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FEATURE: UGLY KID JOE ART – I Am The Wolf Edition

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Hear ye! Hear ye! It’s been nigh on a year since I Am The Wolf updated itself with all things Ugly Kid Joe, and it’s not because they haven’t been busy. 2013 is proving to be just as illustrious and fruitful as 2012 with a few dates in the USA, a short jaunt of shows and festivals in Europe just completed, and of course the announcement of a European tour with SKID ROW in the autumn! The cylinders are firing. Whit & co are still demolishing. More music is to come.

Meanwhile, during the last year, I Am The Wolf got to working on some new concept art for Ugly Kid Joe. They didn’t ask for it, but they’re certainly gonna get it.

I had been thinking for a while about a new parody artwork after seeing (and purchasing) their very top notch homage to Motörhead t-shirt, and it hit me…

What about an Iron Maiden Number Of The Beast parody? Sure, UKJ aren’t hugely influenced by them. But as a parody, it would be a classic. Stormtroopers Of Death had done it with their 1999 album Bigger Than The Devil, but why do I give a monkey’s about that. My version would blow that out of the cosmos, and not to mention that my version was gonna lend itself perfectly to Ugly Kid Joe: Wouldn’t it be better knowing that the Ugly Kid Devil from Stairway To Hell was actually being manipulated by the original Ugly Kid all along? The answer is of course, yes. And what better opportunity is there to be able to bring back the original mascot for the Joe’s. ‘Nuff said.

THE PROCESS:

The Ugly Kid Joe mascot was sketched freehand by looking at all the art available from original artist Moish Brenman. I decided not to trace as I hoped to get minor flaws and changes which would fit directly with the overall look.
UKJ geeks: You’ll spot the lighter from the As Ugly As They Wanna Be inlay, and his boots are taken from the censored art from America’s Least Wanted.

Drawing a whole new Devil sketch which was a little harder to do since he’s so dark in his original Goddamn Devil guise by artist Marc Goldstein, so I went for inspiration using the latest art from Stairway To Hell and fellow Brit artist Sean Tidyink. I wanted to give this Devil a more obvious difference from that however, and decided to angle his head around more to reveal his other eye.

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*** Remember, all artwork on this page is clickable if you want to poke your goggles at a bigger version. ***

I tried to create a vector image from this, but wasn’t happy with my shonky effort. So what better person to go to for help than my long term associate and good friend John Blackshaw former art editor of the UK’s Total Guitar Magazine.
John has done some great art since joining the magazine back in 2004 and also does a lot of work freelance. (Check his site out on my links menu.)

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FEATURE: 10 Most Dangerous Gigs – THE STOOGES


Iggy Pop - the sacrificial lamb of '74

I was asked by Total Guitar to help write the feature ’10 Most Dangerous Gigs’. I wrote a little piece on one of The Stooges most infamous gigs. Put your slippers up and get stuck in with this little nugget, previously published in TOTAL GUITAR in 2007.

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FEATURE: 100 Greatest Riffs

Previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2007. Click on images to read without needing your specs on.

I was commissioned to write about some of the greatest riffs of all time. Naturally I wrote about my favourite bands. How could I not with such gems on offer as Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar On Me? Browse for a couple of scans from this now notorious article.