If you're looking for unconventional shit to stuff a stocking with this year, I suggest you check out this man-tyke of a tome, I HATE: The Art Of Todd Bratrud. Unfamiliar with the name? Todd's been making graphic waves ever since he first started working for Consolidated Skateboards in the late '90s. The scene by then had grown a bit blasé with a preponderence of logo boards, but Todd bucked the floundering Donner Party and found new frontiers to rape, pillage, plunder and burn. Doubt me? Congratulations! It's a man.
His artistic themes run the quirky, offbeat, off-kilter, and cleverly absurd gamut. His women are alternately chunky, bruised, damaged, tattooed, tailed, green, or dead, yet all oddly hot—the same deft artistic touch that R. Crumb bestows upon his big-bottomed brigade of illustrated female figures.
Beyond that, he's the first person I'll cite as providing me with a good swift kick in the creative ass when I was at a waffly low in my own drawing career, so I can never say too many great things about Todd and his perpetually fresh output—this book included.
Check out the sampler plate below and see if he doesn't whet your appetite for arty destruction, too...
I HATE: The Art of Todd Bratrud features a selection of his work from such companies as Nike SB, Flip, The Skateboard Mag, Volcom, Enjoi, Teenage Runaway, The High 5, and many more. Spec-wise it's the exact same look and feel as the first edition in this series, WARNING: The Art of Marc McKee [see this previous post], clocking in at 96-pages in a full-color, fun-size, 6.5 x 8.5 softcover format.
Order your copy today for the hot shit price of only $19.95: I HATE: The Art of Todd Bratrud