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In the beachside city of Coastal Los Angeles always on the sidewalk and never on the sand moseys "Sluggish," the most lethargic member of the social group 'Essaycargots.' Leaving behind a shiny trail wherever he goes he happily tours the Greater Promenade at his own pace enjoying the atmosphere and talking it up with beachgoers both familiar and unfamiliar alike. He makes it a point to make good eye contact with people because he feels it's important and since each of his eyes are the size of our time's large navel oranges it's effortless for people to make eye contact back. He likes to be helpful and sometimes people ask him for directions, which he is happy to provide; CLA (Coastal Los Angeles) has been his home since birth and he knows it quite well. In fact all members of Essaycargots are natives to the beautiful beaches and buildings of CLA although they wouldn't be opposed to accepting members from other world-areas into the group, as they are an inclusive association. Though there is an entrance questionnaire with 11 questions on it.
He, as well as many other members of Essaycargots are positive figures in their respective communities and they sponsor art projects on walls and buildings several times a year as a way for anyone who is interested in art to have fun, learn, grow, and express themselves! At the events there is also brunch provided by some of the local restaurants! They have had many successful events in the 5 years they have been doing this and are looking forward to many more in the years to come. Each 2.75-day event attracts about 544 people and the group feels great about their accomplishments because they receive high amounts of positive feedback on the surveys they send out subsequent to the events. While these are still smaller scale events they are in talks with the city to do bigger scale art projects on official government buildings. Their next event is scheduled in two months and they're busy making preparations for this one to exceed the last one!
Sluggish will continue roving the sidewalks of Coastal Los Angeles having a great time enjoying life and the people he encounters along his journey.
This was another time when inspiration struck seemingly out of nowhere and I thought "Essay" is what some individuals call each other and "Escargots" (or Escargot) is what other people say to describe snails destined to be eaten. I thought putting those words together would make a pretty funny character and when I added the words "Slug Life" to the idea, it worked so well as a play on "Thug Life" that making this character and shirt became irresistible to me.
I planned this artwork to work out a lot differently however I am very happy with how it turned out. My original plan was to have the snails of Essaycargots be actual-world snail size and have him standing on a sidewalk with the words "Slug Life" looking like a shadow behind him. After many unsuccessful attempts at sizing the letters I stopped trying to make it work.
In late 2019 I had some conversations about the artistic qualities of and his experiences with graffiti, with the man that picks up and delivers the water bottles. He is a cool dude and we would talk for a while in the driveway about it. Since those conversations I have had a different perspective about graffiti and wanted to try styling my letters similarly. For a pretty much first try I don't think it was the worst outcome however living in California close to Los Angeles I have seen some pretty outstanding-though-illicitly placed artwork on buildings, walls, and billboards that is pretty impressive in artistic quality, scale, and scale.
Jordu Schell illustrated "Sluggish" and I made the rest.
Jordu, http://jorduschell.com, from his website: Schell Sculpture Studio offers the finest creature and character design available anywhere. While the Studio has been providing concept art in the industry for over ten years, owner and head designer Jordu Schell has been in the film and television industry since 1987. His talent as a designer and sculptor is world renowned, and his credits include: “Avatar”, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”, “300”, “Hellboy”, “Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem”, “Men in Black”, “The Mist”, “Batman Returns”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “Alien: Resurrection”, “The X-Files Movie”, “Predator II”, “Galaxy Quest”, “Evolution”, “Babylon 5-The Series” (on which he designed an emmy award-winning creature make-up and the first fully digital creature for a television series), and many more. Schell Sculpture Studio is a full service sculpture and design facility with a wealth of talent to match the need of any project. Our studio specializes in creature and character design, props, prototypes for toys and model kits, general special effects work, and creature design classe
My Favorite Aspects Of The Art–
I love the 2 tattoos on him and the meanings behind them. I love his sleepy-yet-happy expression, the halftone pattern in the wall paint, and of course the gold tooth.
About The Shirt–
100% Organic Cotton Made By Groceries Apparel and in their words– We manufacture in our own Los Angeles, CA factory to ensure our standards are fully executed. Vertically-integrated, local, and traceable production maximizes quality, efficiency, and employee pay, and minimizes redundancy, waste and our carbon footprint.
DTG printing by T-Shirt Storm in Orange County with water-based inks.
I am wearing a size MEDIUM in the pictures!
The shirt pictured is a prototype. I get antsy and revise the designs on occasion and the shirt you get may be slightly different than the one that's shown here. If it is different it is all for the better in my opinion!
The Shipping Box And What's In It–
Packing supplies by EcoEnclose and all printing by greenerprinter. Packed by me, and shipped by USPS Priority.
It is my goal to ship shirts as soon after they get ordered as I can. Since these are more uncertain times for business as well as individuals I am estimating anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks. I think the shirt is worth the wait and if you don't, then for now, hold off on ordering. Maybe sign up for the mailing list to get updates.