Thursday, May 05, 2011

TOOTH: the graphic art of Dale Flattum

very quickly, here.
full disclosure: you know when you have a friend? and that friend does stuff, and it's stuff you like very much. and then that friend eventually mentions to you something they are up to, or something they are doing, and you think to yourself, well: i can't wait to see that. i bet when it is done it'll be great, and i'll love it.
sometimes it happens that said friend completes said project, and shows it to you; and usually, given all the above, you see the thing and think "this is just what i thought it would be. i love it and it's great."
but SOMETIMES, that friend hands you something's what they DO, that thing you are a fan of, and it completely knocks you for a loop, and not only exceeds your expectations, but DESTROYS those expectations.
for me, that just happened, and the friend is Dale Flattum (aka TOOTH), and the project is his book, TOOTH.

he raised the $ to publish his book via kickstarter (about which outta me more, very soon...) in 72 hours (!!), and before you read any more you should go to the site and check it out so my hyperbole will be less...hyperbolus. right now.

so, yeah: Dale was in a lot of bands and has done a lot of posters, music art, and great shit; but the way this book pulls it all together is...WAY beyond what this sort of book usually does (to my mind).
i like posters, and i like nice design as much as the next guy; this book contains all that eye candy, but also notes, stories and just general weirdness that end up leaving you with way more than a collection of rock posters. in fact, the "rock" seems pretty beside the point-- in the end, what you get is more of a world view than a "design book". it's smart, it's thoughtful, and in a lot of cases, it's really sweet and funny.

even fuller disclosure: La Mano will be helping distro this book. Dale let me sit with the (almost) final draft.
a full read-through made me... just kind of happy to be alive. i can't say enough about the damn thing (and there's a full length CD in it encompassing all Dale's many awesome musical projects that i haven't even HEARD yet...).

so. like i said (and you noticed, because you hit that link), Dale got the $ to do this thing: it WILL EXIST. he got the $, but that should not stop you from going to kickstarter and pre-ordering it right now. he doesn't have much longer.

he just KILLED IT.
ok get to it.


Anonymous graphic design said...

As you said it will exist.. The important thing is to continue to create more graphic design ideas of your own because everyone have their own creativity and uniqueness..

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