Multi-form artist and designer Mister Cartoon appeared Monday in the latest OTW (Off The Wall) video from Vans speaking about his coming up as a graffiti writer and living now as a respected fine artist, sign painter, designer, and tattoo artist. The folks at Vans have been releasing this OTW Collection of videos as a cross-promotion for the artists and their shoe brand, not unlike how they do with the Off The Wall Music Tour each summer with both big name bands and up and coming artists alike. In this episode, Mister Cartoon takes the opportunity to speak not only in a brief way about his evolution into a globally known artist, but about a few of his art pieces sitting in MOCA Los Angeles as we speak as well.
MOCA Los Angeles’ current exhibition is ART IN THE STREETS, the latest in a long string of graffiti-inspired shows popping up across the United States for some three years or more – a resurgence, if you will, of the graffiti art in shows scene shown in the film Style Wars. As Mr. Cartoon will show in several framed paintings made with paints generally reserved for metal painting on cars, pinstripe style painting on a bench, and his famous Ice Cream Truck, the art form is both alive and exceedingly diverse. The Ice Cream Truck in particular will show you exactly what it means to be a true genius of an art form, in Mr. Cartoon’s case, paint applied in his own tattoo style.
Jumping out the S Class to do a throw up is a bizarre look, you know what I’m saying? – Mister Cartoon
The exhibition you’re getting a peek at is, again ART IN THE STREETS which will be up at MOCA Los Angeles until August 8, 2011. We recommend you get out there and take a look – Mister Cartoon is only one of many artists in the exhibition, and as seeing a Mister Cartoon work up close alone is worth the trip, surely the bonus is more than just that. Below have a look at the video, then below the video have a look at a gallery of cuts from the video to get a still look at what we’re going through here. Mr. Cartoon – low brow brilliant.