20 January 2010, writed by David
The 7sins Skull tshirt by Joby Cummings
Joby Cummings was born in Palm Springs, California shortly there after found himself growing up in rural Texas. After discovering his mom's art supplies at age seven he gave up his destiny as a prestigious rocket scientist and pursued the career of a starving artist. He then spent many years daydreaming, avoiding responsibilities and drawing instead of doing schoolwork. He was heavily influenced at a young age by classic lowbrow art and cartoons like Wacky Packages, Ed Roth, and early Disney animations.
Joby later went on to attend some obscure Jr College with hopes of becoming a top tier graphic designer. Fate would have it as he was distracted by the allure of the tattoo industry and found himself apprenticing in a local studio in Dallas, Texas.
Thrown into the fast paced environment of a high volume tattoo shop in the early 1990s he would get his baptism by fire in illustration and design. Eight years later he found himself returning to graphic design realm. This move overlapped his tattoo career and eventually took precedent until late 2005. Joby had a "come to Jesus" moment and decided for his own sanity it was best he quit the corporate grind and move to back to Los Angeles in order to full fill his lifelong destiny.
To become a rocket scientist! Well that idea lasted about halfway through the drive to California and figured it would be easier to just be an artist and enjoy life.
Joby Cummings has won numerous awards in the tattoo industry and in graphic design. I't would be proper to list them but the subject of the awards is relatively disconnected from the current direction of his art.
Joby's art has been diplayed at The Red Crow Studio - San diego, Zubar - Dallas, Velvet Grip - LA, Solsticycle - Echo Park, and numerous other galleries and venues. Many of his original paintings and prints are in private collections Across the United States and Canada.
Publications that have features his artist include: Tattoo Savage, International Tattoo, Skin Art, Tattoo Flash, and Inked - teNeues Publishing. His art also can be found in numerous clothing lines and t-shirt companies such as: Christian Audigier, Scanty Pajamas, Zissou & Spike, BCBG, Vertigo, Joie, ENK, West 49, and Shirt.Woot.
Joby often describes his art as pop culture meets lowbrow nestled in a extra dimensional cartoon that never existed, or did it. He likes to focus on combining elements that normally would not ordinarily be found together and he attempts to find harmony in these items and deliver them with a bit of humor and a nice dose of the bazaar.
7sins tshirt by Joby Cummings, fitted 100% cotton, available at his website. The 7sins art print is signed and numbered limited to 100.
David, See Ya! - iloveyourtshirt x Play-Doh.