Category Archives: Painting

Hand Painted Jackets (and some are for sale)

Always loved hand painted coats and jackets – bombers, motorcycle cuts, hippy band jackets, etc. I’ve been painting them off and on for years – painting more now. I love commissions so If you’ve got something you want painted drop me a line – jon@jonmwessel.com.

David Bowie - Aladin Sane on 1970's vintage Levi's trucker jacket - SOLD

David Bowie – Aladin Sane on 1970’s vintage Levi’s trucker jacket – SOLD

 

Adam Ant - 90's era blue leather women's jacket. Size 10. $500.

Adam Ant – 90’s era blue leather women’s jacket. Size 10. $500.

 

Andrew W.K. - Lee trucker jacket - Commission - SOLD

Andrew W.K. – Lee trucker jacket – Commission – SOLD

 

Lady Gaga - Red leather women's motorcycle jacket - Commission - SOLD

Lady Gaga – Red leather women’s motorcycle jacket – Commission – SOLD

 

Buxom Fruit Label - 70's levi's trucker (painted around 1986) - $525

Buxom Fruit Label – 70’s levi’s trucker (painted around 1986) – $525

 

Siouxie Sioux - Flash art style on Levi's 80's era M trucker jacket - $399

Siouxie Sioux – Flash art style on Levi’s 80’s era M trucker jacket – $399

 

Siouxie Sioux - Detail

Siouxie Sioux – Detail

 

Johnny Cash - Flash art style on 80's-90's era Lee Trucker jacket XL - $399

Johnny Cash – Flash art style on 80’s-90’s era Lee Trucker jacket XL – $399

 

Johnny Cash - Detail

Johnny Cash – Detail

 

Apollo Butterfly on 70's era all leather 3/4 trench - $525

Apollo Butterfly on 70’s era all leather 3/4 trench – $525

 

Butterfly Detail

Butterfly Detail

 

Baby Bowie - Kids (5-7) vintage levi's mini trucker. $99.

Baby Bowie – Kids (5-7) vintage levi’s mini trucker. $99.

 

Trick R Treat - Sam on kids Levi's jacket - NSF

Trick R Treat – Sam on kids Levi’s jacket – NSF

 

Trick R Treat - Sam detail

Trick R Treat – Sam detail

 

Lil Nick (Cave) - Little kids levi's jacket - $99.

Lil Nick (Cave) – Little kids levi’s jacket – $99.

 

Lady Bug - Extra small little kids levi's jacket - $85.

Lady Bug – Extra small little kids levi’s jacket – $85.

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Painted WWII Bomber Jackets

The Type A-2 leather flight jacket is an American military flight jacket originally invented and developed for and closely associated with World War II U.S. Army Air Forces pilots, navigators and bombardiers, who often decorated their jackets with squadron patches and elaborate artwork painted on the back. Sometimes casually referred to as a bomber jacket, its original designation was “Jacket, Pilot’s (summer)”, and its wartime usage was limited neither to pilots nor to bomber crews.

In WWII almost any kind of paint that could be used was used. Enamels if they could get it, lead based aviation paint, oil paint… whatever the ‘artist’ could get their hands on. Some squadron artists could only get their hands on yellow airplane paint, so the artwork on the jacket was done in yellow. As troops settled in, painting flight jackets became a cottage industry for the local artisans. Since some of the paints were not meant to be used on leather, they rubbed off, flaked off, and faded.                          Thanks to www.vintag.es
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The Art and Models of Pin Up Artist Gil Elvgren

Gillette (Gil) Elvgren (March 15, 1914 – February 29, 1980). My favorite pin up artist. His paintings and models were sexy as hell but not overly sexual or ‘dirty’. Something of the hot girl next door, and g’damn he could paint a nyloned leg.

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More Posters from Ghana

I’ve posted a bunch of these before and they never fail to amaze me. The deal here is that primarily in Ghana and other parts of Africa there exist traveling cinemas that will roll into your village on a flat bed truck, throw up a makeshift screen and show movies for a small fee. These posters are their advertisement. Hand painted on canvas, board or anything they can get their hands on, they are weird, beautiful and total design genius. This group is mostly African films w/ a few bootleg US productions thrown in.

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Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov

Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov are two Russian painters that somehow manage to work and paint together. Both live and work in Moscow. In the early part of their career together they adopted the style of socialist realism, an officially sanctioned art practice under the soviet regime. Their early works resembled posters for non-existent thrillers and sleazy porn flicks. In 2001, Dubosarsky and Vinogradov made a transition from the socialist fantasy to the ideals of mass media using celebrity and pop culture as a focal point and statement. The following pieces are from more recent collections; 2009 – 2012.

What the homeland begins with

What the homeland begins with

Bloody Tango

Total Painting

Pink Dreams

Business with Pleasure

Business with Pleasure

Under Matisse

Under Matisse

Gentlemen

Gentlemen

On the Block

On the Block

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Policewoman

Policewoman

For Valour 1

For Valour 1

For Valour 6

For Valour 6

For Valour 9

For Valour 9

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Halloween Count-down: The art of Basil Gogos

Basil Gogos – During the 1960s, Gogos provided a steady stream of illustrations for a variety of New York-based publications. The majority of his work during this period was for men’s adventure magazines for which he painted scenes of World War II battles, jungle perils and crime as well as cheesecake portraits of beautiful women. However, Gogos’ greatest impact as an illustrator was the work he did for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. The magazine’s covers were usually eye-catching close-ups of horror movie characters that had become popular again with their re-release on TV. Gogos first cover featured an impressionistic portrait of Vincent Price from House of Usher painted in shades of red, yellow and green. Over the next two decades, he created almost 50 covers for Famous Monsters, many of which have become iconic images of that period.

In the late 1970s, Gogos gave up full time commercial illustration to devote himself more to his original goal of doing fine art. He produced personal art pieces in watercolor and other media, while earning his livelihood as a photo retoucher in the ad department of United Artists. While there, he also did occasional illustrations for movie posters. Gogos later moved into advertising where he produced presentation sketches and storyboards for commercials for a major ad agency.

Due to a resurgence of interest in classic horror films and collectibles, Gogos returned to the horror genre in the 1990s. During this time, new Gogos monster portraits appeared on trading cards, lithographs and the covers of Monsterscene magazine. He has also painted CD covers for rock stars Rob Zombie and The Misfits.

Vincent Price - Madhouse

Vincent Price – Madhouse

Bela Lugosi - Dracula

Bela Lugosi – Dracula

Boris Karlof - Frankenstein

Boris Karlof – Frankenstein

Lon Chaney - Mr Hyde

Lon Chaney – Mr Hyde

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon

King Kong

King Kong

Dr Sardonicus

Dr Sardonicus

Ingrid Pitt - Vampyre Lovers

Ingrid Pitt – Vampyre Lovers

The Mummy

The Mummy

Renfield

Renfield

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

Nosferatu

Nosferatu

Vincent Price

Vincent Price

Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing

Christopher Lee - Dracula

Christopher Lee – Dracula

The Wolfman

The Wolfman

Rondo Hatton

Rondo Hatton

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Christopher Lee - Frankenstein

Christopher Lee – Frankenstein