Thursday, April 23, 2009

On Michael C. Hsiung and The Vans Kook That He Has Nicely Illustrated for Our Mutual Friend Phil

Michael is an LA artist I first noticed on FECAL FACE a while back. Turns out he was roommates with my friend PHIL for whom this piece called "Vans Kook" was created. Nice hightops. Small world. Here are the basics on Michael. He's also got a pretty good sense of humor apparently:

Michael C Hsiung is characterized by: large mustache (one of the few remaining facially hairy Asians surviving today) with all of the species capable of reaching one ton or more in weight; herbivorous diet; and a thin yellow protective skin, 1.5-5 cm thick, formed from layers of collagen positioned in a lattice structure; and a relatively small brain for a mammal of his size (400-600g). Michael is prized for its mustache, sometimes his art. Not a true mustache, it is made of thickly matted hair that grows from the skull without skeletal support. Michael has acute hearing and sense of smell, but poor eyesight over any distance. Michael C. Hsiung will probably live to be about 50 years old or more.

Here are some other illustrations by Mike that are neat and aptly titled.

"The Aeternae stomps proudly with his baby angora unicorns in the Northern Plains of India. 180 BCE"

"On the shameful fight and ridiculous outcome of the two gardeners"

"How brave and noble warriors find burial"