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Sep232012

Curious Critter Crust

I first met Tazz Soffer whilst making my way through the damp grassy hills of Ireland in search of a custom hand-knit sweater, thick pint of ale, and Thin Lizzy Lp’s. The locals were growing tired of my curiosity with ire and how it was they came to live on a whole land of it when much to my surprise I caught sight of a delightful series of watercolor illustrations that made me question my position in this seemingly solid and material world. I found a gregarious gathering of the gooey, the giddy, the gently gaudy and the glum. Strange creatures looking like a blend of deepwater fish and interplanetary beasts painted in the most inviting of color schemes. the images made me laugh, frown and ponder at the same time. Drawing on themes of boredom, bad habits and despondency Mr. Soffer etches his pieces in psychedelic detail then glazes over them with a thick wash of dark humor that leaves you grinning.

The characters in these pieces seem to come from somewhere in between the neighborhoods of Juxtapoz magazine royalty Barry Macgee , and Jeremy Boob from the Yellow Submarine. Mr. Soffer's oddball cast become oddly relatable voices that motivate their viewers to dust off their damaged egos and take R. Crumb’s sage advice to "keep on truckin", it could always be worse. While currently residing in San Francisco and honing his screenprinting skills Mr. Soffer has began to design shirts and prints for the masses that may soon rival his idol's at Zerofriends collective across the bay in Oakland.

In other words keep an eye out for this lad. He's more subversive and charming than Oscar Wilde at the end of the 19th century.

 

What's your character?

 

Tazz Soffer | Age 26 | Killorglan, Ireland

Once convinced Daniel Day-Lewis that he wasn't an actor.

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