signed and dated 1980 on the reverse; signed and dated 1980 on the frame mixed media on paper, in 2 parts, in a double sided glazed frame
16 7/8 by 9 1/8 in. 43 by 23 cm.
The present work was inspired by cartoonist Vaughn Bode and is a tribute to his work. Bode's characters and bubble letters proved to be hugely inspirational to a generation of young graffiti writers:
"What is it about Bode's work that so captivates our imagination?.. Bode's cartoon worlds are beautifully drawn, replete with thick outlines and soft contours that possess a simple and delicious graffiti-like aesthetic. The hilarious characters run the gamut from whimsical to sardonic. Each one fabulous and thoroughly unforgettable...It's true the community has plagiarized his work. Plagiarized it with deep reverence. Graffitists paint Bode's characters a lot. And tattoo them on themselves. And collect and cherish the books and comics. Bode's work is worshiped with religious zeal deep reverence."