Germany, Malmo Konsthall Sweden, The Lazy Dog Paris, It’s Nice That London, TeeLuxe Australia, This Issue CPH Denmark, Post Poetics Seoul S. Korea

Berlin – International City of the Wasp 2010

Congratulations Berlin!

Berlin has won the prestigious prize International City of the Wasp. With the co-operation of many cake shops and coffee stands, there are now more wasps in Berlin than there are people in the whole of Europe. Germany can stand tall as its capital bathes in the yellow glory of this outstanding distinction.

Wasps, like Nazis, are irritating and can ruin your holiday. And co-incidentally, both have at one time or another found the streets and cafes of Berlin an ideal breeding ground.

Anti Design Festival LONDON 2010

Blah Blah Blah – whatever…
(carefully studied indifference)

I have had some work accepted into Neville Brody’s (Head of RCA Communications and Art Course Supermarket) artfully messy ‘Anti Design Festival’ showing this year in London (capital city of Scotland and Wales).

To save you the bother of seeing the other shite work in the show I’ll post my submission in it’s entirety here. Smoke Weed Motherfuckers…

I Hate Dolphins – Luxury Edition

Awful creatures.

€9 Euros – a small sum. And it may save your life. This book – I Hate Dolphins, is a mine of information about how to eradicate the bleating blue beast from our oceans and waterways. 40 pages of intricate illustration educate you and your vulnerable family. Don’t live without it – or you may not live long at all. The dolphin is on the rise, taking our jobs and our homes. Our children may be next. Or the elderly.

Buy it now before they ban paper. 40 black and white pages, full colour gloss cover. 17cm x 26cm.

Long & Drawn Out

Ever wanted to be able to write with a pen? Don’t bother. For a fee you can hire a one-time ‘School Handwriting Competition’ First Prize Champion. Lay your silver down and marvel at my fine ascenders. Or you can purchase high-resolution scans of this hand-crafted alphabet-set for a princessly sum (includes punctuation).

417 Edifice – Japanese T-shirt Designs

These T-shirts are for 417 Edifice, a Japanese clothing company. They have just opened a new store in Shibuya district of Tokyo and I have designed these T-shirts for them for the opening. The designs are based on the idea of some of the Great Monuments of the World; the Nazca Lines, The Gaza Sphinx, The Great Wall of China, The Statue of Liberty and Mont St. Michel. There is also a shirt featuring the famous 109 building in Shibuya being knocked down by Hachikō the faithful dog and the statue of Moyai.

and in progress…

Caught In A Trap

Hey Photoshop Fans…

When you are designing a T-shirt and it’s based on a complex drawing filled in with areas of colour then you’ll have to account for at least one screen on the T-shirt printing machine moving slightly. You don’t want a little white gap of un-printed fabric around your coloured areas. So you need TRAP. Each little area of colour is made slightly bigger so even if the final black-line screen moves a bit (everything moves a bit when printing on stretchy fabric) you’ll get neat orderly colour.

Now, I could tell you my secret method for adding perfect trap to non-vector images – but then I’d have to kill you.

See here how the coloured areas are all a bit ‘chubbier’ so the black line that goes on last will definitely cover any plain T-shirt fabric even if there’s movement.

The black line layer is over the top now…

Some magic with the magic wand…