PEDESTRIAN TV: "Men of many talents"

Fuck, it was a while ago now. 
But on December 2nd 2013, I was included in a blog post on Pedestrian TV. The blog (titled "MEET MEN OF MANY TALENTS" focused on several busy men and I. They wanted to know what made me tick, and enquired about things I do and love outside of illustration.

A lot has changed since then, I'm now full-time freelance.
But on the other hand, I still really love burritos.

Check out the article, otherwise here's my part of it:

Meet Sindy Sinn. We discovered him hanging around some rather derelict brick buildings in St Peters, taking a break from screen printing band shirts. Working for APRA|AMCOS, if you need to know anything about music licensing and copyright, Sindy is most definitely your man. When he’s not thinking about the creative law, Sindy is a freelance illustrator with a penchant for big and bold ‘90s style cartoons (think Ren & Stimpy).
Currently customising a motorcycle helmet (which is rather hard considering it’s like painting a bowling-ball), Sindy needs to keep his hands busy otherwise he feels odd. Aside from that, Sindy is really – and we mean really 
– passionate about burritos. 

MAGIC BONES: Single Cover for 'DANGER I AM

I was recently approached by Melbourne band Magic Bones about doing artwork for their upcoming single 'DANGER I AM'. They sent me a rough-mix of the song (from the studio) and I quickly got sketching up the project. 

Below I've shown, the first and second rounds of sketches. 
As you can see, we went from a one headed skull-dude, to a two-headed skull-dude.
This was to incorporate the two-singer vibe of the band. Including the fact that one of them is a girl (Kiri)... subsequently one of them ended up with a fabulous Kiri hair-do. 

And of course the final artwork.
I'm super proud of how the artwork has a dark, bold and neon feeling.


AIN'T THAT SWELL: Skeleton Hand Illustration

I was recently approached by a good friend of mine Mitch (who owns the coffee-shop Silver Bean in Newtown) about doing a t-shirt illustration. He needed a shaka'ing skeleton hand, with the text 'AIN'T THAT SWELL'. 
"Sure..." I thought. "...we can do that". 

So I spent a while looking at my hand, analyzing the mechanics of a shaka. 
And then I sketched up some skeleton hands, and made the whole thing fit together.


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MARY'S: Branding and Illustrations

Over the past year or so, I have been working closely with the owners of Mary's Newtown on their image and branding, starting with the opening of their takeaway CBD store.

We worked on the project from the ground up... from creating a strong and recognisable logo, to developing menus, packaging and a painted-environment to match. From the blaring Motorhead soundtrack, to the smoking hot chicken burgers and foul-mouthed pirate-waiters, Mary's has become a formidable brand with a cult-following. 

I'm honoured, pleased and excited to be working with the boys on the launch of their next (few) upcoming projects. And look forward to sharing the imagery and artwork that's to come. 

In the meantime, get yourself to Mary's Newtown or CBD and have one of the best burgers in Sydney. 

#getfat #hailsatan



FLASH SALE: A2 Grim Reaper Screenprints

So, the other weekend I had a flash-sale, exclusively from my online store.
Hand-printed A2 Grim Reaper Screenprints, for $25 ... with free postage.
I don't know what I was thinking. I must have been nuts!

The sale has ended now, but I still have stuff for sale in my store.
Thank you everyone who bought a poster, you guys rule! 

Reaper a2 screenprint
The first round of pen and pencil sketches. 

The first round of pen and pencil sketches. 

GUTTERMOUTH: Australian Tour Poster 2015

So on the back of the CJ Ramone tour poster, I had another knock at my door.
This time, the Californian skate-punk beer-guzzling Guttermouth! Which is pretty rad, I remember buying their 2001 'Covered In Ants' album when I was in highschool (year 9 I think). 

Anyway, they were in need of a tour poster, I cracked out the markers and filled a page with everything I knew about the project. And in the interest of sharing (and full marks), I've shown the page so you can see how my brain works. 

As well as the tour posters, I was also super stoked to put together some limited edition Guttermouth skateboards. Sweet project, a rad tour and super stoked to have been a part of it.

Guttermouth Poster Sketch
Guttermouth Tour Poster
Guttermouth Instagram

BAD FRIDAY: Poster Artwork 2015

The rad legends at the Vic On The Park got in touch ... I love it when they touch. 
And they had an event coming up for Good Friday, called Bad Friday. Get it...?
They needed a poster. I drew a poster. And now we all have posters! Yay posters!

In the interest of being fancy, I also scanned in my project notes and sketch. 
As you can see, I usually just explode everything onto paper and spill shit everywhere. 
Really stoked with how this one came out. Badass biker skeleton... sick.

Bad Friday Poster
Bad Friday Sketch

CJ RAMONE: Australian Tour Poster 2015

I was very honoured to be able to contribute to CJ Ramone's upcoming Australian tour. 
My beat-up and battered Ramones skull is going to be used as some gigposter artwork. 
Mondo Bizarro and Brain Drain are some of my favourite Ramones albums. 
And of course not to mention his solo album Bad Chopper. 

So I was very excited. I cranked up the stereo and smashed it out. 
Here is the finished result ... and I've included the sketches from throughout the process.

CJ Ramone FB
CJ Ramone Sindy Sinn Shirt
CJ Ramone Poster Signed
CJ Ramone Sindy Sinn

KREATOR: Australian Tour Poster 2015

Holy f*ck, I was honoured to draw a tour poster for German thrash metal band KREATORThey've been around for 30 odd years, ripping venues apart and putting out thirteen killer albums. Of which, 'Outcast' is a regular in my studio ... it's what goes on when shit needs to get done. 

So I took what I knew about Kreator, and put together the three-eyed evil horned beast. I wanted to find a happy-place between brutal death-metal art and classic 80's skate-thrash. And I'm really happy with how strong and bold the final design has wound up. 

The church-burning result was screenprinted at Aisle6ix Industries
A two-colour A2 hand-pulled screen print, each individually numbered and signed. 
They will be for sale at all Australian shows for $30 from the merch desk... f*cking buy one.

Kreater Australian Tour Poster

Exhibition Piece: "...JUST A QUICK ONE"

I was asked to be a part of group-exhibition 'What Happened Last Night' at the Young Henry's breweryThe theme alone seemed pretty interesting, as did the prospect of anything involving my favourite beer.

I wanted to capture the difference in humans between when they go out, and when they wake up. The showering, preparation and 'getting ready' for a night out ... versus the visual-apocalypse of a hangover. So I created a BEFORE/AFTER character. Even making pals with a cute-birdie along the way somewhere.

Process wise, I decided to try something new for this one. I sketched and drew it entirely in Photoshop. Using just plain brushes and no fancy tricks. I treated it like a canvas and built it from the ground up.

And I titled this piece "...JUST A QUICK ONE" because those nights are always the most slaughterous. This artwork is currently for sale on the brewery wall. So pop in for a delicious-frothy and check it out. 

STAEDTLER: Artist of the month

So I was recently hand-selected to be the Staedtler artist of the month. Yay!
And they sent me a big exciting pack of Staedtler pens and pencils. Fuck yeah. 
I was asked if I could put pen to paper on some drip-infested pen-loving artwork for them.
I've always loved the Staedtler range ... especially the heavy-duty fine liners they produce.

My process for this was simple.

  • I started by sketching onto a thick slice of A3 paper, with an HB pencil.
  • As I find shapes I like, I thicken them up with the 2B and 4B pencil. 
  • I then erase most of my line-work ... leaving just a vague-suggestion of form.
  • Then, with the fattest of black markers, I trace up my main outline of the character.
  • At this stage, I scan the artwork at a high-resolution. So I can come back to it later.
    Because I like to be able to later use the simple and fat outlines later. 
  • Then I'll shade the artwork with pencils. The darker the better... gimme that 8B.
  • Once that's done, I erase anywhere that I want highlights to shine through.
    And again, at this stage I scan my progress so I can use it later if needed. 
  • Then I go mental. Dark shading, textures and marks all over everything. 
    And again, I scan it so I can use these textures subtlely at a later / digital stage.

And so here it is, my finished artwork for the fine men and women of Staedtler.
Visual proof that Staedtler makes wonderful, yummy and delicious pens and pencils.

And if you get a second, checkout my speed-drawing video below. 

THE MISFITS: Australian Tour Poster 2014

Wow. Ok, holy shit. I was asked to illustrate posters for The Misfits Australian tour.
As a life-long fan of The Misfits, it was an absolute honour to contribute artwork to their tour.

It was super-rad getting to put my own whacky spin on the globally recognised, Crimson Ghost.
To make things more exciting, Aisle6ix and I are screenprinting some limited edition posters.
The three hundred hand-numbered and signed prints, were for sale at each show.
Remaining posters will be available for sale online after the tour has finished.

And, as with any exciting artwork, I have process videos and sketches on the way.

The Misfits Sindy Sinn Poster

STREET MACHINES: Feature Artist for Hot Rod Magazine

I was recently approached by Street Machine's Hot Rod Magazine... about being a feature artist.
Excited to be part of such a rad magazine, I immediately got working on something new for them. The eight page interview covers everything from my history and mostly my involvement with bike-builders.

I also did some needed editorial illustrations for other articles in the mag... I basically took over this issue. The icing on the cake was the t-shirt design I did specifically for Hot Rod Magazine. Check it out. 

GUITAR WOLF: Australian Tour Poster 2014

Man, I was super-excited when Japanese fast-paced punk n roll legends Guitar Wolf got in touch. 
With a quick brief and an even quicker deadline, we pumped up the stereo and smashed out a poster for their 2013 'Tour Magma' Australian tour. 

They brought to the brief-party an existing logo-typeface... and a colour-scheme which suited perfectly with the volcanic three-piece surf tikis. 

Overall, Guitar Wolf were amazing to work with and I'm super excited to have been a part of Guitar Wolf history. 1 2 3 4 !

Guitar Wolf Australian Tour Poster

'LEMONADE STAND' Tropfest Exhibition

I was really excited to be approached by Tropfest to be a part of their art exhibition. Artists were asked to produce an artwork based on an allocated short film. Pretty cool concept. I'm in.

My film, was Tropfest 2012's winner, Lemonade Stand. Which I was super happy about.
The film had it all; evil bad guys, smelly old socks and heaps of lemonade. Watch it!

HARLEY DAVIDSON: Painted helmet for 'Love Of Lids'

I was approached by Harley Davidson to customise one of their new helmets for an exhibition.
Super excited to be onboard, I went about creating my final piece... known as 'SPEEDFREAK'.

Taking an eight-ball I stole from a pub, I hit up my pals at Bad Garage. We hand-fabricated a nifty little gear-shifter, hanging out the side of the helmet. I then hand-painted grim reapers and hairy-gentlemen, using a kinda mohawk shape.

The concept behind my helmet, was that this is the helmet of a thrill-seeking daredevil.
Not meant to be dark or morbid, instead looking at death as a challenge. 

The exhibition was held at my favourite bar Mary's. 
We sat under my giant Hail Mary mural and drank Young Henry's all night. Booyah!


'STUFF THAT SUCKS' for typography exhibition.

I've been really fortunate this past year, to be involved in lots of really fun group shows and exhibitions. It's always a good opportunity to try drawing new things and gets me out of the house for a beer with your pals. This time round it was the group show 'IN TYPE WE TRUST', a typography exhibition at Black Penny.

I like to keep lists of cool ideas, funny stuff I imagine and weird quotes that I overhear throughout the day. So when it came time to draw up some text, I turned to the list for help and picked what I felt like drawing. 

And the result was my 'STUFF THAT SUCKS' piece, which I giclee printed and framed for the show.