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Thumbprint Gallery x TMNT

Jason Huggins

18+ by Soma Ramos (I loved this so much I bought a print. Awesome stuff, Soma!)

18+ by Soma Ramos (I loved this so much I bought a print. Awesome stuff, Soma!)

As I'm sure you guys have realized by now, I'm a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. My love for the lean, green, fighting machines started when I was about two. Twenty-three years later, I have a Ninja Turtle tattoo (with plans for more) and a love for the TMNT that's cemented in the 90s but still growing. 

With Comic-Con and the new TMNT movie approaching, the world is in a Ninja Turtle frenzy. There's new toys, new trailers, new this and new that every time I open Google Chrome. Shop friend and nerd extroardinaire, Kris "What The Funks" Butiong, has been helping me stay up on the Turtle madness and a couple of days ago he hipped me to a TMNT art show that was going to take place downtown. A Ninja Turtle art show? How appropriate, seeing as how the four brothers themselves are named after legendary artists from throughout history. Well, I attended that art show and it was great! The setting was perfect : Basic Pizza housed the event. Makes sense, right? And like a pizza, the art came in many different sizes and styles, all held together by the TMNT theme.

I shot some pics of the event which you can check out below. Don't judge me though, they were shot with an iPhone. In my haste to take pictures and buy art I totally forgot to get the names of the artists. I apologize. If you know who painted the stuff I photographed, shout them out in the comments. Next time, I'll step my game up. Promise.

The guy in the red tee is thinking, "Hmmm.. This piece really gives off the feel that Raphael is cool, but rude."

The guy in the red tee is thinking, "Hmmm.. This piece really gives off the feel that Raphael is cool, but rude."

Really digging this idea, and the watercolor skyline is dope. Nerds everywhere have always wanted to see what's under that yellow jumpsuit. 

Really digging this idea, and the watercolor skyline is dope. Nerds everywhere have always wanted to see what's under that yellow jumpsuit. 

I was really digging the set above. The contrast between the backgrounds and the masks, the fading colors in the second piece, and the fact that the Turtles are only referenced through the masks - all factors of some pretty dope pieces. 

This was my favorite piece from the show, but like a noob I didn't get the artist's info. If anyone knows, let me know.

This was my favorite piece from the show, but like a noob I didn't get the artist's info. If anyone knows, let me know.

Another one of my favorites - I loved the simplicity of the characters against the ink/watercolor background. The skyline is killer.

Another one of my favorites - I loved the simplicity of the characters against the ink/watercolor background. The skyline is killer.

I loved the style of these pieces. Reminded me of the old comics, for sure (minus the different colors of their masks).

I loved the style of these pieces. Reminded me of the old comics, for sure (minus the different colors of their masks).

Thanks once again to Kris for letting me know about the show, and thanks to the homie Josh at Blends for rolling with me. To all the artists who participated, great job! Keep up the good work! Big thanks to Thumbprint Gallery for throwing an art show dedicated to four of my favorite dudes of all time. Can't wait 'til next year's show!

- Zach