Author Archives for John Carmody

The Spirit of ’59

January 25, 2021 12:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

"The Spirit Of '59" is a mixed-media découpage exploration of the days back when music was good. This piece shows footage from when it was built about 10 years ago, as well as more up-to-date imagery (and yet another reference to The Who.)

1971: Washington Redskins – I Like Sonny

January 16, 2021 11:21 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you lived in the District in 1971-1972, you'll remember a huge rivalry between fans of Redskins quarterbacks Sonny Jurgensen & Billy Kilmer. They were both gods. This slogan was printed on bumper stickers sold throughout DC, MD & VA. They were slapped on cars, park benches, barwalls, anywhere anyone might offer an opinion. What's yours? You can also buy an "I Like Billy!" tee-shirt.

Seer/Sucker (aka The Illustrated Man’s Guitar)

January 5, 2021 12:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

"Seer/Sucker (aka The Illustrated Man's Guitar)" is a mixed-media découpage exploration of better days in the USA. Taking a bass guitar that was a birthday gift to me from Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens, I set out to relocate it and me to a whole new plane using good ol' paper and paste. There's a story hidden inside - see it in the midst of still photos; time-lapse imagery; frame-by-frame animation, and straight video. I shot the photographs and video using a cheap-o camera, composed & arranged the soundtrack music, and except for John O. on the drums, played all the instruments.

Chucks Reduxe

December 11, 2020 12:17 am Published by Leave your thoughts

"Chucks Reduxe" is a time-lapse of my studio shot in late-fall quarantine20 on a cheap-o camera with a soundtrack composed and performed by me.

2020: Carmody All Star

October 11, 2020 8:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I'm down to my last pair of Chucks after buying 10 pairs in 2003, when Nike bought Converse. I was worried then that the former'd put their swoosh on the latter. They didn't though, and while I'm out, I am not going to buy any more. Instead? I recreated from scratch a Chuck Taylor logo from the 1960s and tweaked the name. Look and feel and typography is vintage.

1902 Phone Book

July 26, 2020 11:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is beauty in decay, literally and figuratively speaking. For typography enthusiasts: even the mundane is interesting, especially if you're also heavy into genealogy.  This page is from a 1902 St. Paul city directory.

45 RPM Adapter

July 26, 2020 11:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you don't know what this is, buy it & wear it & at least pretend you're cool. Delete your mp3 collection, smash your screens, shred your CDs, listen to vinyl. Improve your life in doing so.