Breakfast of Champions

The internet is all about stupid cats and stupid people taking pictures of their food. I am one of those stupid people. Here is my breakfast of champions on this fine Wednesday morning: a bigass Tupperware filled with assorted sushi.sushiThank you and good day.

Phase I: Punch-Out Project

11x15

11×15

The first portion of my Punch-Out project is completed, and you can see the finished watercolors (including the Tyson you see above) of all 11 characters from the original 1987 NES game here.

So much more to say, and even more to do until these are ready to go, but this is a good, sharable stopping point for now.

Fa La La La La, Nom Nom Nom Brains!

Walking DeadTis the season to gift zombies.
Fa la la la la, nom nom nom BRAINS!
Spray paint collages to Canadambies.
Fa la la la la, nom nom nom BRAINS!

If my sweet jam wasn’t clear enough, this commission is for a guy’s brother-in-law up in western Canada somewhere. I’m gonna guess Saskatchewan or Saskatoon or Moose Factory or something.

GEOGRAPHY LESSON: Moose Factory is in Ontario, which is decidedly eastern Canada. But it’s fun to name drop Moose Factory. Suck it, Blow Me Down, Newfoundland.

Tis the season, I guess. If you’d like an original painting, collage, or some other artsy thing from me for you or your loved ones, hit me up at mojosartwork@gmail.com.

 

Leaves

I found these leaves on the ground Thursday morning when I took the Bean for a walk around the neighborhood to her to sleep. These things are SO vivid; the scanner doesn’t even do them justice. It’s like nature’s watercolors. Which reminds me, I’ve been hard at work on a massive watercolor painting project, which will result in 12 completed pieces based on a legendary video game form my 8-bit youth. I don’t want to spoil it, but I’m shooting for Thanksgiving weekend to wrap them all up. I’ve completed six in six weeks, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.leaves 1 leaves leaves2

The Halloween Costume Contest that Never Was

Back in 2011, I came to work in Spongebob tighty whities and a $250 Dr. Doom helmet I bought at the Renaissance Faire. The costume was…ballsy. And frankly, it should have won the annual Halloween costume contest at work. But no, some lady rolled in with blue jeans and a leopard print shirt and won AN IPAD for calling herself a “cougar.” Barf. If part of your Halloween costume is blue jeans, you should be disqualified from winning anything. Jeans is never a costume. Unless you’re Joe Dirt.DoomSo, I vowed to never partake in the sham of a contest again, this poisoned, razorblade-laced apple of an event. Then each of the next two years, I watched as chud after chud won top honors with costumes ranging from so-so to mediocre, and I knew I had to get back in the game.

This year, I would be the man in the so-so to mediocre winning outfit.  I built a man-sized PEZ dispenser from scrap cardboard, tape and foam I found in the trash at work. I’ve been slammed with “real work” and my own art, too, so my time to spend on fabricating a giant PEZ was limited. I really only got a working prototype done, and I wasn’t thrilled with the costume, especially since I didn’t have time to create the head. Still, it’s good enough and original enough to win SOMETHING at the annual contest.King Kong PEZ King Kong PEZLo and behold, my wholly average King Kong PEZ Dispenser! (If I had time to continue, I would have built a massive foam gorilla head instead of using my Superilla mask, which currently makes this look like a shrunken head PEZ dispenser. I also need to wrap the entire body in packing paper – then paint it – to hide the seams. Overall, the design works, though.)

Except there is no Halloween contest this year. Two months of designing my unfinished prototype. For nothing. There is no justice, so I must wait another year for the chance to avenge myself.

Happy Halloween, and if you’ve read this far, post a comment to let me know what your costume is this year.

Blockbusters that were turned into casino games

It has been a successful partnership between the film and gaming industries over the years as Report Linker estimates that the casino gaming industry will be worth around $513 billion by 2015. While that huge revenue can be attributed to the cash cows of casinos that are otherwise known as slot machines, successful movies are to be thanked as well since many casino games today carry with them the commercial license of the best Hollywood films of all time.

Cryptologic, one of the oldest slot developers and owner of the world’s first ever casino entertainment site InterCasino, is one of the first few game publishers of movie-themed slot machines. With the billion-dollar success of the film industry, it’s not surprising to see Cryptologic developing more machines every year that feature Hollywood’s blockbuster hits.

Below are some of the most successful Hollywood movies with slot machine counterparts.

The Dark Knight

The captivating performance by the late Heath Ledger was what drew fans into the second installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Clips from the movie can be watched throughout play on the 103-inch video display above the slot’s game screens. One of the game’s bonus rounds is the Sleight of Hand Bonus where players must flip over the correct cards in order to win prizes. The biggest bonus feature in the game is called the Battle for Gotham community bonus, which gives players an opportunity to win the progressive jackpot.

Indiana Jones

There are three types of video slot machines for Indiana Jones, albeit none of them follow the franchise’s movie titles. Indiana Jones: Cross of Coronado is a five-reeled video slot machine with 25 paylines and a multi-level progressive. The Treasure of Incas machine also has the 25 payline slot across five reels with an impressive 243 ways to win. Added bonuses of these slots are its authentic movie clips and the ability of multiple players competing in four progressive jackpots. Perhaps the most exciting machine of all the Indiana Jones-themed ones is the Well of Souls. In addition to the 243 ways to win, the free spins bonus round allows you to choose an icon onscreen, which will determine your fate with a progressive jackpot or a fixed credit amount. A MegaJackpot top award is also available when all the correct symbols are on the upper payline.

Hangover

The Hangover Slots is quite possibly one of the funniest slots available right now. The realistically hilarious sound effects are courtesy of Ken Jeong, who played the comical gangster boss Mr. Chow. The console is fairly easy to maneuver and players can make lower wagers on this five-reeled 40-payline slot machine. Bonus rounds include 4 progressive jackpots, one of which is called Pick a Tooth where players are expected to choose one of Stu’s five teeth to determine their prize.

This guest post has been brought to you by the esteemed Lily.

NJBA: Eli Manning

Here’s an Eli Manning New York Giants NJBA I made for the New Jersey Isn’t Boring Show this past Sunday. The show itself was a bust for me, but I was so ill-prepared it’s not even funny. Adult responsibilities are killing me. KILLING ME.

The tweet I got sums it up perfectly:

COLLAGE: New Jersey Devils (16×16)

New Jersey DevilsSince completing this collage, the New Jersey are 0-1. I guess it’s bad luck, because they lost in overtime tonight to the goddamned New York Rangers. Even worse, the game winner was scored by defenseman Kevin Klein. Bro, A Fish Called Wanda sucked!

I think there will be a series of 16×16 snippet logo collages coming. I have a few outlets to really get these out there in the public eye, too, from the days when I got my food creations all over the internet and in Sports Illustrated. LOL. I made a Philadelphia Flyers logo from roast beef and Sports Illustrated published it in their magazine. Oh man. That will never not blow my mind. NJCollage_InSitu

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show @ Rail House, Rahway – Oct 19

MojosWork:

I’ll be showing some new work tonight at this show in Rahway, NJ. If you’re in that neck of the woods, swing by and get me a shot.

Originally posted on New Jersey Isn't Boring!:

railhouse show

REMINDER! New Jersey Isn’t Boring is SO happy to announce it’s first art show, to be held at the Rail House  in Rahway, NJ on Sunday, October 19th at 5pm. This event is part of a weekly event called called Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders run by the Rail House. It features acoustic musicians and local artwork.

The event will feature 3 artists whose work represents NJ. The three artists will be Chris Ernst,Corey Hudson, and Scott Modrzynski.

“Bruce Buns”, Chris Ernst

All three artists have art work that represents NJ in a fun way.

Chris Ernst from New Brunswick has pop culture art inspired by NJ, Corey Hudson takes refurbished wood from Hurricane Sandy and transforms it into art, and Scott Modrzynski aka Mojoswork takes the state shape and turns in into something awesome ie Spiderman.

Come eat, drink and have a good time while…

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MUPPET MONESDAY: Snowths!

SnowthsDooodoo doo doodoo do do doo doo duhdoodoo. Mahna Mahna.

This was a hard one to get through. I just wasn’t feeling it, but after letting it sit for about 8 months, I kinda dig it now, particularly the color palette. What do you think?

snowthtrain016Here’s a rare in-progress shot of the painting. Rare because I hate wasting time by taking photos of things that aren’t finished. Time is money.