Thursday, December 29, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hot Diggity Art in Society Of Illustrators 54

Whoa! Two of my illustrations for the Hot Diggity's menu have been accepted into the Society Of Illustrators Annual 54. Totally shocked. Many Thanks to Hot Diggity for hiring me, Tim Gough for reminding me to send stuff in 2 days before the deadline and SI for accepting me into the show (and book).

The Advertising portion of the show will be up from February 23 to March 17, 2012, reception is March 2nd.

Society Of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10065

Gilbert's Sausage Artwork and T-shirts

Gilbert's is a super awesome newer hot dog & sausage company out of Wisconsin. Nitrate free and artisanal and all that jazz but also high-quality traditionally seasoned frankfurters & brats that live up to the standard of serious encased meat lovers (not just me). I wrote about their stuff a while back and they commissioned me to do some artwork that they're also using on t-shirts - and an awesome Froman track jacket.

More Gilbert's-

•Visit Gilbert's Craft Sausage
•Gilbert's T-Shirts and Wearables
•Serious Eats post cooking with the Froman
Roadfood review by John Fox aka hotdoglover

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hot Dog Interior Design

Big thanks to Christa Hayden for sending in these photos of her crazy wall of prints. I don't think I ever expected to see them in such a fancy setting. Looks awesome! The piece above the prints was reclaimed from a torn down house from the 1800's.

Here's some more I've gotten over the years, the above is from the Serious Eats office (the first four I had made)... send in yours and I'll definitely post them.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

NEW PRINTS!! Free magnets with every order & free shipping on sets of 4!

TONS of new hot dog (and burger) prints in my store, including some new & exciting stuff like the giant 24" tall burger print and a whole bunch of more affordable (16 bucks a pop), smaller 8" x 10" prints. These are all high quality giclee prints done by the fine folks at Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints in Philadelphia. They seriously look almost better than the original paintings.

I'll be shipping FREE sets of five hot dog magnets (ten for big orders) with every order from now until they run out! I have a LOT, they probably won't run out. Selection will be random but if you let me know which you prefer, I'll send it if I have it.

Also for the month of December I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on orders for a set of 4 11 x 14 prints. ($100 even). You can also mix & match and do three 11 x 14 prints and two 8 x 10 prints (or 2 big ones and 4 small ones) for the same price. Order here:
Hawk Krall Prints

Skeeter's is an awesome general store / restaurant in Wytheville Virginia. Glass bottles of coke and famous chili slaw dogs. Also pretty decent pulled pork sandwich.

Ecuador has awesome hot dogs covered in crazy sauces. A set of four with the Torta Salchicha, Perro Caliente and Tijuana Dog prints would make an awesome "Latin American" collection.

Crazy 2 foot tall exploding burger Illustration I did for Cincinnati Magazine a couple years ago about the city's best burgers.

AWESOME Polish Boy / Barbecue spot in Cleveland.

One of the first paintings I did for hot dog of the week.. Flo's famous red shack on Route 1 in Maine.

Awesome mini-chain in South Carolina serving up beautiful all beef dogs topped with pimento cheese on "top split buns" that are all over the south (not just New England!).

Amazing German butcher shop / grocery n Portland that makes their own hot dogs and sausages, and serves them outside right off the grill.

Crazy variation on the Flint Coney which is already a variation of the Detroit Coney (or vice versa, if you're from Flint Michigan). Koegel's natural casing dog, chili, mustard and onions on a hard taco shell! The regular coneys are great too, and Angelo's is an amazing place.

Famous Lunch in Troy, NY serves up tiny hot dogs for something like 65 cents each. Buried under their famous "Zippy Sauce" and onions. Also terrific rice pudding.

See ALL the prints HERE-

Dirty O Artwork & Prints

Unfortunately I don't have the time to do a full-on painting every week for Hot Dog Of The Week (my column on Serious Eats).. these things take me at least a few days to finish... but every once in a while there's a place so awesome that it really deserves an illustration. The Dirty O was one of them, awesome food along with awesome hand painted signs covering every inch of the place. They also sell beer and greeting cards. The vibe was more Philly Cheesesteak stand than hot dog joint.

Anyway check out the process shots below or check out the article on Serious Eats. Or pick up a 10 X 14 giclee print of the artwork here-

Biker Queen

"The Biker Queen was about 12 feet tall it looked and as wide as a tank. Motorcycles zipped around her like flies around a record-breaking bovine turd"

Baltimore Citypaper Illustration for this crazy awesome story by Timmy Reed, 3rd place in the Citypaper's Annual Fiction contest. I definitely swiped some of the tattoos on her from Steve Fawley and Matty Runks. Sorry / thanks dudes!

Baltimore Citypaper Fiction Contest: Biker Queen Fishing Story

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Storage Wars Portraits - Dave Hester and Mark Balelo

New episodes tonight.. Looks like some serious Dave Hester moments including Dave rolling up with a giant brand new truck with "YUUUP!" along the side in 8 foot tall letters. This is why I love this show.

So here's some attempts at drawing Hester who if you don't know now has a full line of YUUUP products available on his website, check out the "gift pack" which includes a magnet of Dave's face and an "easy button" (like the Staples thing) that says "YUUUUUUUP" when you press it.

Also my favorite random not-really-a-character Mark Bolelo who was in maybe 3 episodes, carried a purse, looked like a 1980's drug lord, and thought an old Nintendo was worth $13,000. I was sort of hoping he would become a permanent character in the second season but nothing so far. Apparently he was also somehow involved in Nicholas Cage's stolen Action Comics #1 that was found in a Californiua storage locker.

Learn more about these dudes and get yourself some new furniture and/or storage locker themed clothing at and

Also if you missed them I also drew Barry and Dan Dotson a couple weeks ago:
Hawk Krall: Storage Wars Portraits

Monday, November 28, 2011

Space 1026 Art Auction

You can win this set of FIVE mini hot dog prints (8"x10.5") at Space 1026's Annual Art Auction on December 9th, along with TONS of other cool stuff from amazing artists. Thanks to Kris Chau for making it happen!

Space 1026 Art Auction
Friday December 9th
1026 Arch St. Philadelphia PA

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mike & Patty's

Poster for Mike & Patty's I finished a while back. Mike & Patty's is an awesome sandwich shop in Boston that I REALLY want to go to. Really delicious looking sandwiches aling with a bunch of different hot dogs and lots of specials. Reminds me a lot of Fricano's in Austin and honestly the sort of place I would want to open if I ever did something like that.

Check out their website or reviews on Serious Eats (not mine). They're also profiled in the new Serious Eats book.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Storage Wars Portraits

So yeah, Storage Wars is pretty much my favorite TV show of all time. It's pretty real and unlike most of this stuff seems unscripted. Most of these dudes knew each other before the cameras ever started rolling and the only thing that's changed is that they all now fight with each other on twitter and have Storage Wars - related clothing lines for people that like motorcycles, palm trees, gambling and wearing sunglasses anywhere but on your face.

Anyway the new season starts today and instead of blowing my savings on a storage locker in Jersey City I've been working on some portraits of people from the show. First up is auctioneer Don Dotson (check out and follow @auctionguydan on the twitter)

Next up is Barry Weiss who might be my favorite - and probably the best likeness I've gotten so far- who always shows up in some sort of customized hot rod and throws out 99% of the stuff he wins. But then every so often finds stuff so amazing (like hand painted 1930's carnival sideshow banners) that it's hard to believe the show isn't rigged. Check out Barry's twitter (@barrycollector) although I'm not sure it's really him.

And then his buddy "Boston Joe" (or Bro Joe?) who showed up for a couple episodes and looked like a cross between Rob Halford and Batman. Random characters are another bonus here, like Dave Hester's brother who showed up out the blue to screw Dave on an auction and then you never see him again.

Don't worry I'm also working on Dave, Darrel, Brandy & Jerrod.. and whatever new characters pop up this season.