Hey, what’s up Juxtapoz!
The DRAWPOCALYPSE MCA Ink-Off went well, especially for being the first run out. The students have plans in the future for a bracket system as well as larger events. It’s definitely cool to see them organize and implement it themselves.
Previously, we had talked about a city-wide Ink-Off battle that would have different sections of the city compete in brackets (Cooper/Young vs Broad Ave. etc.) and pull in all sorts of graf kids, muralists, or whoever. I seem to recall that there was something like this going on already (ArtBattle?) in different cities, but I can’t help but feel like the more “planned” it is, the more it gets away from the original spirit of the thing.
For example, having someone bring in a huge canvas, all their studio stuff, and having thumbnails and ref on hand before they go up. Half the fun was going up in front of a hundred people, not having any clue what you’re going to draw.
If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, then you know that there were a series of summer DRAWING DEATHMATCHES called the Ink-Off here in Memphis.
Essentially, two artists would square off on a giant sheet of paper and draw for an hour—then the audience would determine who the winner was based on decibel level. The loser then was punted into the Pit of Dispair. The winner would backflip over said pit, directly into a Ferarri filled with babes (see above).
Unfortunately, the group that put on the Ink-Off, Live from Memphis, had to close its doors. However, a new generation of ink-wash warriors has taken up the mantle: the MCA illustration department is putting on their own series of live drawing duels! The first one is tonight, starting at 7pm down on South Main during the Trolley Night art walk!
If you’re in Memphis (and I know I have some Memphis followers), please come cheer and jeer!
Out of my entire illustration career, the clientele at last weekend’s Ink-Off was by far the hardest group to please.
Pics via Live From Memphis.
The Ink-Off at Overton Square was a huge success— many thanks to Live From Memphis for putting it together. It was awesome to see the effort and support behind revitalizing a once iconic block of Midtown. I even met my Congressman! Many apologies to the crowd of the Ink-Off who were in the splash zone and are still scratching ink off of their glasses.
I guess I drew barbarian/princess mononoke/game of thrones wildlings coming out of a forest or something? And Derrick (who is ridiculously swoll, brah in this picture) drew a luchador Prometheus-Engineer necromancer?
Part of the fun is having NO clue about what you’re going to draw…in front of a bazillion people. The other part is pulling even with Derrick, 1-1, and doing a victory backflip!
Speaking of fun—thanks, Fun for the photo.