‘Jailbait Rock’ words and music by Osian Grifford.
Yesterday my dad brought me a guitar that he bought in Bow street. It has a bizarrely wide bridge on it but sounds really nice. I usually play a children’s learning guitar just because the size is handier to carry around and they’re cheap. The strings on this bigger one are still classical so it’s not too different, just a bit gentler.
I haven’t decided whether i’ll paint this guitar like the others yet (in the style of a pork chop) to keep up with the Meat Man visuals.
Here’s a version of the same song that I did with some other musicians last year (with female vocals, chelo, and monologue) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3DVuMMOXCs
This is a sketchbook drawing I did in response to a good explanation I read on becoming a cartoonist. It was by the director, illustrator and Python by Terry Gilliam:
“I became terrified that I was going to be a full-time, bomb-throwing terrorist if I stayed [in the U.S.] because it was the beginning of really bad times in America. It was ’66–’67, it was the first police riot in Los Angeles. … In college my major was political science, so my brain worked that way. … And I drove around this little English Hillman Minx—top down—and every night I’d be hauled over by the cops. Up against the wall, and all this stuff. They had this monologue with me; it was never a dialogue. It was that I was a long-haired drug addict living off some rich guy’s foolish daughter. And I said, “No, I work in advertising. I make twice as much as you do.” Which is a stupid thing to say to a cop. …
And it was like an epiphany. I suddenly felt what it was like to be a black or Mexican kid living in L.A. Before that, I thought I knew what the world was like, I thought I knew what poor people were, and then suddenly it all changed because of that simple thing of being brutalized by cops. And I got more and more angry and I just felt, I’ve got to get out of here—I’m a better cartoonist than I am a bomb maker. That’s why so much of the U.S. is still standing
‘Nobody expected Jesus to rock up in Bargoed. He arrived one friday night dressed in a Wales shirt’
A man carrying a halo walks into Bargoed. An observant beggar sits on the highstreet. Mrs Hargreeves is stressing out trying to get her seven kids home from the shop. Cato is chopping garlic in his shed with an eye on the armageddon clock.
Tomorrow, the world’s media will come to town to find out what went down.
‘The Bargoed Miracle’, a graphic novel I was hired to illustrate over the winter by Literature Wales, who instigated the project alongside Caerphilly Arts Development.
Link to online version posted by South Wales Literature here:
And the following images are edits of some of my favourite pages
It was a brilliant experience to get to work on visualising such a unique (and bizarre) story and to work with the writing group at the Innovative Project in Rhymney, and witness the energy of writer/perfomer Mike Church.
The Bargoed Miracle written by: Mike Church, Mcauley wheeton, Alisha Michael, Angharad Price, dylan Reynolds, Jake James, Keiron Connick, Callum Thomas, John Goddard, Myomi Clear, India Davies, Corey Emmot, and Libbie Jones.
For their coursework some local Commercial Photography students were creating a magazine on local artists (in Cardiff). Dave Mackey took these ones with myself showing some of my then recent work, and some older paintings too :
I made a Prince Charles poster for anyone that has a printer and wants to spread the word; Prince Charlses are people too.