Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Preview...or clue?

My huge solo show at Gallery 1988 in LA is coming up in less than a week! Could this possibly be the first preview image from the show, or just a clue as to what's to come? More secrets revealed soon.

Monday, September 21, 2009

I need your a help for a video project!

Hey everyone.
So, a lot of exciting things in the mix for the upcoming months.
However, for one of these exciting things, i REALLY REALLY need some help from a few of you on a really small but cool project that is a pretty big milestone in my life.

So if you can or want to help with anything below, it would be greatly appreciated:)

Here's the info:
Zerofriends (My clothing/art company) is producing and filming our very first COMMERCIAL! And not just a shitty little handheld web-cam style one, either. A small team of us have made large sacrifices to get a great team of people involved in this to make the project even bigger and something that I am extremely excited about producing.

The upside: Projects like this are always fun, creative, and learning experiences since we rarely know what we are doing going into them. This time is a little different because of the talented people we have involved in it:)
The downside: Much like everything else that I do, and that Zerofriends does, we are completely financed by our own money, love and sacrifice. So the main downside is that there is no money available to pay for the remaining positions and roles that still need to fill, which is where you come in, as I would love it if any of you would be available and want to help with the project in whatever way you can.

Here are more details:
If you can and will help with any of the following, please send an EMAIL to and someone will help coordinate with you from there.

WHAT: Zerofriends video/commercial.
When: October 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA (tentative)
Written & Directed by: Stephen Reedy (He made Undercut, which is awesome, and he directed House Pardee with me & Shia, as well as the Letters From Digested Children video, and a ton of other things. AKA he's awesome)

MUST BE 18 or older.
Must live in or around the Los Angeles area and have your own transportation to and from the location. (Location is most likely going to be around Burbank, CA (subject to change)
Must be available for all of the time that you set up with the production manager, who you will be in contact with.
Must be OK with getting a little dirty if things get a little messy:)

What we are looking for:
Actress: 18-25, some experience required, emphasis on comedy. there will be some physical activity, like running around, etc. Headshot and reel encouraged.

Actor: 18-25, some experience required, emphasis on comedy. Headshot and reel encouraged

Make-up / Hair: General make-up for both male and female, but there will also be a small amount of gore and practical effects, so some experience in practical effects is encouraged.

Art Director: In general, we need someone to help art direct a living room being transformed into a girl's bedroom, as well as a few random things regarding effects, puppets, etc.

As I said before, i apologize that none of these positions will be paid positions, but there will be food there, and it will be a fun day of madness. Additionally, it's a chance for both you (AND MYSELF) to work with some really talented and creative people.

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please send an email to

Thank you mucho!!!

And just for fun, here is an old pic of Paul, Myself, and Director Stephen Reedy with balls on him.:)

I look forward to seeing you at the shoot.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Huge Announcement For People Who Like Huge Announcements

So, on MY TWITTER ACCOUNT over the weekend I mentioned that I was gearing up for a big announcement this morning. And, while YES, i do believe this is a big announcement, I have been so flustered lately that I think i might have actually already announced this casually last week, but I don't remember. Regardless, here is the big news:

I am sneaking in and having a HUGE solo art show at Gallery 1988 in LA on October 6th!

Why is this news so big, you ask?
Well, for me, personally, it's huge because i've been a fan of every artist that Gallery 1988 has shown in the last 5 years and to be included in that roster is amazing.
Also, because I refuse to do anything the easy way, we aren't just having an art show, we are having a PARTY! It's the first (and probably only for a long time) chance I get to have a big art show in LA, around HALLOWEEN! And with Halloween being my favorite holiday, i am jumping on that shit like Marmaduke on the mailman!

A Celebration Of Rejects
New Works By Alex Pardee
7020 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 6 @ 7PM

About the theme of the show:
"Throughout our history, every generation contains a large handful of children born, well...different. Over the years, these children have been plastered with inhumane labels by the "normal" citizens: Rejects. The Unwanted. Monsters. Freaks. Untrainable. Ghastly, and Ghoulish, to name a few. And in every generation, these children attempt to thrive, grow, and co-exist amongst the Normals. However, they're always met with such distaste, that many of these "Rejects" all appear to disappear by the time they're 10 years old. "Most likely", said Jon Higgus, an old carpenter back in the 1950's, "they die from a broken spirit. And good riddance, too." 

Though the Rejects are chemically no different from the Normals, no one questions where they go. No one misses their company. No one even notices that they have vanished. 

Well, they don't exactly die...or even vanish, for that matter.
They simply move out of the light. And out of the cruelty.

In every city, big or small, 100 yards beneath the cemetery, lies a small metropolis, shut off to the world of normality. A city that parallels the world above in many aspects. There are families. There are occupations. There is passion. There are quarrels. There are pets. There is creativity. There is love. And there is jealousy. But the one thing that doesn't exist in these underground worlds is judgement of appearance. For all of these "monsters" had found refuge in these secret worlds for the very same reason as one another. Their misshapen heads, abnormally hairy bodies, large eyes, snout-like noses, extra limbs, enormous skeletons, bad skin, and crippled joints were too much for a vain, appearance-obsessed world to handle with anything other than disgust. Sad, alone, and weak, the Rejects retreat to these oases to find friendship and purpose, un-judged by vanity. Here in these metropolises, they thrive, creating worlds and cities so beautiful that most Normals would weep at the sight of them. But not one Normal has ever seen one of these places. Most don't even know they exist.

Throughout the year, the Rejects live their own form of "normal" lives, night by night. But for one day a year, on October 31st, when the rest of the Normal world above is celebrating their arrogance by PRETENDING to dress up as something ugly, the Rejects ascend upon the world of the Normals, unnoticed by most, and come out to play, celebrating in their own ways....

Some rejoice.
Some observe.
Some dance.
Some laugh.
Some sing.
But some Rejects take out a little...frustration.

This Halloween, you may want to take a second look at the "costumed" person sitting next to you holding a knife and a pint of ale....

Happy Halloween.
Rejects, Rejoice."

More info in the next week or so, but we are going to be doing some cool shit for the opening, so be sure to check back or follow me on twitter @ to keep up with the announcements and my progress for the show. I am working day in and day out on a brand new collection of monsters and messes for the show.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

2 new prints released :)

The last 2 prints we released, "The Puppeteer & His Wife" & "En Vogue". were exclusive to Dragon Con and Andenken Gallery, but we have a few left over that just went up for sale on the ZEROFRIENDS WEBSTORE.

Super limited quantities, so go check them out. Click on either of the pics for info or to purchase;)

The Puppeteer & His Wife.
Ltd Edition of 50.
Hand Signed & Numbered.

Direct link to purchase:

En Vogue
Ltd. Edition of 50.
Hand Signed & Numbered

Direct Link to purchase:

Sunday, September 6, 2009

2 Days @ Dragon Con = Lifetime of Memories.

There's a weird stereotype that floats around about the people in the south having a slower lifestyle, but I just sat down, slumped in the couch, sorted through about 500 photos, and stared blankly at the TV as Robert Osbourne introduced "The Karate Kid" on TCM, where he described Ralph Macchio as a "high schooler who has to learn some "karate chops" from his old asian janitor who has a liking for collecting cars", and I feel SO much slower right now than anything i witnessed in the last 48 hours in Atlanta, GA. Because from what I can tell, whether it was the 50,000 people wearing the same colored t-shirts, transforming downtown into a giant tailgate party for their college football game, or the bars overflowing with jeweled-out 3-6-Mafia dopplegangers and bowel-shaking basslines, or the 600 stormtroopers wrestling with Steampunk Jawas in front of the Marriot, it was obvious that people from the south just like to rage. Fast, long, and hard. And that ruled.

As i had said before, I have always wanted to go to Dragon-Con as a fan of everything nerdy, but because of it being so far away, I never really had the chance. But HOLY SHIT, after only spending 2 days there just now, i have to warn you, if you become a part of my life in any significant way, and try to stop me from going back every year, i'm cutting you off!

The first time I went to the San Diego Comic Con, back in 1999, I had this same feeling. Completely caught by surprise, unexpectedly overflowing with blood of excitement from entering a brand new parallel universe filled with living versions of things loved but had only previously seen in 2-dimensions. But, over the years, as Comic Con grew, and became over-saturated with the general public just wanting to see what was going on, and corporations hosting private parties and hiking up prices and blah blah blah, now Comic Con is simply a place to see some friends once a year (if you are lucky enough to even cross paths with them) and the feeling i get, as a fan, isn't the same as it used to be. Because of that, I kind of lost a little excitement about going to conventions. I mean, if the biggest genre convention in the world was giving me a headache...

Enter Dragon Con 2009.
And enter me being a 12-year old again.
I know, realistically, i will never experience this same, unexpected feeling again, even when I go back next year. But regardless, that old, circa-1999 Comic Con feeling rushed back into me like the ebola virus this past weekend, and I couldn't be happier.

THE GOOD about Dragon-Con:
* EVERY person that attends is a genuine fan of something there. there is NO ONE who "just wants to see" what's going on as doesn't want to "be caught" going there.

* 90% of the people dressing up MAKE their own costumes. Fuck that store-bought shit, they spend all year making costumes that rival any of the things they are replicating.

* Most of the people in costumes aren't even dressed up as something that EXISTS in pop-culture anywhere. Instead, they just make some shit up, give themselves a story, and roam around like they own the world.
ME: "Oh cool, Boba Fett, but like...why are you wearing a crown and have a zombie-hand and a sword?"
BF: "Because I'm not Boba Fett, I am simply a Mandalorian named Brattin Fott who has discovered time travel and teleportation and have traveled many lands to earn the title of King. Oh, and one time I died in Europe so I had to be resurrected but the resurrection spell kinda failed so my hand stayed decomposed."
ME: "I love you."

* There are no "convention center" rules and regulations. No security guards telling people to grow up. The hotels that host the event just LET YOU DO WHATEVER YOU WANT. And EVERY person there drinks and rages and parties-out their frustrations. The closest term i can use to describe Dragon Con would simply be "Nerdi Gras". I mean, shit, there was a stormtrooper playing bagpipes, I watched the Big Daddy from Bioshock fall over into a vase and break it while his Little Sister held his giant drill-hand, we saw a Chewbacca with angel wings puking in the hotel fountain, i saw Morgana from Darkstalkers get fingered on an escalator, my friend Kiersten was basically raped by 2 aliens on ecstasy but it looked like the most fun rape ever. So yah, that shit ruled.

* And, unlike comic con, i DID actually get to see and hang with old friends and had a chance to make new ones, and meet new people and artists that I couldn't even get close to before at Comic Con. It was intensely inspiring.


So, without any further banter, here are some of the more decent photos from my 2 days the event. Unfortunately, out of over 500 pictures, my excitement level was obviously apparent because most of them were blurry as fuck. But my memories are CRYSTAL...

The ZEROFRIENDS crew in our hotel room, a few hours before the con, AKA the night before my mind was blown. From Left to right: Kiki, Sean Leopard, Darren, Meggie, covered with a ME blanket.

The night consisted of an intense Connect 4 tourney, which Darren from Zerofriends dominated. But i came in a close LAST.

"NOW," says this guy-thing, "time for COOONNNNN.....babay."

Look that me and 2 dudes in "Dumb & Dumber" costumes? NO! It's me and ONE dude in a Jim Carrey costume and a CARDBOARD CUTOUT in the middle. seriously, how perfect is this shit? Its cardboard! I let dude join Cardboard City as the ambassador, as it only seemed right.

Sean Leopard, who politely "assed" her if he could take a photo with her.

STEAM PUNK ROCK with myself and the lovely miss Tara McPherson.

Chris Ryniak and I with our great old friends at TOYBREAK, who recently did a cool review of my Walrus Rider Toy on their show!

At the Zerofriends booth.

Signing some Homesick books.


I got lost in this dudes outfit for like 24 minutes, but upon my escape, he let me take a photo with him. We may or may not have totally hooked up later.

Decorated (or ruined) some clothing and accessories for fans.

OK, so, this chick, whose name was PERRY, claimed to be named after her Grandfather, Raymond Burr, who played PERRY MASON in that show...umm...PERRY MASON back in the early 60's. Perry Mason was my Mom's favorite show, and she even watched all of the reruns nonstop when I was growing up. So i wanted to impress my mom and take a picture with this girl and show it to my Mom. Turns out though (I usually research the shit out of things before i blog because of cases like this), that PERRY MASON WAS GAY, never had any kids! Hence, no grandkids. I feel scammed. Even though she DOES look just like him circa the 60's. I'm sorry Mom, maybe next time.

Head-crab FTW.

Meggels can't believe that Darren is pretending to be in college.

Myself and Friend/Art/rock/Earth-Goddess Tara McPherson, who we were lucky enough to get a booth next to and chill with amongst the chaos. If you aren't familiar with Tara's work, you should check out her WEBSITE HERE. Tara has been KILLING it around the world with posters, comics, paintings, installations, and just overall good vibes, and her art is as mesmerizing. She got the cover of the Dragon Con program too! word!

One of my few purchases, in fact (i had to fly home so i couldnt buy a bunch of stuff but oh time!) was this print from Tara, which i love to death.

Oh my DOG!

I also got a chance to chill with rad illustrator/DJ Jim "Food One" Mahfood, who I have crossed paths with a few times, but never quite as "sexy and intimate" as at Dragon Con! I discovered Jim's art YEARS ago when he was doing the Clerks comics and became a huge fan when i read Stupid Comics and 40 oz comics a little while later. since then the dude hasn't stopped. Look for future collabs soon;) And check out his ART HERE. We traded goods and i got stocked up on some of his newer books that i missed. Thanks, homie.

PS, my laptop, though sitting on my thighs, is somehow making my neck sweat. gross.

Conquering the night with old pals/fellow lunatics Huck Gee, Carlos East, The Baroness (from Kid Robot), & Sket One.

This dude, artist Ben Lande, and his friend and artist Aaron Crawford were hanging out at the con, and he had a tattoo of my Urkel piece!

Typical crowd shot, but i kept wondering why Dr. Manhattan didn't just teleport everywhere. that foot traffic sucked. What a patient doctor.


I scribbled on one of MAD's Cre8tive Peeple for a fan. Thought some saggy tits and some spider eyes would be cute.

From this high, all the nerds just looked like nerdy ants.

Sean The Leopard recited the entire plot of Chasing Amy while somehow simultaneously looking for a ring he dropped, resembling something that i can't quite put my finger on...

Conquering the mountain that is DJ Lil Greencard.

Smelling milk. The Leopard is blurry as fuck.

Please don't be mad, but i left this dude's card at my booth before i bounced, but this guy rules. He won my annual award for nerdiest tattoos on the (Middle) Earth! He had way more than this, but these are some of my favorites. so sick.

He also is a dope tattoo artist himself as he recently did this nerdy tattoo on his friend!

If you know his name, let me know, he deserves a plug.

Dinner at a fancy FRIED CHICKEN spot with the ZF crew. Yah, thats right, FANCY FRIED CHICKEN!


The Leopard ran into this dude in the bathroom, who was crying that his WIFE JUST PUNCHED HIM IN THE EYE! Wife-fail, dude.

I spoke on a panel for the very first time, which focused on the current state and perception of "Lowbrow Art", alongside (from left) COLIN CHRISTIAN, TRAVIS LOUIE & CHRIS RYNIAK. The panel was a great first time experience. I was nervous at first, and very humbled by the sheer knowledge that Travis, Colin & Chris had not only on our genre of art, but on all types of art history in general. It was great listening to them and (hopefully) absorbing some lessons from them. Eventually I loosened up and allowed myself to talk about Werewolves having multiple dicks and my experiences without art school. Thanks to designer/artist MARK MURPHY for hosting the event and making me feel pretty comfortable for my first time. Though, even once i started getting a little comfortable, it was still a little scary knowing that artist Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas were amongst the audience.

Me MAYBE knowing what i am talking about, but probably not.

I love "To Catch A Predator", so its only natural that I also love when The Predator catches me.

Myself and Chris Ryniak picking up applications to join the made-up Mandalorian army. I hope they accept my application. I'm gonna look ill as shit in that armor!

So, when the ZF dudes get back, I'm sure more photos will surface, but for now, I'm back to work, and I can only pass the time by remembering the good old days 2 days ago.Word.
xo, DragonCon, xo.

Lastly, because i feel you need some moving pictures in your life, here is a glimpse at the FUCKING ROAD WARRIOR PARADE that they had! YES, IM SERIOUS.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I am bursting into DRAGON CON in ATLANTA!

When I first heard about Dragon-Con years ago from my good friends at Rotten Cotton, I flipped out at the name alone. A convention full of Beastmaster-lovers, Orcs, Killer Clowns, and Girls in Frazetta-gear? Sign me up! Then when I found out that Rotten Cotton had more success and was more excited about Dragon Con than the San Diego Comic Con, I began to look into it. Then, around 2002, someone sent me a photo of someone dressed up as THE MAXX, in a huge super-legit costume, that they saw at Dragon Con. THAT'S the moment i knew that someday i had to venture over to Atlanta to go to it, whether it was just to go, or get a booth or whatever.
Well, 7 years later, I am finally getting a chance to go. Dragon-Con, from what I hear, is like the biggest Horror-Sci-Fi-Fantasy convention in the Eastern US, which means that it's like taking San Diego comic con, and removing all the shit i dont like from it, making a jelly-filled-donut of a good time! Needless to say I'm excited, as its AT LEAST an excuse to buy a new horror movie t-shirt that I will wear until it falls apart. Anyway, I think i am going to be a part of a panel on lowbrow art, along with some of my current favorite artists, Travis Louie & Chis Ryniak, on Saturday evening.

And I will be hanging around by the Zerofriends booth on both Friday and Saturday all day so come say hi to us and check out some new stuff;)

Oh, yah, Zerofriends is releasing this DRAGON-CON EXCLUSIVE new Limited Giclee print of my painting, "The Puppeteer & His Wife" at the show. Its a limited edition of 50 and it rules the school.

Check it:

BTW, here is the link to Dragon Con's website, but to be honest, its a little hard to navigate so I actually don't really know where in the convention the Zerofriends Booth will be, but i know for sure it is in the POP-ART section.
The convention takes place in 4 different hotels:



Sept 4 - 7

•Hilton Atlanta:

255 Courtland Street, NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

•Hyatt Regency Atlanta:

265 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

•Marriott Marquis Atlanta:

265 Peachtree Center Ave

Atlanta, GA 30303

•Sheraton Atlanta Hotel:

165 Courtland Street

Atlanta, GA 30303

And here is the info regarding the panel that I will be doing:

"LOWBROW LOWDOWN - The Future of Lowbrow": Baby Tattooville, Alex Pardee, Sas Christian, Colin christian, Travis Louie, Chris Ryniak, Warner, HC -- Saturday, September 5 - Time: 5:30 PM (Hanover F) / 1 hour .......... *****SPECIAL GUEST MODERATOR: Mark Murphy of Murphy design.

Hope to see you there:)
Last time I was in the ATL, for the Sparks x UP tour, I had a fucking blast. I love Atlanta. Food, here i come.

SECOND Official Opening for "FROLICKING NIGHTMARES" in Denver!

I am leaving for the big ATL tomorrow, but simultaneously, like Brendan Fraser tends to do every summer with movies, I am going to be in multiple places at once this weekend! Well, kinda.
As i nervously shake hands with horror and sci-fi fans (who hopefully will not Hellraiser themselves this time) in Atlanta, the good folks at ANDENKEN GALLERY in Denver are holding a second opening of my solo show, "Frolicking Nightmares." I will not be in attendance physically this time, but you can sure as hell bet that my sexy spirit will be hanging out with you if go check it out. If you missed the opening a few weeks ago, now's your chance to witness a 20-foot tall ghost boner and some good drinks and friends. So go hang;)

Here is the info:
"Frolicking Nightmares"
New works by ALEX PARDEE
Friday, Sept 4
7 PM - 12 AM
990 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado 80205

And just in case you wanted some info about the show, here is the interview that Dave Correia did with me prior to the opening last month. enjoy:)

CORREIA: So hopefully everyone that reads this will kinda know who you are and if not I don't really care because I'm a little drunk. So what are we here to talk about today?

ME: I just wanted to say a few words to let people know about my new solo 
show opening up at ANDENKEN GALLERY in Denver, CO on August 7, which I think is next Friday.

CORREIA: You THINK that? Or you know that?

ME: I actually know that. I didn't really want to sound like a know it all 

CORREIA: Knowing the days of the week isn't really that impressive of a feat. But ok. Congratulations. So, you usually have a semi-thought out theme for your solo shows. What's the name and theme of this show, if any?

ME: My themes usually start out as just a retarded idea that I think would 
be a funny one time painting and then I get hung up on the idea and it 
just kind of expands itself. This case is no different. The name of 
the show is "Frolicking Nightmares: Portraits of Beasts Who Dwell in a 
SEXIER Dimension".

CORREIA:What do you mean by "a sexier dimension?"

ME: Well, I always thought it would be awesome to create monsters that 
someone like Prince would like.

CORREIA: So these are gay monsters then?

ME: I'm not sure, I guess you'd have to ask them, but regardless, one of the 
things I'm trying to convey is that there's a difference between being 
homosexual and being SEXY. Especially in a sexier dimension. It's cool to 
think that some huge demented closet-monster can come out of the 
closet and scare the shit out of a kid but remain sexy while doing so.

CORREIA: You just said the monsters would "come out of the closet"? So they ARE admittedly gay?

ME: Dude it doesn't matter. You can't tell just by looking at them. And 
who cares. They are sexy. Period.

CORREIA: I'm still a little confused. Is sexy supposed to be scary?

ME: No, sexy is sexy. But I guarantee even at their sexiest, these monsters 
will fuck you up. And plus, I think it's awesome to imagine the 
lives that monsters could have outside of scaring people. Most of them 
are probably male models, or at least they'd wanna be if the economy 
was better. Being a male model is a rad dream. That's pretty much what I wanted to explore when creating these paintings.

CORREIA: Alright, that's cool. So what can we expect to see at the show, other than your awkward face?

ME: I did a whole new series of these sexy beast paintings that will be on 
display, as well as some new black and white drawings, and a bunch of 
little paintings of my new friends, Taco, Muerte, Apple and the rest 

CORREIA: Umm ok, should I even ask what the Ghost Boners are?

ME: You can ask. But you don't seem to understand "sexy", so you probably 
won't get the whole boner thing.

CORREIA: Alright aside from the paintings, anything else available at the show?

ME: There's also going to be a new limited print release at the opening as 
well, which is the "En Vogue" image that you see on the web-flyer. (above). It's a pretty sexy image.

CORREIA: Cool man well I'm glad i'm not going but i wish you luck.

ME: Thanks man. Stay sexy.