Welcome to Bit-O-Sexy, a column designed to turn you on to horror by featuring images, trailers, products, and whatever else I deem worthy of being called sexy. Now, in the case of this column, anything deemed sexy is not always going to be sexy in the traditional sense, but will always focus on cool horror related people, pictures, trailers, and things.
I only started going to conventions in 2011. It did not take long before I was quite hooked on them. I love the opportunity to meet the celebrities, get autographs, and share a moment with them talking about their work. I also discovered there is a lot more than celebrities to these gatherings of kindred souls. There are all manner of vendors and artists. While I like looking at a lot of the wares, I am not one to buy a lot of stuff and being rather awkward soul when it comes to interacting with the public, I tended to move quickly and keep my eyes down (it is easier to move about without catching eye to eye contact with folks behind the tables).
For some reason, I stopped and talked to an artist named Kevin Spencer, you may have seen the great interview in Derek Smith’s ArtSexy column here at HorrorSexy.com. There was something about this guy that made it easy to talk to. He is one of us, a fan, and he loves talking about the movies that he loves. He also happens to be a pretty amazing artist. I am so glad to have met him and become a considerable collector of his work. I have bought a few originals and a bunch of prints from him, plus commissioned a number of original pieces and he has always knocked them out of the park.
Among the pieces I have are an original Jason Voorhees, which is a great image od a hulking Jason that has a touch of sadness to him, and original Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride, The Crow, and a few others. Among the commissioned pieces, he did a Frankenhooker piece that I have signed by Patty Mullen, a Star Wars piece depicting Luke, Han, and Leia, he did an interpretation of my first tattoo, a set of Weeping Angels, and a piece replicating one of my parents wedding photos. I honestly cannot say enough positive things about his work. It is downright sexy. I even have a piece of his tattooed on my arm.
The great thing is that he has been on an absolute tear of late, turning out gorgeous piece after gorgeous piece. He has really had the inspiration bug of late, and we should be all right there to reap the rewards of his work. I would say he is working fast and furious, but that may sound like he is just churning stuff out. While his output has been impressive of late, nothing looks rushed or half-assed, each piece is lovingly crafted and designed and looks like nothing else from any other artist I have seen lately. He knows his way around the page!
Now, he will be making an appearance at Monster Mania XXX in Cherry Hill, NJ, from March 13-15. I have to encourage anyone who happens to be going to the convention to be sure to pay him a visit, buy some art, and let him know that I sent you!
Here are some of the pieces he will have available there:
This is an original commission he did for me, prints will be available at the show.
Here is a perfect one to get signed by attendees Sid Haig and Bill Moseley
With Tobin Bell in attendance… (hint, hint)
Finally, here is a piece dear to my heart. A good friend of mine partnered with Kevin to create this Christmas gift for me. I have the original piece, and this digitized version sits atop my site as the title banner for CriticalOutcast.com:
Also, you can check out his site, InkSpatters.com, where he has more of his pieces to view and a store with available prints, not to mention on Facebook where you can see more of his work and images of them in progress! (also feel free to drop him a line about commissions, or just to say hi!)