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New Year, New Arts?

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 30, 2013, 8:07 AM
The time I have to dedicate to art, or creation rather, diwndles more and more as I get older and my responsibilities multiply. Ah, the joys of the day job. So I'm looking to spend my time trying something new in the pieces I work on. I'm looking for new subject matter, new mediums, new styles, etc. Basically anything short of marble sculpture.

Any suggestions?

See you in 2013.

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 27, 2012, 5:07 PM


  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

So how about that resolution?

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 24, 2012, 7:12 PM
Just figured I'd make it official - one of my new year's resolutions was to take it easy, not pass judgement, and try not to be such a sarcastic jerk all the time. I'm happy to say that nearly 10 months into the year and my resolution, I stopped trying at 2 months. I'm sorry, I can't help being me, and while people believe that mother earth's ability to sustain the the earth is in decline, it's ability to produce assholes is the highest in recorded history. Again, I'm sorry, but some people just need to be punched in the dick! Jesus fking christ! If only I could invent a time machine and go back in time and cock block certain people's parents when they were about to get it on and conceive these fking idiots - that would be a dream come true!

- end rant -

  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

Username Changes?!?! (sweet)

Journal Entry: Sun May 20, 2012, 6:30 PM
So since I jumped onto the DA world about 5 years ago, i can still remember that pivotal moment when I created a username off the cuff without realizing that the name would follow me for a very long time. My art developed, or so I like to think, my ideas evolved, and my identity as an artists came about way later. But what to do about my followers, favs, comments and friends?!?!?!? I stuck it out - and the wait is over - DA finally came out with an option that appeals to long time DAers that weren't sure what their names were when they signed up. Good stuff. Cheers to the DA staff for once - this is way better than some "bottle art" competition for the next Burton-Depp piece of shit.

  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

Chipping away at the block...

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 7, 2012, 7:39 AM
The great thing about having absolutely no time to sit and draw, create, imagine, etc. is that you're so out of your mindset and creative process that when you finally do get a moment to throw down a piece or 2, YOU'RE COMPLETELY FKING BLOCKED!!!!! I guess it helps me knowing that I'm not missing out on anything seeing as I can't put a simple idea on paper anymore.

  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

Things I don't care for (or otherwise fking hate)

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 16, 2011, 5:34 PM
It's been a LONG year. A good one. But it just feels like a few years were rolled into one. So I thought about how much has changed, and made an effort to identify the things that actually stayed the same. On that list, I found a few things that I really have never cared for, and probably never will:

1. Movies about horses - nothing against horses, but why the fk do we need movies about them? Black Beauty, Hidalgo, that racing horse movie, that other racing horse movie, the one now about WWII - who gives a fk? That's like making a movie where a women's boob is the main character and trying to script an emotionally developing experience around it. Fk horse movies.
2. Drawings of cars - not sure why, but if it's not a picture of the real thing, I just can't stand them
3. The Lifetime Channel - I realize I'm not the target audience, but seriously, the few times I've had to sit through some shit movie about ANOTHER case where men abuse and/or oppress women was like having my finger nails pulled out.
4. Not smoking - I hate the fact that cigarettes are so fking bad for you. I miss smoking. I miss it like an amputee misses their former limb. God damn do I miss smoking. Honestly, not smoking sucks - but dying in a lame way from lung cancer instead of getting mauled by lions like my psychic told me I would die years ago sucks even more, so it's a welcomed hatred.  
5. Racism - ok, so fk racism. It's 2011. If you're still racist, you're probably going to die soon, and that's OK. People are different. You are different. It's just the way it is and it's what makes this planet great.
6. Opera - I tried. It failed. I also tried the ballet and found myself counting how many people were in the audience to keep from killing myself until it was over.
7. Cake with pieces of fruit in it - you can buy and enjoy fruit virtually anywhere at anytime. Cake is reserved for special occasions. There is no need to mix the two.
8. Bird chirps/songs/mating calls/etc. - it's like nails on a chalkboard. I looked it up and apparently my irritation from certain noises might actually be a mild form of depression. I beg to differ and say that, respectfully, birds should just shut the fuck up. There is nothing happy going on at 6:37 AM when you have to be at work in an hour, so cut the shit and stop chirping songs like its all good.
9. Hockey - I have NOTHING against hockey, but I'm from Miami so it just seems wrong to watch a sport played on ice by nothing but white guys.
10. Not being able to travel through time - this one should require no explanation. But everyone is always bitching about the shit they would go back and change. I actually would like to go back and relive the awesome parts of my life. Like my daughter's birth, seeing a George Carlin stand up live, popping my cherry, getting my driver's license, shit like that. There's too much stuff that went wrong in this world to think that going back and changing one thing would make a difference - it's like a DVD - skip to the good parts.

  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

Now in Society6 shop!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 25, 2011, 8:38 PM
I'm not entirely sure why this is good, but I got an email from the Society6 admin saying my piece So what's on your mind? by DepartmentM had been added to the Society6 shop. Guess that can;t be bad, I mean I have yet to see of this online art shit actually translated into $$$ - but thats not why I do this, so who cares?!?!?! If you're already on S6 check it out: society6.com/product/So-whats-…

  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

C-O-U-N-T D-O-W-N!!!!!!!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 8, 2011, 5:41 PM
So life sure hasn't slowed down in the "i don;t have time for shit" department, but I gotta say the last few days have been TRANSFORMATIONAL (not in the shitty Dark of the Moon sense) - my wife and I are finishing our 38th week of pregnancy, which means our baby girl is just around the corner from coming into the world!!!!!! That was the exciting part. The other part is that I nearly shit myself every time I realize I'm going to be the parent of someone. The icing on the cake is that it's a beautiful baby girl! So that means I'm about to pay for every fking horrible thing I ever did to a girl! But good times are ahead. Sleepless, time consuming, soul devouring good times.

  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

Finally! An update! (On life and stuff)

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 4, 2011, 9:38 PM
Alright - so it's been just about 6 months since I last posted some art - it's not to say that I haven't done anything in these past few months, but I've been working on side projects so much that I nearly have nothing that I'm allowed to post! BUT - it's been a great year so far in terms of work, familt, friends and luck. I can't and shouldn't complain. I know I haven't said sh*t up to now, but my daughter will be born in a few more weeks! Which means I'll be a first-time dad in a few weeks! Which means I'm scared fkin' shitless at the moment!

On a lighter note - I graduated with my Master's degree last month, bought myself a brand new iMac as a "congrats, now go broke" gift, and the Miami-Fkin-Heat (aka the Miami Hate) are in the finals (despite getting their asses handed to them in 4th quarter of the last game). Honestly, 2011 has held a lot of great karma for me, I only hope that everyone else can say the same. I'm trying to make some time for some personal art - a lot of energy, but very few ideas! Never been blocked like this before - which means I'll revert back to drawings of monkeys and poetry (better than hookers and balloons).

  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

Help! I can't move from the rust!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 3, 2011, 8:38 AM
3 Months no new posts = Rusty hands. Any tips for getting back into the flow?

  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

* B L A N K *

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 8, 2011, 7:00 PM



UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY BLANK. There's nothing in there. I can hear the moths flying around causing an echo.......what the hell is happening to me????

  • Listening to: Dropkick Murphys - Going out in style

Sundays

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 16, 2011, 8:48 AM



There's nothing I like better than chilling on a sunday - doing less than nothing. If you feel me, here are some sites to check out while you enjoy doing nothing. Good for the latest and greatest on the art scenes from around the world.

flavorpill.com www/flavorpill.com

giantrobot.com www.giantrobot.com

hyperallergic hyperallergic.com

Enjoy!

I WANT TO SMOKE!!!!!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 8, 2011, 4:02 PM



I haven't had a cigarette in 6 days!!!! I want to strangle something and watch the life slowly drain from its eyes!!!!

onwards and upwards.....

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 31, 2010, 3:10 PM



I hope this past year has been good to all of you. I know, despite the challenges, this will be a year I always look back on because of all the great things. Here's to the next.

Marin

  • Listening to: Crass!

A Slight Update!

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 11, 2010, 4:41 PM



Alright - so - it's been a while since I've posted a journal update. 10 months and 21 days to be exact! I ACTUALLY got a message from someone asking me what the hell I'm up to seeing as I still post new pieces from time to time but am otherwise inactive. So here goes:

1. For the past 11 months I have been working on my Master's Degree. I still have 6 or so months to go until I finish, hence why I've been out of commission.

2. On top of a Master's Degree and a very demanding full-time job, I felt I was lacking enough challenges in my life, so I bought a house! A very old house - that has needed a sh*tload of updates and work and effort and blood an sweat and tears and of course - effing money. So I have more gray hairs, a bad back, and I am now terrified of paint which makes it hard to do traditional/fine art.

3. As for the ART - I am sketching A LOT more these days since I don't have the time to finish complete pieces and post them - the feedback has been great so thanks to all for the favs and comments!

4. Speaking of pieces - I am in the process of building a new site with branched out works and products for sale across a few great websites that I have discovered recently. One of which is t-shirt designs - if you have some designs you think would go well on shirts, check these guys out - they're new, but they have an interesting business plan that has a pretty good payout for any shirts that "make it". While you're there, if you register and say "DepartmentM" referred you, you get a free shirt with any purchase you make - ALSO - won;t you vote for my design as a sign of support? www.roguemonkworkshop.com/desi… - I'd be happy to do the same for you if you put any works up.

Until then.

Marin

  • Listening to: Sigur Ros

I'll be missing the action

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 20, 2009, 6:16 AM



I won't really be posting much or replying for the next 17 months or so - long story - so if you want to hit me up, drop me a line at: departm@gmail.com

  • Listening to: NOFX - Cokie the Clown

Readin' Material

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 16, 2009, 2:29 PM



Been a while since I updated my journal - there A LOT going on right now that's pretty much changing the landscape for the next 18 months of my life - exciting, but nerve racking all the same - but I thought I'd share a few publications that I HIGHLY recommend if you're at all into low brow, new brow, pop surrealism, urban modern, etc.

The first is my all-time fav: Juxtapoz Magazine www.juxtapoz.com

This is by far one of the best reads out there for keeping up on the newest artist and hottest art and styles hitting the scene from New York, to Miami to LA, and so on. The website is a damn good source, but the print edition shows it all.

Second - Hi-Fructoce Magazine www.hifructose.com/

Another pub focused on the lowbrow scene, with a serious focus on roots arts in communities all over the country.

And last - Flavor Pill flavorpill.com/miami

This is more of an e-newsletter than a publication, but you can sign up for specific editions if you live in one of the major cities in the US (I'm on the Miami one for example). Good stuff that goes beyond just art into music, film and books. Good stuff for the non-mainstreamer in all of us.

  • Listening to: Andrew WK - 55 Cadillac......yawn

I Rock Inspiration!!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 18, 2009, 5:54 PM



So I threw my hat into the contest ring, yet again, but in what a ppears to be a good cause. the folks over at GenArt www.genart.com are hosting a t-shirt design contest to represent the theme/logo/brand for their "I Rock Inspiration" campaign. The piece I submitted has been sitting in my gallery for a few weeks now, marinsstudio.deviantart.com/ar…

                                                                                                 bite off more... by DepartmentM

there have been some great submissions so far, but the contest closes on October 23rd - you can go in, register, submit a piece AND review a vote for other submissions. So if yu check it out, and like my work, please take a sec to drop a review and give me high vote. There's no 'loot' in it for the winner, just a cool trip to the Big Apple and a sense of accomplishment. Anyone that has ever hired me for job knows that's more than enough for me. After all, I typically get paid in alcohol or chips.

The contest is here: discover.genart.org/contests/i…

My piece is here: discover.genart.org/media/view…

Thanks for the support chums.

Department M

  • Listening to: RATATAT!!!!

DEPARTMENT M NEEDS YOUR VOTE ON PATCHTOGETHER.COM!

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 15, 2009, 4:13 PM



Just in case i didn't clarify in previous journal entries, despite the name of my page here on DA, my actually art name/brand is Department M - no real rhyme or reason other than the fact that I wanted to use an alias for my art so it doesn't interfere with any other part of my life where I'm simply referred to as Marin.

that said, Department M has made it's official debut on Patch Together - the online toy design contest site www.patchtogether.com.

I think the design is just perfect for the site's style and it would make a great toy, but it doesn't matter what I think - it matters what YOU think. So if you're familiar with the site, please take a moment to visit my design and vote - www.patchtogether.com/designs/…

I'm NOT asking for you to simply go in and vote a 5 because I asked you to, I'd like if you would take a look and vote based on your actual opinion - if you think the design is absolute crap, then by all means give it a 1, or don't even vote.

If you're not familiar with the site, go here: www.patchtogether.com - you;ll need to register an account before you can vote, but it's fast and painless - then you can access my design here : www.patchtogether.com/designs/… and vote based on your assessment of my work. There are a lot of great designs and submissions on the site so make sure to take a look around.

Thanks for the support - let's see if this wins!!!

  • Listening to: pearl jam - backspacer

Punk in a Suit sells out on REDBUBBLE!!

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 7, 2009, 9:54 PM



Well, that headline is a bit harsh, but merited. Many, MANY artist have been turning to t-shirt designs for past 5 years or so when it became so popular and easy to do - and WHY? Because its so damn easy to do.

Well - I'm no better - except for the fact that I don't answer to a creative designer editing my stuff. I guess thats just about my last ounce of dignity left. Or maybe its because i haven't learned just how to sell that part off yet.

Anyway!!!!!!

My announcement is all about the fact that my designs are now wearable!!!! Who would wear them? I dunno. In fact, only people with issues. And for that unsavory, yet well-eyed, bunch check out Department M on redbubble.com at:

departmentm.redbubble.com

let me know what you think.

marin
www.deptm.com

  • Listening to: matisyahu