After touring the West Coast with their Dead Rockstars exhibition, Blunt Graffix is back with another blockbuster show in Eugene, Blunt Fink! which gives iconic movies like Easy Rider, Big Trouble in Little China and Lolita a deliciously ghoulish spin. The “Fink!” part is derived from Rat Fink, the hot-rod icon created by cartoonist and custom car designer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. With this inspiration, Blunt Graffix founder and artist Matt Dye has curated a show that feels like the Garbage Pail Kids and Howard Terpning dropped acid and then watched some dusty VHS tapes.
A stop on First Friday ArtWalk, the show will feature more than 35 graphic artists and illustrators from around the country, several with enviable portfolios. Alan Forbes, for one, has created a graphic empire by collaborating with musicians, producing posters and album art for bands like The Black Crowes, Rage Against the Machine and Dinosaur Jr. Dye says he is able to attract so many artists because of the twelve years he spent producing concert posters and art prints.
The show’s comical coup d’état, however, is an entry (pictured right) by the Pennsylvania-based duo T-bone & Aljax. Their inspiration? The 1987 holiday classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles. John Candy has been reimagined as a porcine devil at the steering wheel of the infamous Chrysler LeBaron Town and Country, while a bug-eyed Steve Martin is stuffed next to him with luggage flying out the back. Prints will be on sale for $25 to $75.
Blunt Fink! runs 6 pm until close Friday, Dec. 7, and noon to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, at Blunt Graffix Studio, 1040 Tynn St., No. 3.