Prior to its current gentrification, the Belltown area of Seattle was better known for crack cocaine than for its exclusivity. And that’s where I visited Art Chantry’s apartment/office in the early ‘90s when he was putting together images for the book, Loser: The Real Seattle Music Story. Chantry’s metal cabinets creaked with an astonishing amount of clippings and Northwest history, which he was posting on old-style boards.

 

Digital typography and even crop marks seemed contrary to Chantry’s religion and would get his ire going.

 

And now Chantry has come forward with a book of graphic and commercial art design and history, a beautiful, iconoclastic classic. At this time one can only order Art Chantry Speaks through the Feral House website. If you wait another month or so, you’ll be able to get it from stores and Amazon.com You can see sample chapters from this book, along with a video trailer, here: http://feralhouse.com/art-chantry-speaks/

 

This guy holds an opinion or two.

 

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Coming soon (May 22) in Brooklyn is the release party for Pulp Macabre: The Art of Lee Brown Coye’s Final and Darkest Period. It’s really amazing how this remarkable pulp artist lost the use of his primary hand and arm, and was forced to relearn how to draw with his left hand, rendering his art even creepier and crazier. Coye’s grandson and his publisher will be in attendance.